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Alvin Greene? Black Run America in Action or a Fluke?

In 2008, Black people in South Carolina went to the polls and cast 96 percent of their ballots in favor of Mein Obama, joining the vast multitude of Black people across the nation who voted in similar fashion.

Now, news of a relative unknown – how this could be in politics is never answered – winning the Democratic nomination for senate in the state of South Carolina is sending shock waves throughout the nation:

Take someone unheard-of by the majority of the public—your dentist, your 7th-grade teacher, your creepy cat-lady neighbor—and multiply their level of anonymity by 10. Alvin Green, the surprise victor of yesterday’s South Carolina Democratic Senate primary, is still less famous. “I wasn’t surprised, but not really. I mean, just a little, but not much,” Greene told Mother Jones. He was the only one.

Greene earned 59 percent of the 191,336 Democratic votes cast yesterday. After his shocking win, the Huffington Post had to solicit its readers for any tidbits about Greene, pleading: “Do YOU know anything about Alvin Greene? Do you have any photos of him?” The unemployed 32-year-old Army veteran lives with his parents and barely campaigned at all: he had no yard sign and no Web site, and he paid the $10,400 filing fee and all other campaign expenses out of his own pocket. According to Mother Jones, he didn’t show up to the South Carolina Democratic Party convention in April or file any of the mandatory paperwork for candidates with the state or the Federal Election Commission. The kicker? Charleston’s reported today that Greene is actually facing a pending felony charge for showing lewd Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student and suggesting they go to her dorm room.

So how the heck did this man beat out 64-year-old former four-term state lawmaker Vic Rawl, who ran a $186,000 campaign? State Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler offered an uber-scientific reason, speculating that voters unfamiliar with either candidate may have voted for Greene because his name appeared first alphabetically. (Note: This theory may also account for how Bush won twice.)

Greene will face off, and inevitably be crushed by Republican incumbent Jim DeMint in November. If the primary was any indication, it is likely that many more Republicans will show up to the polls. Republicans doubled the Democratic turnout in yesterdays race, with 413,699 Republican votes versus the Democrats’ meager 191,336. Perhaps an even more important factor favoring DeMint: D comes before G in the alphabet.

Alvin Greene has become the new hero of Stuff Black People Don’t Like, a man not to be trifled with nor bothered by the machinations of politics and the normal channels of fundraising, campaigning nor even creating a simple website to announce his candidacy (here is the challengers website, a rube who spent $185,000 in his failed attempt at defeating a virtual unknown for the chance to represent the Democrats come November).

You have to feel bad for Vic Rawl, a mild-mannered Southern gentlemen who has played by the rules his entire life only have them ripped apart by his unknown challenger

Race obviously mattered in the 2008 Presidential election, but did it matter in South Carolina in 2010? Greene, the victor, is Black. Rawl, the loser, is white. A hilarious interview with Mother Jones can be found here where Greene stumbles through various questions about his ambitions.

The question is simply this: Did Black voters in South Carolina vote exclusively for Greene based on the fact that he is a Black person, as they did with such joy in 2008 for Obama?:

South Carolina is about 30 percent black, but in the Democratic primary held here in 2004, around 50 percent of the voters were black and a big turnout of blacks this time could provide a landslide win for Obama.

Writing at The Root, one individual has this to say:

Alvin Greene, a 32-year-old, unfunded, unemployed veteran who is black and lives with his mother in Manning, S.C., ran away with the Democratic nomination for the Senate in the Palmetto State last night. In the November general election, he will face first-term GOP incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint, who many expect to seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

If elected, Greene will become only the fourth black person elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction and the first from the South. But let’s pause here for an important question: What the hell is going on in South Carolina?

Greene, who is completely unknown to Democratic officials in South Carolina or anywhere, put his win in dramatic historical perspective: ”I want to thank all my supporters for making history in South Carolina,” he told the Greenville News. ”It’s been over 100 years since a black has won the nomination of a major party to the U.S. Senate from this state.”

No kidding. South Carolina, which is almost 29 percent black and ranks fourth among states with the largest percentage of black citizens, has elected only one African American to Congress in the last 100 years, and that is the current Democratic Majority Whip in the House, James Clyburn.

