COLLECTIVE MADNESS


“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, February 13, 2009

'Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River'


Well of course that is a real working ranch truck.

Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande River. Well I guess that depends on which side of the border that you happen to reside.

I would have thought that family values would imply that you value your own family. One of the primal duties of a man is to protect his family and property, especially when those who are sworn to enforce the law, do not.

Here is an outrage about a real rancher, Roger Barnett, that did the right thing to protect his own. His government under the leadership of another so-called rancher, George W. Bush, did not protect the rights of Citizen Barnett.

Which is the real man?

______________________


Deported for drugs, illegal sues rancher
Jerry Seper (Washington Times)
Friday, February 13, 2009

One of the 16 illegal immigrants allowed by a federal court to sue an Arizona rancher for stopping them at gunpoint after they sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border is a convicted felon deported from this country after a 1993 arrest by U.S. authorities on drug charges, court records show.

Gerardo Gonzalez, described in a lawsuit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) as a 38-year-old Mexican citizen, was convicted in September 1993 for possession of a controlled substance for sale and ordered deported to his home country.

Gonzalez, whose illegal re-entry after removal under U.S. law would be another felony, is among five women and 11 men detained by Roger Barnett, owner of the Cross Rail Ranch near Douglas, Ariz.

The trial against Mr. Barnett on charges of civil rights violations began last week before U.S. District Court Judge John M. Roll in Tucson and is expected to conclude Friday.

Asked about Gonzalez, MALDEF spokeswoman Laura Rodriguez in Los Angeles said Thursday night that a gag order had been issued in the case and she could not comment.

MALDEF had sought Jan. 6 to preclude questioning, testimony or evidence regarding Gonzalez´s drug conviction and his removal from the U.S., saying it was "irrelevant to the factual and legal issues at hand and extremely prejudicial."

Attorney Victor A. Rodriquez also sought to exclude at trial the numerous photographs and a videotape depicting vandalism and the transportation of illegal drugs through the Barnetts´ ranch. He said the photos and video did not involve any of the plaintiffs in this case.

On Jan. 8, Judge Roll denied both motions.

The lawsuit seeks $32 million for civil rights violations, the infliction of emotional distress and other accusations - $1 million actual damages and $1 million punitive damages for each of the illegal immigrants.

Also named are Mr. Barnett's wife, Barbara, his brother, Donald, and Larry Dever, the sheriff in Cochise County, Ariz., where the Barnetts live. The trial is based on a March 7, 2004, incident in which Mr. Barnett approached a group of illegal immigrants while carrying a gun and accompanied by his dog.

The lawsuit said the Barnetts "engaged in a private campaign and have conspired with each other and others to 'hunt' and detain against their will, and at gunpoint, Latino migrants or presumed migrants such as plaintiffs."

It also said Mr. Barnett committed assault and battery, falsely arrested and imprisoned the 16 illegal immigrants, acted negligently, inflicted emotional distress and "engaged in a conspiracy to deprive plaintiffs of their civil rights."

But in a statement of facts filed with the court, Mr. Barnett's attorney, David T. Hardy, said his client's 22,000-acre ranch is frequently crossed by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers and that Mr. Barnett was checking for damages when his dog started barking and ran off into the desert. He said Mr. Barnett followed the dog and came across a large group of people "apparently trying to hide."

"Since drug smugglers are frequently armed, I drew my handgun," Mr. Barnett said in an April 18, 2007, deposition. "I holstered it after assuring myself they were not armed. I then called Border Patrol on my cell phone, and my wife, Barbara, on my radio, and waited until Border Patrol arrived and took them into custody."

A March 2007 deposition of Border Patrol agent Manuel Rodriquez found that after agents ran a records check of those detained on the Barnett ranch, other members of the party had made prior attempts at illegal entry.

Mrs. Barnett said during an April 2007 deposition that her husband would not have seen the 16 illegal immigrants had it not been for the dog.

