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Archive for May, 2012

Romney, Trump play Bridge: 2 Clubs! Overbid…?

Overbid (in card game – Bridge):

Bridge hand – 2 clubs! Looks strong?

  • (Noun) A  bid that overstates a hand’s strength.
  • (Verb) To bid voluntarily to a contract that the partnership cannot make.
  • (Verb) To bid too high, irrespective of the result.

WHAT does it say about Donald Trump – when the SUPPOSEDLY SANE AND SAVVY “business magnate” who deals with empirical evidence like balance sheets and occupancy figures — continues to believe, INSIST that there is a conspiracy surrounding President Obama’s birth certificate…and keeps pushing the conspiracy theory that President Obama was NOT born in Hawaii…?

By now you may have heard of that idiotic Secretary of State in Arizona who threatened to keep President Obama off Arizona’s ballot in November IF he does not get a copy of the president’s birth certificate. Ken Bennett has now changed his mind (got a little visit from Republican aliens?) but earlier this month Bennett RIGHTLY rejected the fake copy the White House released in 2011 in pursuit of the REAL one – the ORIGINAL that aliens are holding in an undetectable underground spaceship bunker hidden under the volcano in Kilauea, Hawaii!

Trump.

According to The Donald: Questioning the authenticity of the president’s birth certificate or “birtherism” is the “most important thing” and questions about Obama’s birthplace have not been adequately answered. Trump is NOT satisfied that Obama has proven his U.S. citizenship.

Trump told NBC in 2011 that HE Trump had sent researchers to Hawaii to investigate Obama’s citizenship status and “they cannot believe what they’re finding.”

Do you know that:

  • In March 1990, Trump threatened to sue a stock brokerage house after a broker made negative comments about the finances of Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino. The company told the analyst: You’re fired. Taj Mahal declared bankruptcy for the first time in November 1990…and the analyst got $750,000 from his firm for his termination…and settled out of court on a 2-million-dolllar defamation lawsuit against Trump?
  •  Trump declared corporate bankruptcy 4 times – 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009 and was nearly bankrupt personally?
  • In 2002, the Securities Exchange Commission brought a financial-reporting case against Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts alleging several “misleading statements in the company’s third-quarter 1999 earnings release.”
  • In 2004, Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced a restructuring of its debt. Trump’s individual ownership to be reduced to 25 percent, now 5-percent and since then, Trump Hotels has been forced to seek voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. Trump gave up his CEO position but remained as Chairman of the Board?
  • Married 3 times, divorced twice? When asked if his marriage to first wife Ivana was monogamous, Trump replied: “I don’t have to answer that.”
  • Trump’s been criticized for his recurring pattern of filing for bankruptcy to dodge creditors. He defends the bankruptcies as a smart business practice?

Romney, the savvy businessman can find a better mentor, don’t you think? I remember when Romney refused to attend a Republican presidential debate (Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum accepted) with Trump as moderator in December 2011. But that’s politics. Now Trump is raising money for Romney and writing Romney’s script?

Trump also believes that China should be treated as an adversarial competitor, and that America should slap heavy import tariffs on China in response to that Asian country’s currency manipulation.

Do you understand now why Jon Huntsman, a former U.S. Ambassador to China, said: “I don’t subscribe to the Don Trump or Mitt Romney School of International Trade…don’t want to find ourselves in a trade war…with China.” Huntsman, the rational, is dismissing Trump… 

And WHY Mitt Romney said: “I will issue an Executive Order identifying China as a currency manipulator. We’ll bring an action against them in front of the WTO (World Trade Organization) for manipulating their currency and we will go after them…if you’re not willing to stand up to China you’ll get run over by China.” Romney is taking his cues from Trump!

Trump is also re-stoking “birther” theories and warning his new BFF (best friends forever) Mitt Romney that if Romney dismisses the birther movement, he could possibly lose the election.

Mitt Romney has NOT distanced himself from Trump’s birther conspiracy OR repudiated Trump’s remarks. He possibly thinks that John McCain lost to Obama in 2008 because McCain dissed birthers by refusing to subscribe to their delusional nonsense. And Romney will DO anything, say ANYTHING to win!

Here’s my contribution to the Arizona Birther Conspiracy. (ABC. So simple, duh!)

Those of us, who live outside peyote induced psychonautics…those of us moronic, misguided, hopeless, gullible, brainwashed idiots who would vote for Chewbacca (Star Wars) if he waved a Hawaiian birth certificate – yes, those of us! We’ve been royally brainwashed by the CIA, the FBI, the NSA and whatever other deep-cover covert operations our government is running a la Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and Alistair McLean…plus Russia’s KGB, Israel’s Mossad, NATO and China’s Ministry of State Security too!

