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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rubicon-They hide in plain sight.

 “They hide in plain sight.” That deciphered code came from the new AMC program called Rubicon. It is all about conspiracy, government, and the deeply embedded corporate elite who seem to be behind the military industrialized complex as it moves about the globe influencing who stays in power and who does not.

David Michael Green wrote on his site this week why this country is going down the tubes and away from a representative government and democracy. He offers three options, and one being all about oligarchy. He speaks about the moderate Republicans: Eisenhower/Ford as opposed to the destructive Reagan/Bush regimes, and the warnings from the former and what the latter would bring to us all.

President Eisenhower warned of an all-powerful military industrialized complex centered at the Pentagon. Today we learn that the US Navy is headed toward South America. Columbia and Venezuela might be headed toward a US military coup d’etat. An attack on Iran is the talk of the town, too. The Obama administration is being told from behind the scenes, no doubt, that this is what is meant by Change We Can Believe In, and the “We” meaning the deep, dark and all-powerful corporate mobsters. Will this be the direction the writers of Rubicon are going? We will have to watch and see!

Now, let us decipher the word Republican. We will morph this word into what many have been calling this political party---Republicon. Let us remove the letters e, p, l, and we get the word rubicon—a show about conspiracy, and deception; and, I will add the deeply embedded corporate elite mobsters running that party. Here is the definition of rubicon: A limit that when passed or exceeded permits no return, and typically results in irrevocable commitment.

“They hide in plain sight.” In the first episode (not the sneak preview), Will, the main Hitchcock-like character, deciphers a letter-number combination code into that sentence.

The United States is going down the rabbit hole, as it appears today. “Consumer borrowing has now dropped 16 out of the last 17 months. Credit card debt has fallen 21 months in a row. The personal savings rate in June rose to 6.4% from 2.1% before the recession began. Wages and salaries are down 3.6% in the last two and half years. Despite decreased credit and income and increased savings, all three of which are negatives for consumer spending, GDP figures claim American consumers are buying more.” That comes from Daryl Montgomery, Less Credit and Income-More Consumer Spending”.

He went on to say, “According to the BEA (Bureau of Economic Analysis), wages and salaries of US workers have declined only 3.6% since the first quarter of 2008…..More government jobs and government subsidized jobs prevented this number from being worse. Even more amazing, total personal income actually increased by 1.5% during this time.” What he also said was that there was a 27% increase in government supporting working people in the last 9 quarters.

Yes. That was because the corporate mobster elite stole the working people’s savings and retirement investments to BUBBLE the economy with a housing mortgage give-away program (Bush’s Ownership Society program), and selling around the globe garbage derivatives mounting into the hundreds of trillions of dollars, many of which has not yet to be unwound; and, the corporate financial mobster elite stood in line at the Federal Reserve to trade cash for collateral trash at near 0% interest in order to manipulate all markets for the purpose of continuing the transfer of wealth to the top 10% of the income earners. David Stockman, and Reagan’s Trickle Down economics turned all around on it’s head.

Since the private sector has not created real jobs in the real economy, government continues to hire and move the GDP numbers along. The military industrial complex, including the intelligence divisions, continue to get government cash as they hire private sector contractors.

Watch Rubicon!

The Republicons continue to want more tax cuts. Free Bush’s Tax Cut Willie! But the outcry against it is beginning to shake-da’-base.

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspam, or is it Greenspan, recently said the following:

“Our problem, basically, is that we have a very distorted economy in the sense that there has been a significant recovery in a limited area of the economy amongst high-income individuals who have just had $800 billion added to their 401(k)s and are spending it and are carrying what consumption there is. Large banks, who are doing much better, and large corporations, whom you point out and the–and everyone’s pointing out, are in excellent shape.
The rest of the economy, small business, small banks, and a very significant amount of the labor force, which is in tragic unemployment, long-term unemployment, that is pulling the economy apart. The average of those two is what we are looking at, but they are fundamentally two separate types of economy.”

He has come forward to say that the shit has begun to hit the fan, the economy is heading toward the rabbit hole, again, so don’t renew the Bush tax cuts.

