Monthly Archives: February 2011
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Alabama Supreme Court Called Out
The linked article below by Josh Moon questions the astounding rulings of the Alabama Supreme Court and ponders if fairness and impartiality have been purchased for a price. The political influence of huge big business contributions to Republican candidates on the Court may have the appearance of impropriety to many inside and outside the legal system. This has been a problem for a long time and the subject of many studies in the country. I served on an Alabama State Bar conference in around 1995 that was struggling to come up with a new way to select justices and judges due to the problems posed by the elective process and political contributions. In the end, people must pay attention and really be involved in the process.
The linked article just below reports on the swarm of earthquake activity that has been occurring in Arkansas. Just yesterday the most severe of the lot struck Sunday, February 27, 2011. There is little confirmed information about the cause of the trembler although there is some speculation that “fracking” is contributing to the occurrence. Comments to the article mention that the area is one of seismic activity historically.
New Madrid Waiting To Happen
Whether these quakes are related to the New Madrid area or not I do not know. I have written several articles in this blog reporting seismic activity in the Gulf of Mexico and Jack Freed’s theory that the Gulf of Mexico is an active seismic area connected with the New
Madrid seismic region. Freed’s theory is discussed here and demonstrates his thinking, which he utilized in tracking historic seismic activity through the middle of the United States and identifying the connection to the Gulf of Mexico.
There are a couple of additional blog posts that I have written documenting the increased seismic activity in the Gulf of Mexico oil-producing and developed regions. The underwater structures have not been built to standards designed to withstand earthquake forces. There have been considerations to the problem in a study done by Texas A& M for the government. Another curious issue raised by my report is the change in the location of the epicenter of a quake that struck near the Atlantis production site before it went into production. At any rate with the seismic activity increasing in number and intensity of earthquakes Freed’s theory takes on more validity.
In a statement to CNN, Powell said it had become clear over the years that “Curveball,” whose real name is Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, was “totally unreliable.” He went on to note, “The question should be put to the CIA and the DIA Defense Intelligence Agency as to why this wasnt known before the false information was put into [a key intelligence estimate] sent to Congress, the presidents State of the Union address and my Feb. 5 presentation to the U.N.”
This kind of disparity of income and wealth is just unbelievable. It even is more intolerable when you think of someone like loud mouth Rush Limbaugh putting down firefighters, teachers and policemen.
There must be a coming reckoning with this kind of inequality existing for now. There is a universal principle that will force an account of equal and opposite force. This is what you are seeing in the middle east now. It will come here as well.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont gives a rare voice to the middle class and the poor. Here are some comments that need to be heard on the national budget, President Obama, the rich and congress:
Here is a blog update on a disturbing sarcity of fish and sea life in the Gulf of Mexico from Stuart Smith Blog. Perhaps there has been a massive kill. Maybe the see life is instinctively moving out of the region of current toxicity in the water. And maybe there is a distintive knowing guiding the under sea world away from future disaster.
See also my blog post: http://www.stevedrinkard.com/archives/228
Do you really want the USA to be nation building somewhere else while our own infrastructure and support of our own well-being within is being systematically dismantled by the political cronies of corporate elites?
We were supposed to be going to Afghanistan to destroy a few terrorists running around in rock hewn caves. What should it take with the mighty military of the USA to accomplish the mission 6 to 12 months? Destroy their capability and get out. This was not the mission though. It was the announced facade to establish a military occupation to surround the oil region with United States dominance. Rather than plan for a new economy based on new and different energy sources for the past 50 years, we have been a practicing EMPIRE BUILDER and to what benefit and for whom?
Here at home we are passing Patriot Acts that diddle away individual rights and swindle the American people of freedoms. The empowerment of government has been extraordinary since 9/11 and it is growing. Countries that are facing uprising are shutting down the internet because communication by and among the people is key to uniting their efforts against a common foe — their own governments. In the United States we have seen constant union busting efforts over the years and now intensely at play in Wisconsin. The laws are set up and more advancing to put our Internet access in jeopardy and especially when the truth is about to be disclosed. In the cases, we are seeing now abroad those governments are dictators, kings and despots that the United States, in many cases has supported with huge funding in both military and domestic funding. We then become a part of that ruling Kingdom. Egypt is the glowing example with our Mubarak connection.
And some say we just have to be friends with some unsavory characters to promote our peace and security. So, for thirty years Mubarak maintains emergency military law over the people and they are going hungry and jobless. What a great friend we are. No, it is about control of regions and economies for a few. How fast we dropped aging Mubarak when he no longer had a grip on his people. Suddenly then we are on the side of the people. The U. S. President coming to the podium now and again, saying this and that about who should stay in Egypt and who should go. Really? Some have begun to question if what it now amounts to is a slick military coup in Egypt. The people will be thrown a few crumbs to quieten the force freedom and apease the hunger in their heart, minds and stomach for truth and food.
Happening Now In Cairo!
The widespread outpouring of those hungry for food and freedom from despots, dictators and kingdoms continue.
Great Legal Minds Can’t Dumb It Down Right?
It takes Stephen Colbert to cut through this confusing confusion over a simple question on a financial form. Where did my wife get all that money? Folks this is a major omission and it really is a matter that places the integrity of this justice at issue. How can he hope to avoid the appearance of impropriety in rulings that related to the profound social and constitutional issues that confront the court.
“The rules prohibit phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services, including online calling services like Skype and Web video services like Netflix that could compete with their core operations. The FCCs three Democrats voted to adopt the regulations late last year over the opposition of the agencys two Republicans.”
The Big Corporate Oligarchy continues to control Congress. The ability of the mega-internet companies to manipulate access and speeds to the Internet is equivalent to silencing whomever they don’t want to be heard,and whenever they don’t want the message heard. In this age where the Internet is becoming the megaphone for free speech, the Republicans show that they are not for individual rights in the famed constitution.
Folks we need government regulation to protect us from the excess of the corporate giants that are controlling everything.