America is at the point of no return?

America is at the point of no return?

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That’s what David Stockman, Reagan’s budget director says. And he’s far from the only one saying it. Back when Reagan the “conservative” started running up huge deficits (which Stockman is famous for opposing), we got $1 of increase to the GDP for every $1.50 in borrowing. Now it takes $7 of borrowing to achieve a $1 increase in the GDP. Obviously, it’s insane to spend money that way, and it can’t go on much longer. And a lot of the cuts are going to have be from the military budget. Bush bankrupted the country fighting two completely unnecessary, unprovoked and unwinnable wars, and Obama is continuing his legacy. That has to stop, and it has to stop now. We have two choices. We can either make massive cuts to the military, Social Security, Medicare, and welfare, or we can have massive tax increases. Those are the only two options that allow America to avoid national bankruptcy.

The Obama administration’s $78 billion cut to US defense spending is a mere “pin-prick” to a behemoth military-industrial complex that must drastically shrink for the good of the republic, a former Reagan administration budget director recently told Raw Story.

“It amounts to a failed opportunity to recognize that we are now at a historical inflection point at which the time has arrived for a classic post-war demobilization of the entire military establishment,” David Stockman said in an exclusive interview.

“The Cold War is long over,” he continued. “The wars of occupation are almost over and were complete failures — Afghanistan and Iraq. The American empire is done. There are no real seriously armed enemies left in the world that can possibly justify an $800 billion national defense and security establishment, including Homeland Security.”

Short of that, he suggested, the United States has “reached the point of no return” with its artificial creation of wealth, and will eventually face a sharp economic decline.

Stockman last fall criticized the extension of the Bush tax cuts while the federal government continued to borrow money abroad to pay for its public welfare and warfare programs. His solution to deficit spending — a huge across-the-board tax increase — is contrary to the current anti-tax ideology shared among tea party activists as well as fiscal conservatives in the Republican Party.

 

 

Jack Straw: White girls seen as easy meat by Pakistanis


In England, Pakistani men love to rape young white girls (and sometimes then force them into prostitution). Of course, everyone is supposed to pretend that this isn’t happening, or that the racial angle is merely a coincidence. But a former high government official, Jack Straw, told the truth about it the other day, and now he’s catching all kinds of flak:

White girls seen as ‘easy meat’ by Pakistani rapists, says Jack Straw

Row erupts after former home secretary says grooming for sexual abuse is a problem among some Pakistani men

The former home secretary Jack Straw has been accused of stereotyping Pakistani men in Britain after he accused some of them as regarding white girls as “easy meat” for sexual abuse.

The Blackburn MP spoke out after two Asian men who raped and sexually assaulted girls in Derby were given indefinite jail terms.

Straw said there was a “specific problem” in some areas of the country where Pakistani men “target vulnerable young white girls”.

His comments were criticised by Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, who said it was wrong to “stereotype a whole community”.

Yesterday Mohammed Liaqat, 28, and Abid Saddique, 27, were jailed at Nottingham crown court after being found guilty at a trial in November of charges including rape.

The judge in the case said he did not believe the crimes were “racially aggravated”, adding that the race of the victims and their abusers was “coincidental”.

Speaking on the BBC’s Newsnight programme yesterday, Straw said: “Pakistanis, let’s be clear, are not the only people who commit sexual offences, and overwhelmingly the sex offenders’ wings of prisons are full of white sex offenders.

“But there is a specific problem which involves Pakistani heritage men … who target vulnerable young white girls.

“We need to get the Pakistani community to think much more clearly about why this is going on and to be more open about the problems that are leading to a number of Pakistani heritage men thinking it is OK to target white girls in this way.”

Straw called on the British Pakistani community to be “more open” about the issue. “These young men are in a western society, in any event, they act like any other young men, they’re fizzing and popping with testosterone, they want some outlet for that, but Pakistani heritage girls are off-limits and they are expected to marry a Pakistani girl from Pakistan, typically,” he said.

“So they then seek other avenues and they see these young women, white girls who are vulnerable, some of them in care … who they think are easy meat.

“And because they’re vulnerable they ply them with gifts, they give them drugs, and then of course they’re trapped.”

Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “I disagree with Jack Straw … I don’t think you can stereotype an entire community. What you can do is look at the facts of these national cases, give it to an agency, make a proper investigation and see how we can deal with these networks of people who are involved in this horrendous crime.

 

Zambia’s forgotten space program


Back in 1964, a Zambian teacher vowed that his country would beat America as the first country to put a man on the moon, and then they would go on to Mars. Unfortunately, his dream never came to fruition. The Zambians worked hard, though. His “astronauts” rolled down hills in barrels to get used to traveling through space. They practiced walking on their hands, as their leader assured them that was the only way to get around on the moon. But it all came to nought, because the United Nations wouldn’t give him the $700 million he needed to fund the space program. Plus, he couldn’t keep the “astronauts” minds off sex.

But he had big dreams, namely, using a catapult-inspired “firing system” to send a 10×6 aluminum and copper rocket holding ten Zambians and a 17-year-old African girl (and her cat) to Mars. He figured he could get them to the moon by 1965. All he needed was $700 million from UNESCO to fund the project.

In a newspaper editorial, Nkoloso claimed to have studied Mars for some time from telescopes at his “secret headquarters” outside Lusaka, and announced that the planet was populated by primitive natives. (He graciously added that his missionaries would not force the native Martians to convert to Christianity.) In fact, he said, he could have achieved the conquest of Mars a mere few days after Zambia’s independence had UNESCO come through with the funding. Oh, he also called for the detention of Russian and American spies trying to steal his “space secrets” — and his cats.

It’s hard not to like Nkoloso, based on what little we know of him today. Here’s a grade school science teacher setting up his own national space program with a small group of trainees who had to roll downhill in a 44-gallon oil drum as part of Nkoloso’s plan to simulate the sensation of rushing through space. Zero gravity? He simulated that by having them swing from the end of a long rope, cutting the rope when they reached the highest point so they went into freefall. He also taught them how to walk on their hands, “the only way humans could walk on the moon.”

Naive? Ignorant? Sure. Especially in light of his less than dedicated volunteers: “They won’t concentrate on space flight; there’s too much love-making when they should be studying the moon,” he complained. Indeed, the much-touted girl astronaut, Matha, became pregnant and her parents brought her back to their village.

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