Democrats don’t win statewide races in South Carolina anymore, so there is almost no scenario that plausibly explains a Greene victory over DeMint in November. On the other hand, there is no plausible explanation of how he won the Democratic nomination in the first place. The possibilities are intriguing.

Is this guy some kind of political genius? Some kind of stealth savant who has retooled and remastered the art of grassroots campaigning so that he could win 59 percent of the vote without breaking a sweat, that he could demolish a better-known, better-funded, well-credentialed candidate, while escaping the notice of his opponent, his party and the media? Greene defeated Charleston lawyer Vic Rawl, a former prosecutor, circuit judge and state representative, who graciously conceded: ”The people have chosen,” said Rawl, 64. ”There’s no question that Mr. Greene is the candidate they selected and I wish him the best.”

This one, undoubtedly, will get more interesting. I’m betting on a case of mistaken identity; South Carolina Democrats thought they were voting for someone else when they voted for Alvin Greene. But just to be clear, this is a guess, pure speculation, with nothing factual to back it up. Still, it is as good an explanation as I’ve heard. The other speculation floating around in the political ether is that Greene is a Republican plant. The support for that theory is that it took $10,400 to file for the primary, and Greene initially tried to do it with a personal check.

The Columbia Free Times, an alternative weekly in the state capital, described the odd sequence leading up to Greene’s filing: ”The candidate … walked into the state Democratic Party headquarters in March with a personal check for $10,400. He said he wanted to become South Carolina’s U.S. senator. Needless to say, Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler was a bit surprised. Fowler had never met Greene before, she says, and the party isn’t in the habit of taking personal checks from candidates filing for office.”

According to the Times story by Cory Hutchins, Fowler informed Greene he needed to establish a campaign organization and open a campaign account. And she got personal, asking Green, ”if he thought it was the best way to invest more than $10,000 if he was unemployed.” Greene left, came back several hours later with a campaign check, which the party happily accepted. But that was the last anyone heard of Greene until last night, when he won in a walk.

The biographical sketch of Mr. Greene isn’t flattering, but then again where he elected to the Senate to represent the fine people of South Carolina, he would immediately join fellow Black lawmakers who also are defined as ethically challenged.

Here is a breakdown of how South Carolina Democratic voters voted in the 2008 Democratic primary. Granted, in 2008 the brand of Barack Obama was well-known, but are we to believe that in a state as racial divided as South Carolina that no-one knew the race of Alvin Greene and magically 59 percent of the citizens voted for him?

If that is the case, what does that say about 59 percent of the voters in South Carolina who cast their ballot for a man they knew nothing about?

Is this a case of Black Run America (BRA) flexing its collective power, or is it a case of mass stupidity by an electorate unfettered by conventional methods of campaigning who uniformly decided that the mysterious candidate was a more seductive choice than Mr. Rawl?

The State, a major newspapers in South Carolina, attempts to answer this very question:

day after an unemployed veteran shocked South Carolina’s Democratic establishment by winning the U.S. Senate primary, party officials were still scratching their heads: What happened?

Alvin Greene, 32, didn’t raise any money. He didn’t have a website. And his opponent was a relatively better-known former legislator, Vic Rawl, who had already planned fundraisers for the fall general election.

Greene was considered such a long shot that his opponent and media didn’t even bother to check his background. If they had, they would have discovered he faces a felony obscenity charge after an alleged encounter with a college student last fall.


After The Associated Press reported Greene’s charge Wednesday, the leader of the state Democratic party said she asked Greene to withdraw from the race.

“I did not do this lightly, as I believe strongly that the Democratic voters of this state have the right to select our nominee,” chairwoman Carol Fowler said. “But this new information about Mr. Greene … would certainly have affected the decisions of many of those voters.”

But Greene said he will not step aside.

“The Democratic Party has chosen their nominee, and we have to stand behind their choice,” Greene told the AP at his home in Manning. “The people have spoken. We need to be pro-South Carolina, not anti-Greene.”

Court records show Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student, then talking about going to her room at a university dorm.

Charged with disseminating, procuring or promoting obscenity, Greene could face up to five years in prison. He has yet to enter a plea or be indicted, and neither Greene’s attorney nor a woman listed as the victim immediately returned messages.

