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  • Yes… The Whiskey Rebellion.

  • Sounds like a hostile takeover of one corporation by another after two failed ventures by the acquired interest, Scotland at mercantilism?

    Cash is King or a positive balance of trade! Bullion please!

    For a brief moment Scotland (well positioned) did well. Nice when inaction yields a benefit, while ending “self determination” of another. Very efficient and at less cost.

    Worse yet, English captains, normally very eager to take on Spanish ships on any pretext or none, were forbidden to lend the Scots a hand.

    Thanks PW! Good stuff!

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

    2014-09-20 06:33:08View | Delete

    With all the thousands of lawyers here in USA one needs to observe and inquire where are they and what the hell are they doing? What good is having all these lawyers if the Rule of Law and the Practice of Democracy is going to become and be a endless sham and mockery of law and democracy? How in hell does a legal hack like Eric Holder become USAG?

    Lawyers are all about winning/losing and money. It is their bottom line. It takes “a profile in courage,” to do the correct thing. One of 99%

  • This is how President Truman closed his op ed.

    But there are now some searching questions that need to be answered. I, therefore, would like to see the CIA be restored to its original assignment as the intelligence arm of the President, and that whatever else it can properly perform in that special field—and that its operational duties be terminated or properly used elsewhere.

    We have grown up as a nation, respected for our free institutions and for our ability to maintain a free and open society. There is something about the way the CIA has been functioning that is casting a shadow over our historic position and I feel that we need to correct it.

    “Especially because the presence of this type of secrecy is the first corrosive of democratic governance.”

    Says it all THD! Secrecy born out of desire for and to maintain political control is a death sentence for any liberal constitutional representative democracy. It precludes the very concept of “separations of powers,” from effectively working, while the press is controlled? Add to this the influx of money and the collective corrosive corruption just might be fatal. The Republic is under assault.

    Seems this story underscores how the intelligence services have been improperly used maybe, here there and everywhere?

    A little more Harry….

    Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue—and a subject for cold war enemy propaganda.

    “With all the nonsense put out by Communist propaganda about “Yankee imperialism,” “exploitive capitalism,” “war-mongering,” “monopolists,” in their name-calling assault on the West, the last thing we needed was for the CIA to be seized upon as something akin to a subverting influence in the affairs of other people.”

    What do we have here?

  • Fifty years ago, exactly one month after John Kennedy was killed, the

    Washington Post published an op-ed titled “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence.” The first sentence of that op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, read, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency.”

    It sounded like the intro to a bleat from some liberal professor or journalist. Not so. The writer was former President Harry S. Truman, who spearheaded the establishment of the CIA 66 years ago, right after World War II, to better coordinate U.S. intelligence gathering. But the spy agency had lurched off in what Truman thought were troubling directions.

    Sadly, those concerns that Truman expressed in that op-ed — that he had inadvertently helped create a Frankenstein monster — are as valid today as they were 50 years ago, if not more so.

    Eugene Robinson expressed the same sentiments:


    We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

    CIA is subverting influence in the affairs of people. The American people!

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post 1 In 4 Americans ‘Open To Secession’

    2014-09-19 20:35:02View | Delete

    I was watching the BBC as the first result came in… Just prior to the declaration of vote results one women in the crowd eloquently expressed her position to which the moderator commented the term, “silent no-s.” I knew “Yes” was doomed as the younger folk’s enthusiasm would be checked by pragmatic financial conservatism born out of survival instincts, especially if your livelihood is threatened by austerity to begin with? Why secede into uncertainty…

    I fell over the edge and landed on my head. Still got the “egg” on my skull where my head hit the concrete. Still hurts..

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post 1 In 4 Americans ‘Open To Secession’

    2014-09-19 16:28:51View | Delete

    “Glasgow was the largest constituency & they voted YES, but populace is said to be younger and not as affected by the threats of certain types of financial losses.”

    The “quiet no voter,” scared of losing retirement income. Rather pathetic. Reminds of an abused wife, more willing to take the beating than to be liberated and embrace the unknown and better things. The London elites will continue to beat these folks into submission.