David Michael Green wrote in another piece about “another conservative darling who turned on his masters this weekend [being] Reagan’s OMB Director David Stockman, who eviscerated current Republican fiscal policies in a NY Times Op-Ed this weekend, summing it up neatly with the title: "How the GOP Destroyed the US Economy," which is a must-read but here’s a few juicy tidbits:
“IF there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing. The nation’s public debt — if honestly reckoned to include municipal bonds and the $7 trillion of new deficits baked into the cake through 2015 — will soon reach $18 trillion. That’s a Greece-scale 120 percent of gross domestic product, and fairly screams out for austerity and sacrifice. It is therefore unseemly for the Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, to insist that the nation’s wealthiest taxpayers be spared even a three-percentage-point rate increase…
…This approach has not simply made a mockery of traditional party ideals. It has also led to the serial financial bubbles and Wall Street depredations that have crippled our economy. More specifically, the new policy doctrines have caused four great deformations of the national economy, and modern Republicans have turned a blind eye to each one.

…The third ominous change in the American economy has been the vast, unproductive expansion of our financial sector. Here, Republicans have been oblivious to the grave danger of flooding financial markets with freely printed money and, at the same time, removing traditional restrictions on leverage and speculation. As a result, the combined assets of conventional banks and the so-called shadow banking system (including investment banks and finance companies) grew from a mere $500 billion in 1970 to $30 trillion by September 2008.
But the trillion-dollar conglomerates that inhabit this new financial world are not free enterprises. They are rather wards of the state, extracting billions from the economy with a lot of pointless speculation in stocks, bonds, commodities and derivatives. They could never have survived, much less thrived, if their deposits had not been government-guaranteed and if they hadn’t been able to obtain virtually free money from the Fed’s discount window to cover their bad bets.”  (From “A Bottomless Well of Greed”.)

These two creators of economic doom: Greenspan and Stockman, are no longer useable for the deeply embedded corporate mobster elite, so now they are squealing.

From Karl Denninger’s, he writes about jobless and unemployment claims. “In the week ending July 31, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 479,000, an increase of 19,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 460,000. The 4-week moving average was 458,500, an increase of 5,250 from the previous week's revised average of 453,250.
The problem with the claim is that it's a lie, and if you read the entire report, it becomes obvious - they simply ignore the roll-down into "not counted" buckets for the long-term unemployed.
The truth is that the unemployment situation is 17% worse now than it was a year ago, from July 10th to July 17th it deteriorated, and that understates the case, as those who have exhausted the 99 weeks of "benefits" (all but 26 of which are a handout) don't show up in the EUC 2008 line any more either! In June, marginally attached, there were 1.2 million discouraged workers in June, up by 414,000 from a year earlier.”

Jobs are disappearing. The corporate mobster elite believes they don’t need the United States anymore. As GM takes its new battery technology jobs to China after the taxpayers ended up owning 60% of the company via a bailout-loan granted them by the Obama administration. Jobs keep growing for GM in China as they shrink in the country of taxpayer issued bailouts and protection from bankruptcy loans.

The Rubicon is beginning to be played out in the open. “They hide in plain sight.”

“Republicans used to stand for balanced budgets, sound monetary policy and fiscal discipline and, as Stockman points out, the Neocons and the Follow-the-Con-Democrats, have jammed our military budget up to $1Tn a year (1/2 of the entire planet’s military spending) while Republican Congressmen have never met an earmark they didn’t like - until Obama took office, of course.”

“The mood of the country is clearly shifting and old-guard Republicans are circling the wagons to attempt to salvage what they can of their legacy; that leaves the Bush Republican’ts out on an increasingly unpopular limb as they call for a completely unrealistic policy of tax cuts for the rich and austerity for everyone else.”
“Art, Gold, oil and other speculative investments not only take money out of circulation but cause TRILLIONS of dollars of damage by inflating what the bottom 99% have to pay for what’s left after the hoarders get their fill. This is also true of land to some extent as it trades around from wealth to wealth and drags up the cost of land for the poor (same land for more money = NEGATIVE benefits). Cash is another place money is hoarded - when the top 0.01% skim their profits off the bottom 99.99% and pay their 17% taxes (the actual average paid by the top 0.01%) and then put the other 83% in a bank that refuses to lend money - that money is OUT OF CIRCULATION! It’s been taken from the American people after they slaved to create it and then the opportunity to re-use what they have created is taken away from them.”

