Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Clinton defended her vote on the Iran resolution, saying that it was important to pursue a “diplomatic front” but that in the face of belligerence from Tehran, “we shouldn’t be doing nothing.”
Richardson, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said he would be willing to talk with Iran, claiming to have been the only candidate on the stage to have negotiated with a foreign power, which drew objections from Biden and Dodd.
“I believe it’s critical that if we’re going to resolve the situation in the Middle East, if we’re going to get Iraq to stop Iran’s helping terrorists, we have to engage them vigorously, potentially also with sanctions,” Richardson said, adding that it was important to involve Russia and Washington’s European allies.
Kucinich, whose campaign is founded on opposition to the Iraq war, said flatly that “we need to adamantly reject any kind of a move toward war with Iran” and criticized Clinton’s vote for the Iran resolution.
“When you say all options are on the table, you give license to President Bush,” Kucinich said. “The war in Iraq is illegal. Even planning for the war against Iran is illegal.”
But Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised a different specter, saying that while Iran was an important concern, the deterioration of “an out-of control Pakistan” was a bigger threat.
“The fact of the matter is, the Iranians may get 2.6 kilograms of highly enriched uranium,” he said. “But the Pakistanis have hundreds — thousands — of kilograms of highly enriched uranium.”
"Mike Gravel is tied with Joe Biden and Chris Dodd in some polls and is higher in others," Eisenback said. "If it excludes Gravel, it should also exclude Senators Biden and Dodd."
"There was no reason to cut me out of the debate, I got more time with it and I've been able to make my comments on it," said Former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel. "I think I've tried to give you information on how to handle the debate in the future. This is to make Russert and Williams look good."
One of the first issues discussed in the Democratic Debate was the issue of Iran and what strategies the candidates have to engage in diplomacy.
"Mike Gravel was already pointing out how Hillary was wrong on a lot of issues," Eisenback said. "He pointed out issues such as Iran specifically. Gravel is needed in the Democratic debates, because without him, there's no challenge to the issue."
One of the main issues that concerns Gravel's campaign is that money still controls speech.
"The Founding Fathers didn't say that we weren't going to have a revolution because we don't have enough money," Lee Trager, a sophomore majoring in computer science, said.
The watch party, or alternative debate, gave people a place to watch the debate and engage in protests, according to Petherick.
Gravel paused the debate to make his remarks, as if he was actively in the debate. At points, he let the video run and talked over the candidates.
@ Drexel U. Student News
OK, to sum it up, Obamasama still speaking platitudes, Biden brought his 'six shooter' for the Paki's, Richardsun still cannot find popular ground for anyone to listen, DDodd was dripping with righteousness, Kucinich saw a UFO, Ole Hill wants to give aliens driver licenses, wait, Grovel wants his own world and judging from the turnout on his streaming site has a little over a thousand like minded souls with him. So much shit, so little common sense in the political olympics last night.
Pre-Quake yesterday in San Jose, the BIG ONE is coming soon and it won't be pretty.
The west Coast is due for a major adjustment, no shaking in Auburn though yet, the valley is like a bowl of pudding and acts like a shock absorber so shakers don't get here.(YET)
Plenty of BS ahead, better wear boots, better yet, waders.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Q: Dana, on Tuesday, FEMA's deputy administrator held what was called a news briefing to talk about the California wildfires. And from what we understand, the questions were posed not by reporters, but by staffers, and that distinction was not made known. Is that appropriate?
MS. PERINO: It is not. It is not a practice that we would employ here at the White House or that we -- we certainly don't condone it. We didn't know about it beforehand. FEMA has issued an apology, saying that they had an error in judgment when they were attempting to try to get out a lot of information to reporters, who were asking for answers to a variety of questions in regards to the wildfires in California. It's not something I would have condoned, and they, I'm sure, will not do it again.
Some press secretary this Purino EH? She would lie her way through anything. Guess that is why the chimp put her out front, to lie and deceive the press corpse.
They will not do it again? Translation: OOps we got caught, we won't let that happen again.
Monday, October 29, 2007
The doubts, the concerns, the reasons for pause about attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey are coming fast and furious from senators left and right these days.
It's been a steep descent from the heady days when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) preceded Mukasey's confirmation hearings by saying "I like him."
The tone seemed to first shift from one of friendly disagreement to frank disappointment with the question by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): is waterboarding unconstitutional? When Mukasey couldn't give a straight answer, Whitehouse pronounced himself "very disappointed."
A Dallas jury, a week ago, deadlocked in its deliberations and caused a mistrial in the government case against this country’s largest Islamic charity. The action raises a defiant fist on the sinking ship of American democracy.
If we lived in a state where due process and the rule of law could curb the despotism of the Bush administration, this mistrial might be counted a victory. But we do not. The jury may have rejected the federal government’s claim that the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development funneled millions of dollars to Middle Eastern terrorists. It may have acquitted Mohammad el-Mezain, the former chairman of the foundation, of virtually all criminal charges related to funding terrorism (the jury deadlocked on one of the 32 charges against el-Mezain), and it may have deadlocked on the charges that had been lodged against four other former leaders of the charity, but don’t be fooled. This mistrial will do nothing to impede the administration’s ongoing contempt for the rule of law. It will do nothing to stop the curtailment of our civil liberties and rights. The grim march toward a police state continues.
The big hearings for the week are Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Civil Rights division of the DOJ with John Tanner, and Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FISA. Here's my selected short list:
Monday, 4 pm - Senate Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
To hold hearings on simmering tensions with Russia before parliamentary and presidential elections.
Tuesday, 10 am - House Judiciary
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Oversight Hearing on the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. DOJ
Witness: John Tanner
Tuesday, 10 am - House Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs
Hearing on Iran: Reality, Options, and Consequences. Part 1 — Iranian People and Attitudes
Tuesday, 12 pm - House Judiciary
Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Hearing on Straightening Out the Mortgage Mess: How Can We Protect Home Ownership and Provide Relief to Consumers in Financial Distress? – Part II
Wednesday, 10 am - Senate Environment and Public Works
To hold hearings to examine the licensing process for the Yucca Mountain Repository.
Wednesday, 10 am - Senate Judiciary
To hold hearings to examine Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) amendments, focusing on ways to protect Americans' security and privacy while preserving the rule of law and government accountability.
