Papamoka Straight Talk
Opinion and real life experience thoughts on a variety of every day topics that matter to you as an American.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Crucified Fox News From Saudi Arabia
Crime prevention that the extreme right would have no problem agreeing with. Hang the bastards high and we don't need no facts to nail a man to a cross! You betcha'!
Saudi Arabia Beheads and Nails Murderer's Body to Cross Published June 21, 2010
Saudi Arabia executed two murderers including a Yemeni whose body was nailed to a cross after he was convicted of killing a fellow countryman and his daughter, the interior ministry said on Monday. Shaaban al-Nasheri was beheaded for shooting dead Dhayeh al-Manbahi after barging into his family home in the southwestern town of Jazan, the ministry said in a statement cited by the official SPA agency. Nasheri was also found guilty of raping and killing Manbahi's daughter before shooting and wounding her sister. Following his execution, the murderer's body was nailed to a cross in Jazan. - Fox News (LOL)
What’s missing here are the facts from the actual trial that this man was sentenced to death for. Nothing on the defense argument of innocence what so ever. He did it, we kill you! Mind you, I know none of the facts either because Fox News should have presented more facts than they did in this article. But it makes for a damn good headline when it comes to capital punishment.
Way to go Fox News for sensationalistic journalism. This should spin up the extreme right into a happy mood where after church they all go and crucify someone for an alleged crime. Mob rule journalism is alive and well at Fox News.
Nice piece of work there at Fox News. NOT! And I am sure that the Saudi people and its Kingdom appreciate your less than factual article. Was this story meant to stir up the right? You betcha’.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Step back in time to the problem
This post is from my friend BJ Trotter, a retired newspaper editor in the Carolina's. It is an honor for me that she has allowed me to cross post her work from DemWit.
If you are old enough, you remember those red, white and blue posters with the pointed finger and the challenge, “Uncle Sam wants you.”
I have just finished reading the transcript of President Obama’s address to the nation last night. In the wake of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, this president is pointing his finger at YOU: he wants you to help him to help America break its “addiction to fossil fuels.”
Isn’t it time?
When all the blame goes around, it ultimately comes back to YOU – for you are a citizen of a nation which consumes 20 percent of the world’s oil supply while possessing less than 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves.
YOU are further to blame for not demanding accountability in the wake of years of Republican deregulation of this industry.
LET US step back in time to the problem.
On Thursday, 25 May 2006, I noted in my Daily Journal:
BREAKING NEWS: Awaiting a verdict in the 53-day trial of Enron’s founder and CEO Ken Lay (charged with six counts of securities fraud and conspiracy) and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling (charged with 28 counts of the same). The jury has deliberated six days. These men allegedly bilked employees and stockholders out of life savings when the company went belly up. They are accused of reporting the company was doing great when, in fact, it was failing. Stocks plummeted from $90 a share to zero. As an MSNBC reporter stated: “Enron has come to symbolize corporate greed.” This is the biggest case of corporate fraud to date – and there have been some big ones!
Noon. Ken Lay GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS! Jeff Skilling GUILTY on 19 of 28 counts! Also, Reuters is reporting a judge has found Ken Lay GUILTY in a separate case of bank fraud.
Bush’s good buddy Lay came out to the microphone to proclaim his innocence and invoke the name of the Lord. Not once has this hypocrite admitted any guilt in bilking so many out of their life’s savings.
NOW, step into DemWit’s time machine and travel back to the year 2003 when I first wrote “The Enron Connection” - an article I have subsequently updated.
I present the crux of that article here to show how closely aligned the Bush administration – which formulated our energy policies – was to those regulated by them.
From “The Enron Connection” by B.J. Trotter:
RALPH REED - Former head of the Christian Coalition and GOP strategist. Reed was hired by Enron for $10,000 a month in 1997 on the recommendation of Bush political adviser Karl Rove as a way to keep Reed loyal to Bush and close enough not to disrupt the campaign's "compassionate conservative" spin.
DON EVANS - First, Bush's chief campaign fund-raiser, then Secretary of Commerce. Evans accepted Enron Chairman Ken Lay's campaign contributions and fielded Lay's phone calls.
KEEP READING, it gets better.
ALBERTO GONZALES - Gonzales is a White House counsel who worked at Vinson and Elkins, a Houston law firm which represented Enron and signed off on Enron's questionable accounting schemes.
PATRICK H. WOOD III - Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Wood was Ken Lay's personal choice to replace Curtis Herbert, Jr., who was forced out of office by Bush after disagreeing with Lay on regulatory policies.
SPENCER ABRAHAM - After being appointed Secretary of Energy by Bush, Abraham called Ken Lay to talk about Enron's financial difficulties and their effect on energy markets. As a senator, Abraham received substantial Enron contributions.
ROBERT ZOELLICK - U.S. Trade Representative Zoellick, who served on Enron's advisory council, provided another key source of access for Enron officials.
MARC F. RACICOT - Former Montana governor Racicot was Enron's Washington lobbyist. He dropped his client after being named Republican National Chairman.
WENDY GRAMM - As Commodities Futures Trading Commission Chairman, Gramm, wife of then Senator Phil Gramm (R. - TEXAS), pushed through a measure exempting Enron from federal oversight. She serves on Enron's audit committee.
