Ron Paul’s Excellent Antiwar Spending Bill Speech

Ron Paul delivers a great speech about the war/IMF bill Congress passed pretty easily.  This happened during the Vietnam War.  It didn’t matter who we voted into office.  They all rushed into the exact same mess.  It was pretty hopeless.  Iran’s rulers are the same way.  Like here, if an election fails to support the agenda, they use brute force.

International Bailout Brings Us Closer to Economic Collapse by Rep. Ron Paul — Antiwar.com

Last week Congress passed the war supplemental appropriations bill.   In an affront to all those who thought they voted for a peace candidate, the current president will be sending another $106 billion we don’t have to continue the bloodshed in Afghanistan and Iraq, without a hint of a plan to bring our troops home.

Obama’s victory killed off the the antiwar movement.  Hope springs eternal.  But getting our empire to stop even minor wars is nearly impossible.  When we won WWI, the US become very ‘isolationist’.  But after WWII, we hopped straight into the Korean War and then, the Cold War which morphed into the Vietnam War which never shrank, it only grew and grew and grew.  Only the total collapse of US international finance causing the end of the gold standard, did the hot Vietnam war end.  But not the Cold War.

When Russia fell and China was our dear buddy, the US hopped right into Gulf War I and then, after the briefest of pauses, on to the Serbia war and finally, we discovered the War on Terror.  This strangest of wars featured the US torturing prisoners, illegally invading countries that never attacked us, the suppression and starvation of the Palestinian people, and an endlessly widening war in Central Asia, second-hand uprisings on the borders of Russia, insurrections in China, Russia, Iran, and virtually all countries on our long list of lands we wish to control.

And all this is hideously expensive.

Many of my colleagues who voted with me as I opposed every war supplemental request under the previous administration seem to have changed their tune. I maintain that a vote to fund the war is a vote in favor of the war. Congress exercises its constitutional prerogatives through the power of the purse, and as long as Congress continues to enable these dangerous interventions abroad, there is no end in sight, that is until we face total economic collapse.

This is so depressing,  Instead of standing up for principals, antiwar votes are switched.  I noted during the war votes in Congress before the Serbian war, many GOP warmongers were suddenly transformed into peaceniks.  Then, when Bush took over, they reverted to their normal warmongering status.  This is now afflicting the Democrats.  Same stupid story.  Same venality.  This is also rather unpatriotic.

From their spending habits, an economic collapse seems to be the goal of Congress and this administration. Washington spends with impunity domestically, bailing out and nationalizing everything they can get their hands on, and the foreign aid and IMF funding in this bill can rightly be called an international bailout!

All my life, I noticed that Congress seems bent on creating a massive and final bankruptcy.  When we should have put our house in order, after the hyperinflation crisis, instead, we went on this massive tax cutting frenzy which caused the national debt to double with each Presidency.  The only exception being when Congress was in total opposition to Clinton so we had one and a half years of budget surpluses.

As Americans struggle through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, this emergency supplemental appropriations bill sends $660 million to Gaza, $555 million to Israel, $310 million to Egypt, $300 million to Jordan, and $420 million to Mexico.  Some $889 million will be sent to the United Nations for so-called “peacekeeping” missions.  Almost one billion dollars will be sent overseas to address the global financial crisis outside our borders.  Nearly $8 billion will be spent to address a “potential pandemic flu” which could result in mandatory vaccinations for no discernable reason other than to enrich the pharmaceutical companies that make the vaccine.

One problem here for me: throughout my life, we have seen attempts at keeping ahead of viral epidemics.  Some were more successful than others.  This is a very mixed bag.  But I assure anyone, if a government sits idle while a mega-epidemic kills many people, that government will fall.  Even if the efforts don’t totally work or work at all, doing nothing is far more dangerous, politically.

Perhaps most outrageous is the $108 billion loan guarantee to the International Monetary Fund. These new loan guarantees will allow that destructive organization to continue spending taxpayer money to prop up corrupt leaders and promote harmful economic policies overseas.

It is outrageous on every possible level.  There is no possible way for us to lend money to the IMF.  IT is a fiction.  The IMF can lend money out of thin air.  But it needs someone to take the ‘hits’ if these loans don’t work.  The chances of these loans not working is extremely high.  When we have to insure these loans, we will be in very deep trouble.

