Saturday, October 30, 2010

I REMEMBER. EVERYONE ELSE SHOULD, TOO!

I remember who it was announcing on the White House lawn that we were in a financial crisis and brought about the fear necessary to get congress to allow the Hank Paulson / George Bush Bailouts.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Rand Paul Campaign Curb Stomping Event

There is a guy named Tim Proffit who is a supposed "supporter" of Rand Paul. His idea of beating up anyone who wants to protest while Rand Paul is present is something he calls "crowd control". At least five goons from the Rand Paul campaign Entourage saw a lady who was there to yell and wave a protest sign during his entrance to a debate/ exit from his car. She was pulled by her hair, which was a wig and came off, then pulled down by her clothing and then Tim Profitt stomped on her neck and head while she was laying in the gutter with her head on the curb- where she had been thrown .








Then the usual racist beating occurred. They need to press charges. No it is not up to the prosecutor. Fox News is trying to turn this into an Obama issue, which has nothing to do with the president. His involvement in the Gates case was only a comment, originally. Then he had the beer summit at the White House.








Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I can't even turn off my TV and get around it!

Hi everyone,
I just heard another conspiracy theory from a guy who I almost missed years ago. Now, think about this. The Republicans and Fox News reverberated the same mantra over and over trying to discredit President Obama when he was running for office. Dick Morris must have missed the point. The first thing they were taught to chant was "I AM AFRAID" and "Who Is This Guy? We don't know who he is or what he will do!"
But Dick Morris knew what he was going to do before even investigating him. I guess he has E.S.P.
This is his interview with Shawn Hannity who looks like even he is surprised by this comment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB-iEzcD2VU
Here he is getting owned by another commentator.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXfJ0HEJ6Kc&NR=1
This guy is a complete moron and is delusional. Here is what he said about Palin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgEf1FJBuEo&feature=related

Saturday, October 9, 2010

"I'm Voting Republican" Video

Everyone should view this:

Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads
Citation below.

The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending. A ThinkProgress investigation has found that the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign. According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.

In recent years, the Chamber has become very aggressive with its fundraising, opening offices abroad and helping to found foreign chapters (known as Business Councils or “AmChams”). While many of these foreign operations include American businesses with interests overseas, the Chamber has also spearheaded an effort to raise money from foreign corporations, including ones controlled by foreign governments. These foreign members of the Chamber send money either directly to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, or the foreign members fund their local Chamber, which in turn, transfers dues payments back to the Chamber’s H Street office in Washington DC. These funds are commingled to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6) account which is the vehicle for the attack ads:

– The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a large presence in the small, oil-rich country of Bahrain. In 2006, the Chamber created a local affiliate called the “U.S.-Bahrain Business Council” (USBBC), an organization to help businesses in Bahrain take advantage of the Chamber’s “network of government and business relationships in the US and worldwide.” As the USBBC’s bylaws state, it is not an actual separate entity, rather it is simply an office of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 501(c)(6) trade association. Many of the USBBC’s board members are Bahrainian, including Aluminum Bahrain, Gulf Air, Midal Cables, the Nass Group, Bahrain Maritime & Mercantile International, the Bahrain Petroleum Company (state-owned), Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, and First Leasing Bank. With each of these foreign board members to the USBBC contributing at least $10,000 annually, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raises well over $100,000 a year in money from foreign businesses through its operation in Bahrain. Notably, the membership form provided by the USBBC directs applicants to send or wire their money directly to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The membership form also explicitly states that the foreign-owned firms are welcomed.

– Like the Chamber’s involvement in Bahrain, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce operates in India through a group called “U.S.-India Business Council” (USIBC), which has offices around the world but is headquartered in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of Indian businesses, including some of India’s largest corporations like the State Bank of India (state-run) and ICICI Bank, are members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce through the USIBC. Annual membership dues range from $7,500 to $15,000 or more, and the money is given directly into the Chamber’s 501(c)(6) bank account. Like the USBBC, the USIBC generates well over $200,000 a year in dues for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from foreign businesses. On the USIBC website, many of the groups lobbying goals advocate changing American policy to help businesses in India. Under the manufacturing policy goal, USIBC boasts that it “can play a helpful role in guiding U.S. companies to India, while supporting various policy initiatives that will enhance India’s reputation as a major manufacturing and investment hub.”

– Many foreign “AmChams” or Business Councils operate outside the direct sphere of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce but nonetheless send dues money back to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. For instance, the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt is a separate entity based in Cairo that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars from both Egyptian firms and American businesses. However, the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt calls itself “the most active affiliates of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the” Middle East. Another foreign chamber, like the Abu Dhabi AmCham, which includes American firms and Esnaad, a subsidiary of the state-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, claims that it is a a “dues paying member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and part of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce.” In Russia, the relationship between the American Chamber of Commerce there and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here is opaque. This might be because many of the dues-paying members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia are Russian state-run companies, like VTB Bank, and controlled by the Russian government. Asked by ThinkProgress if the Russian Chambers pay dues back to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ksenia Forsheneva, the membership development manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, replied, “Unfortunately the information that you require is closed for the public.”

Previously, it has been reported that foreign firms like BP, Shell Oil, and Siemens are active members of the Chamber. But on a larger scale, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appears to rely heavily on fundraising from firms all over the world, including China, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Russia, and many other places. Of course, because the Chamber successfully lobbied to kill campaign finance reforms aimed at establishing transparency, the Chamber does not have to reveal any of the funding for its ad campaigns. Dues-paying members of the Chamber could potentially be sending additional funds this year to help air more attack ads against Democrats.

