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Gunrunner Part Two:

Part 2: Smuggler's luck ends at the Mexican border

 

June 17, 2010 As federal officers took their time searching Paul Giovanni de la Rosa's silver minivan, a steady stream of motorists passed by, unaware that anything beyond a routine inspection was happening at the side of the road.

 

Barton Well-Funded By Big Oil, Including BP; Barton Apologizes to BP: "Sorry...Shakedown...Slushfund"

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Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, set off a mini-storm with his apology to BP for its dealings with the Obama administration.

Federal Election Commission records show that during the current 2009-10 campaign cycle, the oil and gas industry has been the second-biggest contributor to Barton, at $100,470, behind only the electric utility industry ($162,800).

FEC records show that BP has given Barton an average of $1,350 a year since 1990.

Public Campaign, which calls itself a nonpartisan advocate for reducing campaign costs, said its analysis shows that he has received $27,000 in contributions from BP since taking office in 1985.

Corporate Apocalypse vs. Solartopian Survival

Corporate Apocalypse vs. Solartopian Survival
By Harvey Wasserman

BP’s apocalyptic Gulf gusher has put our ability to survive in serious doubt.

We have no reason to believe the end is near---or even in sight. Nor can we begin to calculate the damage to our Mother Earth…to her oceans, to the core of her being…and to each of us as individual organisms.

Only one thing IS clear: we cannot ultimately survive without a rapid conversion to a Solartopian economy that is totally green-powered. That transformation will be forced by biological imperatives, not money or markets.

The powers that be studiously avoid the core reality that this disaster stems from the ability of large corporations to make all of us pay for their irresponsible greed.

The black poisons killing our global body are gushing from a system that grants corporations human rights but does not demand human responsibility.

Child Homelessness in America


Child Homelessness in America
By Stephen Lendman

The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) studies and reports on the phenomenon, including its causes and consequences. On March 10, 2009, it launched a Campaign to End Child Homelessness, and on the same day released "America's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness." It discovered one in 50 homeless children annually (about 1.5 million), saying it's dedicated to ending the problem - now even greater than during the timeline of the study, largely preceding the current economic crisis.

Whether homeless "by economic hardship, domestic violence," war, or other reasons, affected families lose more than homes. They lose health, safety, and the ability to support themselves, their children especially impacted.

Data from 2005 - 06 was the most complete available for the report. Selected 2007 - 08 data was used when possible, including for minimum wage and Fair Market Rent. The last National Survey of Children's Health was completed in 2003.

Though perceived as an urban issue, rural homelessness is some of the most hidden - complicated by limited access to services, transportation, and affordable housing. Some families move in with relatives or friends. Many others find shelter in abandoned shacks, vehicles, campgrounds, or dilapidated structures on private land. Overall, an estimated 9% of homeless people are rural. Their lower visibility, however, "suggests that this subgroup is not fully represented (in the study) and may contribute to a significant undercount."

BP: Eco-Terrorism Inc. They Should be Prosecuted, Tried and Convicted Under Eco-Terrorism Laws Passed by the Right Wing

BP: Eco-Terrorism Inc. They Should be Prosecuted, Tried and Convicted Under Eco-Terrorism Laws Passed by the Right Wing
By Mark Karlin | Buzzflash Editorial

For many years, as part of the right wing thuggish putsch in America -- and their great skills at "framing" public policy issues -- environmentalists trying to aggressively save our natural heritage and keep our lives free of industrial toxins have been increasingly classified -- with legal punishments -- as "environmental terrorists." This has included every one from people who sit in trees to try and prevent excessive and ruinous logging to Greenpeace activists merely painting messages against deep sea oil drilling or trying to prevent the killing of whales.

In fact, BuzzFlash just a short time ago awarded our coveted "Wings of Justice Award" to 7 Greenpeace Activists who -- during the height of the BP oil Gulf catastrophe -- were arrested and threatened with being charged as eco-terrorists for painting an anti-deep sea drilling message on the side of an oil company ship docked in a Louisiana port. As we noted on May 25 of this year:

7 Greenpeace protestors were arrested in Louisiana for an act of civil disobedience: painting an offshore drilling message on the side of a ship that will assist Shell Oil in drilling in the Arctic. They should have been given a parade and welcomed as heroes instead of being charged with "crimes" that could net them up to 7 years in prison. Read more.

Gunrunner: {UpDated}

This gets extremely little play in this country but Especially by the intolerant racists who totally ignore it's even going on!

