"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Republican Party embraces Big Brother

Big Brother Imperialist Government.
50,000 Americans died or were wounded fighting for our freedom.  Our Federalist
Founding Fathers gave us a Bill of Rights and a Constitution.  The so-called "leaders"
of America today could not give a damn about our hard won freedoms.

Republicans vote to abolish the 4th Amendment of the Bill of Rights

Just when I thing I cannot get more angry, the professional political liars in the Beltway lash out yet again.

Republican political trash, masquerading as patriotic Congressmen, voted to abolish the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights that requires the government to get a search warrant from an independent court in order to search through your private papers and information. 

Instead the GOP voted to FORCE private companies to collect that information for the government . . . . just in case it is needed . . . . it is for your own good.

Our Federalist Founding Fathers are once again rolling over in their graves.

Internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' activities for one year--in case police want to review them in the future--under legislation that a U.S. House of Representatives committee approved today.

The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements, a development first reported by CNET.

A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses, some committee members suggested. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored.

Nathan Hale, hanged by Redcoated Imperialists.
"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
Today the Republicans spit on the Bill of Rights and danced
on Nathan Hale's grave.

It represents "a data bank of every digital act by every American" that would "let us find out where every single American visited Web sites," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California, who led Democratic opposition to the bill.

To make it politically difficult to oppose, proponents of the data retention requirements dubbed the bill the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, (HR 1981) even though the mandatory logs would be accessible to police investigating any crime and perhaps attorneys litigating civil disputes in divorce, insurance fraud, and other cases as well.

"The bill is mislabeled," said Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the senior Democrat on the panel. "This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."


BIG BROTHER:   The UK town where EVERY car is tracked by the police

"It's very sinister and quite creepy."

A sleepy Home Counties market town has become the first in Britain to have every car passing through it tracked by police cameras.

Royston, in Hertfordshire, has had a set of police cameras installed on every road leading in and out of it, recording the numberplate of every vehicle that passes them.

The automatic number-plate recognition system will check the plates against a variety of databases, studying them for links to crimes, and insurance and tax records, and alerting police accordingly.

There were just seven incidents of vehicle crime in the town last month, and residents believe the unmarked cameras are an invasion of their privacy.

The system, due to be switched on in the next few days, also allows police to compile 'hotlists' of vehicles that they are interested in and which will be flagged up when the ANPR system.

 Details of the cars movements will stay on police records for two years, or five if the car is connected to a crime, the Guardian reported.

 The system, which is operated regionally, has sparked fears that the data could be abused and has led to claims that it is a big brother network that the public are completely oblivious of.

Guy Herbert, general secretary from NO2ID, which campaigns against databases storing the public's details, said: 'It's very sinister and quite creepy.

'They can approach anyone they like, but there's no legal basis for them doing so.

'There's no way to regulate how they use ANPR, they are the authority on it and they have their own rules.
'So there's no way to protect people's privacy.'

Mr Herbert also takes issue with the fact that the cameras are not advertised to the motorist, so many are unaware they have even been caught on the camera.     (UK Mail)

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Islamist Coup in Turkey

Chief of Staff General Işık Koşaner resigns.

The military brass, excluding the head of the gendarmarie, has resigned following a decision by
top general Koşaner (L). DAILY NEWS photo,

173 on-duty and 77 retired military officials are behind bars

The chief of General Staff and the commanders of the Land Forces, Air Forces and Naval Forces quit their posts days before the Supreme Military Council

About two-thirds of the seats in the Turkish Parliament are held by the ruling Islamic political party.  There has been a tightening the party's grip on the nation.  Newspaper reporters have been arrested and the party wants to re-write the constitution to create a strong Presidential system.  The attacks on the secular state have turned to the military which has acted to be the protector of the legacy of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the secular Republic of Turkey.

The future of a secular Turkey, and even a democratic Turkey, is in doubt.

Turkey’s military command echelon resigned late Friday from their posts amid an ongoing spat with the government over the growing number of arrested generals. The mass resignations, which marked a first in the country’s history, immediately caused a state crisis.

