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Pronk Pops: Show 21, March 29, 2011: The Truth And Consequences About Undeclared Wars–Real Strange Bedfellows–Obama Allies U.S. with Libyan Rebels Including Islamic Jihadists, Moslem Brotherhood, and Al-Qaeda!–Give Peace A Chance–AC-130 Gunship–A-10 Warthogs–F-15E Strike Eagles and Special Operation Smash Squads–Videos

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Pronk Pops Show 21: March 29, 2011  


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“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in
extending our commercial relations to have as little political
connection as possible… Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of
any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of
European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?… It is our
true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of
the foreign world.”

~President George Washington

The Plain Truth on Undeclared Wars


Ron Paul on Freedom Watch: Obama Believes In One World Government , Not National Sovereignty


Russia NATO takes sides, Libya offensive beyond protecting civilians


Give Peace A Chance

AC-130 Gunships



AC130 Gunship In Operation Iraqi Freedom



A-10 “Warthogs from hell”


A-10 Gun Run


USAF OA-10 Forward Air Controller-Airborne (FAC-A) Demo



Jeremy Clarkson in an F15E – Briefing and Flight

Smash Squad

The Precautionary Principle Who Benefits?

Obama: The cost of not acting in Libya

President Barack Obama’s Speech on Libya (March 28, 2011)

Owning Up: Obama measures US interests in Libya

Palin on Obama Speech Libya Action


END WAR: Ron Paul On UN Not Congress Authorize Libya War, Humanitarian Pretext, Unknowns, Bankrupt



Retired Air Force General Wesley Clark reveals the 2001 long range strategic five year plan of the United States political and military establishement to take down the leaders of seven Islamic middle eastern countries nation with regime change:

1. Iraq

2. Syria

3. Lebanon

4. Libya

5. Somalia

6. Sudan

7. Iran

Wesley Clark exposes plan to attack Iraq after 9-11-01

War Plan, Seven Countries In Five Years

END WAR: British Propaganda (BBC) Prods US For Military Action In Libya; Inserts Rwanda Genocide

Libya: Show Me the Money


US Marches to War w/Libya?

Glenn Beck-03/28/11-A

Glenn Beck-03/28/11-B

Glenn Beck-03/28/11-C

Ron Paul “This Is NOT A War Against Al Qaeda! If Anything It Gives Incentive For Al Qaeda To Grow!”

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light. “

~President George Washtington


War (What Is It Good For?)


Background Articles and Videos

Wesley Clark

Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr., KBE (born December 23, 1944) is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of his class at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Clark commanded Operation Allied Force in the Kosovo War during his term as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination as a candidate on September 17, 2003, but withdrew from the primary race on February 11, 2004, after winning the Oklahoma state primary, endorsing and campaigning for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. Clark currently leads a political action committee—”WesPAC”—which was formed after the 2004 primaries,[1][2] and used it to support numerous Democratic Party candidates in the 2006 midterm elections.[3] Clark was considered a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination in 2008, but, on September 15, 2007, endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton.[4] After Clinton dropped out of the Presidential race, Clark endorsed the then-presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama.[5] Clark currently serves as the co-chairman of Growth Energy, an ethanol lobbying group[6][7] and on the board of directors of BNK Petroleum.[8],_edited.jpg

Lockheed AC-130

“…The Lockheed AC-130 gunship is a heavily-armed ground-attack aircraft. The basic airframe is manufactured by Lockheed, and Boeing is responsible for the conversion into a gunship and for aircraft support.[1] It is a variant of the C-130 Hercules transport plane. The AC-130A Gunship II superseded the AC-47 Gunship I during the Vietnam War.

The gunship’s sole user is the United States Air Force, which uses AC-130H Spectre and AC-130U Spooky variants.[2] The AC-130H “Spectre” is powered by four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops and is armed with two 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannons, one Bofors 40mm autocannon, and one 105 mm M102 cannon. The upgraded AC-130U “Spooky” has a single 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer in place of the Spectre’s twin 20 mm cannons, as well as an improved fire control system and increased capacity for ammunition. It has a standard crew of twelve or thirteen airmen, including five officers (two pilots, a navigator, an electronic warfare officer, and a fire control officer) and enlisted personnel (flight engineer, sensor operators, aerial gunners, and a loadmaster).

The US Air Force uses the AC-130 gunships for close air support, air interdiction, air missions, bombing raid, and force protection. Close air support roles include supporting ground troops, escorting convoys, and flying urban operations. Air interdiction missions are conducted against planned targets and targets of opportunity. Force protection missions include defending air bases and other facilities. AC-130U Spooky gunships are stationed at Hurlburt Field in Northwest Florida and the AC-130H models are stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The gunship squadrons are part of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), a component of United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM). …”

“…he United States used gunships during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (2001– ), and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq (2003–2010). In 2007 U.S. Special Operations forces used the AC-130 in attacks on suspected al-Qaeda militants in Somalia.[24][25]

There are eight AC-130H and seventeen AC-130U aircraft in active-duty service as of July 2010.[2]

In March 2011 the US Air Force deployed two AC-130s to take part in Operation Odyssey Dawn, the military intervention in Libya.[26]


A-10 Thunderbolt II

“…The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.[3]

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon which forms the aircraft’s primary armament. The aircraft’s hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.

The A-10’s official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname “Warthog” or simply “Hog”.[4] As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10.[5] The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later. …”

“…Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

During the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, A-10s did not take part in the initial stages. For the campaign against Taliban and Al Qaeda, A-10 squadrons were deployed to Pakistan and Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, beginning in March 2002. These A-10s participated in Operation Anaconda. Afterwards, A-10s remained in-country, fighting Taliban and Al Qaeda remnants.[77]

Operation Iraqi Freedom began on 20 March 2003. Sixty OA-10/A-10 aircraft took part in early combat there.[78] United States Air Forces Central issued Operation Iraqi Freedom: By the Numbers, a declassified report about the aerial campaign in the conflict on 30 April 2003. During that initial invasion of Iraq, A-10s had a mission capable rate of 85% in the war and fired 311,597 rounds of 30 mm ammunition. A single A-10 was shot down near Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi fire late in the campaign. The A-10 also flew 32 missions in which the aircraft dropped propaganda leaflets over Iraq.[79]

The A-10C first deployed to Iraq in the third quarter of 2007 with the 104th Fighter Squadron of the Maryland Air National Guard. The jets include the Precision Engagement Upgrade.[80] The A-10C’s digital avionics and communications systems have greatly reduced the time to acquire a close air support target and attack it.[81]

On 25 March 2010, an A-10 conducted the first flight of an aircraft with all engines powered by a biofuel blend. The flight, performed at Eglin Air Force Base, used a 1:1 blend of JP-8 and Camelina-based fuel.[82]


In March 2011, six A-10s were deployed as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn, the coalition intervention in Libya. They participated in attacks on Libyan ground forces there. …”

F-15E Strike Eagle

“…The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole fighter. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. It is a major derivative of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles can be distinguished from other U.S. Eagle variants by darker camouflage and conformal fuel tanks mounted along the engine intakes.

The Strike Eagle has been deployed in Operation Desert Storm and Operation Allied Force, carrying out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and providing close air support for coalition troops. It has also seen action in later conflicts and has been exported to several countries. …”

“…Operation Odyssey Dawn

Following the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 on 17 March 2011, 10 USAF F-15E fighters, and a variety of other US aircraft were deployed to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn. On 21 March 2011, an F-15E Strike Eagle 91-304 crashed in Libya, near Bengazi.[48] Both crew members parachuted into territory held by resistance elements of the Libyan population and were sheltered by the resistance until they were rescued by a Marine Corps CSAR mission. An equipment malfunction is the reason stated for the crash.[49][50][51] …”

Forward air control

“…Forward air control is the provision of guidance to Close Air Support (CAS)[1] aircraft intended to ensure that their attack hits the intended target and does not injure friendly troops. This task is carried out by a forward air controller (FAC).[2] For NATO forces the qualifications and experience required to be a FAC are set out in a NATO Standard (STANAG). FACs may form part of a Fire Support Team or Tactical Air Control Party, they may be ground based, airborne FACs in fixed wing aircraft (FAC-A) or in helicopters (ABFAC).[3] Since 2003 the United States Armed Forces have used the term joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) for some of their ground based FACs,[4][5] and this term was used for Vietnamese Forward Air Controllers and was not used in reference to any US Air Force Forward Air Controllers. [6]

A primary function of a Forward Air Controller is ensuring the safety of friendly troops. Enemy targets in the Forward Edge of the Battle Area (FEBA) are often close to friendly forces and therefore friendly forces are at risk of friendly fire through proximity during air attack. The danger is twofold: the bombing pilot cannot identify the target clearly, and is not aware of the locations of friendly forces. Camouflage, constantly changing situation and the fog of war all increase the risk. Air interdiction the term used for air attacks conducted at such distance from friendly forces that detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of friendly forces is not required, thus it by definition does not involve the participation of a FAC.[7] …”

This entry is the total oil exported in barrels per day (bbl/day), including both crude oil and oil products

country (bbl/day) Date of Information
1 Saudi Arabia
2007 est.
2 Russia
3 United Arab Emirates
2007 est.
4 Iran
2010 est.
5 Kuwait
2007 est.
6 Nigeria
2007 est.
7 European Union
2008 est.
8 Venezuela
2007 est.
9 Norway
2009 est.
10 Canada
2008 est.
11 Iraq
2009 est.
12 Algeria
2007 est.
13 United States
2008 est.
14 Netherlands
2008 est.
15 Libya
2007 est.
16 Angola
2007 est.
17 United Kingdom
2008 est.
18 Singapore
2007 est.
19 Kazakhstan
2009 est.
20 Mexico
2009 est.