Witnesses: Kenneth L. Wainstein, Edward Black, Patrick F. Philbin, Morton H. Halperin
Thursday, 11:30 am - House Budget
Counting the Change: Accounting for the Fiscal Impacts of Controlling Carbon Emissions
Friday, 10 am - House Financial Services
Progress in Administration and Other Efforts to Coordinate and Enhance Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention
Monday mandatory reading material to keep your minds charged and ready to go.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Fall colors in Michigan and Grackle migration signal the start of the Fall/Winter season.
Birds are cool, Grackles are the repugs of the birdie world though.
From:The University of MichiganThough they are highly gregarious, grackles do attack other grackles as well as other species of birds. Attacks on other birds may involve biting, pecking, scratching, and flying toward the adversary. Common grackles eat other birds' eggs and nestlings, and occasionally kill and eat other adult birds, particularly adult house sparrows.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
In the September strike, Israeli bombers were likely targeting a nuclear reactor under construction, parts of which are alleged to have come from North Korea. It is possible that key secretaries in the Bush cabinet even tried to stop Israel. To this day, the administration has neither confirmed nor commented on the attack.
Nevertheless, in Washington, Israel's strike against Syria has revived the specter of war with Iran. For the neoconservatives it could represent a glimmer of hope that the grandiose dream of a democratic Middle East has not yet been buried in the ashes of Iraq. But for realists in the corridors of the State Department and the Pentagon, military action against Iran is a nightmare they have sought to avert by asking a simple question: "What then?"
The Israeli strike, or something like it, could easily mark the beginning of the "World War III," which President Bush warned against last week. With his usual apocalyptic rhetoric, he said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could lead the region to a new world war if his nation builds a nuclear bomb.
With that statement, all is made clear, the war on Terra will continue for quite some time.
The Military Industrial Complex is depending on it.
We have military corporatistas gone wild setting the rules of the game, providing the tools, and throwing humans into the mix to glean the most money possible out of an ever shrinking dollar.
Not worth the paper it is printed on, the American equivalent of the Peso, the dollar is slowly and deliberately being drained into the corporate coffers and away from the American people to finance the very best best bombs money can buy.
But what if we don't want to play "War"?
Sorry, that's NOT an option.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
There is a Massive effort underway to document every residential and commercial building in the entire U.S.
Be warned by going to their website you will receive no less than 6 cookies, (I do not know if they are tracking cookies or not,) which can be removed in Firefox but I am not sure about the procedure with IE or Apple.
While I was at home yesterday an older man with a camera was standing in the street taking pictures of the neighbors house and asked me for the address. I told him I did not know, then I asked him why he was taking pics anyway, He showed me his ID Tag from ZAIO, he explained he was contracted by ZAIO to take pics of all properties in the area, he himself has been in real estate here in town for 35 years.
I did some research through their carefully worded website. These people are spooky as hell. First of all, they are based in Canada, the company is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, they are BIG money boys, former financial execs, not Democrats.
They are hiring people through real estate firms to photograph every single house on every single street in America, referring to our houses as "public domain". and ripe for the picking to "aid Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue" in addition to documenting every single address and putting a picture there to make it easy to find by who knows who! And keep it all in a "Secure Database" for their perusal and money making schemes.
I do not trust these people. This is spooky. they go around during the day when people are at work taking pictures of peoples homes with license plate numbers and what ever else the camera catches. People do not know they have been put into an enormous database, there is NO formal notification, only if you personally ask one of theses "photogs" will you even know what is happening. The website does have an opt out page, but how do you opt out and CAN YOU opt out, there is no proof you have been removed, no accountability operating from Canada Eh?
Questions remain, why is a Canadian company allowed to gather information on Americans' residences, names, addresses, etc.? What is being done with the information? Who can access this information and for what reason? Is there some other unknown purpose for this information that we are not being told? And how would we know? Is this "offshore" attempt at hiding information gathering being done to avoid accountability to US law?
Why is this project being done in semi-secrecy? If I would not have inquired as to what that mans' purpose taking pics, I would not even know this program existed.
Go HERE to see for yourself.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, maybe not.
You are on candid camera and being added to an extensive database whether you like it or not.
RED FLAG WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
504 AM PDT WED OCT 24 2007
...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT TODAY FOR GUSTY
NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES THROUGH AND
BELOW PASSES AND CANYONS AND FOR LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR MOST
REMAINING INLAND AREAS EXCEPT FOR THE DESERTS...
.HOT...DRY...SANTA ANA CONDITIONS WITH CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER WILL
PERSIST THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH THROUGH
THIS AFTERNOON...BUT WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 40 MPH THROUGH AND BELOW
PASSES AND CANYONS THIS MORNING. FOR AREAS NEAR THE COAST...WINDS WILL
BECOME WEAKLY ONSHORE THIS AFTERNOON WITH THE ONSHORE FLOW
EXTENDING FARTHER INLAND TODAY...THOUGH NO FARTHER INLAND THAN THE
LOWER COASTAL VALLEYS. HUMIDITIES WILL INCREASE SLIGHTLY
TODAY...BUT THERE WILL STILL BE SEVERAL HOURS OF HUMIDITIES BELOW
15 PERCENT FROM MID MORNING THROUGH LATE AFTERNOON. HUMIDITIES
WILL CONTINUE TO SLOWLY INCREASE FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY. WINDS
WILL BE WEAKER FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY...GENERALLY WEAK ONSHORE IN
THE AFTERNOON WITH WEAK OFFSHORE DRAINAGE FLOW AT NIGHT.
ERRATIC SHIFTING WINDS ARE POSSIBLE NEAR THE COAST AS THE SEA
BREEZE AND WEAKENING SANTA ANA WINDS INTERACT. FIRE CREWS NEED TO
STAY ALERT TO POSSIBLE WIND REVERSALS AND ERRATIC CONDITIONS...WITH
LOCAL WIND EFFECTS NEAR THE WILD FIRES...THROUGH THURSDAY.
ORANGE COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-SAN DIEGO COUNTY COASTAL AREAS-
SAN BERNARDINO AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY VALLEYS-THE INLAND EMPIRE-
SAN DIEGO COUNTY INLAND VALLEYS-SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE MOUNTAIN TOP AND FRONT COUNTRY RANGER DISTRICTS OF
THE SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST-RIVERSIDE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE SAN JACINTO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE SAN BERNARDINO
NATIONAL FOREST-SANTA ANA MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE TRABUCO RANGER DISTRICT OF THE CLEVELAND NATIONAL
FOREST-SAN DIEGO COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE PALOMAR AND DESCANSO RANGER DISTRICTS OF THE
CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST-
504 AM PDT WED OCT 24 2007
...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON...
THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT THIS
EAST TO NORTHEAST WINDS WILL GUST TO AROUND 40 MPH THROUGH AND
BELOW PASSE AND CANYONS THIS THROUGH MID MORNING...THEN WILL
GRADUALLY WEAKEN FROM MID MORNING THROUGH MID AFTERNOON. OFFSHORE
WINDS THIS MORNING WILL BE WEAKER AND MORE LOCALIZED THAN WINDS
THE PAST FEW MORNINGS.
HUMIDITIES WILL RECOVER SLIGHTLY FROM TUESDAY LEVELS...BUT THERE
WILL STILL BE SEVERAL HOURS FROM MID MORNING THROUGH LATE
AFTERNOON WITH HUMIDITIES BELOW 15 PERCENT.
WEAKER WINDS...SLOWLY INCREASING HUMIDITIES...AND SLOWLY COOLING
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED FOR THURSDAY AND FRIDAY.
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE OCCURRING. A COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY...AND WARM TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE
The wind is supposed to subside and eventually change direction to an off shore direction. The fire situation is still dire with low humidity and plenty of dry fuel.
This is way bigger than Katrina in scope. Major damage has been done with an equally remarkable lack of people killed despite the treacherous conditions.
Bush and the the cabal don't like the left coast and will not do much to help, much like Katrina but California has mechanisms in place to handle disasters and is doing so quite well right now.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
NEW: SUSPECTED LOOTERS ARRESTED!!!!!
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department reports that two 18-year-olds were arrested overnight. They are suspected of looting in the Ramona area.
NEW: FIRE WEATHER ALERT
There is a Wind Advisory in effect for the coast, inland and mountain communities until 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 23. A Red Flag Warning has been issued until 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 24 for the coast, inland and mountain locations. A High Wind Warning is in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 for the inland and mountain areas.
NEW: POWER OUT FOR 25,000 CUSTOMERS
According to SDG&E, about 25,000 customers are without power. It is not known at this time when power will be restored. There are about 58 fire-related outages around the county. Around 3:00 a.m., a significant number of transmission lines went out of service around the Miguel Mountain area in Rancho Santa Fe.
NEW: MANDATORY EVACUATIONS
Reverse 911 calls were sent out at the request of Lakeside Fire at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday for all of Wildcat Canyon and Muth Valley south to Willow Road. Evacuations are mandatory and 3,780 calls were sent out. Evacuees are directed to Santana High School.
NEW: FALLBROOK EVACUATIONS
All of Fallbrook has been ordered to evacuate. At least 100 structures have burned in that area. The Sheriff's Department reported at 3:04 a.m. Tuesday that the Fallbrook fire is moving east toward De Luz Road.
NEW: MANDATORY REVERSE 911 CALLS ISSUED
Mandatory reverse 911 calls were issued at 3:12 a.m. for North Jamul and Indian Springs. The fire is located near Highway 94. The evacuation center for residents in this area is Qualcomm Stadium. Reverse 911 calls were made to 1,549 residents.
NEW: HORSES & GOATS IN SPRING VALLEY NEED TO BE RESCUED
Horse trailers are needed to rescue 31 horses and about 15 goats. These animals will also need a place to be boarded. The animals are currently located at the Diamond T Ranch in Spring Valley at 9061 Avocado Road. If you can help transport any of these animals, please call: 619-715-1395.
NEW: MANDATORY EVACUATION - THE LA JOLLA INDIAN RESERVATION
A Mandatory Evacuation order has been issued for the La Jolla Indian Reservation near Palomar Mountain. A structure there is on fire and has started a brush fire, burning approximately 150 acres so far. Several structures have burned in that area near SR 76. Harrah's Casino is the evacuation center for residents in that area.
NEW: MANDATORY EVACUATIONS IN EASTLAKE
Mandatory evacuations have been announced for the area of Highway 125 and San Miguel Road south of Sweetwater Reservoir. Evacuated residents are being told to go to the Chula Vista High School Youth Center (campus of Chula Vista High School, 465 L Street).
GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER REQUESTS FEDERAL AID
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has requested that President Bush declare a state of emergency for San Diego and other Southern California counties, including federal assistance, debris removal and protective measures. Mayor Jerry Sanders has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be providing 25,000 cots and 25,000 blankets to those forced to evacuate due to the fires. FEMA will also start reimbursements as soon as possible.
MILITARY HOTLINE FOR FIRE INFORMATION
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar has established a hotline for their Marines, sailors and their families to get information pertaining to closures and other important fire-related information, officials said. The hotline can be reached at (858) 577-9090.
RICE FIRE UPDATE
Approximately 1,000 acres have burned in the Rice Fire located in Fallbrook, according to the North County Fire District. The containment level was unknown. Trailer homes have been lost in the Valley Oaks Trailer Park, and condos were destroyed at Pala Mesa Village near the golf course. A mandatory evacuation is under effect, and residents are being told to go to San Clemente State Park.
HARRIS FIRE UPDATE
According to fire officials, the Harris Fire has burned about 25,000 acres, with a western border at San Miguel Mountain and a northern border moving toward Barrett Lake Road.
ENCINITAS MANDATORY EVACUATIONS
The Encinitas Fire Department has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the area east of Rancho Santa Fe Road and north of El Camino del Norte. Evacuees can go to the Encinitas Senior and Community Center at 1140 Oak Crest Park Drive.
MANDATORY EVACUATIONS UPDATE
Mandatory evacuations now include east of Black Mountain Road west to the ocean, with the northern boundary at Del Dios Highway and the southern boundary near SR 56.
QUALCOMM STADIUM FOOD UPDATE
City officials are requesting that NO more food donations be delivered to the Qualcomm Stadium evacuation center tonight. However, food donations will be needed again tomorrow morning. The city is also seeking a refrigerated trailer to store donated food on site. Anyone with such a trailer can call (619) 236-6167.
CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST CLOSED
The Cleveland National Forest has been closed until further notice due to the ongoing wildfires. Unauthorized civilian entry to any of the forest’s lands, roads or trails is prohibited.