Hours after Turkey’s entire military echelon, including the Chief of the General Staff, resigned from their posts in a reaction to civilian rulers, the government appointed Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Necdet Özel late Friday as the land forces commander, in a move to end the crisis as swiftly as possible.

Özel is likely to become the country’s top soldier over the weekend as well reports Hurriyet Daily News.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Founder of a secular modern Turkey that
is now in danger from an Islamic revolution.

Özel was the only commander who did not accompany Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner in his resignation. After Koşaner and the land, air and navy commanders quit their posts Friday afternoon, Özel met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the Prime Ministry. After the meeting, the pair went to the Presidency to meet with President Abdullah Gül to discuss the developments and formulate a solution to the crisis.

According to Turkish law, chiefs of the General Staff are appointed from among force commanders by the president upon the request of the prime minister. To be eligible for appointment, Özel was first appointed as land forces commander late Friday. Özel’s appointment as chief of the General Staff, meanwhile, is likely to be announced in the Official Gazette over the weekend.

The government’s aim was to fill the emptied seats over the weekend so as to hold the Supreme Military Council, or YAŞ, meeting Monday. The council meets annually between Aug.1 and 4 to decide on the promotions of high-ranking officers to key posts.

After his appointment as chief of the General Staff, Özel will likely propose military figures to be appointed as the new forces commanders in time for Monday’s YAŞ meetings.

The tension between the government and the military has deepened with the continual arrests of senior military officers on charges of having links with alleged terror organizations that allegedly aimed to topple the government. The government insisted that these officers be forced to retire, causing fury among the top military brass. The most senior of the jailed group is four-star Gen. Bilgin Balanlı, head of Turkey’s military academies, who had been in line to become air force commander this year. He was detained in May.

In his farewell message to the military, Koşaner made it clear that his resignation was the result of this campaign. He read a very emotional text to dozens of senior officers at the military headquarters containing indirect accusations against civilian officials.

Underlining that 173 on-duty and 77 retired military officials were behind bars on charges he described as incompatible with the universal principles of law, Koşaner complained that government officials had not found a solution to the problem.

Mustafa Kemal commanding Libyan fighters against Italian occupation in 1911.

“Along with losing their freedom, 14 general-admirals and 58 colonels lost their right to be evaluated in the upcoming Supreme Military Council and were punished beforehand even though there have been no definitive judicial decisions against them,” he said.

Emphasizing that the smear campaign against the military was attempting to portray it as a criminal gang through one-sided media coverage, Koşaner said there was no room left for him to do his duty and protect his personnel’s rights against the smear campaign.

Koşaner also complained of government officials’ ignorance in listening to the military’s appeals.

A pre-election pro-secular rally in Turkey.
“I am here to defend my country,” said Yuksel Uysal, a teacher. “I am here to defend Ataturk’s revolution.”

Demonstrators wave Turkish flags during a 2007 pro-secular rally in Izmir, Turkey. An estimated 1.5 million Turks demonstrated on the seafront of Turkey's third-largest city, fearful that the Islamic-rooted government is conspiring to impose religious values on society. The rally followed similar demonstrations in Ankara and Istanbul.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Democrats are insane

"Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
Can't you see the fears that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction."

- - - Barry McGuire

By Gary;

I have come to the conclusion that the Democrats do not in any way, shape or form want a real budget deal that cuts spending and saves the nation.  They want our Constitutional Republic and the Capitalist system to implode so America can be re-built as a new and improved Marxist Worker's Paradise. 

Democrats are insane. 

Their insanity is no different from that of any Socialist in either Greece, North Korea, Spain, Cuba, Venezuela or the old Soviet Union.  All Socialists live in a pretend, namby-pamby world were money can be printed at will out of thin air, a world where you can rack up debt forever, where people do not have to work for a living, where people must be controlled in what they eat, read, smoke, the shows they watch and radio they listen to and where businessmen who create jobs and wealth are Evil.  

