Our basic humanity has been overwhelmed by economic concerns. This is mankind’s greatest sin, the worship of “manna” (money).
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by Scott Creighton
“This is not just a matter of Social Security. These are Veterans checks, folks on disability their checks. About 70 million checks… I cannot guarantee those checks go out if we have resolved this issue because there may not simply be the money in the coffers to do it” President Obama
I can’t think of a worse president than Barack Obama.
This man is a liar and a manipulator. He does everything he needs to do in order to benefit big business and the financial institutions and whenever he gets a chance he exploits the most vulnerable people in our society in order to get policies pushed through that normally no one in their right mind would accept.
Social Security checks have nothing to do with the daily finances of the government. Social Security is a solvent, self-sustaining program and for the president to use that threat as blackmail in order to justify some sort of neoliberal “compromise” is beyond disgusting… it should be criminal.
This is the exact same thing Obama and the Clintonista Dems did with the unemployment insurance extension at the end of last year. The dems refused to bring the extension bill to the floor of the House prior to the election of 2010 even though they knew that the House minority leader had already said publicly that he would support it. They deliberately waited till late December so that they could use that pending crisis (the end of the unemployment insurance payments for millions of Americans) as the pretext to forge a “compromise” with the republicans for the 4 year extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich. It was blackmail, not a game of chicken.
Now Obama and the neoliberal Clintonista White House are ginning up another fake crisis they can use to justify folding on the Social Security and Medicare provisions in the debt ceiling negotiations and it’s absolutely sickening to watch.
I’ll tell you something; over the years I have learned a lot about our history, things they don’t teach in school books. I’ve learned a lot about the behavior of certain presidents, what they did for and to the people of this country and many, many others. Most of it has just been bad… for everyone except a very few. And I’ll tell you, I think hands down Barack Obama is quickly becoming the worst president I know of, he’s certainly the worst in recent years.
W? Well, he was bad… we had that whole false flag thing, but I don’t think he knew anything about it till it was nearly over and he was told not to return to Washington while Condi and Cheney were still directing the whole thing from the bunker. Bush certainly aided in war-crimes against Afghanistan and Iraq, but so has Barack and Barack has included Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Pakistan. bush tortured, but so has Barack… and the latter promised to end it and open up real investigations. Bush arrested dissidents, but not like Obama has, recording more arrests of whistle-blowers than W did and in fact more than any other president ever. Barack even claims to be able to kill US citizens abroad at will, something W wouldn’t have dreamed of getting away with.
And now Barack is going to make a reality of the Reagan dream of neoliberalizing Social Security and Medicare and he’s going to do it based on lies and fear-mongering just a few months after securing 4 more years of Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 tenth of 1% of the population.
Perhaps it was all that time Barack spent living with his mommy, who was nothing more than a CIA asset in the USAID program under the dictator Suharto in Indonesia.
Perhaps that’s when Barack developed his loathing for the working and middle classes. It’s hard to say.
But this man, this president, has very little empathy for his fellow Americans, that much is sure.
Back in the days of the Bush presidency, there were times when I almost felt sorry for him when he went out to speak about something he didn’t like or thought was bullshit. You could see it on his face, you could read it in his body language.
This MFer doesn’t feel a thing when he goes out to spread his lies which will fuck over a major percentage of the American people. He feels nothing and you can see that on his face just as plainly as you could read W.
It’s possible that Woodrow Wilson might have been worse. I don’t know enough about his history.
I do know that it is widely speculated that at some point he publicly regretted his part in helping to create the Federal Reserve. The quote is of questionable origins at best and probably lifted in part from one of his earlier campaign speeches given long before the Fed was even created so it’s highly possible that he may have been even worse than Obama. Only time will tell.
This latest attempt by Obama to terrify the public into accepting more austerity measures is just plain vile. Ever since the Business Plot, a plan to stage an armed coup here in the United States back in 1933, these criminals have dreamed of dismantling the social safety net created by the New Deal. They dreamed of destroying Glass-Steagall and they achieved that in the first Clintonista regime and now they are moving toward busting up Social Security and Medicare under the second. Obama is steadily working to privatize the entire public education system and eagerly signing us up for as many “humanitarian interventions” as he and the Clintons think they can get away with.
I don’t think there is any doubt that he is already, in a mere 2 years, the worst president we have ever seen in our lifetimes. The more his left cover gets away with, the more they will want to take from us. It boggles the mind what he will try to get away with four years from now.