"If the dog hadn't gotten out and started barking, we would have never known they were there," she said.

In a 2002 interview with The Washington Times, Mr. Barnett, now 64, said he first started to notice tracks and trash on his ranch in 1998, and learned later that his property had become a major route for illegal immigrants headed out of Mexico and for northbound drug smugglers.

The ranch sits in what Cochise County, Ariz., law enforcement authorities call "the avenue of choice" for illegal immigration.

"Thousands of aliens have crossed my property," Mr. Barnett said during the interview. "There are so many that I can tell you that at times it looks like a slow-motion invasion. Literally, I feel like the guy with his finger in the dike, and I just don´t think I can hold back the flood."

He said intruders on his ranch tore up water pumps, killed calves, destroyed fences and gates, stole trucks and broke into his home. Some of his cattle have died from ingesting the plastic bottles left behind by the immigrants, he said, adding that he installed a faucet on an 8,000-gallon water tank so the immigrants would stop damaging the tank to get water.




61 comments:

  1. "There are so many that I can tell you that at times it looks like a slow-motion invasion. Literally, I feel like the guy with his finger in the dike, and I just don´t think I can hold back the flood."

    It is an invasion, and we are fools to let this continue, and one can summon up images of the northerners slowly invading Rome, which was more of a slow infiltration than my ancestors trying to do it by Force Majeure, and it looks to me like the jury better make the right decision.

    Or put Rat on the border.

    And I hope Rat keeps us updated on this.

    One bad thing about our laws is that it is hard to get damages if you are sued by a group like MALDEF, and they lose, who are obviously on a Mexican fishing expedition.

    If you are sued by a group like MALDEF and MALDEF loses, you ought to be able to sue MALDEF for their pants, if they have any pants.

    This threat dissaudes them from filing fishing expedition lawsuits.

    They might lose their own Mexican sombrero, rather than having nothing to win or lose than an American ten gallon hat.

    It is easier to do in England, and we should adopt their practice.(if memory serves)

    ASH would say they all deserve free medical care.

    I think our whole system is going to coming tumbling down.

    Pray for some common sense among the jury. (who might have a few illegal aliens sitting on it)

    Well, when we are finally all dead, Ash can provide the medical care.

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  2. The loser in a lawsuit ought to at least have to pay the other parties' legal fees, which puts a sense of seriousness in the affair, which this action obviously doesn't have. And maybe sue them for more, if the action is obviously frivolous. Or have darned good judges who filter the crap out.

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  3. Is George saying "Halt" or "Hey, Welcome"-- it's hard to tell.

    I think this trial might mean something.

    If the jury kicks it out, it might mean the tide is turning, if they go the other way, it means we're fools, and are sunk.

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  4. Bush is Scum.
    Far outranks Carter in damage done.

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  5. Strangest thing:
    Ingraham was reading something claiming only 32 miles of double fence have been built, blaming legislation by Kay Bailey Hutchinson for making a loophole.

    Other reports I have read showed most of the fence completed, except in Texas.

    I've been whipsawed like that about 3 times in the last 3 years.

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  6. Scumbag claims we soil our reputation as a "Welcoming Society"

    ...not giving a DAMN about the 40 thousand innocent citizens murdered on his watch.

    ...including all the innocent young black kids shot down on the steets where they live as sport for the illegal scumbags.
    aka worthless sacks of human debris, Trish.

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  7. Bout time for Rufus to come along and tell us he had a pretty good run.
    Too bad we're not discussing soccer teams, or something!

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  8. Taliban and Homosexuality

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Now that Taliban rule is over in Mullah Omar's former southern stronghold, it is not only televisions, kites and razors which have begun to emerge.

    Visible again, too, are men with their ashna, or beloveds: young boys they have groomed for sex.

    Kandahar's Pashtuns have been notorious for their homosexuality for centuries, particularly their fondness for na�ve young boys. Before the Taliban arrived in 1994, the streets were filled with teenagers and their sugar daddies, flaunting their relationships.