Add in a new form of liberal insanity:  Modern Luddite-ism.   Liberals today fight tooth and nail to stop any form of progress and non-government approved science.  NASA is virtually abolished and the light bulb is banned.  

See Exhibit A:   The Federalist: The People's Republic of California   a Socialist pretend world where everything from hamburgers to farming is to be opposed at all costs, where unionized government workers and their programs are worshiped, and where illegal aliens are eagerly imported to suck away tax money and to take jobs from American citizens.

Now we have national Democrats openly advocating ignoring the Constitution of the United States, the obstruction of justice or they talk in brain-dead first grade baby talk nonsense.    Our Federalist Founding Fathers would be so proud of the total dip-shits who have taken over the Republic they created.

Yes my friends, we are on the eve of destruction.

  • "What we're trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. We're trying to save life on this planet as we know it today."    - - - - Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

  • After bobbing-and-weaving for nine minutes, Carney finally says what everybody knows:  The President won’t put his plan on paper.

  • "He should sign an Executive Order invoking the 14th Amendment and send that to all the governmental agencies for us to continue to pay our bills. He could do that with a stroke of a pen."   - - - - Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC)

  • Obama's job czar is having General Electric Co.’s health care unit, the world’s biggest maker of medical imaging machines, move the headquarters of its 115-year-old X-ray business to Beijing.

  • The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be “walked” into Mexico, the chairman of a House committee investigating the program said in an interview Monday.

Hindus in Pakistan

Hindu women in Karachi City, Sindh State of Pakistan

Hindus in Pakistan  -  A story of Muslim violence and forced conversions

Because of a compliant lap-dog Media the violence against Pakistani Christians is almost unknown outside of the country.  But the attacks on the Pakistani Hindu minority is totally ignored by the outside world.

Hindus in Pakistan have suffered grievously since the founding of the nation in 1947.  In the southern province of Sindh, a Hindu man was accused of blasphemy and beaten to death by his co-workers. This comes at the heels of the abduction and dismemberment of a Hindu engineer.

The Pakistani military removed 70 Hindu families from lands where they had been living since the 19th century. To this day the temples that Pakistanis destroyed in 1992 in response to the destruction of the Babri mosque in India have not been restored.

There are two levels of prejudice in Pakistan with respect to Hindus - the cultural and the legal.

While it is difficult to say which one is more pernicious, cultural prejudice is certainly more difficult to uproot because it is perpetuated by religious supremacism, nationalism, stories, myth, lies, families, media, schooling and bigotry.

Cultural prejudice has become part and parcel of language itself. Hindus are referred to as "na pak." Na means "un" and pak means "pure." So, Hindus are turned into the impure, or unclean. Given that the word "pak" is part of the word "Pakistan" - which means Land of the Pure - somebody's impurity suggests that they are not really Pakistani.

To make matters even worse, Pakistani mullahs teach a very supremacist version of the Islamic creed, the kalima. Usually, the kalima reads simply: "There is no god but God and Muhammad is His final messenger." The version that children are taught, however, reads as follows: "The first kalima is Tayyab; Tayyab means Pak (Pure); There is no god but God and Muhammad is His final Messenger."

The infamous blasphemy law was passed under Islamist dictator Zia ul Haq in the 1980s.  Designed specifically to punish the Ahmadi minority, the blasphemy law now provides convenient protection to anyone who ever wants to kill, murder, maim, beat up, mug, abduct, or punish any religious minority. All you really have to do is carry out your brutality and then point at the victim and say that he was blasphemous.

Sikh officer in the Pakistani Army 

Hindus, who accounted for 15% of Pakistan's population at partition, now make up just 2% of its 170 million people as emigration and forced conversions take their toll the Los Angeles Times reports.

Intolerance has spread, Hindus living in rural areas have become particularly vulnerable to land appropriation, extortion and having their daughters kidnapped and then being told that they ran away with a Muslim and willingly converted, said Ramesh Kumar, director of the Karachi-based Pakistan Hindu Council. Complaints to the police or courts are routinely ignored, community leaders said.

