Archive for August, 2006
Posted in Main Blog (All Posts), Videos on August 31st, 2006 11:32 am by HL
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Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 8:10 am by HL
Nashua N.H. Telegraph
But she implicated the government by saying the Sept. 11 attacks were meant â€œto soften us up . . . to make us more willing to have more stringent laws here, which are totally against the Bill of Rights . . . to make us particularly focus on Arabs and Muslims . . . and those strange persons who spend all their time creating little bombs,â€ giving Americans a reason â€œto hate them and fear them and, therefore, bomb them in Iraq for other reasons.â€
She said this strategy â€œwould be normalâ€ for governments, citing her belief that the British government â€“ and not the Germany military â€“ sank the Lusitania ocean liner in 1915. The deaths of Americans on the cruise liner helped galvanize U.S. support to enter World War I, and benefited England, she said.
The Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the Reichstag Fire, Gulf of Tonkin, 9/11
All wars are fought for money said this guy who was a pretty bright dude. His name was Socrates. People don’t want to fight wars, Governments of by and for the rich oil barons, and weapons manufacturers are the only ones who want war. So what do they do?. Cause some national tragedy to get the ignorant masses to get behind their evil plans to kill for cash. Itâ€™s been going on since day 1, and will continue as long as people let it.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:57 am by HL
â€œI needed health care, money to go to college, and I needed to take care of my daughter. The military was the only way I could do it,â€ he tells me. As we chat, basking in the sun on a peaceful Toronto street, he fiddles with his pocket watch, which has a Canadian flag on its face. Heâ€™s wearing a peace-symbol necklace.
After fighting for seven months in Iraq, he came home bloodied from combat, with a Purple Heart that proved his sacrifice â€“ and seriously opened his eyes. â€œWhen I joined, I wanted to fight,â€ he says. â€œI wanted to see combat. I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to save people. I wanted to protect my country.â€ But soon after he arrived in Iraq, he tells me, he realised that the Iraqis did not want him there, and he heard harsh tales that surprised and distressed him.
â€œSoldiers were describing to me how they had beaten prisoners to death,â€ he says. â€œThere were three guys and one said, â€˜I kicked him from this side of the head while the other guy kicked him in the head and the other guy punched him, and he just died.â€™ People I knew. They were boasting about it, about how they had beaten people to death.â€ He says it again: â€œBoasting about how they had beaten people to death. They are trained killers now. Their friends had died in Iraq. So they werenâ€™t the people they were before they went there.â€
The Republican Plan: Take away the good jobs and health care so that people are so poor they have to join the Army. Then when they get home broken, and shellshocked, take away their GI benefits and tell them to go to hell. And why not, the majority of war veterans are anti-war once they have been over there and figured out what is really going on.
Assembly approves universal health care Passage of bill seen as election-year test for Schwarzenegger
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:42 am by HL
Assembly approves universal health care
Passage of bill seen as election-year test for Schwarzenegger
The Democratic-controlled Legislature is on the verge of sending Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a bill that would create a state-run universal health care system, testing him on an issue that voters rate as one of their top concerns in this election year.
On a largely party-line 43-30 vote, the Assembly approved a bill by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, that would eliminate private medical insurance plans and establish a statewide health insurance system that would provide coverage to all Californians. The state Senate has already approved the plan once and is expected this week to approve changes that the Assembly made to the bill.
Schwarzenegger has said he opposes a single-payer plan like the one Kuehl’s bill would create, but the governor has not offered his own alternatives for fixing the state’s health care system. As many as 7 million people are uninsured in the state, and spiraling costs have put pressure on business and consumers.
This is a win-win situation for California: Either we get Universal Health Care, or we get rid of Ahhhnold. People won’t be happy if he makes this not happen. It will not be good for the republican plan. Take away everyones health insurance (except the rich of course), then the first time they get sick they go into huge debt. Of course they can’t declare bankruptcy anymore so what happens? There goes the house, (if they were lucky enough to afford one in the first place.) Now you are sick and homeless, you can’t get the care you need. You die broke, they laugh all the way to the bank with your house.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:30 am by HL
In 2005, the CEOs of the largest 15 oil companies averaged $32.7 million in compensation, compared with $11.6 million for all large U.S. firms, according to the study, released today by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy.
Amid reports of multimillion-dollar pay packages, shareholder activists have sponsored resolutions to limit compensation at companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. and Home Depot Inc. In May, three members of the House of Representatives criticized the retirement benefits of former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond and asked the company to fill a gap in its workers’ pension fund.
“Instead of lining the pockets of executives, they should be investing the money into new sources of energy that go beyond fossil oils,” said Sarah Anderson, director of the global economy project at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies, and a co-author of the study.
I work at home mostly, when I do go to an actual job, which is about once a week, the place is 5 miles away. Lately I hardly use my car at all, and when I do the trip is usually just around the neighborhood. I am still spending at least $20 a week in gas. I don’t know how people in big SUVS who have to commute 30 miles a day or more do it. They must be racking up some pretty heavy debt in order to help CEOs of Exxon/Mobil make 32 Mil a year.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 30th, 2006 7:19 am by HL
OP Ed News.
Federal borrowing eventually results in a transfer of income from U.S. taxpayers to the investors who hold the Treasury bonds. As long as Americans own the bonds, the transfer is simply from one American to another. Bondholders may get richer, while taxpayers who don’t own bonds get poorer. But shuffling the income between the two groups doesn’t reduce America’s overall wealth.
Today, however, 43 percent of the United States’ publicly held debt of $4.8 trillion is held abroad, mainly by central banks in Japan, China, and Britain and by offshore hedge funds. That’s up from a 30 percent share in 2001, an extraordinary increase.
Indeed, during the Bush years, 73 percent of new government borrowing has been from abroad. Paying the interest on the foreign- owned portion of the debt will be a burden on future generations of Americans, draining their wallets, and siphoning off America’s wealth.
Bush will not stop stealing from Americans like you and me until we have nothing and The Bush Crime Family and their minions have it all, at which point we will become their slaves. Its not like the people of this brain dead nation would ever fight back.
Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2006 11:45 am by HL
There is some new census data out that shows how the poverty level has risen, and the uninusred rate has gone down every year since 2000, Bush took over in January 2001, and things have been going into the tank ever since.
The numbers speak for themselves. The reverse Midas touch in full effect. Everything he touches turns to S**t.
Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 29th, 2006 10:22 am by HL
08/28/05 If You Live In New Orleans….
President Bush and his trusted advisor closely monitored the situation (so he knew how bad it was) At a crucial juncture when Bush’s point man began to realize that Bush had no desire to do anything at all, Bush had this to say to the frustrated and confused assistant.
8/29/05 Big Easy Memories
The Next day the pictures of the devastation began to come in
Meanwhile Bush decided to pull a Nero, and pulled out his gee-tar
On August 31, Bush decided that maybe it was time to end his vacation a couple of days early and like maybe try to like do something, or something.
08/31/05 He’s Baaack
But before he got back he decided to buzz New Orleans in Air Force 1, for a close up look and some hands on help for the masses
9/1/05 Presidential Response
On Sept. 2, we got these before and after aerial photos in.
This is from Global Security.org
Then finally, 5 days after the strom hit. When Bush had let thousands of people die, it was time for something to be done. He got his daddy, and Bill Clinton to bail him out.
09/02/05 The Sunshine Boys, Together Again.