Here’s how it works. Regular dues from American firms to the Chamber can range from $500 to $300,000 or more, depending on their size and industry, and can be used for any purpose deemed necessary by the Chamber leadership. For example, the health insurance giant Aetna has reported that it paid $100,000 in annual dues to the Chamber in the past. But for specific advocacy or advertising campaigns, corporations can hide behind the label of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and give additional money. Last year, alongside their regular dues, health insurance companies like Aetna secretly funneled up to $20 million to the Chamber for attack ads aimed at killing health reform (publicly, health insurance executives claimed they supported reform). Last week, Politico reported that News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, gave an extra $1 million to the Chamber for its election season attack campaign.

There are many reasons foreign corporations are seeking to defeat Democratic candidates this November. The Chamber has repeatedly sent out issue alerts attacking Democratic efforts to encourage businesses to hire locally rather than outsource to foreign counties. The Chamber has also bitterly fought Democrats for opposing unfettered free trade deals. To galvanize foreign businesses, the Chamber has commissioned former Ambassador Frank Lavin — who served as the McCain-Palin Asia campaign director and has appeared on television multiple times recently saying a Democratic Congress is bad for business — to speak before various foreign Chamber affiliates to talk about the stakes for the 2010 midterm elections.

Because campaign finance laws prohibit foreign entities from contributing to political races here in America, we asked the Chamber to defend the legality of its fundraising operation. We have yet to receive a response. But as word of our investigation began to leak out yesterday, the Chamber informed Politico’s Mike Allen that it is now “preparing a response.”

UPDATE The US Chamber of Commerce has responded to this post in a statement to the Politico's Ben Smith. The Chamber's Tita Freeman did not dispute that the Chamber's 501(c)(6) organization running attack ads receives foreign funds, and simply claimed, "We have a system in place" to prevent foreign funding for the Chamber's "political activities."

Citation: < http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/07/bahrain-chamber/ >

Note: the use of foreign money to endorse specific candidates is illegal but foreign donations to the American Chamber of Commerce for other reasons is not, my question is, how can we know for sure? When the American Chamber of Commerce is endorsing the Republican party under the guise of being pro-commerce, they should then explain why so many foreign companies are hiring workers overseas instead of investing money in the United States.

Fair and Balanced has become Fictional and Biased

Most every reliable news source has reported that News Corps, the organization that owns Fox News donated 1 million dollars to the Republican Governors Association and that the RGA has raised over 58 million dollars through corporate donations. News Corps, in their lack of caring whether they appear fair and balanced or not, didn't donate a penny to the Democratic Party. Corporate America is taking over the states we live in. Anyone who doesn't see this as a monopoly of power overstepping their bounds in American politics is hiding their head in the sand. The power of the foreign industries has overshadowed what Fox and News Corps has done by far.
On top of this the American Chamber of Commerce is being funded to fund ad campaigns for the Republican party and the financing is coming from several foreign sources.
the Pittsburgh Post Gazette stated that the Chamber of Commerce firmly denies this.
"...Chamber denies aid has foreign influence
Friday, October 08, 2010
By David Lightman and Kevin G. Hall, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pumping as much as $75 million into this year's election campaigns, mostly for Republicans, and its muscular spending is becoming controversial.

Some liberal activists and Democrats allege that some of the money the chamber is spending comes from illegal foreign donations -- a charge that the chamber flatly denies, but one that is gaining traction.

Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., a self-described chamber target in an uphill battle for re-election, this week called the foreign funds reports "beyond outrageous, to being fundamentally un-American and undemocratic."

In Pennsylvania, Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak on Thursday blasted his GOP rival, Pat Toomey, saying, "In violation of U.S. election law, Toomey's foreign corporation allies are now spending millions to launch attack ads aimed at distorting [my] record."

Even Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine joined the chorus. "It's time the Chamber of Commerce answered a very basic question: Since when do they believe that large undisclosed corporate interests and companies in China, Russia and the Middle East should help choose America's leaders?" he asked. "Our country was founded on the belief that the American people -- and no one else -- should have the right to decide our country's future."

Foreign corporations and foreign nationals are barred from giving directly or indirectly to any U.S. campaigns. U.S.-based subsidiaries of foreign corporations are allowed to actively contribute -- and do.

The group StoptheChamber.org has called upon the Internal Revenue Service to audit the chamber and requested that the Justice Department investigate potential election fraud. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wants the Federal Election Commission to look into the reports.

At a small protest Thursday afternoon outside the chamber's Washington headquarters, liberal groups carried signs that read, "Foreign Corporations OUT of U.S. Elections," and "Chamber + Foreign $$$ = Stolen Elections."

In an interview, chamber Executive Vice President Bruce Josten called allegations of illegal foreign contributions baseless.

American Chambers of Commerce abroad are formed to represent U.S. companies in a given foreign country. About 115 AmCham affiliates collectively contribute about $100,000 to the U.S. Chamber's general fund. This $100,000 is spent on international programs, not U.S. political campaigns, Mr. Josten said.

Critics have noted, however, that money is fungible and accounts are easily mixed.

"This is ridiculous. It is nominal dues payments to us, because the issues of concern to them here [in the United States] are few and far between," Mr. Josten said.

The chamber, he said, plans to raise and spend $50 million to $75 million on issue ads. That is more than double the $33.5 million it spent in the 2008 election cycle. The chamber has spent $17 million so far this election cycle, according to reports filed at the Federal Election Commission.



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10281/1093509-84.stm?cmpid=nationworld.xml#ixzz11sScaEqK ..."