Monthly Archives: October 2010

Whatever Happened To “Yes We Can”?


Harlingen, Texas, July 1, 2010: I just finished listening to the “Yes We Can” president spend an entire immigration speech saying, “No We Can’t”. According to Barack Obama it is next to impossible for anyone to do anything to repair our broken borders. He also seems to believe that breaking our law by violating the border is acceptable and can be resolved by the criminal alien paying a small fine and learning English.

Well, Mr. President, perhaps if we started treating criminal aliens (note we did not write undocumented immigrants) by enforcing the laws they violated, our border security problems would be markedly fewer. Since 1929 it has been a criminal offense to illegally enter the United States of America. The first offense is punishable with up to six months in jail. For a second offense the individual can be sentenced to 20 years in prison. If we would instruct the courts forcefully use our immigration law to punish offenders, the illegal traffic would slow to a trickle.

Right now, without any new law being written, there are measures to put the brakes on illegal alien hiring. Employers who violate that 1929 federal statute already face a $250,000 fine and five years in prison. Two or three such harsh sentences, highly publicized, would lock the employment doors to illegal hiring across the country.

If we have any major failure in this country, it is a failure of leadership. Federal officials, federal judges, immigration officials and border security, along with the Executive branch of government and the Congress have all failed to perform one of their primary duties, which is to assure the security of the country.

The courts and legal establishment have been a disgrace. Those awaiting trial and facing deportation can stretch their date to appear in front of a judge from months to even years. Of those ordered deported 80% remain in the United States years after being ordered out of the country. Our Department of Justice spends more than $20 million a year to keep 300 lawyers flying around the United States defending those who have violated our borders and face deportation.

It is a felony to use forged citizenship documentation. Yet in Arizona more than 50,000 children have been found to have forged or stolen Social Security numbers, with no action taken against the offenders. The truth is forged and stolen identification used by illegal aliens totals in the millions of documents spread across the entire country. The best estimate is that 75% of the working age illegal aliens in the United States are committing identity theft with forged or stolen documents, yet no action has been taken by our governmental leaders to resolve the problem.

The “No We Can’t” attitude that prevails in Washington, throughout our court system and deep into governmental agencies charged with our protection is pervasive and must be stopped. It is now clear to more and more of the voting public that border security can only be resolved when we place responsible leaders in the offices which will allow them to take the actions American citizens demand. The “No We Can’t” president and his minions don’t appear to be up to the task. Maybe they should be asked; “Whatever happened to “Yes, We Can’?

Semper Fidelis
Thomas D. Segel
tomsegel@sbcglobal.net

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Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?


 

Did you ever think that things in America would get so bad that we would need to put armed guards into our unemployment offices?  Well, that is exactly what is happening in Indiana.  Armed security guards will now be posted at all 36 full-service unemployment offices in the state of Indiana.  So why is this happening now?  Well, Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter says that the agency is bringing in the extra security in anticipation of an upcoming deadline when thousands upon thousands of Indiana residents could have their unemployment benefits cut off.  But it is not just the state of Indiana that could have a problem.  In fact, one recent study found that approximately 2 million Americans will lose their unemployment insurance benefits during this upcoming holiday season unless Congress authorizes another emergency extension of benefits by the end of November.  At this point, however, that is looking less and less likely.

So perhaps all the states will have to start putting armed security guards in their unemployment offices.  The truth is that frustration among unemployed Americans is growing by the day.

Could we soon see economic riots similar to what we have seen in Greece and France?

Let’s hope not.

So could things really get out of hand when thousands of unemployed workers in Indiana find out that they aren’t going to get checks any longer?

Indiana Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter makes it sound like that is very much on his mind….

“Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients.”

So who is paying for all of this extra security?

The Feds of course.

The additional cost of the new security will be approximately $1 million, and it will be paid for with U.S. government funds designated for the administration of the unemployment system according to Lotter.

This is not a good trend.  As you go through your daily life, just start taking note of the places that now have armed security that did not have armed security five or ten years ago.

Unfortunately, as the U.S. economy goes downhill even further, the amount of security that people feel is “necessary” is likely to go up even more.

So is America going to become an armed camp where the people and institutions with money are protected by armed guards from the hordes of frustrated unemployed workers that can’t feed themselves or their families?

Americans are certainly not in a good mood about the economy.  According to a recent poll conducted by CNBC, 92 percent of Americans believe that the performance of the U.S. economy is either “fair” or “poor”.

The lack of jobs is the main thing that the American people are so mad about.  In fact, it is hard for even highly educated people to find work in 2010.  In America today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees.

People are really hurting and they are getting to the end of their ropes.  Over 41 million Americans are now on food stamps, and one out of every six Americans is enrolled in at least one federal anti-poverty program.  It is getting hard to believe that this is even America anymore.  For many more statistics that reveal the economic horror we are now facing as a nation, please see my previous article entitled ”30 Reasons Why People Should Be Getting Really Nervous About The State Of The U.S. Economy“.

