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Is America Under Attack ... Or Are the Barbarians Inside the Gates?

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Wed, 10/06/2010 - 09:03 | 628792 Hulk
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America is under attack, but it ain't China, its DC. Time to wall it off and fill it with water.

Too bad the Potomac isn't still filled with shit...

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 09:03 | 628771 Widowmaker
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Washington you need to address the real problem, incorporation.

Corporations get representation without taxation.

The corporation has come between the people and their government in politics.  Since when is the individual capable of competing with corporate money and influence?

Corporate welfare has come between the people and their treasury, failure rewarded.  No accountability.

Domestic laws don't apply to international corporations.  This should alarm you.  Laws are changed to protect corporations (TBTF) but not nations nor people.

Liberty, privacy and individual rights are the first principles sacrificed when dealing with corporate problems. 

The corporate machine IS the beast, and you can bet your ass is self-aware.


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 09:14 | 628818 Rogerwilco
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So what is your alternative to the corporation? The bullshit that Lenin, Mao, and Pol Pot tried worked out so well, no?

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 09:48 | 628822 Widowmaker
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There is nothing wrong with the corporation, just how it's used as both the sword and shield of barbarians, the mechanism to circumvent the rule of law, escape taxation, oppress the individual, and just recently exercise freedom AS an individual, when anything but.  The assault is purposeful marginalization of the individual - the people collectively.

You think all of the above is pure coincidence?  Perhaps you can give an example (any in the history of mankind) where this is shown otherwise.

Show some more ignorance while your nation of the people by the people is gutted by fascist incorporation.

Most will.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 10:10 | 628958 RockyRacoon
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Just one aspect of your argument:

The Gap Between Statutory and Real Corporate Tax Rates
Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:45 | 628741 Species8472
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 - Sacrificing any real chance to reduce unemployment in order to keep inflation low


That needs some explanation? The Fed should have allowed inflation to go higher, and should not have raised rates??


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:43 | 628739 Tense INDIAN
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today i will get the movie  "Apocalypse in the land of the dead"......

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:23 | 628685 Bringin It
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Thanks GW.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:20 | 628677 Dollar Bill Hiccup
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Eating too much, drinking too much, doing too many drugs (prescription and non), exercizing too little, using too much energy, watching too much TV, sleeping too little, allowing oneself to fall into a stupor and be manipulated by abject materialism ... priceless. For everything else, there's the US Government ... and China ...

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:14 | 628668 ATTILA THE WIMP

Commissioned and non-commissioned US military officers for 911 truth


Two former US senators have signed and so have I.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:49 | 628655 MarketFox
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The US government continues to play its citizens for fools....

The recent commentary is that TARP is not costing the public as much as once thought....

THEY knowingly leave out costs such as stealing interest earnings from those who worked all their lives...and now receive no income for their work...which can not be replaced...

Trillions have been lost and misplaced and there has been no accountability....

I can not wait for the US REVOLUTION....

Obama, Bush  and their ilk are garbage.....

Lots of heads need to be on poles in the public square....


A government financial imposition is a tax....A 0% interest rate policy forced by the government is a 100% interest tax on savers....

Nothing more...nothing less....

The politicos are "garbage"....and are trashing what is left of the US....

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 07:49 | 628625 XitSam
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OK, I was with you until you started quoting Keith Olbermann as an authority on anything.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:58 | 628779 lamont cranston
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Mr Olbermann IS an authority...on ignorant assholes.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 10:06 | 628945 RockyRacoon
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Olbermann:  The Hannity of MSNBC

All the news that's worthy of cherry-picking.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 07:45 | 628622 PierreLegrand
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Well known and respected air force pilots make statements on the patriotsquestion911 website supporting the premise that people who were trained to fly only a cessna (as our government claimed was the training of the terrorists who (supposedly) maneuvered the hijacked aircraft) could never have had the skill to manuever a commercial airliner in the pattern needed to hit the pentagon and the towers ; that commercial airliners, in fact, do not have even the mechanical capability to manuever the pattern needed to strike the pentagon at ground level,,,on and on.  Well worth reading their comments. 


Fucking buffoon..."well known pilots make a claim that commercial planes don't even have the Mechanical capability to manuever the pattern???" Where did those assclown "well known pilots" get their licenses? Out of a box of cereal? What some of you assholes will believe is astounding.

And of COURSE the Joooos did it, are doing it, have done it. I mean fuck it all to hell. You HAVE 1400 years of evidence that Islam is at war with us. You have current muslim clerics declaring that there can be no other state between those who are Muslim and those who are not and you dumbfucktards discount all of that and instead claim the JOOOOOS did it.

I guess some of the planes were remotely piloted? The Pentagon plane was a missile? Tell me if those EVIL JOOOOS were so fucking brilliant as to manufactor this entire event why weren't they smart enough to simply have 4 planes flown into the buildings instead of doing it with a missile? And if they were going to blow it up with controlled demolition then why didn't they simply go ahead and do it that way? All the same folks could have been blamed by those EVIL JOOOOS. Guess you clueless fuckers have forgotten that those bastard Islamic radicals had already had one go at knocking down the Towers...and they tried it with explosives.