“Money is only an asset to the top 1%; for the rest of the country, it’s a disposable item, more like a work chit that enables them to buy consumables but nothing more. Most of the top 1% can’t see it because they live near the top and only think of money as an asset - which it is when you have more than you need. Unfortunately, 99% of the people in this country have less than they need and even 99% of the top 1% are simply delusional in their belief that they are on an even playing field with the top 0.01%, who are 100x wealthier than the average person in the top 1% (and that INCLUDES their wealth, which brings the average way up).”

“What the Republicans are positioning as a tax hike but is really the end of a tax holiday that was put in place under Bush II is now looking more likely, and the rest of the World is seeing this as a very positive sign that America is finally waking up and will begin putting its economic house in order the way all responsible governments do - by raising an appropriate amount of taxes to meet their financial obligations. It’s fine if we want to add more stimulus to the economy - as long as we are willing to pay for it. What has been objectionable to the rest of the World is our current policy of spending more and earning less - something that hasn’t worked out too well on our National balance sheet for the past decade.
Yes, Democrats are the "tax and spend" party but the choice has been between the tax and spend party and the "no tax and spend anyway" party and it’s only just now that that argument is coming into its proper focus. On the whole, this is a good thing for America - a possible sign that we are growing up.” (Phil Davis, “Another Manic Monday: Greenspan Finally Agrees With Me”, 8-2-10,

The Royal Scam that none of the Republicons or Democons are telling their people back home is that the Federal Reserve has stuffed the corporate elite bankstas, who are deeply tied to the corporate mobsters, with $1.7 trillion in reserves, while lending is nowhere in sight. Consumer credit is diving down the rabbit hole at a rate of 5% per year. And, the total circulation of money, or M3-the broadest category- has dropped to -6%. The amount of money circulating inside the economy has dropped into negative territory.

We are very likely headed toward a Japanese style of a generation of deflation. Bada Bing Bernanke has loaded up the richest bankstas with taxpayer cash, and very little of it is leaving their tight grip; therefore, any hope he had of creating inflation, or another BUBBLE, has been broken. He thought he was in tight with the deep, dark elite mobster crowd, but I guess he isn’t. He ain’t included on da’ inside. They got their $1.7 trillion, and they are happy. They robbed the Treasury. The largest bank heist in US history!

In a brilliant piece written by the economist Richard C. Koo, “U.S. Economy in Balance Sheet Recession: What the U.S. Can Learn From Japan’s Experience in 1990-2005”, he writes how we are headed in this direction. It seems that Bernanke fell asleep while driving the bus and is now headed toward deflation—a generation of it.

Professor Koo says, “The biggest casualty here has been monetary policy. Businesses and consumers suffering from a debt overhang are not interested in increasing their borrowings at any interest rate, and few banks want to lend money to borrowers with impaired balance sheets.” “But in a balance sheet recession, demand for funds can remain far less than the supply even with interest rates at zero because there are so few borrowers. As a result, unborrowed funds remain trapped in the financial system, constituting a leakage from the income stream and a deflationary gap in the economy. If unchecked, this gap will throw the economy into a deflationary spiral as the economy loses demand equivalent to the saved but unborrowed fund each year. And, that is exactly what happened during the Great Depression, the last great balance sheet recession, where U.S. GDP was cut in half in just four years.”

Dr. Koo closed by speaking about needing a fiscal policy that works. “…capital injection…which requires substantial and seamless government borrowing and spending to offset the deflationary impact of private sector deleveraging. Although government deficit spending should be avoided when the private sector is healthy and forward looking, once…when the private sector gets carried away in a bubble and damages its financial health, a prompt and sustaining fiscal policy medicine from the government is essential in minimizing both the length of the recession and the eventual bill to the taxpayers.”