But it is not just unemployment that is the problem.  In recent years, millions upon millions of Americans have been forced to take reduced hours or a cut in pay due to the economy.  Millions of others have had to take jobs that barely enable them to survive.  In fact, the number of Americans working part-time jobs “for economic reasons” is now the highest it has been in at least five decades.

So why aren’t there even close to enough jobs for everyone?  Well, there are a number of contributing factors, including the fact that we have been “offshoring” and “outsourcing” millions of our jobs and now it is really starting to catch up with us.  I have discussed this so many times now that I am starting to sound like a broken record.

But instead of fixing the fundamental problems with our economy, the Federal Reserve wants to print yet another gigantic pile of paper money and throw it at the problem.  It is called “quantitative easing“, and it may help smooth things over for a few months, but it is also going to make our long-term problems even worse.

Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve does not really seem concerned about protecting the value of the U.S. dollar at this point.  Not that they ever did, but it would be nice to see Fed officials paying at least some lip service to the dangers of inflation.

Instead, various Fed officials have been publicly making statements about the need for more quantitative easing for weeks.  Right now they seem desperate to put the American people back to work – even if it ends up crashing the value of the dollar.

But now even the IMF seems supportive of a dollar devaluation.  On Thursday, the IMF actually said that the U.S. dollar is “overvalued” and that adjustments need to be made.

We’ll see what the Fed decides to do next week.  Most analysts believe that they will announce a quantitative easing program of some sort or another.

But what have we come to as a nation when those who control our economy believe that the best solution to our economic problems is to print another big pile of paper money and chuck it into the system?

We’ve got an absolutely gigantic economic mess on our hands, and none of our “leaders” seem to have any idea about how to fix it.

Meanwhile, millions of unemployed Americans are just going to become more and more frustrated – especially when it gets to the point when they aren’t receiving unemployment checks anymore.

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IMF Tax Tribunals Coming to America Soon?


In Greece, the bankster loan sharking operation popularly known as the International Monetary Fund has proposed creating special courts and tribunals to prosecute tax evaders. Greek’s finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, a socialist Bilderberg member and a graduate of the London School of Economics, has “suggested the effective management of whistle-blowing” to protect people who rat out tax scofflaws.

“The idea of tax courts concerns either the setting up of special tribunals that would deal with tax cases without having to go through normal courts or the appointment of an adequate number of specialized judges to the existing structure of administrative courts who would deal exclusively with tax cases,” reports Kathimerini, a supplement to the International Herald Tribune in Greece.

The IMF also calls for “exhaustive checks regarding the payment of value-added tax.” Bankers and their cronies in government love the VAT because it legalizes theft at every stage of product manufacture and distribution. It disproportionately raises taxes on middle- and low-income earners. It is a sledgehammer used to wreck societies.

It will get ugly in Greece because the banksters will not get blood out of a stone. Austerity of the sort now imposed on Greece erodes tax revenues. But then the plan is not to raise tax revenue. It is to destroy nations and usher in world government.

Greece went crawling to the globalist loan sharking operation after its economy was imploded through a “monetarist” debt policy. In other words, after Greece joined the eurozone bankers manipulated the country’s money supply and then destroyed the supports with hedge funds and other bankster speculation schemes designed to level national economies.

In April, Greek’s socialist government begged the EU and the IMF for high interest loans. The following month the IMF made demands for “austerity measures” — slash and then freeze public-sector wages, raise taxes, increase value-added taxes, impose new taxes on businesses, cut pension payments and raise retirement ages — in order to pay back the loans issued at high interest and thus impoverish the average Greek.

Soon thereafter, the planned IMF riots occurred in Greece with predictable result, including death.

Monetary and fiscal austerity are designed to implement privatization and so-called “liberalization,” a nice word for removing restrictions on the inflow and outflow of international capital as well as restrictions on what transnational corporations and banks are allowed to buy, own, and operate in foreign countries. Banksters accomplish this by stacking up debt and then demanding “structural readjustment” that results in fire sales and the selling off of national treasures and assets to the bankster vulture class. In June, the Greek government put some of its 6,000 islands on the market.

“Debt is an efficient tool. It ensures access to other peoples’ raw materials and infrastructure on the cheapest possible terms,” writes Susan George in A Fate Worse Than Debt.

“The huge multinational banks and corporations in particular love the IMF,” writes Ron Paul. “Big corporations obtain lucrative contracts for a wide variety of construction projects funded with IMF loans. It’s a familiar game in Washington, where corporate welfare is disguised as compassion for the poor.” Most “recipient nations face huge debts they cannot service, which only adds to their poverty and instability,” Paul adds.