From southern Minnesota to Mexico

 

In small-town Minnesota, folks knew him as the ex-bullfighter who was a family man, a soccer dad. What they didn't know was that he was buying firearms here and smuggling them into Mexico.

 

(First of four parts)

 

 

Erik Prince Goin On The Lam?

Skippin out a town and making sure he hits somewhere that won't send him back when indicted!!!

Is Blackwater's Erik Prince Moving to the United Arab Emirates?

BP Oil Spill Protest Anthem From Raging Grannies:

"Halliburton & BP, You Suck!"

We Got Us A Name: The 'redneck's' {once GOP} Party

“If all of us rednecks leave the Republican Party, the party is going to have one hell of a void,” Knotts told other senators.

A racist pol finally speaks of What that so called republican party Really Is. Caught the comment in an NPR report a short while ago and it wasn't hard to quickly find an article with not only that but his ranting about the Hypocrites attacking him, which seems rather odd as Hypocrisy has been a mainstay especially of the modern once GOP, even in their so called base!

Knotts: ‘Us rednecks’ vital to GOP

 

Pace e Bene Breaking News: More Aussie NVDA Against WAR Today!!


Breaking NEWS: More Aussie NVDA against WAR today!! | Press Release | June 15, 2010 | By Jarrod McKenna

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PRESS RELEASE:

Activists to defiantly return to secret base after court

Activists opposed to the war in Afghanistan, will today blockade the secret military base at Swan Island near Queenscliff.

The action will take place after members of the Bonhoeffer Peace Collectiveface trespass charges in the Geelong Magistrates Court for blocking the road and shutting off power and satellites at the base on 31 March this year.

“Last time we managed to push the emergency stop button on a satellite dish. This time our message is that all of us need to push the stop button on this war,” the group said. “Australians can not sit in silent opposition to this war that is costing billions of dollars and thousands of lives”.

Supporters from Queenscliff and around the country are joining the group who vow to continue to nonviolently resist the war.

Members of the Bonhoeffer Peace Collective in court tomorrow are Rev Simon Moyle, Simon Reeves, Jessica Morrison and Jacob Bolton. Their group is named after Kevin Rudd’s hero, and WW2 war resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“We are taking responsibility for opposing the war ourselves rather than waiting for politicians to do it,” Rev Moyle said.

9.30am Court hearing at Geelong Magistrates Court

2.00pm Action at the gates of Swan Island, Bridge Road, Queenscliff

Photos and footage of the day available on request.

No Nukes/No Empire: The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Requires the End of the U.S. Empire

No Nukes/No Empire: The Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Requires the End of the U.S. Empire
By Robert Jensen

[A version of this essay was delivered to the “Think outside the Bomb” event in Austin, TX, on June 14, 2010.]

If we are serious about the abolition of nuclear weapons, we have to place the abolition of the U.S. empire at the center of our politics.

That means working toward a world free of nuclear weapons demands we not only critique the reactionary wing of the U.S. power structure, the Bushes and Cheneys and Rumsfelds -- call them the reckless hawks. A serious commitment to a future free of nuclear weapons demands critique of moderate wing, the Obamas and Bidens and Clintons -- call them the reasonable hawks. The former group is psychotic, while the latter is merely cynical. After eight years of reckless reactionary psychotics, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security by reasonable moderate cynics. But we should remember that a hawk is a hawk.

The next step is asking whose interests are advanced by the hawks. Even though in the post-World War II era the hawks have sometimes differed on strategy and tactics, they have defended the same economic system: a predatory corporate capitalism. Let’s call those folks the vultures. Different groupings of hawks might be associated with different groupings of vultures, giving the appearance of serious political conflict within the elite, but what they have in common is much more important than their differences. The political empire of the contemporary United States serves the corporate empires that dominate not only the domestic but the global economy, and it all depends on U.S. military power, of which the nuclear arsenal is one component.

George W. Bush was the smirking frat-boy face of the U.S. empire. Barack Obama is the smiling smart-guy face of the U.S. empire. Whoever is at the helm, the U.S. political/economic/military empire remains in place, shaky at the moment, but still the single greatest threat to justice and peace on the planet. Any serious project to rid the world of the particular threat of nuclear weapons has to come to terms with the more general threat of the empire.

Global War Racket Exposed: Trillions in Resources & Funding Our Enemies


Global War Racket Exposed: Trillions in Resources & Funding Our Enemies
By David DeGraw | David DeGraw.org

Building on my Af-Pak War Racket report, a few recent news items help expose the true drivers of current wars around the world.