Not only does sending American taxpayer money to the IMF hurt citizens here, evidence shows that it even hurts those it pretends to help.  Along with IMF loans comes IMF required policy changes, called Structural Adjustment Programs, which amount to forced Keynesianism. This is the very fantasy-infused economic model that has brought our own country to its knees, and IMF loans act as the Trojan Horse to inflict it on others.  Perhaps most troubling is the fact that leaders in recipient nations tend to become more concerned with the wishes of international elites than the wishes and needs of their own people. Argentina and Kenya are just two examples of countries that followed IMF mandates right off a cliff.  The IMF frequently recommends currency devaluation to poorer nations, which has wiped out the already impoverished over and over. There is also a long list of brutal dictators the IMF happily supported and propped up with loans that left their oppressed populace in staggering amounts of debt with no economic progress to show for it.

Ron is 100% right.  Bravo.  Every word of this paragraph is perfect and we must stop the usage of our money on these projects.  When these projects fail, the internationalists agitate to force us to use military force.  This is why we are going bankrupt.

We are buying nothing but evil and global oppression by sending your tax dollars to the IMF.   Not to mention there is no Constitutional authority to do so. Our continued presence in Iraq and Afghanistan does not make us safer at home, but in fact undermines our national security.  I vehemently opposed this Supplemental Appropriations Bill and was dismayed to see it pass so easily.

This lack of Constitutionality is key.  Congress and only Congress can declare war.  But  they conceded this to the Presidency due to nuclear war fears.  Why, we won’t have time to vote about WWIII—so we have some individual who might be mentally ill, a drunk or a Napoleon complex person who can unilaterally, without warning, launch this final conflict.

On the eve of WWI, Congress decided to evade its job of controlling the currency.  Every step of the way, if given a choice between doing their job or throwing away Congressional powers, they threw it away.  This is all so sad and pathetic.  I wish people running Congress would give it all up and save us lots of money and illusions and simply dump the entire ‘democracy’ thing and go straight to dictatorship.

Pakistan Calls for End to Drone Strikes After US Attack on Funeral — News from Antiwar.com

The US isn’t winning anything no matter how many ‘tribal leaders’ we kill.  These events weaken us, not make us stronger.  We are fighting civilians. Even if they are armed, they are still civilians.  I hope Americans figure out the difference.  We are a heavily armed nation.  And if being armed means one is automatically open to being assassinated, well…welcome to the New World Order.  Do we want assassin drones run by aliens lurking offshore or across the borders in Canada and Mexico, killing us at home or when we are at funerals and weddings?  Of course not.

North Korea vows to enlarge its atomic arsenal | Antiwar Newswire

The US weakness is now so obvious, little itty bitty North Korea can strut and fret on the world stage and terrorize everyone.  So, filled with fear, we react by spending more money on the military and making more threats, ourselves. Far from launching change, our foreign policiy is barely any different than any other times in the last 60 years.  This is all rather sad.  The Cuban blockade continues.  No aid is moving into Gaza, either.

Israelis block Gaza aid to protest soldier’s captivity | International | Reuters

Hundreds of Israeli protesters temporarily blocked goods from reaching the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, demanding the release of an Israeli soldier who was captured by militants three years ago.

The protesters, waving signs and carrying posters of 22-year-old Gilad Shalit, cut off the approach to three major crossings into the Gaza Strip while dozens of trucks, loaded with aid, waited outside.

Israel tightened its blockade of the impoverished enclave, home to 1.5 million Palestinians, after militants tunneled into Israel and captured Shalit in a deadly raid in June 2006.

Even small pressures on the Zionists are rewarded with severe overreactions.  After Obama’s little speech in Egypt, this is the result: more cruelties.  So far, I see no real changes at all.  All systems that were running full speed in 20078 are running today.  Time is ticking.  We don’t have 60 years to figure out, the Cuban blockade is blockheaded.  We don’t have 60 years to figure out how to handle North Korea.  And we don’t have 60 years to figure out that ethnic cleansing is evil.

YouTube – Myanmar’s secret military tunnel network – 25 June 09

Another insane dictatorship that is now in alliance with North Korea.  The US can’t fix this or anything else.  We have to allow Asia to handle all this.  We have no choice.  Congress and the President imagine we have choices.  This is an illusion.  We can’t project power if we are financially powerless.  The moves we are making are creating the condition of powerlessness.

UK news Feed Article | UK news | guardian.co.uk

The call by Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami indicated a harsh new turn in the regime’s crackdown on demonstrators two weeks after its disputed presidential election.

Hardliners have ordered long sentences and hangings before, and some fear those awaiting trial by a judiciary whose verdicts reflect the will of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei could face severe punishments.

“Anyone who takes up arms to fight with the people, they are worthy of execution,” Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami, a ranking cleric, said in a nationally broadcast sermon at Tehran University.

Mr Khatami said those who disturbed the peace and destroyed public property were “at war with God” and should be “dealt with without mercy”.

