Assault on Wall Street glorifies the revenge killing of Wall Street big wigs by a seemingly decent man who lost everything, including his wife, due to the manipulation and fraud of those he gunned down.
Combat veteran and armored car driver, Jim Baxford reaches a hefty body for this sort of thing. He’s got nothing on the last three presidents of the United States who bear responsibility for military actions leading to the deaths of severalhundred thousandcivilians in the Middle East and North Africa.
Baxford’s actions are part of a larger social acceptance of violence as a solution to political and personal challenges. This film is not about class warfare. It narrates in detail the losses and pain that Baxford and his wife suffer, why he holds the Wall Streeters accountable, and how he gets his revenge on his own. (Image)
Written and directed by Uwe Boll and produced by Lynnpark Productions of Canada, the film offers an all-American series of horrors that fell on many ordinary citizens but rarely as hard as those horrors fell on the Baxford’s.
I want to shoot her right in the vagina and I don’t want her to die right away; I want her to feel the pain and I want to look her in the eyes and I want to say, on behalf of all Americans that you’ve killed, on behalf of the Navy SEALS, the families of Navy SEAL Team Six who were involved in the fake hunt down of this Obama, Obama bin Laden thing, that whole fake scenario, because these Navy SEALS know the truth, they killed them all. On behalf of all of those people, I’m supporting our troops by saying we need to try, convict, and shoot Hillary Clinton in the vagina.
I devote a lot of time, brain cells, and column inches to various and assorted iterations of human stupidity, but sometimes The Stoopid runs so deep that it stands on its own and no commentary is necessary. Combine with mean-spiritedness, misogyny, and a lack of humanity and you have Pete Santilli, a meat sack posing as a human being. Santelli’s rumination about shooting Hillary Clinton in the vagina and then watching her suffer is about as truly sick and offensive as it gets. This gem is from the radio show that Santilli hopes to syndicate and take nationwide. Of course, he’s not certain that America and the FCC are “ready to take my show to national syndication; that is, of course, if the FCC regulated AM/FM radio stations can handle my truth & honesty.” Evidently, “truth and honesty,” at least in Santilli’s dictionary, means “misogyny and violent sexism.”
Santilli, though he walks upright and speaks in something resembling complete sentences, is human in name only.
Long-time readers of my blog and friends of Team Actor212 know I’m in the tank for Apple products. By my count, I’ve either purchased for myself or as gifts about two dozen Apple products over the years. Without getting into a Windows v. Mac debate here, I find Apple’s technology and ease of use, combined with its sophistication to be far superior to anything MicroSoft has had a hand in. I use a PC at work, so it’s not like I’m a Luddite.
The U.S. Senate investigation report, published on Monday by the Senate’s Permanent Committee on Investigations, said that in Ireland, Apple “has negotiated a special corporate tax rate of less than 2%.”
Ireland’s Prime Minster Enda Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that: “Ireland does not do, let me repeat, does not do special tax [relief] for companies, ” but that companies do exploit loopholes that arise from the interaction of different national tax systems.
To be clear, the issue isn’t confined to Apple. Last week Google was in front of the U.K. Parliament’s Public Affairs Committee to discuss its tax arrangements in the U.K.
A review of Carter Malkasian, War Comes to Garmser: Thirty Years of Conflict on the Afghan Frontier. (London: C Hurst & Co Publishers; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
A government that is losing to an insurgency isn’t being out-fought, it’s being out-governed.
– Bernard Fall
In 1972, late in the Vietnam War, Jeffrey Race published War Comes to Long An – a remarkable study of a single province’s experience as the Viet Cong insurgency grew there from the late 50s to the mid-60s. This book by former State Department officer Carter Malkasian takes its title from that study and seeks to present as penetrating an analysis of a district in southern Afghanistan as Race’s work did for a province west of Saigon. Fortunately for followers of counterinsurgency thinking and the Afghan war, Malkasian has been highly successful. Continue reading The Afghan War at the district level
This past week has been an especially target-rich environment for Far Right, hyper-religious,uber-Jesus-y RWNJs, Rather than try to whittle down the list, I thought I’d let y’all sort it out. This is no run of the mill, garden variety wingnuttery, nosiree. This is the sort of thing that makes you blink and think, “You’re a very special kind of stoopid, aren’t you, son?? Somethin’s not quite right with you….”
A legal deadline looms for prosecutors to bring a criminal case against Mr. Cohen related to charges against Mathew Martoma, a former SAC portfolio manager accused of illegally trading in the shares of two drug companies, Elan and Wyeth. The Martoma case is the first time that Mr. Cohen was linked to questionable trades, which occurred in late July 2008. Under the five-year statute of limitations for insider trading crimes, the government must charge Mr. Cohen by July.
Yet the eliciting of Mr. Cohen’s grand jury testimony is not entirely bad news for the hedge fund manager, at least as it relates to his criminal exposure, legal experts say. A grand jury subpoena seeking Mr. Cohen’s testimony suggests that the government is pursuing a case against SAC, but not Mr. Cohen himself. It is highly unusual for prosecutors to issue a grand jury subpoena to the target of an investigation, indicating that they want to interview Mr. Cohen broadly about his fund’s activities.