"Because we're Hindus and a minority, they think we'll just take it," Mishra said. "And no one comes to our aid. We're increasingly vulnerable."

Somewhat ironically, Pakistani Hindus who move to India find they're also discriminated against given their association with Pakistan.

Maharaj Lukhmi Chand, 83, a Hindu priest, was recently kidnapped near Khuzdar in the western province of Baluchistan and held by unknown captors for more than two weeks before his negotiated release. He's frustrated that even though he's been a victim of apparent religious extremism in Pakistan, he's viewed with suspicion by Indian Hindus.

"We're treated as traitors in India," Chand said. "And our community here in Pakistan is over a million people. Not everyone has the resources to move."

More to the point, many Hindus consider Pakistan their home despite all the problems and the increased attacks every time relations with India deteriorate.

"My father and grandfather lived here," said Rajish Kumar, 25, resting in the shade of a tree at Karachi's Shri Swami Narayan Temple. "This temple, where we live surrounded by Muslims, is our enclave."

Many are not open-minded. "I don't remember a time when Hindus and Muslims lived in peace," said Nooruddin Bharucha, a Muslim shop owner in Karachi's Mithadar neighborhood. "It's OK to do business with them. But they're blasphemers, and that's unacceptable to us."

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

China buys oil fields in Texas

  State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC  will be drilling on the 14,000 acres
where Mike Whitwell runs cattle.

There is a giant garage sale taking place in America.  Everything must go: oil fields, airplane companies, coal mines, technology and good middle class jobs. 

Say good-bye.  They are gone forever.

READ THIS ARTICLE:   Educate yourself.  Your Elite Beltway Puppetmasters will not tell you what is really happening to America and to other nations of the world.  They will try to distract you from the rape of the United States with so-called "important issues".  Watch out for those darn Gays the right wing screams.  Republicans hate brown and black people screams the left wing.  And both sides try to get you angry about the debt ceiling when neither party is willing to do anything meaningful.

So while you are distracted by nonsense the assets of the United States are sold, middle class jobs are shipped to third world nations and the people are doomed to a future of poverty.

China deep in the heart of Texas

State-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation energy giant (CNOOC) is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, potentially testing the political waters for further expansion into U.S. energy reserves reports the San Antonio Express-News.

With the announcement Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets, CNOOC lays claim to a share of properties that eventually could produce up to half a million barrels a day of oil equivalent.

It also might pick up some American know-how about tapping the hard-to-get deposits trapped in dense shale rock formations, analysts said.

As part of the deal, the largest purchase of an interest in U.S. energy assets by a Chinese company, CNOOC has agreed to pay about $1.1 billion for a chunk of Chesapeake's assets in the Eagle Ford, a broad oil and gas formation that runs largely from southwest of San Antonio to the Mexican border.
CNOOC also will provide up to $1.1 billion more to cover drilling costs.

Communist China is buying land, businesses and natural resources all over the world.

The deal represents China's second try at making a big move into the U.S. oil and gas market, following a failed bid five years ago to buy California-based Unocal Corp.   (My SA article)

India buying U.S. coal mines, shale gas fields

Foreign companies are buying up U.S. coal mines.

The United States and other nations are becoming "Energy Colonies" for China and India.

In a statement the chairman of Coal India Ltd., a state-controlled entity and the world's largest coal producer, with a near-monopoly on Indian coal mining, confirmed that the firm was in talks with several U.S. coal companies to buy stakes in mines throughout the continental U.S.  According to the Associated Press, Coal India has budgeted $1.2 billion this year alone to buy American, Australian, and Indonesian coal mines. Facing voracious energy demands and a yawning gap between domestic supplies of coal and projected needs, the company is going on a global buying spree.

 Partha S. Bhattacharyya, Chairman, Coal India Ltd.

It is not alone. Reliance Industries, also of India, bought a $3.4 billion stake in three U.S. shale gas companies earlier this year. In March, India's Essar Group acquired Trinity Coal for $600 million; the company has active mines in Kentucky and West Virginia.