Imagine the depth and scope of THAT conspiracy…and the Cover Up involved.

Men In Black – 3!

The CIA has got to be IN on it. This cannot happen without the CIA being complicit. It is impossible for an impostor, a foreigner, an alien to become President of America without the CIA knowing, isn’t it? Isn’t it! Well, maybe not!

If I was Boss of the Birthers, I’d demand that heads roll at the CIA. Or wait – maybe THEY are part of the conspiracy? What if aliens (yeah, you can laugh – just wait until I’m proven right) have infiltrated the CIA with one agenda: Install Obama as president and weaken America? Would it not then be easier for them to invade America, take the country over and hand it to (gasp) Liberals?

And what if — what IF the FBI is also part of that conspiracy? They would have to be. Why has nobody figured this out yet? A conspiracy of this magnitude and the FBI does not know? Impossible – or is it? What have the Birthers found out about the FBI that they are too scared to share with us? Why has no journalist filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act? Are we just going to let the FBI play us? Unless of course the FBI too are under the control of aliens? Heaven help us! The FBI ARE the men in Black!!! Do you really THINK it’s coincidence that the movie “Men in Black 3” was released 23 weeks before the Presidential Election?

Do you know that some people link the number 23 to the unholy gods of the Cthulhu Mythos. A shared fictional universe…ancient, powerful gods from space who once ruled the Earth but are now in a death-like sleep? Ah, but are they? What do we really KNOW about Obama? Could he be Ob’mbu, the Cthulhu Mythos deity known as The Shatterer?

NSA is in it too, of course and Homeland Security. Yeah, Homeland Security baloney! They’re running around trying to bamboozle US by intercepting illegal aliens. Yeah right, we’re stupid. Like we don’t KNOW the real illegal aliens are running the White House…

And what about Congress, huh? I can understand Democrats being IN on the conspiracy, but what about those Republicans eh? John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Michele Bachman and the rest. Why are they allowing this great conspiracy? Are the aliens contributing to their campaigns?

That line in the Star Spangled Banner: “half conceals, half discloses?”  WHAT does it really mean? What if you remove the flag analogy and substitute a spaceship instead. See, then it begins to make sense doesn’t it – especially when you add Oliver Wendell Holmes’s fifth stanza:

When our land is illumined with liberty’s smile,
If a foe from within strikes a blow at her glory,
Down, down with the traitor that tries to defile
The flag of the stars, and the page of her story!
By the millions unchained,
Who their birthright have gained
We will keep her bright blazon forever unstained;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave,
While the land of the free is the home of the brave.

Now tell me that “birthers” don’t KNOW what they’re talking about and see who’s cuckoo! This verse (in the LONG FORM of the Anthem) clearly identifies a foe from within who will try to defile America…

Why is congress doing NOTHING while our Intelligence Agencies fall under the control of these alien Hawaiians?

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii: “Sacred Protector” of the President’s Birth Certificate…

Seems to me that ALL of Washington is compromised. Is Rupert Murdoch really Rupert Murdoch – why is Fox News NOT pursuing this? Are they in the conspiracy too…?

Listen to me America…I am warning you…time is running out…

(Somebody’s at the door…)

“Help…help…somebody help me. I don’t know anything, help…no…heeelllp…I like Obama. I’m NOT a birther…please…noooo!”

 Photos: Google

New Post coming Friday, 6/01: Bain Capital: Hypocrisy Continues…

Private Sector Experience – Means WHAT, Exactly?

“Bain invested in approximately 100 companies, many of them are big brand names that you’re familiar with…some of them were struggling and some of them could not be saved. That’s the nature of our free enterprise system.” Eric Fehrnstrom, senior adviser to the Romney campaign.

Mitt Romney probably has this sign outside his campaign headquarters: And based on HIS criteria, MOST of us CANNOT proceed!

Mitt Romney loves to tout his private sector experience by saying that “someone who’s never spent a day in the private sector, like President Obama, simply doesn’t understand”.

That’s MOST of us in America. We are just too stupid to understand. Just like HE thinks young people are too stupid to understand banking… Remember when he said the people protesting at the Bank of America shareholders meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in May 2012 are too young “to really understand how the economy works.” Oh yeah. Only Romney can understand how the economy works. And that’s through Leveraged Buyouts!

There is not ONE economist, one journalist, one investor, one politician out there who can UNDERSTAND how the economy works as well as Mitt Romney.