This entry is the total natural gas exported in cubic meters (cu m).

country (cu m) Date of Information
1 Russia
2 Norway
2009 est.
3 Canada
2009 est.
4 Algeria
2008 est.
5 Qatar
2008 est.
6 Netherlands
2009 est.
7 Indonesia
2008 est.
8 Malaysia
2008 est.
9 United States
2009 est.
10 Australia
2009 est.
11 Nigeria
2008 est.
12 Kazakhstan
2008 est.
13 Trinidad and Tobago
2008 est.
14 Uzbekistan
2008 est.
15 Turkmenistan
2009 est.
16 Germany
2009 est.
17 United Kingdom
2009 est.
18 Bolivia
2010 est.
19 Oman
2008 est.
20 Libya
2008 est.

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Pronk Pops: Show 20, March 22, 2011: Segment 3: Earthquake Damages Japanese Nuclear Plant At Fukushima Daiichi, Four Explosions and Four Nuclear Reactors Flooded With Seawater To Contain Release Of Radioactive Material and Plant Released Radioactive Materials To Stop Pressure Buildup–Partial Meltdown Of Nuclear Core Feared–Radioactive Material Escaping From Plant–Over 250,000 Ordered Evacuated From 20 Kilometer (12.4 Miles) Radius From Plant–Videos

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Pronk Pops Show 20: March 22, 2011

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The Precautionary Principle Who Benefits?


The Precautionary Principle


Corporations vs Nature, Precautionary Principle

“…The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.This principle allows policy makers to make discretionary decisions in situations where there is the possibility of harm from taking a particular course or making a certain decision when extensive scientific knowledge on the matter is lacking. The principle implies that there is a social responsibility to protect the public from exposure to harm, when scientific investigation has found a plausible risk. These protections can be relaxed only if further scientific findings emerge that provide sound evidence that no harm will result.In some legal systems, as in the law of the European Union, the application of the precautionary principle has been made a statutory requirement.[1] …”

Beware the Precautionary Principle

“…We have seen the impact of this thinking in recent debates on genetically modified crops, ‘novel’ foods, ‘greenhouse’ gasses and even the mythical ability of cellular phones to fry the brains of those who use them. At every stage the opponents of technological progress argue that just because there is no evidence of harm, that does not mean that something is not harmful. We have to ‘prove’ that it is not harmful before we embrace it.

This form of pre-scientific thinking presents a serious obstacle to rational discussion. The absence of an effect can never be proved , in the way that I cannot prove that there are no fairies at the bottom of my garden. All I can say are two things: firstly, sustained observation over the past 20 years has revealed no evidence of their presence, and secondly the existence of fairies, in my garden or elsewhere, is very unlikely on a priori grounds. This is how science works – precisely in accord with the principles of Karl Popper that hypotheses cannot be proved, only refuted.

The precautionary principle is, however, a very useful one for consumer activists precisely because it prevents scientific debate. The burden of evidence and proof is taken away from those who make unjustified and often whimsical claims and placed on the scientific community which, because it proceeds logically and rationally, is often powerless to respond. This is what makes the principle so dangerous. It generates a quasi-religious bigotry which history should have has taught us to fear. Its inherent irrationality renders it unsustainable.

Everything in life involves a risk of some kind. Throughout our evolution and development we have sought to minimise and manage risk, but not to eliminate it. Even if this were possible, it would undoubtedly be undesirable. A culture in which people do not take chances, where any form of progress or development is abandoned ‘just to be on the safe side’, is one with a very limited future. The very nature and structure of all human societies are what they are because individuals, in co-operation with each other, have taken their chances – seeking the rewards of well-judged risk-taking to the enervating constraints of safe options. Had the precautionary principle been applied the Pilgrim Fathers would never have set sail for America in their fragile ships. Life-saving advances in medicine would have been halted when the first patient died on the operating table.

The champions of the precautionary principle, of course, will argue that what we choose to regard as modern progress is nothing more than the manifestation of greed and exploitation. But in their vehement critique of the interests and power of ‘big business’ – forces which they see as inexorably apocalyptic – they cling to a naïve and romantic vision of agrarian idylls which have never existed and can never exist. In doing so, they offer no sustainable solutions to the potential problems which are recognised by us all. Their rhetoric, however, is sufficiently seductive to win over those whose anxieties about food, health and the environment have been generated and nurtured by those very same people who now purport to offer a solution. Create an unfounded scare, provoke fears, sell them the precautionary principle – a style of marketing of which ‘big business’ would be proud. …”

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“…The Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant(福島第一原子力発電所 Fukushima Dai-Ichi Genshiryoku Hatsudensho?, Fukushima I NPP, 1F), often referred to as Fukushima Dai-ichi, is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Okuma in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The plant consists of six boiling water reactors. These light water reactors have a combined power of 4.7 GW, making Fukushima I one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world. Fukushima I was the first nuclear plant to be constructed and run entirely by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).In March 2011, in the immediate wake of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government declared an “atomic power emergency” and evacuated thousands of residents living close to Fukushima I. Ryohei Shiomi of Japan’s nuclear safety commission said that officials were concerned about the possibility of a meltdown.[1][2]Fukushima II Nuclear Power Plant, 11.5 kilometres (7.1 mi) to the south, is also run by TEPCO.The reactors for units 1, 2, and 6 were supplied by General Electric, for units 3 and 5 by Toshiba, and unit 4 by Hitachi. Architectural design for General Electric’s units was done by Ebasco. All construction was done by Kajima.[3] From September 2010, unit 3 has been fueled by mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel.[4][5] Units 1–5 had/have a Mark 1 type (light bulb torus) containment structure, unit 6 has Mark 2 type (over/under) containment structure.[6]Unit 1 is a 439 MW boiling water reactor (BWR3) constructed in July 1967. It commenced commercial electrical production March 26, 1971, and was scheduled for shutdown on March, 2011. It was damaged during the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami.[7] Unit 1 was designed for a peak ground acceleration of 0.18 g (1.74 m/s2) and a response spectrum based on the 1952 Kern County earthquake.[6] It was inspected after the 1978 Miyagi earthquake, but no damage to the critical parts of the reactor was discovered.[6] …”

Japan evacuates 50,000 after nuclear power plant explosion

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times

“…Japanese officials, trying to calm a stunned nation, say the explosion didn’t damage the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor itself but merely caused the collapse of a wall outside. Japanese television is reporting that at least three residents among 90 tested showed excess exposure to radiation.More than 50,000 people were evacuated Saturday after an explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant hurled plumes of smoke over the Pacific Ocean and sent officials scrambling to calm residents already shattered by the largest earthquake in the nation’s recorded history.Japanese authorities hastened to assure the public there was no danger of a meltdown at the the Fukushima Daiichi plant along the lines of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, but they were unable to explain why excess levels of radiation were detected outside the plant’s grounds.Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was caused by a buildup of hydrogen in the cooling system. He insisted that the explosion didn’t cause any damage to the reactor itself but merely caused the collapse of a wall outside.”We are evacuating people just as a precaution,” Edano said at a news conference, even as television footage showed white smoke billowing from the reactor, followed by a black cloud. “There is no risk to inhabitants of the area.”

Japan evacuates 50,000 after nuclear power plant explosion

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times

“…Japanese officials, trying to calm a stunned nation, say the explosion didn’t damage the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor itself but merely caused the collapse of a wall outside. Japanese television is reporting that at least three residents among 90 tested showed excess exposure to radiation.More than 50,000 people were evacuated Saturday after an explosion at a Japanese nuclear plant hurled plumes of smoke over the Pacific Ocean and sent officials scrambling to calm residents already shattered by the largest earthquake in the nation’s recorded history.Japanese authorities hastened to assure the public there was no danger of a meltdown at the the Fukushima Daiichi plant along the lines of the 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, but they were unable to explain why excess levels of radiation were detected outside the plant’s grounds.Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was caused by a buildup of hydrogen in the cooling system. He insisted that the explosion didn’t cause any damage to the reactor itself but merely caused the collapse of a wall outside.”We are evacuating people just as a precaution,” Edano said at a news conference, even as television footage showed white smoke billowing from the reactor, followed by a black cloud. “There is no risk to inhabitants of the area.”