#1) Wherever there is a war, look for CIA/IMF/private military war profiteers covertly funding and supporting BOTH sides in order to keep the wars raging and the profits rolling in. As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell explained: “Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn.”

Here’s an important glimpse of truth to seep through last week in the NY Times, via Raw Story:

US-backed ‘bribes’ in Afghanistan may be funding Taliban

On June 7, the day Afghanistan became America’s longest-ever war, the New York Times reported on an ongoing investigation poised to prove that private security companies “are using American money to bribe the Taliban” to fuel combat and thus enhance demand for their services. The news follows a “series of events last month that suggested all-out collusion with the insurgents,” the Times said.

“The American people are paying to prop up a corrupt government that may be using our money to pay private companies to drum up business by paying the insurgents to attack our troops,” [Kucinich] said.... The Times interviewed a NATO official in Kabul who “believed millions of dollars were making their way to the Taliban.” Read more.

Take Action: Find and Stop the Sleaziest in Financial Reform: Call-in Week in 18 Hours

OUR CALL-IN DAYS ARE OUR LAST HOPE FOR "NO BAILOUTS REFORMS"

We're going to make sure there are no backroom deals that effectively gut the best reforms currently in the bill -- we've launched "Call-in Days for the Big 3 No Bailouts Reforms" (over at anwf.org) to put every decision maker in the spotlight for gutting or keeping the Big 3. We have 14 days until June 24 to influence the financial reform bill to be something worth passing. So, on Tuesday (6/15), Wednesday (6/16), and Thursday (6/17), please help us get enough people so it's like we're walking right into the backroom with them and slapping their hands if they do something bad. We'll update our list on the slimiest and worst on financial reform. See the list below.

Sign up for a day that works for you -- you just need a 5 minute chunk of time free -- and we'll make your call effortless. If you've already signed up, thank you. You've come to the right place. Add what you find out on your calls in the comments here, as soon as we hear back from you, we'll update who is acting the sleaziest (you can also report back at #finreg #save716 on twitter).

We need to call as much as each of us can to stop government support and incentives for banks to become bigger and riskier - this is structural reform.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE LAST LEG OF FINANCIAL REFORM?

The financial reform bill is going into the final stage in the legislative process this week and bought-out members of Congress are trying to stealthily remove all the provisions in it that the big banks oppose. The financial reform bill would be a pure product of lobbying and big banking if it were not for the just a handful of "No Bailout Reforms" that are still in the bill as we speak. Can you join us in making sure that conferees don't gut the strongest provisions in the financial reform bill behind closed doors?

A full whip list for derivatives reform is here. We need your help finding out where people stand.

Take Action: No More Gambling With Taxpayer Money!


TAKE ACTION! NO MORE GAMBLING WITH TAXPAYER MONEY! | Press Release | June 14, 2010

Reckless swaps and derivatives trading played a critical role in the financial crisis, inflating the domestic housing bubble and turning it into a global economic catastrophe. As the House and Senate conference committee begins final work on the financial services reform bill, it is critically important to preserve the strong language cracking down on those "financial weapons of mass destruction" contained in the Senate bill. Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz makes the case for Senate derivatives chapter plainly, "If [Congress] fails to pass strict oversight of dangerous over-the-counter derivatives and swaps, the U.S. economy will continue to be vulnerable to significant financial risk."

Casino Banking

Currently the five largest banks in the United States have an anti-competitive strangle-hold on 90 percent of the U.S. swaps and derivatives market worth some $300 trillion. The five banks are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America. These five bank-dealers can fund their swaps trading units with FDIC-insured deposits. They have access to the Federal Reserve's discount window, which allows them to borrow money for gambling in swaps at near-zero percent interest rates. But these government supports were created to reassure the public that their deposits are safe, and to protect banks from runs on their deposits -- not to help banks finance their own casinos.

Resilience of Mississippi's Gulf and People

This added Corporate Incompetence is going to take much more than resilience as to the Gulf Waters, the Gulf Coast and the Gulf People, directly affected! This will affect the whole country, especially the Eastern States, as the other Industries and Corporations already have, and this will be felt in many ways as well! Seafood stocks as well as other food sources, weather and the moisture of that comes out of the Gulf and covers Florida as well as the Eastern States, and many other issues way to many to list.

With oilspill, the resilience of Mississippi's Gulf is put to the test

A government gone mad, a media gone flaccid: Attacking the Wrong People

By Dave Lindorff

By Dave Lindorff

What does it say about the the American government, its president, and its military today, that the the largest military/intelligence organization in the history of mankind has launched a global manhunt for Julian Assange, head of the Wikileaks organization? And what does it say about corporate American journalists that they attack the only real journalist in the White House press corps, when she alone has shown the guts to speak truth?