SENATOR PHIL GRAMM - Then Senator Gramm pushed through legislation shielding Enron from government scrutiny and later decided not to seek re-election in 2002.. Thus ended a dedicated Senate career for Gramm, who, in the mid-80s, co-authored the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act with the intent of balancing the nation's budget and cutting federal deficits.
THOMAS E. WHITE - White, a 10-year Enron executive involved in market manipulation and price gouging, sold off $12 million in Enron stock after Bush appointed him Secretary of the Army. Citizen advocacy groups pushed for his resignation, and he resigned in April 2003.
KARL ROVE - Rove, chief White House political adviser, was a major Enron stockholder when he met with Ken Lay to discuss Enron's problems with federal regulators.
JOHN ASHCROFT - U.S. Attorney General Ashcroft had to recuse himself from the Justice Department's Enron investigation after revealing the company donated $61,000 to his failed 2000 Senate campaign.
OTHER BUSH POLITICAL ASSOCIATES WHO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY ENRON - Former Commerce Secretary and Texas oilman Robert Mosbacher, Secretary of State James Baker, former White House economics guru Lawrence B. Lindsey, campaign adviser Ed Gillespie. Department of Commerce General Counsel Theodore W. Kassinger and Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert.
DICK CHENEY - As head of the Bush administration energy task force, which, if I recall, met behind closed doors, Vice President Cheney gave Ken Lay and other Enron executives major influence over the creation of the nation's energy policy.
KEN LAY - Enron Chairman Lay, a longtime personal friend of George W. Bush, made the company Bush's biggest campaign contributor and used his resulting influence to shape public energy policy in Enron's favor.
GEORGE W. BUSH - President Bush rewarded Enron's massive campaign contribution by refusing to intervene when the company's profiteering sparked California's energy crisis - a crisis for which California Governor Gray Davis paid the ultimate price, a recall from office by groups which succeeded in putting the responsibility of the state's energy and budget crisis on his shoulders.
I CONCLUDED the article:
The tangled web of Enron is far-reaching and under-reported. Television news is too busy covering the "flavor-of-the-day" stories - from Michael Jackson's dangling baby to the Laci Peterson murder case to the touting of Ann Coulter's new book, which hails Sen. Joe McCarthy as a great American hero - to report on REAL news. The days of great investigative journalism, when the "Fourth Estate" served a "checks and balances" function, are seemingly in the past.
And, Enron is just the tip of the iceberg. The web of corporate entanglement by the current administration clearly marks a CONFLICT OF INTEREST, a charge which in the past would have had every newspaper and TV news source in this country howling for investigation.
Halliburton, Harkin, Bechtel, Westar. All involved in a political quid pro quo resulting in massive government contracts. Halliburton, where Dick Cheney served as chairman and CEO, and its affiliates have been given the very lucrative job of rebuilding Iraq.
There is no need for an independent counsel here. No one need dig up the facts. These are the facts, reported by a few brave news outlets, citizen advocacy groups, corporate watchdogs and Internet news sites across this nation. The problem with newspapers is their reader base is localized and not as far-reaching as cable TV's CNN, MSNBC and Fox News or the major network anchor desks. These TV news outlets, all owned by major corporations, have remained eerily silent on this issue of conflict of interest.
The ultimate responsibility for righting this wrong lies in the power of the American citizen's sole possession, which cannot be bought or sold - the vote.
Questioning why nothing is being done about this issue is fair.
SOURCES OF NAMES: Common Cause and “Big Lies: The Right Wing Political Machine and How It Distorts the Truth” by Joe Conason.
TRAVELING BACK to the late 1960s:
I worked in public relations at St. Regis Paper Company’s Ferguson Mill in Monticello, Miss. – at the time the world’s largest paper mill. I know the standards in place at that time to protect the environment and ensure workplace safety. I even remember a home office memo explaining the term “ecology.” Somewhere along the way those standards have been eroded.
BACK TO THE FUTURE:
There is a lesson to be learned here. Will America seize this opportunity and accept the presidnt’s challenge?
Not if the Republican Party can help it.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beach Front BP Property
What would you say to a deal that I could get you a beach front piece of property on the Gulf Coast for $901.60? I’m talking about 150 feet to the beach, 100 feet by 100 feet lot of prime beach front property to put your beach house up on? I have a deal that nobody else can beat for property all along the United States Gulf of Mexico. To qualify all you have to do is spill millions of gallons of oil from a botched oil well and be the CEO of BP aka British Petroleum.
If you do the math, BP is setting up a relief fund of $20 Billion for the spill. There is 1680 miles of coastline inside the Gulf of Mexico that is part of the United States. Work the numbers down and it works out to $2254 for each square foot that touches the ocean. Work the numbers out to the size lot I described above and BINGO is the end result.
I’m disgusted and the worst part of the equation is that they haven’t stopped the spill yet. All of the Gulf Coast states are so screwed. All of the fishing industry can kiss its ass goodbye, if you haven’t seen the documentaries on the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska which was 18 years ago, it decimated the entire fishing community. The population of fish never recovered and the shores are still soaked with oil 18 years later. Same goes for tourist running for the beautiful beaches all along the Gulf. The west coast of Florida is so screwed. All those northerners can save a few bucks and just go down to the basement and sit by the oil tank with a sun lamp and get the same experience. This is an environmental disaster of epic proportions and our nation should be begging for ideas from anyone and everyone.