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November 18, 2012

Not So Fast Newt




TRENDING: Gingrich: Romney ‘gifts’ comment ‘nuts’

  




Newt Gingrich claims that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He’s wrong. More were added under Bush than under Obama, according to the most recent figures.

November 16, 2012

The Staggering Cost of Israel to Americans

Israel has a population of approximately 7.8 million, or a million fewer than the state of New Jersey.

It is among the world's most affluent nations, with a per capita income similar to that of the European Union.[1] Israel's unemployment rate of 5.6% is much better than America's 9.1%,[2] and Israel's net trade, earnings, and payments is ranked 48th in the world while the US sits at a dismal 198th.[3]

Yet Israel receives approximately 10% of America's foreign aid budget every year.



Israel's cost to American taxpayers has remained high since Stauffer's 2003 study.

The US currently gives Israel an average of $3 billion a year in military aid, under an agreement signed by the Bush administration to transfer $30 billion to Israel over ten years, starting in 2009.


So now we are back to the question of why America continues to pour money into a state that commits daily human rights violations, defies US strategic interests, provokes rage and resentment among billions of people, competes with and crowds out US interests using technology subsidized by US taxpayers, and sells America's military secrets to its enemies.

AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, is consistently ranked in the top two most powerful lobbies in Washington.  And it is only one arm of the much larger, multi-faceted, and well-financed Israel lobby.


Please, read the entire article here: http://ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost.html











The gist of the site is not to sway you one way or the other, merely to inform you as the taxpayers providing this money of the reality of the situation so that you can make an informed decision.  There is an excellent video here: http://youtu.be/ziSTY408h6k that explains the problem with the information you are not getting. 


November 15, 2012

The Pictures Tell the Story


President Obama raised more money from more contributors without taking any PAC funds. I believe that means more votes. The top contributors to his campaign were schools and tech companies while Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney's top contributors list reads like a who's who from the banking scandal that plunged the globe into recession. Speaking of the great state of Massachusetts, it was the 4th top state contributor to a campaign, but it wasn't Romney's. 

The sectors that topped the list of contributors to Mitt Romney's campaign?  Agribiz, construction, defense, energy (oil) and finance/insurance.


 Mortgage Banking
 
 
Finance and Credit                              

   Oil and Gas
 

59 of 95 top individual contributors sent their funds to the conservative party.
 
The top 100 individual donors to super PACs, along with their spouses, represent just 1.0% of all individual donors to super PACs, but 73% of the money they delivered.
 
The top 100 donors give 57% of the money, the top 1% of donors give 62% of the money.
 
My guess is that next election cycle the right will be all over eliminating the electoral college. To that I say tit for tat, no more outside money and to that end corporations are not people much less citizens so one human citizen, one human vote.

 
 
Thanks to Opensecrets.org for making this info gathering so easy!

November 14, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Scare Scripted

Fiscal Cliff Scare Talk Follows Shock Doctrine Script
 




"Again, the very people screaming loudest about deficits are the people who passed tax cut after tax cut, and military spending increase after military spending increase, and started war after war. Then these same “serious people” terrify the public, telling them that budget deficits will lead to the destruction of the country — and soon. After a decade of screaming “9/11,” “9/11,” noun verb “9/11,” they screamed “deficit, deficit, deficit.” Now they scream, “fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff, fiscal cliff.”
 
"We need to invest in our economy, restoring and modernizing our infrastructure, retrofitting our homes and buildings to be more energy efficient, upgrading our public schools and universities, and fighting to create the manufacturing ecosystems for the new industries of the future,. All of these investments create jobs while they are underway, and pay off by improving our economy for the long term.
 
Inoculate yourself by reading The Shock Doctrine. Inoculate your friends by telling them about the book, and how this game works, over and over again."

 
Read the article at Alternet

October 10, 2012

2012 Veg Garden October Magic



There are two dozen or so fruits on the full size plants and dozens more on the cherry size plants left ripening after today's harvest and we are scheduled to get one inch of rain over several days this week so it looks like this season's tomatoes will give us at least one more magical basket of goodness. The hose water is just no match to our rain water and with this drought I am surprised they have done so well and think the rain will be just what they need to finish out the season with a mid October harvest!

October 7, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Winding Down



There may be one more basket like this one before the 2012 Veg Garden offers up it's last morsel. This fall has proven a little too busy to try for a late planting not to mention too dry, the driest since they started keeping track. A fairly wet spring and early summer means we are technically still a few inches above average on the year but since it's been 70+ days without more than .03 of an inch of rain that's little consolation.

The Center for Public Integrity

The 380,000-plus-word database presented here allows, for the first time, the Iraq-related public pronouncements of top Bush administration officials to be tracked on a day-by-day basis against their private assessments and the actual “ground truth” as it is now known. Throughout the database, passages containing false statements by the top Bush administration officials are highlighted in yellow. The 935 false statements in the database may also be accessed by selecting the “False Statements” option from the “Subject” pull-down menu and may be displayed within selected date ranges using the selection tool below. Searches may also be limited by person or subject, or both, by using the appropriate selections from the pull-down menus.