China's ENN Energy Trading, a subsidiary of one of China's largest natural gas companies, signed a preliminary purchase agreement in early November with Cheniere Energy for 20 years of processing capacity at Cheniere's Sabine Pass LNG terminal, located on the border of Louisiana and Texas.    (Associated Press article)

China buys U.S. general aviation companies

In the past year, China has been "snapping up" U.S. general aviation companies, including a recent deal to buy cash-strapped Cirrus Aircraft, an aviation consultant noted in a recent report.

While the purchase of Cirrus is a small transaction, it underscores China's plans to expand its aviation industry reports the Wichita Eagle.

"In buying up established companies, China gets the management know-how, brand, distribution, technology in days, not decades," said Brian Foley, with Brian Foley Associates.

A booth of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co Ltd
at an industrial show in Beijing.
 After Foley wrote a report on the issue two weeks ago, he received an "outpouring" of calls from the aviation community frustrated that Chinese companies are buying U.S.-based ones, he said.

The speed and passion of the feedback was a surprise, he said.

"It occurred to me that it may not be too late to try to get another offer in on Cirrus," Foley said.

The deal between a division of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft, or CAIGA, a Chinese state-owned company, and Cirrus isn't slated to close until July.

In April, CAIGA purchased Epic Air for $4.3 million. The small general aviation aircraft company, based in Bend, Ore., had filed for bankruptcy.

In December, a subsidiary of CAIGA said it would buy aviation engine maker Teledyne Continental Motors for $186 million in cash.

Last month, CAIGA announced it would buy Cirrus for an undisclosed sum. The company, based in Duluth, Minn., is now owned by Middle East investors.

It delivered 264 Cirrus SR20, SR22 and SR22T single-engine aircraft last year. The planes are made using carbon-fiber composites. It also has a small jet in development.

China is also trying to buy Dubai-based Emivest Aerospace, once Sino Swearingen, which built a small business jet called the SJ30.

The buying spree is a two-prong strategy on China's part, Foley said.

How is that hope and change
working out for you?  The
selling out of America is
bi-partisan.  No matter who
holds power nothing changes.
 China is also trying to buy Dubai-based Emivest Aerospace, once Sino Swearingen, which built a small business jet called the SJ30.

The buying spree is a two-prong strategy on China's part, Foley said.

First, developing civil aviation is a Chinese national priority.

China has begun relaxing airspace restrictions for low-altitude airspace, and plane makers consider China an emerging market for sales.

"They have an exploding need for aviation," said Rolland Vincent, an aviation consultant based in Plano, Texas. "It makes sense for them to service their own market."

Second, the deals also make economic sense.

China has an abundance of cash, and general aviation is at the bottom of the market cycle, Foley said.

So far, none of the acquisitions have been sizable, he noted. But the composite technology used in some general aviation aircraft is important, Vincent said.

The Bi-Partisan selling out of American jobs, technology and natural resources goes on and on.
No matter which party you vote for the trashing of the nation never stops.  Say hello to a New World
Order of the Government-Corporate Big Brother state.

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A victory against Big Brother

Big Brother government is watching you.  Don't worry.  It is for your own good.

Los Angeles abandons red-light camera program

There is good news and bad news.

GOOD NEWS:   Los Angeles abolished the government cameras at intersections.  A small victory for freedom.

BAD NEWS:   Los Angeles could care less about freedom.  They only abolished the cameras because it was hard to collect the fines.

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to stop the city's red-light traffic camera program, officials say.

The Wednesday vote called for the red-light camera program to be officially halted July 31, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 180,000 motorists have been ticketed since the beginning of the program in 2004. Unlike moving citations given by police officers on site, red-light camera tickets are mailed to the registered owners of vehicles cited.

The City Council's decision came after a similar vote by the city police commission to drop the 32-camera program because of the difficulty in collecting fines.

Los Angeles officials say that fines from red-light camera citations are essentially "voluntary" and that there are effectively no substantial consequences for non-payment.


