I hear that many Hispanics are in favor of Texas (once again) becoming part of Mexico. I have read some of their more radical literature, where groups wilder than La Raza advocate a "rebellion" in order to put Texas back on the map of Mexico. ----- Maybe we should let them ;) :) -- ADIOS, estado de Tejas
I do not pretend to be an expert on taxes, except the little 1040A form I usually used. But I have always thought that the only reason a person would place a large part of their money in foreign (offshore) accts was to provide a shelter for homeless dollars, desperately seeking to hide from taxation. The most often used places were in Switzerland & the Cayman Islands (both apparently used by Romney). But can anyone explain to me WHY he would put a large amount of his money in those places IF NOT to avoid taxes? After all, they ARE both known to be used for that purpose. Crooks & scoundrels have made those places famous for decades.
I thought of one other reason they might be used. If someone was afraid the US banks were going to fail and wanted a "safe refuge" for their dollars outside of the Federal Reserve System. (??) There are some very odd things going on right now with US banking. A friend of mine wanted to take $20,000 out of his bank acct to buy a new car. The bank told him he had to "wait a few weeks" before he could get his own money out of his own acct. He could take out a little bit, using an ATM, but was limited to $250 a day (in cash). When he asked why the long wait, he was told "we don't keep that much money in here, & have to order it sent from far away." He was quite skeptical, but everyone in the bank echoed the same thing, until he began to realize it must be true. Hard to imagine any large well-known bank in America would not have $20,000 on hand, isn't it? We have all been led to assume most banks carry a few $million, at least. But NOW, things must have
seriously changed. I don't know when, or why. But maybe due to fear of terrorists with bombs in their under wear, or explosive shoe-strings, or (gasp) box-cutters, we all have to be afraid to have our own money in our own banks, where we can actually see it, hold it or spend it. THAT is more scarey than the terrorists.
Then I noticed an amazing thing. Back in the past, we used to frequently go into our banks in person, pay our bills, cash our checks, etc. At that time, it was common to see an armed guard working there. He was not always extremely obvious, but usually visible. You KNEW he was there to protect our money & to save us from any armed robbers who may break in & steal our life savings. (Or in my case, my piggy bank).
It is now a new revelation to see that there are hardly ANY such things as armed guards anymore. Then, it hit me, that there are no armed guards, since there is Nothing there to steal !! GONE, No Money. We have no way to find (or imagine where) our MONEY ACTUALLY IS. Does any of it actually exist? Has some invisible lurking bandit come into each & every bank & STOLEN our actual money, & left us with nothing but a few numbers printed on a piece of paper? Floating images on a computer screen? Think about it.
Systematically, over the past 2 decades, the "crooked" types we find in govt, and Wall Street, have been infiltrating our banking system as well. They have placed themselves in the positions of power to govern our banks, our stock market, our housing industry & its financial sector. Once in power, they can gradually and incrementally siphon off millions of dollars. Since no cash is being used, it is all just flickers on a computer screen, nobody notices the physical disappearance of the money. So after a couple of years, IT IS GONE.
It is all cyber crime, million$ disappear in a couple of clicks on a keyboard. By the time someone figures out that something is wrong, the criminal has long gone, erasing any evidence of his existence. The best ones have false identities, created from other cyber fraud, & they are rich enough to bribe law enforcement, or even CEO's & govt officials. To cover up or even be an accomplice in their crime. Some operate in foreign venues. Swiss Bank Accts are a great refuge for scoundrels. (Mitt Romney & Michelle Bachmann both have a few of those). I am not saying they are crooks of the caliber I have described here, but they do have a few quirks in their portfolio. If you are such a phoney crook that you make your living saying you can "cure" a gay person, with some imaginery "therapy" such as hitting a pillow (ha ha) -- you have to be a bit dishonest. Then you suddenly deem it necessary to get your wife & kids made Swiss citizens so you can place your money in their name, to avoid taxation, (or acctg of the amount of money made by "fraudulent" means), then it shows you have a criminal mind. If you actually listen to the frequent seditious assertions spoken by Michelle B, you will know that she is either an accomplished deceitful Liar, or she is incredibly dumb, -- and TOO DUMB to be allowed in our hallowed halls of Congress. Much less to be sitting on the Intelligence Committee.
