Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Real Crime Looks Like...

Study says most corporations pay no U.S. income taxes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most U.S. and foreign corporations doing business in the United States avoid paying any federal income taxes, despite trillions of dollars worth of sales, a government study released on Tuesday said.

The Government Accountability Office said 72 percent of all foreign corporations and about 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the United States paid no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2005.

More than half of foreign companies and about 42 percent of U.S. companies paid no U.S. income taxes for two or more years in that period, the report said.


But obviously it's really important to go after individual tax payers because there is absolutely no other game in town.

::rolls eyes::

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Corrupt Nexus Between Church, State and Forced Labor

Capitol Crimes

Really, you just have to go see or read it for yourself. All I can do is recapitulate it here in a savagely abbreviated form.

This is how and why the GOP and the Christian right do not deserve one moment of your time or money.

In the course of my entire life I have yet to discover one reason to support the GOP or its candidates for office. I simply cannot be meaningfully represented by those kinds of thugs and morally superior assholes.

Gas Prices

Bold Prediction 1: Gas will drop below $3 a gallon by 2010.
Bold Prediction 2: Gas will drop below $2 a gallon by 2012.

Yup, I could be wrong but this is how I see it right now. The big X Factors to consider are mainly to do with alternative energy sources and whether americans are smart enough to insist upon their implementation.

You have to vote with your own dollars too. That's not somebody else's job, that's your job.

A War for Oil is Prosecuted on What Grounds?

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered George Tenet, then head of the CIA, to forge a “backdated, handwritten letter” from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein and thereby create an evidentiary link between Hussein and the attacks of 9/11. Read more here:

Calls for Suskind's head are already being made loud and clear. But there is a snag in for the naysayers in this whole affair...

Many americans no longer believe that the Iraq War was justified and basically want the hell out of it. Many now accept that the war was indeed fought for oil rights. But we all know that the war was not justified on the basis of exchanging american blood for oil - the claim at the time was that we were there to get Saddam Hussien, to make the world safe against his stockpile of Weapons of Mass Destruction, and still later it was argued that we were there to bring democracy to Iraq.

I find Suskind's allegations extremely easy to believe. The allegations are entirely in keeping with the agenda of the White House at that time.

So yes, our government has become a ministry if misinformation and disinformation. The intended target audience for all of their bullshit is you and I. And the rest of the world looks on and laughs at our foolishness.