Thursday, July 17, 2008

RE: Oh,NOW they wanna hear from Ron Paul!!!

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From: 911 Civilian Commission
Date: Jul 17, 2008 12:48 PM

US Media finally agree with Ron Paul's view on the Fed and economy

Re~Constitution USA | The Storm is Coming!
Jersey Shorebird
Republican Liberty Caucus Of Texas

Ron Paul On Glen Beck (CNN)

Ron Paul on Fox Business News

Ron Paul on Kudlow and Company
Part 1

Part 2


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RE: Mancow and Bush impersonater yank Alex Jones chain hard!

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From: Pan Man
Date: Jul 17, 2008 12:52 PM

This is a response from one of my friends to the bulletin I posted earlier.

Does anyone know if Alex Jones fell for this and "took it and ran with it" as brother Mancow suggests?

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From: ThirdEyeWide
Date: Jul 17, 2008 10:39 AM

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From: Pan Man
Date: Jul 17, 2008 11:08 AM

I am ready to hear from Snopes, Popular Mechanics, BBC and all the other "famous debunkers" on this one! If you were the President, would you get a little buzzed and call up people on the phone who pissed you off?
The temptation would have to be ENORMOUS!!!! LOL!

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From: UFOs & Spirituality
Date: Jul 17, 2008 9:55 AM

HA HA HA "we can't work it out"

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Date: Jul 17, 2008 11:15 AM

If anyone believes this is George Bush..well..uhhh..I feel really sorry for

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From: Randy
Date: Jul 17, 2008 4:03 AM

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RE: Ron Paul (1988)

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From: Eddie Spaghetti (Ron Paul)
Date: Jul 17, 2008 1:44 PM

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From: E-Dubs ♥♪♫
Date: Jul 17, 2008 1:42 PM

Ron Paul - The American Power Structure (1988)

Rating: FIVE stars ***** (120 Ratings)

47 minutes

Revealing interview from the August, 1988 broadcast of Frank Morrow's "Alternative Views" found at archive. org.

It cements Dr. Paul's place as America's leading economic prophet crying in the wilderness and a voice we ignore at our own loss. At the time of the interview, Dr. Paul was the Libertarian candidate for president. From the original description: "Former four-term Congressman Ron Paul describes the American power structure. As a member of the House Banking and Currency Committee, Paul was in a unique position to see the inner workings of economic power and control of the country, and how this power translates into political power. Paul describes how, through the control of the Federal Reserve and the banking system, the American power elite is basically out of reach of the democratic system." There's a lot of information contained. Dr. Paul rightly states that many politicians in DC aren't informed about the nature of banking or economics, a condition that serves the interests of the central banking establishment. He also rightly states that the Federal Reserve, due to its secrecy and power, is nothing less than evil.

http://video. google. com/videoplay?docid=-4245169480003136735&ei=t39_SKDmA5DuqwKdsuCuBw

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From: Lori
Date: Jul 17, 2008 2:12 AM

From: gwap
Date: Jul 17, 2008 12:44 AM

UK Department of Defence Global Strategic Trends Programme 2007-2036


Alan does an in-depth talk on pertinent portions of the text.

Listen Here


Alan_Watt_Revolutions, flashmobs & brainchips..

RE: Great speech - a Canadian with testicular fortitude!

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From: My Hate Speech3
Date: Jul 17, 2008 2:26 AM

If You Try To Pull A False Flag Operation, We're Not Going to Believe You
Great speech - a Canadian with testicular fortitude!

For my Canadian readers that are experiencing the censorship of their government and aren't able to view this video directly - try this link - http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=qv4PtC-PicU

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RE: The War On Democracy (MUST SEE) !!!!!!

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From: Lori
Date: Jul 17, 2008 2:50 AM

From: Doreen
Date: Jul 17, 2008 1:37 AM

yup, i just finished watching it...this is a good one to help wake the sheeple up

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From: Mia
Date: Jul 16, 2008 10:32 PM

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From: Warrior, Dreamer, Shaman...~John B.~
Date: Jul 16, 2008 6:35 PM

The War On Democracy...
I'm hoping that every single one of my friends will watch this. It is long but worth the time invested. This is an excellent source of information and another example of how the "corporation" of the US government and its financial interests are resourcing the globe and driving a wedge between the poor to average working class, and the filthy rich...