Imagine setting a parking lot with SUVs on fire.  Now, imagine this group doing it are doing it for ecological activism.  Or imagine some animal rights people releasing a bunch of minks from cages.  According to our own government, under Obama, these people are classified as TERRORISTS and can be put in prison for many years.  If not, killed outright.  The Iranian rulers are simply saying and doing one more step further down this road to tyranny.

Only the Iranian people can free themselves.  They have to do this the same way other people must do this: by fighting back.  Modern weapons like assassin robot missiles make resistance very difficult.  In the old days, things were a bit more even.  Imagine the US revolutionaries fighting the British rulers, if we had only guns and the rulers had assassin robots!  We would have lost.  Our only hope would be to bankrupt the government.  Or get the military to side with the revolutionaries.

‘Terrorism’ is one of the few tools available to civilians who wish to fight their own governments.  The US loves status quo systems but only if they are ones imposed by ourselves.  All others must allow revolutions and uprisings.  This bizarre double standard is most annoying.  Anyone calling for a separation of the US into smaller states is considered a criminal except if they are GOP leaders in Texas or Alaska, of course.  Heh.

Back to ‘destroying property’: the US government is extremely ferocious if anyone burns cop cars or even disrupts traffic.  I can’t see why we would object to the Iranian rulers thinking the same way.  Try holding up an antiwar sign at your local mall and see how fast you get arrested and maybe, even tasered.

Congress Eyes New Measures Against Iran, North Korea — News from Antiwar.com

Members of Congress are expressing growing impatience with the Obama Administration’s diplomatic efforts, and are looking to move unilaterally to impose harsh new sanctions against the governments of Iran and North Korea.

This week the House of Representatives moved to prevent loan guarantees for companies that sell refined petroleum to Iran. This appears to have been a first move toward one of AIPAC’s top legislative priorities, a bill that would enact harsh sanctions against all companies engaged in that business.

The House also condemned Iran last week for its crackdown in the wake of the contested elections. The 405-1 vote took no moves against Iran, but was seen by many as a tacit slap to the Obama Administration that was at the time struggling to remain out of the conflict.

See? Congress won’t do its Constitutional duties.  But it does have all the time in the world to do all sorts of goofy international war measures.  Our nation is collapsing but this isn’t important.  What is important is projecting power.  Of course, if we want a truly liberal Iran, all we have to do is increase business with them.  Instead, we see Congress following this idiotic business of cutting business to Iran which isolates them further and radicalizes the government even more.  We know from history, this isolation of individual countries simply makes it much harder for the populace to force changes!  So why do we do it so much?

Asia Times Online :: Korea News and Korean Business and Economy, Pyongyang News

The magical mystery tour of a decrepit North Korean tub named the Kang Nam I around the rim of China and Southeast Asia exposes one of the more curious alliances of convenience in the international arms trade.

Whatever the Kang Nam is carrying, its destination looks like Myanmar, whose budding rapport with North Korea was rudely interrupted in October 1983 when three North Korean commandos planted a bomb in a plot to assassinate the South Korean president, General Chun Doo-hwan, on a state visit to Rangoon, now Yangon. Chun escaped, but 18 South Korean officials and three local citizens were killed. Myanmar and North Korea were not on speaking terms for years.

If we want to be a leadership nation, we have lead nations, not try to impose our will on nations.  We can’t afford it, anyway.

Russian lower house blasts bill to stress Japan’s sovereignty over 4 islands › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Russia’s parliament Wednesday blasted the Japanese lower house’s passage of a bill on Japan’s sovereignty over four Russian-administered islands off Hokkaido, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. The June 11 passage of the bill by the Japanese House of Representatives dashed hope for bilateral negotiations for signing a peace treaty, the State Duma said in a statement it adopted during Wednesday’s plenary session, according to Interfax. Unless Japan’s parliament scraps the bill, bilateral negotiations for signing the treaty will be deadlocked, the statement said. The Russian lower house also hinted at adopting a bill to counter the Japanese bill.

If talks over a peace treaty are stalled as a result of the Japanese Diet’s latest move, Japan will be fully responsible for the consequence, the statement said. The Japanese bill would amend a decades-old law intended to accelerate campaigning for sovereignty over the disputed islands—Kunashiri, Etorofu, Shikotan and the Habomai islet group. The bill stipulates that Japan will ‘‘make utmost efforts to realize the early return of the islands, which are an integral part of our country.’’ Earlier this month, the Russian Foreign Ministry also issued critical comments on the bill, describing it as ‘‘inappropriate and unacceptable.’’ Tokyo has been calling for control of all four islands, known in Japan as the Northern Territories and in Russia as the Southern Kurils. The dispute has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a bilateral peace treaty since the end of World War II.


