Who is Driving the Bus? (Open Thread)

By Bridgette

“TOPSY”

The Topsy-Turvy Bus

“Topsy” the topsy-turvy bus was made by welding two school buses together, with one being upside down on the other. Topsy toured the US in 2007 to “dramatically depict America’s upside down budget priorities” according to its inventors.

Ben Cohen, a co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s (magnificent ice cream) and artist Stefan Sagmeister came up with the idea. Then Ted Kennedy, Oakland, CA and a team of 10 artists completed the design.

It seems to depict how many of us feel these days with things seemingly so upside down and the nation’s priorities askew.

This is an Open Thread for the Swirling News that is driving you crazy. Meanwhile we’ll keep wondering, Who Really Is Driving the Bus?   Because we sure know who isn’t!

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153 responses to “Who is Driving the Bus? (Open Thread)

  1. I read that the Taliban has told the people not to accept aid from the West.. the infidels.. Name another country Taliban that has sent billions in aid dollars to help your people. The Taliban sure looks out for their countrymen, don’t they! May the Taliban die in the flood. Also Cholera has already been found there.
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    In Pakistan, 6 million at risk of disease

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 16 (UPI) — About 6 million people, most of them infants and children, are at risk of lethal diseases transmitted through dirty water in flooded Pakistan, officials said.

    As the death toll from the flooding climbed to more than 1,400, the United Nations said it had received only a third of the $460 million it sought in an emergency appeal for donations, The New York Times reported.

    “Clean water is an urgent need,” Maurizio Giuliano, a U.N. spokesman, told the newspaper. “There was a first wave of deaths caused by the floods themselves. But if we don’t act soon enough, there will be a second wave of deaths caused by a combination of lack of clean water, food shortages and water-borne and vector-borne diseases. “The picture is a gruesome one.” Costs for essential aid are expected to continue increasing even after the rains stop.

    More than two weeks of rain has destroyed more than 895,000 homes, government officials said Monday. Pakistan’s Disaster Authority said about a fifth of the country was underwater, CNN reported.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who toured the country with President Asif Ali Zardari, said the monsoon-driven flooding in Pakistan was worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the 2005 Pakistani earthquake combined.

    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2010/08/16/UPI-NewsTrack-TopNews/UPI-22551281992816/

  2. Facts Obama Doesn’t Want You to Connect
    Anita MonCrief [formerly with ACORN – Whistleblower]
    August 16

    What really happened during the 2008 elections? Recent information regarding the primary caucuses paints the picture of a campaign that would stop at nothing to win. A campaign that was willing to strong arm candidates and volunteers in order to meet its goal. The documentary We Will Not Be Silenced delves into the Obama 2008 Campaign.
    Continue reading….
    http://www.redstate.com/anitamoncrief/2010/08/16/facts-obama-doesnt-want-you-to-connect/

  3. Gallup: Disapproval of Obama Hits All-Time High
    Monday, 16 Aug 2010 02:17 PM

    The percentage of Americans disapproving of how President Obama does his job hit an all-time high Monday, with half of all voters surveyed by the Gallup poll saying they disapprove.

    The 50 percent mark was a jump from previous polls, which had showed Obama leveling off in the high 40s, according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll. The new high certainly doesn’t bode well for Democrats in the midterm elections. Though Obama isn’t running, he is the face of the party.

    The news comes as Democrats weigh the fallout from President Obama’s remarks Friday night in support of the mosque being built near the site of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Forty-two percent told Gallup they approved of the president’s job performance.

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/obama-gallup-disapproval-all-time-high-mosque-democrats-midterms/2010/08/16/id/367611?s=al&promo_code=A83E-1

    • Rasmussen, a more reliable poll, has his disapproval at 55%! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/polls/
      I think it will drop more.

      • Can’t wait to see it next week after his Muslim blunder which only add to his other ones. He can’t seem to get in the swing of things and side with the people. He consistently goes against the will of the We’s! We the people speak and those flapping ears don’t hear and don’t want to. That ole’ razz a ma tazz is kaput!

