Our eyes were hypnotically trained on the image of a meltdown and we missed the biggest war budget in history that a lame duck Pres puts thru while we weren't looking and not a murmur from us, cuz nobody noticed what he signed OCT 1st as we were knee deep in MELTDOWN!
   Congress Easily Passes Largest Military Budget Bill in History

WHILE THE NATION REMAINED fixated on the nearly $1 trillion
Congress gave to criminal bankers and investment firms on Wall Street, the
House and Senate quietly passed the largest military spending legislation
to date loaded with pork and gifts for the military-industrial complex.

On September 24, the House passed the $612.5 billion fiscal
year 2009 defense budget bill with no debate by a vote of 392 to 39. The massive
measure had already passed the Senate on Sept. 17 by a vote of 88 to eight.

This unprecedented appropriations legislation breezed through
Congress despite a bevy of earmarks because of pressure put on conservative
Republicans and far-left Democrats to be “patriotic” and to “support the
troops.” The White House had only asked for $611 billion, but Congress
decided to sweeten the pot by adding an additional $1.5 billion in

The measure includes standard funding to maintain military
bases in 130 countries around the world, a modest pay raise for soldiers and
nearly $70 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also mandates
that the Pentagon keep Congress informed about future security pacts with
Iraq and sets up a database to track mercenaries and other contractors
found guilty of breaking laws.

The House acquiesced to threats from President Bush, who said
he would veto the bill if it contained provisions banning mercenaries from
interrogating prisoners of war and giving Congress a role in the
decision-making process about whether U.S. soldiers can be stationed in
Iraq permanently. A provision calling for a withdrawal from Iraq was discussed,
but not voted on.

Nearly one-third of the current spending bill is expected to go
to purchasing new weapons systems from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman
and other corporations in the military-industrial complex. This includes just
under $200 billion appropriated for 16 new F-35 stealth fighters, a new
anti-missile weapons system, one Navy destroyer and a new Virginia-class
nuclear submarine.

The United States already spends more on its military annually
than England, France, Japan, Russia and China—combined, but this latest
military bill puts the Pentagon in a class all by itself.

The bill was sent to the White House in the last week of
September, and Bush signed it on October 1.

“The time is long past for someone to stand up and say the
obvious,” wrote David Isenberg on the web site Partnership for a Secure
America, “that both military and associated ‘national security’ spending is

THAT WAR BILL was PORK BARREL FOR BILLIONAIRE WAR TOY MANUFACTURER CRONIES OF BUSH. It was like CLINTON stealing the PC's as he left the White House. Times a billion.. And all the loyal eunuchs in the harem were getting paid off. NY Times' Paul KRUGMAN who told us the BAILOUT was GOOD is paid off with a NOBEL PRIZE this morning.

WAS the entire "Financial Crisis" A New 9/11? a DOCTORED DRAMA to get us to over react, MISS the TRILLIONS given to WAR, WEEP AND COWER and then the GOP/ WIZARD OF OZ gives everybody a new heart and we get courage and are grateful and vote for McCain?

THIS WAS ONLINE:  I've seen a remarkable number of mentions of 9/11 in connection with the
current so-called "financial crisis". Most of them have come from people who
seem to have no knowledge of or interest in what actually happened on 9/11.
And yet they all seem to "get" the parallel. How odd. Or maybe not.

The most prominent common features, in my view, between the so-called
"terrorist attacks" of 2001 and the so-called "financial crisis" of 2008

It's an inside job -- a terrorist attack of unprecedented scope and scale --
enabled by statements from politicians and the media which are chock-full of
lies and spin.

There was nothing sudden about it; it was forseen by many and could have
been prevented if the government had wanted to prevent it.

Instead it has been encouraged, and facilitated, by the very people who
claim to be keeping you safe. But you can see that they don't want you to
feel safe. They want you to be afraid, very afraid.

Arthur Silber highlights this nugget:

At Wednesday's House hearing, Rep. Steve LaTourette cut to the chase,
summing up the frustration of members who think their constituents aren't
getting the gravity of the situation from the dispassionate Bernanke and
Paulson show.