Since one way to Defeat an Enemy, in the pursuit of World Wide Conquest, is to BANKRUPT them, then it is not at all impossible to suggest that those who are deliberately sabotaging our banking industry, our Govt, our financial sector, and our National Security, are working for an age-old Enemy, It goes by many names, some of which are: FASCISM, - or the Communists, - or the Nazi's. Whatever it is, it has taken over the governments of many large powerful nations before. It is insidious, operating in secrecy & stealth, working undercover (but can be in plain sight), and masquerades as something else, It pretends to be the opposite of what it really is. WHO is this Enemy? Right now, in the United States of America, we have to FEAR the Republican Party, -- the GOP -- which has been taken over by the "enemy" since 1960. And the parasite which has infested & destroyed the Republican Party is the JBS -- John Birch Society. The MAIN CLUE as to this truth, is that the founder (Robt Welch) did "NOT believe in Democracy" --- & he studied extensively the works of Lenin, Marx, & Hitler -- before he founded the JBS in 1958 (along with 11 GOP millionaires). They used subversive means (secret cells, front groups, a huge propaganda apparatus) to gradually manipulate the opinions (& votes) of the American public. They took over political groups, PTA's, and churches. And had many radio stations (especially religious ones). Over 50 yrs, with the likes of Rush Limberger & several false religious leaders like Fake Falwell, they brain-washed nearly 50% of our population to believe their lies. It is now so bad, that our democracy itself hangs precariously by a thread. Half our voters believe such incredibly psychotic lies, that it staggers the imagination. But this is all as planned. Founder of JBS (Robt Welch) said himself, that "someday the lunatics would take over the asylum." You see now the Koch Brothers, who are billionaires from coal & oil, are 2nd generation of Fred Koch (on national committee of the Birch Society). It is obvious that the Birchers are still in control, gaining more power (with their money) each year. And using it to deprive us all of our freedoms, our rights, & our birthright as Americans. Every day, they are working to take away our Unions, our voice in the democratic process, our Constitution, & our VOTES. Because when they succeed in taking away our Votes, this will NO LONGER be a Democracy, They will have WON. Since that has always been the goal of the JBS -- to End our Democracy. And then it will PROVE who they are really working for: The Eternal Enemy of Freedom --- with many names: Fascism, Communism, or Nazi'sm.
OMG: I had totally forgotten that Hitler used the Word of God to further his ideas. That is PROOF that the worst violators of the Word, can masquerade as Crusaders for the Lord. And they are usually right wingers.
Many partisans of the right wing in America are in the neo-Nazi camp & KKK & other cults and groups. Some of those are even religious organizations. I think most Americans would be simply appalled to realize how many of our sweet innocent looking churches we drive by every day, are housing the seeds of violent rebellion, against our form of govt, our Democratic institutions, our way of life. MASTERS of DECEIT. But these are often so very powerful, because people LOVE to contribute to "Holy causes" and to "make points" with God.
You are right, the best hope is to "expose them" and tell the TRUTH, (which right now is one little buoy floating out in a gigantic ocean of Lies) surrounded with a lotta sharks. But it sure sends out a powerful light.
I love everything you say & believe in, & the beautiful calm world it could lead to. It is relaxing just to sit back & enjoy the view, and hope for the best. To believe that mankind could suddenly forget all their differences, and come together like rational beings once again. That we could put away all nukes, join hands & sing Kumbayah and bring about Solar sunshine power, & Whispering wind power. That we could communicate with song and with prayer, and with a joyful trusting spirit. I would LOVE to believe that was coming in the near future.
But how do I void all experience of the Holocaust? Of the right wing and Communist establishments from the past - that are arising again, in new & more modern disguises? How can I ignore the thousand faces of the Birchers, lurking in our Congress, our church pulpits, & on our TV screens? How can I disregard the right wing broadcasts on radio & television, having brain-washed MILLIONS of Americans to believe total propaganda?