    Looks like a similar thing here state side as we are beaten into submission?

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post The Roundup for September 19th, 2014

    2014-09-19 16:01:36View | Delete

    “The shutdown of a news television company in Greece is the tip of the iceberg in corruption, dirty politics and censoring those of the press who do not follow the country’s bottom line; Sounds like a corporation”

    Sounds like a fascism, plain and simple. Coming to America soon, if not here already…

  • Silence…….

  • Yup, pretty effen vile…….

  • Maybe… Get the Mass AG’s Public Charity Listing. It is eyeopening….

  • JamesJoyce commented on the blog post As We Go to War, Congress Goes Home

    2014-09-19 13:24:00View | Delete

    “Go F. yourself E.J.”

    X 2 to the tenth power…

    As for the House leadership, these folks are tantamount to pathetic cowards who ran out of Washington DC during the War Bonus Veteran debacle.

    The Bonus Army


    June 17 was described by a local newspaper as “the tensest day in the capital since the war.” The Senate was voting on the bill already passed by the House to immediately give the vets their bonus money. By dusk, 10,000 marchers crowded the Capitol grounds expectantly awaiting the outcome. Walter Waters, leader of the Bonus Expeditionary Force, appeared with bad news. The Senate had defeated the bill by a vote of 62 to 18. The crowd reacted with stunned silence. “Sing America and go back to your billets” he commanded, and they did. A silent “Death March” began in front of the Capitol and lasted until July 17, when Congress adjourned.

    A month later, on July 28, Attorney General Mitchell ordered the evacuation of the veterans from all government property, Entrusted with the job, the Washington police met with resistance, shots were fired and two marchers killed. Learning of the shooting at lunch, President Hoover ordered the army to clear out the veterans. Infantry

    Troops prepare to evacuate the Bonus Army

    July 28, 1932 and cavalry supported by six tanks were dispatched with Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur in command. Major Dwight D. Eisenhower served as his liaison with Washington police and Major George Patton led the cavalry.

    By 4:45 P.M. the troops were massed on Pennsylvania Ave. below the Capitol. Thousands of Civil Service employees spilled out of work and lined the streets to watch. The veterans, assuming the military display was in their honor, cheered. Suddenly Patton’s troopers turned and charged. “Shame, Shame” the spectators cried. Soldiers with fixed bayonets followed, hurling tear gas into the crowd.

    By nightfall the BEF had retreated across the Anacostia River where Hoover ordered MacArthur to stop. Ignoring the command, the general led his infantry to the main camp. By early morning the 10,000 inhabitants were routed and the camp in flames. Two babies died and nearby hospitals overwhelmed with casualties. Eisenhower later wrote, “the whole scene was pitiful. The veterans were ragged, ill-fed, and felt themselves badly abused. To suddenly see the whole encampment going up in flames just added to the pity.”

    Great history we have here.

  • Yes like the $11 million dollar severance package BCBS of Massachusetts, a tax exempt corporation paid to executive.


    Folks in Massachusetts are boiling over the disclosure on Tuesday that the former chief executive of Blue Cross Blue Shield walked away with an $11 million separation package after he abruptly quit last year.

    Cleve Killingsworth is smiling all the way to the bank with $11 million.
    The non-profit company booked a massive $149 million loss in 2009, prompting the executive to resign his post. The largest insurer in the state, serving 3 million customers, Blue Cross Blue Shield paid Cleve Killingsworth severance and bonuses totaling $8.2 million last year, and plans to pay an additional $1.8 million this year and $925,000 in 2012.



    William L. Jews is entitled to only half of his $18 million severance package from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Maryland’s top insurance regulator said yesterday in a ruling that accuses the former chief executive of abandoning the insurer’s nonprofit mission.

    In a 65-page order, state Insurance Commissioner Ralph S. Tyler wrote that CareFirst’s board had violated a 2003 state law requiring executive pay for the nonprofit to meet a “fair and reasonable” standard. The decision marks the first test of the law, which was passed by legislators furious with Jews for trying to convert CareFirst to a for-profit entity and sell it to a California company.

