Archive for December, 2011

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is using his cancer to take a jab at the US. On Wednesday, he speculated America might have developed a way to give Latin American leaders the disease, after Argentina‘s Cristina Fernandez joined the list of presidents diagnosed.

The controversial statement is typical of Venezuela‘s socialist leader, who underwent surgery in June to remove a tumor from his pelvis.

Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan President, said, “Would it be strange if they had developed the technology to induce cancer and nobody knew about it until now? And we found out about it 50 or who knows how many years from now? I don’t know. I’m just reflecting, but this is very, very strange that we have all got cancer.”

Nothing is worse than the bus. Except the holiday bus. And after stopping to kick a man off for smoking cigarettes in the bathroom, we were boarded in Philly by two drunks, who, after the incident, were revealed as NYPD!

Ya Know as things go, I’m a pretty open minded guy.  I believe everyone has the right to believe what they want…. within reason, and I usually don’t reject peoples arguments but Victoria Jackson, is not only just plain stupid, but a liar as well.  I doubt that she believes the newest information that she is spreading.  How could she? But I suppose in a propaganda war, truth doesn’t matter.

Patriot Update/Politchick’s writes……..

Victoria Jackson gives an account of the briefing she attended at the House Office Longworth Building. The briefing was given by an ex-FBI agent. He showed pictures, names, dates, Islamic law books, Korans and Surahs. Victoria shares how the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated our highest positions in government and how they are working with Hilary Clinton to get ‘Islamophobia‘ punishable by law.

Well, I’ll say this for Victoria Jackson, she took a page out of Glenn Becks handbook, and spewed some crazy-ass shit, which got her name and her show in the news.  The best free advertising in the world.

Stunning facts about bank bonuses on Wall Street, average compensation and homeless kids.

Think Progress writes……..

BIG BANK BONUSES MAY BE HEADED FOR RECORD YEAR | According to a new report from The New Bottom Line and The Public Accountability Initiative, bonuses at seven of the biggest U.S. banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, US Bank, and Wells Fargo — will total about $156 billion in 2011, which would be “slightly larger than last year’s record breaking number.” Already, six of those seven banks “set aside more money for compensation through the first three quarters of 2011 than they did in the first three quarters of 2010.”

The 99 Percent Movement effectively changed the American political debate from debt and deficits toincome inequality, highlighting the fact that income inequality has increased so much in the U.S. that it is now more unequal than countries like Ivory Coast and Pakistan. While those numbers are startling, a study from two historians suggests that American wealth inequality may actually be worse than it was in Ancient Rome — a society built on slave labor, a defined class structure, and centuries of warfare and conquest.

The European Union has restricted sales of drugs used in the U.S. to execute convicts. Over 40 inmates have been killed by lethal injection in America this year alone, and supporters of the move to disrupt supplies hope it will cut that number.

Well, 2012 is almost here and it’s set to be the year of the presidential election, as the U.S., Russia, France and South Korea will all go to the polls. With millions yet to make their choice, the question is – what makes a good modern day leader? New York Resident Lori Harfenist gauged opinion on the streets of the Big Apple.

Well…looking at how the FBI is targeting animal rights activists – it appears anti-terror laws are being used strictly to protect corporate profits – at the expense of the public. A recent Freedom of Information Act request uncovered an FBI file that identifies animal rights activists who snuck into factory farms and videotaped the horrific conditions animals are kept in – as terrorists. That’s right – those who make videotapes exposing animal cruelty – and distribute them to the public are on par with people like Timothy McVeigh and the 9/11 hijackers according to the FBI. Why? Because the FBI argues that actions like these do “economic damage” to farm factories. And under a controversial law passed by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Bush in 2006 known as the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act” – you can be brought up on charges of terrorism if you economically damage factories farms by vandalizing property – interrupting or invalidating experiments – or just simply costing a factory farm “profits.” And since videos depicting animals being tortured before they’re slaughtered – and videos depicting unsanitary factories – may cause people to not buy from that particular factory – then the FBI says that these activists disrupted profits and thus are terrorism.

Ohio has 16 new congressional districts thanks to the post-census redistricting process. But is it merely a conincidence that 12 of the new 16 districts favor Republican candidates?…

Nader and Nawal Aoude, cast members of the reality TV show “All-American Muslim” on the backlash toward Lowe’s, the Florida Family Association and far-right conservative Pamela Geller.

Democracy Now! interviews constitutional lawyer and blogger Glenn Greenwald about the military pre-trial hearing now underway for alleged U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, who has been accused for releasing classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks. Greenwald comments on the possible strategy being put forth by Manning’s defense. “All the Manning [tribunal] hearings have been shrouded in secrecy,” Greenwald says, noting there may be more transparency in Guantánamo detainee hearings than there has been for the Manning tribunal. “Presumably, his lawyer believes that one of the best ways they have to keep him out of prison for the next six decades is to argue that he had diminished capacity by virtue of emotional distress over the gender struggles that he had, over his sexual orientation being in a military that had a policy of banning those who were openly gay, and so part of this emotional distress that they’re raising is designed to say that he should be excused of his actions because they were not the byproduct of full choice,” says Greenwald, who is openly gay, and has been writing extensively about this aspect of Manning’s case. “He is, and I don’t blame him at all, trying to do whatever he can to avoid having his life destroyed: Either being killed by the state or locked up in a cage for the rest of his life.”