And to know that half of them are violent, non-rational activists, who will follow the orders they get from the likes of Rush Limberger, neo-Nazi groups, & Bible thumping fundamentalist preachers? So unless I have amnesia, it seems impossible to ignore all the confusion of the riotous forces swirling all around us. In order to fight them, you have to know who they are, & possibly where they are, & what they are doing. I doubt the battle will soon be cancelled due to lack of interest. That the enemy will just take a bow, smile, and walk away.
Hi Fenway: Thanks for your input. I like a lot of your comments and suggestions. Good work. Makes me think that Democrats and Republicans could begin to co-operate together, like in earlier times. Maybe. How are you going to vote this year? Have you got a real strong preference yet?
Maybe now in the 21st century, it is time to consider a Triumvirate (like in Rome) ---- the job of President is too complex and multi-faceted to entrust to just one man. (or woman). We have 3 candidates mentioned (above) who are well educated, experienced, knowledgeable, & mature enough to handle the delicate balance of power.
The triumvirate of Rome meant they had THREE leaders instead of just one. They all shared extreme power, but they had to communicate, coordinate, and compromise to get things done.
I think it would work even better in the Modern age, where they could carry instant communicators, to keep in touch with each other many times per day, no matter what continent they may be landing upon. Of course they would still have a staff to do the routine office work, & set up appointments or schedules. Arrange fundraisers or speeches, & social events.
It would be like Obama would be the #1 President in Chief, who had to make the tough decisions, address Congress, run the military, & give speeches to the people. Hillary could be the #2 President who can make treaties, travel all over the world, advise on speeches for the President, do some public relations, & write some campaign material, Rachel (#3) could investigate election fraud against Obama, & help him pinpoint his message better to the public. Organize White House tours, put his kids on TV as publicity for the family aspect of the Presidency, bring in experts on all political matters for a roundtable discussion quite regularly. It could be a question/answer format, for everyone (the Public) to participate thru phone/internet/Skype. But it would all be televised on at least one channel like MSNBC.
I do not know all the details, but this is just an impromptu outline of what it could be like. Someone would be an active laison with the Congressional committees. To get the legislation better in agreement with the President, so it would not be immediately vetoed, & thus to save time. All appearances required by the President could be done by ANY ONE of the three, so to cut down time taken away from Wash DC duties.
You know, maybe it could work. It does have some great advantages. What do YOU think?
Hello Guy: I really enjoyed your presentation, it was truly interesting. A real eye opener, as I thought I knew quite a bit about it, but was surprised to see a new perspective. Glad you included some music, too, as we settled back in nostalgia to hear some of those good old tunes. I always believe that music can have a profound effect on a person's perceptions, & puts a whole new emotional zing to it. Makes my day.
How the South prevented the Constitution from abolishing slavery, that is a very important point. And how Jefferson treated his slaves, was all new to me. I knew he freed his female slave who had his child. And the recent DNA tests have proved that Jefferson's bloodline is found among several generations of ex-slaves.
Those descended directly from his one slave, who had his child. (Not multiple slaves, but just one).
It was also important to see how current "fundamentalists" twist religion to influence Southern voters. It is so awful to find our so-called right-wing "Christians" are really closer to the camp of the Devil than to God.
Today on MSNBC "Morning Joe" I heard a bunch of guys talking about who would be on Mount Rushmore if they could build it now. It was 75% Republicans, of course. Including Reagan, Eisenhower, & Daddy Bush. Several would not have included Kennedy, but a few would have. Some of the Presidents on Mt Rushmore now were judged not worthy, as they had been slave holders. Also many were judged for infidelity to their wives. There obviously has been some "revisionist" history set forth out there, & many people have been misled by it. They are trying to make a supreme "hero" out of Reagan, & Herbert Hoover, (who brought us the Great Depression of 1933) & a few other crooks. (Like Nixon of course). It goes to show you that in our time, history could be altered forever, to make the Future of America be based on total falsehoods. And to put into power the most corrupt people (corporate CEO's, bankers, Wall street types). The very type of leaders that would have made Jefferson, Lincoln, & Kennedy, tremble with fear. And revulsion.
