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Obama opens with a gas pump filling up an oversized SUV. This is the image he chooses to start the discussion. No hint that gas-guzzling behemoths (and those who buy them) are part of the problem, just that the "middle class" is struggling.
Obama's obsession with the "middle class" is pure Clintonian "triangulation."
In his pandering to the "middle class" voters he is nearly shameless. No mention of the poor. And he goes one further, he literally says that:
"Ten years ago, she bought a house outside the city so that she could send her children to good schools."
What about inside the city, Barack? The bad schools? Not even an acknowledgement. * Shameless pandering it is.I thought the above interesting, so I re-posted it. All of what is above was found [here]
(Crain’s) — IntercontinentalExchange Inc., CME Group Inc.’s biggest rival in the U.S. futures business, will acquire Clearing Corp. as part of its race to be the first to tap the $55-trillion market for credit default swaps.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
ICE and the investment banks and bond brokers that own Clearing Corp. will form a New York trust bank that will be regulated by the New York Federal Reserve, and the project “is undergoing final testing in preparation for launch,” the companies said in a statement Thursday.CME is also developing its own clearinghouse for the contracts, in conjunction with Citadel Investment Group LLC.
See related story: "CME, Citadel to create new exchange"
Atlanta-based ICE’s acquisition brings to end more than 80 years of history for Clearing Corp., which, under the name Board of Trade Clearing Corp., guaranteed transactions at the Chicago Board of Trade until 2004. That’s when the CBOT took its clearing business to the CME; it was a reaction to Board of Trade Clearing Corp.’s decision to also do business with a startup that was challenging CBOT’s franchise in Treasury futures. Board of Trade Clearing Corp. changed its name soon after.
A group of Wall Street banks and global bond brokers recapitalized Clearing Corp. in December and said it would start clearing credit default swaps, which are handled in unregulated over-the-counter markets and have been linked to the credit crisis that began last summer.
Efforts to set up the business moved slowly. After the collapse of global credit markets in September, the New York Fed pressured Clearing Corp. to step up its timeline or make way for other players. Earlier this week, Clearing Corp. forged the alliance with ICE, and Thursday it agreed to be taken over by ICE.
This isn’t the first time ICE and CME have clashed. In 2007, ICE bid to take over the Chicago Board of Trade, which had already agreed to be bought by CME. Ultimately, ICE’s involvement forced CME to pay 50% more than its original offer to seal the CBOT deal.
Published: Thursday October 30, 2008
In the final days of the US presidential election, campaign yard signs are being defaced, fliers advise Democrats to vote a day late, DVDs warning of Islam's clash with the West flood mailboxes, and allegations of fraud are flying.
In American politics, it's all part of the late-game frenzy, when what one side considers a dirty trick can be easily hailed by the other side as a pure exercise of the right to free speech.
For example, a phony flyer bearing the state of Virginia's logo has turned up, saying that "all Republican party supporters and independent voters supporting Republican candidates shall vote on November 4th as prescribed by law."
Those supporting Democrats in the battleground state "shall vote on November 5th," it said.
Similar fliers in Philadelphia warn that anyone with unpaid traffic tickets or outstanding arrest warrants could be jailed if they turn up at the polls on election day.
These types of "deceptive practices" commonly target minorities -- who this year overwhelmingly support Barack Obama -- and while most states prohibit making false statements regarding elections, the laws are difficult to enforce.
"It is an insidious form of vote suppression that often goes unaddressed by authorities, and the perpetrators are virtually never caught," said a report by the political watchdog group Common Cause.
Vandals in northern Virginia went on a brief escapade this month, pasting a letter "S" on yard signs so they read "Osama-Biden," in an attempt to link the Democrat and running mate Joe Biden to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Other tricks have verged on absurd, such as the 20-year-old white Ohio woman who claimed she was attacked by assailants who carved a "B" (for Barak) on her cheek in anger at the John McCain sticker on her car.
She later admitted fabricating the story. In addition, the "B" was carved in reverse, as if done with the help of a mirror.
