Insatiable Maw of the War Machine

clip_image002Frothing, Insatiable Maw of the War Machine Screaming for More Blood and Treasure

This rhetorical escalation against Iran is being reported as a “bipartisan consensus” to keep “all options on the table.” But that doesn’t mean it is anything but a ruse to pull us into another military conflict in the Middle East. The language is reminiscent of early 2003: “Iran is developing nuclear weapons! We’ve got to stop it now! Otherwise Iran could hand it off to a terrorist!”

How long will it be before someone directly quotes the Bush administration and says, “The smoking gun will be a mushroom cloud”?

This freak-out is infected with politics at every level – fear-mongering is extremely beneficial for right-wing politicians in every country involved in this manufactured crisis, who seek to increase support for militaristic policy by evoking right-wing frames in the minds of their populations.

It’s High Noon time for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and “cute-pink- gun-wacko” TeaPublican Rep.  Lori Klein to stand “unarmed” before the very students they want to have the right to bear arms in our classrooms


… Can you say HELL NO


Measure would shift redistricting to AZ lawmakers

clip_image001By PAUL DAVENPORT
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters would decide whether to put redistricting back in the hands of state lawmakers and the governor under a proposal endorsed by a Senate committee as Republicans renewed their criticism of the state redistricting commission.

The resolution approved the Government Reform Committee on a 4-2 party line vote Wednesday is sponsored by 20 of 21 majority Senate Republicans.

The plan is an alternative to a stalled proposal by House Speaker Andy Tobin that would revamp the Independent Redistricting Commission. The Senate proposal instead eliminates the commission outright.

Both proposals would be subject to voter approval in November because both would amend the Arizona Constitution.

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How Global Chemical Giant Syngenta Paid Third Party Pundits Spin the "News" on Atrazine

How Global Chemical Giant Syngenta Paid Third Party Pundits Spin the "News" on Atrazine …By Sara Jerving | PR Watch 

Documents obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy, recently unsealed as part of a major lawsuit against Syngenta, reveal that the global chemical company’s PR team had a multi-million dollar budget to pay surrogates and others who helped advance its messages about the weed-killer "atrazine."  This story is part two of a series about Syngenta’s PR campaign to influence the media, potential jurors, potential plaintiffs, farmers, politicians, scientists, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the midst of reviews of the

… ATRAZINE … banned – outlawed – not allowed  in their home nation of Switzerland or in the EU … but the  leading  killer” in the USA … (weeds only or so says USDA … FDA … CDC … Mon$anto)

clip_image002Yet another example of lobbyists and legislators restricting the rights of citizens


Posted: 07 Feb 2012 12:46 PM PS …  Posted by AzBlueMeanie …

The Founding Fathers of Arizona were progressive populists. They included in the Arizona Constitution three progressive era rights of citizens: initiative, referendum, and recall. These rights were to protect the citizens against the abuses by state legislators controled by powerful lobbyist interests.

There are a number of bills in the legislature this session which seek to restrict and limit these rights of citizens in favor of legislators controled by powerful lobbyist interests. In this, our Centennial year as a state, our Tea-Publican legislature rejects and seeks to reverse Arizona’s progressive populist heritage.

One such bill is a legislative proposed referendum to severely limit the ability of Arizona citizens to enact new revenue sources for such things as education and health care that our ideological Tea-Publican legislature routinely underfunds in their desire to shred the "socialist" safety net of the "entitlement society."

Arizonans have routinely approved new taxes and spending for education and health care by citizen initiatives every time such initiatives have appeared on the ballot. It is how the citizens of Arizona correct the ideological extremism of our Tea-Publican legislature.

So now our Tea-Publican legislature wants to impose a two-thirds super-majority requirement on citizen initiatives which seek to enact new revenue sources for such things as education and health care. Because a simple majority vote, the foundation of our democratic Republic, apparently no longer is good enough when it comes to taxes.