There is so much that we don't realize that goes on behind closed doors... This is a peek into a few of those doors, it is sad, angering, informative, enlightening, and even inspiring... This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. The best I have seen in a long time...

I am forwarding the embedded video for easy view, but I suggest you follow the link to the source and view it in full screen mode. This was gripping for me from start to finish, in fact I find myself wishing it lasted another three hours...

I give this documentary 5 thumbs up...
(use your


~Please Note...~
Blessings to my friend rhylynd for passing this powerful movie to me...

The War On Democracy Full Length And Full Screen

The War On Democracy Full Length And Full Screen

Bulletin By...
Warrior, Dreamer, Shaman

~John B~

Bringing you the truth of my soul since 1962!




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From: My Hate Speech3
Date: Jul 17, 2008 2:29 AM




RE: Fannie, Freddie spent millions on lobbying

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From: Lori
Date: Jul 17, 2008 4:59 AM

Fannie, Freddie spent millions on lobbying

By TOM RAUM and JIM DRINKARD, Associated Press Writers 46 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - For years, mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tenaciously worked to nurture, and then protect, their financial empires by invoking the political sacred cow of homeownership and fielding an army of lobbyists, power brokers and political contributors.


New attention is being focused on the bruised mortgage companies as the Bush administration presses its rescue plan to Congress. Some lawmakers have challenged the plan's open-ended nature and expressed fears of a potential big taxpayer bailout in an election year.

Over the past decade, both Fannie and Freddie made the list of Washington's top 20 lobbying spenders. They spent a combined $170 million to cultivate allies during that period, a bit less than the American Medical Association and a bit more than General Electric. At the same time, their executives have consistently led the mortgage-banking sector in campaign giving to members of Congress, contributing a combined $16.2 million since 1997.

People who have lobbied on their behalf have played or are playing roles in the presidential campaigns of both Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.

Defenders, including President Bush and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, say the nation's two major mortgage companies — which own or guarantee roughly half of the nation's $12 trillion in outstanding mortgage debt — are more vital than ever to the smooth functioning of the nation's jittery financial markets.

The two companies were set up by federal law as "government-sponsored enterprises" that operate as private companies with profits and stockholders. Critics say they have used their clout and unusual status to create a sort of regulation-free zone around their businesses. When times are good, shareholders and executives of the companies are richly rewarded. When times are bad, as now, taxpayers could be left holding the bag.

"Congress created this problem by creating special rules at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and ignored the problem for years," said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a sharp critic of what he sees as a looming federal bailout.

Fannie Mae — the Federal National Mortgage Association — was established in the 1930s to encourage homeownership by buying mortgages from banks. That freed cash for the banks so they could make new loans.

Fannie and Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.), created later but with basically the same mission, hold some of the mortgages in their own portfolio and package the rest as bonds and other securities, which they sell.

Neither one makes loans on its own, and they were not directly involved in the subprime mortgage fiasco. But the housing downturn is so steep that they have been seeing increasing delinquencies on their conventional mortgages and have been exposed to investor flight from financial assets. Furthermore, because of their special status, they can keep smaller capital reserves on hand than other financial institutions. They need to raise cash to stay afloat.

Fannie and Freddie have long been distinguished by their outsized influence. They spend heavily on lobbying and hire liberally from Capitol Hill's revolving door and their executives give top dollar to political campaigns. They've also funneled contributions into select charities and think tanks.

"They have always understood that the political risk was huge for them, and they put millions of dollars into using contributions, jobs and consulting contracts to stay in the good graces of people in power," says Wright Andrews, a veteran banking lobbyist. "They had both parties — and particularly the Democrats — under incredible control.


To help keep themselves free from unwanted regulatory and congressional prying, the two mortgage giants have surrounded themselves with scores of well-connected allies. Fannie Mae's 51-member lobbying stable, according to its most recent disclosure, includes former Reps. Tom Downey, D-N.Y., and Ray McGrath, R-N.Y.; Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic political strategist and former congressional aide; and Donald Fierce, a longtime GOP operative. Freddie Mac's list of 91 lobbyists includes former Reps. Vin Weber, R-Minn., and Susan Molinari, R-N.Y.