Another Look at the Nuclear Situation in Japan, Part II”…The emergency cooling system ultimately failed at the Number 1 reactor at Fukushima. In order to prevent the possibility of a meltdown, they’ve decided to flood the containment vessel with salt water and boric acid. The water, as always, is intended to cool the reactor. The salt will corrode all the metal in the reactor over time, so this move means they’ve decided that the number 1 reactor is a loss, which probably has as much to do with the reactor’s age as anything else. The boric acid, on the other hand, is intended to slow the chain reaction further. As the result of a chemical reaction, hydrogen gas began to build up. Hydrogen gas being very flammable, this buildup caused the explosion.It is important to note that according to experts (I’m going with David Lochbaum who was cited in the New York Times) this happened in the turbine hall, NOT in the containment vessel where the nuclear fuel is. A number of alarmists have suggested that the fact that it happened outside of the containment vessel means there is a leak, but this doesn’t seem to be the case to me. There are two general designs of boiling water reactors: in one the steam that is produced by water being exposed to the core is used to turn the turbines that produce electricity directly, and in the other there is an intermediary heat exchange so that the irradiated water isn’t used to turn the turbines. Presumably (and I don’t know this to be true, but it seems likely), this reactor is of the former design. If this is the case, the turbine hall is constantly exposed to irradiated gases and so can be used to store gases in case of an emergency. Of course, this is all a bit of guess work because I don’t have any special knowledge and am relying on news reports and my less than technical understanding of reactor design.The explosion was quite alarming, but it did not damage the containment vessel as far as anyone can tell. All of the really nasty stuff remains safely tucked away in many tons of steel and concrete. According to reports, the explosion did not increase the amount of radiation present outside of the plant. I’m not entirely clear on how this could be given that the turbine hall likely housed a fair bit of radiation. …”

Fukushima nuclear plant blast puts Japan on high alert

“..Japan is battling to stave off a nuclear disaster after an explosion at a north-eastern nuclear plant in the wake of the enormous earthquake and tsunami.


Authorities are evacuating tens of thousands of residents living within a 12 mile (20km) radius of the Fukushima Daiichi plant and those within 6 miles of a second installation in Futuba, 150 miles north of Tokyo.The explosion followed warnings of a possible meltdown after problems with the cooling system and confirmation of a radiation leak at Fukushima No 1 plant. But nuclear safety officials said it was unlikely the reactor had suffered serious damage, according to the Kyodo news agency.

It is feared that 1,300 people died in Friday’s double disaster, most being killed as the wall of mud and water engulfed buildings, roads and vehicles, Japanese media reported. But the priority now is to tackle the crisis at the power plant. …”

Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes


  • Japanese, and most other, nuclear plants are designed to withstand earthquakes, and in the event of major earth movement, to shut down safely.

  • In 1995, the closest nuclear power plants, some 110 km north of Kobe, were unaffected by the severe Kobe-Osaka earthquake, but in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009 Japanese reactors shut down automatically due to ground acceleration exceeding their trip settings.

  • In 1999, three nuclear reactors shut down automatically during the devastating Taiwan earthquake, and were restarted two days later.

Design criteriaNuclear facilities are designed so that earthquakes and other external events will not jeopardise the safety of the plant. In France for instance, nuclear plants are designed to withstand an earthquake twice as strong as the 1000-year event calculated for each site. It is estimated that, worldwide, 20% of nuclear reactors are operating in areas of significant seismic activity.Because of the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes in Japan, particular attention is paid to seismic issues in the siting, design and construction of nuclear power plants. The seismic design of such plants is based on criteria far more stringent than those applying to non-nuclear facilities. Power reactors are also built on hard rock foundations (not sediments) to minimise seismic shaking.Japanese nuclear power plants are designed to withstand specified earthquake intensities evident in ground motion. These used to be specified as S1 and S2, but now simply Ss, in Gal units. The plants are fitted with seismic detectors. If these register ground motions of a set level (formerly 90% of S1), systems will be activated to automatically bring the plant to an immediate safe shutdown. The logarithmic Richter magnitude scale (or more precisely the Moment Magnitude Scale more generally used today) measures the overall energy released in an earthquake, and there is not always a good correlation between that and intensity (ground motion) in a particular place. Japan has a seismic intensity scale in shindo units 0 to 7, with weak/strong divisions at levels 5 & 6, hence ten levels. This describes the surface intensity at particular places, rather than the magnitude of the earthquake itself.

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Pronk Pops: Show 20, March 22, 2011: Segment 1: F-15 Crashes In Libya, Segment 2: One Unconstitutional and Undeclared War Too Many: The Great Pretender, Peace Candidate And Noble Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama Undeclared War On Libya’s Muammar Ghaddafi In Defense Of Libyian Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) Rebels Linked To al-Qaeda and The BP Libyian Oil Deal Linked To Obama Campaign Contributions–A Political Payoff!–Obama Has To Go In 2012–Videos

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Today in History for March 22nd


The Stamp Act


“…The Stamp Act of 1765 (short title Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12) was a direct tax imposed by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of British America. The act required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London and carrying an embossed revenue stamp.[1][2] These printed materials were legal documents, magazines, newspapers and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies. Like previous taxes, the stamp tax had to be paid in valid British currency, not in colonial paper money.[3] The purpose of the tax was to help pay for troops stationed in North America after the British victory in the Seven Years’ War. The British government felt that the colonies were the primary beneficiaries of this military presence, and should pay at least a portion of the expense.

The Stamp Act met great resistance in the colonies. The colonies sent no representatives to Parliament, and therefore had no influence over what taxes were raised, how they were levied, or how they would be spent. Many colonists considered it a violation of their rights as Englishmen to be taxed without their consent—consent that only the colonial legislatures could grant. Colonial assemblies sent petitions and protests. The Stamp Act Congress held in New York City, reflecting the first significant joint colonial response to any British measure, also petitioned Parliament and the King. Local protest groups, led by colonial merchants and landowners, established connections through correspondence that created a loose coalition that extended from New England to Georgia. Protests and demonstrations initiated by the Sons of Liberty often turned violent and destructive as the masses became involved. Very soon all stamp tax distributors were intimidated into resigning their commissions, and the tax was never effectively collected.[4]

Opposition to the Stamp Act was not limited to the colonies. British merchants and manufacturers, whose exports to the colonies were threatened by colonial economic problems exacerbated by the tax, also pressured Parliament. The Act was repealed on March 18, 1766 as a matter of expedience, but Parliament affirmed its power to legislate for the colonies “in all cases whatsoever” by also passing the Declaratory Act. This incident increased the colonists’ concerns about the intent of the British Parliament that helped the growing movement that became the American Revolution.[5][6] …”

“…The Stamp Act was passed by Parliament on March 22, 1765 with an effective date of November 1, 1765. It passed 245-49 in the House of Commons and unanimously in the House of Lords.[27] Historians Edmund and Helen Morgan describe the specifics of the tax:

The highest tax, £10, was placed … on attorney licenses. Other papers relating to court proceedings were taxed in amounts varying from 3d. to 10s. Land grants under a hundred acres were taxed 1s. 6d., between 100 and 200 acres 2s., and from 200 to 320 acres 2s. 6d., with an additional 2s 6d. for every additional 320 acres (1.3 km2). Cards were taxed a shilling a pack, dice ten shillings, and newspapers and pamphlets at the rate of a penny for a single sheet and a shilling for every sheet in pamphlets or papers totaling more than one sheet and fewer than six sheets in octavo, fewer than twelve in quarto, or fewer than twenty in folio (in other words, the tax on pamphlets grew in proportion to their size but ceased altogether if they became large enough to qualify as a book). The amounts had to be paid in sterling, not in colonial currency, but the administration did not propose thus to draw hard money out of the colonies. The proceeds of the tax were to be expended in America in procurement of supplies for the troops stationed there.[28] …”


Prohibition: The Forgotten Crusade


Prohibition: To Drink or Not to Drink (


Prohibition Ended!