    It goes on and on and on! :)

  • Folks do not understand. Many of these tax exempt state based health insurance corporations on exchanges or not have been operating with subsidy for decades, by virtue of tax exempt status. Why is this distinction never made Jon???

    Now the federal government subsidizes the insurance premiums and pays to the tax exempt health insurance corporation a subsidy on the insured’s behalf?

    “The bizarre decision by Democrats to make keeping the official CBO price tag under $1 trillion their top priority, which led them to reduce subsidies and allow higher deductibles, will stop the law from ever living up to its name. It also created a system that seems to have shortchanged many middle class Americans, which is a bad idea if you want to build lasting popular support for a program.”

    Yes Jon,

    It reeks of unequal protection under the law for Americans, under the pretense of protecting Americans. Corporations win and the middle class loses. Premiums are already up, deductibles to be higher and when the next oil crisis hits, American will get “porked” again.

    See Jon, the use of a coercive punitive financial tax penalty to compel individuals to subscribe to corporate health insurance providers who have no tax status, is patently offensive, (LIKE THAT NFL?) in addition to the reality that “CORPORATIONS,” have been granted exemptions from the ACA, while in the state of Texas and American citizen does not have the same access to healthcare services as an American citizen in another STATE, in the same UNION!

    Imagine a “state based” federal civil right act or voting rights acting as the ACA does? You are correct. It would destroy the intent of the legislation as has the intent of the ACA, from way back when. It has been perverted! Started right with “Shillery” and the tax exempt “Heritage Institute,” a stink tank, aided by MAX B. (Remember when this Lithuanian Kielbasa was made??)


    “It also created a system that seems to have shortchanged many middle class Americans, which is a bad idea if you want to build lasting popular support for a program.”

    Yes it has shortchanged Americans, while corporations win. Omit that “hedging” word “seems” and you got a “Slam Dunk,” Jon!

    Maybe Congress could actually do something?

    Maybe some tax revenue as in Colorado, a small non regressive Wall Street “TransActionTax” along with a real Energy Plan and Jobs Bill might prove beneficial to the republic and the governed? Sadly Congress only unites over wars and oil and while the governed is distracted fearing everything but fear itself, we get stuck with a shank in the back.

    Textbook “bait and switch,” from where I sit!

  • Certainly does not pass the “sniff” test. My bet is discovery would reveal “criminality,” under the color of law?

    Like Ollie and company? Maybe all that good heroin knocking junkies of left and right is reducing healthcare costs and funding something like “arms,” to groups in Iran, being anti-Iran? I wonder who the players are in this Tax Exempt, not-for-profit.org social welfare organization?


    “…a U.S.-based nonprofit known as the American Coalition Against Nuclear Iran, Inc.”

    This group is tax exempt 501 C (?), granted by IRS Tax Exempt Division. Follow the money, then vomit….

  • “…nothing more than a suspicion of future dangerousness, and without the opportunity for an affected citizen to learn of, and respond to, the information relied upon for the government’s decision, either before or after the deprivation.”

    The Judge just described America’s post 911, “Nuremberg Effect.”

    From police assaults on legitimate expressions of political dissent, to the deprivation of rights based on no evidence, but rather mere suspicion and racial/religious/ethnic/political profiling, the “Nuremberg Effect,” is spot on term.

    Similarity the deprivation of rights in the present case as with the deprivation of rights under Nuremberg Laws in a one time republic turned fascist, cannot stand. Otherwise, we are a farce, the fool, the hypocrite and terrorists win.

    This Judge seems to “gets it” unlike rubber stamping bobbleheads?

  • This case involves the extraordinary exercise of executive branch authority to operate a program that results in the deprivation of basic liberties according to secret executive branch decision making, without pre-deprivation judicial review, based on criteria that require, at a minimum, nothing more than a suspicion of future dangerousness, and without the opportunity for an affected citizen to learn of, and respond to, the information relied upon for the government’s decision, either before or after the deprivation.

    Sounds exactly like what the Gestapo did in Nazi Germany!

    Remember those Nuremberg Laws?

  • Because everybody likes a horse race, to the bottom.

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