Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sick of the Rich Yet?

Buyout Billionaires' Recession-Proof Secrets Revealed
Posted by Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films on May 6, 2008 at 9:19 AM.

How is it possible for us to be entering a recession while buyout billionaires like Henry Kravis saved $96 million through tax loopholes in 2006 alone? That's just one buyout billionaire, in one year, making use of one loophole! Just think how much these private equity crooks are costing taxpayers who are already battling financial hardships and home foreclosures.

Our earlier War on Greed films garnered over 350,000 views and a lot of attention from The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The New York Post, not to mention the Private Equity Council. Such wonderful feedback made us realize that now is a crucial time to connect the dots between buyout billionaires and everyday Americans suffering through this recession. And in talking with many of you, we thought a short, animated video could be a great means of conveying the gross misconduct of Henry Kravis, KKR, and the policies of buyout exploiters. So Paris, Lee Stranahan, and the team went to work to bring you our first animated video.

Now for the serious part. Join over 18,000 people who have already signed our petition demanding our presidential candidates close the Henry Kravis tax loophole. Then, please send this film along to ten people. Make sure Larry the Loophole is seen by friends, relatives, and schoolmates through Facebook, MySpace-the works! We already started spreading our message yesterday outside the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, when we joined the SEIU to present Kravis with the "Loophole of the Year" Award.

Last week, journalist David Sirota wrote, "As the facts trickle out about the private equity scam, you can bet public pressure for change is going to start building." Yes, we've presented the facts here with animated satire and humor, but our hope is that this will allow us to reach tens of thousands of people together.

By the way, our Condi Must GO video was a smashing success. Not only was it the #1 Video on YouTube News and Politics, but we received over 70,000 signatures for our petition. However, we still need more to reach our goal. Help us send Condi packing by sending Condi Must GO to all of your friends to sign.


Parasitic greed infestations with Nero syndrome.

Just what we want to hear as we fill our gas tanks for $150 ain't it?
Some money grubbers out there gaming the system and buying luxury yachts, gas prices be damned.

Quite revolting.



DEN said...

I differ with Glenn on his "Condi Must Go" petition. There are a lot more important things that need to be done, one of which is to remove the Veep and Prez from their golden thrones until the election is over then send them to jail.

Saladin said...

I have a better idea DEN, how about tar, feathers then the hanging from the lamp posts that daddy bush said would happen if the people knew the truth of what they've really been up to?

Saladin said...

Neocons Admit that "War On Terror" Is a Hoax

All links here:

Key war on terror architect Douglas Feith has now confirmed Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Wesley Clark in admitting that the so-called War on Terror is a hoax.

In fact, starting right after 9/11 -- at the latest -- the goal has always been to create "regime change" and instability in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Lebanon so as to protect Israel. And the goal was never really to destroy Al Qaeda.

As reported in a new article in Asia Times:

Three weeks after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld established an official military objective of not only removing the Saddam Hussein regime by force but overturning the regime in Iran, as well as in Syria and four other countries in the Middle East, according to a document quoted extensively in then-under secretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith's recently published account of the Iraq war decisions. Feith's account further indicates that this aggressive aim of remaking the map of the Middle East by military force and the threat of force was supported explicitly by the country's top military leaders.

Feith's book, War and Decision, released last month, provides excerpts of the paper Rumsfeld sent to President George W Bush on September 30, 2001, calling for the administration to focus not on taking down Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network but on the aim of establishing "new regimes" in a series of states...


General Wesley Clark, who commanded the North Atlantic Treaty Organization bombing campaign in the Kosovo war, recalls in his 2003 book Winning Modern Wars being told by a friend in the Pentagon in November 2001 that the list of states that Rumsfeld and deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz wanted to take down included Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan and Somalia [and Lebanon].


When this writer asked Feith . . . which of the six regimes on the Clark list were included in the Rumsfeld paper, he replied, "All of them."


The Defense Department guidance document made it clear that US military aims in regard to those states would go well beyond any ties to terrorism. The document said the Defense Department would also seek to isolate and weaken those states and to "disrupt, damage or destroy" their military capacities - not necessarily limited to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Where does Israel come in?

