Archive for September, 2008


“In the housing markets, there are really three Americas. The declining inner cities of the Rust Belt constitute one America. These places have limited demand and their housing supply is fixed by the number of homes built during an earlier, and more successful, era. These places have had little recent price volatility and don’t represent the core of today’s troubles”.

A helpful read, Edward L. Glaeser an economist at Harvard University takes a look at how low housing prices will go.

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more about “Town Meeting, Wasilla, Alaska “, posted with vodpod

 

This is a commercial for the DigiWalker GPS, Hilarious

There’s always a way out!

Here’s a site that is not barred from asking Palin questions, well sorta. The answers to questions like “What is the role of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan?” are computer generated. The scary thing is when you consider Palin’s responses to Katie Couric’s questions in her recent interview (below), the parody answers are not too far off.

Here is one of my favorites so far

Q: How will you fix the economy?

Our economy and putting it back on the table. I think if you ask that question of many vice presidents, they may have the same answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the lobbyists play in an issue like this also. And in that readiness. And knowing that you can’t blink. So, I didn’t blink then even, when asked to run as his running mate, that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to. It doesn’t have to stand for that. I believe that they, too, want to rid not only their country, also.

It’s been quiet on the National Bio Argo Defense Facility (NBAF) front recently but don’t let that fool you folks, NC’s proposal is as strong as it ever was. One of the last local story reported by the Herald Sun misled a lot of local citizens to believe the NBAF was going to Flora, Mississippi but unfortunately that is not the case. The fat lady has not sung her final note yet and make no mistake, DHS has the last word. According to DHS, the Final  Environmental Impact statement for the NBAF is due out “late Fall”  but no date for release has been given. With that in mind read the latest from Stan Cox author of Sick Planet, he is clearly politically astute to the driving forces behind the NBAF.

Livestock of Mass Destruction

Keep the Germ Labs Quarantined

Source: By Stan Cox – CounterPunch.org

Scientists, farmers and government officials for 80 years have kept the U.S. mainland free of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease — a horrific, highly contagious killer of cloven-footed livestock such as cattle. But our government may soon bring the virus onto the mainland on purpose.The Department of Homeland Security is seeking a home for a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility that would, among other things, take over the work of Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a former Department of Agriculture complex lying off the east end of New York’s Long Island. But Homeland Security proposes to do this on one of five inland sites, all in agricultural regions.

Foot-and-mouth doesn’t mortally infect people. However, other pathogens that DHS plans to work with, including Nipah and Hendra viruses and those that cause African swine fever, Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis, can kill humans as well as livestock.

With the change of seasons and the cooler nights, nothing is more relaxing than curling up beside a crackling fire with a glass of wine and a good book. If you are at a literary loss, allow me to recommend Who by Fire , a debut novel by Diana Spechler.

Aryn Kyle, bestselling author of The God of Animals describes Spechler’s novel as;

 “Impossible to put down, Who By Fire is a remarkable tale about fear and forgiveness and the bonds that hold a family together even as its members are falling apart. It’s a beautiful novel.”

Since I haven’t finished reading it yet, I won’t spoil it for you. What I will say is the characters are so well developed, that I am finding myself rooting for each dysfunctional one of them.

If you are in the area, Diana has an upcoming reading at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village at 220 Market Street in Pittsboro, NC on October 16, at 7:00 p.m. She will be appearing with another novelist, a North Carolina native, William Conescu. Admission is free and it should be a great event!

There is a growing minority on Capital Hill, that is questioning the legality of the bail-out legislation. Plain and simple, it’s business as usual with the lobbists hard at work and we are going to get stuck with the tab. Consider the words of  Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) he said that the only information he has received about the bailout was the talking points used to sell the bill on the American people. Moreover,  he states “he has been thrown out of more meetings than humanly possible” because he is trying to dig a little deeper and does not blindly support the bill.

No one can deny that there has been an unprecedented  push to spend $700 Billion of the taxpayer’s money without a lot of detail to the American public. Now consider Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s words the the American people; 

The normal legislative process has been shelved. Only a few insiders are doing the dealing, sounds like insider trading to me. These criminals have so much political power than can shut down the normal legislative process of the highest law making body of this land,” Kaptur concluded.

“We are Constitutionally sworn to protect and defend this Republic against all enemies foreign and domestic. And my friends there are enemies,” Kaptur told the House floor.

“The people pushing this deal are the very ones who are responsible for the implosion on Wall Street. They were fraudulent then and they are fraudulent now.”

“My message to the American people don’t let Congress seal this deal. High financial crimes have been committed,” added the Democrat from Ohio.

This bill is nothing more than a trap in my opinion. We have been down this road before and the taxpayer always loses in the end.

An excellent read and the truth does hurt.