Fire officials say so far 500 homes and 100 businesses have been destroyed by the wildfires in San Diego County. DEL MAR MANDATORY EVACUATIONS
Evacuations have been ordered for the following areas: South of Del Dios Highway, north of Sorrento Valley Road and west of Black Mountain Road to the ocean. Evacuees are being advised to go to centers at Carlsbad High School, Encinitas Senior and Community Center and Qualcomm Stadium. CHULA VISTA MANDATORY EVACUATIONS
Chula Vista police are using the reverse 911 system to notify residents in the Bella Lago community in the eastern side of Chula Vista and the south eastern side of Spring Valley (bordering the northern side of Chula Vista) of MANDATORY EVACUATIONS. Chula Vista residents can call (619) 397-6399 for a recorded message. An evacuation center has been opened at the Chula Vista Community Youth Center (campus of Chula Vista High School, 465 L Street). The Woods at Eastlake, areas of San Miguel Ranch and areas of Rolling Hills Ranch are under VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS. SD APARTMENT ASSOCIATION ISSUES PLEA
The San Diego County Apartment Association is asking landlords with available rentals to contact them to assist in the housing of evacuees. http://www.sdcaa.com UPDATED EVACUATION HELP IN EL CAJON
Press Release from Monica Zech, Public Information Officer Read Here >> MANDATORY EVACUATIONS FOR CREST AND HARBISON CANYON: Mandatory evacuations are underway in Crest and Harbison Canyon.
ADVISORY EVACUATIONS FOR DEL MAR AREA
Officials have issued an advisory evacuation for the following streets:
East side of Crest Road
San Dieguito Road
Residents in all other neighborhoods within Del Mar are encouraged to prepare to evacuate to Qualcomm.
EMERGENCY CHILD CARE: Emergency child care will be available at the following San Diego Unified School District child development centers for district families, students and employees:
Logan CDC FOOD AND SUPPLIES NEEDED IN DEL MAR: The evacuation center in Del Mar is in need of food and supplies, particularly pillows, blankets, sleeping bags.
ESCONDIDO UPDATE: Evacuees will not be allowed back into homes for at least 24 hours.
SD COUNTY LIBRARY CLOSURES: All locations of the San Diego County Library system will be closed on Tuesday, October 23 because of the wildfires covering considerable portions of the county.
DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS: As of 5pm, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is unable to receive additional clients with special needs as they are at full capacity. The City of Oceanside has opened a shelter at El Camino High School, 400 Rancho Del Oro, Oceanside for these evacuees. NAVY UPDATE: There is additional room at Naval Base San Diego for active duty military personnel, and their families. Sailors and their families should report to the Admiral Prout field house at Naval Base San Diego for evacuation housing. Click here for more information>>
FREEWAY CLOSURE UPDATES: Interstate 15 is closed from north of SR 56 to the lower 79 in both directions.
* Please also be advised of these additional closures throughout the county:
* SR-67 northbound and southbound from Vigilante Road to Highland Valley Road
* SR-76 eastbound and westbound from East Vista Way
* SR-78 eastbound and westbound from SR-79 in Santa Ysabel to Haverford Road in Ramona
* SR-79 northbound and southbound from SR-78 to SR-76
* SR-94 eastbound and westbound from Steele Canyon to two miles east of Harris Ranch Road
* Northbound I-15 from 78 to Rainbow Valley
* Southbound I-15 from 79 to El Norte Parkway
MAYOR SANDERS ISSUES PLEA FOR DONATIONS: San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has issued a plea for donated blankets, cots and food items for those displaced by the wildfires at Qualcomm Stadium. The Stadium is filling rapidly, and displaced residents and responder teams are in dire need of food and supplies. Anyone with a large surplus of blankets and/or cots, or a restaurant that wishes to donate prepared food, please call (858) 663-8838. Click here for additional information >>
NORTH COUNTY EVACUATIONS LIFTED: Mandatory Evacuations have been LIFTED in San Marcos for San Elijo Hills and Coronado Hills.
FIESTA ISLAND SHELTER OPENED: As of 4 p.m. on October 22, 2007, Fiesta Island has been opened to accept up to 500 owners and animals (livestock). This location will be staffed by Park and Recreation employees and Park Rangers. SOUTH SHORES SHELTERS OPENED: South Shores and Ski Beach are open for individuals with motorhomes. Park and recreation employees along with lifeguards will be staffing these areas. PHARMACY INFORMATION: For displaced residents who need to fill a prescription, you can go to any Rite Aid and fill your prescription. For more information, please call: 1-800-RITEAID.
I-15 CLOSURE: Interstate 15 is shut down from the scales to Highway 76, at Via Rancho Parkway to Highway 56, between State Route 78 and Ted Williams Parkway and State Route 78 to State Route 163.
EVACUATION INFO FOR SCRIPPS RANCH
As of 1:45 p.m. mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas:
Everything south of Scripps Poway Parkway
North of MCAS Miramar
East of Interstate 15
West of Highway 67.
Qualcomm Stadium is the evacuation point. They have capacity there. They need donations of cots, blankets, tents, personal hygiene/comfort items and stuffed animals for kids at Qualcomm.
HOMES COMPLETELY DESTROYED
Please note: The following homes have been confirmed destroyed by News 8 reporters on the ground. This list is not official, or complete.
Rancho Bernardo Area
The following are address located in the 17,000 Block of Valladares Drive: 17616, 17788, 17848, 17635, 17605
18013, 17995, 17987, 17961, 11488, 11449
11552, 11533, 11523, 11512
11478, 11479, 11469, 11468, 11464, 11458, 11459
17885, 17864, 17865, 17816, 17824, 17808
17796, 17792, 17788, 17782, 17776
11517, 11534, 11537, 11524
18682, 18683, 18689, 18697, 18667, 18666,18658, 18642, 18621
Sun Maiden Court
18181, 18187 (mostly destroyed)
Several condos (La Terraza)
17616, 17788, 17848, 17635, 17605
18285 (mostly destroyed, some items saved)
Country Day Road:
14326, 14310, 14325, 14342
Twisted Ranch Road
14341, 14366, 14386, 14376
3510, 3522, 3542
Terra Vista Place
3919, 3925, 3932, 3965
@ CBS News 8
It is just Tuesday and more high winds are expected.