It should be pretty obvious that everyone is ignoring the US and running off on tangents of their own.  The US is foolish if we back Japan in this matter, for example.  We are not allies.  We have to revert to picking and choosing our fights and our support systems.  We have to constantly gage our own position with all others.  Europe is not always ‘on our side’.  Nor is Japan.  Or South Korea.  Or South America.  Or anyone.  All alliances should have limits.  These limits will protect all parties and prevent the spread of wars.  It will also make it easier for people to change governments.

Right now, we have a dynamic where all parties want to stay in power.  For example, the Saudi Royals should be kicked to the curb.  They abuse women far, far more than the Iranian mullahs.  We protect them.  Japan is in desperate need for the LDP to be thrown out, too.  The status quo there is in full collapse yet the government rolls onwards.  England is undergoing a massive collapse in public support for the government and it is richly deserved.  Change is in the air.

Even if Iran or England, the US or North Korea suppresses any dissent, the pressure for change is relentless.  History will not allow the status quo to struggle on much longer.

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38 responses to “Ron Paul’s Excellent Antiwar Spending Bill Speech

  1. Gus

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  3. Paul S

    I love the Republicans and their not-so subtle war cries re Iran. They say the President isn’t being “strong” enough in his support for Democracy in Iran. I guess now that they are out of power the Repugs can’t muster the courage to say what they REALLY mean: start dunping 100’s of billions of dollars worth of missles onto Iran. Kill EVERY last stinkin’ one of them towel-headed commies until everybody in Iran LOVES democracy–American corporate control style democracy, that is.

  4. K-Bo

    Yes, let’s all agree Congress and pretty much all our government leaders suck. What they do is “sad” and “pathetic” and “unpatriotic.”

    They put is in needless wars, put us in needless debt with their war spending, welfare state, and inability to control their own power to spend from our future tax revenues = our own labor and that of our kids, and have handed over the golden key (the ability to make money) to greedy private bankers, who put us even deeper in never ending and ever increasing debt.

    It almost seems like they are the enemy of the common good.

    “The only exception being when Congress was in total opposition to Clinton so we had one and a half years of budget surpluses.” Hah! So government gridlock and small government / not letting them screw everything up is good!

    I wish I could support our government more, but what are they doing that is good? Ron Paul is about the only one of principle and common sense that I could support, a representative who truly represents the people, not representative of the special interests that paid to get them elected.

  5. nah

    ok ok ok… we are projecting all our power overseas, somehow overextendend militarily, our financing structure for these operations is poorly structured or just a complete joke, we are the ‘silhouette on the ridge line’ in international politics, and the system we do get from the officers of the state politic is a over subsidized underfunded over regulated tax megacomplicated wreck of corporate regulator appeasement.
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    So lets say ron paul is rite.
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    what happens when we wake up from this perfect monopoly
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    owait bad planning and execution, guess we will just pound our chests and throw rocks at our enemies like everyone else
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    glad we saved the world for good behavior
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    the world was built with honest numbers, the rest just made some guy rich

  6. Steve Murgaski

    I agree with Ron Paul that IMF money, with the attached structural adjustment programs, harms the people it’s supposedly helping. But he says structural adjustment amounts to “forced Keynesianism”?! I’d have said the opposite.

    The IMF restructures the governments that it ‘helps’ so that they can repay loans better. It pushes the same free trade, free market model that the U.S. has traditionally pushed abroad. Governments in debt are told to privatize (read: sell off) as much as possible, and give the money to their creditors. After the IMF has fixed an economy, it has no tarrifs, no restrictions on capital flow, user fees in the school system, and things like that.

    Sounds like about the opposite of keynesian to me.

  7. ralph

    We are supposedly evolving into UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD, and synchronization of all nations. China pumps this with their call for a “one world super sovereign currency”. All nations are controlled by various mystery schools and fraternal organizations that are working towards the same goal “UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD”. Freemessen, Rosicrucian, Kabala, Vatican, Orthodox, etc.. etc.. It doesn’t matter. The aquarian age vibrations are being felt by all and these hierchies, and hierophants are urging us in this direction. Cap& tax, NAFTA, Globalization, NWO, Its all the same. Read these books if you care to know the facts about whats really happening. Elaine is the closest to the truth of all writers and bloggers. “Rosicrucian Cosmo Conception” by Max Heindel…………”The message of the Stars” By Max Heindel. This man was given the road map.

  8. Robert Paulson

    CAP AND TRADE PASSES – June 26, 2009

    The American Clean Energy and Security Act has been approved by the House with 219 in favor, 212 opposed.