But in this “Rubicon”, those inside the economic conspiracy had other plans. They decided to rob the working class people blind, and cry wolf about the sky getting ready to fall, and continue to rob the cash reserves inside the Federal Reserve dry.

Will this administration, and Congress, turn this around? It appears if the American people vote against their own self interests and bring in the Tea Party candidates, or career politicians who are not on the side of working people, then we will likely see no action steering us away from a Japanese style deflation: lower wages, longer hours for less pay, further falling of home price values, more foreclosures, less consumer spending, fewer jobs, more unemployment, and the dollar buying less when spent.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country”.

James Madison also said, “The growing wealth acquired by [corporations] never fails to be a source of abuses”.

And then there was Grover Cleveland, who said:  “As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel.  Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters.”

Or, how about Teddy Roosevelt,  “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.  To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”

And, of course, there was Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight (career military man, five-star general, commander of the Normandy invasion, Supreme Commander of NATO, conservative Republican President of the United States) who famously invocated against the all-consuming power of the military-industrial complex. (Quotes taken from the excellent article by David Michael Green, “A Bottomless Well of Greed”, 8-2-10).

There is a Rubicon, and we swirl inside of it!

Thanks for reading, jerry


SPECTRE of Destruction said...

We aren't the only thing swirling. This video of the continuing BP Disaster was taken during the morning hours of Aug. 11, 2010. Talk about hiding in plain sight. I guess nobody gives a rat's ass that BP has fixed nothing!

It's About Time for some Krazy Glue!

jerry, of eye on washington said...

Hi Spectre,

We have known for some time that BP had compromised the sea floor around the well, and now there is leakage. Cannot tell what is leaking. Oil or methane gas. It seems that BPs plan is to make the Gulf into a deadzone.

Now we hear threats from the riggers that they might just tow those rusty 26 plus year old platforms somewhere else. HA HA! I wonder if some of those standing scrap yards would make it "somewhere else".



Jerry, they have finally admitted that they are still using dispersants over the blown well. I thought it was fixed with the capping of the well? This stinks worse than all the dead sea life they have destroyed. I just want to document the lies, so nobody can later claim that the evidence of their lying wasn't available. PURE BULLSHIT. NOAA even confiscated the samples from the USF profs who were the first to measure the plumes on various research vessels. The FEDS told them to shut up.

Coast Guard admits dispersants still in use “over the wellhead”
August 12th, 2010 at 08:26 AM

SPECTRE of Breakdown said...

By the way, I hope everything is well with you and yours during this non-stop bread and circus running 24/7. 30,000 people show up for assistance vouchers for housing, and fighting ensues. This is just the leading edge of what's to come. It will be oh so ugly my friend. Stay safe as we continue down the rabbit hole.


Wall Street's Big WinFinance reform won't stop the high-risk gambling that wrecked the economy -and Republicans aren't the only ones to blame
By Matt Taibbi

Cue the credits: the era of financial thuggery is officially over. Three hellish years of panic, all done and gone – the mass bankruptcies, midnight bailouts, shotgun mergers of dying megabanks, high-stakes SEC investigations, all capped by a legislative orgy in which industry lobbyists hurled more than $600 million at Congress. It all supposedly came to an end one Wednesday morning a few weeks back, when President Obama, flanked by hundreds of party flacks and congressional bigwigs, stepped up to the lectern at an extravagant ceremony to sign into law his sweeping new bill to clean up Wall Street.

Obama's speech introducing the massive law brimmed with celebratory finality. He threw around lofty phrases like "never again" and "no more." He proclaimed the end of unfair credit-card-rate hikes and issued a fatwa on abusive mortgage practices and the shady loans that helped fuel the debt bubble. The message was clear: The sheriff was padlocking the Wall Street casino, and the government was taking decisive steps to unfuck our hopelessly broken economy.

Read Matt Taibbi's landmark investigation, "The Great American Bubble Machine."