  4. Forbidden to Pray, Forbidden to Sing Patriotic Songs, Forbidden to Say a Prayer Before a Meal

    Last week children were standing at the Lincoln Memorial and began singing “America” while crossing their hearts. They were stopped by a guard. No singing is allowed there! Would our National Anthem sung by children hurt the ears of anyone? Wasn’t singing America patriotic and being done in the right place smack dab in front of Abe Lincoln? A few months ago, some radicals at a Senior Citizens home complained about prayers being said at meals. The prayers were stopped. The religious seniors who were in the majority, sued and won. They pray once again. Christians and religions other than Islam are under attack in this country. We can not let the MINORITY voices of the Radical Left/ Democrats/ Progressives/Marxists/Communists/ Socialists, who are not religious, silence our prayers and patriotism. Enough is enough. We will stand up against their ideology. We will not bow down to Anti-American Revolutionaries.

    Glenn Beck Forbidden to Pray at Kennedy Center Event.

    • So, Glenn Beck is Forbidden to Pray at Kennedy Center Event, but “ISLAM ON CAPITOL HILL” was just fine?!?

      The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill
      Thousands of Muslims from all races, creeds, colors and ethnicities will gather for the sole purpose of prayer
      Bonds of friendship will be formed between those in attendance, both Muslims and Non-Muslims

      Notice Any Similarity?

    • Interesting how the laws have changed to silence people in front of the Lincoln Memorial. On Glenn’s show he showed a black woman singing “America” to thousands in 1939. Next, Martin Luther King gave his speech in the 1960’s on the very same step where the woman sang. Yet children who were singing America were silenced in the last month. Glenn will be holding his special program on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial. He said he will not stand where those other two people stood.

      Apparently on the same date there will be a special tribute to Martin Luther King. They are trying to smear Glenn for holding his program at the same time as theirs. I guess that is why the New and Old Black Panthers will be in town.

  5. The Perversion of American Democracy: Death by a Thousand Cuts
    by Of Thee I Sing 1776 Snips Excellent Read

    Our nation is in trouble and it goes far deeper than the current economic crisis of the past few years. Nor, despite all the rancor and the loud shouting back and forth, is the problem attributable to any single controversial issue . . . albeit the important issues that are dividing us are clearly a symptom of our woes.

    We are witnessing a usurpation of power, an unlawful exercise of power, by the executive branch, of those powers clearly delegated by the Constitution to Congress or the states. This, over time, can become the proverbial death of a thousand cuts to the Federalism created by the founders. How different in result is this from the heavy handed actions of the thugocracies we deplore when democratic values are sliced away like salami to the point where the will of the people is reduced to irrelevance.

    As the November elections approach, early indications are that the American public is in revolt (thankfully peacefully) at the excessive intrusion by government in our lives. There is a fear that a Pied Piper is leading us into financial extremis, and a general, but ever-growing concern that the current Administration is abdicating its most important job, keeping us safe so they can “reset” relations with those who wish us ill.

    Tyranny or authoritarianism doesn’t necessarily have to arrive by violent Soviet-style revolution or mimic Mubarak’s Egypt, Castro’s Cuba or Chavez’s Venezuela. At the end of the day, if democracy is eroded away does it matter whether we lose it through a coup or the accumulation of self inflicted wounds?

    http://biggovernment.com/oftheeising/2010/08/18/the-perversion-of-american-democracy-death-by-a-thousand-cuts/#more-155953

  6. Collusion! How Socialist Harold Meyerson Kickstarted the Obama Propaganda Machine Obama File 110
    Tuesday, August 03, 2010 SNIPS

    I have contended for some time that Barack Obama owes his political career to three Marxist organizations, Communist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism and Democratic Socialists of America. Of the three, Obama’s decades old ties to Democratic Socialists of America [DSA] are most easily documentable.

    Part of this support has come in the form of favorable media stories about Obama and in orchestrated attacks against his opponents. It is no coincidence that several members of the recently exposed, pro Obama JournoList had close ties to D.S.A.

    Meyerson is an op-ed columnist for the Washington Post and is the editor-at-large at The American Prospect. While not an identified member of JournoList, Meyerson is professionally and politically associated with several.

    * Washington Post “JournoListas” so far identified include – Alec McGillis, Greg Sargent, Dave Weigel

    * The American Prospect “Journolistas” include – Spencer Ackerman, Dean Baker, Sam Boyd, Tim Fernholz, John Judis, Ezra Klein (JournoList founder),
    Mark Schmitt, Adam Serwer, Robert Kuttner (author of two books on the Obama Administration) and Paul Waldman

    * Democratic Socialists of America affiliated “JournoListas” include – Joel Bleifuss, Todd Gitlin, a Progressives for Obama supporter), John Judis, Michael Kazin, Scott McLemee, Rick Perlstein, Katha Pollitt (Feminists for Peace and Barack Obama endorser) and Robert Kuttner

    It is clear that D.S.A. has had “the fix” in for Obama, for some years. Would Barack Obama be president of the United States today, without JournoList and a sympathetic “progressive” media? Would JounoList have existed, or have been as influential, without Democratic Socialists of America?

