Day: April 25, 2011

Wall Street Behind High Food-Oil Prices Causing Global Instability

Rachel Maddow and Dylan Rattigan are the ONLY two people on network or cable TV that tells its audience the truth about the current gas and food price hike.  Speculation on Wall Street  is what drives gas and food prices to all time highs.

It’s convenient to blame the President for these hikes but in reality, it’s Wall Street…

Times News Net

AAA exec blames Wall Street speculation for high gas prices

Frustrated at the gasoline pump? Don’t blame the troubles in Libya or supply and demand. AAA East Tennessee says blame Wall Street traders.

Don Lindsey, AAA East Tennessee public affairs specialist, said the speculative nature of stock traders and the price of crude oil exceeding $110 per barrel are the main reasons the nation is flirting with $4 per gallon gas at the pump.   Continue reading…

Watch this Dylan Rattigan video for more…

Rev. Franklin Graham On Obama’s Birth Certificate: ‘Why Can’t He Produce That?’

Oh boy…the trend here is that prior to supporting Trump on this fabricated birther issue, most of those who support his efforts, like Rev. Franklin Graham,  have already been inducted into the “hall of crazy” for previous off-the-wall political statements.

Mediaite

Reverend Franklin Graham appeared on This Week and host Christiane Amanpourgot him to share his feelings on many of today’s political personalities. In addition to speaking favorably of many potential Republican candidates for President, Graham revealed that he too is curious about why President Obama has yet to produce more records related to his birth.

Graham previously traveled with Sarah Palin to Haiti but declared that he doesn’t expect her to run for President. Graham said, “I don’t think she likes politics, I think she likes speaking on the issues, and I agree with many of the issues that she brings up.” Regarding other possible candidates, Graham admitted that Mitt Romney is “a very capable person,” however, Graham seemed more excited to talk about Donald Trump. Graham revealed about Trump:

“When I first saw that he was getting in, I thought ‘well this has got to be a joke,’ but the more you listen to him, the more you say to yourself, ‘you know maybe the guy’s right.’”

Not only is Graham open to supporting Trump for President, but Graham apparently has been listening to Trump long enough to also wonder about Obama’s birth certificate. Graham thinks Obama “can solve this whole birth certificate issue pretty quickly . . . I don’t know why he can’t produce that?” And despite considering Obama to be a “nice man,” Graham also suggests that even if Obama considers himself to be a Christian because he goes to Church, “a membership [alone] doesn’t make you a Christian.” Overall, it seems like the Reverend delivered to Obama a not so pleasant Easter Sunday message.

Watch the clip from ABC below:


 

Jailbreak In Kandahar, Afghan Official Reports

This can’t be good for the Obama Administration.  The ineptitude on behalf of military officials in Afghanistan is mind-boggling.   And we’re there 10 years later, because…?

Huffington Post

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — More than 400 inmates – many of them Taliban insurgents – escaped from the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar overnight through an underground tunnel, an official said Monday.

The massive jailbreak in Kandahar, the focus of much of the international military effort to defeat the insurgency, is a reminder that the Afghan government is still weak and easily thwarted in the south, despite an influx of international troops, funding and advisers.

The escape comes after years of security upgrades and tightened procedures at the 1,200-inmate Sarposa Prison following a brazen 2008 Taliban attack that freed 900 prisoners.

On Sunday night, about 476 prisoners streamed out of a tunnel dug between the prison and the outside and disappeared into Kandahar city, prison supervisor Ghulam Dastagir Mayar said. He said many of the missing were Taliban militants.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents on the outside dug the 1,050-foot (320-meter ) tunnel to the prison over five months, bypassing government checkpoints. The tunnel finally reached the prison cells Sunday night, and the inmates were led through it to freedom by three prisoners who had been informed of the plan, Mujahid said.

About 100 of those who escaped were Taliban commanders, and most of the others were fighters with the insurgency, he said.

In the 2008 attack, dozens of militants on motorbikes and two suicide bombers assaulted the prison. One suicide bomber set off an explosives-laden tanker truck at the prison gate while a second bomber blew up an escape route through a back wall. About 900 inmates esca

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — More than 400 inmates – many of them Taliban insurgents – escaped from the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar overnight through an underground tunnel, an official said Monday.