Repeal of Prohition

“…The Cullen-Harrison Act, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933, authorized the sale of 3.2% beer (thought to be too low an alcohol concentration to be intoxicating) and wine, with the first legal beer sales since the beginning of Prohibition on January 16, 1920.[1] In 1933, the state conventions ratified the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the 18th Amendment. The amendment was fully ratified on December 5, 1933. S Federal laws enforcing Prohibition were then repealed. Some states, however, continued Prohibition within their jurisdictions. Almost two-thirds of all states adopted some form of local option which enabled residents in political subdivisions to vote for or against local Prohibition. For a time, 38% of Americans lived in areas with Prohibition. By 1966, however, all states had repealed their state-wide Prohibition laws, with Mississippi the last state to do so.[2] …”




Segment 1: F-15 Fighter Crashes Near Benghazi, Libya–Pilots Ejected and Rescued–Video

US warplane crashes in Libya



Video of F-15 ruins in Libya after US fighter jet crashes near Benghazi





F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya

“…Two crewmen reported to be safe and unhurt after crashing near Benghazi following apparent mechanical failure

“…Two US airmen were forced to eject from their F-15E fighter jet over Libya on Monday night after an apparent mechanical failure, the US military said.

The wreckage of their F-15E Strike Eagle jet, which crashed at 9.30pm GMT, was found near Benghazi.

Vince Crawley, a spokesman for the Africa Command, said both crew members had been safely recovered and had received only minor injuries. Crawley said the crash was likely to have been caused by mechanical failure rather than hostile fire. He declined to give the location of the crash and would not say how the rescued crewmen were picked up or where they were taken.

The aircraft, based at RAF Lakenheath, was flying out of Italy’s Aviano airbase in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash is being investigated. …”


U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya; both crew members rescued

“…A U.S. Air Force fighter jet crashed Monday night in Libya after an apparent equipment malfunction but both crew members were able to eject and were back in American hands with only minor injuries, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

The F-15E Strike Eagle jet was conducting a mission against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses when it crashed at 2130 GMT (4:30 p.m. CDT), said Lt. Cmdr. Karin Burzynski, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Africa Command.

The crash was the first major loss for the U.S. and European military air campaign, which over three nights appears to have hobbled Gadhafi’s air defenses and artillery and rescued the rebels from impending defeat. But the opposition force, with more enthusiasm than discipline, has struggled to exploit the gains. …”

“…He said the second crew member came down in a different field and was picked up by a helicopter, an account that coincided with the U.S. explanation of the rescue.

A Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft retrieved the main pilot, while the second crew member, a weapon systems officer who is also a pilot, was recovered by rebel forces and is in American hands, a U.S. official said in Washington. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.

The two were separated after ejecting from the crippled jet at high altitude and drifting down to different locations, Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley said, adding they sustained minor injuries.

The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Italy’s Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. The cause of the crash is being investigated.

The Air Force has said only that B-2, F-15 and F-16 fighters are participating in operations over Libya. The U.S. involvement in Libya is being run by Africa Command, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany. …”


Background Articles and Videos


F-15E Eagle – Generation Jet Fighter (Part 1)


F-15E Eagle – Generation Jet Fighter (Part 2)


F-15 lands with one wing


F-15 Eagle – Best Jet Fighter in Aviation History

Segment 2: One Unconstitutional and Undeclared War Too Many: The Great Pretender, Peace Candidate And Noble Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama Undeclared War On Libya’s Muammar Ghaddafi In Defense Of Libyian Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) Rebels Linked To al-Qaeda and The BP Libyian Oil Deal Linked To Obama Campaign Contributions–A Political Payoff!–Obama Has To Go In 2012–Videos


“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world.”

~George Washington, Farewell Address to the People of the United States

A Bridge Too Far Ending

Great Pretender

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Pretending I’m doing well
My need is such
I pretend too much
I’m lonely but no one can tell

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Adrift in a world of my own
I play the game but to my real shame
You’ve left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make-believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender

Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown

Too real when i feel what my heart can’t conceal

Oh yes, I’m the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I’m not you see
I’m wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you’re…
Pretending that you’re still around

President Obama Audio on Libya Invasion

Libya Bombing: ‘Interventions never end!’


Libya Erupts in Now-Contiguous North African Democratization Wave – Wikistrat CoreGap 11.07


SA@TAC – Obama’s Libyan War


Phyllis Bennis: Analysis on the No-fly Zone & the Air Strikes Launched By Allied Forces on Libya



Phyllis Bennis on Libya


Libya: Countdown to War?

Gaddafi’s ‘Long War’: Million weapon handout to fight US & allies

First Air strike against Libya


French Fighters Attack Qaddafi’s (Libyan) Forces: French President Sarkozy takes the lead!

BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM)


Coalition force launches attack on Libya


President Obama’s Statement on Libya


ABC This Week Roundtable, Attack on Libya George Will, Paul Wolfowitz, Robin Wright, Jane Harman March 20


Michael Savage March 21 2011 hr 1 all 4 segments

Ron Paul: Let the People of Libya Decide!


Ron Paul: Why Obama Is Wrong on Libya


Rep. Kucinich: Only Congress Has the Power to Take this Nation into War


Lugar on Face the Nation – Libya

Glenn Beck-03/21/11-A


Glenn Beck-03/21/11-B


Glenn Beck-03/21/11-C

U.S. Backs Libyan Al-Qaeda While Hyping Terror Attacks Inside America – Alex Jones Tv 5/6


Medveded calls to stop Libya conflict started by ‘shameful’ govt actions

The Insane Cost of War


US Navy launches Tomahawk missiles on Libya


Ron Paul: Libya “No-Fly Zone is an Act of War”


Newt: US should go into Libya guns blazing “this evening”


2nd Wave Of Strikes Has Begun – Stealth Bomber’s Bombing Libya


Gaddafi compound hit by missile as dozens die in coalition strikes


Clinton suggests Libya no-fly zone won’t work


Clinton warns of Libya civil war


Obama Argues With Himself – LIBYA WAR Moamar Ghadaffy! iOwnTheWorld

Democrats Accuse Obama of Waging War Because Of Oil


USA praised Sarkozy’s Oil deal with Libya to release guilty jailed prisoners DOUBLE STANDARDS !!!


Oil jumps as West strikes Libya

France recognises Libya opposition


Inside Story – Gaddafi’s options


Obama Too Soft For Neocons

Lockerbie Bomber was Released as part of a $24 Billion BP Deepwater Drilling Deal with Libya


Big oil controlling Obama


John Bolton on Pan Am Bomber Release WikiLeaks Exposed


Libya frees al Qaeda linked group

Glenn Beck-06/15/10-B


The “Peace Candidate” Obama Promised To End The War Back In 2007!


Barack Obama on Iraq, Opposition from the Start


2002 Barack Obama Interview: Against Iraq


16 Lies in 7 Minutes: Obama’s First State Of The Union Video Breakdown


Robert Fisk : Obama will be worse than Bush


Who REALLY rules the dictators of the Muslim World? – Robert Fisk


Robert Fisk: Gutless U.S. Reaction to Egypt – Democracy NOW!


Eisenhower 1956–David Nichols analyzes the president’s year of crisis


Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex


Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?


“Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”

~George Washington


As a classical liberal I oppose government intervention both at home and abroad.

Ron Paul is right, the United States should declare war before it goes to war.

The people of Libya should revolt and overthrow Ghadaffi.

The United States should not intervene in a civil war.

The United States should not be engaged in nation building.

The United States should not be the policemen of the world.

The time has come abandon a warfare and welfare economy and state and go to a peace and properity economy and constitutional republic.

Both Bing West and Robert Fisk are right, declare victory and get out of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bring all the American troops home and drill, drill, drill.



Let Libyans Fight Their Own Battles…


Obama Attacks Libya, and Where’s Congress?

By J.B. Williams

// //

“…Under what authority did Obama green-light this dictatorial assault?  To be certain, Qadaffi is no prize, but what Obama just did is nevertheless unacceptable.  Acting all alone in a truly imperialistic fashion, Obama violated his oath of office, Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution, and the War Powers Act — all in one mindless, knee-jerk decision.


Article II, Section II of the U.S. Constitution identifies the U.S. president as the commander-in-chief and the civilian oversight of the U.S. military.  But the clause gives the U.S. president no authority to use military might to enforce his political will upon foreign nations.


Article I, Section VIII of the U.S. Constitution bestows the power to declare war solely on the U.S. Congress.  It requires both the commander-in-chief and Congress to commit U.S. troops to combat, without which any deployment of troops is wholly unconstitutional.


The 1973 War Powers Act was put in place to prevent a U.S. president from doing exactly what Barack Obama just did.


SEC. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.


A U.S. commander-in-chief can order use of military force under only three specific conditions:


  1. a declaration of war,
  2. specific statutory authorization, or
  3. a national emergency created byan attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.