Experts say that when an election approaches, just about anything goes, as Democrats tend to focus on get-out-the-vote efforts while Republicans aim to sway undecided voters and hope that low turnout will bode well for conservatives.
This election season, both sides have seized on allegations of fraud, after authorities launched an investigation into the nationwide community activist group ACORN for allegedly attempting to swell the voter rolls by registering people who don't exist.
Meanwhile, television, mail and Internet advertising by the campaigns, political action committees and advocacy groups have taken an increasingly negative turn on both sides.
Potential voters in key swing states have also been swamped with ideological mailings -- including one DVD from the Clarion Fund called "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," which has been mailed to 28 million people.
The Clarion Fund insists it simply aims to "raise awareness because people are being lulled into a false sense of security," said communications director Gregory Ross.
"By law we are not allowed to take sides on any election."
According to US law, labor unions and corporations are restricted on political donations to campaigns, in a bid to ward off corruption.
However, they can set up political action committees, funded by individuals, which have no fundraising limit and no obligation to state any facts.
"Campaign finance law doesn't concern itself with the veracity of the statements being made," said Paul Ryan, associate legal counsel at the Federal Election Commission.
"We have a First Amendment (to the Constitution) that protects the ability of individuals to speak freely in many, if not most, contexts with little or no restrictions on them."
So the attacks continue, some from left-wing groups like BraveNewPAC.org which has released ads questioning the health of 72-year-old McCain and warning that his administration would eliminate birth control for women.
Others, such as a "letter from the future" from the Christian group Focus on the Family, warn of an America in 2012 where "pornographic magazines are openly displayed."
And the latest, a new ad by the National Republican Trust PAC, hints that Obama would have granted a driver's license to September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta.
The independent watchdog group Factcheck.org called it "one of the sleaziest false TV ads of the campaign."
"It's not uncommon for the final weeks of the presidential campaign to bring out some of the most deceptive ads of the cycle," said Factcheck.org's Joe Miller.
"If this gem ... is any indication, we'd best brace for a blizzard of balderdash."
Ask her about it yourself tonight online.
Charlotte Dennett is running for Attorney General of the state of Vermont.
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ABOUT CHARLOTTE DENNETT:
Lots of political candidates make campaign promises. But not like Charlotte Dennett’s. Dennett, 61, the Progressive Party’s candidate for Attorney General of the northeastern state of Vermont. Charlotte Dennett has been practicing law in Vermont since 1997 and has been an investigative journalist for more than 30 years. "Vermonters deserve an Attorney General who will prosecute those who break the law," says Dennett.
"Vermonters pay a huge amount of money and a disproportionate share of soldiers' lives in this illegal war. If our elected representatives will not act to hold President Bush accountable, it is up to us to use this final remaining tool."
Charlotte is competing against current Attorney General William Sorrell, and two other candidates in the 2008 election in Vermont. Vermont is a liberal state and the only state Bush has not visited as president. A resolution calling for Congress to impeach Bush and Dick Cheney was approved in the state senate in 2007, following the passage of similar resolutions in over 40 cities and towns in Vermont.
There is little doubt that Dennett can win this election IF ENOUGH VERMONTERS FIND OUT ABOUT HER.
Vincent Bugliosi, the legendary criminal prosecutor and bestselling author of The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, appeared in Burlington with Charlotte on Thursday, September 17 at Burlington City Hall. The two attorneys announced their intention to commence legal proceedings against George W. Bush in the event that Dennett succeeds in her bid to become the next Attorney General of Vermont.
Dennett said she read "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder" earlier this year and was interested in pursuing Vincent Bugliosi’s notion that local prosecutors could bring criminal charges against the president. Listen to Bugliosi on the People Speak Radio here:
But Dennett said she is not a single-issue candidate, adding that she is also interested in issues surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon and its proposal to extend its operating license beyond 2012.