    The bill moves to the Senate where it will be mangled all over again.

    http://tinyurl.com/n2xnv7

  9. Robert Paulson

    @ Gus

    According to a recent study that reviewed the impact of “green jobs” in Spain, the U.S. can expect 2.2 jobs to be destroyed for every 1 renewable job financed by the government. Only 1 in 10 of the jobs actually created through green investment is permanent, and since 2000, Spain has spent 753,778 U.S dollars to create each “green job,” including subsidies of more than $1,319,783 per wind industry job.

    http://tinyurl.com/lhknsp

  10. nah

    Iran: Its all the euros and USz fault, we should kill our citizens with opinions, anything that is ‘anti one party rule’ is treason.
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    Let us get back to creating a nation of basij ‘wigger cop wana bees #2-5million who want to be super cops #150,000 so we can corner the vote using artificially inflated promises of a super state
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    in the world there is only so much nonscence, and iran keeps its as private as possible. I kinda felt iran as a counter weight wanted equality for muslims in the land of Muhammad, to not slavishly follow a regime of hate and oppression ‘israel’. Sure as hell dont see it that way anymore
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    Get me on TV so i can threaten to kill my fellow man

  11. nah

    in iran i would be fingered as a cia operative
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  12. Robert Paulson

    I was reading this and the quotes in it sound just like the ones used to ram through ‘Stimulus”. Even the headline of the following story sounds like the time of ‘Stimulus’:

    Obama implores Senate to pass climate bill – AP

    “My call to every senator, as well as to every American, is this,” he said. “We cannot be afraid of the future. And we must not be prisoners of the past. Don’t believe the misinformation out there that suggests there is somehow a contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth.”

    Obama said the bill would create jobs, make renewable energy profitable and decrease America’s dependence on foreign oil.

    Hmm, borrowing from Bush speeches? BTW, gov’ts don’t create jobs, that is what business is for.

    “It will spur the development of low-carbon sources of energy — everything from wind, solar and geothermal power to safer nuclear energy and cleaner coal,” he said.

    Wind, solar and geothermal are already available! They don’t need to be developed! They need to be utilized! Iceland has been using geothermal for years and it powers and warms the entire city of Reykjavik.

    This is a tax! Plain and simple. And one that is being introduced at the worst possible time with the US seeing a dying dollar, rising unemployment and record home foreclosures where neither will go down in number anytime soon.

    The only reason that this tax is being introduced is because the US’s creditors are pissed as hell at the US’s spending spree, who are slowly cutting the apron strings, and now the gov’t wants you to pay for that spending that hasn’t benefitted anyone except Wall Street, CEOs and banksters.

    It’s a tax that is under the guise of ‘climate’ or to “fix” global warming. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a money grab. A cash cow. The money collected will be squandered and sent to off shore banks.

    http://tinyurl.com/pbls9o

  13. emsnews

    Yes, the IMF is Keynesian spending for the US/UK empires but the exact opposite for colonial nations we want to exploit.

    One problem with forcing them to sell off all their domestic stuff is…the buyers are now the CHINESE not the US! OOPS! Suddenly, the IMF switches gears and forbids selling off stuff!

  14. Robert Paulson

    Ha, ha, ha. This nonsense was tried before by Lieberman and Warner in Oct. ’07?

    Beware of Cap and Trade Climate Bills – Dec. ’07

    America’s Climate Security Act of 2007 (S. 2191), sponsored by Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and John Warner (R-VA), is the latest and fastest-moving “cap and trade” bill introduced in Congress this year. All such climate change measures warrant careful scrutiny, as they would likely increase energy costs and do considerably more economic harm than environmental good.

    Cap and trade bills are nothing short of a government re-engineering of the American economy. And S. 2191, with its aggressive targets to reduce emissions from fossil fuel use, would put the nation on a path of serious economic harm not justified by any benefits.

    http://tinyurl.com/2c2kc5

    S. 2191: Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act of 2007

    http://tinyurl.com/yojsgh

  15. DrKrbyLuv

    Elaine,
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    Great speech by Ron Paul and thanks for your great analysis in connecting it with current events.
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    China is a member of the Trilateral Commission so, should we suspect that they are working in concert with our elite bastards?
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    Ralph – you hit it bro! You are 100% correct