    Does America owe its current president, at least partly, to D.S.A. – a few thousand strong Marxist organization, that most voters have never even heard of?

    http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2010/08/obama-file-109-here-i-have-contended.htm

  7. On July 15, 2010, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, a war veteran, introduced H.R. 5741 which if passed would be “To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security.”

    I do believe this was Rahm’s idea that was tossed around during the election. That is how he was brought up in Israel. Lots of Third World countries have compulsory service. Obama’s Civilian Defense Force? I want to see if this will get through with the polls dropping for all democrats. Plus old Rangel has lost his clout to get anything done now. He is poison. If I am correct, I think he was on the List of the Top 10 Most Corrupt Politicians right along with Obama..Judicial Watch. Yes, he is listed.

    Obama Most Wanted Corrupt Politician
    Updated: Dodd, Murtha, Rangel
    https://wtpotus.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/obama-most-wanted-corrupt-politician/?preview=true&preview_id=880&preview_nonce=32797b62a0

      • The developers of the planned mosque near New York’s ground zero on Wednesday refused to rule out using funds from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Iran to build the $100 million project.

        Mosque spokesman Oz Sultan was asked specifically whether the project’s fundraising would include Iran and Saudi Arabia.

        “I can’t comment on that,” was Sultan’s “not-ruling-it-out” reply, the New York Post reported. “We’ll look at all available options within the United States to start.”

        Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the Park51 mosque project planned for a site two blocks from ground zero, has told officials he would raise money for the mosque and community center from local Muslims, foundations and the sale of bonds.

        But earlier this year he admitted to a London-based Arab newspaper that his fundraising would also extend to Muslim nations around the world. Rauf is now touring the Middle East on behalf of the State Department.

        The Post observed: “The possibility of tapping the radical rogue Islamic state of Iran for funds comes as the United States just last month stepped up sanctions on the regime in retaliation for its support of terrorism and what is feared to be an illegal nuclear weapons development program.”

        Meanwhile a Siena Research Institute poll released on Wednesday showed that 63 percent of New York State voters now oppose construction of the mosque near ground zero, up from 61 percent two weeks ago.

  8. Visit http://www.islamicity.com/ and you’ll see how conversions to Islam are scrolled as follows (“Br.” is for “Brother”, “Sr.” is for “Sister”)

    Sr. Kathy from Kentucky, United States took Shahada at IslamiCity on August 18, 2010.
    Br. Jarad from California, United States took Shahada at IslamiCity on August 17, 2010.
    Br. Dakota from Georgia, United States took Shahada at IslamiCity on August 12, 2010.
    Sr. Vernetta from Alabama, United States took Shahada at IslamiCity on August 11, 2010.
    …etc…

    —————————————————————-
    When Barack Hussein Obama publicly confessed the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, he “took Shahada“.
    —————————————————————-

    The confessions of Obama’s own mouth reveal him to be a Muslim, not a Christian.

  9. 17 minutes ago:
    SAN FRANCISCO -A jetliner was being held on the tarmac at San Francisco’s airport because of an alleged phone threat, federal officials said.

  10. This is really out there, but it was published on FreeRepublic today.
    Any one an expert in ancient Egypt?

    The Year of Revealed Truths
    [Guest post from Daniel S.]
    “Just as in the days when we left Mitzrayim, He will again show us wonders” [Michah 7:15]

    http://shiratdevorah.blogspot.com/2010/04/year-of-revealed-truths.html

  11. I saw this on the net. I know part of it is not true, but I had not heard of the Hamas connection before. I was wondering if you knew anything about it?

    Obama’s Terrorist Connections
    http://www.anobamanation.net/2008/08/obamas-terrorist-connections.html

  12. What happened to Hope? Preview the Change.
    Crazy –

    • But they can’t run away from their own voting record. It is their actions on ObamaCare, from beginning to end, that has voters the most angry at them.