How much time did Bill Gates spend in the private sector before he started Microsoft? Yet even with Mitt Romney’s 25-years of private sector experience Gates is wildly more successful than Romney. How much time did Bill Clinton spend in the private sector? Zip! Yet here’s what Clinton achieved:

  • Average economic growth of 4-percent per year, compared to average growth of 2.8-percent in previous years.
  • The economy grew for 116 consecutive months, the most in history.
  • More than 22.5 million jobs created, the most jobs ever created under a single administration (more than the previous 12 years). 92-percent of those jobs were in the private sector. Shall I repeat that:  92-PERCENT of those jobs WERE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
  • Real median family income increased by 6-thousand-dollars from about $43,000.00 in 1993 to 49,000.00 in 1999.
  • Overall unemployment dropped to the lowest level in more than 30 years
  • Inflation averaged 2.5-percent, dropping to its lowest rate since the Kennedy Administration.
  • The homeownership rate reached 67.7% – the highest rate on record.
  • The poverty rate fell from 15-percent in 1993 to nearly 12-percent in 1999, the largest six-year drop in poverty in about 30 years.
  • The surplus in fiscal year 2000 was $237 billion, the third consecutive surplus and the largest surplus ever.

THE bane of Republicans – Bill Clinton: Under his term, overall unemployment dropped to the lowest level in more than 30 years! Clinton had NO private sector experience. Romney can be more successful?

Again? HOW MUCH TIME DID BILL CLINTON SPEND IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR? Zip. 

Forty-thousand Romneys could not with all his quantity of ‘private Sector Experience’ make up that sum! (Shakespeare. Hamlet Act 5/Scene One: I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers could not with all their quantity of love make up my sum.)

How much time did George Bush spend in the private sector? Yeah, he worked in oil and co-owned a baseball team – and see how successful HE was!

GOVERNMENT IS NOT THE PRIVATE SECTOR…

THAT is why people compare the two and find them so DIFFERENT.

A CEO has only to please himself if it’s his private company – what he says goes!

Or please himself and his family if it’s family owned!

Or about 12 directors and a couple thousand shareholders – a million shareholders, depending?

The government has to please 300-million Americans, foreign governments and populations around the world. (I know Republicans believe they don’t HAVE to worry about other nations and what the rest of the word thinks, that they can thumb their nose at a billion Chinese and millions of Muslims and all those black people in Africa, but THOSE are Republicans! The 13th Tribe of Israel that God mandated to rule America!) The rest of us Gentiles think dfifferently.

It takes TWO parties to make the government work EVERY DAY and the Supreme Court is not a high priced lawyer that you can call in to clean up the mess. There are times the Supreme Court will NOT agree with the CEO…

So Mr. Romney…in case you do NOT know this, the GOVERNMENT is NOT the Private Sector!

The private sector is geared to make a PROFIT! Unless of course YOU wish the government to MAKE a profit? We can rent our army out to foreign governments, for example. We can hold a Pentagon yard sale and sell surplus weapons? Hawk Health Care Insurance? Make people PAY for Food Stamps?

HIMARS: High-mobility Artillery Rocket System, used in Iran/Afghanistan. (One Lockheed contract cost 100-million). Pentagon Yard Sale…?

Now don’t get me wrong. The government CAN take a page from the private sector and run more efficiently… and having private sector experience is a GOOD thing. But basing your raison d’etre for becoming president solely on your private sector creds…especially as you’re NO Carlos Slim (Mexican billionaire, richest man in the world)seems sadly limiting and lacking.  You seem to be using a lot of wool to weave glasses for US, Mr. Romney.

When somebody, anybody, Republican, Democrat, Independent tells you: I have private sector experience so I can run the government…you buy that?

I guess you ALSO buy that House of Representatives leaders John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi can run Apple? Guess you’ll see their names put forward for CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase…because they have government experience. They know ALL the rules, regulations and loopholes…

If private sector experience is so crucial for running the government – then conversely, government experience should be equally crucial to running the private sector? Think Jon Corzine. New Jersey’s former governor, former U.S. Senator, former head of Investment Bank Goldman Sachs (Corzine made 400-million-dollars when Goldman Sachs went public – after he left as CEO.) Corzine was CEO of MF Global (Man Financial) when the financial services (exchange traded derivates) company folded last year after nearly 2-billion-dollars disappeared from clients accounts.

Jon Corzine. Democrat with both public/private sector experience!

Now THAT was an unhappy marriage of public AND private sector experience!

So to say that just because I understand how capitalism works – just because I understand how Wal-Mart works – just because I understand how the job market works (does Romney, really?) I’ll make a good president is a nonsensical argument. How about somebody who understands how GOVERNMENT works? Well duhh!