LaTourette began talking about "my guy on the couch" back home in his
district who was hassled by his boss and angered about doubts he'll be able
to get a new car, keep his job, retain his credit card and save for his
daughter's education.

"He's scared because he's the first generation who can't pass on the
American dream to his daughter," said the Ohio Republican -- adding, "In
order to accept this plan...he needs to be more scared."

Paulson obliged.

“He should be angry and he should be scared – and I think right now he’s
angrier than he is scared,” said Paulson “And it puts us in a difficult
position—no one likes to be painting an overly dire picture and scaring
people, but the fact is that if the financial markets are not stabilized the
situation can be very severe as it relates not just to his current
situation – but keeping his job… this is a serious situation and one he
should be concerned about.”

Your fear will be managed and amplified and used as a weapon with which to
rob you of your future income and personal security. In the larger picture,
millions of lives will be destroyed and a very few will be enriched.

The administration that was elected on a promise of "small government" is
using this situation to attempt another enormous power grab, trying to
increase the powers of appointed officials while bypassing the courts.

And congress is working overtime -- even as I type -- to write new
legislation enabling this outrageous abuse of government to continue.

I've studied enough economics to know that the entire "science" is manure.
It's not a science at all; it's a bogus belief system built on invisible
premises that just happen to be false.

The primary false belief behind the "science" of economics is that things
that can be bought and sold have value (as reflected in their prices) and
things that can not be bought or sold have none (as reflected in their lack
of prices).

For economists, their entire world-view depends on this obvious lie. And yet
they build intricate simulations and prediction systems on it, and they get
frustrated when "the people" don't act according to "the model".

Because of this all-encompassing reliance on the lie and the model rather
than reality, nobody trained in "economics" can possibly tell the truth.
They can't even see the truth. And that's why I ran away from this so-called
discipline as fast as I could, as soon as I realized what it was.

The people who are looking for a handout in this so-called crisis are the
scum of the earth, in my opinion. Their request for government money is the
epitome of greed gone wild. But it's exactly what we can always expect from
the parasites who suck the blood of the system.

Market speculators -- in currency and real estate especially -- add no value
to anything; they only add to the prices of things. Rather than designing
and building products, or serving the needs of society in some other way,
they spend their lives building extensive portfolios of imaginary money
which they consider "wealth".

This "wealth" exists only insofar as other people are willing to pay for the
elements of their portfolios, and as long as nobody else knows that a
portfolio is essentially worthless, the owner of worthless garbage can
consider himself "successful", and even "wealthy".

So, in real estate, for instance, speculators buy and sell and flip and flip
again, and all this action drives up the price of housing -- which for most
people is an essential commodity. Because of the speculation in the housing
market, values are artificially inflated to the point where people can't
afford the houses, but in the meantime the houses are deteriorating and
their actual values are falling.

And eventually it becomes clear to all who will look that the incessant
flipping is driving an increase in homelessness, but do the speculators
care? NO! They're just busy keepin' up with the other portfolio-builders in
their high and mighty society. Or at least they were.

But now they want hundreds of billions of your dollars because it turns out
that they can no longer hide the fact that they've been spending way too
much for way too little.

What should the government tell them? That they should go out and get jobs
like everybody else. That they should create products, or provide services,
and earn an honest living for a change -- if they can!

But instead the government wants you to buy the portfolios the speculators
can't sell to anyone else.

We hear all the time about how the economy will never survive unless the
speculators with the worthless portfolios are bailed out. But -- just like
the case in 9/11 -- the fact of the matter is quite the opposite from the
official story.

The market will survive -- if it survives at all -- just like a sick body
heals itself: by purging itself of toxins, and of the parasites that produce

This is how a free market is supposed to work; as the Republicans try to
tell us all the time, it's the ownership society and you are responsible for
your decisions. If you've bought a portfolio of garbage, you're stuck with
it, chump. Caveat emptor, baby, and you have no right to foist your mistakes
off on anybody else.

But that's exactly what this bailout is: the government buying worthless
securities at highly inflated prices from people who never should have
bought them in the first place.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes the portfolios in question
as "toxic waste" and claims the "grown-up" thing for the government to do is
to force the taxpayers to buy all of it. As if we need any more toxic waste.