      They rammed through, by any means necessary, a bill that voters did not want. Voters were very, very vocal in their protests, but those members of Congress ignored the voters and rammed it through anyway.

      Well, the day of reckoning is almost here…

  13. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin: Profile in Courage

    WHY ISN’T THE PUTATIVE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HELD TO THE SAME STANDARD AS THOSE HE SUPPOSEDLY COMMANDS?

    August 20, 2010 Snips

    Dear Editor: The following letter was sent today regarding the court martial of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin:

    As an American citizen, I believe that the Commander-in-Chief for America’s military should be held to the “SAME” level of ethics, accountability and scrutiny as decorated Army surgeon, LTC Lakin recently court-martialed for refusing to be deployed to Afghanistan until Mr. Obama discloses his “long form” birth certificate.

    LTC Terry Lakin had the foresight, courage and conviction to do what he felt was in the best interest of America. I personally applaud and commend this soldier’s courage!

    http://www.thepostemail.com/2010/08/20/lt-col-terry-lakin-profile-in-courage/

  14. Check out the Bots and what they still peddle. Note the people that changed their position for fear of ridicule. See how they are putting the two together so that any opposition of the Mosque is associated with those they call the birthers. So it appears they are dropping the Tea Partiers and now attacking 60% of the US population. Will those 60% be up in arms now that they are included in the Left’s attacks?

    Lawmakers and the ‘birther’/Muslim myths

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/08/lawmakers-who-push-the-birther.html

  15. From DrKate’s place…..

    Jan
    Sunday, August 22, 2010, at 4:40 pm
    OOPS! “Government of the United States” listed on Dunn & Bradstreet as a Private Corporation
    • Posted by GIT-R-DONE on August 18, 2010 at 11:30am
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    Somethin’ Funny’s Goin’ On
    prowlland | August 17, 2010 at 1:19 am | Categories: Somethin’ Funny’s Goin’ On | URL: http://wp.me/pJu2u-1pz
    http://adask.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/somethin-funnys-goin-on/#comm

    Posted by Emil on God & Country USA

    The Manta.com website includes a database of over 63 million US and foreign companies. That database info is provided by Dunn & Bradstreet (D&B). Manta.com will provide preliminary information on each of these millions of companies for free. If you want more “in-depth” info, there’s a fee.

    But since this article is about “funny” stuff, and paying fees isn’t fun, let’s run a few free searches and see what we can find. You might be surprised.

    For example, if you type “Government of the United States” into the Manta.com search engine, you’ll be whisked to a list of “7,666 matching US companies”.

    The first “company” on the list is:

    “Government of the United States (US Government) HQ

    “the u.s. Capitol Washington DC”

    The “HQ” stands for “headquarters”.

    If you scroll down the list of other companies below the “Government of the United States,” you’ll find “branches” like “Executive Office of the United States Government” (6 entries), “United States Department of the Air Force (US Government),” “The Navy United States Department of (US Government Naval Reserves),” and “United States Court of Appeals For The 11th Circuit United States Courthouse”.

    Apparently, the Navy, Air Force and Courts are “companies”.

    That’s kinda “funny,” doncha think?

    If you click on the “Government of the United States HQ” link, you’ll see another website page with some fairly detailed—and possibly bewildering—information.

    For example, you’ll see that this “Government of the United States” has its address at: “the u.s. capitol “Washington, DC 20515-0001”

    Its phone number is “(202) 224-3121 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 224-3121 end_of_the_skype_highlighting”. Business Hours are “24/7”.

    You can click the “map” link and see a graphic indicating that this “Government” is located on “Capitol Hill” (same place as Congress) in Washington DC.

    None of that seems particularly surprising (other than the idea that our “Government” might be a “company” and/or a conglomerate of “companies”). But the Manta.com report does begin to seem a little strange under the heading “About Government Of The United States” where we read:

    “government, owner archbishop deric r. mccloud of basilica shrine michigan and 4th ne street washington,dc”.

    Say whut? Does that abbreviated text really indicate that the owner of the “Government Of The United States” is an archbishop named Deric R. McCloud? Who could be dumb enough to think (or even mistakenly write) that the “Government of the United States” was owned by an archbishop?

    A: Apparently, Dunn & Bradstreet was dumb enough.

    And just in case you think we can’t be talking about the “Government of the United States,” take a gander at the “Additional Information” heading and you’ll read (as of August 6th, A.D. 2010):

    “all receipents [sic] of federal funds that have any kind of criminal case or felony federal, state, local or served time in prison federal, state, benefits terminate 7/26/10 by barack obama administration.”