Now the IMF has set its sights on the Big Kahuna, the United States, and its analysts have “estimated a series of probabilities regarding the amount of increased debt a country might be able to sustain without hitting its projected point of no return,” the Washington Post reported in September. “In the case of the U.S., the fund said the odds were roughly three out of four that the country could increase its total debt to some degree without being penalized by investors.”

According to the IMF’s calculations, the United States finished 2009 with a debt-to-GDP ratio of 85%. “The current trend projects the United States to finish 2010 at 94% and 2011 at 98%. The 90% level has become the IMF’s make-or-break point for countries hoping to grow their way out of debt. If the government debt load climbs above 90% of GDP, economic growth slows so much that growth is no longer a viable solution for reducing that debt, and the IMF insists on austerity measures,” notes Activist Post.

It looks like austerity measures and new tax schemes are in the works for America. Glenn Beck and the RINO intelligentsia are all for squeezing more money out of the workers to pay off a never-ending bankster debt. Beck is in agreement with the former Fed mob boss Paul Volcker and Obama’s Goldman Sachs dominated Economic Recovery Advisory Board. It is our duty to pay the bankers.

It looks like, as well, the U.S. will ultimately get the same sort of tax courts and tribunals the IMF proposes for Greece since there is no shortage of tax scofflaws in America and no shortage of state-worshiping bureaucrats eager to fill the prisons and coming-soon slave labor penal workhouses with a fresh crop of victims.

Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.

Liberal Hecklers Won’t Let Obama Speak


 

President argues with hecklers for nearly 3 minutes…

‘Rocky Horror’ Is Still Going Strong After 35 Years


 

For a movie that came out during the Gerald Ford administration, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” has been getting a lot of press lately. There was the much ballyhooed “Rocky Horror” episode of “Glee” this week. There was a star-studded tribute to the camp rock opera in Los Angeles on Thursday that featured the likes of Jack Nicholson, Jorge Garcia, Evan Rachel Wood, and George Lopez along with Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele of “Glee” fame. And most surprisingly, someone posted some footage of a young, svelte Russell Crowe hamming it up in a Melbourne stage production of “Rocky Horror” from the 1980s.

Of course, “Rocky Horror” has never really been out of the press. The flick is the longest-running theatrical release ever. That’s right; it’s been playing continuously since 1975. And chances are it’s playing in a theater near you, especially if you live near a college with a strong theater department.

So why has this movie proved to be so successful while other arguably better movies from that era, say “The Godfather” or “Jaws,” have faded gracefully to the realm of DVD and cable TV? Simply put, “Rocky Horror” isn’t like your normal trip to the megaplex. Instead, it’s a party.

For those who haven’t seen the movie — “virgins” in the parlance of the film’s freakishly devoted fans — a screening of “Rocky Horror” might include getting pelted by hurled pieces of toast, shouting (frequently unprintable) quips back at the screen, dancing the Time Warp, and a great deal of cross-dressing.

When the movie debuted in September of 1975 in Los Angeles, there was little or no indication that it would turn into a phenomenon. Its initial run was modest and relatively free of thrown foodstuffs. It looked like it was destined to be a half-forgotten example of ’70s camp until it debuted at a midnight screening at the Waverly Theatre in New York City the following year.  The Waverly had already managed to turn such cinematic oddities as “Pink Flamingoes” and “El Topo” into bona fide cult hits and it was there that “Rocky Horror” came into its own. People soon got hooked on the flick, seeing it 20, 30, 40 times.

According to the official “Rocky Horror” fan site, one Louis Farese, a Staten Island kindergarten teacher, was the first person ever to shout back at the screen. “Buy an umbrella, you cheap [expletive]” he bellowed at Janet, the heroine, as she ran through the rain with a newspaper covering her head. The audience reportedly erupted with laughter and soon the restraints of normal movie-watching etiquette simply fell away.

Other fans began yelling out their own lines. People started dressing like the film’s characters. And they started bringing props. A lot of props. During the above-mentioned rain scene, a regular some time around ’77 pulled out a squirt gun and began showering the audience. Now squirt guns are de rigueur for any serious “Rocky Horror” maven, along with rice, toilet paper, a deck of cards, party hats, and even rubber gloves.

For those newbies who want to catch “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this Halloween weekend, there are a couple things to keep in mind, according to the fan site. Don’t make fun of others costumes, no matter how disconcerting it might be. Don’t be jealous if someone else is dressed in the same costume as you. And don’t throw toast, toilet paper, etc. in a manner that might cause injury.

If there aren’t any midnight showings in your area, there’s a new 35th anniversary Blu-ray in stores now. The movie is also available for streaming on Netflix.

