Chamber of Commerce investing in Republican politicians

Thom plus logoOur democracy is screwed. The largest corporate lobbying organization in the nation – the Chamber of Commerce – is ramping up its election spending – targeting two Democrats – including progressive Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown – with millions of dollars in negative ads.
This is just a sign of things to come as the Chamber plans to spend $50 million this election year to defeat Democrats in at least a dozen Senate seats and more than 30 House seats.
Despite Republicans giving the nation a case of voter’s remorse after just two years in power in the House – the oligarchs want to make sure their lapdogs survive the next vote. Consider the Chamber’s contributions as investments to keep taxpayer oil subsidies and tax cuts for banksters in place.


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Palindromedary 11 years 12 weeks ago

I'd certainly include Obama in that Oligarch Lapdog label. Sure, Obama is once again pretending to be less of an Oligarch Lapdog...but he sure acted like an Oligarch Lapdog this last 3 years...appointing all those Oligarch b!tches to his regime. Yes, I'd sure rather see Obama as President for the next term than Romney or any other Republican candidate but I don't have high expectations that Obama is going to be any better than the last three years. He is merely campaigning now. We all know that you can't really believe a word of what they say...they'll tell you whatever you want to hear just to get elected and then once elected they will continue to work for the monied interests and not for the people.

Yes, you are quite correct....our democracy IS screwed! No matter who is a corrupt system rigged so that the wealthy takes all and can continue to commit financial crimes and crimes of high treason and not pay the price. Financial crimes have become decriminalized and Obama has not done anything to rectify that. Again, you can't argue that Obama was outgunned when he appointed all those poodle palace protagonists..much of what Obama has done was done because he either wanted it done or he is just not fit to go up against the monied powers as represented largely by the Republicans....and all those very wealthy fake Democrats.

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Palindromedary 11 years 12 weeks ago

And Obama is playing right along with the propaganda lies, similar to the ones in the Bush administration when they talked of Mushroon Clouds, when Obama pretends that he doesn't know that Iran is no where near getting a nuclear weapon. In addition, Obama is quite aware of the lies he has told about Osama Bin Laden's "burial at sea".

Iran is about to get nukes? Yeah, right! Tell me another one!

Leaked emails from Stratfor* to Wikileaks indicate that our Government has not been very honest with us (Like, what else is new?). Like the Bush Administration "Mushroom Cloud" psyops scare stories the Obama Administration has played the same game. Lies! Lies! Lies!

But here are a couple of snippets of truth:

"In an e-mail dated November 2011, one intelligence official writes,

I think this is a diversion. The Israelis already destroyed all the Iranian nuclear infrastructure on the ground weeks ago. The current ‘let’s bomb Iran’ campaign was ordered by the EU leaders to divert the public attention from their at home financial problems.

An e-mail from one day earlier reads the same way:

" Israeli commandos in collaboration with Kurd forces destroyed few underground facilities mainly used for the Iranian defense and nuclear research projects. Even if the Israelis have the capabilities and are ready to attack by air, sea and land, there is no need to attack the nuclear program at this point after the commandos destroyed a significant part of it."

And the Stratfor email that indicated that Osama bin Laden was not buried at sea, as our Governent told the world...his body was shipped back to the US, in a CIA plane, for analysis....a far more believable scenario. The "official" story, as always, was totally unbelievable and was absolutely suspicious. You just can't believe anything our government tells us.

"Stratfor’s vice-president for intelligence, Fred Burton, believes the body was “bound for Dover, [Delaware] on [a] CIA plane” and then “onward to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Bethesda [Maryland],” an email says."

Stratfor's Burton said in an email:

"If body dumped at sea, which I doubt, the touch is very Adolph Eichman like. The Tribe did the same thing with the Nazi's ashes," Burton commented in another email. Eichman was one of the masterminds of the Holocaust by Nazi Germany. He was captured by Mossad agents in Argentina and, tried in Israel, found guilty and executed in 1962. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea over the Mediterranean.

Stratfor CEO George Friedman replied:

"Eichmann was seen alive for many months on trial before being sentenced to death and executed. No one wanted a monument to him so they cremated him. But i dont know anyone who claimed he wasnt eicjhman [sic]. No comparison with suddenly burying him at sea without any chance to view him which i doubt happened [sic]," Stratfor CEO George Friedman replied.

*"Stratfor is a US-based intelligence firm called the “shadow CIA” by some media. Among its clients are several US agencies and many big companies. The company relies on paid tips from informants placed in high circles of business, government and security all around the world."

And to those who claim that all of this is very flimsy evidence...where is the proof...I say...yeah, where is the proof that the US buried OBL at sea? For that matter, where is the proof that they even killed OBL. We are supposed to take the word of a government that has done nothing but lie to it's citizens but we are not supposed to believe leaked memos of an organization that works closely with the CIA and other government orgs and businesses? Just who are the real conspiracy nuts here? I say it is the ones who spout the government drivel.
And, you have to keep Obama focused on one who is telling those lies because he is playing right along with beating Israel's war drums...of course, being the politician he is...he tries to play both sides of the fence.. that of those who want to keep us all looking in the direction of some far off, supposed, enemy when the real enemies are picking our pockets at home.