[Shia of Kurram are being slaughtered in Kurram despite the sham operation allegedly being conducted there. Then again, the Pak Army is not there to protect anyone, only to eliminate the anti-State elements there which interfere with the great plan.]
PARACHINAR: A government official says gunmen have killed ten bus passengers in an ambush in northwest Pakistan.
The official Mohammed Ali said three people were also injured in Saturday’s attack in the Upper Kurram region bordering Afghanistan.
He said the dead and injured had been transported to a hospital.
Ali says it’s not immediately clear who were behind the attack and an investigation is under way.
Kurram has witnessed scores of such attacks and kidnappings for ransom in the past several years.
The military has launched offensives against Taliban militants there, but violence has continued.
President Asif Ali Zardari talking to Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Aziz Ibrahim AL Ghadeer during meeting at the Awan e Sadar, Islamabad on July 15. PHOTO: PID
While an official statement only said that the ambassador discussed bilateral relations and regional affairs, the timing of the visit is made significant by the fact that it comes just ahead of the president’s trip to Tehran on Saturday (today).
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been strained since the 1979 Iranian revolution and have taken a turn for the worse during the recent political upheaval in the Middle East. Iran has fully supported the uprising against Bahrain’s monarch while Saudi Arabia has been concerned by the instability in its neighbourhood.
Saudi Arabia has, in the past, conveyed its concerns to Pakistan when it felt that Islamabad was drifting too close to Tehran. In recent weeks, President Zardari has quietly ignored such protests, attending an anti-terrorism summit in Tehran despite Saudi objections.
Friday’s meeting was also attended by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who had been sent by the president to Riyadh last time where the Saudis expressed reservations about the ties between Islamabad and Tehran.
Published in The Express Tribune
|New Delhi, July 16 (IANS)|
|Raising slogans promising support to each other against terrorism, several Indian and Pakistani citizens Saturday gathered near Rajghat here and formed a human chain to protest the July 13 Mumbai blasts that left at least 19 people dead and injured 130.|
|The event was organised by various NGOs from both sides of the border. Holding posters and flowers, those gathered raised slogans like “Atankwad ho barbad, humari dosti zindabad” (Terrorism should be destroyed, long live our friendship).
“It’s high time that peace prevailed in both the countries and I think that is not possible without the cooperation of the citizens,” said Sheema Kirmani of Tehrik-e-Niswan, an NGO from Karachi holding a poster that read “Shak ke bavandar se bahar aao, milkar shanti failao” (Come out of the whirlpool of suspicion, spread peace together).
Agreed Faisal Khan of Delhi-based NGO the National Alliance of People’s Movement, who said that cowardly attacks like the one in Mumbai could never rattle the strong Indian democratic and secular setup.
“They (the perpetrators) think that such attacks would result in communal violence in the country. But they fail miserably every time,” Khan told IANS. The participants agreed that terrorism plagued both the nations and it was time that people got together and cleared misunderstandings, if any existed.
Theatre person and political analyst Anwer Jaferi from Karachi said: “Same kind of attacks happen in Pakistan too and these are just attempts to spread hatred between the two communities and countries.” Jaferi said his theatre group was performing an anti-war play in different Indian cities when the blast took place in Mumbai. So, they decided to join the event.
By Shiraz Paracha
The British government shares some responsibility for violence in Karachi as wanted criminals use their UK bases to incite hate and violence in Pakistan.
Altaf Hussain, a British citizen and a mafia style leader of a linguistic group, everyday violates the British ‘Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994’ and the ‘Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006’ by inciting hatred and encouraging bloodshed in Pakistan.
Under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 the following are arrestable offences in Britain:
a) Deliberately provoking hatred of a racial group.
b) Distributing racist material to the public.
c) Making inflammatory public speeches.
d) Creating racist websites on the Internet.
From his London headquarters, Hussain gives hours long hate speeches over the phone to supporters of his party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), in Pakistan. The MQM applies latest telecommunication technology to instantly spread Hussain’s hate speeches to thousands of people in different Pakistani cities.
In British law a hate speech is defined as:
“A gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group. The law may identify a protected individual or a protected group by race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or other characteristic”.
The British law forbids “communication which is hateful, threatening, abusive, or insulting and which targets a person on account of skin colour, race, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origin, religion, or sexual orientation. The penalties for hate speech include fines, imprisonment, or both.”