    The reference to “barack obama” shows that this entry for “Government of the United States HQ” does, indeed, describe the very same “Government of the United States” that we all so love and admire. (Don’t forget that this “Government” and all its various “branches” are being reported by D&B to be individual, private companies.)

    OK, OK—maybe this article isn’t really all that “funny” (ha-ha!), but it’s still pretty “funny” (strange).

    • Go back to the top of the “Government of the United States” page and click the “More Info” tab. Under “Employees (Estimated)” you’ll read:

    “2,768,886 “At this location “3”

    2.7 million federal employees sounds about right. This enormous number of employees confirms that we’re viewing information on the “Government of the United States”.

    But if only “3” of those millions of employees are “At this location” (the “HQ”) who are the “chosen 3”? And where, precisely is “this location”? Capitol Hill? Yes—but where on Capitol Hill? In the Senate chamber? The House of Representatives? If there are only “3” people at the HQ, that HQ might be as small as some cloakroom.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    Under “State of Incorporation” you’ll read “Information not found”. This could mean that this “Government of the United States” was never formally “incorporated”. Or it might mean that the information concerning that incorporation is intentionally concealed.

    However, we can see a clue to the possible date of incorporation for this “Government of the United States” under the heading “Years in Business” which reads “223”. If the “Government of the United States” began 223 years ago, there should be a constitution or charter to mark its creation at that time.

    This is A.D. 2010, so “223” years ago would be A.D. 1787.

    But that’s odd.

    Why? Because our current “Government of the United States” should have been created by “The Constitution of the United States” and therefore could not have existed prior to the ratification of the Constitution.

    In A.D. 1787, the Constitutional Convention completed the final draft of the Constitution on September 17th. That proposed Constitution for a new “federal government” was then submitted to the Congress that already existed under the Articles of Confederation (ratified in A.D. 1781). The Confederation Congress quickly “approved” the proposed Constitution under Article 13 of the Articles of Confederation and then sent it out to We the People for ratification.

    Article VII of the Constitution declares, “The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.” I.e., the Constitution (and resulting federal government) could not become effective and operational until it was ratified by at least nine of the States of the Union.

    Thus, while the Constitution may have been “approved” by the existing Congress in A.D. 1787, it could not have been established and ordained by We the People until ratified by at least 9 States. But the 9th State (New Hampshire) didn’t ratify until June 21st, A.D. 1788.

    Wikipedia article “Unites States Constitution” reports:

    “Once the Congress of the Confederation received word of New Hampshire’s ratification, it set a timetable for the start of operations under the new Constitution, and on March 4, 1789, the [new, federal] government began operations.” [Bracketed insertion mine.]

    Since the Constitution created the federal “Government” and could not have been ratified by We the People before A.D. 1788 (when the 9th State ratified), D&B’s report that the “Government of the United States” began “223” years ago (A.D. 1787) can’t be true. The earliest that the Constitution could’ve been deemed ratified and operations was A.D. 1788—222 years ago. Similarly, given that the new federal “Government” was not actually operational until A.D. 1789, the D&B report that this “Government” has been “in business” since A.D. 1787 also seems mistaken. Under this criteria, the earliest that the federal Government might become operational was A.D. 1789—221 years ago.

    Big deal, hmm?

    Who cares?

    Aren’t I merely making a mountain out of data entry error mole hill? Didn’t the D&B clerk responsible for the data entry simply write “223” when she meant “222” or even “221”?

    I doubt it. If I’m right, it is a “big deal”. Here’s why:

    In A.D. 2008, I first learned about the Manta.com reports that suggest our government is some sort of conglomerate of “companies” and “branches”. When I first read the D&B “Government of the United States” report two years ago, Manta.com had a different website format. In that earlier format, Manta.com reported that “Government of the United States” started in “1787”. (Today, they report “223” years in business.)

    In 2008, when I first saw “1787,” I knew that either: 1) the D&B data entry clerk made a mistake; or 2) the current “Government of the United States” is somehow presumed to have started at least one year before the Constitution itself was ratified and two years before the resulting federal government became operational.

    If so, whatever currently pa**** for our “Government of the United States” is not based on the authority of We the People, but on some other “authority”. Thus, this is a potentially “big” deal.