    Kandahar is called the homosexual capital of south Asia. Such is the Pashtun obsession with sodomy � locals tell you that birds fly over the city using only one wing, the other covering their posterior � that the rape of young boys by warlords was one of the key factors in Mullah Omar mobilising the Taliban.

    Fox News 2002

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  9. I've been whipsawed like that about 3 times in the last 3 years.

    Me too.

    Rat, can you give us an update on the fence?

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  10. I think Afghanistan must qualify as the worst place on earth.

    If not the worst, way way up there.

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  11. We'll get that Desert Express Rail Line from LA to Vegas built in half the time of the fence, count on it.

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  12. The Messiah making ammends for dissing Las Vegas Tourism.

    ...not to mention padding the Hon Senator Reid's Real Estate Empire.

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  13. Tony, one time BC Regular, and Afghan Vet, fully agrees with your assesment of Afghanistan, al-Bob.

    ...on my deathbed I'll still remember his vivid description of daily life in the land of the Pashtuns.

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  14. Drudge Frontpage would make a great Mad Magazine Cover.

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  15. Yes, it would. Trouble is it's just a more or less 'average' day.

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  16. Just post sign, Trespassers will be shot...

    then start shooting at anything on your land...

    not a crime...

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  17. US energy chief floats idea of a carbon tax: NYT

    Posted Thu Feb 12, 2009 8:59am PST

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has floated the idea of a carbon emissions tax to fight global warming, in an interview with The New York Times Thursday.

    During the US presidential campaign, the notion was kept largely on the back burner as candidates were reluctant to promote the idea of costlier energy at a time when gasoline prices were soaring.

    But since President Barack Obama's administration took office in January, Congress has been working on setting up a system for swapping greenhouse gas emissions quotas similar to the one used in the European Union.

    And Chu said "alternatives could emerge, including a tax on carbon emissions," the Times reported.

    Chu, a Nobel laureate in physics, long concerned about global warming, acknowledged it would be a tough sell to get a law passed in the United States that could lead to higher energy prices.

    But he said he "supports putting a price on carbon emissions to begin to address climate change" the daily said.

    Chu also stressed that the world was in real need of technological innovation to help address global warming, in areas such as solar energy, electric batteries and biofuels.

    http://green.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090212/sc_afp/climateusenergycongress.html

    http://snipurl.com/btm4t

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  18. "There are so many that I can tell you that at times it looks like a slow-motion invasion. Literally, I feel like the guy with his finger in the dike, and I just don´t think I can hold back the flood."
    ==

    "It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits." - Alice in Wonderland

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  19. TWEET-A-WATT! A Power Monitor That Twitters Your Energy Use

    http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/04/tweet-a-watt-by-ladyada/

    http://snipurl.com/btnwk

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  20. "The language reflects the extent to which senior U.S. officials now discount a National Intelligence Estimate issued in November 2007 that was instrumental in derailing U.S. and European efforts to pressure Iran to shut down its nuclear program."
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    Now why would the CIA want to derail US and European efforts to pressure Iran to shut down its nuclear program? Maybe tuna sandwich can answer that.

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  21. No, Doug, not today. As you know I was deeply, distressed at Bush's poor performance on the border.

    It's the only thing he did that makes me madder'n hell. I'll never understand how, he and Rove got together, and got something so unbelievably, stupidly wrong.

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  22. That course of action, wi"o" is certainly a crime.
    Take that Concealed Weapons course from a qualified instructer, or you'll be in jail, fer sur.

    A posted sign is of no signifigance, when using deadly force, believe you me.
    You must be in legitimate fear of your life, or for the life of another, before deadly force can be legally applied.

    Better to shoot them in the front, than the back. When interviewed by law enforcement keep repeating the mantra, "I told him to stop, he wouldn't stop." Over and over, then over, again.