The Hunt for Julian Assange

On the Edge with Max Keiser Interview #3 – From The CIA & Allen Dulles to the IMF & Economic Death Squad Leader Tim Geithner

On the Edge with Max Keiser Interview #3 – from the CIA & Allen Dulles to the IMF & Economic Death Squad Leader Tim Geithner

David De Graw wrote: My latest interview with Max Keiser has just been posted. We talk about my new (soon to be released) report on financial terrorism and the history of economic imperialism. If you are short on time, jump to the third part at the 1 minute mark. We recap the evolution of CIA covert imperial operations to the IMF version of economic imperialism – from Allen Dulles to Economic Death Squad leader Tim Geithner. Click "Read more" to watch the first 2 videos of this 3-part series.

“Old South Order, New Northern Horizon”


“Old South Order, New Northern Horizon”
By David DeGraw | David DeGraw.org

Will Americans passively accept the slow death of debt slavery?

As the IMF, EU and global bankers begin implementing harsh austerity measures designed to exploit the middle class, people throughout Europe are striking and taking to the streets en masse.

As Economic Death Squad leader Tim Geithner assured the world while he was in Berlin, Germany: “We all agree on a need for a common framework… common standards.”

Do you hear that America?

It doesn’t take much to read between the lines. The Economic Elite are carrying out an aggressive global plan to eliminate the very existence of an economic middle class.

For those of us who have been paying attention to economic imperialism operations that have been carried out against developing countries throughout the world, this all looks all too familiar. The IMF and global bankers have conquered the second and third world, and now they have moved on to countries in the first world. European and American working classes are in the cross-hairs now.

The Europeans recognize this and are starting to fight back.

The question is: When will American citizens realize that the same thing is happening over here and also take actions to defend themselves? Read more.

Torture Research and Experimentation: Official Policy Under Bush and Obama


Torture Research and Experimentation: Official Policy under Bush and Obama
By Stephen Lendman

Nazi and imperial Japanese doctors performed horrific human experiments on unwilling subjects. At Auschwitz and other death camps, Josef Mengele, Carl Clauberg, Herta Oberheuser, Karl Brandt, Aribert Heim and others conducted ones involving freezing temperatures, toxic chemicals and gas, sterilizations, high altitudes, radiation, electroshock, starvation, amputations, bone, muscle and nerve transplants, and numerous other atrocities called crimes of war and against humanity at Nuremberg.

At its infamous Unit 731, Japanese doctors and scientists did their own, involving vivisections, germ and other forms of biological warfare, toxic chemicals, and other atrocities causing severe pain, disease and certain death. Yet in 1945, General Douglas MacArthur agreed secretly with Dr. Shiro Ishil to turn over 10,000 pages of human experimentation information in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Justice for their victims was denied.

Today and since the early 1950s, CIA operatives conducted physically harsh and psychologically crippling mind control experiments, turning human beings into mush, a topic this writer addressed earlier, accessed through this link.

In addition, for decades, CIA and other US agencies experimented illegally with human subjects, including:

The "Burn Box"

They showed this last night, you might want to watch the video report. This is one issue nobody has really been touching on, while as much as can be should be burned off so it doesn't reach the shore line, these 'burn offs' are creating possible other unknown problems for much of the country. They're creating huge plumes of toxic substances being spread in the air. Many of the moisture laden storms hitting FL as well as the East Coast come out of the Gulf, some even traveling the whole Eastern U.S.. The contaminants are within these storms and dropping with the rains wherever they hit, i.e. acid rain!!

BP's "Burn Box" Ignites Oil Collecting on Gulf

 

cheney?? {crickets} In Your Unknown Location Again?

How Very True!!

Been waiting for not only him but his mouth piece, Condi Rice, The bush, All the oil connected scum of that administration and just outside of as the TEA {once long ago GOP} party representatives mouth off about the current while Not visiting their own possible criminality as to upholding the Regulations already on the books and doing No oversite or congressional investigations when they held power and especially the six years of total control!

 

Wilkerson on Cheney

This is one of those must watch discussions, and Wilkerson is a Repub., one who Truly is what once was or as close as possible, but nary exists anymore and for a long time! One of the extremely few who speak out for the Country on that side of the politics of the Country!

 

Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making."