"The first principle of republicanism is that the lex majoris partis is the fundamental law of every society of individuals of equal rights; to consider the will of the society enounced by the majority of a single vote as sacred as if unanimous is the first of all lessons in importance, yet the last which is thoroughly learnt. This law once disregarded, no other remains but that of force, which ends necessarily in military despotism." –Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1817.

Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, is sponsoring legislation that would require any sort of tax hike to receive the approval of two-thirds of voters in order to be enacted. Referendum would raise the bar on raising taxes – Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required):

He says the change proposed by HCR2043 is necessary to keep a small minority of voters influenced by special interest groups from rubber-stamping a tax hike on everyone.

Really? What Rep. Stevens actually proposes is a minority veto power, a "tyranny of the minority."

Our Tea-Publican legislators have pledged their fealty to their lord and master, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity, the Club for Growth, and dozens of similar anti-tax organizations. These billionaire funded organizations would exercise a minority veto power over the will of the majority of Arizona voters by spending just enough money to convince one voter more than one third of the voters to reject what almost two-thirds of voters favor. As Jefferson said, this is undemocratic and anti-republican, it is despotism.

Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, pointed out that local governments rarely take tax initiatives to the ballot. When they do, it’s usually for specific purposes.

Proposition 400 in Maricopa County is an example of the sorts of initiatives that would be blocked, he said. In 2004, voters were asked to approve an extension of a half-cent sales tax to fund transportation projects in the region. It was approved by 57 percent of voters.

Putting a two-thirds threshold on that would pretty much guarantee nothing would ever pass,” Strobeck said.

Craig Sullivan, executive director of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona said counties are required by state law to provide certain functions of government, like providing resources for the courts and criminal justice system.

But at the same time, the counties’ primary source of revenue, property taxes, are capped, as are sales taxes.

“We’re really in a revenue box,” Sullivan said.

So when a county needs money in order to meet some of those state-mandated functions, they have a couple tools at their disposal, including ballot referrals for jail districts and road districts.

But when they do take those measures to the ballot, it’s sometimes a tough sell.

In short, school district, city, county and state governments would never be able to raise revenues to provide essential government services because anti-tax zealots exercising a minority veto power, a "tyranny of the minority," would be able to defeat any measure.

Some of the recent citizens initiatives would have been similarly defeated. The 2006 80 cent-per-pack cigarette tax to fund First Things First only passed by 53 percent, and the Prop 100 temporary sales tax referendum for education only won 61 percent of voter approval in 2010.

Since the voters of this state were foolish enough to fall for the right-wing Prop. 108 in 1992, requiring a two-thirds super-majority vote for any tax increase or the elimination or reduction of any tax exemption or credit, the Arizona legislature has not approved a single tax increase, unable to overcome the minority veto power of the "tyranny of the minority." Every tax increase which has occurred since 1992 has been by way of voter approval at the ballot.

Now the anti-tax lobbyists and Tea-Publican legislators want to take that right away from you.

As long as Prop. 108 remains law, true tax reform in Arizona can never occur. Do not limit your right to citizen initiatives.


…Can you say historically stupid … what “we” allow the bank$ters to $crew us out of hundred$ of billions of illusionary dollars and “we” allow our eyes to glaze over because they are being fined $25 billion dollars which they “make-up” out if thin air …


Foreclosuregate Update: The banksters of Wall Street win again  


The Fed Resumes Printing

Written by
Bud Conrad
Date: 02-07-2012
Casey Research Articles


The Federal Reserve recently announced important policy changes after its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Here are the three most important takeaways, in its own words:

The Committee decided today to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic conditions – including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued outlook for inflation over the medium run – are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through late 2014. The Committee judges that inflation at the rate of 2 percent, as measured by the annual change in the price index for personal consumption expenditures, is most consistent over the longer run with the Federal Reserve’s statutory mandate. In the most recent projections, FOMC participants’ estimates of the longer-run normal rate of unemployment had a central tendency o f 5.2 percen percent to 6.0 percent. The Fed released FOMC participants’ target federal funds rate for the next few years.