    If you follow your own advise, wi"o", yo will not be blogging, nor selling candy, any more.

    The "fence" is a misnomer, at best.

    There are a lot a vehicle barriers in place. Basicly railroad rails welded onto posts, to stop vehicles from using a trail. Effective, if guarded, worthless if not. As the drug running cartel from Sinola proved so effortlessly, over the past few years.

    The fence in Nogales, is substantial for a mile or so out of town, then it disappears. The 5 strand cattle fence, less than adequate and not fully there.

    I do not travel down there much, any more, it is a war zone and there is little profit to be made on legitimate, small scale, cross border trade.
    In the past, leather goods made for a good excuse to go down to NoGo for a couple of days, but not now.

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  23. Here is the reasoning that westhawk applies, to that NIE from 2007.

    That NIE was the work of mid-level bureaucrats in the intelligence community, led by the infamous Thomas Fingar, then the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis, who, in his fevered imagination, believed the Bush administration was poised to preemptively strike Iran. With the Iran NIE, Mr. Fingar’s cabal could take credit for thwarting the non-existent Bush plot against Iran. What Mr. Fingar also achieved was the collapse of international pressure against Iran. Now, according to the LA Times story, one think-tank believes Iran will have a nuclear “breakout capability” during the first half of this year.

    By rejecting Mr. Fingar’s NIE, the Obama administration has committed itself to confronting Iran at some point. At least the Obama team will be in a better position to do so than was the Bush administration; in December, Mr. Fingar was finally removed from his position. Maybe this means that President Obama will achieve more discipline over his intelligence staff than President Bush was able to.


    That fact that Mr Bush could not control his staff, just another factor indicating his lack of ability to govern at all.

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  24. Volkswagen and Toshiba sign letter of intent

    Professor Winterkorn: A move forwards in the development of electric vehicles

    Wolfsburg, 12th February 2009 – Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg) and the Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo) have signed today a letter of intent in Wolfsburg. The objective is a cooperation for the development of electric drive units and the accompanying power electronics for Volkswagen's planned New Small Family. Furthermore, Volkswagen
    and Toshiba are planning the development of battery systems with a high specific energy density for the next generation of electric vehicles.

    The chairman of the board of management at Volkswagen AG, Prof. Dr Martin Winterkorn, emphasised: "Volkswagen is forging ahead with the development of future drive technologies in many different areas. In order to further strengthen our position, Volkswagen is investing in the long term and is offering cooperation projects to other companies. One of the important components in this context is the cooperation with Toshiba. I am convinced that this will be a major step forward towards the development of series production electric vehicles for our customers." Volkswagen's objective, he said, is to be the first manufacturer to provide an emissions-free, affordable and safe large-scale production electric vehicle. "A considerable amount of research and development work still has to be carried out until we can produce the electric vehicle, in the field of lithium-ion battery technology in particular and this is an area in which the Volkswagen Group is working with further potential technological partners alongside Toshiba ", stated Prof. Dr Winterkorn.

    The letter of intent was signed by Prof. Dr Winterkorn and Atsutoshi Nishida, president and chief executive officer of the Toshiba Corporation. Nishida said: "We look forward to building up a mutually beneficial partnership with Volkswagen, a clear leader in the automotive industry making strong initiatives in the development of environmentally-friendly cars. The combined know-how of the two international technology groups Volkswagen and Toshiba will be an important step towards the drive technologies of tomorrow." He continued that this is a good signal for mobility based on ecology and economy.

    http://www.autobloggreen.com/2009/02/12/volkswagen-and-toshiba-to-collaborate-on-electric-drive-systems/

    http://snipurl.com/bts73

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  25. That fact that Mr Bush could not control his staff, just another factor indicating his lack of ability to govern at all.
    ==

    He wasn't interested.

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  26. That solar stock, has now almost doubled in price since 2 months ago. How's your WalMart stock doing?