FEMA is expected to be there today with Chertoff making an appearance, we will see what if any help they will provide to this massive disaster.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I'm buying breakfast for everyone today, so take a seat and dig in!
Don't ask me what those three semi-green nubulets are, you probably don't want to know.
Any way, here at DWF, we will resort to bribery with food to get the readership up, we have no scruples at all.
Fasten seatbelts for the bumpy ride ahead this week, the Dow is still going down, SO Cal is up in smoke, the polar ice cap is still melting, and You Tube has a Cat-N-Crow vid.
Crazy week ahead so eat up, you will need your strength to make it to Friday.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Near riot on Bill Mahers' program, only thing missing was a taser incident.
He blamed 9/11 controlled demolition advocates for the disruptions.
Live TV audiences can be entertaining, not this time.
Formula One racing today will decide the championship for the season.
It beats the pants off NASCAR! They (F1) turn left and right, not just left.
Gas priced here at $3.29/gal. the yuppies are sniveling filling their gas pig SUV's at $$$$$$ prices.
What will the DOW do next week?
Stay tuned for the exciting events of the week all here at DWF.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
PBS provides Bill Moyers Journal for us and in the most recent episode he interviews Jeremy Scahill about Backwater and other mercenary groups and the danger they pose to our very freedom.
Video can be viewed HERE.
These are indeed very trying times for the entire world and these hired goon squads are making it even more complicated.
HT to Gerald for posting about the episode yesterday.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The Googles are constipated this AM, could only load 4 cartoons- FIX IT GOOGLES!
Sheesh! Supposed to be Friday funnies but I ain't having any fun fighting the Silicone Valley Media Mogouls.
It ain't easy being funny, the repugs are trying to get it outlawed.
When they outlaw funny, only outlaws will be funny.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Confirmation hearings began on Wednesday for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey. And after a day of questioning, the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee appears set to support his confirmation. President Bush nominated Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales after Gonzales quit in August amidst a series of scandals involving the firing of U.S. Attorneys and for approving a secret warrantless domestic surveillance program. Mukasey is a retired federal judge who handled several high-profile cases including the 1995 trial of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the "blind sheikh," and the initial detention of Jose Padilla.
On Wednesday Mukasey defended many of President Bush”s most controversial post 9/11 policies. He said the president has the right to indefinitely detain American citizens without charge. He refused to recommend the closing of the military prison at Guantanamo. And Mukasey said he does not believe prisoners at Guantanamo should be allowed the right of habeas corpus.
@ DEMOCRACY NOW
This man appears to be slightly better than the previous occupant of the AG's office but only slightly. With his narrow views and devotion to the Cabal it is not likely anything will improve in the areas of Habeas Corpus or GITMO and many others that are crying out for change.
Yet despite the shortcomings of this man, the Dems will once again roll over and relinquish control to the fascist Cabal.
Suddenly all aspects of law are open for micro-interpretation, defining torture, defining enemy combatants, etc, etc. The worst part about this is there are no more checks in the system to prevent further integration of fascism into the U.S. We are sitting ducks waiting to be plucked.
Nothing short of a full scale violent revolution will change what has been wrought upon us.
It will be a while but the rest of the consumer-grade citizens will be feeling the pinch of fascism and when they do, there will be hell to pay.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
@ RAW STORY
Ralph Nader be damned, Stephen Colbert the Narcissist's, Narcissist, has lit off a parody that will surely drive his ratings somewhere beyond the Moon.
Aw heck, why not parody the political beauty pageant called "The Presidential Race".
Actually is not really a race at all, but a verbal bloviation of mostly untruths disguised as a race to make people think they have a choice.
One has to wonder if we even have a choice or has the choice already been made and the MSM will tell us what the polls have said. A big media push is on to get Ole Hill and Gouliani up front. How do I know this? Well no one in their right mind would vote for either one because by doing so we will continue down the road to corporate control of America, also known as Fascism. We are being set up like bowling pins only to be knocked down by BIG business, hell a blind man could see that.
Colbert's ratings will skyrocket, the American people will get screwed as usual.
Wake up America! Nothing funny about war, death and global warming, coming to a planet near you if you don't.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"The Caspian Sea is an inland sea and it only belongs to the Caspian states, therefore only they are entitled to have their ships and military forces here," he said.
Putin, whose trip to Tehran is the first by a Kremlin leader since World War II, warned that energy pipeline projects crossing the Caspian could only be implemented if all five nations that border the Caspian support them.
Putin did not name any specific country, but his statement underlined Moscow's strong opposition to U.S.-backed efforts to build pipelines to deliver hydrocarbons to the West bypassing Russia.
"Projects that may inflict serious environmental damage to the region cannot be implemented without prior discussion by all five Caspian nations," he said.
Other nations bordering the Caspian Sea and in attendance at the summit are: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
The legal status of the Caspian _ believed to contain the world's third-largest energy reserves _ has been in limbo since the 1991 Soviet collapse, leading to tension and conflicting claims to seabed oil deposits.
Well there you have it, there's OIL there. The megalomaniacs are intent on possessing every drop, at ANY cost.
He that controls the OIL, controls the world.
Gawd what an awful thought that water will replace OIL in the not too distant future.
Then BIG WATER will kill anyone that gets in the way there.
Some humans really SUCK!
Monday, October 15, 2007
With the view they have toward the environment as shown in this article, is it any wonder we will not be addressing Global Warming.
Screw the environment, totalitarian-fascism trumps all else.
They have infiltrated every avenue in order to effect political control, now they want to politicize the environment.
I hate authoritarians!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Today is the last day before Armageddon if we are to believe Oct. 15 the bombing of Iran will commence. The trigger will be pulled, the balloon will be lifted, the end is near, or is it?
The end of the world has been predicted many times before. "Humanity will pay the price for it's decadent behavior", has been the battle cry for the self righteous so-called 'judges' .
Many times we have been to the brink in those minds and our comuppence will surely be soon be at hand is the belief.
If the c-n-c, 'deciders' to bomb Iran back into the middle ages, the world will not end, there will merely be more dead people in it as a result. The power to 'decider' who should live or who should die should never be allowed to be made by such an in-human, human.
They would like you to believe they are saving us from the boogey man under our beds, but are merely installing them there themselves. They want to control the fear, they want to be the heroes. Only when we submit to the fear campaign will we be saved, much like repentance.
So those that perceive themselves as Gods, can act like Gods, deciding who will live or who will die, as long as we continue to believe the evil lies.
