The Koch Brothers, from “The Joker’s Wild” deck of cards by Greg Palast and Bob Grossman. Click here for all cards.
By Greg Palast
The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by Paul “The Vulture” Singer, Ken Langone and the Kochs—and why they need to buy the White House
Posted in Economy Economics, Elections, Environment
Tagged asbestos, campaign finance, Citizens United, class war, Ken Langone, kingmakers, koch brothers, oil, Paul Singer, Supreme Court
We can draw several clear conclusions from the indictment of John Edwards.
The case is a joke, quite literally. It mocks justice.
The cast of characters consists of people who should have recused themselves, rather than bringing a prosecution. This strange case has the faint odor of the nonstop assault on former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman.
Apparently the Department of Justice has a lot of time on its hands. How else could it pursue this transparent nonsense while failing to prosecute the perpetrators of the financial collapse?
Finally, the prosecution shows that those in control are not even pretending to acknowledge a rule of law.
PressTV interview with Journalist and Blogger David DeGraw
Libertarians know and hate the Federal Reserve. They hate Goldman Sachs and J.P Morgan. But they are not willing to go to the poor people who are being forced to pay for the crimes of those people that they hate because it’s a union or because there may be some Democrats involved in it. Libertarians and progressives can find common ground, but at this point still they are refusing to step back and concede a little bit to find it. They have to come together on campaign finance and lobbying and most importantly they can come together on breaking up the banks.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Economy Economics, Neoliberalism, Region: Africa, Region: Europe, Resistance
Tagged anonymous, bailouts, banksters, campaign finance, centralized economy, class war, federal reserve, food stamps, foreclosures, global rebellion, goldman sachs, Healthcare, imf, JP Morgan, libertarian, progressive, scott walker, Unemployment, Wisconsin, world bank
By Brad Jacobson
The Raw Story
Little-noticed Republican appointee has encouraged deadlock
After GOP lawyer Caroline Hunter helped lead the national Election Assistance Commission, a propitious series of events allowed her swift confirmation to the Federal Election Commission.
The result, along with FEC appointments of her two Republican colleagues, has been a staggering decrease in the commission’s ability to enforce campaign finance law.
A new statistical analysis shows that the number of FEC enforcement decisions that ended up in deadlocked votes — three-three ties on the six-member bipartisan commission — soared more than 600 percent in 2009.
By Brad Jacobson
The Supreme Court’s seismic January ruling that corporations are free to spend unlimited amounts of their profits to advertise for or against candidates may have been the latest shakeup of campaign finance – but gaping holes already allow corporations to spend enormous sums without leaving a paper trail, a Raw Story investigation has found.
Posted in Economy Economics, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Neoliberalism, NWO
Tagged campaign finance, citizens united v FEC, class war, corporate free speech, Corporate State, corporatism, free speech for people
Note: I published this on Nov. 17, 2009. There are two points that are highly relevant to the recent Supreme Court decision to open up campaign funding from corporate donors. The point about foreign contributions in U.S. elections is entirely on point. That has been allowed by this decision. Second, one specific motive for this is the protection of Fox News which is clearly in violation of the McCain-Feingold act provisions overruled by this decision. I’ve included a note from the original article as an attachment to this republished version. Michael Collins ———-
The Supreme Court of the United States will soon announce a major decision on our lightly controlled system of campaign funding. Will it retain some limitations on corporate influence or will the court blow the lid off and cause a perpetual flood of unrestricted corporate contributions?
An additional outcome may surprise and shock the public.
If the Supreme Court overturns the lower court’s decision, foreign nationals, corporations, and governments with partial ownership of U.S. corporations will, in effect, end up contributing to and influencing U.S. candidates in federal elections. Continue reading
By Robert Aber
STEALTH (stĕlth) n. 1. The act of moving, proceeding, or acting in a covert way.
2. The quality or characteristic of being furtive or covert.
3. Archaic. The act of stealing.
adj. 1. Not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions: a stealth candidate.
Veteran’s Day first occurred to me when it was called Armistice Day. The President’s speeches were filled with phrases like “I am a fighting liberal!” and “Even my little dog Fala hates whoa!” This forever sealed my vote for his owner 15-years hence when I’d be 21. Things change. Like my continuing wish that Barack Obama turns outs to be a Stealth Liberal. Continue reading