South Carolina state law prohibits convicted felons from serving in state office. Felons can serve in federal office, although the U.S. House or Senate could vote to expel any member deemed unfit to serve.

Rawl said he didn’t know about Greene’s arrest until reading media reports about it.

“It’s an absolute surprise,” said Rawl, who scrapped a late-week fundraiser after the loss. “I can’t really make any comments, because I don’t know what’s going on.”

His prior arrest aside, questions abounded in the day-after deconstruction of Greene’s win.

Had Rawl been a victim of the anti-incumbent sentiment that swept the state’s primaries? He only carried four counties, but one was Charleston, where he currently serves on county council.

Did Greene capitalize on some sort of a movement among either black voters or the unemployed? A subset of the Machinists’ union ran cable ads in South Carolina encouraging the state’s jobless to vote, but the group says it never promoted directly Greene or mentioned his name. The director of the state’s NAACP chapter says he knew nothing about Greene, who is black, before the win.

There was so little known about Greene’s race, background or employment history that it would be hard to believe any of those factors played a role.

It certainly was not his communication skills: Greene spent the better part of an hour Wednesday morning repeatedly putting a reporter on hold before hanging up after the mention of his arrest.

Greene’s win may come down the simple fact that his name was listed before Rawl’s on the alphabetized ballot, a possibility Fowler said she pondered Tuesday night. Now, Fowler is trying to rework general election schematics that had assumed Rawl would ultimately face off with DeMint.

Even if Rawl had been successful, one analyst expressed skepticism it would have made a difference against the juggernaut of DeMint, a tea party darling who has marshaled a $3.5 million war chest already in the pursuit of his second term.

“A lot of it speaks to the lack of depth of the bench for the Democratic Party in South Carolina right now,” said Scott Huffmon, a political scientist at Winthrop University. “Their best shot in November, really, is the Governor’s Mansion.”

We might never know why Greene won in such incredulous fashion, as he is being asked to withdraw from the race over his felony charge that includes pornographic photos displayed in a lewd manner. What a shame.

Remember that voting by those dispossessed is something not tolerated in America any longer, so imagine the outcry if Greene is forced to resign and Rawl then represents the Democrats to the displeasure of those who voted either exclusively for his race or in a monolithic fashion based on stupidity.

Also, it is going to be increasingly difficult to find Black candidates worthy of running who don’t have a prior record as we move into the future.

Regardless of why Greene was elected, Black people in South Carolina either cast their votes for him based on their racial similarities or because they found the racial dissimilarities between themselves and Rawl to difficult to overcome that even voting for the mysterious candidate was a worthier choice then the white dude.

Stuff Black People Don’t Like can only laugh, as this entire episode showcases both the horrendous power of BRA and simultaneously its obvious weakness.

Strange though, this who ordeal reminds us of the final scene from the film Last of the Mohicans

Alvin Greene will remain the poster child of SBDPL even if he is forced to remove his name from contention for the Senate seat he so richly deserves.

South Carolina is a state where Black people are unified in ways few can imagine, even demanding Black football players boycott the University of South Carolina for the lack of Black people on that university’s Board of Trustees.

Democracy is a harsh mistress and no better physical representative of this political ideology can be found than Alvin Greene.

Finally, Barack is Back… to Being Black

Finally, Barack is back… to being Black. With Mein Obama facing unprecedented levels of collapse among his supporters and an approval rating that even George W. Bush would smirk at, Zod-Obama had but one choice in an attempt to regain popularity among the masses as he went the Black route:

“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”

The brilliant Aaron McGruder calls this “a nigga moment” and Mein Obama has finally regained the panache that attracted so many during his 2008 campaign by “heeling up” and preparing the nation for his Barack-Rock persona.

Bill Maher, the tedious HBO host, lamented that Mein Obama was failing to act like a Black man and in a monologue on his show demanded that he let out his inner thug:

Apparently, that’s not good enough for comedian Bill Maher.

In an effort to tackle the latest crisis, the horrendous BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast, Maher thinks Obama needs to act more like a “real black president” and go in to the BP meetings flashing his gat.

Here’s Maher’s failed attempt at humor:

“I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt, where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — (in black man voice) ‘we’ve got a motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.”