But is the nightmare really over, or is this just another Inception-style trick ending? It's hard to figure, given all the absurd rhetoric emanating from the leadership of both parties. Obama and the Democrats boasted that the bill is the "toughest financial reform since the ones we created in the aftermath of the Great Depression" – a claim that would maybe be more impressive if Congress had passed any financial reforms since the Great Depression, or at least any that didn't specifically involve radically undoing the Depression-era laws.(SNIP)

jerry, of eye on washington said...

Oil and methane leaking from the sea floor.

SPECTRE of Denial said...

Jerry, quick look surprised.

NOAA samples reveal polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons of “the most toxic variety”; Appearing near shore and in beach samples
August 16th, 2010

Smith has been “lead counsel on more than 100 oil pollution cases, which focus primarily on damages caused by oil pollution.”

Attorney Stuart H. Smith, representing the United Commercial Fishermen’s Association, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, public and private entities, and citizens harmed by the BP oil catastrophe, today issued this statement. Here’s an excerpt:

The most potentially dangerous of the components in the Gulf’s toxic soup are ‘polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons’ (PAHs), dangerous cancer-causing chemicals which slowly break down after being ingested by marine life, persist in marine organisms and can be passed to both humans and other wildlife through consumption.

PAHs… have been extracted from the BP crude and suspended in the water column via dispersant use. …

Deep water National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weatherbird analyses and our own near shore water, tunicate and beach samples have revealed a consistent pattern of dispersant-induced C19-C36 hydrocarbons and PAHs. Unfortunately, these specific PAHs are of the most toxic variety. Clearly, analyses of seafood in impacted regions require additional testing for PAH uptake protective of human carcinogenic potential.

SPECTRE of Criminal Minds said...

But,,,but,,,I thought the President said, "the Gulf is open for business", just yesterday? This stinks to high heaven, and it's not the dead sealife causing all the smell.

The a-holes knew in Feb. (11th I believe) 2010 that they were dealing with a stick of dynamite, but they kept right on going per the paperwork sent to MMS by BP and it's partners. They abandoned the first well without fanfare, and sold their holdings of BP before the second well blew up sinking DWH to the very deep depths of the Gulf.


Make of this what you will. I think he's more full of shit than a stuffed CHRISTmas Turkey! He seems to have a fondness for Islam while making plain his dislike of Christians and Christianity and all it's principles!!

10 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam

#1 "Islam has always been part of America"

#2 "we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities"

#3 "These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings." (He is bat shit crazy concerning these points)

#4 "America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings."

#5 "So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed"

#6 "Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality" (more bat shit craziness)

#7 "As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith."

#8 "I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month."

#9 "That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn't. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear."

#10 "I also know that Islam has always been a part of America's story." (what the Hell is he talking about)

SPECTRE of Bat Shit Crazy said...

10 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity

#1 "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation"(This says it all. He acknowledges what we were by his very statement)

#2 "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."

#3 "Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?"(How about the 10 Commandments bat shit crazy?)

#4 "Even those who claim the Bible's inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages - the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ's divinity - are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life."

#5 "The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics."

#6 From Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope: "I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount."

#7 "I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can't imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That's just not part of my religious makeup."

#8 "Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will--they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths."

#9 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: "If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount."

#10 "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people."

SPECTRE of Bat Shit Crazy said...
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SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Jerry, sorry concerning the multiple posting concerning statements on Chrisianity. For some reason your site did some wacky stuff. Please remove the duplicates when you have time, and once again I'm very sorry concerning the multiples.

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

If this guy would get off the redneck BS, I would love his writing. And as an aside, redneck referred to repeated very hard days of labor in the fields trying to subsist on next to nothing save for what they grew and raised themselves. It seems to me that Americans who had this cultural slur directed at them are the same folks we could use today for their work ethic and determination to do what was necessary to make sure they and their families survived. Ironic to say the least

"Interestingly, NPR ran a local story over the weekend -- an obscure little item -- saying that Amtrak was determined to raise the average speed of its passenger trains running north from Connecticut through Vermont from 40 miles-per-hour to 60 mph. That would be some triumphant accomplishment! It would bring us back to about an 1860 level of service. Of course, I happen to believe that we will be lucky in a few years if we are able to enjoy an 1860s standard-of-living, so maybe this little side venture in public transport is perfectly in tune with America's future." - James H. Kunstler, author of the nonfiction book The Long Emergency and the novel World Made by Hand

Short Short Stories said...