My five-year-old son uses the word "grown-up". My eight-year-old says
"adult". In this context Krugman's vocabulary reminds me of a six-year-old.
And so does his reasoning.

Perhaps we cannot expect Paul Krugman -- who was trained as an economist,
after all -- to see the truth of the matter. And we certainly cannot expect
the NYT to print the truth even if they had somebody on staff willing and
able to write it. But the adult thing to do would be to let market rid
itself of the parasites and the toxins, just the way it's supposed to work.

The programs endorsed by Krugman and every other bailout proponent amount to
robbing from the poor and innocent to give to the rich and guilty, under
cover of extreme fear deliberately induced by our own government and media.

And guess what? It's just like 9/11 all over again, and from an
administration whose only claim to success was that it supposedly protected
us from such things.

and put whipped cream on it.

WAITAMINNITE. A few weeks ago it was the end of the world, armageddon and
Every pearl harbor occasions the populace STANDING UP ready to KILL!
Every Reichtag fire permits serious reorganization by 'ze party!'
Every great depression allows a red hot poker to stir the anthive.
THIS BAIL OUT MELTDOWN CRISIS somehow sez to me that we're
being played, we're being cooked into an easy to handle, homogenized
scared shitless easy to pour batter.
The plan involves a very thin layer of starving humanity spread lightly
and equally over a searing hot pan. AND LEVELLED.
The pan was smokin' hot. The cook had put on his gloves and I was thinking,
this is it. My life passed before my eyes. Soon, we'll all be toast! And
then UK PM and BUSH FIX IT? Market's single biggest one day point recovery

PRIME MINISTER GORDON Brown seems to be using This Crisis To Create New
Financial World Order British Prime Minister sells globalization as the

Steve Watson
Monday, Oct 13, 2008

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a new Bretton Woods
system, saying that the financial crisis should be used to make world
leaders agree to fresh rules and regulations under a long planned new
global  financial order.

“Sometimes it takes a crisis for people to agree that what is obvious and
should have been done years ago, can no longer be postponed,” Brown told an
audience earlier today.

Speaking at Thomson Reuters’ editorial headquarters, Brown called for “a
new financial architecture for the global age”, stating that the Bretton
system devised after the second world war was out of touch with the new
world order.

Brown said: “This crisis demonstrates beyond doubt that a global capital
market requires much stronger global cooperation and supervision. And we
need to ensure that we have an effective global early warning system to
alert us across continents to economic and financial risk.”

Brown contended that the current financial system is “too clouded with
opacity, conflicts of interest, irresponsible risk-taking, and when
occur countries have tended to look inwards and deal with them in isolation
when it is clear they should look outwards and join in international

“We are proposing a world leaders’ meeting in which we must agree the
principles and policies for restructuring the financial system across the
globe,” Brown added.

His speech came after the UK government announced it would bail out three
high street banks - RBS, HBOS and Lloyds TSB - to the tune of £37bn. Since
that announcement, shares in the banks have plunged on the stock market.

Brown’s call echoes that of elite figures such as CFR member Jeffrey Garten
and Timothy Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
have both recently called for a “new global monetary authority”, a de-facto
global financial dictatorship, operating across borders and forcing nations
and corporations to register and adhere to strict monitoring and

The call is also similar to plans recently touted for a new centralized
system of financial supervision across the EU providing greater regulatory

THIS WAS the OCTOBER SURPRISE. Bush and Paulson got it together
making the  GOP look real good for Nov 4th. "We played YOU boneheads but
GOOD! They went for it. They really WENT for it! Call the VOTE FAST before
the economy falls on its ass again!
IT WAS A MOVIE SERIAL rescue! William Tell overture, horses stampeding as
the posse, the soldiers ride to the rescue.
maybe wall street/paulson and bush/cheney and some super brain decided they'd play the whole world.

make it LOOK as if the system went down the drain
and climb down and say 'here's your horse, ma'am'
and swish his sombrero by his boot
while the voter chortles with love and votes the GOP TICKET