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fatfax 11 years 12 weeks ago


Were gonna kick their ass in November.

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Palindromedary 11 years 12 weeks ago

Bill Maher show had some very interesting topics tonight....

How about that pink slime that the USDA approved under the Bush Administration...and continuing through the Obama Administration. Yummy! Feeding our school kids slop is one way some people, the meat industry, have of making profits.

Oh, and that those film clips of interviews of ignorant, racist, and fundamentalist Christians in the deep south was funny. They all sounded as dumb as they looked. I'm sure that many of these retards have accepted the propaganda that we should invade Iran...and believe that they are going to be kicking butt this fall. And they are all very likely Republicans to the core. They all seemed to hate black people....especially Obama...largely BECAUSE he is doubt. I'm sure that many of these dingleberry and nose pickers would be shocked if they knew that Jesus was a black man. Just joking...don't know...of fact there is really no evidence that the Jesus, of the Bible, really existed.

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Palindromedary 11 years 12 weeks ago

DoD Cover-up: Gitmo detainee found hanged with hands tied behind back

4 women and 5 children and 1 man handcuffed and shot in the head execution style. Then an airstrike was called in to cover up the massacre...according to Wikileaks' leak of the Stratfor emails. Stratfor is the for-profit, civilianized version of the CIA that is used as a plausible deniability mechanism for our more "honored" (yeah, right) government institutions. They are also being accused by those who have read some of the emails as having committed treason for selling secrets to other governments. They are considered Neocon, pro Israel, and war mongers...of course, how else do you steal from American tax-payers without lots of wars and "conflicts"?

What brave soldiers we have, eh? As brave as any good little Nazi! Seig Heil!

Yeah, re-elect Obama and you will get more of the same Nazi-like gutless massacres of innocent civilians, cover-ups, tortures, prosecution of whistleblowers, and a continuing trashing of our economy. But, in fact, you will get the same if the Republican candidate wins the election.

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Oldcrone 11 years 12 weeks ago

What Thom refuses to accept is that there IS no difference in the Duopoly. He won't speak against electing Obama - again. I have to admit, I voted for him, and I'm angrier about him than I EVER was with BushBoy. I was fooled, but never again. We have to break this criminal system up and do it quickly, and voting for Obama just puts you in the position of supporting that broken system.It doesn't matter one whit whether a D or an R is in power. There is one corporate party, period. Blinding yourself to truth doesn't help Thom. Just so you know Thom, I'm painfully to the left of you, I am not a rightie, isn't that interesting?

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Gene Savory 11 years 12 weeks ago

Hydrogen caveats:

Thom is correct in that hydrogen is not an energy source. There are many other facets of implementing hydrogen generation, storage and use as a way of shifting our economies away from the cadavers of plankton that we're currently fighting over.

Commercial production of hydrogen has been through steam reforming, which is a highly polluting process by itself that extracts hydrogen from fossil fuels, methane being the most common. Electrolysis and chemical processes may also be used, with their own idiosyncrasies and resultant byproducts.

Hydrogen is a cryogen that requires storage either in high pressure tubes (which are subject to hydrogen embrittlement as time goes by), or as a liquid in dewars that require constant attention and refrigeration to about 21 Kelvin (-424 F). Refrigeration ain't free - it is a very energy intensive process that also requires huge amounts of liquid nitrogen (which also requires huge amounts of energy and specialized equipment to generate), and all of the associated process equipment (piping, filters, purifiers, compressors, vacuum pumps, etc.) is quite expensive and requires very stringent safety procedures that are best handled by non-profit and highly regulated industry.

The crude equipment and procedures currently used by the petroleum industry are not adequate.for a direct switch over to hydrogen.

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MaryMary 11 years 12 weeks ago

Excellent article Mr Savory,

In addition to the methane created in the manufacture of Hydrogen, the by product of hydrogen engines and hydrogen fuel cells is water vapor. So two of the three "green house" gases are by products of hydrogen use. For those who don't know, the three hydrogen gases are Methane, CO2 and Water Vapor. Plus you are right on about the manufacture of liquid nitrogen and liquid hydrogen. They, (and other atmospheric gases, including Oxygen) are created by the electrical hungry process called air separation. None of the "green" energy alternatives, i.e. solar and wind are capable of producing the tremendous amounts of electricy needed to produce these products.

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X-Drifter 11 years 12 weeks ago

Doesn't the current set of circumstances make the upcoming (2012) national election look the best it's ever been in recent history, for one the less conventional political parties, winning the presidential office? Don't get me wrong; I'm not implying that I don't believe our current president as being a good-willed and intelligent individual. Though no doubt a quick learner, he still seems a bit inexperienced in dealing with the corruption in Congress. (Unless perhaps, he's being compelled, in some illegitimate fashion, into catering to the insanely wealthy.)

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