* Osama bin Laden, brought to justice. Republicans said it would be rude to go after bin Laden on Pakistani soil, but President Obama did it anyway and SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden on May 1.
* Moammar Gadhafi, removed from power. The Bush administration signed a peace deal with Gadhafi, despite the Lockerbie bombing. President Obama supported the Libyan people who successfully removed Gadhafi from power, ultimately killing him.
* Iraq war, ended. George W. Bush said the mission was accomplished nearly 8.5 years ago, and in 2007 and 2008, Republicans like John McCain said wanted to stay there a thousand years, it that's what it took. Now we'll be out be end the of 2011. And that's a real mission accomplished.
The U.S. Federal Reserve gave out $16.1 trillion in emergency loans to U.S. and foreign financial institutions between Dec. 1, 2007 and July 21, 2010, according to figures produced by the government’s first-ever audit of the central bank.
Last year, the gross domestic product of the entire U.S. economy was $14.5 trillion...
They gave away EVERYTHING!
This just about sums it all up. I am no longer a McCabe's Guitar Shop virgin. I went to see The Shelby Lynne and she was most impressive. Man, does this woman have her fists up, ready to fight.
Here is a nice little history lesson about the relationship of Wall Street and Main Street:
Our system of government is an oligarchy inside a democracy. The system is built on an unspoken bargain:
" The rise of representative democracy involved a difficult and delicately executed trade-off of property security for the richest and historically most powerful actors in exchange for universal suffrage for the unpropertied masses."
Here is a good article, with a good history link to deep dive into the topic if you want (with a video link as well) about the ridiculous notion that Corporations are People:
Of all the Occupy Wall Street refrains, one of the most memorable is, "I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas executes one." But, clever as it is, the quip looks to the wrong end of the life cycle: The only thing more corrupt than the legal concept of corporate personhood is the way a Gilded Age judge birthed it.
Here is an example of the Obama Administration in action:
"In a new report, the chief executives of GE, Intel, Boeing and other companies also backed White House proposals to fix infrastructure like airports, railways and electricity grids and to expand broadband Internet networks as a way to boost hiring and speed up flagging growth."
So American taxpayers are going to flip the bill to build the infrastructure for private corporations to then bill us for the services of using them ...
"Let's go to the videotape!"
Here is one to make you get up and join or start your local #Occupy brigade:
Speaking at the Atlantic Idea Fest earlier this week, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan sat down for a televised interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. Defending the bank’s new $5 per month debit card fee, Moynihan invented something he called the “right to make a profit.”
And then Iran tried attacked us! Which side are the Koch Brothers on?:
In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts...
“I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.”
“Those activities constitute violations of criminal law,” Koch Industries wrote in a Dec. 8, 2008, letter giving details of its findings. The letter was made public in a civil court ruling in France in September 2010; the document has never before been reported by the media.
There is a littel snapshot of America for you... and they hate us for our freedoms.
I just got old...
"An article at the moviemaking technology website Creative Cow reports that the three major manufacturers of motion picture film cameras — Aaton, ARRI and Panavision — have all ceased production of new cameras within the last year, and will only make digital movie cameras from now on. As the article’s author, Debra Kaufman, poignantly puts it, “Someone, somewhere in the world is now holding the last film camera ever to roll off the line...”
Now I know how Norma Desmond felt...
The technical aspects of my NYU training no longer apply. No more Moviolas, Steenbecks or hand-cranked sound synchronizers.
No more loading film in a black bag using only your sense of touch and counting sprocket holes.
I guess it is easier now... more democratic... but light projected through film... you can't beat that.
"President Barack Obama could create millions of jobs by attracting more foreign capital to the United States, helping entrepreneurs and being more aggressive in energy, business leaders said on Monday.
In a new report, the chief executives of GE, Intel, Boeing and other companies also backed White House proposals to fix infrastructure like airports, railways and electricity grids and to expand broadband Internet networks as a way to boost hiring and speed up flagging growth..."
Some revolutions this past century led to bloody overthrows and people like 'Big-Business Leaders' were marched through the streets and people threw stones at them... before shooting them.
At least the Occupy Wall Street folks are non-violent.
Our local. State and Federal government needs to answer questions about the police... who are they, what is the chain of command and what are their orders...
"When they come dressed like that, they are not there to protect and defend our constitutional rights to peaceably assemble," Quigley said. "They are there to intimidate. Every demonstration is like a practice-run for state and local police to try out their new equipment and devices. They're all getting the federal anti-terrorist money, so if you go to a peaceful protest in Georgia, or Pittsburgh or New York or other places, you'll likely see the police using that as a pretext for a military-like response."
What would the NRA do?
How would our Media report on it?
“Banks are in the business of making money, and they find loopholes,” the President said. Apparently forging and fabricating documents to prove ownership of homes that are subsequently stolen from borrowers is now a loophole..."
Three years in and I still argue with myself over whether Barack Obama was a major historical mistake by the American people, especially The Left...
Well... here is the answer, finally.
"Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year -- a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.
This report is the first full accounting and analysis of this year's voting cutbacks. It details both the bills that have been proposed and the legislation that has been passed since the beginning of 2011."
The Justice Department would have been all over these local and state governments.
These Corporate/Republican Terrorists would be subpoenaed and interrupting day-time television on hearings having to defend their actions to the American people.
The Occupy Wall Street movement may have thought it broke new ground when the NYC Transit Union joined their movement, but that ground just tipped the Richter Scale with news that United States Army and Marine troops are reportedly on their way to various protest locations to support the movement and to protect the protesters.
Well this could get interesting real fast... heroes vs heroes...
I wonder which side Goldmans Sachs is putting their money?
"The change in debit card terms has been gradual. Most recently, Bank of America announced its plans to levy a $5 monthly fee for making debit-card purchases starting next year. Banks including Wells Fargo, SunTrust and Chase have already eliminated debit rewards programs, and Chase, PNC and TD Bank are testing ATM fees as high as $5 a pop in some markets.
Given the rising costs, consumers may be better off without debit cards at all, says Dennis Moroney, senior analyst covering bank cards at TowerGroup consulting firm. “I never understood why people wanted debit cards in the first place,” he says."
It is just taken for granted that the American people will put up with this and adapt to whatever the Banks want us to do.
Here is my plan. Take back all the bail out money, arrest the executives and let the big banks collapse... and guess what, most people in America won't turn to ash!... then set new regulations on new banks so they serve the people of the United States on their daily commerce needs.