Actually, what has finally happened is Mein Obama has come to the conclusion that Saturday Night Live (SNL) was correct when they cast Dwayne Johnson to play the angry version of himself, and he believed when he utilized the over-the-top WWE style verbiage that that transformation would actually take place:

Last night’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and he showed what happens when you finally cause President Obama to lose his famous cool: he undergoes a Hulk-like transformation and turns into “The Rock Obama.” Egged on By Rahm Emanuel to finally get mad, “The Rock Obama” shows Republican senators why you shouldn’t oppose him.

The show’s opening skit took on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and his difficulties inspiring confidence in his plan to salvage the financial system. Let’s just say he’s looking for ideas if you have any.

Dwayne Johnson (WWE’s The Rock) has a striking resemblance to Mein Obama, hence why he was cast as the Hulkish version of our lanky, lugubriously chain smoking president. Johnson’s movie career has faltered as of late with his box office returns mirroring the direction of Obama’s approval rating.

Of course Johnson could play Mein Obama in a biopic (hopefully directed by Tyler Perry), as he has already expressed interest in such a film:

Dwayne Johnson, like many celebrities, is a big fan of President Barack Obama. The two became close prior to Obama taking office, and realized they had a lot in common! The Rock even says that he gets mistaken for our President. We don’t know how that’s possible, seeing as though he’s twice his size in muscle!

But Dwayne just loves being compared to someone of Obama’s stature. He recently told, “All the comparisons have been such an honor – how cool! We make a hell of a pair. We had an opportunity to talk before the election. We talked about everything from our roots in Hawaii, our family and the importance of great leadership for our country, which is certainly one of the many things he provides.”

But it goes beyond the physical similarities for The Rock. He says he’d like to see Obama play him in a biopic! He says, “Barack Obama (should play me). I hear that (we sound alike) all the time. You know I’ve gotten to know him, and he’s a big time athlete, and loves athletics, so I’m sure he could bulk up.”

No, truth is much stranger than fiction. Finally Barack is back… to Black. For too long the president has attempted to placate the fading white electorate and played by rules long ago dismantled. After all, Pre-Obama America is dead.

The reign of President Obama is beginning to resemble that of President Camancho from Idiocracy, and not a moment too soon. Just like in pro wrestling when a character becomes stale and the crowd loses interest in them, the promoter needs to find a way to renew interest in that individual by keeping them fresh.

Thankfully, that is happening with the “heeling up” of Mein Obama, as for too long he has been portrayed as a veritable Tiger Woods that white people would find palatable.

Now, we are beginning to see “The Rock Obama” persona come out. Wanda Sykes warned Obama – in a joking manner – of what would happen if he failed to deliver the goods:

“It’s amazing, the first black president – I know you’re biracial – but the first black president!” she said. “That’s unless you screw up. Then it’s going to be, ‘What’s up with the half-white guy, huh?'”

Finally, Barack is Back… to being Black. Stop trying to act white Mr. President and just lead, no matter how much ass you have to kick.

Problem is The Rock Dwayne Johnson never utilized a teleprompter for his promos. Perhaps he can teach Mein Obama a thing or two, including how to kick ass.

So here’s to you, Mein Obama. We’re glad you took Maher’s advice on ditching the goofy white act and we only hope that it continues. Although hearing you say ass reminded us of another fictional character, perhaps the antithesis of The Rock: Steve Urkel.

A link to SNL video of Rock-Obama.

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Border Patrol bears increased criticism over death

Border Patrol bears increased criticism over death

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) — Amnesty International has joined the ranks of those criticizing the U.S. Border Patrol, calling for a “full, impartial and transparent investigation” into a shooting this week that left a 15-year-old Mexican boy dead.

“This shooting across the border appears to have been a grossly disproportionate response and flies in the face of international standards which compel police to use firearms only as a last resort, in response to an immediate, deadly threat that cannot be contained through lesser means,” said Susan Lee, Americas director at Amnesty International, in a statement Wednesday on the organization’s website.

The Mexican government also has requested a quick and public investigation into the fatal shooting at the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on Monday night. The teen was shot during a rock-throwing incident, Mexican and U.S. officials said.

On Wednesday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States will ensure a thorough investigation.