Hi Spectre of ....,

BP is a criminal enterprise and those who have allowed it to go unregulated and unaccounted for, are too, criminals. The oil and gas is still in the GOM. Most of it didn't go anywhere but out of sight and deeper in the water, and embedded in the DNA of the marine life. Anyone believing that what lives in the GOM is edible is a stupid fool risking their health and the health of others.

Regarding BO and religion, be it Islam or Christianity, I have one point to make. Religion has gotten mankind into lots of trouble. Religion and its fundamentalist belief foundations are the root of all danger and corruption. The hypocrisy that runs threw it has gotten us into wars and caused a lot of death and craziness.

I stand with Jefferson and believe that American is not a Christian nation. It was based upon the freedom to practice one's beliefs without fear of prosecution, but many times, it was not adhered to.

Fundamentalism, be it Christian, Jewish, or Islamic brings only disaster and the plotting for war.

BO said in the list that he has a hard time believing that a benevolent God, and one who made us in his image would single out some to rise to heaven leaving others who have not been born again to rot on earth. I must say the idea that the likes of some of our worst politicians, if born again, would be taken to heaven for the terror they committed here on earth, is absurd.

I do object strongly that any religious leader who does not speak out against violent and militaristic fundamentalism or fails to speak out against violence in their rule of law, or in the settling of civil disputes should be condemned publicly. I must say that any religion that accepts stoning as a rule of law, or cutting the nose of a women as a way to punish, or the killing of a woman for having an affair, is dangerous to have around in a civil and fairly just society that attempts to practice democracy.


SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Jerry, here's the religion (of money) that corrupts absolutely. Concerning Jefferson, I believe he and our other founders were primarily Christians, and they had no taste for a state church such as the English had. That being said, I don't believe for a second that they didn't believe in a Christian society. Read their actual writings, and then you tell me what their thoughts concerning religion were. Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation. Ever read that one? No doubt where he stood, but he didn't use the "Church of America" as a state tool like the English did. I am a student of history, and concerning religion, I will argue to the rooftops concerning this principle. To say otherwise is to have no sense of history at all.

“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce”

— President James A. Garfield

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt.”

— John Adams

“The central bank is an institution of the most deadly hostility existing against the Principles and form of our Constitution. I am an Enemy to all banks discounting bills or notes for anything but Coin. If the American People allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the People of all their Property until their Children will wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered. “

— Thomas Jefferson

"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes... Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain." -

— Napoleon Bonaparte, 1815

"Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws."

— Mayer Amschel Rothschild (23 February 1744 – 19 September 1812

“The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived.”

— James Madison

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

Jerry, one other thing concerning Jefferson. There is much confusion concerning his beliefs. He called himself a Christian, but didn't believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. This necassarily makes him not Christian, but rather believing in a universal God Power and science. This is a historical fact. However, there are various writings from our other founders that make plain their views regarding a Christian Nation with religious freedom for all to believe or not. We have no state church for a very good reason, as they fled Europe because of religious persecution, and the church being used as a tool of the state.

Short Short Stories said...

Hi there Spectre of....

I totally agree that our Founding Fathers had great disdain for the all mighty powerful Elite monetary capitalists, and a central bank.

Regarding religion and the US being a Christian Nation, nowhere, where I have found, has any documented legal document during their time of writing up the Constitution did they put into play the US being a Christian Nation.

Jefferson was a Deist and took it upon himself to rewrite the Bible.

Many may have been Christians of varying degrees, as there were atheists and agnostics in their peripheral circles.

They believed in freedoms much more and with a greater passion that what we see today by our citizenry and lawmakers.


SPECTRE of Delusion said...