  16. CK

    Ah Saturday wonderful saturday.
    House sales, auctions, antiques markets galore.
    Last night the FEDs ate 5 banks at one sitting, approx a quarter of a billion more added to the taxpayers’ tab at the FedBar and Grille.
    The house of thieves in its collective wisdom this week, passed cap and trade which will send more jobs overseas and increase dependence on foreign energy sources and increase unemployment … good job.
    Failed to pass ThoughtCrimes but only because the AG actually slipped and told the truth that the ThoughtCrimes bill was aimed at exactly two things: 1) Getting around that pesky double jeopardy thing and 2) Guaranteeing certain groups would have priviledges specifically forbidden to other groups. Those were a wee bit raw for even the house ( actually the “to be ennobled groups” aren’t all that properous so they can’t currently give much money to the sitters.)
    Moved backwards on Amnesty for everyone who is here or will be here or who was here but left here when the jobs dried up. Poor Traitor McCain and GayBlade Graham spermed again by their peers.
    Moved an inch forwards on whatever they think they are kidding about re health insurance/care/prevention. The rethug wing of the ruling elite compared whatever they are doing to the DMV and the Post Office, the democrass wing compared whatever they are masturbating about to Mom Apple Pie and Chevrolet.
    The Iranians gave a party and didn’t invite either wing of the Merkin Bird of Prey. The Merkin Bird of Prey threw a verbal hissyfit.
    The Peruvians also gave a party and didn’t invite us…nobody noticed…Israel doesn’t yet want the USA to bomb Lima. ( Peru not Ohio )
    The Afghanzi opium crop is coming in … underbudget and over quota…. prices will be falling soon for the “good stuff” and the quality will be rising. The Fed calls this deflation and will bomb it with autogyros full of funny paper.
    Farah ( who was my age died )
    Frank Zappa remained dead.
    Music improved marginally now that the threat of a 50 city tour by the almost white equivalent of Donny Osmond has been killed by the US govt to distract the attention of the Merkins from the happiness of the Uighers in Bermuda and Palau.
    ( If Someone doesn’t like that last sentence I will start doing multi lingual puns.)
    Some really sensitive american commentators are a bit perturbed that a multi-national deal between Russia and Nigeria has resulted in a new firm that bears the name NiGas. “Uigher pleeze” as right wing bloviator Steven Colbert enunciated on the Colber Report. Why I betcha that most russians and most nigerians don’t really concern themselves with the bruised amour propé of white american bloggers.
    Bombs were detonated all around Iraq this week in an early celebration of the 4th of July.
    Members of a funeral procession in Pakistan were helped to heaven by the US military… it is believed that the #3 al cohol leader was in the original casket/kindling.
    And in sad news, Ron Paul is not being considered as a replacement for Ben Bernanke yet.

  17. CK

    I apologize.
    I knew I forgot something in my news recap.
    A Governor.
    Took a few days off.
    To visit a reporter in Argentina.
    And every liberal newssite is calling it dereliction of duty.
    Uighers pleeze.
    The governor is not military rank.
    He is not necessary to have around.
    He is superfluous to be precise.
    He was going to be gone for 10 days and actually wasn’t missed at all for 4 days.
    Now the fun news is this:
    Reporter ( much younger female ) has ANOTHER boy friend ( it gets lonely etc etc )
    Other boy friend ( in Argentina ) found emails from governor on her computer. Other boyfriend has two but not three brain cells.
    Opens her email when she is not in bed, and forwards the governor’s emails to the major South Carolina newspaper.
    Major South Carolina newspaper sits on the emails for MONTHS.
    Only when it is scooped about the governor being missing does it send its crack female ( too ironic no? ) reporter to atlanta to watch for the Gov’s return.
    And my happiest moment came when Governor Sanford compared himself to a fictional/fantasy character/adulterer/rapist who would not give up his lust’s object either. Now if only someone would interview that dear Argentinian waif and see if she will give the good gov shelter from the storm or if she prefers younger more virile more manly men; and does she prefer them sequentially or simultaneously?
    Life Is Good.

  18. CK

    I went to the movies too.
    http://en.sevenload.com/videos/c3kZgM8-The-Four-Stages-of-Revolution-Part-1-of-2

    http://en.sevenload.com/videos/FLU9JAR-The-Four-Stages-of-Revolution-Part-2-of-2

    A little on the humanist side for my refined tastes; but the best of the current crop of effluvia.

  19. PLovering

    In 1997, briefing papers for the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, detailed boom to bust housing cycles, ending with a global depression in 2010.

    The Lizards are right on schedule.

    http://tinyurl.com/ktwtgo

  20. isha

    June 22, 2009

    Have the Neocons and Israel Won?
    The U.S. Regime-Change Recipe for Iran
    By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

    President Obama called on the Iranian government to allow protesters to control the streets in Tehran. Would Obama or any US president allow protesters to control the streets in Washington, D.C.?