The Palin pick was the most crassest, most bigoted decision that I’ve seen in national electoral politics, in my–admittedly short–lifetime. There can be no doubt that they picked Palin strictly as a stick to drum up the victimhood narrative–small town, hunters, big families and most importantly, women. Had Barack Obama picked Hillary Clinton, there simply is no way they would have picked Sarah Palin. To the McCain camp, Palin isn’t important as a politician, or even as a person. Her moose-hunting, her sprawling fam, her hockey momdom, her impending grandmother status are a symbol of some vague, possibly endangered American thing, one last chance to yell from the rafters “We wuz robbed.” Lineup all your instances of national politicians using white victimhood to get into offices–Willie Horton, White Hands, Sista Souljah, Reagan in Philadelphia etc.–they were all awful no doubt. But I have never seen a politician subject an alleged ally to something like this.

Janet Arbaroa, Michelle Young, Nancy Cooper and Kelly Morris, missing women, murdered wives, all young mothers who were ‘Erased” to coin a phase from Marilee Strong’s book. WRAL has released one of the search warrants the Granville County Sheriffs Department executed against Scott Morris. The Application for the search warrant disclosed the communities worst fears, that there is probable cause which “constitutes evidence of a crime and the identity of a person participating in a crime for Homicide and or Arson“. 

In my last post  I outlined a hypothetical scenario based on what we knew from local media coverage  regarding Scott Morris’ previous statements, none of which were plausible especially when you consider the families statements concerning how devoted Kelly was to her children (not to mention just plain common sense). Oddly enough my hypothetical snenario was close to what Scott intially told investigators or should I say what he expected them to believe.

The disclosure of this single warrant is damaging to the extent that we now know Morris’ statements to investigators are blatantly inconsistent with their findings. Additionally Morris’ father’s statements to investigators were also inconsistent whether by accident or design that has yet to be determined. This is truly one of those cases that make you shake your head and say what was he (Scott) thinking?  I mean, come on in this day and age you can’t go anywhere without being video-taped or tracked by a cell tower. One thing is for certain in this case technology will bring justice for Kelly Morris and her family.

I am pleased to see that the Sheriffs Department and the SBI are protecting the structure of their case during the investigation. That is imperative given the fact any mistakes made during the investigation could be cause for appeal. I cite for example even though they found that “an initial fire scene examination indicated the fire was arson” they waited until the testing of evidence by the SBI had been completed before releasing that information. But surprising, “on Friday, investigators found a gas can in a swampy area along Brassfield area. Authorities said believe the gas can might have come from the Morris house” according to WRAL.

Also WRAL reported that in an effort to keep the search for Kelly going the family is selling t-shirts for $15 to raise money for the search. The t-shrits are being sold in Creedmoor and surrounding areas. If anyone knows where they are being sold locally let me know and I will post those locations. The family needs our prays and support now more than ever.

This story has received no coverage from mainstream media. God knows their is enough to worry about with the economy and the Wall street bail-out. But the bombshell news revelation dropped by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now has people concerned for many different reasons, mostly due to the discussion of Marital Law by some.

The Amy Goodman, Democracy Now video (below) featured on YouTube is going if not gone “viral”. I have received this video 23 24 times since yesterday. Thanks to all who think about me and BBS. One reader included in her email, “What about the Posse Comitatus Act”, “isn’t these actions illegal”? Let me just say I share your concerns but apparently the Posse Comitatus Act we were taught about in Civics class no longer exist.

I am by no means an expert on anything military but there are two laws that have historically worked to balance and limit the President’s ability to deploy troops within the United States. They are “The Insurrection Act” and “the Posse Comitatus Act”. Bush successfully after 9/11, the event formerly known as the “Anthrax Attacks”, and with the possibility of another terrorist attack looming was able to seize unprecedented  power  with specific legislation; The John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 and the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

I recommend you read the Usurpation of Power: The 2007 Defense Authorization Act and the “Reform” of the Insurrection Act of 1807and Bush Moves Toward Marital Law for an explanation of the legislation and the ramifications of the legislation being passed.

Also consider John Greenwald from Salon makes an interesting note that;

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act somewhat limited the scope of the powers granted by the 2007 Act detailed above (mostly to address constitutional concerns by limiting the President’s powers to deploy the military to suppress disorder that threatens constitutional rights), but President Bush, when signing that 2008 Act into law, issued a signing statement which, though vague, seems to declare that he does not recognize those new limitations.

Here is the Democracy Now video clip concerning the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team to be deployed and the transcript. I included the corresponding Army Times story for a better understanding of the issue. 

Transcript of video from Democrary Now

Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

A.G. – Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.

Source: Army Times

The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.

Now they’re training for the same mission — with a twist — at home.

Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.

It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.

But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.

After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.

“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.”

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