George Galloway on The Hour

“The very idea that I can be seriously discussed as a terrorist, when I’m sitting under Big Ben in the British Parliament, and touring the United States… doesn’t that strike people in Canada as just crazy?” – George Galloway.

Obama declares war on auto workers

by Joe Kishore, WSWS

President Barack Obama’s speech on the auto industry Monday was nothing less than a declaration of war against the working class. In a statement dripping with class arrogance and cynicism, he rejected the cost-cutting proposals of General Motors and Chrysler as insufficient and demanded more concessions from auto workers.

No one could be unaware of the blatant double standard that has governed the administration’s response to the economic crisis. Up to $10 trillion has been handed over to the giant banks and hedge funds. These sums have been turned over, with no restrictions, to institutions whose reckless speculation was a critical factor in creating the economic crisis.

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Kucinich to probe $3.6 billion in Merrill Lynch bonuses

by Stephen Webster, Raw Story

Even as Merrill Lynch & Co. bled money and warily eyed a merger with Bank of America, company executives were preparing for a windfall.

Following the federal government’s promise of $10 billion in TARP funds to buoy the ailing firm through it’s roll-up, Merrill paid out $3.6 billion in bonuses: a package 22 times larger than compensation given by AIG, said Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s offices in a Monday release.

The congressman’s staff sent letters to Ken Lewis, CEO of Bank of America, Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Neel Kashkari, Interim Assistant Director of Financial Stability, requesting documents related to communications on Merrill Lynch compensation packages.

Bank of America, which absorbed Merrill in 2008, received an additional $25 billion from the government to facilitate the merger.
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Obama’s Attack on the Middle Class

by Paul Craig Roberts, ICH

Obama and his public relations team have made it appear that his trillion dollars in higher taxes will fall only on “the rich.” Obama stresses that his tax increase is only for the richest 5 percent of Americans while the other 95 percent receive a tax cut.

The fact of the matter is that the income differences within the top

5% are far wider than the differences between the lower tax brackets and the “rich” American in the 96th percentile.

For Obama, being “rich” begins with $250,000 in annual income, the bottom rung of the top 5 percent. Compare this “rich” income to that of, for example, Hank Paulson, President George W. Bush’s Treasury Secretary when he was the head of Goldman Sachs.

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Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques – IDF fashion 2009

by Uri Blau, Haaretz

IDF Sniper Shirt "1 Shot 2 Kills"

IDF Sniper Shirt "1 Shot 2 Kills"

The office at the Adiv fabric-printing shop in south Tel Aviv handles a constant stream of customers, many of them soldiers in uniform, who come to order custom clothing featuring their unit’s insignia, usually accompanied by a slogan and drawing of their choosing. Elsewhere on the premises, the sketches are turned into plates used for imprinting the ordered items, mainly T-shirts and baseball caps, but also hoodies, fleece jackets and pants. A young Arab man from Jaffa supervises the workers who imprint the words and pictures, and afterward hands over the finished product.

Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.” A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it.”

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Everything for the Banks and NOTHING for the People

by Scott Creighton

Two days after President Barack Obama hosted a “very pleasant” meeting in our White House for 13 banking and financial sector CEOs and more banking lobbyists,  he is announcing the pending death of the U.S. auto industry.  In this article from MSNBC, they wait till the very end of the 2 page article, the very last line, to tell us why.

… GM and Chrysler are pushing the United Auto Workers to accept shares of stock in exchange for half of the payments into a union-run trust fund for retiree health care. They also want labor costs from the union to be competitive with Japanese automakers with U.S. operations.

Little progress has been made between the companies and the union.” MSNBC

The workers didn’t give up enough of their personal standards of living, they didn’t “sacrifice” enough, as Obama puts it, for the treasury department to invest 13 billion dollars of our money to help keep it afloat.  They didn’t give up enough for the Clinton/NAFTA globalization plan to work.

Already trillions in the hole to bailout the thieves who colluded with the previous administration (and the current one!) and congress to put us in this situation, with another trillion on the way, but the Obama administration can’t fork over enough to keep auto industry jobs in the U.S. if the workers don’t accept slave wages and reduced health care benefits.

But, Obamas aides want you to note that Obama inherited this situation from George W. Bush, just so you guys know that, ok?  It’s not Obama’s fault.

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Still More Sunday Doodles

by Scott Creighton

Perhaps this will make it a little clearer what I am proposing….

Rendering Stage 1 of The Phoenix Initiative

Rendering Stage 1 of The Phoenix Initiative

I believe that conventional materials commonly used in the demolition business were used to pulverized the lightweight concrete used in the floors as well as destroy the trusses and the interiors of the offices (furniture, file cabinets, ect.) and I am proposing a way to prove it.

[another viewpoint image after the break]

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