    There was more objective evidence that George W. Bush stole his two elections than there is at this time of election theft in Iran. But there was no orchestrated media campaign to discredit the US government.

    On May 16, 2007, the London Telegraph reported that Bush regime official John Bolton told the Telegraph that a US military attack on Iran would “be a ‘last option’ after economic sanctions and attempts to foment a popular revolution had failed.”

    We are now witnessing in Tehran US “attempts to foment a popular revolution” in the guise of another CIA orchestrated “color revolution.” It is possible that splits among the mullahs themselves brought about by their rival ambitions will aid and abet what the Telegraph (May 27, 2007) reported were “CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.” It is certainly a fact that the secularized youth of Tehran have played into the CIA’s hands.

    The Mousavi protests have set up Iran either for a US puppet government or for a military strike. The mullahs are in a lose-lose situation. Even if the mullahs hold together and suppress the protests, the legitimacy of the Iranian government in the eyes of the outside world has been damaged. Obama’s diplomatic approach is over before it started. The neocons and Israel have won.

    The US intervention and the orchestrated disinformation pumped out by the western media are so transparent that it is impossible to believe than any informed person or government is taken in. One cannot avoid the conclusion that the West wants the 1978 Iranian Revolution overthrown and intends to use deception or violence to achieve that goal.

    It has become increasingly difficult to believe that facts and truth motivate the western news media. For the record, I would like to point out a few of the most obvious oversights, to use an euphemism, in the Iran reporting.

    According to a wide variety of news sources (for example, London Telegraph, Yahoo News, The Globe and Mail, Asbarez.com, Politico), “Before the polling closed Mr. Mousavi declared himself ‘definitely the winner’ based on ‘all indications from all over Iran.’ He alleged widespread voting irregularities without giving specifics and hinted he was ready to challenge the final results.” Other news sources, which might not have been aware that the polls were kept open several hours beyond normal closing time in order to accommodate the turnout, reported that Mousavi made his victory claim the minute polls closed.

    Mousavi’s premature claim of victory before polling was over or votes counted is clearly a preemptive move, the purpose of which is to discredit any other outcome. There is no other reason to make such a claim.

    In Iran’s system, election fraud has no purpose, because a small select group of ruling mullahs select the candidates who are put on the ballot. If they don’t like an aspiring candidate, they simply don’t put him on the ballot.

    When the liberal reformer Khatami ran for president, he won with 70 per cent of the vote and served from 1997-2005. If the mullahs didn’t defraud Khatami of his win, it seems unlikely they would defraud an establishment figure like Mousavi, who was foreign minister in the most conservative government, and is backed by another establishment figure, Rafsanjani.

    As Mousavi was seen as Rafsanjani’s man, why is it “unbelievable” that Ahmadinejad defeated Mousavi by the same margin that he defeated Rafsanjani in the previous election?

    Neoconservative Kenneth Timmerman let the cat out of the bag that there was an orchestrated “color revolution” in the works. Before the election, Timmerman wrote: “there’s talk of a ‘green revolution’ in Tehran.” Why would protests be organized prior to a vote and announcement of the outcome? Organized protests waiting in the wings are not spontaneous responses to a stolen election.

    Timmerman’s organization, Foundation for Democracy, is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for the explicit purpose of promoting democracy in Iran. According to Timmerman, NED money was funneled to “pro-Mousavi groups who have ties to non-governmental organizations outside Iran that the National Endowment for Democracy funds.”

    The US media has studiously ignored all of these highly suggestive facts. The media is not reporting or providing objective analysis. It is engaged in a propagandistic onslaught against the Iranian government.

    We know that the US funds terrorist organizations inside Iran that are responsible for bombings and other violent acts. It is likely that these terrorist organizations are responsible for the burning buses and other acts of violence that have occurred during the demonstrations in Tehran.

    A writer on pakalert.wordpress.com says that he was intrigued by the sudden appearance of tens of thousands of Twitter allegations that Ahmadinejad stole the Iranian election. He investigated, he says, and he reports that each of the new highly active accounts were created on Saturday, June 13th. “IranElection” is their most popular keyword. He narrowed the spammers to the most persistent: @StopAhmadi,
    @IranRiggedElect, and @Change_For_Iran. He researched further and found that On June 14 the Jerusalem Post already had an article on the new twitter. He concludes that the new Twitter sites are propaganda operations.

    One wonders why the youth of the world, who do not protest stolen elections elsewhere, are so obsessed with Iran.