    I also knew that if the D&B clerk didn’t make a data entry error, that the Manta.com website might be changed to eliminate evidence that today’s “Government of the United States” is not be the same “Government” created by the Constitution ratified by People in A.D. 1788. So, in A.D. 2009, I downloaded and retained complete copies of about 25 Manta.com website pages for safekeeping.

    As I’d anticipated, the Manta.com website has since been modified and some information found two years ago has been changed or “disappeared”.

    For example, where Manta.com used to report that the “Government” began in “1787,” it now reports that it’s been in business for “223” years. That’s not a big change. It’s still possible that the numbers “223” and “1787” simply reflect some persistent data entry calculation error. But given the differences between “1787” and “223,” the probability of a mere data entry error is reduced. It therefore seems increasingly possible that the current D&B report on “Government of the United States” may correctly declare that that “Government” started the year before the Constitution was ratified by the People.

    If so, as crazy as it sounds, it is therefore conceivable that there might be two editions of our “Constitution”: 1) one approved by the Confederation Congress in A.D. 1787; and 2) another, ratified by We the People in A.D. 1788. The text of both of these “editions” of the Constitution would be identical, but the underlying authority would be completely different.

    Under the Constitution ratified by People in A.D. 1788, the enacting authority and national sovereigns would (consistent with the principles of the “Declaration of Independence”) be We the People. As individual sovereigns, We the People would enjoy the “republican form of government” guaranteed at Article 4 Section 4 of the federal Constitution.

    However, under the possible Constitution “approved” by Congress in A.D. 1787, the enacting authority and national sovereigns would be the Congress. If Congress were the constitutional sovereign, our form of government would be an aristocracy of 535 men and women. Worse, under such aristocracy, you and I would be presumed to be subjects or even slaves. If the Constitution “approved” by Congress in A.D. 1787 were in effect today (rather than the Constitution ratified by the People in A.D. 1788), you and I can’t be free.

    Yes, this conjecture sounds like another howling conspiracy theory. But even so, since the Constitution wasn’t ratified until A.D. 1788 and the resulting government didn’t become operational until A.D. 1789, D&B’s report that the government began “223” years ago and/or began in “1787” can’t be accurate. So, it seems at least “odd” that an entity as professional a D&B would make such a peculiar error.

    It’s also curious that D&B describes the “Government of the United States” as a company and “HQ” over a number of other “branches” (like the Army, Navy, Air Force and courts) that are also deemed to be “companies”.

    Somethin’ funny’s goin’ on here.

    • If you’re up for even more funny stuff, enter “Nancy Pelosi” into the Manta.com search engine. You’ll be taken to a list of “2 matching U.S. companies”:

    1) “United States House of Representatives (Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi) BRANCH” at her San Francisco address; and

    2) “Representative Nancy Pelosi (Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi) BRANCH” at her Washington DC address.

    Click the #1 link, look for the heading “About United States House of Representatives,” and you’ll read:

    “United States House Of Representatives is a private company categorized under Legislative Bodies, National and located in San Francisco, CA . . . .”

    Whut th’ . . . ?!

    The US House of Representative is “a private company”?! And it’s “located in San Francisco, CA” (the home of the Speaker of the House)?

    More?

    Look under the heading “United States House of Representatives Business Information” and you’ll read:

    “United States House Of Representatives also does business as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.”

    The House of Representatives not only “does business” but does so “as Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi”? Is “Nancy Pelosi” something like a trademark, alter ego or registered agent for the “private company” we call the “House of Representatives”? Is she the CEO and/or D/B/A for the House of Representatives, Inc.?

    Incidentally, the 2009 edition of Manta.com’s report on Nancy Pelosi (that I recorded and saved) declared that the US House of Representatives was “also traded as Nancy Pelosi”.

    Also traded as?! What does that mean? Are we talking about packages of bubble gum that include government “trading cards” featuring photos of the House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi? Or is the House of Representatives and/or Nancy Pelosi some sort of stock? If so, who’s buying, who’s selling? Who owns that “company”?

    • Enter “US Social Security Admin” into the search engine. Scroll down a bit and you’ll read:

    “US Social Security Admin is a private company categorized under Federal Government-Social and Human Resources and located in West Branch, MI.”

    So-So Security is a “private company” . . . ? That’s not located in Washington DC, but rather in “West Branch, MI” . . . ? I don’t know what that means, but I can’t help but laugh. Somethin’ funny is goin’ on here.