“We pledge that (the) investigation will be fully transparent,” he said.

“We understand the concern that they have about not just this incident, but multiple incidents where we’ve had tragic loss of life at the border,” Crowley added.

A long-term solution to avoid these kind of incidents would be the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, he said.

Border Patrol agents responded to a call of a possible immigrant smuggling taking place on the border, the FBI said. The agents were able to apprehend two suspects while others crossed back into Mexico and threw rocks at an agent, who then fired shots.

Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereca was killed by a shot to the head, officials said.

It was unclear whether Hernandez was on the U.S. or Mexican side of the border when he was shot, though his body was found on the Mexican side, the FBI said.

There were videocameras in the area that the FBI is reviewing, El Paso FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said.

Simmons said the FBI will decline further comment until the investigation is complete. The agency’s version of events is based not just on the Border Patrol’s statements but on interviews with civilians and other evidence, Simmons said.

“I don’t want it to seem like it was one-sided information,” she said.

The border patrol agent “was a coward. He shouldn’t have done that because my son was in Mexico, not the United States,” Hernandez’s mother, Maria Guadalupe Huereca, told CNN en Español on Wednesday.

The boy was not going to cross into the United States, she said.

Instead, he had gone to visit his brother, who works for the Mexican customs agency, to pick up some money so he could by school supplies, Huereca said. After picking up the money, the boy went near the international bridge, where he hid behind a pillar when the shots rang out, she said.

“If (the border patrol agent) has children, he will see my child’s face when he killed him,” Huereca said. “May God forgive him for what he did to my son.”

The shooting comes less than two weeks after the May 31 death of a Mexican illegal immigrant who had been detained three days earlier by border agents in California.

San Diego police, who are investigating the death of Anastasio Hernandez, said he was beaten with a baton and shot with a stun gun after he became combative. California medical officials ruled his death a homicide.

The investigation in that case continues.

CNN’s Arthur Brice contributed to this report.

50 Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

50 Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe

courtesy of End of The American Dream Blog

(Editor’s Note: Each of the 50 stats listed has links in it. I don’t have time to cut and paste the links. If you want to see all the links in the original article, Go HERE.)

Most Americans know that the U.S. economy is in bad shape, but what most Americans don’t know is how truly desperate the financial situation of the United States really is. The truth is that what we are experiencing is not simply a “downturn” or a “recession”. What we are witnessing is the beginning of the end for the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen. Our greed and our debt are literally eating our economy alive. Total government, corporate and personal debt has now reached 360 percent of GDP, which is far higher than it ever reached during the Great Depression era. We have nearly totally dismantled our once colossal manufacturing base, we have shipped millions upon millions of middle class jobs overseas, we have lived far beyond our means for decades and we have created the biggest debt bubble in the history of the world. A great day of financial reckoning is fast approaching, and the vast majority of Americans are totally oblivious.

But the truth is that you cannot defy the financial laws of the universe forever. What goes up must come down. The borrower is the servant of the lender. Cutting corners always catches up with you in the end.

Sometimes it takes cold, hard numbers for many of us to fully realize the situation that we are facing.

So, the following are 50 very revealing statistics about the U.S. economy that are almost too crazy to believe….

#50) In 2010 the U.S. government is projected to issue almost as much new debt as the rest of the governments of the world combined.

#49) It is being projected that the U.S. government will have a budget deficit of approximately 1.6 trillion dollars in 2010.

#48) If you went out and spent one dollar every single second, it would take you more than 31,000 years to spend a trillion dollars.

#47) In fact, if you spent one million dollars every single day since the birth of Christ, you still would not have spent one trillion dollars by now.

#46) Total U.S. government debt is now up to 90 percent of gross domestic product.

#45) Total credit market debt in the United States, including government, corporate and personal debt, has reached 360 percent of GDP.

#44) U.S. corporate income tax receipts were down 55% (to $138 billion) for the year ending September 30th, 2009.

#43) There are now 8 counties in the state of California that have unemployment rates of over 20 percent.

#42) In the area around Sacramento, California there is one closed business for every six that are still open.

#41) In February, there were 5.5 unemployed Americans for every job opening.

#40) According to a Pew Research Center study, approximately 37% of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have either been unemployed or underemployed at some point during the recession.