When workers on Verizon go on strike, we can switch to Sprint. When the police go on strike we switch to what  – or whom? George Zimmerman? You can close a money-losing factory but what do you do with the Post Office? You can export jobs to China…and keep your labor costs down…what do you do with the firemen making x-dollars an hour? You close the fire station and reopen it where…in Mexico?

Oh give me a break!

There’s also Private Sector and private sector. Not all private sector is considered equal! General Electric (GE) is Private Sector, with capitals. Running GE is like running a small country. You’re CEO of GE, you wanna make a case for running America – OK, I’ll listen.

You’re running Bain Capital you wanna run America? Really? How many of you want the wolves on Wall Street running the henhouse? You want the guy who made those risky investments, those swaps and leveraged buyouts and sold exchange traded derivates — running the government? Do you want ousted Wall Street CEO Jamie Dimon (J.P. Morgan Chase) running the government, when his company just lost 2 billion-dollars due to risky trading on credit derivativesNO you don’t!

Federal Deficit/Surplus under President Bill Clinton (blue) 1993-2001.

BAIN is into ASSET MANAGEMENT. It’s product is Profit – unlike Ford who sells products TO MAKE A PROFIT! Consumers are Ford’s customers – INVESTORS are Bain’s customers. There is a difference – just like there’s a difference between a dining room chair and a recliner. Yes they’re both chairs but their purposes are different…

So when Romney says: I have private sector experience – tell him fine! Great Mr. Romney, that’s good. BUT we’re NOT buying a Wall Street CEO, we’re looking for a Commander-in-Chief. So, Mr. Romney – this part about the private sector looks nice on your resume but tell us about your experience with THE JOB YOU’RE APPLYING FOR. You were governor of Massachusetts – but you DO NOT include that on your resume. WHY?

WHY doesn’t Governor Romney TALK about his great achievements as Commander-in Chief of Massachusetts? Being governor is like an internship for President, isn’t it? So how did you do? DID YOU NOT HAVE PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU WERE GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS? How did that work for you in this tiny state? Guess there were too FEW people for Romney to find jobs for – he needs a wider stage!

Governor and Mrs. Romney leave Massachusetts state house (2003-2007)

The records are there for anyone to find – especially as it’s probably another ONE of the things Romney has forgotten — in his long list of the forgotten

You’d think Romney would be BRAGGING  about his achievements in a state with a Democrat-controlled House and Senate to show how he worked with the Opposition…to show how he CAN get things done. Wonder why he’s running away from his record in Massachusetts? Running from the 212 days he spent in office IN 2006 (his last year in office) during his 4-years as a ONE-TERM absentee governor while he devoted much of his time to travelling in and outside the U.S. drumming up support for his presidential campaigns…

And what good will Private Sector experience do if you have an uncooperative Congress?

Gridlocked Congress! Private Sector experience does not matter – with an uncooperative Congress! What you need experience in is Hostage Negotiation!

Even if you come in brimming with ideas (like I’m sure Obama did) and the Democrats decide to make YOU a One-Term President? Do you think Republicans hold a monopoly on creating One-Term presidents. Be careful what you wish for, Mr. Romney. One-Term President has become the latest catch-word – just like One-Term governor!

So when you become the private sector president —  Mr. Romney…I can’t wait to see the “jobs” you’re going to create in Iraq and Afghanistan and in Immigration Reform and appeasing the Iaraelis/Palestinians and in Education Reform and by repealing Health Care Reform and in strong-arming China and in reworking America’s Tax Code…and in negotiating with Russia…

Private sector experience does not help with ALL those? Who cares. If you’ve got private sector experience the presidency is a dream…a breeze…piece of cake! Go Private Sector Experience!!!

Oh yes – former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling (who donated to/campaigned for John McCain and Schilling’s fellow Alaskan, Sarah Palin) has Private Sector experience, too — now that his company has gone bankrupt. Let’s vote for him too! (See my post: Solyndra and Schilling…)

WHY a G8 Summit?

NATO 2012 Meeting, Chicago

Can someone who knows about these things explain the point of the G8 Summit? Why do these leaders insist on meeting so they can attract anarchists and protestors?

What DO these Summits achieve? Do these protests even have an effect on the G8 Summit discussions? Are any of the leaders saying: “I’d like more logging but I’m worried the protesters won’t like it?” Do these leaders even SEE the protests except on TV? Do the protests actually CHANGE the outcomes at all? ARE there outcomes?

NO? Then WHY hold a G8 Summit? Heck, why PROTEST…?

I’ve watched these meetings around the globe and the only thing I remember from them is violence: Burning cars – and police looking scary in riot gear!