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Comic-Con San Diego

Dedicated fans at Comic-Con San Diego 2011, the 42nd Annual convention

The fans are the stars at Comic-Con

By Gary;

It is a beautiful summer day, and I am sick of politics and current events.  So here are some photos of the Comic-Con convention held this last weekend in San Diego.

The myth of the superhero or God fighting against evil goes back thousands of years in many cultures.  Stories of Achilles, Hercules and Thor have never lost their appeal.  The modern superhero has taken the best from the past and made it ever so much better.

The superhero fans themselves are fun, but the convention is big business for the movie studios to promote their products.

Comic-Con features a large floorspace for exhibitors. These include media companies such as movie studios and TV networks, as well as comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. Like most comics conventions, Comic-Con includes an autograph area, as well as the Artists' Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches.

Comic-Con started in 1970 with 145 attending.  The 2010 convention hit 130,000 in attendance.

Preview Night Wed, July 20, 2011.  4-Day Preview Night Passes were sold out during the 2010 convention. 4-Day Passes without Preview and daily passes were sold out in record time on Feb 6, less than 8 hours after going on sale.

So here is a salute to all the "crazy" fans who help make the movies, comics, sci-fi and conventions fun.  The world would be a drab and horrible place with you.

You just gotta love those fans

The great Stan Lee of Marvel Comics at Comic-Con

Don't you just love women in breastplates?

- - - - Photos from L.A. Weekly

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

America is committing suicide - The Road to Serfdom, Part IV

The Bi-Partisan Screwing of America: 
  • American jobs are still being exported to become $8 a day Mexican jobs
  • Congress writes laws to legally import millions of foreign workers to take away what jobs are left from our own citizens.
The Road to Serfdom takes many shapes and forms.  In my last article The Federalist: China - Wealth Funds buying up land we see farmland around the world being bought up by governments. 

Bi-Partisan Corruption
Both Bill Clinton and George Bush worked
to pass NAFTA which allows ultra low
wage Mexican truck drivers to take away
American jobs.
Now the people of America must consider that our government is actively acting to create poverty and a modern Neo-Serfdom.
The politicians claim they want free trade.  But their version of Free Trade is a fraud to deceive the American people.

There cannot be "free trade" with nations that subsidize their businesses or manipulate their currency to undermine our industries and destroy jobs.  Nor is the trade free when foreign workers make 50 cents an hour in slave-style work conditions.  There must be Fair Trade where everyone is on an equal basis.

It is bad enough that politicians work to export American jobs.  But the politicians write the laws allowing millions of foreign workers to enter the United States and take away jobs that could go to American workers.

The American truck driver is the perfect example. 

The truck drive can be an hourly employee or and owner operator.  In either case, he was give the bi-partisan shaft by NAFTA.  Both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton worked to pass a treaty giving ultra low wage Mexican truck drivers the right to operate inside the United States and destroy American jobs.

Tennessee Companies Import Foreign Workers

THE KEY QUESTION:   At a time of giant job losses, does it make any sense to issue around 138,000 new work permits and green cards to foreign workers each month?

Here is a part of a Tennessee Channel 5 report.

A NewsChannel 5 investigation found companies across the state are importing foreign workers at a time when the unemployment rate is near 10 percent.

We spent months reviewing applications Tennessee businesses sent to the federal government as part of a federal visa program called H-2B.

The use of H-2B guest workers has soared nationally, from around 15,000 visas issued in 1997, to an all time high of more than 129,000 issued in 2007. The program was designed to provide temporary workers for small businesses with jobs Americans do not want.

When businesses apply for the right to bring foreign workers into the country, they must prove that no Americans are qualified or interested in the jobs.

Our investigation revealed companies are bending the rules and even lying on federal applications.

Here in Tennessee, business owners told the federal government they could not find people willing to do horse grooming jobs that paid $15.00 an hour, golf course landscaping that paid more than $10.00 an hour and operating carnival rides at more than $7.00 an hour.

"You can't tell me that an employer can't find somebody in this country to do the work anywhere," said union leader Jerry Lee, president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO.