Sex for ticket dismissal lands officer in prison


SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former California Highway Patrol officer convicted of dismissing a speeding ticket in exchange for sex has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Superior Court Judge Lia Foster on Friday sentenced 53-year-old Abram Carabajal for perjury and receiving a bribe, giving him a harsher sentence than the Probation Department recommended.

Prosecutors say Carabajal asked a traffic court judge to dismiss the case against Shirrin Zarrindej because he had not received the subpoena for her ticket.

He and Zarrindej later met at an Oceanside motel for sex.

Zarrindej was acquitted of subornation of perjury and bribery.

During the trial, several women testified Carabajal had given them his cell number after writing them tickets, offering to “work something out.”

Soldiers say work helped after Fort Hood shootings


Sgt. Kara Kortenkamp, right, Staff Sgt. Dick Hurtig and Maj. Laura Suttinger, left, all of the 467th Combat Stress Control Detachment, reflect on their return home during a press

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly a year in Afghanistan, a tightly knit Army Reserve unit kept the memories of their comrades killed during a shooting rampage Fort Hood close. But not too close.

The Madison-based 467th Combat Stress Control Detachment wore black wrist bands and dedicated field clinics to their fallen friends. At the same, they poured themselves into their jobs, blocking out their grief by helping combat troops deal with theirs.

“It was a relief to be there (in Afghanistan),” Sgt. Kara Kortenkamp said Saturday. “We could sort of throw ourselves into that and focus on that and feel, in a way, normal again, to be working and be productive.”

The 467th, a unit filled with psychologists, social workers and therapists, arrived at the sprawling Texas Army base on Nov. 4, a day before police say Maj. Nidal Hasan shot 13 people at the base to death, including the 467th’s Maj. Libardo E. Caraveo, Sgt. Amy S. Krueger and Capt. Russell Seager, and wounded dozens more.

Weeks later, the 467th left for Afghanistan. The unit returned to the U.S. days ago and members filtered out to their homes states this weekend.

Kortenkamp, of La Crosse, Wis., appeared at a news conference alongside other members of the 467th unit. Army public information officials barred them from talking about what happened during the Nov. 5 shootings, citing the pending court case against Hasan. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 attempted premeditated murder, and a military hearing to determine whether he will stand trial is to resume later this month.

Shortly after the killings at Fort Hood, the Army provided unit members with chaplains and counselors and offered them the choice of whether to deploy. The unit’s commander, Maj. Laura Suttinger of Fort Atkinson, Wis., said in the end everyone chose to go.

“Throughout our deployment we were able to persist by helping each other along the way,” she said, her voice cracking. “We did all this in honor of our fallen and wounded comrades.”

Once in Afghanistan, 467th members talked about the shootings with each other and in the beginning the work gave them refuge.

“It was easy to delve into that and forget about the troubles that you left behind,” Suttinger said.

Unit members said they helped soldiers deal with combat stress as well as other problems ranging from issues between soldiers and their troubles at home. The unit also taught classes on stress and anger management and improving sleep.

The pace of establishing outposts and setting up treatment programs was so intense no one had time to dwell on their grief, said Sgt. Dick Hurtig, but “there’s no way you can’t think about something like that.”

Everyone in the unit wore black wrist bands daily that were etched with the names of their three fallen comrades as well as the names of two soldiers killed at Fort Hood from another stress combat unit. The group dedicated three of its Afghanistan field clinics to Caraveo, Krueger and Seager and kept pictures of them on a memorial wall in the unit’s headquarters in Kandahar.

Hurtig and Kortenkamp said the shootings helped them understand their patients’ problems better, but they didn’t mention Fort Hood to soldiers seeking help unless they brought it up first.

“It wasn’t my turn to be in therapy,” Kortenkamp said. “It was for them.”

WOMAN


While the C-5 was turning over  its engines, a female crewman gave the G.I..s on board the usual
information regarding seat belts, emergency exits,  etc.

Finally, she said, ‘Now sit back and enjoy your  trip while your captain, Judith Campbell, and crew
take you  safely to   Afghanistan ‘

An old MSgt. sitting in the  eighth row thought to himself,
‘Did I hear her right? Is the  captain a woman? ‘

When the attendant came by he said  ‘Did I understand you right ? Is the captain a woman?’
‘Yes,’!  said the attendant, ‘In fact, this entire crew is  female.’

‘My God,’ he said, ‘I wish I had two  double scotch and sodas. I don’t know what to think
with only  women up there in the cockpit.’

‘That’s another thing,  Sergeant,’ said the crew member,
‘We No Longer Call It The  Cockpit’

‘It’s The Box  Office.’

Quote  of the day:

‘Whatever  you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she’ll  create a life. If you give her a house, she’ll give you a home. If you  give her groceries, she’ll give you a meal. If you give her a smile,  she’ll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to  her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of  shit.’

 

From Jan H. – MICHIGAN