This President, like those before him, is more full of shit than a stuffed Christmas Turkey. Gerald tells us in detail what he's stuffed with in this video. Not to be missed.

Gerald Celente: Presidential porn, no happy ending

SPECTRE of Deceit said...

Talk about "hiding in plain sight"! Then again, the President says, "the Gulf is open for business", so what's to worry about? His swim in the BAY was a real "hiding in plain sight" because he wouldn't swim in the GULF itself, and his wife wasn't happy about either place to swim. Deceit and lying seem to go hand in hand with the elites regardless of Party affiliation. We are being set up for a fall that most won't believe when it happens. The first Depression was a picnic compared to what's coming.

A Top Scientist Working On BP Gulf Oil Spill For The Federal Government Confirms BP Drilled Two Wells


Jerry, here's a glimpse of the real deal, and yes we are very screwed! (H/T) Moneyfister Blog!

A funny thing happened on the way to the ROV docking cage...

Things start getting interesting ~2minute mark.

About a minute later, when the ROV gets to the cage (100-feet above seabed), and spins around for docking, we get a glimpse of of something very big.

BP Gulf Oil Spill - Major Activity on Ocean Floor 8-17

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

No comment other than this makes me sick to my stomach as I watch our country swirl the toilet.:(!

Understanding America's Class System - Honk if you love caviar

By Joe Bageant

How about them political elites, huh? Five million bucks for Chelsea Clinton's wedding, 15K just to rent the air-conditioned shitters -- huge chrome and glass babies with hot water and everything. No gas masks and waxy little squares of toilet paper for those guys.

Yes, it looks big time from the cheap seats. But the truth is that when we are looking at the political elite, we are looking at the dancing monkey, not the organ grinder who calls the tune. Washington's political class is about as upwardly removed from ordinary citizens as the ruling class is from the political class. For instance, they do not work for a living in the normal sense of a job, but rather obtain their income from abstractions such as investment and law, neither of which ever gave anybody a hernia or carpal tunnel. By comparison, the ruling class does not work at all.(SNIP)

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

The Purpose Behind Engineered Economic Collapse

By Giordano Bruno

Neithercorp Press – 08/17/2010

“From now on, depressions will be scientifically created.” — Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

Everyone loves money. Even people like myself who abhor the abuse of money and commerce, who understand the fraudulent nature of the system we live in, still work hard and save so that we might attain a sense of stability within that system. Many people see money as a focal point to their existence. But is it really money that they are after, or is it something else entirely? In truth, money represents ‘security’ in the minds of the masses. Money affords us the ability to survive, and the more of it we have, the safer we all feel. Because we subconsciously associate the extension of our very life with the variable health of the economic structure in which we live, we tend to become unwitting devotees to its continued existence, even if it is corrupt and condemned to failure. We gullibly deny the system or the currency that supports it is doomed to the contrary of all evidence because, even though it has beaten us bloody, we have never known anything else.

In light of this entrenched way of perceiving things, especially in the U.S., it is difficult enough to convince some people that the economy is in fact not providing the security they desire, but is actually destroying their future completely. To explain to them that this is deliberate, that the economy is designed to self-destruct, that is another prospect altogether.

Many people hit a proverbial wall on this issue because they simply cannot fathom that certain groups of men (globalists and central bankers) view money and economy in completely different terms than they do. The average American lives within a tiny box when it comes to the mechanics and motivations of finance. They think that their monetary desires and drives are exactly the same as a globalist’s. But, what they don’t realize is that the box they think in was BUILT by globalists. This is why the actions of big banks and the decisions of our mostly corporate establishment run government seem so insane in the face of common sense. We try to rationalize their behavior as “idiocy”, but the reality is that their goals are highly deliberate and so far outside what we have been taught to expect that some of us lack a point of reference. If you cannot see the endgame, you will not understand the steps taken to reach it until it is too late.(SNIP)

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

This was from 2002, and PIMPco got exactly what it wanted, as did the bankers and political whores we call politicians. They set us up 8 years ago, and now everyone is surprised. You can't make this stuff up, and it's why I call the populace sheeple, as there is no other word to descibe the unthinking that that has become Amerika.