And no don't try to answer these questions, you fuckers aren't smart enough.

AND GEORGE WASHINGTON...STOP BREATHING MY AIR. I get sick thinking that I may have encountered some of the stupid you exhale.


Thu, 10/07/2010 - 00:09 | 631311 Hephasteus
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Pentagon was hit by a cruise missle. Period.

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 23:01 | 634328 PierreLegrand
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And the plane with Barbara Olsen flew to the bermuda fucking triangle...you tool. Why hit it with a fucking missle when a plane works better? And if you can control the motherfucking world then you can hit it with a plane and convince a bunch of scared pussy boys that you hit it with a missile so they convince themselves that it is the EVIL JOOOOOS.

Please motherfuckers...grow the fuck up.

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 09:45 | 634892 Bringin It
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I enjoy your witty repartee Pierre.  Really, you crack me up.  Such a way with the words.  Hey are you French?

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:37 | 628725 Bringin It
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Pierre - most people would advise that when you find yourself in a hole, ... you stop digging. 

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 22:58 | 634325 PierreLegrand
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What fucking hole...is the hole that I find myself agreeing with much of what is written on this site but that some of you crazy motherfuckers apparently believe in the fairyfuckinggodmother. The idea that the Government is competent enough to have discerned this fucking mess before those 19 felching arabfucktoys drove those planes into the towers is hilarious. But now we are to believe that the same folks who gave us this fucked up economy were smart enough to hide a plot of unimaginable size...and the only reason that we are asked to believe this shit is that folks are just shaking in their fucking panties about the idea that we are in an age old battle with a bunch of death loving boy lovers.

Fri, 10/08/2010 - 09:42 | 634886 Bringin It
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Hey, RichardP was postulating the other day that most, maybe all buildings in Manhattan are pre-wired and armed with explosives.  He posed that as a potential explanation for Building #7 collapsing in it's footprint when Lucky Larry Silverstein said they had to 'pull it'.

So I dunno, maybe you guys are really smart and on to something.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:24 | 628697 blindman
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that says it all.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:19 | 628675 Blankman
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How can you simply believe that a semi-well trained group of muslim terrorists (the A-Team) hijacked several planes flew them into buildings without so much as a peep from our gov.  Is that plausible... sure, but so is the other argument regarding it was all a conspiracy perpetrated from within.  Just because you argue louder doesn't make you right.  Personally I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle, a place where we are not being guided by hate (jews) and fear (muslims).  

The time tested and mother approved way of looking into the abyss - who made money, who stood to make money and who gained power from this fiasco?   

Thu, 10/07/2010 - 22:53 | 634313 PierreLegrand
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The Government didn't say anything because contrary to McFuckingGuyver the government is full of motherfucking incompetents who cannot tie their shoes without a youtube video.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 07:27 | 628603 OldTrooper
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Barbarians inside the gates?

Or is it: Barbarians manning the gates.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 07:20 | 628599 99er
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Chart: USD/JPY

Inside Washington.


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 03:10 | 628482 Sudden Debt
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I watched "7 feathers" last night. A good movie about the falling English empire in the 19th century.

Looks pretty much like everything that is happening today.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:42 | 628469 thermroc
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"We cannot let the pursuit of justice fail.  Those of us in the military took an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic".  Just because we have retired does not make that oath invalid, so it is not just our responsibility, it is our duty to expose the real perpetrators of 9/11 and bring them to justice, no matter how hard it is, how long it takes, or how much we have to suffer to do it.

We owe it to those who have gone before us who executed that same oath, and who are doing the same thing in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.  Those of us who joined the military and faithfully executed orders that were given us had to trust our leaders.  The violation and abuse of that trust is not only heinous, but ultimately the most accurate definition of treason!"

Lt. Col. Guy S. Razer, MS




noun rebellion, rising, revolution, outbreak, revolt, disturbance, upheaval, mutiny, insurrection, putsch, insurgence a popular uprising against the authoritarian government


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 10:02 | 628935 RockyRacoon
Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:27 | 628459 fresbee
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1005 with you. Barbarians are inside the gate and am surprsied the commom american cant see it. They strut around as if nothing amiss. Last few days before the slaughter of the lambs and it is a once in century event. 20th century saw Britain lose its power status. 21 st will see US lose its whatever status it has. 

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:08 | 628449 williambanzai7
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Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:35 | 628464 SheHunter
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Hah!  Good one.  Now add "Beware SNAFU Zone" on some of the flagging....

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:02 | 628442 Al Bundy
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Which tax incentives are you referring to?  I'm guessing either the 80/20 rule (which no longer exists) or the Subpart F regime.

If it's the latter, the I'll note a couple points:

  • Subpart F is already the most ambitious CFC income recognition vehicle in the world.  Effectively, it allows the US govt to tax income well before it ever gets repatriated to the US.
  • Subpart F is, by nature, a timing mechanism that seeks to tax overseas income sooner than later. 
  • Most sophisticated countries (e.g., the EU parent/subsidiary directive) encourage their companies to repatriate income home via e.g., participation exemption systems.  The US does the opposite, and de facto encourages companies to never repatriate income for use in investing in the US. 