    • Try “Internal Revenue Service”. Manta.com will produce “41,632 matching U.S. companies”. Some of these are clearly private entities that have no governmental pretense, but many or most are “governmental”.

    If you click the link to “Internal Revenue Service, Internal Revenue Dst Council,” you’ll read “Internal Revenue Service is a private company categorized under Federal Goverenment-Finance and Taxation and located in Portland, OR.”

    Click the “Internal Revenue Service, Andover Service Center . . . . Andover MA” link and you’ll read that “Internal Revenue Service is a private company categorized under Federal Government-Finance and Taxation and located in Andover, MA.”

    Two different locations indicate two different “private companies”.

    These reports (and scores more) suggest that each individual IRS office may be a separate “private company”. Therefore, if you’re contacted by an IRS office in Austin, Texas, you may be dealing with one “private company”. If you’re subsequently contacted by another IRS office from, say, Provo, Utah—you might be dealing with a completely different “private company”.

    What’s your obligation to talk to several different “private companies” about your income taxes? Are there privacy concerns in sharing your tax information with several private companies?

    And given that there are at least several score (and perhaps several thousand) “private companies,” operating as an “Internal Revenue Service,” who are you really paying your income taxes to? H&R Block?

    There are a host of additional “private companies” that you might want to research. I collected website pages for about two dozen in 2008 and 2009. I’m not sure how many of those can still be found, but if you can find ‘em and if you read closely, you may be fascinated. Search for: “United States Court of Appeals,” “District of Columbia,” “George W Bush,” and “Supreme Court of the United States”. All were listed by D&B as “private companies”.

    You may find other D&B reports that are similarly fascinating or bewildering. What does D&B have to say about the CIA or Homeland Security? Inquiring minds wanna know.

    • What’s it all mean? I’m not sure. Perhaps D&B is merely guilty of gross negligence when it comes to entering data on governmental entities.

    Or, maybe the entire structure of what currently pa**** for “government” is actually a conglomerate of “private companies” run by an aristocratic Congress that’s owned by . . . who? The world’s bankers?

    If so, the true nature of the “Government of the United States” might not be that of a “republic” or even a “democracy,” but rather a combination of governmental and corporate interests (“private companies”) that’s usually described as “fascism”. If so, we no longer have “government of the People, by the People and for the People” but instead have “government of the people, by the Congress, and for the Corporations.”

    Whatever the explanation, somethin’ funny is goin’ on here.

    Today, when it comes to government, an appearance of reality appears to have been substituted for reality. Our government is not what it appears to be; not what it professes to be—and that’s not funny at all, is it?

    Written at arm’s length and at my political choice of venue within The United States of America,

    Alfred Adask

  16. Will someone please explain to me why 9-11 is not mentioned here?

    http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/terbinladen.htm

  17. Somethings just don’t add up. It makes no sense for the FBI not to list 9-11 unless they know something we don’t.

  18. !!!!
    Get This!! VA Gov. Doug Wilder was just on Neil Cavuto, Fox Cable, and he suggests V.P. Biden should step down!!! He thinks Biden should switch places with Hillary!! As Pamela Gellar says, “Asshats” lol!
    They have got to be kidding — they think that by changing top administration, with the exception of o, of course, that the dems will then be reelected in 2012. They think Hillary as V.P. will be their saviour!
    Wilder was such an sob re the Clintons during the democratic campaign.
    And I doubt PUMAs will jump at an o/hillary ticket — PUMA’s memories are not so short — I’ve never in my life witnessed such a dirty corrupt campaign– and I doubt Independents will be swayed with o at the top of the ticket. I think , we the people, no longer trust any of the corrupt hoodlums whose only concern is lining their own pockets (and the pockets of their cronies). Don’t they get it? Or is it that they just don’t give a damn about ANY of us — unfortunately, I think that is the case.

    • They need to put Hillary at the top of the ticket — but I think too much damage has been done for them to have a chance at this point. It seems the dems favor only the illegals, the hoodlums (at the top and the bottom) — black panthers, acorn, wall street, special interest groups ….

  19. Biden prove’s once again he is not the sharpest tool in the the tool shed –

  20. MARK SHIELDS: Independents hold balance of power, and they’re liking Republicans
    Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010

    http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2010/08/22/opinion/srv0000009160752.txt

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