Charlotte is also a Harper Collins author, and the co-chair of the Book Division of the National Writers Union. Most recently, she published an essay, "The War on Terror and the Great Game for Oil: How the Media Missed the Con- text," in the paperback edition of "Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press," which has won the National Press Club Award for Press Criticism and received the "Best Book in Current Affairs" award by the Association of Independent Book Publishers.
Please visit Charlotte Dennett's website and watch the television ad that your contributions can help put on the air in Vermont:
You can also do more than give money. You can telephone Vermonters!
Vermont has 623,908 people and 446,642 registered voters as of October 24. Many of the rest are too young to vote. So, the odds are higher than 2 out of 3 that any adult you find this way is a registered voter. Don't worry about calling a Republican. In a poll a year ago more than 61% of likely voters in Vermont supported impeachment, and this includes Republicans. This means the odds are high that any Vermont adults you call are likely Charlotte supporters. In a recent survey in Brattleboro indicates 72% would favor Charlotte just for the prosecution of Bush. That's without even considering party affiliation or other issues. They just need to hear about her position on this one issue.
1. Go to zabasearch.com, 411.com, or whitepages.com and get phone numbers of people in Vermont. Call someone with your own name -- it's fun !
2. Say something like:
"Hello, Pat Harmon ? This is Pat Harmon. Hello !! Have you heard of Charlotte Dennett ? She's the brave Progressive Party candidate for Vermont attorney general who's going to prosecute Bush. " And you can mention her other stands and her web site (dennettforag.com), and you can do that in a message, too.
3. Use other names similar to your own and to your friends names. (This prevents people with names like Jim Smith from getting too many calls.) Call everyone you know in Vermont. You can also call people from a Vermont phonebook at the library, or call businesses.
Charlotte ---- Ms. Dennett is super, and you'd think she's super even if she weren't doing this incredible brave thing. Because besides this . . .
Ms. Dennett will protect consumers and vigorously investigate inflated prescription drug pricing, credit card rip-offs, predatory bank lending, gas price gouging, and other forms of consumer fraud.
Ms. Dennett will protect workers from discrimination, such as discrimination based on race, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability and HIV status, and from retaliation.
Ms. Dennett will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect both public and private sector employees against retaliation.
Ms. Dennett will protect the environment and oppose the relicensing of Vermont Yankee.
Ms. Dennett will reform sex-offender laws so that the police and prosecutors have better tools for catching sex offenders.
You can tell anyone that the instructions are posted at bushindictment.org
It would be nice to hear what you think of this and what changes you suggest. ===> email@example.com
Charlotte Dennett for Attorney General PO Box 281 Montpelier, Vermont 05601 dennettforag.com
Submitted by Rob Williams on Mon, 10/27/2008 - 8:04pm.
Here's Mark Crispin Miller at Champlain College last Friday talking about national election fraud.
This is certainly the most important and most under-reported national news story of the past decade.
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US President Bush Makes Massive Land Purchase In
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
Russian Intelligence Analysts are reporting today that the American President’s daughter, Jenna Bush, has secured on behalf of her father, the American President, and the Bush Family, the purchase of nearly 100,000 acres of land in the South American Nation of Paraguay, and which is also confirmed by the Latin American News Service, and as we can read as reported in their article titled "Bush Buys Land in Northern Paraguay", and which says:
"An Argentine official regarded the intention of the George W. Bush family to settle on the Acuifero Guarani (Paraguay) as surprising, besides being a bad signal for the governments of the region. Luis D Elia, undersecretary for the Social Habitat in the Argentine Federal Planning Ministry, issued a memo partially reproduced by digital INFOBAE.com, in which he spoke of the purchase by Bush of a 98,842-acre farm in northern Paraguay, between Brazil and Bolivia."
The American President’s daughter had used the cover of a United Nations group to ‘cover’ her mission to Paraguay to arrange this massive land purchase, and as we can see confirmed by the Associated Press News Service in their article titled "Jenna Bush joins UNICEF program in Paraguay", and which says:
"Jenna Bush came to this poor, landlocked South American country to take part in a UNICEF program for young professionals who volunteer in its activities here, the U.N. organization announced Monday. UNICEF released few details about the program involving the 24-year-old daughter of U.S. President George W. Bush, citing security concerns."