I would argue that because of the last point, the US suffers massively because income faces considerable difficulty in returning to the US for use in domestic investment. 

Unfortunately, I have yet to find an elected official intellectually capable or interested in a Subpart F conversation.  The JCT guys are the only ones in DC who understand it. 

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:55 | 628437 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Speaking of September 11th, even Faux is starting to get the picture.  The government gave up leads on Atta, and the other "hijackers"-hijackers who never ever received flight certification for small airplanes, nevermind jet airliners.  What?  Yeah, they could not fly planes.

A 9/11 COVER UP? :

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:07 | 628447 SheHunter
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Well known and respected air force pilots make statements on the patriotsquestion911 website supporting the premise that people who were trained to fly only a cessna (as our government claimed was the training of the terrorists who (supposedly) maneuvered the hijacked aircraft) could never have had the skill to manuever a commercial airliner in the pattern needed to hit the pentagon and the towers ; that commercial airliners, in fact, do not have even the mechanical capability to manuever the pattern needed to strike the pentagon at ground level,,,on and on.  Well worth reading their comments. 

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 05:43 | 628568 KTV Escort
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A few years ago I spent a week of spare time pouring over the 911 truth sites, specifically targeting the Pentagon "attack"... photos and charts are available enabling anyone with 5th grade mental skills to figure out no commercial jetliner was involved. That security cameras were confiscated, only a few blurry frames released to the public, pretty much tells the story. Then I focused on WTC 7, came to similar conclusions.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:12 | 628664 repete
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My guess is that allowing the truth about 911 to come out is the only thing that could possibly get Obama reelected.  

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:53 | 628773 kridkrid
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What a different world we would live in.  I can only begin to imagine...

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 02:06 | 628446 JX
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What's coming out next is what I'm wondering.  This being let out is a bit too late to do anything, no?  Does anybody care about 9/11 these days?  Time to let it all out drip by drip, let's carefully and quietly defuse this little thing, lest the country starts paying attention...

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:49 | 628431 DollarMenu
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I expect that a really horrid event will occur that will 'justify'

all the liberty curtailment measures now in place.

Probably sooner rather than later, as the economic skein. now in 

the hands of rabid cats, will not hold together much longer.

As in the past, most will go eagerly where directed by a uniformed thug.



Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:48 | 628429 SheHunter
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google patriotsquestion911.  The link won't paste here - not certain why.

6 mos ago I would have shrugged the 911 conspiracy theory off as complete lunacy.  Times have changed.  Take a look at the supporters of an independent investigation.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:30 | 628711 Bringin It
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OK, well I'm game.  Let's see if it works for me.


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 08:30 | 628715 Bringin It
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FYI - Seems to be paste fine for me.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:47 | 628427 WaterWings
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Excuse me but you are diminishing the credibility and quality of what most Americans consider "reality".

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:56 | 628440 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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WW your head is blocking my view of the TV and I can't hear the conversation that "The Situation" is having with "Tits Magee".

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:50 | 628426 akak
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I wonder how many armed services members are haunted by the oath they took to defend the USA against all enemies, foreign and domestic?

What do they do when they realize that many (if not most) of our "leaders" ARE those very domestic enemies?  Or is it just a pipe dream to believe that more than a tiny fraction of our military personnel will ever reach such an epiphany?

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 10:01 | 628927 RockyRacoon
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Don't forget Oath Keepers

There are a few who know the score.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:53 | 628434 WaterWings
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Talking to a buddy, dude talk, about chicas, my alma mater is ranked and his is not, beers spilling, my firearm collection comes up.

"Well, I am of the mind that, in the vein of the Founding Fathers, that if tyranny were to reign it would be possible--"

"STOP right there. I don't want to hear about that shit."

I don't want to think about it either, but united we stand, divided we fall. The later is full on.

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 01:36 | 628412 Johnny Dangereaux
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The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR) is an American and Israeli nonprofit(?-WTF!) corporation created to help organizations succeed and prosper in a world influenced by terrorism.

ITRR’s Israeli and American experts provide counter-terrorism training, seminars, and security specialization in dealing with threats such as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), suicide bombers, and other forms of international terror striking both the public and private sector.
ITRR’s US-based terror experts provide training seminars and expertise in dealing with domestic terrorism and eco-terror groups, including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).

The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response established the Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) to provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world. With a multilingual team of researchers and analysts, TAM-C gathers and provides intelligence on terrorist activities and plans, information on international hot-spots, historical “red-flag” dates, and real-time security alerts.

Operating under the auspices and with the resources of TAM-C, the Ground Truth Network leverages the ITRR’s international contacts and sources to provide real-time intelligence from the field. In this way, the Ground Truth Network keeps international corporations apprised of threats to their assets and personnel throughout the world.


Wed, 10/06/2010 - 06:22 | 628577 Moonrajah
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Forget it! Today the US is two groups of people:

1) The financial, military and political isreali-WASP elite.

2) Potential and/or unproven terrorists against the state.


Something's gotta give.

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