#39) More than 40% of those employed in the United States are now working in low-wage service jobs.

#38) According to one new survey, 24% of American workers say that they have postponed their planned retirement age in the past year.

#37) Over 1.4 million Americans filed for personal bankruptcy in 2009, which represented a 32 percent increase over 2008. Not only that, more Americans filed for bankruptcy in March 2010 than during any month since U.S. bankruptcy law was tightened in October 2005.

#36) Mortgage purchase applications in the United States are down nearly 40 percent from a month ago to their lowest level since April of 1997.

#35) RealtyTrac has announced that foreclosure filings in the U.S. established an all time record for the second consecutive year in 2009.

#34) According to RealtyTrac, foreclosure filings were reported on 367,056 properties in March 2010, an increase of nearly 19 percent from February, an increase of nearly 8 percent from March 2009 and the highest monthly total since RealtyTrac began issuing its report in January 2005.

#33) In Pinellas and Pasco counties, which include St. Petersburg, Florida and the suburbs to the north, there are 34,000 open foreclosure cases. Ten years ago, there were only about 4,000.

#32) In California’s Central Valley, 1 out of every 16 homes is in some phase of foreclosure.

#31) The Mortgage Bankers Association recently announced that more than 10 percent of all U.S. homeowners with a mortgage had missed at least one payment during the January to March time period. That was a record high and up from 9.1 percent a year ago.

#30) U.S. banks repossessed nearly 258,000 homes nationwide in the first quarter of 2010, a 35 percent jump from the first quarter of 2009.

#29) For the first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing net worth in the United States than all individual Americans put together.

#28) More than 24% of all homes with mortgages in the United States were underwater as of the end of 2009.

#27) U.S. commercial property values are down approximately 40 percent since 2007 and currently 18 percent of all office space in the United States is sitting vacant.

#26) Defaults on apartment building mortgages held by U.S. banks climbed to a record 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2010. That was almost twice the level of a year earlier.

#25) In 2009, U.S. banks posted their sharpest decline in private lending since 1942.

#24) New York state has delayed paying bills totalling $2.5 billion as a short-term way of staying solvent but officials are warning that its cash crunch could soon get even worse.

#23) To make up for a projected 2010 budget shortfall of $280 million, Detroit issued $250 million of 20-year municipal notes in March. The bond issuance followed on the heels of a warning from Detroit officials that if its financial state didn’t improve, it could be forced to declare bankruptcy.

#22) The National League of Cities says that municipal governments will probably come up between $56 billion and $83 billion short between now and 2012.

#21) Half a dozen cash-poor U.S. states have announced that they are delaying their tax refund checks.

#20) Two university professors recently calculated that the combined unfunded pension liability for all 50 U.S. states is 3.2 trillion dollars.

#19) According to, 32 U.S. states have already run out of funds to make unemployment benefit payments and so the federal government has been supplying these states with funds so that they can make their payments to the unemployed.

#18) This most recession has erased 8 million private sector jobs in the United States.

#17) Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of 2010.

#16) U.S. government-provided benefits (including Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs) rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.

#15) 39.68 million Americans are now on food stamps, which represents a new all-time record. But things look like they are going to get even worse. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting that enrollment in the food stamp program will exceed 43 million Americans in 2011.

#14) Phoenix, Arizona features an astounding annual car theft rate of 57,000 vehicles and has become the new “Car Theft Capital of the World”.

#13) U.S. law enforcement authorities claim that there are now over 1 million members of criminal gangs inside the country. These 1 million gang members are responsible for up to 80% of the crimes committed in the United States each year.

#12) The U.S. health care system was already facing a shortage of approximately 150,000 doctors in the next decade or so, but thanks to the health care “reform” bill passed by Congress, that number could swell by several hundred thousand more.

#11) According to an analysis by the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation the health care “reform” bill will generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes on the American people by 2019.

#10) The Dow Jones Industrial Average just experienced the worst May it has seen since 1940.

#9) In 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.

#8) Approximately 40% of all retail spending currently comes from the 20% of American households that have the highest incomes.

#7) According to economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, two-thirds of income increases in the U.S. between 2002 and 2007 went to the wealthiest 1% of all Americans.

#6) The bottom 40 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.