The U.S. Congress has not declared war against a foreign nation since WWII.  But when George W. Bush sent troops into Afghanistan and Iraq following the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. soil, not only did he consult Congress in advance, but he sought and received specific statutory authorization from Congress before ordering troops into combat.  Bush complied with the Constitution and the War Powers Act under conditions (2) and (3).  He also had a broad coalition of U.N. partners driven by years of U.N. resolutions defied by Iraq. …”


Background Articles and Videos

Thomas Barnett: The Pentagon’s new map for war and peace


Book TV: Thomas Barnett “Great Powers”

Riz Khan – Robert Fisk – 1 Oct 08 – Part 1



Riz Khan – Robert Fisk – 1 Oct 08 – Part 2


Robert Fisk & Jeremy Bowen – On War & The Role Of Media

The Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG)

“…The Libyan Fighting Group (LIFG) also known as Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya is the most powerful radical faction waging Jihad in Libya against Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime. Shortly after the 9-11 attacks, LIFG was banned worldwide (as an affiliate of al-Qaeda) by the UN 1267 Committee.[1]

LIFG was founded in the fall of 1995 by Libyans who had fought against Soviet forces in Afghanistan. It aims to establish an Islamic state in Libya and views the current regime as oppressive, corrupt and anti-Muslim, according to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. LIFG claimed responsibility for a failed assassination attempt against Gaddafi in February 1996, which was in part funded by MI6 according to David Shayler, and engaged Libyan security forces in armed clashes during the mid-to-late 1990s.[2] They continue to target Libyan interests and may engage in sporadic clashes with Libyan security forces.[3] They strongly deny any links with al-Qaeda and are keen to emphasize that LIFG has never carried out an attack outside Libya or against civilians.[citation needed]

On October 10, 2005, the United Kingdom’s Home Office banned LIFG and fourteen other militant groups from operating in the UK. Under the United Kingdom’s Terrorism Act 2000, being a member of a LIFG is punishable with a 10-year prison term. The Financial Sanctions Unit of the Bank of England acting on behalf of HM Treasury issued the orders to freeze all their assets.[4] The fourteen banned groups were:

  • Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
  • Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain
  • Ansar al-Islam
  • Al Ittihad Al Islamia
  • Islamic Jihad Union
  • Ansar al-Sunna
  • Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin
  • Harakat ul-Mujahidin/Alami
  • Jundallah
  • Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan
  • Lashkar-e Jhangvi
  • Khuddam u-Islam
  • Jamaat ul Furquan
  • Harakat ul Jihad ul Islami
  • Harakat ul Islami (Bangladesh)

Mohammed Benhammedi lived and worked in Liverpool at the time of the UN sanction against him. Sergey Zakurko, the father to his Lithuanian mistress was suspended from his job at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) for fear that the link could pose a security threat.[5]

One of al-Qaeda’s most senior members, Atiyah Abdul-Rahman, is purportedly a member of LIFG as well.[6]

The “Summary of Evidence” from Mohammed Fenaitel Mohamed Al Daihani’s Combatant Status Review Tribunal. states: “The Sanabal Charitable Committee is considered a fund raising front for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.”[7] …”



Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 6March 23, 2005 07:00 PM Age: 6 yrsCategory: Terrorism Monitor By: Gary Gambill

“…Following 9/11, Qadhafi jumped at the opportunity to collaborate in the Bush administration’s war on radical Islamist terrorism. Just weeks after the attacks, a CIA team flew to London to meet face to face with the man believed to have planned the 1988 Lockerbie bombing – Musa Kusa, the head of Libyan intelligence. Kusa provided the CIA (and also Britain’s M16 foreign intelligence service) with the names of LIFG operatives and other Libyan Islamists who trained in Afghanistan, as well as dossiers on LIFG leaders living in the UK. In light of the central role of Libyan Afghans in al-Qaeda, this was a major intelligence windfall for the Bush administration.

The American government, for its part, officially designated LIFG as a terrorist organization. Although LIFG does not have a presence in the United States, the Bush administration’s designation is not merely symbolic. For starters, it means that any state providing assistance to LIFG can potentially be designated a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Department. More importantly, it means that any member of LIFG living in undemocratic countries backed by the United States (e.g. Pakistan, Egypt) runs the risk of arrest and “rendition” back to Libya.

That Britain has not designated LIFG a terrorist organization is significant, as several prominent leaders of the group continue to live in London and Manchester. All of them strongly deny any affiliation with al-Qaeda and are keen to emphasize that LIFG has never carried out an attack outside Libya or against civilians. [7] This may be technically true. One member of LIFG living in Britain was jailed for sixteen months without charge after he allegedly sent money to a suspected al-Qaeda member, but was eventually released because the government failed to present concrete evidence of criminal activity in court. According to the U.S. State Department, LIFG was “involved in planning and facilitating” the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca, but the suspects in this case were non-Libyan members of the Fighting Islamic Group in Morocco (FIGM). Although the two groups are almost certainly linked by more than ideological affinity, the U.S. government has never released information clarifying their relationship. …”[tt_news]=30147

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address Jan 17, 1961 Pt 1


Eisenhower’s Farewell Address Jan 17, 1961 Pt 2


The Other Side Of Suez 1956 – BBC Documentary – part(1/3)


The Other Side Of Suez 1956 – BBC Documentary – part(2/3)


The Other Side Of Suez 1956 – BBC Documentary – part(3/3)


Julian Assange: The man who leaked the world


Should We Intervene in Libya?

By Victor Davis Hansen

“…There are plenty of good arguments for imposing a no-fly zone in Libya. Without Libyan-government air strikes, the rebels might have a better chance of carving out permanent zones of resistance. Qaddafi has a long record of supporting anti-American terrorism, whether in the form of killing Americans in Europe during the Reagan administration or masterminding the Lockerbie bombing that took down a Pan Am 747 jumbo jet, killing 270 in the air and on the ground. In humanitarian terms, Libyans have been living an ungodly nightmare since Qaddafi’s coup in 1969, and it would be a fine and noble thing to lend them a hand to end their four-decade-long misery. The world would be a better and safer place without Qaddafi and his odious clan in power.

“…But all that said, using military force at this moment in Libya is a bad idea, and for a variety of reasons. I supported the Iraq war on the basis of the legitimate 23 writs adduced by both houses of Congress, in bipartisan fashion, which went well beyond trumped-up fears of massive arsenals of weapons of mass destruction. We had been in a de facto war with Saddam since 1991, and he was an enemy as sinister as Qaddafi but far more powerful. In some sense, America had been responsible for encouraging a popular revolt among Shiites and Kurds, and then allowing a defeated Saddam the means by which to put it down savagely. The mission was clearly articulated: to remove Saddam Hussein and foster a consensual government in his place. When we went into Iraq in 2003, less than 100 Americans had been killed since 2001 in Afghanistan, which was relatively quiet after two years of fighting. Indeed, the American fatality rate there would stay well below 100 per year on average during the first six years of the Afghan war and the first four years of simultaneous conflict in Iraq. That is not true today, as 499 Americans were killed just last year in Afghanistan, more than the cumulative fatality rate for the first seven years of the war. …”

“…Do we express support for regime change in a Middle Eastern country when protesters pour into the streets, or only when such protesters seem to be on the edge of winning? By what criteria is Mubarak worse than Ahmadinejad or Assad? Will those who might replace King Abdullah in Jordan be better or worse? Is the Saudi autocracy less harsh to its own than the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, or is it Saudi Arabia’s unique oil status that earned its present exemption from American pressure? And as we contemplate moving into Libya, are we opposed to or supportive of the ongoing Saudi incursion into Bahrain to stamp out dissidents there? Are the Saudis acting as good allies who are protecting Western petroleum interests and the contractual integrity of U.S. military installations, or as reactionary forces that are denying the people a voice in their own affairs? And is a new Egypt going to be more tolerant of religious minorities than Mubarak’s Egypt? No one in Washington seems to be cognizant that those in power in Iran, Syria, and Libya are much worse than the dictators and kings in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf — nor does anyone seem aware that, at least for now, popular plebiscites in the Middle East without constitutional guarantees and institutionalized human rights (and a large American ground presence to help draft and enforce a new constitution) would translate into more, not less, illiberal government. …”

Libyan rebellion has radical Islamist fervor: Benghazi link to Islamic militancy:U.S. Military Document Reveals

“…Well known to the United States policymakers in Obama White House and Clinton State Department along with the National Security Council but not widely known to American mainstream media, the U.S. West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center document reveals that Libya sent more fighters to Iraq’s Islamic militancy on a per-capita basis than any other Muslim country, including Saudi Arabia.

Perhaps more alarmingly for Western policymakers, most of the fighters came from eastern Libya, the center of the current uprising against Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The analysis of the Combating Terrorism Center of West Point was based on the records captured by coalition forces in October 2007 in a raid near Sinjar, along Iraq’s Syrian border.

