astonished to learn that Americans can indeed
end up in the Crossbar Hotel for the
of purposely refusing to sell their products
to Israel. In fact, a person can face up to a
20-year sentence and a million dollar fine...
per violation. If
you think I'm making this up just for the lols
here's a link to the antiboycott
Israel seems to be the only country that warrants
such legal protection by the U.S. government.
America seems to be as pro-Israel
planet, though I'm not sure why as
their current actions towards the Palestinians
the Germans treated the Jews in Poland. The only
thing missing are the ovens but, on the other
hand, the Germans didn't have nukes.
If you've been paying close attention to the Gulf
disaster it's hard to miss the fact that BP has made almost every
to cause the calamity and then proceeded to work almost exactly
bass-ackward in their efforts to rectify
the problem. To make matters more mysterious
Goldman-Sachs made about $200 million short-selling BP stock right
before the catastrophe. (Does
this remind anyone of the short-selling of American Airlines stock
just before 9-11? God I hope so.)
And now comes word that the leak may not be quelled until December,
which just happens to be right after the mid-term elections.
The American people are clearly unhappy with the President's efforts
thus far in the repair and clean-up in the Gulf but, folks, it's
BP's fault. End of story. However, that piece of news won't stop
grinding out a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week failure report with Mr. Obama's
name at the top of the list in a clearly disingenuous effort to
kick a few dozen
Democratic heinies out of Congress.
Am I suggesting this was a man-made disaster, a corporate decision,
designed solely for political gain? Well, yes, especially since
the first words to come out of the Right-Wing Noise
immediately after the platform sunk to the bottom of the Gulf was
that environmentalists were responsible. In
poker, kids, we call that a "tell", and this one's a doozy.
I honestly don't think those responsible planned on the platform
blowing sky-high and taking 11 innocent men to their watery graves but
this kind of thing happens, business is business, and you have to
money to make money. Besides, it was clear that the five corporatist's
Court can't do everything themselves.
Note: The more eagle-eyed of you might have noticed some subtle rearrangement
of Raging Pencils. It's now more streamlined in order to make the
pages a bit less scroll-y.