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  27. BrightSource Energy Announces 1300 MW Contract With Southern California Edison
    February 12, 2009
    Source: Clean Edge News

    Southern California Edison (SCE) and BrightSource Energy recently announced a series of contracts for 1,300 megawatts of clean solar thermal power, enough to serve nearly 845,000 homes.

    "These contracts represent a significant addition to our renewable portfolio, which is already the nation's largest." said Stuart Hemphill, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. "This innovative solar technology helps to further our position as the nation's largest purchaser of solar energy, as well."

    "This landmark agreement illustrates the increasing demand for solar thermal energy as a reliable source of utility-scale renewable power," said John Woolard, CEO of BrightSource Energy. "We look forward to working with Southern California Edison to provide clean, reliable and cost-competitive solar energy."

    The agreement, which now requires approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, calls for a series of seven projects totaling 1,300 megawatts. According to BrightSource Energy, the first of these solar power plants, sized at 100 megawatts and located in Ivanpah, Calif., could be operating in early 2013 and is expected to produce 286,000 megawatt-hours of renewable electricity per year. The company says it will build and place in commercial operation each of its plants as quickly as permitting and infrastructure allow. The full 1,300 megawatts of projects will reportedly produce 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy and avoid more than two million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually – the equivalent of removing more than 335,000 cars from the road.

    http://www.cleanedge.com/news/story.php?nID=5909

    http://snipurl.com/btuho

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  28. Existing efficiency measures could cut US energy use by a third

    But only if entire country emulates performance of the 10 most-efficient states

    John Sterlicchi, BusinessGreen 12 Feb 2009

    Massive inefficiencies across the US's energy network can be eliminated relatively easily, cutting about a third off the nation's energy use, according to a major new analysis of power consumption.

    The study from environmental think tank the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), entitled Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the US Efficiency Opportunity, argues that wholescale efficiency improvements could be in place by 2020, slashing US greenhouse gas emissions in the process. At present the electric power industry is responsible for emitting about one third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US.

    The report recommends that the 40 worst-performing states in terms of energy efficiency learn from energy productivity measures implemented by the other 10 states, which RMI deemed most productive with their electricity.

    If the rest of the country achieved the electric productivity already attained by the top-performing states, the country would save a total of 1.2m gigawatt-hours annually – equivalent to 30 per cent of the nation's annual electricity use or 62 per cent of US coal-fired electrical power.

    The saving of 1.2m gigawatt-hours has "blown a lot of people away", according to Mathias Bell, one of the authors of the report. They were aware there was a gap in productivity but not the size of it, he added.

    "In 2020, if the US can, on average, achieve the electric productivity of the top-performing states today, we can anticipate a 34 per cent reduction in projected electricity demand," he said.

    The RMI calculated the productivity rate by determining how much gross national product was generated for each kilowatt-hour consumed. Using 2005 data, the top 10 states generated $6.10 (£4.31) of GDP per kWh consumed. For the rest, the average was just $3.76.

    California and New York, for example, both earned greater than one and a half times more GDP per kWh consumed than the national average. The report calculated that the gap is lower – but still significant – when factors such as climate and electricity-intensive manufacturing are taken into consideration.

    Now that the RMI has identified the productivity gap, it will release two more reports over the next few months to show states and utilities the most effective measures for closing it.

    The next report will look at policies and practical solutions while the final report will tackle the most important element – implementation. "That's where the rubber meets the road," said author Natalie Mims.

    Permalink: http://www.businessgreen.com/2236325

    www.businessgreen.com/2236325

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  29. let's hope the Obama administration does not allow Iran to acquire nuclaer weapons during its watch

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  30. For you, LT.
    And Doug.

    Solar Printable Ink. Yes! Solar Ink
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZOyhnlY0Hs

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  31. Clean Energy Patents Hit All-Time High in 4Q08

    http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/clean-energy-patents-hit-all-time-high-in-4q08-5716.html

    http://snipurl.com/bu19l

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  32. You're on a roll today, mat. That's for sure.