You know about the re-writing of our US History text books for classroom study. It is like a perpetual nightmare, the GOP want to destroy the TRUTH, HISTORY, & the exercise of real "democracy" in our US Government. Using a false idea of history, & false religious ideology, they have usurped all our power.
I totally agree with that. Congratulations & a BIG THANK YOU to Justice Roberts.
Almost makes you believe in --- "With liberty and JUSTICE for All" ---- once again.
Since Fenway reminded me, (2 or 3 posts ago) -- that some people have NEVER accepted the outcome of the federal election in 2000 ----- YES, there are many MILLION who will never accept the Election of 2000. It was a "rigged" election, plain and simple. Al Gore WON the ballot count when it was legally administered, & when it was studied at great length after the election had been decided by Supreme Court opinion. But it was Geo "W" Bush who was declared POTUS, & moved into the White House.
Why is that IMPORTANT? So we should NEVER FORGET?
A "democracy" is a nation "of the people, by the people, & for the people" --- meaning that the govt should be RULED by We the People, and in order to do that, we have to ELECT our LEADERS in a free and open election, (not a rigged sham put on by a brother Governor & a "paid off" Supreme Court). Obviously, Jeb Bush being the brother of George Bush JR, had a severe "conflict of interest", so he should not have been allowed to "govern over" the electoral process in the State of Florida that year. It violated all ethics.
Besides his dear brother presiding over the "ballot count" in that election, Geo Bush also had a "cousin" who was at one of the Florida News outlets, & this cousin declared Bush the winner, even though it was False.
All the US news outlets just "believed it" and ran with the story, without verification. SOMEBODY should have had the sense to ADMIT that a horrible Mistake was made, & "retracted" that announcement. To this day, I don't know WHY they just went along with the Big Sham, instead of setting the record straight. BUT WE DO KNOW why Jeb Bush and his cousin would have GREAT REASON to let the Fraud continue. A close family member of theirs would have the great honor (& power & money & prestige) of becoming PRESIDENT. And not only that, but the GOP would have another chance to takeover our govt, to place power in the hands of the corporations, and the Military Industrial War Machine, and the Oil Companies.
Just THINK: If Al Gore would have become the next President, -- #43 -- we would have far less oil spills, more solar energy & wind turbine power. We may Never have gone into the IRAQ WAR, & thus saved over $3 trillion dollars wasted on a useless stupid war, & then saved the lives of over 4,000 of our soldiers, and saved 40,000 mortal injuries to other soldiers. DUE TO THIS MASSIVE DEBT (for a useless War) OUR ECONOMY has been going Bankrupt for 11 years. So we now have many US citizens Homeless and Jobless, and failing banks, & GOP trying to take away Social Security & Medicare (because they stole the money used for the ignorant War out of the Social Security Funds, & REFUSE to put the money back in).
So WE the PEOPLE should just FORGET the Election of 2000? We should forget that "rigging" a federal election in a Democracy is -- TREASON? It totally violates the entire U.S. Constitution, in all aspects.
Maybe if Bush would have turned out to be a halfway "good" President, that increased the well-being of all our citizens, and our national economy prospered, & our reputation was intact as a protector of World Peace and all Humanity -- maybe the Fraud & Sham would not be as egregious. BUT since BUSH was not only a LIAR and CROOK, who despises democracy so much, that he would violate all its principles, and dishonor the Founders & their Constitution. BUT he got us into Corrupt Lying WARS of nothing but attempts to exploit the Oil Wells of Iraq, Kuwait, & other Middle East countries. Finally, bombing a country that never threatened us, or attacked us, (pre-eminent strike in Iraq) is a WAR CRIME. & numerous other things Bush did, were horrible things that permanently damaged our nation's reputation & prestige, and ultimately has diminished our Power. OUR ECONOMY NEVER RECOVERED. We are still enmeshed in idiotic Wars, & our people are suffering more than ever. But YOU think, we should "just forget about it"? NO WAY, Never.
Hello Arizona: Thanks for making the connection between the "witch hunt" on Eric Holder (Atty Gen'l) and the GOP wanting to retaliate for Holder investigating the Voter Purge down in Florida. I had not thought of that.
Man, things can get ugly in an election year. But it sure gives us a lot to gab about on the web: )