Has a G8 Summit ever produced any major course of action? For instance, did these leaders ever issue a communiqué saying they have chosen ONE currency that all G8 countries will now use? OR that any national of a G8 country can run for President in any G8 country? Now that would be Summit-worthy!

I don’t need four days of protests so you can tell me forests are being denuded! Make it BIG! Crown George Bush emperor of the G8. Now we’re talking Summit-lese!

According to Wikipedia: Each calendar year, the responsibility of hosting the G8 rotates through the member states in the following order: France, United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada.

The holder of the presidency sets the agenda, hosts the summit for that year, and determines which ministerial meetings will take place. Lately, France and the United Kingdom have expressed a desire to expand the group to include five developing countries, referred to as the Outreach Five (O5) or the Plus Five.

These countries: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa…have participated as guests in previous meetings, which are sometimes called G8+5.

I wanted to see if I could find an important, world-shaking declaration from the G8 Summit. So I looked up some past Summits and this is what I found…

• In 1997 (Denver/Colorado) Summit leaders agreed “on the need for appropriate domestic measures and close international cooperation to prohibit the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer to create a child”.
• In 2005 (Gleneagles/Scotland) leaders agreed to write off some 40 billion in third world debt. America refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol aimed at tackling Global Warming.
• In 2008 (Tokyo/Japan) G8 leaders agreed on the need for the world to cut carbon emissions blamed for global warming by at least 50 percent by 2050, urge nations with sufficient food stocks to release some of their reserves to help others cope with soaring prices urged the Iranian government to end its uranium enrichment program in line with UN Security Council resolutions.
• In 2010 (Ontario/Canada) leaders looked at the global Recession, European Debt and proposed a tax on banking institutions which could be used to bail out banks that failed.

Maybe they did BETTER in Chicago. So what did we get out of Chicago…?

–Riots!!!

–Germany did not budge on its austerity hard-line.

–Protestors force the G8 Summit from Chicago to Camp David.

–Mrs. Obama visited the south side of Chicago.

Mrs. Obama and the wife of Turkey’s president visits Chicago’s South Side – meet with Youth Urban Agriculture Program participants.

–Marchers head toward McCormick Place (must be somewhere in Chicago).

–President Obama could not go home to spend the night at his house.

–Thousands gather in Grant Park … (another place in Chicago?)

–The G8 made another commitment to end world hunger.*

–Police, protesters clash after NATO rally.

–G8 leaders back calls by France’s new president Francois Hollande for more economic stimulus in Europe.

–Peaceful march on the headquarters of U.S. defense contractor Boeing in Chicago.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says G8 summit helped crystallize the thinking of Euro Zone members. That’s clear… 

British Prime Minister David Cameron

(* The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – a partnership between G8 nations, African countries, and private sector leaders. The partnership is promising to raise 50 million people out of poverty over the next ten years by investing in agriculture and nutrition.)

I missed the other earth-shattering pronouncements.

The eight countries making up the G8 have about 14% of the world’s population AND about 60% of the world’s Gross domestic Product.

Which causes me to ask: “How is it that James Bond can find an isolated island, an underground bunker, a secluded mountain hideaway and the G8, with ALL their resources, cannot?”

Go somewhere where protestors can’t find you and have your couple days vacation away from your high-stress offices in peaceful seclusion…

Why go through the expense of riots and police overtime and the resulting destruction of property year after year?

I hope these two words: Conference Call is taken seriously by the G8. Otherwise friend those Bond villains on Facebook, ’cause they sure know how to be inaccessible!

Please Boston, NO G8 Summits – please. We’re too small, too liberal, too elitist…let Austin, Texas host or Anchorage, Alaska…please….

I hope Boston is NOT planning on hosting a G8 Summit – ever.

By the way, the G8 might soon be the G20. The Group of Twenty Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from the world’s 20 major economies now account for more than 80 percent of the global Gross National Product (GNP), 80 percent of world trade and two-thirds of the world’s population.

The best thing I can say is: “Welcome new countries. Let YOUR newly emerging cities get trashed for a change. By the time 20 countries get their turn and Boston becomes a likely candidate in 2032, I’ll probably be dead – or hopefully, able by then to afford to leave town for that weekend!”

List of G20 Nations:

1. Germany
2. European Union
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Argentina
5. Brazil
6. China
7. South Korea
8. United States
9. Mexico
10. South Africa


11. Russia
12. Indonesia
13. France
14. Italy
15. India
16. Japan
17. Canada
18. Turkey
19. United Kingdom
20. Australia

Hello Sydney – here comes trouble!

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