"To fight this recession the Fed needs more than a snapback; it needs soaring household spending to offset moribund business investment. And to do that, as Paul McCulley of Pimco put it, Alan Greenspan needs to create a housing bubble to replace the Nasdaq bubble."
-Paul Krugman NYT August 2002

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

H/T to Keep It Simple Blog.

From The "Cradle of Liberty"....
Pay Up

Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.

For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license....

It's a potential money maker, and the city wants it's cut? So now we're going to tax the potential to make money? Seriously?! And I've got some serious issues with a business "privilege" license. Excuse me? I've said this before: "Privileges" are for children and prisoners, so which one are you?

The gall of this city is astounding to say the least. But fear not, dear reader, for my good friend Johnny and I have the appropriate response to such indecent proposals:

Yep, this should be the response offered by all Philadelphia bloggers to the money grubbing suit monkeys, along with a hearty "UP YOURS!"

Running a business is not a "privilege"! What MO-ron came up with that insane idea? It is a fundamental American right, a fact that the cockroaches who've infested should be rather forcefully and noisily reminded of.

But I'm sure that a lot of Philly bloggers will roll over and pay, or simply close up shop rather than stand up for their rights. They'll let the suit monkeys get away with further raiding of their wallets with nary a whimper.

....So even if your blog collects a handful of hits a day, as long as there's the potential for it to be lucrative — and, as Mandale points out, most hosting sites set aside space for bloggers to sell advertising — the city thinks you should cut it a check. According to Andrea Mannino of the Philadelphia Department of Revenue, in fact, simply choosing the option to make money from ads — regardless of how much or little money is actually generated — qualifies a blog as a business. The same rules apply to freelance writers. As former City Paper news editor Doron Taussig once lamented [Slant, "Taxed Out," April 28, 2005], the city considers freelancers — which both Bess and Barry are, in addition to their blog work — "businesses," and requires them to pay for a license and pay taxes on their profits, on top of their state and federal taxes.....

Ha! Taxing "potential", a new low from the lowest of life forms. From bureaucratic parasites who suck the life blood out of the productive. Well then, I propose a "bureaucrat privilege license" tax. Two hundred percent of their annual "earnings" sounds fair to me. After all, they have the potential to make so much more via kickbacks, bribes, insider business deals, etc. What's good for the goose is good for the gander you know....

SPECTRE of Deflation said...

If this Isn't "let them eat cake" while everything falls into the shitter, I don't know what is.

Obama's Royal Retinue
Daily Bell

Vacationing Obama can't shed White House entourage ... President Barack Obama had a simple task for his first morning on vacation: shoot over to a Martha's Vineyard bookstore to fill out his daughters' summer reading list and grab himself a novel. Easier said than done. His SUV, part of a 20-vehicle motorcade, passed through a cordon of Massachusetts State Police motorcycle officers, in a protective cocoon of Secret Service agents. Tagging along for the quick trip Friday were White House communications trucks, an ambulance and two vans full of reporters and photographers. It was the same drill Saturday when he went to the beach for a picnic lunch with his family. This may be down time for Obama, but like all modern presidents, celebrities and some wannabes, he must move about with a not insignificant entourage. It includes security officers and their array of arms, as well as advisers, friends in and out of politics, and a cook who doubles as a golfing buddy. – AP

Dominant Social Theme: It is all necessary.

Free-Market Analysis: It is not a novel observation, but it probably bears repeating. The vacations that President Obama takes are like some sort of royal procession. It wasn't so obvious under George Bush because he had his own "ranch" to go to. But like Bill Clinton, Obama is a wanderer when it comes to vacation destinations and thus much is made of his travels. Is there a kind of sub-dominant social theme here? We think so. "This is the most important man in the world and he travels in style that befits his position."

Of course, we don't think that Obama is the most important man in the world. We believe he is a kind of manufactured individual who carries the water for a shadowy power elite that evidently and obviously stands behind him. It turns out that, as with George Bush, many of his vague campaign promises degraded into business as usual when it came time for governance.(SNIP)