No sir the world will not end tomorrow, but humanity could take one more step down the ladder to it's own demise.
Peace, not war.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Two Toyopet Crowns, Toyota’s first exports to the United States, wait to be loaded on a ship at Yokohama harbor in August 1957. Nearly half a century later, Toyota is on track to surpass General Motors as the world’s No. 1 automaker.
* Union of Concerned Scientists*
10/03/2007 03:38 PM
President, Toyota North America Shigeru Hayakawa
Dear Mr. Hayakawa,
I am writing to express my deep concern that your company has
decided to actively oppose the Senate-passed increase to U.S.
fuel economy standards. Toyota already complies with Japanese
fuel economy standards aimed at reaching approximately 46 miles
per gallon (U.S.) by 2010. Why are you denying American
consumers the access to fuel efficient choices that both hybrid
and conventional technologies can deliver in all vehicle
When I decide what type of vehicle I want to drive, I take a
company's overall reputation into consideration. Toyota's
credibility is on the line.
I ask that you reverse your current course of action and declare
publicly that Toyota can and will comply with the Senate fuel
economy standards of 35 miles per gallon. You have the power to
help Americans meet their varied driving needs while reducing
oil dependence and global warming pollution.
I look forward to your reply.
Response (Corporate Communications)
10/09/2007 03:43 PM
Thank you for contacting Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. regarding your concerns with Toyota's position on federally mandated fuel economy increases.
We share your interest in strengthening automotive fuel economy and, in fact, are actively lobbying for a significant increase in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards (CAFE). Any assertion by anyone or any one website or blog that we are doing otherwise, is simply not true.
There are various bills before Congress that would mandate new CAFE targets by 2020 and require both cars and trucks to meet that standard. At Toyota, we favor proposed legislation known as H.R. 2927, the Hill-Terry bill. This measure is aggressive and calls for increases in CAFE by as much as 40% by 2022. Although this won't be easy, we believe it is achievable. The bill maintains separate categories for cars and trucks.
Please also note the following:
- Toyota has always exceeded federal fuel economy requirements, and our passenger car line-up has the highest CAFE rating in the automotive industry.
- Toyota is the only major automaker to consistently improve global warming performance since 2001, thanks to hybrids and better conventional technology.*
- We're totally committed to ongoing improvement of fuel economy and emissions in all of our vehicles. In fact, our commitment to this is so deep, we spend $23 million every day on green initiatives and research.
We are continuously striving to improve our fuel economy, regardless of federal mandates.
So please understand that we, too, strongly support increased fuel economy standards. It's the right thing to do-and, we hope that we've been able to provide a little more insight into our environmental commitments and actions.
To learn more, please visit our corporate blog and see our recent posts regarding this topic at http://blog.toyota.com/2007/10/post.html and at http://blog.toyota.com/2007/09/irvs-sheet-a-ca.html.
The contents of H.R. 2927 can be found HERE
EXERPT: `(B) The alternative minimum standard referred to in subparagraph (A) shall be the greater of--
`(i) 27.5 miles per gallon; or
`(ii) 92 percent of the average fuel economy projected by the Secretary for the combined domestic and foreign fleets manufactured for sale in the United States by all manufacturers in that model year, which projection shall be published in the Federal Register when the standard for that model year is promulgated in accordance with this section.
`(C) The alternative minimum standard under this paragraph shall apply to a manufacturer's domestically manufactured passenger automobiles only if the passenger automobile standard established on the basis of vehicle attributes pursuant to this subsection, excluding any credits transferred by the manufacturer pursuant to section 32903(g) from other categories of automobiles described in such section, would allow that manufacturer to comply with a less stringent passenger automobile standard than the alternative minimum standard.'; and
(3) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
`(c) Average Fuel Economy for Automobiles After 2021- In prescribing standards under subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary shall prescribe separate average fuel economy standards for passenger automobiles and non-passenger automobiles such that--
`(1) the projected combined fuel economy average for model year 2022 shall not be greater than 35 miles per gallon; and
`(2) the projected combined fuel economy average for model year 2022 and subsequent model years shall be not less than 32 miles per gallon,
Rather weak standards if you ask me, why? Well I had a Fiat 850, actually several, that routinely got 40mpg in the 70's, city driving. If the diligent, fuel conscious people at Fiat could do it back then, we should realistically be looking at 80mpg today as a common thing given the advancements in technology since then.
Like all things corporate, greed is good, worse gas mileage equals more gas sold equals more profit. Any attempt to upset that would surely result in banishment from the corporate culture as an subversive element.
The letter from Toyota confirms the stoic nature that will not be changed.
35mpg ain't shit!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs.
By Rick Weiss
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 9, 2007; A03
Vanessa Alarcon saw them while working at an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month.
"I heard someone say, 'Oh my god, look at those,' " the college senior from New York recalled. "I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?' They looked kind of like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects."
Out in the crowd, Bernard Crane saw them, too.
"I'd never seen anything like it in my life," the Washington lawyer said. "They were large for dragonflies. I thought, 'Is that mechanical, or is that alive?' "
That is just one of the questions hovering over a handful of similar sightings at political events in Washington and New York. Some suspect the insectlike drones are high-tech surveillance tools, perhaps deployed by the Department of Homeland Security.
Others think they are, well, dragonflies -- an ancient order of insects that even biologists concede look about as robotic as a living creature can look.
No agency admits to having deployed insect-size spy drones. But a number of U.S. government and private entities acknowledge they are trying. Some federally funded teams are even growing live insects with computer chips in them, with the goal of mounting spyware on their bodies and controlling their flight muscles remotely.
I know this topic has been discussed previously but I saw the article and had to post it.The spy business is doing well trying to observe and document protesters of the fascist regime.
As a fascist regime they are always wary of being discovered and having their cover blown. If they were to be found out by the majority of American people there would be an uprising and subsequent removal of the cabal from power, and they know it.
So it continues, warrant-less wiretaps, secret video taping, following dissenters, gathering information about who knows what.
Fascism never sleeps.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
The Government Sanctioned Bombing of Appalachia
By Antrim Caskey, AlterNet
Posted on October 9, 2007, Printed on October 9, 2007
On a calm, clear morning in the forested mountains of southern West Virginia, 12-year-old Chrystal Gunnoe played outdoors in the green mountain valley where her family has lived for hundreds of years. It was Veteran's Day and a school holiday. Chrystal's mother, Maria Gunnoe, 38, was inside when she heard her daughter yell for help.
