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Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C’

Who the hell wants to read this?

Haven’t we heard enough about this crew that destroyed our economy, sold us out to corporate power and oil company greed, screwed the Middle Class and workers, abused and misused those in our military, tried to ruin the environment and tarnished the image of America, possibly forever, with their lies, power grabs, unconstitutional actions and wars of choice?

All I want to hear is when they will be arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced.  Enough of their lies, rationalizations and attempts to alter history…


When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir early next week, it may cause the second earthquake in Washington, D.C., this month.

Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C.

“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ when his memoir comes out Aug. 30, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that will air Aug. 29. Among the revelations: Cheney kept a resignation letter in a safe in case he had a heart attack or stroke.

“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ Cheney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel in an exclusive interview that will air on NBC’s “Dateline” at 10 p.m. ET Aug. 29.

In the book, titled “In My Time,’’ Cheney addresses a broad range of topics, including the attacks of Sept. 11; a secret resignation letter he kept in a safe in case he experienced catastrophic health issues, and his thoughts about former President George W. Bush and ex-Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. The 46th vice president discusses those topics and more in his candid, unapologetic interview with Gangel, and he’ll likely have more to say when he appears live on TODAY with Matt Lauer on Aug. 30, the day his book hits stores.

via Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C. – books – TODAY.com.

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Dylan Ratigan Rant: Debt Negotiations ‘Reckless, Irresponsible And Stupid’

All I can say is “Amen”….

From The Huffington Post:


“Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren’t doing it, Republicans are not doing it, an entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades is at work on our entire country right now,” said Ratigan. “We’re sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible and stupid.”

After the show, lobbyist Jimmy Williams, who sat on Tuesday’s MSNBC panel, wrote to Ratigan to express support for his angry tirade. “I’m proud of you,” wrote Williams in an email obtained by The Huffington Post. “Someone just texted me and said, ‘You didn’t get to say anything!’ My response: ‘I didn’t need to.'”

“Money in politics is pure, unadulterated corruption,” Williams continued. “Get rid of campaign contributions and the political parties will cease to exist because policy will prevail or politics. We have amended the US Constitution twice with regard to liquor but not once with regard to the buying and selling of our politicians. What’s wrong with this picture?”

via Dylan Ratigan Rant: Debt Negotiations ‘Reckless, Irresponsible And Stupid’.

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Renewable energies could supply 80 percent of world’s demand by 2050: UN report

If the Oil Companies didn’t own our government, we would be moving faster to recognize this and prepare for the future….

Our oil dependency is rapidly making us a third world country….

Think of all the jobs we could create if we really dedicated ourselves to oil independence and clean energy…

Governments approved on Monday a U.N. report projecting that renewable energies such as solar, wind or hydropower could leap to supply almost 80 percent of the world’s demand by 2050, with the right policies.

The study broadly matched a draft written by scientists before the meeting, but environmental group Greenpeace said some findings were watered down due to opposition by OPEC heavyweight Saudi Arabia and also by Brazil.

The report by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) also said that a shift to cleaner energies would help cut greenhouse gas emissions, which it blamed for climate change including floods, droughts, heat waves and rising sea levels.

“Close to 80 percent of the world energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public policies,” it said in a statement after government delegates approved a special report at talks in Abu Dhabi.

“This will be the standard book for renewables,” said Sven Teske of Greenpeace, one of the authors.

He said he was happy with the overall report but that the summary for policymakers had toned down, for instance, formerly clear statements that renewable energies were often already cost effective.

“Parts have been watered down,” he said of the report, which was agreed at the IPCC meeting in Abu Dhabi which began on May 5. The final session lasted through the night.

via Renewable energies could supply 80 percent of world’s demand by 2050: UN report | The Raw Story.

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I ran this post earlier and my friend Sally suggested it might be a good time to re-run it….

It’s from an article by William Thomas posted last year…

I agree, it bears repeating…

Please click the link at the bottom to go to the full post:

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.

Subsequently, during his State of the Union address, which is pretty much a pep rally for America, an unknown congressional representative from South Carolina, later identified as Joe Wilson, stopped the show when he called the President of the United States a liar. The president showed great restraint in ignoring this unprecedented insult and carried on with his speech. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by the slur, she forgot to jump to her feet while clapping wildly, 30 or 40 times after that.

Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president can’t take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.

Remember: “Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”

At some point, the treatment of President Obama went from offensive to ugly and then to downright dangerous.

The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America. President Obama’s face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.

Odd, that burning the flag makes Americans crazy, but depicting the president as a clown and a maniacal fascist is accepted as part of the new rude America. Maligning the image of the leader of the free world is one thing, putting the president’s life in peril is quite another. More than once, men with guns were videotaped at the health-care rallies where the president spoke. Again, history shows that letting men with guns get within range of a president has not served America well in the past. And still the “birthers” are out there claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States, although public documentation proves otherwise. Hawaii is definitely part of the United States, but the Panama Canal Zone where his electoral opponent Senator John McCain was born? Nobody’s sure.


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Shocking Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Hair Revealed?

Now that DT is running for President, this is potentially a National Security issue….

I hope they discover and validate the truth behind the world’s greatest comb-over before he’s elected and seals the information forever as a State Secret….

From Vanity Fair:

My baldly-stated thesis: this could be evidence of a rarely-sighted, possibly unprecedented “double comb-over.” It looks as if a length of hair growing from the part on the left side of Trump’s pate has been combed left-to-right over the crown of his head, while a second length of hair, growing from the back of his head, has been combed back-to-front over the first length of hair. Salon-strength hair products likely play a role in the final construction of this lattice-like structure—which could also explain the “ship’s prow” look one sometimes sees in side views of Trump.

Granted, there could be other explanations for the cross-hatching in Trump’s hair, such as a wood-grain tattoo on his scalp. Further study is clearly called for. Now that Trump is running for president, I nominate the Washington press corps to look into it, just as soon as they’re finished writing down everything Michele Bachmann says.

via Shocking Truth Behind Donald Trump’s Hair Revealed? | VF Daily | Vanity Fair.

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My Thoughts: The Rich Are Different

“Let me tell you something about the very rich.  They are different from you and me.” F. Scott Fitzgerald from “The Rich Boy”

I talk a lot about the Rich and post a lot of articles about the Rich.  I think it’s time I defined and clarified my thoughts-even if I speak in generalities.

First of all, I want to differentiate between two categories of wealth.

One, I’ll call simply, The Wealthy.  The other, I’ll call The Rich.

I do not have anything against The Wealthy.  They really aren’t that different from you and me.  This is the social category that we, in the South, used to call “Old Money.”

The Wealthy had enough class and taste that the socio-economic differences are more subtle.  They would be horrified to flaunt their wealth or to think it made them “better” than other people.  This category of the financially blessed was usually better educated and, thus, aware of their privilege and the obligations that went with it.  They understood the concept of “those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

I love the honest Wealthy folks I’ve known or known of in my life.  These are people who gave back and made the world a better place.

The Wealthy usually did not involve themselves actively in Politics.  If they did, it was usually out of a sense of duty or obligation to try to make things better for those less fortunate.  It was kind of like joining the Junior League for them.

They were frequently Democrats.

The Wealthy understood shared responsibility and honor.  There was a time when the Partners of Wall Street firms and Investment Banks were personally financially responsible for any losses.  That is gone with the wind…

In the past, the Rich would try to emulate the Wealthy.  Not today…

The Rich are the ones I can’t stand.  We used to call this social group “New Money.”

These are the ones who, as a rule, are taking over our government.

There are exceptions to the “New Money” condition.  The Koch Brothers, for example, have had money for several generations, but they are Rich, not Wealthy.

No matter how much money the Koch’s donate to the ballet and museums, they have no class or true sense of societal obligation.  They are Rich, not Wealthy because they have no social conscience and only care about money.  No matter how hard they try to seem otherwise, they are vulgar.

People recognize this and that’s why David Koch was booed at the American Ballet Theatre performance of “The Nutcracker” last December even when it was pointed out he gave the ABT $2.5 million.  Money does not buy class or absolve one of all sins- even in New York….

The Rich build their lives around money.  It is all that matters to them.  They never have enough, always want more and are more than willing to do anything immoral, unethical or illegal to get it and keep it.  They get away with this because they use their money to build a parallel world where the rules-and laws- don’t apply to them, but to everyone else.