    Wal-Mart was down last I checked.

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  33. Now that the RMI has identified the productivity gap, it will release two more reports over the next few months to show states and utilities the most effective measures for closing it.

    Exile or kill off your retired citizens might help. Seems the analysis is a bit bogus if oranges and grapefruits are a factor. How could North Dakota compete with Florida? Unless they out produced the Sunshine State in wind energy, which was then marketed to the burgeoning industrial base of Saskatchewan.

    More power to them Mat. As long as they market their developments honestly, and keep their sticky fingers out of the public purses.

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  34. "These contracts represent a significant addition to our renewable portfolio, which is already the nation's largest." said Stuart Hemphill, SCE vice president, Renewable and Alternative Power. "This innovative solar technology helps to further our position as the nation's largest purchaser of solar energy, as well."

    Stuart is the corporate mouthpiece responsible for putting a happy face on the fleecing of SCE's rate-payers through the coercive mandates of California PUC and the California legislature. This is just a complicated theft when you peel off the green wrapping paper.

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  35. The day after Israel is incinerated, Mat will ecstatically post a report of a "revolutionary, game changing" battery right around the corner.

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  36. "Stuart is the corporate mouthpiece responsible for putting a happy face on the fleecing of SCE's rate-payers through the coercive mandates of California PUC and the California legislature. This is just a complicated theft when you peel off the green wrapping paper."

    ...the Fannie and Freddie equivalent in the Enron Scandal.

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  37. "It's the only thing he did that makes me madder'n hell. I'll never understand how, he and Rove got together, and got something so unbelievably, stupidly wrong."
    ---
    Rufus,
    Last night I saw a list of organizations headed by the US Chamber of Commerce that managed to keep E-Verify out of the stimulus bill. The list included several trade and manufacturing groups that were once on the side of labor and the USA.
    They aren't now!
    None dare call it Corruption.
    (sweet pious W, and political genius Rove?
    NO WAY!)

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  38. "DOBBS: The American people, it seems to me, Lisa, if I may offer an opinion here, really need to try to understand why the U.S. Chambers of Commerce has U.S. in front of it because they're not working for the United States. They're working for large corporate employers without any regard to the well being of this country or working men and women and their families and the very idea that this organization, now, with all of its amazing lobbying success, and we should point out, it is the largest, most well-funded and highest spending lobbying organization in Washington, D.C., that they would object to the E-Verify program because it's 99.5 percent effective and because they don't believe employers should be responsible for following the law or looking out for the rights of their -- and the welfare of their employees and their communities in which they live. This is absolutely appalling on any level.

    SYLVESTER: And behind the scenes, Lou, they are actually -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is actually fighting to get rid of E-Verify. It's up for renewal this fall. It expires in November and they are trying to defeat that. They're working very hard so that E-Verify doesn't exist at all.

    DOBBS: And by the way, they have some very consistent help from the ethnocentric interest groups, the advocates on the left, including as you pointed out the ACLU. You name it. All of these groups align with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. You wonder why they have U.S. in the title. By the way, I just like to offer Tom Donahue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to come on this broadcast, sit down and talk with me and perhaps explain why he thinks his organization and its members should be above regulation, should be above the law and shouldn't have to pay taxes. Just exactly what do they do that would give them this kind of exalted position in our society? It's sort of amazing, remarkable, really. Lisa, thank you very much. Lisa Sylvester.

    One can only wonder how all those on the so-called "left" can continue to call themselves that (with a straight face), while deeply in alliance with the US Chamber of Commerce, by far the largest lobbyist in Washington D.C., representing big business against the interests of the American worker and consumer.
    "

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  40. More power to them Mat. As long as they market their developments honestly, and keep their sticky fingers out of the public purses.
    ==

    As I said before, the money that the solar energy industry (or the green tech industry in general) receives from the government is bird seed compared to the money that the car/oil/military mafia receives. $1.4 trillion a year, every year, is paid to subsidize oil imports. That's the real issue that needs addressing. Them are the real sticky fingers on the public purse.