With unemployment near 10 percent in the state, Lee said it's ridiculous to think Tennesseans would walk away from so many jobs.

He thinks many employers now prefer foreign workers because their legal status in this country is tied to their job, making them willing to endure poor conditions.

"They're not going to rock the boat because they know if they get fired or they make the boss mad, they're gone," Lee said.

Under federal law, companies must make every effort to hire American workers before asking permission to bring in foreign workers.

But we found cases where employees were willing to work, but were told they weren't needed after companies received large numbers of foreign workers.   (Channel 5 Report)

American jobs are still going to Mexico

When the latest bloody headlines from the drug war in Mexico reach headquarters in New York, Ken Chandler, the manager of an American electronics manufacturing plant here, jumps on the phone.

He is not begging to come home. He is begging to stay.

“We try to put them at ease, to say it is not time to pack up,” said Mr. Chandler, who oversees the company’s operations in this border city, where the military arrived last week to help purge drug cartel members from the police department reports the New York Times.

Mexican truck driver Juan Martin waits to enter the U.S.
American hack liar politicans have written laws to import
low wage Mexican truck drivers to take away jobs from
American truck drivers who are citizens.

Not that his employer, Spellman High Voltage, needs much assurance. Like a crop of other manufacturers at the border, including six companies in this city alone, Spellman is expanding its operations, with a new plant under construction after making a calculation that offers one of the starker paradoxes of these violent days in Mexico.

Despite the bleak outlook the drug war summons, the Mexican economy is humming along, not without warning signs, but growing considerably faster than that of the United States.

Even as drug organizations battle for turf around them, more TV sets are being assembled, car parts boxed up and electronic widgets soldered together in the large manufacturing plants here known as maquiladoras.

The result is a boomlet in jobs in some of Mexico’s hardest-hit cities, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak stream of shootouts, departing small businesses and fear of random death.

Mostly American-owned and in border states, the plants import raw materials duty free and export assembled products, lowering the cost of goods in the United States and providing jobs that pay more than the Mexican average is typically $8 to $16 per day on the assembly line, but a lot less than American wages.

 Evansville, Indiana is no exception. A Whirlpool plant
moved production to Mexico, shedding 1,100 American
jobs in the process.  The plant had been an iconic centerpiece
for the town of Evansville since 1956, and has been built
around the tradition of middle class families.

Some of the new or expanding plants come at the expense of plant closings in the United States. Electrolux, which makes washers, dryers and other home products, closed a plant in 2009 in Iowa but opened one in Juárez last month that is expected to employ 400 people.

Others are from investors farther afield. Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm that makes iPhones, Dell computers and other electronics, is one of several Asian companies taking root. It opened a plant in Juárez last summer. Down the coast from here, Posco, a Korean steel manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its operations with a second plant that will employ 300 people by 2013. Several other companies plan to built or expand in other states as well.

Still, border towns are showing some of their biggest signs of economic life in months. Over all, the Mexican economy, the second largest in Latin America after Brazil, grew 5.5 percent last year, its fastest pace in a decade, and is expected to grow 4.5 percent this year, driven largely by manufacturing as well as internal growth from an expanding middle class. The American economy, by contrast, is expected to grow between 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent in 2011, the Federal Reserve projected late last month.

The violence has largely spared the plants, though workers have been caught up in it. Last fall, gunmen apparently looking for a rival fired on a bus carrying maquiladora workers near Ciudad Juárez, killing four people. Higher-paid supervisors and managers, American and Mexican, tend to commute from the American side of the border.

The Death of America
Hack liar American politicians are not only helping export jobs out of the country, but they
are importing foreign workers to take what jobs are left away from American citizens.

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35% unemployment in Socialist Spain

Crisis: Protesters gather in Madrid from their hometowns to condemn Spain's Socialist 
leaders for the economic troubles in the country

SHOCKING NEWS:  Socialism does not create jobs and personal wealth.  Capitalism does.

Two years of recession have left Spain with 21 per cent jobless- the highest in the 17-nation eurozone - and saddled with debts.