#5) If you only make the minimum payment each and every time, a $6,000 credit card bill can end up costing you over $30,000 (depending on the interest rate).

#4) According to a new report based on U.S. Census Bureau data, only 26 percent of American teens between the ages of 16 and 19 had jobs in late 2009 which represents a record low since statistics began to be kept back in 1948.

#3) According to a National Foundation for Credit Counseling survey, only 58% of those in “Generation Y” pay their monthly bills on time.

#2) During the first quarter of 2010, the total number of loans that are at least three months past due in the United States increased for the 16th consecutive quarter.

#1) According to the Tax Foundation’s Microsimulation Model, to erase the 2010 U.S. budget deficit, the U.S. Congress would have to multiply each tax rate by 2.4. Thus, the 10 percent rate would be 24 percent, the 15 percent rate would be 36 percent, and the 35 percent rate would have to be 85 percent.
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Do you see 50 reasons for secession here? Remember…every one of these statistics grips AMERICA in a death grip. Secession dissolves EVERY SINGLE ONE of these, and the seceding state is FREE!

Secession…WITHOUT TAXATION…is the Hope for Mankind.

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Uzi Dayan, former deputy Chief of General Staff in Israel, says the Jewish state should consider a possible Turkish military escort of Gaza aid ships an act of war. “If the Turkish prime minister joins such a flotilla,” Dayan told Israeli army radio, according to the Jerusalem Post, “we should make clear beforehand this would be an act of war, and we would not try to take over the ship he was on, but would sink it.”


USNORTHCOM Gears Up For Potential Attack On U.S. Soil

USNORTHCOM admits that they are preparing military operations within the United States. This is the first time in history this has been done. They will be working with DHS, state and local law enforcement on U.S. soil.


Attorney: Deepwater Horizon Managers Knew About Oil Rig Problem Before Explosion

Top Houston attorney Tony Buzbee says he has new evidence which indicates that Deepwater Horizon’s managers knew that the BP oil rig had major problems before its explosion on April 20, citing the eyewitness account of a crew member who rescued burning workers on the rig of a conversation between Deepwater Horizon installation manager Jimmy Harrell and someone in Houston. According to the witness, Harrell was screaming, “Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig’s on fire! I told you this was gonna happen.”

Immigrant youths riot in Sweden, burning down school

Immigrant youths riot in Sweden, burning down school

9 June 2010 16:31 UK

Swedish police, Rinkeby - 9 June 2010 Up to 100 youths rioted for a second night in Rinkeby, Stockholm

Rioters in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, have burned down a school building and thrown stones at police in a second night of disturbances.

The trouble began on Monday after a group of youths in a suburb with a mainly immigrant population were refused entry to a school dance.

Police say up to 100 youths went on the rampage, throwing stones and setting several cars alight.

Two people were detained but later released.

‘Little Mogadishu’Police said the rioters threw stones at the fire engines, preventing them from reaching the school building before it burned to the ground. The youths also attacked a police station.

Rinkeby is home to a large number of first- and second-generation immigrants. Many of them are from Somalia, so the area is sometimes nicknamed Little Mogadishu.

Government ministers have visited Rinkeby to assess the situation.

Surprise! South African World Cup already erupts in violence.

Surprise! South African World Cup already erupts in violence.

The World Cup has not even started and violence has already broke out at the warm-ups.

From UK Daily Mail…

Fears over how South Africa will deal with 350,000 visiting supporters to the World Cup were highlighted after a terrifying stampede at a pre-tournament friendly.

Ten people were taken to hospital – with one police officer suffering serious injuries – after 1,000 spectators rushed to get into the friendly match yesterday between Nigeria and North Korea at the Makhulong Stadium in Johannesburg.

Disturbing scenes showed children being taken away with blood pouring from their faces.

The images will unnerve the game’s governing body FIFA which has resisted claims that South Africa does not have the infrastructure and organisation to stage the tournament.

Fans had tried to break down the gates at the ground after police had closed them after the 4pm kick-off as earlier spectators tried to get into the ground.

The problem of dealing with a relatively small crowd came as England prepare to play at a similar ground tomorrw in a pre-tournament friendly in front of sell out crowd of 12,000.