Gunnoe rushed outside to find Chrystal coming towards her. Chrystal was coughing and struggling to breath, running from a strange-looking cloud that was moving down the valley and headed towards their house. Gunnoe would later learn the strange cloud came from something known as a "slow burning blast" -- an explosion set at the coal mine above her home that failed to ignite and instead burned slowly, releasing a wet toxic cloud of nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide.
Gunnoe lives in Bob White, W.Va., where coal companies have become increasingly unfriendly neighbors. Her home is surrounded by thousands of acres where a radically destructive type of coal mining is practiced -- mountaintop removal/valley fill (MTR) coal mining -- and it's turning Maria Gunnoe's life upside down.
In the weeks following, Chrystal suffered from a bronchial infection, a consistent cough, nose bleeds and bouts of painful breathing. Her mother, who was also exposed, "had sores on the inside of [her] nose," she said. "First they take our land, then the water, now the air," fumed Gunnoe who lives in Boone County, W.Va.'s top coal-yielding county, and the epicenter of Appalachian coal extraction, where the dirty business of mining, processing and hauling coal is the main meal-ticket in town.
Coal mining dominates the lives of the people in the remote, coal-rich mountain communities of West Virginia, where coal operators like Massey Energy are waging a remorseless campaign to extract all the coal they can, as fast as they can, before coal is legislated into the past and President Bush is out of office.
Never mind the fact that coal is the dirtiest possible substance that when burned pukes out more carbon than any other fossil fuel, it's worth a ton of money.
The coal bosses don't give a rats ass about destroying pristine land to get it, they just want big profits whatever it takes.
Americans gone bad, again.
Monday, October 08, 2007
These madmen must be driven from office
By DOUG THOMPSON
George W. Bush is an American Hitler. We can no longer deny that unpleasant reality and we must face the sad fact that the President of the United States is an international war criminal, a despot who sanctions torture and a madman who is nothing less than a mass murderer.
Impeachment of this criminal is no longer an option. It is a necessity. Bush, along with his partner in crime Dick Cheney, must be removed from office. They must be arrested and tried for their crimes and, upon conviction, they must be punished to the full extent of the law.
The United States can no longer sit back and allow the slow, plodding wheels of Democracy take its course. We cannot wait until January 20, 2009, to remove these thugs from office. It must happen now. He is a threat not only to the peace and security of the United States but represents a clear and present danger to the world as we know it.
Bush is an international terrorist far more dangerous than Osama bin Laden. Bush is a Hitler with nuclear weapons, an unhinged, megalomaniacal madman bent on world destruction.@ Capitol Hill Blue
Better move quick, 10/15/07 is getting closer.
Glad I am not the Lone Ranger wanting the thugs out of Dodge, tar and feathers still work.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Credit: E.Feigelson & K.Getman (PSU) et al., CXO, NASA
Explanation: The stars of Orion shine brightly in visible light in planet Earth's night sky. The constellation harbors the closest large stellar nursery, the Great Nebula of Orion, a mere 1,500 light-years away. In fact, the apparently bright clump of stars near the center of this false color Chandra x-ray telescope picture are the massive stars of the Trapezium - the young star cluster which powers much of the nebula's visible-light glow. The stars shown in blue and orange are young sun-like stars; prodigious sources of x-rays thought to be produced in hot stellar coronae and surface flares in a young star's strong magnetic field. Our middle-aged Sun itself was probably thousands of times brighter in x-rays when, like the Trapezium stars, it was only a few million years old. The x-ray image spans about 2.5 light-years across the central region of the Orion Nebula.Astronomy Picture of the Day
Otherwise benign night sky brought to life.
Infinity from the microscopic to the cosmic giving us a perspective as to where humanity is on this enormous scale from big to small.
Mere specs of dust, and just as easily swept away.
Friday, October 05, 2007
BUBBA LIGHTS THE CANDLE ON THE CAKE
FETCH ME AN ALE, WOULD YOU?
I NEED COMEDY I TELL YA!
NOW, MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT FROM COLDPLAY
NEXT UP, WEIRD AL
AND IT'S THE BEATLES!!
NEXT UP, PINK FLOYD
GREEN DAY, AMERICAN IDIOT ROCKS!!
NEIL YOUNG, LETS IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT
Well, that about wraps up our festivities on this the first anniversary of DWF.
I want to thank each and everyone for the great comments, my 'chicks'; Micki, Carol, Carey and Jeanne, the guys, Alan, David B. Benson, Gerald, Hajji, and James Ha, and Anonymous whoever you are.
We are the scattered remains of the Cornblog, a bunch of political misfits forever dedicated to peace and the American way, gathered together railing against the madness that is, today's world.
If you are not all tuckered out after all the vids, I'll meet you in the "Comments"
Plenty of booze, beer, and sodas at the bar, help yourselves to the condiments and horsey-doovers.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
What is this a bad episode of the Sopranos? "Gee we would hate to see you have an accident over there Henry" Who does Issa think he is? Veiled threats from a official sworn to uphold The Constitution sticks in my craw. Combine that with the firing of Carol Lam who incidentally was investigating Issa along with his fellow California Mafioso Duke Cunningham and several others, makes me wonder if they are indeed the Mob.
Issa has been a strict obstructionist of the worst kind in all the Committee on Oversight hearings so far and I consider him a threat to Americans everywhere.
Actually could be giving The Mob a bad name, if that is at all possible.
Issa, do the country a favor and resign, we need genuine progress, not veiled threats.
Any ideas of making me sleep with the fishes? bring it on Mob Boy!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Greenspan and the Myth of the True Believer
by Naomi Klein
September 27, 2007
The tall graduate student, visiting the United States from Sweden, would not be satisfied with a quip. He wanted answers.
"They cannot only be driven by greed and power. They must be driven by something higher. What?"
Don't knock power and greed, I tried to suggest--they have built empires. But he wanted more.
"What about a belief that they are building a better world?"
Since I began touring with my book The Shock Doctrine, I have had a number of exchanges like this, revolving around the same basic question: When hard-right political leaders and their advisers apply brutal economic shock therapy, do they honestly believe the trickle-down effects will build equitable societies--or are they just deliberately creating the conditions for yet another corporate feeding frenzy? Put bluntly, Has the world been transformed over the past three decades by lofty ideology or by lowly greed?