Unemployment for those aged 16 to 29 stands at about 35 per cent.

Thousands of angry demonstrators from across Spain finally arrived in Madrid at the weekend to protest over the country's debts and unemployment queues reports the UK Mail.

They had marched for a month from their hometowns before converging on the landmark Puerta del Sol Square to show their anger at the country's economic woes.

Five columns converged on the 'urban village' next to the town hall where some protestors had camped out for three weeks in May under blue plastic tarpaulins.

The marchers set off from Barcelona and Bilbao in the north, Malaga in the south, Valencia in the east and Cadiz in the south west on June 25.

Several dozen demonstrators stopped outside Prime Minister Jose Zapatero's official residence just north of Madrid to wave banners and chant slogans.

Another group halted traffic on a highway entering Madrid from the north.

During the marches to the capital, physiotherapists traveling in support vehicles helped the protesters keep their leg muscles in shape, while sympathetic paramedics treated blistered feet.

The protesters joined the 'urban village' of tents, mattresses, a kitchen, a workshop and even a pharmacy which had been set up for thousands of young people.

Marchers said the protest aims to emphasize young people's 'indignation' at high unemployment and a political leadership they see as uncaring, corrupt and inept.

Thousands of demonstrators gather at Puerta del Sol, Madrid's main square Saturday July 23, 2011.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

China is screwing Brazil - watch out America!

Daniela Liu teaches Chinese to Brazilians in Sao Paulo

A message for America
Chinese imports are wiping out Brazilian companies and jobs
  • Chinese currency manipulation
  • Illegal dumping of Chinese products through third countries
  • Then a Chinese takeover of the markets where Brazilian companies were forced out

I have an old special event t-shirt in my closet from about 1992.  It was made in America.  A shirt made in America, by American workers, by an American company, that paid taxes to the American government.

Honestly, I believe American politicians are not just crooks but they are stone cold stupid.

The policies passed into law by idiot politcal hacks have allowed entire American industries to be closed down and shipped to other nations.

Now the same thing is happening in Brazil.  Brazilian politicians looking for fast money and easy fixes (and perhaps getting under the table payoffs) are allowing industries in Brazil to be closed down by China.

The Los Angeles Times reports that at the height of Brazil's biggest economic boom in a generation, the Schmidt Bros. shoe factory in the southwestern city of Campo Grande was shutting its doors this spring and sending thousands of employees packing.

"Hopefully, most of the workers are finding new jobs in the shoe industry," said Heitor Klein, director of the Brazilian Footwear Industries Assn., "because they had become highly skilled workers after spending their lives there."

Klein puts much of the blame on cheap imports from China, which he accuses of dumping goods at under-market prices by simply routing them through other countries such as Vietnam and Indonesia, in what he called a violation of international trade laws.

Team spirit made in China - soccer shoes carrying the Brazilian national flag.
Through currency manipulation and product dumping, China is putting companies
in Brazil out of business and then taking over the market for themselves.

An undervalued Chinese currency also has some here calling foul, with the finance minister last week accusing Beijing of currency manipulation.

Brazil's Congress has passed legislation requiring approval of large foreign purchases of land, fearing Chinese land grabs in the valuable farm belt. And an over-reliance on exports of basic items such as iron ore and soy has led to fear of "de-industrialization."

Since 2000, Brazilian exports to China have increased more than fortyfold.

"The risk of a blowback has always been sort of hanging over Brazilian industry since 2004, when [Chinese officials] visited Brazil and pressured the government to sign on the dotted line of documents certifying China as a market economy," said David Fleischer, a political scientist at the University of Brasilia.

 Fleischer says the relationship has nevertheless turned out to be positive on balance for Brazil, because of the flood of cash into nonindustrial sectors.

"The worst affected are certainly textiles and shoe producers," Fleischer said. "There are cases of Chinese imports wiping out Brazilian firms, then the Chinese came to Brazil and recruited the unemployed shoemakers and brought them to China. They wanted to learn what Brazil had learned in the '70s, how to make a shoe fit the American foot."

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