The massive jailbreak in Kandahar, the focus of much of the international military effort to defeat the insurgency, is a reminder that the Afghan government is still weak and easily thwarted in the south, despite an influx of international troops, funding and advisers.

The escape comes after years of security upgrades and tightened procedures at the 1,200-inmate Sarposa Prison following a brazen 2008 Taliban attack that freed 900 prisoners.

On Sunday night, about 476 prisoners streamed out of a tunnel dug between the prison and the outside and disappeared into Kandahar city, prison supervisor Ghulam Dastagir Mayar said. He said many of the missing were Taliban militants.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents on the outside dug the 1,050-foot (320-meter ) tunnel to the prison over five months, bypassing government checkpoints. The tunnel finally reached the prison cells Sunday night, and the inmates were led through it to freedom by three prisoners who had been informed of the plan, Mujahid said.

About 100 of those who escaped were Taliban commanders, and most of the others were fighters with the insurgency, he said.

In the 2008 attack, dozens of militants on motorbikes and two suicide bombers assaulted the prison. One suicide bomber set off an explosives-laden tanker truck at the prison gate while a second bomber blew up an escape route through a back wall. About 900 inmates esca

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — More than 400 inmates – many of them Taliban insurgents – escaped from the main prison in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar overnight through an underground tunnel, an official said Monday.

The massive jailbreak in Kandahar, the focus of much of the international military effort to defeat the insurgency, is a reminder that the Afghan government is still weak and easily thwarted in the south, despite an influx of international troops, funding and advisers.

The escape comes after years of security upgrades and tightened procedures at the 1,200-inmate Sarposa Prison following a brazen 2008 Taliban attack that freed 900 prisoners.

On Sunday night, about 476 prisoners streamed out of a tunnel dug between the prison and the outside and disappeared into Kandahar city, prison supervisor Ghulam Dastagir Mayar said. He said many of the missing were Taliban militants.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the insurgents on the outside dug the 1,050-foot (320-meter ) tunnel to the prison over five months, bypassing government checkpoints. The tunnel finally reached the prison cells Sunday night, and the inmates were led through it to freedom by three prisoners who had been informed of the plan, Mujahid said.

About 100 of those who escaped were Taliban commanders, and most of the others were fighters with the insurgency, he said.

In the 2008 attack, dozens of militants on motorbikes and two suicide bombers assaulted the prison. One suicide bomber set off an explosives-laden tanker truck at the prison gate while a second bomber blew up an escape route through a back wall.  About 900 inmates escaped, including  400 Taliban fighters.

Daily Beast: Robert De Niro Smacks Donald Trump

My favorite New Yorker and actor speaks out about Donald Trump’s “craziness”…

The Daily Beast

In an interview at his Tribeca Film Festival, famously taciturn star Robert De Niro took a public swipe at Trump’s “crazy” presidential aspirations, likening him to a “car salesman.” Lloyd Grove reports.

Robert De Niro has no use for presidential wannabe Donald Trump and his constant questioning of the legitimacy of President Obama’s claims to American-born citizenship.

During an onstage interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, the Oscar-winning actor compared the real-estate mogul and reality-show star—who has taken up the “birther” cause with a vengeance to promote his possible candidacy—to a car salesman on the hustle. De Niro called Trump “crazy” and accused him of saying “terrible things” without having the facts to back them up.

“I won’t mention names, but there are certain people on the news in the last couple of weeks—what they’re doing is crazy,” De Niro said, appearing with Williams at the film festival he founded 10 years ago as a way of reviving downtown Manhattan in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11. “They’re making statements about people that they don’t even back up. Go get the facts before you start saying things about people.”

In case anyone was confused about whom De Niro was criticizing, Williams clarified: “Any of those people have shows on my network on Sunday night?”—a reference to Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.

“Yes,” De Niro confirmed, and elaborated. “It’s like a big hustle. It’s like being a car salesman. Don’t go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? It’s awful. Just go out there and speak and say these terrible things?… It’s crazy.”

When Williams asked De Niro if he ever gets frustrated with American politics, the actor/director responded with a defense of Obama against his Republican detractors.

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