Category Archives: Rants and Raves

Issues in the every day world that I feel strongly about, one way or the other.

Obama Executive Order 13528 Subverts Posse Comitatus Act of 1878

On January 11, 2010, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13528 (PDF) — right after the over-hyped Flight 253 ‘terrorist’ attack, the fraudulently engineered Swine Flu pandemic and a few other man-made disasters — that, among other things, establishes a Council of Governors, chosen by the President who, as noted by the Intel Daily, will rubber-stamp long-sought-after Pentagon contingency plans to seize control of state National Guard forces in the event of a ‘National Emergency.’

Executive Orders are orders given by the President that are generally used to direct Federal Agencies and officials in their execution of laws or policies established by Congress. In many instances, especially during this past decade, Executive Orders have been used to guide agencies in directions contrary to Congressional intent. Executive Orders are controversial since they are sometimes use to make law without the consent of Congress. It’s time for a closer look at EOs & Directives and it’s time to fix the intentional, oft illegal, subversion of laws.

In keeping with tradition, no mention was made in the corporate media of President Obama’s EO 13528 that egregiously subverts the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. A White House Press Release claims the ten member, bipartisan Council was created ‘to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards.’

Once appointed, according to the White House Press Release, the council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of various States; Homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

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It’s Time to Fix the Fraudulent Financial System

For several million dollars in campaign contributions — also known as bribes — you too can own a member of Congress, get whatever you want and have American taxpayers bail you out when your fraudulent actions cause the greatest depression since 1929 and make sure that meaningful reform that might cut into your billion dollar profits and fraudulent business practices doesn’t happen, as well as making sure you stay out of prison despite all the fraudulent crimes you’ve committed.

President Obama, in his brief career as a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate reportedly received more money from the FIRE Sector (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) than anyone else in the history of the legislative branch — a total of $42,268,166.00.

Two other presidential candidates, John McCain and Hillary Clinton came in a close second and third: John McCain received $33,339,458.00 and Hillary Clinton received $29,800,366.00 from the FIRE Sector. Three other Senators — John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and Chris Dodd — also former presidential candidates, received a lot.

Wall Street isn’t taking any chances. Senator Dick Durbin admitted this past April that banks are still the more powerful lobby on Capitol Hill, and they own the politicians in Washington. A financial coup d’etat has ended up plaquing this nation. Since 1990, the financial sector has doled out $2.28 billion in campaign contributions and $3.69 billion in lobbying since 1998.

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U.S. is Being Lied to War with Iran

The U.S. government and its illustrious mainstream media — as well as a few other governments — are again busily trying to manufacture consent for a war with Iran by purposely lying about Iran’s nuclear program and intentions while completely ignoring Israel’s nukes. Israel is the reason America is now involved in two (three if you include Pakistan) illegal, never-ending wars and Israel is the reason the U.S. government has such a hard on for attacking Iran.

The U.S. has known about the 150+ nuclear weapons that Israel has possessed for the past four decades, yet no mention is ever made of that…presumably because Israel has owned U.S. politicians for decades. The same people that lied us into invading and occupying Iraq are now trying to lie us into attacking Iran. The Bush administration left office in January 2009 and was replaced by the Obama administration — our leadership has a few new faces, but many of the old ones remain — and the eight months that have passed since Bush left office have revealed that the rhetoric of hope and change has been nothing more than double speak and lies.

The same strategy used by the Government and its propaganda pushers — the mainstream media — to guide us into a never-ending, unwinnable, illegal occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan are reportedly being used again. This time around, Iran is the target. Mr. ‘hope and change’ is using the same exact fabricated playbook that the previous criminal White House cabal used. History is about to repeat itself. When Obama announced that ‘Iran is breaking rules all nations must follow,’ he is technically and legally wrong.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitors Iran’s nuclear energy program since Iran has signed the non-proliferation treaty — something Israel won’t do because they’re intent on keeping their nuclear bombs hidden from the world’s view, despite the fact that virtually everyone knows they exist — to make sure that Iran’s nuclear program isn’t being used to make weapons.

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Privatized U.S. Wars Bilking Taxpayer Billions

Not that this is in any way surprising, but the first report to Congress from the Wartime Contracting Commission reportedly presents bleak asssessments of how taxpayers have been bilked out of billions of dollars — that’s in addition to the $23 billion that has already been reportedly lost, stolen or is unaccounted for in Iraq — that have recurringly been misused or lost due to fraud, poor management, weak or non-existent oversight and a failure to learn from past mistakes.

Private contractors account for practically half of the U.S. personnel involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Billions of dollars have been lost due to waste, fraud and abuse. If it sounds familiar, it’s because poor management and weak or non-existent oversight has been the modus operandi in Washington for the past eight plus years and corrupted cronyism has prevailed. The Bush administration’s illegal occupation of Iraq created quite a war profiteering racket for numerous Bush administration cronies. Cronyism is still big in U.S. politics — President Obama has used it regularly too.