These reports suggest the these actions being taken by the Bush Family are in response to the expected War Crime Charges being filed by the International Committee for the Red Cross, and which we had reported on in our October 15, 2005 report titled ‘War Crimes’ Portfolio against United States President, Vice President and Defense Secretary Opened By International Committee of the Red Cross Charging ‘Crimes Against Humanity’, and wherein we had stated:
All Things Considered, October 21, 2008 · A former Chicago police commander who long has been accused of brutally abusing and torturing black criminal suspects now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
The FBI arrested former Chicago police Cmdr. Lt. Jon Burge at his home in Florida on Tuesday. He's charged with perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about the torture of suspects during a civil lawsuit in 2003.
For decades, criminal suspects on Chicago's South Side complained they'd been beaten with telephone books, burned with cigarettes, nearly suffocated with plastic typewriter covers — even subjected to electric shock — while being interrogated by detectives in the police district known as Area 2.
Who Is Jon Burge?
At the center of those allegations is Burge, who became a detective in Area 2 in 1972. Through much of the 1980s, he supervised detectives in the same area. The police department fired Burge in 1993.
A decade later, then-Illinois Gov. George Ryan found evidence of torture-coerced confessions that was compelling enough to pardon four men from death row.
In 2006, special state prosecutors concluded that more than 100 suspects, almost all of them black men, had been tortured and abused under Burge but that too much time had passed to file charges.
Burge, 60, has been living in Florida on a Chicago police pension. He had not faced criminal charges — until Tuesday.
"Jon Burge shamed his uniform and shamed his badge," Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said at a news conference Tuesday.
Fitzgerald said that according to the indictment, Burge "while working in Area 2 as a detective and later a sergeant and then a lieutenant, participated in and witnessed the abuse of people in police custody."
But just as the special prosecutors had found, Fitzgerald said the statute of limitations had run out on the alleged acts of brutality and torture.
So a grand jury handed up an indictment charging Burge with three counts of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Others May Be Prosecuted
Fitzgerald said his office started investigating Burge a couple of years ago after receiving the special prosecutors' report. He makes no apologies for not being able to bring charges of torture and abuse.
"If people commit multiple crimes and you can't prosecute them for one, there's nothing wrong with prosecuting him for another," he said. "If Al Capone went down for taxes, that was better than him going down for nothing."
For Flint Taylor, an attorney with the People's Law Office in Chicago, news of the charges against Burge was welcome and long overdue.
Taylor, who represents some of the alleged victims of police brutality, said he is pleased that 22 years after the first allegations of torture and cover-up, Burge has finally been charged.
"We are also aware that more investigation and more indictments must follow because it wasn't just Jon Burge," Taylor said. "There was a series of detectives and sergeants under his command who also tortured in a serial manner and who have also lied under oath as Burge has."
Fitzgerald said he has every reason to believe that other Chicago law enforcement officials participated in torture and abuse and lied about it — or knew about it and covered it up. He says they will still be prosecuted.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley was a state's attorney during much of the time Burge and those under his command allegedly tortured suspects. Taylor and others have suggested that Daley knew about it and did nothing. But on Tuesday, Daley denied ever knowing about the torture accusations.
"I was very proud of my role as prosecutor," Daley said. "I was not the mayor, I was not the police chief, I did not promote this man in the '80s, so let's put everything into perspective."
The City of Chicago has paid nearly $45 million in legal defense bills and to settle lawsuits brought by victims who said they were tortured by Burge and his underlings.
Burge's attorney declined to comment. Burge appeared in federal court in Tampa on Tuesday and is free after posting a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Chicago on Nov. 27.
The above is the Steven G. Erickson Mugshot (taken Oct. 2001), former Political Prisoner, People's Republik of Corruptikut Inmate # 305662