The eastern Libyan city of Darnah sent more fighters to Iraq than any other single city or town, according to the West Point report. It noted that 52 militants came to Iraq from Darnah, a city of just 80,000 people (the second-largest source of fighters was Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which has a population of more than 4 million).

Benghazi, the capital of Libya’s provisional government declared by the anti-Qaddafi rebels, sent in 21 fighters, again a disproportionate number of the whole.

If the 2007 captured records revealed the Eastern Libyan participation in the anti-coalition forces militancy in Iraq one could imagine the Banghazi-Darnah export of Islamists since then.

“Libyans were more fired up to travel to Iraq to kill Americans than anyone else in the Arabic-speaking world,” Andrew Exum, a counterinsurgency specialist and former Army Ranger noted in a blog posting recently. “This might explain why those rebels from Libya’s eastern provinces are not too excited about U.S. military intervention. It might also give some pause to those in the United States so eager to arm Libya’s rebels.”

Despite this data and information available to the United Stated government Secretary of State Hilary Clinton met late Monday 14 with a leader of the Libyan rebel movement in Paris privately and without a public statement. Mrs. Clinton met the opposition rebel leader Mahmoud Jibril at her hotel in Paris after attending a dinner with foreign ministers of the countries of the Group 8 who discussed ways to increase pressure on Colonel Qaddafi’s Libyan regime. …”

Paraded on Libyan TV, the rebel ‘Al Qaeda fighter’ from Britain

“…A British citizen captured in Libya has been branded an Islamic terrorist by Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Salah Mohammed Ali Aboaoba was paraded in front of the world press yesterday by officials who claim he has been helping Al Qaeda fuel unrest in the country.

Flanked by officers, the father-of-four said he was a member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a terrorist organisation banned in Britain.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Aboaoba said he moved from Yemen to Britain in 2005 and travelled to Libya late last year.

He claimed he had been granted asylum in the UK and lives with his family in Manchester, where he raised funds for his jihadist group.

‘I do indeed have British nationality,’ he said. ‘I was not involved in any terrorist activity against Britain, apart from my funding involvement with the LIFG.’ …”

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One Year Unemployment Benefit Extension–More Deficit Spending and Debt!

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The Chairman of The Federal Reserve and Quantitative Easing 2

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News and Commentary On November 2010 Unemployment Rate and Level Statistics


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Update on new TSA Airport Screening Procedures

Portland, Oregon Terrorist Bomber Arrested by F.B.I.

WikiLeaks Posts Department of State Cables

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Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke Responds To Critics of Monetary Policy

Transportation Security Administration or TSA New Screening Procedures:
Full Body Scanners and Extended Pat-Downs

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Stop Federal Reserve Quantitative Easing or Money Printing

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November 10, 2010 04:24 PM PST

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Tea Party Major Issues: Jobs, Spending, Deficits, Debt, Taxes, Health Care and Illegal Immigration

Tea Party Stars: Senators: Rand Paul and Marco Rubio

Republican Tea Party Test: Cutting Federal Spending By Over $1,000 Billion To Balance The Budget For Fiscal Years 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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November 09, 2010 02:45 PM PST

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Unemployment News

Tea Party Effect On 2010 Elections

Key Issues: Federal Budget Deficits and National Debt

Cutting Federal Government Spending and Balancing The Federal Budget

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Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Hitting 10.3% in February

“…Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, hit 10.3% in February — up from 9.8% at the end of January. The U.S. unemployment rate is now essentially the same as the 10.4% at the end of February 2010. …”

US Unemployment Drops to 8.9 Percent

Adecco Group’s workplace economy – March 2011


US unemployment rate drops to 8.9% – Press TV News


Peter Schiff Video Blog – March 4, 2011

Payrolls Rose 192,000; Jobless Rate at 8.9% in February


Silvia Says Unemployment, Inflation Will Challenge Fed


Maki Sees U.S. Unemployment Rate Below 8.5% by Year End


Pre-Market Movers: March 4th, 2011


Gross Says Inflation Matters More Than Bernanke Suggests

The progressive radical socialist economic policies of the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party have utterly failed in the creation of new jobs and wealth resulting in the continuation of the Great Recession soon to become the Obama Depression.

Comparing the first full month that Obama was President two years latter paints a picture of the big fail.

In February 2009 the employment level in the United States was approximately 141.6 million.

In February 2011 the employment level in the United States was approximately 139.5 million.

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the decline of the employment level of approximately 2.1million.

In February 2009 the civilian level force in the United States was approximately 154.4 million.

In February 2011 the employment level in the United States was approximately 153.2 million.

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the decline of the civilian labor force of approximately 1.2 million.

In February 2009 the labor force participation rate in the United States was approximately 65.7%.

In February 2011 the labor force participation rate in the United States was approximately 64.2%

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the decline of the labor force participation rate of 1.5%.

In February 2009 the unemployment level in the United States was approximately 12.7 million.

In February 2011 the unemployment level in the United States was approximately 13.6 million.

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the increase of the unemployment level of approximately .9 million.

In February 2009 the official unemployment rate (U-3) in the United States was approximately 8.2%.

In February 2011 the official unemployment rate (U-3) in the United States was approximately 8.9%.

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the increase of the official unemployment rate (U-3) of approximately .7%.

In February 2009 the total unemployment rate (U-6) in the United States was approximately 15.0%.

In February 2011 the total unemployment rate (U-6) in the United States was approximately 15.9%.

Two years of the Obama Administration has resulted in the increase of the total unemployment rate (U-6) of approximately .9%.

The actual unemployment rate which would include long-term discourage workers that are excluded by the BLS unemployment U-6 series is now over 20%  with over 30 million Americans that are either unemployed or underemployed.

The Great Recession is fast becoming the Obama Depression and no amount of political manipulation of the unemployment statistics will persuade the American people otherwise.

“…The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.

The U-3 unemployment rate is the monthly headline number. The U-6 unemployment rate is the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) broadest unemployment measure, including short-term discouraged and other marginally-attached workers as well as those forced to work part-time because they cannot find full-time employment. …”

Background Articles and Videos

John Williams Hyperinflation to come in the next couple months

Ecconomist John Williams of Shadow Statistics on Radio Liberty 12-29-10


Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor


Employment Level

Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey

Series Id: LNS12000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title: (Seas) Employment Level
Labor force status: Employed Age: 16 years and over
Type of data: Number in thousands

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 137778 137612 137783 137299 137092 136873 137071 136241 136846 136392 136238 136047
2002 135701 136438 136177 136126 136539 136415 136413 136705 137302 137008 136521 136426
2003 137417(1) 137482 137434 137633 137544 137790 137474 137549 137609 137984 138424 138411
2004 138472(1) 138542 138453 138680 138852 139174 139556 139573 139487 139732 140231 140125
2005 140245(1) 140385 140654 141254 141609 141714 142026 142434 142401 142548 142499 142752
2006 143150(1) 143457 143741 143761 144089 144353 144202 144625 144815 145314 145534 145970
2007 146033(1) 146066 146334 145610 145901 146058 145886 145670 146231 145937 146584 146272
2008 146407(1) 146183 146143 146173 145925 145725 145479 145167 145056 144778 144068 143324
2009 142201(1) 141687 140822 140720 140292 139978 139794 139409 138791 138393 138590 137960
2010 138511(1) 138698 138952 139382 139353 139092 138991 139267 139378 139084 138909 139206
2011 139323(1) 139573
1 : Data affected by changes in population controls.


Civilian Labor Force

Series Id: LNS11000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title: (Seas) Civilian Labor Force Level
Labor force status: Civilian labor force
Type of data: Number in thousands
Age: 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 143800 143701 143924 143569 143318 143357 143654 143284 143989 144086 144240 144305
2002 143883 144653 144481 144725 144938 144808 144803 145009 145552 145314 145041 145066
2003 145937(1) 146100 146022 146474 146500 147056 146485 146445 146530 146716 147000 146729
2004 146842(1) 146709 146944 146850 147065 147460 147692 147564 147415 147793 148162 148059
2005 148029(1) 148364 148391 148926 149261 149238 149432 149779 149954 150001 150065 150030
2006 150214(1) 150641 150813 150881 151069 151354 151377 151716 151662 152041 152406 152732
2007 153133(1) 152966 153054 152446 152666 153038 153035 152756 153422 153209 153845 153936
2008 154060(1) 153624 153924 153779 154322 154315 154432 154656 154613 154953 154621 154669
2009 154185(1) 154424 154100 154453 154805 154754 154457 154362 153940 154022 153795 153172
2010 153353(1) 153558 153895 154520 154237 153684 153628 154117 154124 153960 153950 153690
2011 153186(1) 153246
1 : Data affected by changes in population controls.