World Cup insured for $9 Billion as fans, organizers brace for violence.

From StuffBlackPeopleDon’tLike

We have been discussing the World Cup in South Africa for the past few months here at SBPDL. In fact, we have already declared that event to be a monumental failure based upon the amount of money spent to ensure the safety of the visiting fans to that rainbow nation.

The mainstream media has done a woeful job of covering South Africa since 1994, when the last vestiges of white rule were removed with the democratic election of Nelson Mandela. Indeed, only angelic and glowing praise of Mandela is allowed – see Richard Stengel’s work for Time magazine and the books he has written on his beloved mentor for proof of this – to be published.

Now, the truth of South Africa’s precipitous decline under Black rule is becoming increasingly obvious and any mention of this in the mainstream media is not tolerated (see this article in The Guardian).

Our coverage of the real South African World Cup (available here, here and here) should be enough to wipe away any false notions of a post-racial utopia from your sleepy eyes. The decline of South Africa in a mere generation since the handover of power from the white founders of that nation to the immensely unprepared Black majority is profound.

The gleaming towers and cities that will be viewed on television were built by white South Africans long before Black people took power (much like in America’s major cities). The shanty towns that house the teeming masses of the ever-expanding Malthusian Black underclass in South Africa are the true legacy of Black architectural feats.

We have been trying to figure out why the World Cup was forced on South Africa, a nation that could have easily hosted such a mammoth undertaking during the bad-old days of Apartheid (were an International Sports Boycott not applied to that nation).

Freedom for the Flemish?

Freedom for the Flemish?

The frontrunner in the Belgium election is calling for breaking up the artificially created nation. Belgium has 6 million Dutch living in Flanders and 4.5 million French in Walloon. However the constitution gives the numerically inferior Walloons half of the parliament, which keeps a Socialist francophone government lording over the Flemish. The Flemish have embraced free enterprise and are much more prosperous than the socialist Walloon. However the Flemish pay high taxes to subsidize welfare in Walloon.

A few members of the CofCC national board of directors met the leaders of the far-right secessionist Vlaams Belange in Washington DC a few years ago. Vlaams Belange is polling 15% in Flanders ahead of the election this weekend.

From Antiwar News

Despite its status as the home of the European Union, Belgium itself has long struggled with divisions between its 6 million Dutch-speakers and 4.5 million Francophones but until recently talk of a breakup has been limited to extremists.

Now, Bart De Wever of the centrist New Flemish Alliance is pressing for exactly that. What once seemed a preposterous fantasy of the political fringes has, in the mouth of a man seen as a possible prime minister, suddenly takes on an air of plausibility.

“We are in each other’s face,” De Wever told 800 party faithful packed into a sweaty theater here ahead of Sunday’s elections. “And together we are going downhill fast. Flanders and Wallonia must be masters of their own fate.”

The consequences of a precedent-setting split would be felt as far away as Spain: wealthy Catalonia has engaged in a long-standing campaign for independence and Basque separatists still set off bombs in their quest for autonomy.

Italy’s Northern League, which is in coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party, has also advocated a split between the rich north and the impoverished south.

Then there’s the euro — what would happen to the European common currency if one of its founding members fell apart? Would prosperous Flanders be allowed to join but poorer Wallonia be kept out? Or would both inherit Belgium’s right to the currency — even though Belgium itself now no longer meets criteria on issues like the deficit?

De Wever’s curtains-for-Belgium campaign finds resonance far beyond the medieval gables and cathedrals of this centuries-old city of 600,000 in the Flemish heartland. Across the nation, both Dutch-speakers and Francophones have tired of the petty linguistic squabbles that have mired government after government in political stalemate.

Carving up Belgium has been a cherished dream for the far-right in Flanders, Belgium’s economically dominant north, and a nightmare scenario for poorer French-speaking Wallonia.

Flanders has half the unemployment of and a 25 percent higher per capita income than Wallonia, and Dutch-speakers have long complained that they are subsidizing the lives of their Francophone neighbors.

De Wever’s party is forecast to win 26 percent of the vote — way up from 3.2 percent in 2007. That means his party will likely emerge as the biggest in parliament with the right to try to cobble together a coalition government. He will unlikely get other mainstream parties to vote for a Belgian breakup.