As the late Leona Helmsley, who was Rich, not Wealthy, said: “Only the little people pay taxes.”

This is the mantra of the Rich.

The Rich have taken precedence over the Wealthy in today’s world.  The Wealthy, being mostly Democrats, didn’t fight back and were over-powered by the Rich on Wall Street and in Washington.  The Rich did away with the concept of individual responsibility for actions within financial firms.  They only want individual responsibility to apply to the poor and middle classes.

The Wealthy who used to be part of the GOP, who were called “Cloth Coat Republicans” or “Country Club Republicans” are now extinct.

The Rich are the new Wall Street Barons and Hedge Fund Kings who made their money manipulating the system and not creating anything.  They turned Wall Street into Las Vegas- both in tone and style.  They manipulate numbers.  Money is a concept to them, not a reality.

They don’t build factories or create jobs.  They never will.   That is too much work.  They are morally bankrupt.  They feel no need to “give back” as they really didn’t work hard to earn anything;  they just took it.

The Rich are the top 1% of the population who own about 35% of the total wealth in this country.  Of all the wealth created in the last 30 years or so, 47% went to this group.  And they don’t want to pay taxes on it.  This alone is enough to make me a socialist.

The Rich are the ones who manipulated the system so CEO’s,who in 1960 made an income of 42 times the average worker’s salary, by 2000 made 531 times the average worker’s salary.  And now pay the lowest tax rate since the 1950’s.

This is the crowd that runs companies into the ground, brings the entire economy to the brink of disaster, destroys jobs and livelihoods for the middle class, then takes a “golden parachute” of millions of dollars for their efforts.  There is no accountability for performance or decision-making within this group.

The New Money crowd, that have become the Rich of Wall Street and the financial powers that drive Washington, focus solely on money.  Getting it, keeping it, making more of it.  They worship money itself, not what it can do.  These people do not drive the economy- or only a small portion of it- as to them money is something to be hoarded and bragged about. Or flashed around with multiple homes, cars, planes, diamonds and wives.  They don’t spend it on creating jobs, as they and the GOP would like you to think.  That will never be their goal or priority.

Money is their God and they want to honor it.

I hate the nouveau and not so nouveau Rich who are determined to destroy the Middle Class and let the poor starve.  I detest the nouveau Rich who want children to grow up in poverty and ignorance and deny Health Care because people can’t afford private insurance.  I abhor the Rich who want to take money from Social Security and leave the elderly to eat cat food so they can keep more money in their Cayman Islands or Swiss Bank accounts.

The Wealthy class of yesterday would never behave this way.

And if they tried, the Government would stop them.

At least for the last 80 years.

Hopefully, this clarifies my position.


Footnote:  You can check my facts from my main point of reference and learn much more about “the numbers” here:



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Sanders introduces millionaire surtax to slash deficit | The Raw Story

Okay…81% of Americans favor this, but it doesn’t have a chance in hell of passing in Congress…

So much for representative democracy for anyone except the Rich and the Oil Companies….

WASHINGTON – As Democrats and Republicans battle over how much spending should be cut to bridge the budget shortfall, one senator is focusing on the other side of the equation: revenues.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday afternoon introduced a bill (pdf) that would establish a surtax on millionaires and strip tax deductions for oil companies — a proposal he claims would cut the deficit by about $50 billion.

The Emergency Deficit Reduction Act would accomplish this by raising taxes by 5.4 percent on annual income over $1 million.

Congress has yet to pass a budget to fund the government for fiscal 2011, approving three continuing resolutions to avoid a shutdown. The latest expires March 18. The Senate rejected the Democratic and Republican proposals Wednesday.

A NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found late February that 81 percent of Americans believe a surtax on millionaires is an acceptable way to close the budget shortfall.

Yet in Congress, the quest is a lonely one. Though leaders of both parties admit the deficit is a pressing problem, none have advanced tax increases to trim the gap. And the outspoken Vermonter isn’t pulling any punches.

Republicans, Sanders fumed, want to balance the budget “solely on the backs of the middle class and some of the most vulnerable people in this country.” Democrats, he added, aren’t “serious” about deficits if they ignore revenues.

via Sanders introduces millionaire surtax to slash deficit | The Raw Story.

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