The decision to build a $30 million dining hall at a U.S. base in Iraq, which is scheduled to be finished on Christmas of this year, was based on bad planning and botched paperwork. Construction on the dining hall can’t stop because the project is too far along to halt it.

In addition to the documented poor management and weak oversight, the 111-page Wartime Contracting Commission report details how tens of billions of dollars have been misspent since 2001. That’s not at all surprising since the U.S. reliance on contractors to support two illegal wars has grown to ‘unprecedented proportions.’

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If You Can’t Find A Terrorist, Create One

A recent report, originally reported on by Alex Jones from Prison Planet, entitled “The Modern Militia Movement” was distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) that describes supporters of Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr as ‘militia’ influenced terrorists and instructs the Missouri police to keep an eye out for supporters displaying bumper stickers and other miscellaneous items associated with the Constitutional, Campaign for Liberty and Libertarian parties.

The report, sent to Jones by an anonymous Missouri police officer, offers more evidence of the illegal suppression of peaceful political dissenters and more evidence of the fraudulent nature of the “war on terror.” If you don’t agree with the dissimulative dictatorship illegally created by former President Bush, you’re automatically labeled a terrorist or a criminal.

An article by Vicki Crawford from The Naples Daily News notes many other ways you can probably get yourself labeled a terrorist by the U.S. Government.

If you’re against the New World Order, the North American Union, abortion, illegal immigration, gun control, paying your taxes, or against Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and universal service programs you’re probably a terrorist, unless of course, you’re a member of the Presidential cabinet or, in most cases, a Congressional representative, in which case you’re excused.

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States Starting To Declare Their Sovereignty

For the past eight years the United States was victimized by an illegal reign of terror by the most lawless presidential administration — courtesy of the Supreme Court who illicitly appointed George W. Bush to the presidency in 2000 — aided by a corrupted, complicit Congress and a highly politicized Justice Department.

A lot of unconstitutional legislation was passed by ‘lawmakers’ and illicit Executive Orders issued by the president in their attempts to legalize criminal conduct from the Bush administration after it allowed terrorist attacks to happen that shouldn’t have.

Egregious legislation that allegedly ‘protects’ us from terrorist attacks — with the exception of all those conducted against U.S. citizens by the Bush administration — has done quite the opposite. The legislation makes U.S. citizens guilty until proven innocent and opens the door for the federal government to potentially implement martial law and a police state while attempting to cover up a plethora of crimes committed against the U.S. and against humanity after they had already occurred.

The constant use of terrorism by the Bush administration to coerce the American public into acquiescing to demands while destroying this country economically should not be allowed to go unrecognized or unpunished.

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The Price We Pay For Being Played As Fools

For almost 8 years now, Americans have been played for fools — having civil rights and freedoms destroyed in the name of “keeping us safe,” a felonious “global war on terror,” illegally started wars in the Middle East, a Department of Homeland Security that claims to protect Americans while actually endangering them more, numerous deceptive “national security” claims used to cover up massive crimes committed against humanity, a fraudulent bailout used to pay executives on Wall Street whose greed has led to a financial meltdown and depression, etc. — and the cost to Joe the Taxpayer courtesy of the ongoing extortion in Washington is rising at a staggering rate.

As President George W. Bush prepares to hand over his kingdom to President-elect Barack Obama, the secrecy surrounding some of Bush’s decisions and his claims of ‘National Security’ are finally being questioned. Leaders of the Bush administration and George W. Bush himself, who conspired to violate U.S. law and the Geneva Convention could be in for some rude awakenings and some deep trouble because of all the illegal acts committed under the guise of illegally gained Presidential powers. The list of crimes committed against humanity are quite extensive and Joe Every Day American is paying a heavy price courtesy of the corrupt, incompetent leadership thrust upon us since 2000. Unfortunately, most if not all levels of government have been permeated by Bush cronies and it could take years to root them out.

With a little over two months to go before George W. Bush leaves office, hasty preperations are reportedly being made to change rules and regulations on the environment, civil liberties and abortion rights, among others — if his previous history is any indication, few changes will be for the good — and it could take months or years to identify and undo all the damage. The New York Times took a look at a few of the parting gifts they’re afraid President Bush is planning before he departs since he hasn’t done enough damage already. ABC News has more information too. Congress could intervene and prevent some of the damage, but given their track record with the Bush administration, it would be foolish to expect much from them.

Recently it was reported that the Bush administration had secretly authorized military raids against up to 20 countries without any declarations of war or explicit Congressional authorization for armed action. Attacks were made under an order issued by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and approved by President Bush in the spring of 2004 that gave the U.S. military’s Special Operations forces license to attack alleged al Qaeda targets “anywhere in the world.” After everything our military has been subject to, one would think they would be appreciated by the government they’re fighting for, but one would be wrong.