Well, the Asia Times article continues:

Rumsfeld's paper was given to the White House only two weeks after Bush had approved a US military operation in Afghanistan directed against bin Laden and the Taliban regime. Despite that decision, Rumsfeld's proposal called explicitly for postponing indefinitely US airstrikes and the use of ground forces in support of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in order to try to catch bin Laden.

Instead, the Rumsfeld paper argued that the US should target states that had supported anti-Israel forces such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

After the bombing of two US embassies in East Africa [in 1988] by al-Qaeda operatives, State Department counter-terrorism official Michael Sheehan proposed supporting the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance in Afghanistan against bin Laden's sponsor, the Taliban regime. However, senior US military leaders "refused to consider it", according to a 2004 account by Richard H Shultz, Junior, a military specialist at Tufts University.

A senior officer on the Joint Staff told State Department counter-terrorism director Sheehan he had heard terrorist strikes characterized more than once by colleagues as a "small price to pay for being a superpower".

And if "terrorist strikes" were a "small price to pay for being a superpower"- and that is the reason that the U.S. government refused to disrupt the alleged planners of the 9/11 attacks - doesn't that add weight to the claim that the U.S. government intentionally allowed the 9/11 attacks to occur? In other words, doesn't this statement by a senior officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tend to prove that 9/11 was intentionally allowed to occur as the "New Pearl Harbor" which would allow America to act like "a superpower" and re-make the Middle East in its own (and Israel's) image?

This is not an unreasonable question, especially given that Feith, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and most of the other key architects of the "war on terror" were part of the Project for a New American Century and its plea for a "New Pearl Harbor" to justify expansion of American militarism and regime change in the Middle East.

And remember that many of the key members of PNAC and architects of the "war on terror" had previously created the "Clean Break" strategy for Israel, which called for a policy of war and regime change against Israel's enemies.

The war on terror was never intended to be about fighting terrorism. As even Newsweek has now admitted, the war on terror is a hoax.
All roads lead to Israel

DEN, Check out this video about the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. Our bestest friends in the Middle East!

Israel-Our Great Ally

DEN said...


While Israelis partied, Palestinians held a solemn march in Bethlehem to mark the "nakba", or catastrophe, of the Jewish state's creation, when about 700,000 people, half the Arab population of Palestine, fled or were driven from their homes.

Holding banners vowing never to give up their "right to return" to land now part of Israel, protesters rallied around a 10-metre-long key, a symbol of the dream to reclaim lost homes.

"It hurts me dreadfully to see Israel celebrating because of our suffering, our expulsion and the loss of our homeland," said Monther Amireh, as Israeli planes roared overhead.

In northern Israel, thousands wearing black armbands and waving Palestinian flags rallied at a site where an Arab village once stood. It is now a Roman-era archaeological site.

@ Reuters


As Israel celebrates 60 years of kicking Arab butt, shoving their way into lands that did not belong to them and killing the occupants I am glad to see the Palestinians are not remaining silent. 60 years of killing, in effect creating a Holocaust of their own while the US sits and encourages them by funding their poor despicable selves.


Carey said...

I agree Den. Glenn gets carried away sometimes, just a little.

Pick your battles, there's so many of them.

Screw the Israeli government. We all agree on that. Bunch of idiotic neocons, especially that Ben Netanyahu person.

We have larger fish to fry, don't want to get stuck on any one complaint. Go to the top, go to Cheney.

Asshole, evil, icky, disgusting, icky, just too horrible to contemplate.

Carey said...

Did you know that Google won't publish, lately, from the preview stage? I have to go back to original copy and click publish. Weird. It won't accept publish from preview mode.

DEN said...

The googles are angry!

DEN said...

Slippery slopes in silicone valley, just try to get a real person to listen, I think Fort Knox would be easier to get into.

MICKI said...


Get one of those rich bastards that DEN posted about to buy it for you!

Chop, chop!

Saladin said...

Dear Carey, Cheney isn't the top, he's just another despicable neocon puppet. Israel, the Zionist regime from whom our Govt. gets their marching orders to be precise, IS the top, that's why it's so important to focus on the never ending evil they not only get away with, and not just in Palestine, but to eliminate the propaganda that presents those murderers as the eternal victims. Truth is the only thing that will free the world of these unholy wars and the destruction of all that is good.

Carey said...

Instead of Israel--we know they are squihook--I'll bring up something else.

Today is the anniversary of Ken's death. One year. People want me to sound like a mourning woman.

