Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24

Trickle down: A Rise in Wealth for the Wealthy; Declines for the Lower 93%


Conservative Group Photoshops Out Minorities In Mailer Opposing Pro-Voting Legislation

Fertilizer Industry Groups Have Been Lobbying Against Safety Regulations

After Demanding Senate Pass A Budget, GOP Refuses To Enter Budget Negotiations

REPORT: Hundreds Of Immigrants Are Being Deported From Their Hospital Beds

Okay first off it must be said that nothing pains yur Wonket more than having to credit former Washington Times Editor and fancy-puter using white supremacist Robert Stacey McCain with publishing something that is genuinely interesting or relevant. But indeed, he seems to have found a piece of news that involves more than just rambling about how Emmett Till had it coming:

Adam Savader, a former intern for Paul Ryan, was arrested by the FBI and charged in a weird sexual extortion scheme

Yeah "weird" is a bit of an understatement. Turns out that the intern in question is a baby-faced ratfucker to the stars who worked with not just Paul Ryan but has been passed around to Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. In other words young Adam was not just a participant in the world's worst imaginable foursome, but his resume virtually guaranteed that he was primed to get a plumb job ruining the world. (Did you know Paul Ryan got his start as Jack Kemp's intern? Well you know it now!)

According to the affidavit, from May 2012 through February 2013, Adam Paul Savader sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women stating that he had nude photographs of the women and threatening to distribute the nude photographs to the women's friends and family members unless the women sent him more nude photographs of themselves. Savader sent some of the victims links to a photo-sharing website where nude pictures of the victims had been posted.

That's some fine rational self-egoism there sport! We're sure the folks at the Atlasphere will really enjoy your tales of besting those young ladies and getting them to show off their Taggarts under duress (that is after your five years in the federal pokey). READ MORE »

Does Rand Paul Support Using Drones to Kill American Citizens? Yes!



Via David Frum, here's AEI's John Makin with the positive news:

The United States has actually made substantial progress toward deficit reduction in 2013 …

On January 2, as part of an agreement to avert the sharpest austerity that would have been triggered by the "fiscal cliff," Congress did pass a total of about $180 billion of annual tax increases. The result is that, by the 2014 fiscal year, the fully phased-in sequester, along with the January 2013 tax increases, will cut the US deficit—already on a downward path—from $1,089 billion in 2012 to $845 billion in 2013, and then further to $615 billion in 2014. In terms of the deficit-to-GDP ratio, that is 7 percent in 2012, down to 5 percent in 2013, and down further to 3.7 percent in 2014.

We already knew about the $845 billion number, but I was unaware of the $615 billion figure. And regarding the president's promise to cut the deficit in half in his first four years, he only missed the goal by a year — the deficit has dropped from 9.9 percent of GDP in 2009 to 5 percent of GDP at the end of this year.


Boston and Bush

George W. Bush - Failure   :

Today we learn

The 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack, according to U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.

…the evidence so far suggests they were "self-radicalized" through Internet sites and U.S. actions in the Muslim world. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has specifically cited the U.S. war in Iraq, which ended in December 2011 with the removal of the last American forces, and in Afghanistan…

While there is no justification for what these two killers did in Boston, it does lend credence to the long-held belief that one of the many negative consequences of the Iraq war was that the killing of 100,000 Iraqi men,women and children would create a generation of terrorists bent on revenge. You can mess with people's lives just so much before someone gets really pissed.

So what does the man responsible for the Iraq war, the disastrous Katrina response, the financial meltdown and eight years of a failed presidency have to say about his reign of suffering and pain endured by so many?

"There's no need to defend myself."


"I'm comfortable with what I did. I'm comfortable with who I am."

If you need a graphic to go along with those words, this works.

George Bush - postage stamp :

I'm not about to lay the entire blame for the Boston bombings at the feet of Bush. Certainly there are a number of factors at play here, not the least being the downside of religion. Islam, not unlike Christianity, has a dark side that lends itself to feeding the psychosis of zealots and madmen.

But the question remains as to whether the Boston tragedy would have occurred had Dick Cheney and his neocon evildoers not pressured an ignorant man who had no right occupying the White House, to invade Iraq, thereby pushing countless Muslims into the 'I hate America' camp?

There's no way of knowing for sure but…


If the strategy isn't working, it must be time to double down:

(Reuters) – The U.S. military is sending additional medical personnel to the Guantanamo prison camp, where more than half the captives have joined a hunger strike to protest their open-ended detention, a camp spokesman said on Monday…

House said the new arrivals would include a doctor, nurses, corpsmen and medics, who will supplement the 100 medical personnel already on duty. Navy hospital corpsmen and Army medics are trained to provide emergency care and basic medical services.

"There was no specific trigger, other than the growing number of detainees that have chosen to hunger strike," House said….

Forty-three prisoners had joined the hunger strike by April 13, when guards in riot gear swept through a communal prison and forced the detainees into one-man cells where they could be better monitored. Camp officials said the detainees had covered the security cameras and windows, blocking guards' view.

The number refusing meals has grown steadily since then, and two prisoners tried to kill themselves by making nooses with their clothing, House said. Lawyers for the prisoners have said the hunger strike is more widespread than the military acknowledges, with between 100 and 130 detainees taking part.

More than half of Guantanamo's prisoners have been cleared for release but Congress has put stringent restrictions on transfers. About two-thirds of those cleared for release are Yemenis and the Obama administration has halted repatriations to their homeland because of instability there.

The U.S. military counted 84 of the 166 prisoners as hunger strikers on Monday and was force-feeding 16 of them liquid meals through tubes inserted in their noses and down into their stomachs. Six were hospitalized for observation, House said.

NYMag, April 14th:

When guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison tried to move hunger-striking inmates living communally into individual cells on Saturday, the detainees did not go quietly. They fought back when guards moved in, using batons, broomsticks, and mop handles to resist the forced return to individual cells, so the guards fired rubber bullets that hit at least one inmate — the only injury being made public. The guards decided it was time to break up the inmates' communal living situation because they had been covering up security cameras and windows… More »

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