A definitive answer would require reading the minds of men like Dick Cheney and Paul Bremer, so I tend to dodge. The ideology in question holds that self-interest is the engine that drives society to its greatest heights. Isn't pursuing their own self-interest (and that of their campaign donors) compatible with that philosophy? That's the beauty: They don't have to choose. Unfortunately, this rarely satisfies graduate students looking for deeper meaning. Thankfully I now have a new escape hatch: quoting Alan Greenspan.
His autobiography, The Age of Turbulence, has been marketed as a mystery solved: The man who bit his tongue for eighteen years as head of the Federal Reserve was finally going to tell the world what he really believed. And Greenspan has delivered, using his book and the surrounding publicity as a platform for his "libertarian Republican" ideology, chiding George W. Bush for abandoning the crusade for small government and revealing that he became a policy-maker because he thought he could advance his radical ideology more effectively "as an insider, rather than as a critical pamphleteer" on the margins. Yet what is most interesting about Greenspan's story is what it reveals about the ambiguous role of ideas in the free-market crusade. Given that Greenspan is perhaps the world's most powerful living free-market ideologue, it is significant that his commitment to ideology seems rather thin and perfunctory--less zealous belief, more convenient cover story.
Much of the debate around Greenspan's legacy has revolved around the matter of hypocrisy, of a man preaching laissez-faire who repeatedly intervened in the market to save the wealthiest players. The economy that is Greenspan's legacy hardly fits the definition of a libertarian market but looks very much like another phenomenon described in his book: "When a government's leaders routinely seek out private-sector individuals or businesses and, in exchange for political support, bestow favors on them, the society is said to be in the grip of "crony capitalism." He was talking about Indonesia under Suharto, but my mind went straight to Iraq under Halliburton. Greenspan is currently warning the world about a dangerous looming backlash against capitalism. Apparently, this has nothing at all to do with the policies of negligent deregulation that were his trademark. Nothing to do with stagnant wages due to free trade and weakened unions, nor with pensions lost to Enron or the dot-com crash, or homes seized in the subprime mortgage crisis. According to Greenspan, rampant inequality is caused by lousy high schools (which also has nothing to do with his ideology's war on the public sphere). I debated Greenspan on Democracy Now! recently and was stunned that this man who preaches the doctrine of personal responsibility refuses to take any at all.
Yet ideological contradictions are only relevant if Greenspan really is a true believer. I'm not convinced. Greenspan writes that as a student he had no interest in big ideas. Unlike his classmates who were in the thrall of Keynesianism with its promise of building a better world, Greenspan was simply good at math. He started doing research for powerful corporations; it was profitable, but Greenspan made no claims to a higher social contribution.
Then he discovered Ayn Rand. "What she did...was to make me think why capitalism is not only efficient and practical, but also moral," he said in 1974.
Rand's ideas about the "utopia of greed" allowed Greenspan to keep doing what he was doing but infused his corporate service with a powerful new sense of mission: Making money wasn't just good for him; it was good for society as a whole. Of course, the flip side of this is the cruel disregard for those left behind. "Undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment," Greenspan wrote as a zealous new convert. "Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should." Was it this mindset that served him well as he supported shock therapy in Russia (72 million impoverished) and in East Asia after the 1997 economic crisis (24 million pushed into unemployment)?
Rand has played this role of greed-enabler for countless disciples. According to the New York Times, Atlas Shrugged, her novel that ends with the hero tracing a dollar sign in the air like a benediction, stands as "one of the most influential business books ever written." Since Rand is simply pulped-up Adam Smith, her influence on men like Greenspan suggests an interesting possibility. Perhaps the true purpose of the entire literature of trickle-down theory is to liberate entrepreneurs to pursue their narrowest advantage while claiming global altruistic motives--not so much an economic philosophy as an elaborate, retroactive rationale.
What Greenspan teaches us is that trickle-down isn't really an ideology after all. It's more like the friend we call after some embarrassing excess so that they will tell us, "Don't beat yourself up: You deserve it."
The Shock Doctrine
Figured everyone else is on the Backwater bandwagon so I would post something different.
Funny how the money whores can justify their behavior through various twisted means.
Much the same as killers justify to themselves why they ended someones life.
Not much more than common criminals, people like Greenspam take all they can while others go without. The Fed is the largest legal money robbing scheme to be foisted upon America, succeeding in taking us off the gold standard then promptly hauling it off tho their own vaults all the while America slept, at the switch.
Greenspam is not American, the Fed is not American, but greed is, oh you bet it is.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran. “Shia extremists, backed by Iran, are training Iraqis to carry out attacks on our forces and the Iraqi people,” Bush told the national convention of the American Legion in August. “The attacks on our bases and our troops by Iranian-supplied munitions have increased. . . . The Iranian regime must halt these actions. And, until it does, I will take actions necessary to protect our troops.” He then concluded, to applause, “I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s murderous activities.”
The President’s position, and its corollary—that, if many of America’s problems in Iraq are the responsibility of Tehran, then the solution to them is to confront the Iranians—have taken firm hold in the Administration. This summer, the White House, pushed by the office of Vice-President Dick Cheney, requested that the Joint Chiefs of Staff redraw long-standing plans for a possible attack on Iran, according to former officials and government consultants. The focus of the plans had been a broad bombing attack, with targets including Iran’s known and suspected nuclear facilities and other military and infrastructure sites. Now the emphasis is on “surgical” strikes on Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities in Tehran and elsewhere, which, the Administration claims, have been the source of attacks on Americans in Iraq. What had been presented primarily as a counter-proliferation mission has been reconceived as counterterrorism.
@ The New Yorker
Sabre rattling by a supposed Lame Duck? Or covering for deadeye dicks war planning, either way the fascist regime is on it's way to causing more grief and garbage in the World and inciting more death and destruction. All that while the Congress sits on it's hands.
The nightmare continues unabated. Will someone PLEASE stop these idiots?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Bill Maher 9-28-07
For a elected official, Rahm doesn't know shit about the oath to uphold the Constitution and the part about free speech, and this guy is a big shot in the dem party? No wonder they are directionless and meandering aimlessly.
What is he a reich wing plant to screw the dems up? Or does he actually believe he is right?
Get the boot and give it to that guy!