 

Wilkerson on Cheney

 

Milo Minderbinder in Afghanistan

By John Grant

1st Lt. Milo Minderbinder
:
"We're gonna come out of this war rich!"

Yossarian:

"You're gonna come out rich. We're gonna come out dead."

-From the Buck Henry screenplay of Catch 22

No one has captured the absurd spirit of US war-making better than Joseph Heller in Catch 22. Here’s one of the greatest literary symbols for capitalism, Milo Minderbinder, on the future of US warfare:

"In a democracy, the government is the people," Milo explained. "We’re people, aren’t we? So we might just as well keep the money and eliminate the middleman. Frankly, I’d like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry."

Support the Nurses and Patients - On Strike

The patients they care for!

I'm not going to add much to this, it explains itself and many nurses around the country know what's going on, I'm not a nurse. I have heard from friends who are as this was building to today, and many of them are unemployed, some for long periods, and get find jobs, in what's been touted as one area of the economy in dire need of, because of what the Hospitals have been doing to those nurses still working and others. Hospital have become, like the rest of the businesses and more, Industries, that which they shouldn't be!

The corporate mindset we've seen develop over the last three decades is well embedded in all the industries and Hospitals, like Schools, All Education, should Not Be Industries!! But we've been watching the mindset these last couple of years as it collapsed, Wall Street, Banks,Auto,Oil.................................you name it!

At Least $500 Million Has Been Spent Since 9/11 On Renovating Guantanamo Bay


At Least $500 Million Has Been Spent Since 9/11 On Renovating Guantanamo Bay
By By Scott Higham and Peter Finn | Washington Post

At the U.S. naval station here, a handsome electronic sign hangs between two concrete pillars. In yellow enamel against a blue metal backdrop is a map of Cuba, the "Pearl of the Antilles," above flashing time and temperature readings.

"Welcome Aboard," the sign says.

The cost of the marquee, along with a smaller sign positioned near the airfield: $188,000. Among other odd legacies from war-on-terror spending since 2001 for the troops at Guantanamo Bay: an abandoned volleyball court for $249,000, an unused go-kart track for $296,000 and $3.5 million for 27 playgrounds that are often vacant.

The Pentagon also spent $683,000 to renovate a cafe that sells ice cream and Starbucks coffee, and $773,000 to remodel a cinder-block building to house a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant.

The spending is part of at least $500 million that has transformed what was once a sun-beaten and forgotten Caribbean base into one of the most secure military and prison installations in the world. That does not include construction bonuses, which typically run into the millions. Read more.

Security Brief: Blackwater For Sale

Security Brief: Blackwater for sale | CNN

There was a time when Blackwater owner Erik Prince planned to grow his fledgling private contracting company into a family empire. But that was a long time ago. Today, the controversial contracting powerhouse that now goes by the name Xe, is up for sale.

In a few short years, Prince managed to turn a start-up firing range facility aimed at special forces and law enforcement, into a billion dollar empire that the U.S. State Department insisted it needed in order to perform its mission in Iraq, providing security personnel to protect diplomats and others who were spearheading reconstruction efforts.

But the company had an uncanny ability to draw negative headlines, particularly after a deadly shooting in Baghdad's Nisoor Square in September 2007 in which Blackwater contractors opened fired in a traffic circle, leaving more than a dozen civilians dead. Read more.

Massachusetts Democratic Party Passes Resolution to Deny Free Speech Rights to Corporations

The Massachusetts Democratic Party passed this resolution at its convention this past weekend:

Constitutional Amendment to Restore the First Amendment and Fair Elections to the People

A Resolution Calling Upon the United States Congress to Pass and Send to the States for Ratification, a Constitutional Amendment to Restore the First Amendment and Fair Elections to the People

We, the Citizens of these United States, affirm our belief that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was designed to protect the free speech rights of people, not corporations.

We believe that the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which overturned longstanding precedent prohibiting corporations from spending their general treasury funds in public elections, is a serious and direct threat to our democracy and the conduct of free and fair elections, and permits corporations to drown out the voices of ordinary persons.

cheney and Deregulation, republican Mindset by a Republican

cheney couldn't find another stooge to run with the one the so called gop had picked, to do their's and his bidding, so he could stay behind the scenes and run the wants of their criminal enterprise, so he chose himself!! And the main stooge was so ignorant he doesn't still realize history will only use him as the example of total failed leadership and corrupt government!!! Cheney's push of deregulators led to BP disaster

June 8, 2010 Wilkerson on Cheney Pt2: Cheney's support for pro-industry "regulators" maybe his main damage to America

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