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  41. Stuart is the corporate mouthpiece responsible for putting a happy face on the fleecing of SCE's rate-payers through the coercive mandates of California PUC and the California legislature. This is just a complicated theft when you peel off the green wrapping paper.
    ==

    Right. And the fossil fuel ticks are completely innocent when energy prices quadruple in a year and their profits spike thru the roof.

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  42. "Right. And the fossil fuel ticks are completely innocent when energy prices quadruple in a year and their profits spike thru the roof."
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    No, but as I said, the govt played the Freddie role to enable Enron to MORE easily extract MORE dollars from the powerless public ratepayers.

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  43. ...$1.4 trillion a year, every year, is paid to subsidize oil imports. That's the real issue that needs addressing.

    I'm sure you and Kunstler are well prepared to weather the crash, with your green blankets, electric bicycles and all. We'll all be so much happier in the new world, come the revolution.

    Those of us who survive.

    A thought that might give you and Kunstler a pause: the survivors will tend to be people who drive old cars and trucks with rifles hangin' in the back winders and eat beef, not the amory lovins types with their solar brewed latte steaming in biodegradable paper cups as they nibble their tofu burgers garnished with humus.

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  45. Those of us who survive.
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    LT, you better pray that what I advocate comes to pass, and comes to pass quickly. Because if not, things will look very ugly for you, and for us all.

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  46. I do, Mat. Truly I do. It's just that I want to keep warm with a full belly while I wait.

    And keep the pick pockets at bay.

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  47. 72. Captain Ramen:


    When you say America is a post racial society, it depends which part of that society you are talking about. For your average educated professional, moderate liberal to conservative, the answer is yes.

    But that is most certainly not the case when it comes to the masses of ignorant 3rd world peasants that are flooding in here every day. You just don’t understand the attitude that new hispanic immigrants have for blacks. Listen closely to a conversation in Spanish. They use words like negrito, mallete and chinito like it was nothing.

    I’ve got mixed heritage, but because I sound educated people just make me honorary white. So they relax. My coworker (hispanic) straight up told me that black people are lazy. He’s a decent hard working guy, but he lives in a rough neighborhood, and probably doesn’t have a lot of positive experiences with blacks. Hell, if you and your whole village moved somewhere illegally, pushed out the natives, pushed their home values into the toilet, took their jobs away, for 20+ years, and their response was to do… nothing, would you have a high opinion of them? So I don’t blame him for harboring such attitudes.

    The funny thing about illegal alien gang members is that their #1 victims are other illegal aliens! That our Pachuco mayor or the other nitwits on the city council can trash Jamiel’s law because illegals won’t report crime is absurd on its face.

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  48. And keep the pick pockets at bay.
    ==

    That another issue. For that we need to implement Mat's political solution. :)

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  49. Beverly Eckert, a 9/11 Widow, Killed in Crash
    OTOH
    The good news is,
    Mat reports that
    the "Tarot Times"
    has discovered a
    Green Carbon Free De-icing System for commuter jets that is
    " right around the corner."

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  50. Valentine's Day Trick Goes Bad:

    "The founder and CEO of Bridges TV, a popular Muslim channel carried by many cable networks, has been arrested in Buffalo, New York, for beheading his wife."

    Via: LGF

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  51. Valentines Day Massacree!

    Limbaugh says Lobbyists got a copy before anyone in Congress.
    (none of whom will have read it before voting)

    Also says it was published in NON-SEARCHABLE PDF FORM!

    ...so much for that promise to have things on the Web days in advance.

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  52. A great story years ago out here concerned an anger management counselor that decked (may have killed) one of his seminar members.

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