    The unexamined question is Mousavi and his motives. Why would Mousavi unleash demonstrations that are obviously being used by a hostile West to discredit the government of the Iranian Revolution that overthrew the US puppet government? Are these the actions of a “moderate”? Or are these the actions of a disgruntled man who kept his disaffection from his colleagues in order to gain the opportunity to discredit the regime with street protests? Is Mousavi being manipulated by organizations funded with US government money?

    John Bolton laid out the US strategy. First we try to destabilize the regime. Failing that, we strike them militarily. As this strategy unfolds, Iranians will pay in lost independence or in blood for the naiveness of its secularized youth and for the mistake the mullahs made in trusting Mousavi.

    Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.He can be reached at: PaulCraigRoberts@yahoo.com

  21. emsnews

    Iran is ripe for change. It was always the most liberal of the Muslim nations and the queer years where it regressed are ending, one hopes. The average woman in Iran has quadruple or maybe 1,000X more civil rights than Saudi women, for example.

    They will resume liberalism in due time. But if we push them, it will be killed off. So paws off, America! Let people sort things out at home.

  22. Paul S

    I can’t help but note that that corporate welfare whore and mouthpiece for the warmongers, Sean Hannity, let his masters true intentions slip the other day. Sean said, “If Iran becomes a democracy, that will mean more resources for US.” US of course does NOT mean United States. It means US as in Exxon-Mobil and the IMF and the World Bank and whoever else pops a quarter in the Seanster’s ….er, mouth. It’s infuriating to listen to this POS Sean Hannity, but it can pay off at times.

  23. emsnews

    Actually, it means they will be more friendly with the Chinese who happen to be slowly taking over many of the Iraqi oil systems, too.

  24. Gary

    Effing Democrats have’nt changed one iota
    since Hubert The Goddam Humphrey in ’68 !

    I’ll be goddamed straight to hell if I ever vote for either them or the f*** nut Whig Party anymore.

    Absolute f***** sh***bag dimwits !

    Obama is looking like a “House N Word”
    for De Big Wall St Massa and the Military Gangstas.

    I’m going now, I’m drunk

  25. CK

    @Gary
    Just because I like you.

    Wazzamatta bozz …. we sik ? we sick?

  26. In my opinion, ELAINE, is the best writer here!

    That explains me!

    (being here……)

    Peace CK,
    I smoked it!

  27. and Gary, just cause I’m sentimental, I am not for sure going to SMOKE one for U!

    -ken

  28. now! for sure!

    ha ha…

    we need edits!

  29. So if I was in a factory – fighting a fite.

    I’d pick…..

    Hm.

    Gary, Elaine, Nah, cc (forever), PaulS, and a few others from a long time ago.

    Just my choice.

    Rest in Peace Michael!

  30. fight with a “ght” is kind of goofy if you want my opinion.

    Dime a dozen.

    Send me an e-mail if you want to know where to send the check!

    Oh forget it – the internet is

    F
    R
    E
    E
    !

  31. CK

    Ok I admit a failing, after looking up that fine speech by Malcolm, I went looking for another fine speech I heard a few years ago. Elaine, this ones for you:

    and Gary this one is for you too:

    Non violence indeed.

  32. PLovering

    @CK

    Prof. Tony Martin speaks to American slave trade.

    http://tinyurl.com/nx2jkm

  33. @Steve Murgaski: what Ron Paul calls forced Keynesism I call forced Friedmanism (of the U of Chicago School of Economics infamy). I believe it was Friedman who advocated lowering of taxes and tarriffs, user fees, privaisation, etc. Him and Reagan and Thatcher!

  34. oops privatisation

  35. emsnews

    Piratization. 🙂

  36. RobG

    Mish has a nice article on Bernake and the Fed: Bernanke is a Total Failure Unsuited for Role as Fed Chairman

    Ten Qualifications
    …snip…

    “Bernanke is creative”. Some might think creativity is a positive attribute. It is, for a design engineer. Unfortunately creativity is not a good attribute for a Fed chairman. This whole mess was sponsored by the Fed when Greenspan got creative with interest rate policy. Bernanke is light-years more creative than Greenspan as witnessed by an amazing array of Fed lending facilities and the ballooning of the Fed’s balance sheet swapped for garbage collateral. The unintended consequences of Bernanke’s extraordinary actions are coming down the road. We do not even know what those consequences are. However, we do know that the Fed has no exit policy, and will come up with one by the seat of Bernanke’s pants on the fly. Given there is no need for the Fed at all, the last thing we need is for a creative Fed.

  37. Steve

    Thanks for the Malcolm X links, CK. Damn but that man could talk.

  38. emsnews

    Malcom X was a genius. He was amazingly articulate. He was vilified in the mainstream but not with us radicals. I was very sad when he was assassinated. But not surprised.

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