Please, do you see the confetti?

Celebration. It's all about the freedom. No more violence and prison.

Of course I'll play the part for Brandon. That's how I got into this mess, all for Brandon.

Carey said...

I'm also a little mad at Hillary.

Must it be about you and 2012? Really?

Carey said...

I'm more than a little mad. Stop trying to ruin Obama's chances to ensure victory for yourself in 2012.

Yeah, you could say I'm really pissed at the selfishness.

It is all about Hillary, afterall.

DEN said...

Some one suggested that by HRC slowing down the withdrawal process it would not alienate her supporters and send them running to McPain but support BHO instead.

micki said...

More choice for women means more sustainability

micki said...

I don't see how Hillary staying in hurts Obama's chances. He hasn't out-n-out won it yet, so why not let it play out to June 3rd? It has been a long campaign, but that is not the candidates' fault (entirely) -- the primary season was scheduled by the DNC pooh-bahs and state officials.

What if the two left standing at this point, all things being equal, were Barack Obama and John Edwards? Should one of them step aside for the other and say, "I quit"? I don't think so.

Besides, the voters in the last remaining primaries have said, time and again, that it's about time, they had an opportunity to participate.

If anything, this contest has brought more people into the process and has generated more interest than any campaign in decades.

micki said...

Besides, all this talk about Hillary in 2012 is a bunch of crapola. She won't run in 2012.

micki said...

Whoever the nominee is will need the help of the other one -- and their supporters -- to get across the finish line in November. So, it's a bit rash to continue to bash Clinton and, by extension, her supporters. And vice versa with Obama and his supporters.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Is that becaause by 2012 we'll have a dictator?

Saladin said...

Who can place the most kisses on Israel's ass? Obama, Hillary Or McCain? Obama's trying hard but has yet to promise to obliterate anyone for them.

Obama says US will always stand by Israel,7340,L-3540975,00.html

Published: 05.08.08, 14:44 / Israel News

US presidential hopeful Barack Obama congratulated Israel in honor of its 60th Independence Day, saying that the United States will always stand by Israel to ensure that it can defend itself against the threats of terror and violence, from Gaza to Tehran.

He added that his country would never hesitate when practicing its commitment to help Israel reach its goal of achieving real peace through durable peace with its neighbors. (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)
Yes indeedy! We love you! Congratulations on 60 years of the terrorism, murder and total destruction of the Palestinian way of life and everything they have ever hoped for or dreamed of. We will stand by you! We will kill for you! We will defend you against all those heinous Gaza terrorists! We will nuke the entire Muslim world for you. We will bow down and worship you. You are God's chosen people and there is absolutely NOTHING we won't do for your sake. All you people get in line to vote for the most faithful candidate for Israel, because that is your sole choice. America and the rest of the world be damned.

micki said...

Is that becaause by 2012 we'll have a dictator?

That's a distinct possibility.

Come to think of one dictionary definition, we're already there... bu$h/cheney have already granted themselves absolute emergency power.

David B. Benson said...

So all they need is an emergency?


ยบ¿carol said...

Carey, I haven't been able to post from "preview" for weeks now. Keeps telling me I have something wrong. Have to go back to "edit" in order to post.

Micki, that mower isn't for me. I'd have to put wire around the property. No fences here. Then I wonder about the mole hills, tunnels...sticks that fell from a tree. Plus I so love the two hours of mowing. It's like taking a tour around the place. Oh, and what a waste of money!!!!

I'm all for Hillary staying in. I certainly would if I were her.

Carey said...


Thanks for that article from World Watch on women controlling their childbearing ages.

The problem is this. How long do we have to put up with one of our own making it abundantly, zealously clear that whites don't like blacks? Today Ms. Clinton did not mince her words. Frankly, I'm ashamed.

How long do we have to put up with this?

No. No longer.

micki said...

Carey -- I didn't hear the words from Hillary that you're referring to. What did she say?

Carol -- Yeah, I figured that you'd pass on the robomower. I know you don't drink mint juleps!!!! :-))

Dr. B -- Yup, an emergency is all it takes. Then one wonders, how would they DEFINE an emergency?

micki said...

Saladin -- Rabbi Michael Lerner is worth reading on this matter. He offers some prudent words, recognizing that it is not a one-sided situation, not letting the Zionists off the hook.