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Political Deception And The Bailout Bill

The proposed bailout plan from the Bush administration failed in The House of Representatives because people are sick and tired of being terrorized, cheated and lied to and because some in the House of Representatives want to keep their jobs. The bailout/rescue bill is being voted on again by the House on Thursday. The Senate, possibly in violation of the Constitution, passed a ‘revised bill’ — some revisions include more tax breaks in attempts to sway Republican approval, along with a bunch of other legislation — tonight. If the bill needs to be passed so badly, why is so much other garbage being added to it? Once again we’re being lied to and deceived by many in Washington.

Some Republicans and Democrats were smart enough to realize just how immoral and dangerous the plan is so they voted against it. Then you have some, such as speaker Nancy Pelosi who had the gumption to say that the party was over on Wall Street and that Democrats fought for a better bill. Not exactly. The version of the bill Pelosi was pushing and voted for doesn’t even come close to stopping the party on Wall Street. If it weren’t for the fact that Americans are about to get royally screwed by Washington again, Pelosi’s comments would be funny.

An interesting article from USA Today explains how politics and fear have created a backlash in Washington and videos explaining that the bailout is for foreign investors can be found from YouTube. More on why the FED is in such a rush to pass this extremely flawed legislation can be found from Rumor Mill News. America is being expected to pay for a Wall Street Crisis. With Bush, Paulson and Bernanke using dire warnings and threats — committing the equivalent of financial terrorism — the question arises as to how much truth there is in the stock market crashing tomorrow if this bailout/rescue plan doesn’t pass. If it does pass, who’s to say it would work?

Once again President Bush is chastising Congress and the American public, reportedly saying that the economic damage to the nation will be “painful and lasting” if Congress fails to pass a $700 Billion bailout/rescue bill. Mr. President, why not have one of the 400 richest Americans — whose wealth increased by nearly $700 billion during your two terms in office and whose combined net worth is $1.6 trillion — pay for your bailout? You’ve cost America too much lasting pain already and we’re sick and tired of it.

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U.S. WMDs: The Gifts That Keep On Killing

While the Bush administration and the U.S. Military would have you believe that a little over 4,100 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action while fighting Bush’s illegal war, the real death count is even more shocking — U.S. government data shows that over 70,000 American soldiers have died and over 1 million are disabled as a result of being exposed to radiation poisoning from U.S. weaponry — Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that were made in America.

An Iraq War veteran who served this country for almost 9 years was one of the many veterans who was diagnosed with a disease caused from exposure to radiation and/or inhaling metal fragments or dust-like particles. Matthew Bumpus was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in 2006 — a form of cancer that can take years to manifest. Because it can take years, the VA denied his benefits.

Mr. Bumpus died from his illness the morning of August 3, 2008, leaving behind his wife and two kids. This, unfortunately, is becoming more and more common. Excerpts from Mr. Bumpus’ letter to Congress attempting to get some aid can be found a little further below.

The military, in typical Bush administration fashion, continues covering up information regarding the deaths of those brave men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice while fighting Bush’s illegal wars. The U.S. military has killed more of its own soldiers than both of Bush’s wars have. In typical zionistic corporate media ownership fashion, the corporate press continues ignoring this problem so more people aren’t made aware of it.

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Pelosi’s Disgraceful Betrayal Of America

During a recent appearance on The View (video can be found here from The Democratic Underground), when asked by Joy Behar why she was refusing to hold impeachment hearings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by saying “If somebody had a crime that the president had committed, that would be a different story” — apparently the articles of impeachment introduced by Senator Kucinich, the summary of crimes (PDF) listed by Senator Conyers, the report (PDF) from the Government Accountability Office detailing numerous abuses of signing statements by President Bush or the repeated illegal use of propaganda to lie the country to war don’t represent crimes that Bush committed. More information on Pelosi’s appearance on The View  is also available from and The Daily Kos.

Why is Pelosi lying and trying to keep Bush’s crimes covered up? Pelosi’s blatant disregard for the law and the citizens she is allegedly serving are effectively giving the president imperial powers while doing away with any oversight or accountability. Refusing to comply with subpoenas and contempt citations, illegally spying on citizens before September 11, 2001, meaning he committed numerous felonies, not to mention war crimes…the list goes on and on.

There is more than ample evidence of crimes committed by Bush and his administration. There is more than ample evidence that his crimes have been covered up by leadership from both parties in Congress who would end up being indicted for some of the same crimes. Instead of doing the right thing by the people and the Constitution, they prefer to end up going down in flames as many in the Bush administration eventually will.

Since before becoming House Speaker, impeachment has been “off the table.” First they had to “build the case,” then they “didn’t have the votes,” then there “wasn’t enough time.” Now Pelosi has the audacity to go on national television and claim that Bush and Cheney haven’t committed any crimes — after a dozen people testified before the House Judiciary Committee about blatantly obvious crimes committed by the Bush administration. Impeachment would put an end to Bush’s crimes. After all this country has been through under the genocidal dictatorship of an appointed President, this country deserves to know the truth.

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