At times, the push for influence has gone over the ethical line. In 2006 Freddie Mac paid a $3.8 million civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission to settle charges that it had used corporate resources to stage 85 fundraising dinners that raised $1.7 million for candidates for federal office. In internal documents, Freddie Mac described the events as an exercise in "political risk management." The fine still stands as the largest in the FEC's 33-year history.

This past April, former Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines and two top executives agreed to a $31.4 million settlement with the government over their roles in a 2004 accounting scandal.

Raines, the company's former chief financial officer, Timothy Howard, and former controller Leanne Spencer were accused in a civil lawsuit of manipulating earnings over a six-year period at Fannie. Raines was appointed by Clinton, after serving as White House budget director under Clinton.

Raines' predecessor, former Fannie Mae chief James Johnson, is a prominent Democrat who was an adviser to 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and was selected by Obama to help vet his vice presidential prospects. But controversy over favorable loan deals he obtained with Countrywide Financial Corp., a bank seriously damaged by the mortgage meltdown decline, prompted him to abruptly resign that post in June.

McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, also has ties to Fannie Mae. He was president of the Homeownership Alliance, a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-led advocacy group. And Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr., a one-time White House counsel to President Reagan, is providing behind-the-scenes advice to McCain in the Republican's search for a running mate. Senate records show Culvahouse was registered to lobby on behalf of Fannie Mae and Lockheed Martin in a couple of instances several years ago, although his allies say his involvement was not extensive.

Congress and presidents have often looked favorably on legislation to encourage more homeownership, from the hallowed income tax deduction for mortgage expenses to setting up the Federal Housing Administration and Fannie and Freddie to help make affordable mortgages more available. President Bush has made the "ownership society" a main theme of his presidency.

Officials and lobbyists for Fannie and Freddie played on this political soft spot in making their case before Congress, establishing a record of fiercely protecting their domain and resisting efforts to bring tougher regulation.

"They have extraordinary powers and exercise them in a muscular way," said former Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, who fought years ago to try to rein in the two companies' influence and growth. "That muscularity could prove to be counterproductive" if the lower cash-reserve requirements the two mortgage companies were able to obtain for themselves leads now to inadequate capital, said Leach. The former House Banking Committee chairman said the government should throw them a lifeline — but with a conditional line of credit requiring full repayment plus a premium, as it did in loans that helped rescue Chrysler and Mexico.

Paulson on Sunday announced a plan to create a line of credit for Fannie and Freddie with an unspecified limit for 18 months and to give the Treasury authority to buy stock in the two companies.

The two companies defend their past actions and their financial integrity and say the current housing crisis will pass.

"Clearly there's some tough slogging ahead. We've got some challenges in the home ownership market to work through," said Fannie's CEO, Daniel Mudd.

"But if you think about the overall structure of the market, we're right there at the center," Mudd said in an interview with CNBC. "If you want to securitize a loan, that's what we do.


Mike House, a lawyer-lobbyist who is executive director of FM Policy Focus, a financial watchdog coalition that monitors the two government-chartered mortgage companies, said the preferential treatment that Fannie and Freddie have enjoyed "came about because it was a strategy on their part, executed over a number of years.


But he added, "Nothing in Washington is unassailable, no matter what their mission is — so long as they're properly regulated." He favors compromise housing legislation now being crafted between House and Senate versions, with administration help. The bill would modernize the Federal Housing Administration and create a new regulator and tighter controls for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

"I think the original purpose (of Fannie and Freddie) is one that is needed in the marketplace," said House. "And I think that the legislation that is moving through Congress will provide strong regulatory oversight and will make sure everything is done in a balanced way.


http://news. yahoo. com/s/ap/20080717/ap_on_bi_ge/fannie___freddie

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RE: CNN reporter criticizes TSA, finds self on terror watch list

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From: My Hate Speech3
Date: Jul 17, 2008 5:03 AM

The post-9/11 airline watch list that is supposed to keep terrorists off of airplanes has swelled to more than 1 million names, including at least one investigative reporter who had been critical of the Transportation Security Agency, which maintains the watch list.