Unemployment Level (U-3)

Series Id:           LNS13000000 Seasonally Adjusted Series title:        (Seas) Unemployment Level
Labor force status:  Unemployed
Type of data:        Number in thousands
Age:                 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 6023 6089 6141 6271 6226 6484 6583 7042 7142 7694 8003 8258
2002 8182 8215 8304 8599 8399 8393 8390 8304 8251 8307 8520 8640
2003 8520 8618 8588 8842 8957 9266 9011 8896 8921 8732 8576 8317
2004 8370 8167 8491 8170 8212 8286 8136 7990 7927 8061 7932 7934
2005 7784 7980 7737 7672 7651 7524 7406 7345 7553 7453 7566 7279
2006 7064 7184 7072 7120 6980 7001 7175 7091 6847 6727 6872 6762
2007 7100 6900 6721 6836 6766 6980 7149 7085 7191 7272 7261 7664
2008 7653 7441 7781 7606 8398 8590 8953 9489 9557 10176 10552 11344
2009 11984 12737 13278 13734 14512 14776 14663 14953 15149 15628 15206 15212
2010 14842 14860 14943 15138 14884 14593 14637 14849 14746 14876 15041 14485
2011 13863 13673



Labor Force Participation Rate

Series Id:           LNS11300000 Seasonally Adjusted Series title:        (Seas) Labor Force Participation Rate
Labor force status:  Civilian labor force participation rate
Type of data:        Percent or rate
Age:                 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 67.2 67.1 67.2 66.9 66.7 66.7 66.8 66.5 66.8 66.7 66.7 66.7
2002 66.5 66.8 66.6 66.7 66.7 66.6 66.5 66.6 66.7 66.6 66.4 66.3
2003 66.4 66.4 66.3 66.4 66.4 66.5 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 65.9
2004 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.9 66.0 66.1 66.1 66.0 65.8 65.9 66.0 65.9
2005 65.8 65.9 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.0 66.0
2006 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4
2007 66.4 66.3 66.2 65.9 66.0 66.0 66.0 65.8 66.0 65.8 66.0 66.0
2008 66.2 66.0 66.1 65.9 66.1 66.1 66.0 66.1 66.0 66.0 65.8 65.8
2009 65.7 65.7 65.6 65.6 65.7 65.7 65.5 65.4 65.1 65.1 65.0 64.7
2010 64.8 64.8 64.9 65.1 64.9 64.7 64.6 64.7 64.7 64.5 64.5 64.3
2011 64.2 64.2

Unemployment Level

Series Id: LNS13000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title: (Seas) Unemployment Level
Labor force status: Unemployed
Type of data: Number in thousands
Age: 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 6023 6089 6141 6271 6226 6484 6583 7042 7142 7694 8003 8258
2002 8182 8215 8304 8599 8399 8393 8390 8304 8251 8307 8520 8640
2003 8520 8618 8588 8842 8957 9266 9011 8896 8921 8732 8576 8317
2004 8370 8167 8491 8170 8212 8286 8136 7990 7927 8061 7932 7934
2005 7784 7980 7737 7672 7651 7524 7406 7345 7553 7453 7566 7279
2006 7064 7184 7072 7120 6980 7001 7175 7091 6847 6727 6872 6762
2007 7100 6900 6721 6836 6766 6980 7149 7085 7191 7272 7261 7664
2008 7653 7441 7781 7606 8398 8590 8953 9489 9557 10176 10552 11344
2009 11984 12737 13278 13734 14512 14776 14663 14953 15149 15628 15206 15212
2010 14842 14860 14943 15138 14884 14593 14637 14849 14746 14876 15041 14485
2011 13863 13673

Unemployment Rate (U-6)

Series Id: LNS14000000
Seasonally Adjusted
Series title: (Seas) Unemployment Rate
Labor force status: Unemployment rate
Type of data: Percent or rate
Age: 16 years and over

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
2001 7.3 7.4 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.9 7.8 8.1 8.7 9.3 9.4 9.6
2002 9.5 9.5 9.4 9.7 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.7 9.8
2003 10.0 10.2 10.0 10.2 10.1 10.3 10.3 10.1 10.4 10.2 10.0 9.8
2004 9.9 9.7 10.0 9.6 9.6 9.5 9.5 9.4 9.4 9.7 9.4 9.2
2005 9.3 9.3 9.1 8.9 8.9 9.0 8.8 8.9 9.0 8.7 8.7 8.6
2006 8.4 8.4 8.2 8.1 8.2 8.4 8.5 8.4 8.0 8.2 8.1 7.9
2007 8.4 8.1 8.0 8.2 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.4 8.4 8.5 8.8
2008 9.1 8.9 9.0 9.2 9.7 10.1 10.5 10.9 11.2 11.9 12.7 13.6
2009 14.1 15.0 15.6 15.8 16.4 16.6 16.5 16.8 17.0 17.4 17.1 17.2
2010 16.5 16.8 16.8 17.0 16.5 16.5 16.5 16.7 17.1 17.0 17.0 16.7
2011 16.1 15.9

Employment Situation Summary

Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-11-0271 until 8:30 a.m. (EST) Friday, March 4, 2011 Technical information: Household data: (202) 691-6378 * * Establishment data: (202) 691-6555 * * Media contact: (202) 691-5902 * THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION -- FEBRUARY 2011 Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000 in February, and the unemployment
rate was little changed at 8.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics re- ported today. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, professional and business services, health care, and transportation and warehousing. Household Survey Data The number of unemployed persons (13.7 million) and the unemployment rate (8.9 percent) changed little in February. The labor force was about unchanged over the month. The jobless rate was down by 0.9 percentage point since November 2010. (See table A-1.) Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (8.7 percent), adult women (8.0 percent), teenagers (23.9 percent), whites (8.0 percent), blacks (15.3 percent), and Hispanics (11.6 percent) showed little or no change in February. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.8 percent, not seasonally adjusted. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.) The number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs, at 8.3 million, continued to trend down in February and has fallen by 1.2 million over the past 12 months. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was 6.0 million and accounted for 43.9 percent of the unemployed. (See tables A-11 and A-12.) Both the civilian labor force participation rate, at 64.2 percent, and the employ- ment-population ratio, at 58.4 percent, were unchanged in February. (See table A-1.) The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 8.3 million in February. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.) In February, 2.7 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, up
from 2.5 million a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) These
individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and
had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as
unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the
survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 1.0 million discouraged workers in February,
a decrease of 184,000 from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.)
Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no
jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in February had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the sur- vey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.) Establishment Survey Data Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 192,000 in February. Job gains occurred in manufacturing, construction, and several service-providing industries. Since a recent low in February 2010, total payroll employment has grown by 1.3 million, or an average of 106,000 per month. (See table B-1.) Manufacturing employment rose by 33,000 in February. Almost all of the gain occurred in durable goods industries, including machinery (+9,000) and fabricated metal pro- ducts (+7,000). Manufacturing has added 195,000 jobs since its most recent trough in December 2009; durable goods manufacturing added 233,000 jobs during this period. Construction employment grew by 33,000 in February, following a decline of 22,000 in January that may have reflected severe winter weather. Within construction, specialty trade contractors accounted for the bulk of the February job gain (+28,000). Employment in the service-providing sector continued to expand in February, led by a gain of 47,000 in professional and business services. Employment services added 29,000 jobs, and employment rose by 7,000 in management and technical consulting. Within employment services, the number of jobs in temporary help services edged up over the month. Health care employment continued to increase in February (+34,000). Over the prior 12 months, health care had added 260,000 jobs, or an average of 22,000 jobs per month. Transportation and warehousing employment increased by 22,000 in February, with half of that gain in truck transportation (+11,000). Employment in both state and local government edged down over the month. Local govern- ment has lost 377,000 jobs since its peak in September 2008. The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.2 hours in February. The manufacturing workweek for all employees rose by 0.1 hour to 40.5 hours, while factory overtime rose by 0.2 hour to 3.3 hours. The average work- week for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 33.5 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.) In February, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 1 cent to $22.87. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 1.7 percent. In February, average hourly earnings of private-sector pro- duction and nonsupervisory employees were unchanged at $19.33. (See tables B-3 and B-8.) The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for December was revised from +121,000 to +152,000, and the change for January was revised from +36,000 to +63,000. ___________ The Employment Situation for March is scheduled to be released on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

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Corrections and Updates For Show 18:

1. Governor Scott Walker is Governor of Wisconsin and not Indiana, my memory lapse and mistake:

Scott Walker – Meet the Press 2/27/2011

Wisconsin’s Crowded Capitol: Collective-Bargaining Protest Grows

Why Has the White House Backed Off the Wisconsin Protests?

Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

2. The highest percentage of unionization of the civilian labor force was about 36% in 1953 and not 25.5% as shown in the graph below and stated in the broadcast.


3. The highest number of union members was in 1970 with 17 million  and not 1957-58 as stated, again my mistake.

“…Periods Defining the Decline of Unions in the U.S.