But bringing criminal charges against SAC would also be an unusual move by the government. Over the last decade, the Justice Department has moved away from indicting companies after the 2002 indictment of Arthur Andersen was widely seen as having put the accounting giant out of business.
The people of Moore, Oklahoma and surrounding communities have grieving and rebuilding to go through after suffering an F4 tornado today, estimated to have winds up to 200 miles per hour. Over 50 people, including children, are known dead.
The rest of us have an opportunity to help where we can, and think about this event for a minute, because for any real understanding of climate change to take place in America, many people are going to need an Inhofe Moment. An Inhofe Moment is named after Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, who is the leading climate change denier in the Senate. You have an Inhofe Moment when you realize that Senator Inhofe is absolutely full of shit, to put it politely. At a day last week when a report was issued identifying that 97% of climatologists believe climate change is a man-made phenomenon, Sen. Inhofe was claiming otherwise, and pointed to several hundred scientists he has brought before Congress who believe the science of climate change is a hoax. They assert that whatever is happening to the climate now is well within the bounds of climate change seen in the geological record, and that such changes have nothing to do with man’s activities. Sen. Inhofe has claimed if there is any global warming taking place, it is because God wills it so, and that is very clearly stated in the Bible. Continue reading Is It Time Yet for an Inhofe Moment?
WASHINGTON — The scandals dogging President Barack Obama are a political gift to Republicans, who could use some good luck after recent election losses. It’s not clear, however, how Republicans can best capitalize on Democrats’ woes, legislatively or politically.
Last November’s election dynamics complicate the picture on both fronts. Republican leaders are urging a bit of restraint in exploiting the White House’s new weaknesses.
Taken together, Republicans say, these three controversies portray a rapaciously political and inept administration. That could be a powerful message in next year’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, and perhaps in the 2016 presidential race.
[Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla, a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner], however, said Boehner and other party leaders are keenly aware that Republicans can overdo their attacks, and even build sympathy for Obama, if their criticisms appear nakedly political or not supported by facts.
“We’ve actually had a lot of discussions about that,” Cole said.
Since the “scandals,” however factually based one of them actually is, are pretty much made up of spit and chewing gum, there’s not a lot of worry that Republicans, Inc won’t overplay their hands. They will and spectacularly. Continue reading GIN!
There are many signs of gangster state America. One is the collusion between federal authorities and banksters in a criminal conspiracy to rig the markets for gold and silver.
My explanation that the sudden appearance of an unprecedented 400 ton short sale of gold on the COMEX in April was a manipulation designed to protect the dollar from the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing policy has found acceptance among gold investors and hedge fund managers.
The sale was a naked short. The seller had no gold to sell. COMEX reported having gold only equal to about half of the short sale in its vaults, and not all of that was available for delivery. No one but the Federal Reserve could have placed such an order, and the order came from one of the Fed’s bullion banks, one of the entities “too big to fail.”
An interview with National Salvation Front leader Hamdeen Sabahi, who epitomizes the squandered opportunity of the 2012 Egyptian presidential election. Though the vote ultimately went to Mohamed Mursi, Sabahi, who came third in that poll, was the better choice for the anti-Mubarak vote.
Al-Akhbar (AA): How do you frame your visit to the Sheikh of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, politically speaking?
Hamdeen Sabahi (HS): Supporting al-Azhar as an institution of moderate, centrist Islam, and protecting it from falling into the hands of political Islam and being used to the authorities’ advantage, is part of the fight against monopolizing religion by political groups. There must be a level field for the current [political] battle, which the extremist factions have defined in the context of the struggle between Islam and infidels. This is a distorted representation because it means that a particular political faction has monopolized religion. Continue reading The Muslim Brotherhood Divides Egypt
Time was when trolls would get to me; the idea of so much hateful, rampant ignorance was almost more than I could stomach…and so I’d prove the definition of insanity- arguing on da Interwebs. Then I realized that this is the Internet, where everyone, from the blindingly brilliant to the most brain-dead knuckle dragger, can have their say. (Where I fit on that spectrum is something I’ll leave to others to elucidate.) Then I learned that I could find entertainment and comic relief in such epic displays of basic reasoning skills…and I began to enjoy life SO much more.
What I really love are those who, having no real argument or way to refute someone’s point, resort to cheap, disrespectful insults. Better to be thought a fool that to go on the Internet, press ENTER, and reveal yourself to be in the throes of Obama Derangement Syndrome and/or too stupid for words.
(The Guardian) – Newtok, Alaska is losing ground to the sea at a dangerous rate and for its residents, exile is inevitable.
The people of Newtok, on the west coast of Alaska and about 400 miles south of the Bering Strait that separates the state from Russia, are living a slow-motion disaster that will end, very possibly within the next five years, with the entire village being washed away.