CNN's Drew Griffin reported on the bloating of the watch list, which an ACLU count pegged at 1,001,308 names Wednesday afternoon. Griffin's is one of those names, he says.

"Coincidentally, this all began in May, shortly after I began a series of investigative reports critical of the TSA. Eleven flights now since May 19. On different airlines, my name pops up forcing me to go to the counter, show my identification, sometimes the agent has to make a call before I get my ticket," Griffin reported. "What does the TSA say? Nothing, at least nothing on camera. Over the phone a public affairs worker told me again I'm not on the watch list, and don't even think that someone in the TSA or anyone else is trying to get even.


The TSA, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, said Griffin's name wasn't even on the watch list, and the agency blamed the airlines for the delays the reporter experienced. The airlines, on the other hand, said they were simply following a list provided by TSA.

While it wouldn't be much of a stretch for plenty of people to believe the TSA would exercise its revenge via watch-list meddling, an agency spokesman insists that just isn't the case.

"So if there's any thought or shadow of a thought that TSA somehow put you on a watch list because of your reporting," spokesman Christopher White said, "it is absolutely fabricated.


This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast July 16, 2008.

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RE: China Merchants Bank Receives New York State Banking License

Why not go ti Arnold, he is alot closer.

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From: Matt Jarfi for Horry County Council District 6
Date: Jul 17, 2008 9:20 AM

China Merchants Bank Receives New York State Banking License

Paves the Way for Opening First U.S.

Branch of a Chinese Bank in 17 Years

Last update: 3:18 p.m.

EDT July 14, 2008
http://www. marketwatch. com/news/story/china-merchants-bank-receives-new/story. aspx?guid=%7BE7998C8E-6AD4-4BE0-9049-914EB9496A32%7D

NEW YORK, Jul 14, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- China Merchants Bank ("CMB") was presented today with an official banking license by New York State Superintendent of Banking Richard H.

Neiman, becoming the first Chinese bank to receive a banking license in the United States since the adoption of the Foreign Bank Supervision Enhancement Act of 1991

CMB established a representative office in New York in 2002 and filed an application to establish a New York branch in 2007. The New York State Banking Department and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors approved the application in August and November 2007, respectively.

CMB has completed all relevant legal procedures and has been deemed by the Department to have satisfied all requirements necessary for the banking license

The presentation of the New York State banking license is a milestone in CMB's history. It marks the bank meeting a significant regulatory standard, as well as the enhancement of China's financial regulatory environment.

Preparation for the opening of CMB's New York branch, which is expected later this year, is now underway

"We recognize that international banks have options with respect to charter choice for their overseas locations and we are proud that China Merchants Bank has chosen New York State, making them the first Chinese bank branch licensed by the New York State Banking Department," said Richard H. Neiman, Superintendent of Banks for the State of New York. "New York has been, and continues to be, an international hub of finance.

China Merchants Bank, as well as many other foreign institutions, have recognized this and the benefits of working with New York in their business endeavors, confirming New York as a leading global financial center"

"The New York branch will facilitate trade and other business activities between the United States and China by providing trade service, trade finance, dollar clearing and other services to businesses from both countries," said Hui Fang, the General Manager of the New York branch. "Our New York branch will continue to adhere to high standards of prudent and compliant management and operations as we commence business transactions.

Our New York branch is an important part of CMB's overseas expansion strategy"

China Merchants Bank was founded in 1987 with its head office in Shenzhen, China. It is China's 6th largest bank by total assets with shares traded in both Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. As of December 31, 2007, CMB had total assets of $187 billion with 576 branches and offices across China with over 30,000 employees.

It generated $3 billion net income in 2007

CMB provides customers with various corporate and retail banking products and services, and conducts treasury activities for proprietary purpose and on behalf of our customers. CMB commands leading position in credit card, online banking and wealth management businesses in China.

In the recent years, CMB has received many domestic and international honors for its business performance, management capability and corporate culture

For more information: http://english. cmbchina. com
SOURCE: China Merchants Bank

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RE: Critical Mass - Square Root of 1%

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From: ThirdEyeWide
Date: Jul 17, 2008 9:49 AM

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David Lynch - The Critical Mass - Square Root of 1%

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