A fugitive, Altaf Hussain, is wanted in many criminal cases including murder and abduction in Pakistan. He absconded to the United Kingdom in the early 1990s. Surprisingly, he was given British citizenship. Ever since he has been involved in crimes against people of Pakistan and his mercenaries have turned Karachi into a city of death and destruction.
Several of Hussain’s lieutenants in London are criminal gangsters who have been accused of murdering innocent people in Pakistan.
MQM foot soldiers in Karachi often use force to collect ‘donations’ from ordinary citizens. They intimidate traders and businessmen of urban Sindh by demanding either give money to MQM, or risk losing businesses and even lives.
Every month hundreds and thousands of British Pounds are sent to Altaf Hussain and his gang in London. It is robbed money often collected at gunpoint. The MQM is also involved in murders, abduction and torture of its opponents. Most crimes are probably committed with the knowledge and approval of the MQM bosses in London.
The question is why the British government has been facilitating a criminal gang which is running death squads in Karachi? Why the British government has allowed Altaf Hussain to spread havoc on the streets of Karachi? Why the MQM is allowed to bring robbed money to Britain from Pakistan? Why a hate group that is involved in mass scale violence is allowed to operate in Britain?
Indeed Britain is indirectly sponsoring a criminal mafia that has paralyzed the main hub of the Pakistani economy. Is there a hidden British agenda?
Shiraz Paracha is a journalist and analyst. His email address is: email@example.com
The man who killed Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother earlier this week spent years as an informant for U.S. and British intelligence officials. He also headed a force of 200 men to fight the Taliban and arrest suspected insurgents, the Washington Post reports. These revelations undermine the Taliban’s claim to have been behind the assassination, and raise new questions as to who really had him killed.The assassin, Sardar Mohammed, Ahmed Wali Karzai’s body guard and close personal confidante, was a long-time ally of the Karzai family. He reportedly hated the Taliban, which had harassed his family for years before its fall from power in 2001.
The Karzai and Mohammed families were so close, in fact, that a Mohammed relative helped bury Ahmed Wali Karzai after this week’s killing, the Post reports.
Mohammed fed intelligence to U.S. officials for years, helping them track down Taliban militants. “If there was something Sardar could do that the Americans couldn’t, they would ask him to do it,” one of Mohammed’s brothers-in-law said.
The Taliban’s statement taking credit for the murder specifically cited the younger Karzai’s involvement with the C.I.A. as one of the reasons he was killed. It did not mention ties between the U.S. intelligence community and Sardar Mohammed—its alleged instrument for executing the Karzai assassination.
Supporting the argument, seemingly accepted by both the U.S. and Afghan governments, that the Taliban really was behind the murder, are allegations by one of President Karzai’s surviving brothers that Mohammed had acted uncharacteristically in recent weeks, and allegedly met with Pakistani Taliban in Quetta sometime in the last three months.
“He had also acted erratically in recent weeks, sleeping poorly, changing houses at night, acting suspiciously toward his men and demanding to know who they were talking to on their phones,” the Post reports.
One Karzai associate in Kandahar said that Mohammed was addicted to hashish—indeed, had been sent by Karzai to India twice this year to receive drug treatment—and that perhaps his substance abuse had something to do with the murder.
The debt ceiling is about paying the bills, not the deficit. However it is not uncommon for the party in control of Congress to try to use the debt ceiling as a tool to try to negotiate on budget priorities. That is what has been happening.
But at any time Congress can agree to pay the bills, and they will this time too. As Senator McConnell (R) noted this week, if the U.S. defaults, the American people would blame the party in control of Congress – the Republican party – and the “Republican brand” would be forever toxic. The leaders of the party can’t allow that to happen, and the are now looking for the exit.
From Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey at the LA Times: House Republicans brace for compromise on debt
Republican leaders in the House have begun to prepare their troops for politically painful votes to raise the nation’s debt limit … Republican leaders orchestrated a series of public moves intended to soften the blow for conservatives. They agreed to give the House an opportunity to vote on two top conservative priorities: a so-called cut-cap-and-balance bill, which would order $111 billion in cuts in federal programs for 2012 and impose a cap on future spending, and a constitutional amendment that would require a balanced federal budget.
The Democratic leadership in the Senate is also expected to allow votes on one, and perhaps both, measures. Neither is expected to become law … Congress is likely to spend much of next week on those measures, then could take up a debt ceiling measure in the Senate toward the end of next week.
Ignore the votes this coming week. These bills will not pass the Senate, and no Republican or Democratic President would sign them anyway – they are just for show. The real votes start the following week, and the debt ceiling will be increased.
This is almost over.