1959-1970: After peaking in 1953, and largely leveling off afterward, union membership as a percentage of the private sector workforce began declining during the period of 1959 through 1970 largely due to the much faster growth of the non-unionized ranks of the private sector. Remarkably, this occurred even as the total number of private sector labor union jobs increased throughout this period. At its peak in 1970, the number of union jobs in the private sector nearly reached 17 million. …”

Segment 1: The Washington Political Elites of Both Parties Are Not Serious About Balancing The Federal Budget And Funding Entitlement Liabilities–Send In The Clowns–Don’t Bother There Here–Videos

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
~Thomas Jefferson

Judy Collins Send in the Clowns

Obama Defends 2012 Budget Proposal


Boehner Highlights Vote to Cut Spending, Help Create Better Environment for Job Creation


Chairman Hensarling: The Republican Spending Cuts Are Not Draconian


Rand Paul to vote “NO” on GOP budget

Rand Paul and Mike Lee on “Glenn Beck” with Judge Napolitano 03/07/11

Deficits, Debts and Unfunded Liabilities: The Consequences of Excessive Government Spending

Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker on The Federal Fiscal Crisis

Obama; Spending us into Oblivion. Why? – How do we pay off this Debt? – Glenn Beck Explains

U.S National Debt Clock

It’s Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes

Collender Says Budget Bill Doesn’t Deal With Long-Term

If The Debt Limit Isn’t Increased It’s Going To Cause Problems” Ron Paul & Rand Paul Interview

The Washington D.C. political establishment and ruling elites of both political parties are not serious people– they are clowns.

The American people no longer find them very funny or entertaining.

The American people now know the joke was on them.

The American people now know they were lied to about Social Security and Medicare.

The American people now know that the Social Security surpluses were spent every year by both Democratic and Republican Administrations.

The American people now know that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are not adequately funded by tax revenues and are running huge and every growing deficits.

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: Deficits and Social Security

These entitlement programs are running huge deficits that must be stopped.

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: Social Security+Medicare Projections

Otherwise it will simply be too late to put these programs on an actuarially sound foundation.

The most either political party will cut from the fiscal year 2011 budget of over $3,800 billion is $100 billion or less than 3% of Fiscal Year 2011 outlays.

The earliest either political party would come even come close to balancing the budget is five to ten years.

Apparently both the House of Representatives and Senate is challenged when it comes to the will, courage, and vision to seeing the American economy does not have five to ten years for the Federal Government to balance a budget.

The Federal Budget must be balanced starting in Fiscal Year 2012 and every year thereafter.

Actually the Federal Budget needs to run surpluses to stop the rampant growth in unfunded Federal Government liabilities.

Any politician who speaks of a path to a balanced budget simply does not understand the magnitude of the problem.

Everything must be on the table including entitlements; and budgets must be balance starting in Fiscal Year 2012 not Fiscal Year 2020.

To balance the budget and live within ones means, namely estimated tax revenues, would require budget cuts of over $1,000 billion.

This requires the permanent shut-down of entire Federal Departments.

Milton Friedman on Libertarianism (Part 4 of 4)


Keep in mind the Federal National Debt does not include the increase every year of unfunded liabilities or Federal Debt for so-called mandatory spending and entitlements such as Social Security, Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Medicaid and other entitlement programs and unfunded military and civilian pension obligations.

Currently these unfunded liabilities of the Federal Government exceed $100,000 billion or more than ten times the so-called National Debt owed to the public that exceeds $10,000 billion today.

These unfunded liabilities are adding at least another $3,000 billion plus each year to the unfunded liabilities of the United States Government.

The United States Government is therefore running total deficits each year of nearly $5,000 billion!

To first stop and then reverse this trend requires surplus budgets not merely balanced budgets.

Who do the clowns or educated fools of the Washington D.C. political ruling class think they fooling–not the American people.

Ask any college freshman today if he thinks he will receive a dime from Social Security or Medicare.

President Barack Obama is addicted to tobacco, big spending and massive debts.

House Speaker John Boehner is also addicted to tobacco , big spending and massive debts.

Neither can kick their nasty habit of smoking cigarettes, spending the American people’s money and burdening future generation with debt.

President Obama’s addiction to big spending, huge deficits and a massive national debt is evidenced by his proposed fiscal year budgets for 2010, 2011, and 2012:

For Fiscal Year 2010 President Obama proposed a budget of $3,456 billion in spending outlays with estimated tax revenues of $2,162 billion resulting in an estimated total deficit of over $1,293 billion.

For Fiscal Year 2011 President Obama proposed a budget of $3,818 billion in spending outlays with estimated tax revenues of $2,173 billion resulting in an estimated total deficit of over $1,645 billion.

For Fiscal Year 2012 President Obama proposed a budget of $3,728 billion in spending outlays with estimated tax revenues of $2,677 billion resulting in an estimated deficits of over $1,101 billion.

President Obama gives real meaning to term fiscally irresponsible and delusional by proposing three budgets that have deficits totalling over $4,000 billion.

By the time President Obama is hopefully voted out of office in 2012, President Obama will have run up deficits totalling over $5,000 billion and increased the National Debt by over 50% in just four years!

Keep in mind that the total United States National Debt from its founding through President George W. Bush was just under $10,000 billion!

Year Gross Debt in Billions undeflated[11] as % of GDP Debt Held By Public ($Billions) as % of GDP
1910 2.6 unk. 2.6 unk.
1920 25.9 unk. 25.9 unk.
1928 18.5[12] unk. 18.5 unk.
1930 16.2 unk. 16.2 unk.
1940 50.6 52.4 42.8 44.2
1950 256.8 94.0 219.0 80.2
1960 290.5 56.0 236.8 45.6
1970 380.9 37.6 283.2 28.0
1980 909.0 33.4 711.9 26.1
1990 3,206.3 55.9 2,411.6 42.0
2000 5,628.7 58.0 3,409.8 35.1
2001 5,769.9 57.4 3,319.6 33.0
2002 6,198.4 59.7 3,540.4 34.1
2003 6,760.0 62.6 3,913.4 35.1
2004 7,354.7 63.9 4,295.5 37.3
2005 7,905.3 64.6 4,592.2 37.5
2006 8,451.4 65.0 4,829.0 37.1
2007 8,950.7 65.6 5,035.1 36.9
2008 9,985.8 70.2 5,802.7 40.8
2009 12,311.4 86.1 7,811.1 54.6
2010 (31 Dec) 14,025.2 95.2 (3rd Q) 9,390.5 63.7 (3rd Q)







Historical Debt Outstanding – Annual 2000 – 2010

Includes legal tender notes, gold and silver certificates, etc.

The first fiscal year for the U.S. Government started Jan. 1, 1789. Congress changed the beginning of the fiscal year from Jan. 1 to Jul. 1 in 1842, and finally from Jul. 1 to Oct. 1 in 1977 where it remains today.

To find more historical information, visit The Public Debt Historical Information archives.

Date Dollar Amount
09/30/2010 13,561,623,030,891.79
09/30/2009 11,909,829,003,511.75
09/30/2008 10,024,724,896,912.49
09/30/2007 9,007,653,372,262.48
09/30/2006 8,506,973,899,215.23
09/30/2005 7,932,709,661,723.50
09/30/2004 7,379,052,696,330.32
09/30/2003 6,783,231,062,743.62
09/30/2002 6,228,235,965,597.16
09/30/2001 5,807,463,412,200.06
09/30/2000 5,674,178,209,886.86







Unless the Republican Party takes on the reform of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, the closing of entire Federal Departments, cuts in Defense spending, and reductions in salaries and employment benefits of all Federal employee, they are not serious about balancing the budget.

Federal spending needs to be cut by over $1,000 billion in Fiscal Year 2012 to have any chance of balancing the budget.

Talking about cuts of several hundred billion over the next ten years are simply not serious.

Any politician proposing such small cuts should be replaced in the next election by a tea party candidate.

Stop wasting valuable time and starting cutting spending and balancing the budget.

The Federal Budget needs to be limited to 80% of tax revenue collections of the prior year with the remaining 20% of tax revenue collections used to pay down the national debt.

Pass the FairTax and combine it with a balanced budget rule that requires the above.

The FairTax: It’s Time

What is the FairTax plan?

The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment.

The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 13) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.

The FairTax taxes us only on what we choose to spend on new goods or services, not on what we earn. The FairTax is a fair, efficient, transparent, and intelligent solution to the frustration and inequity of our current tax system.

The FairTax:

  • Enables workers to keep their entire paychecks
  • Enables retirees to keep their entire pensions
  • Refunds in advance the tax on purchases of basic necessities
  • Allows American products to compete fairly
  • Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
  • Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
  • Closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
  • Abolishes the IRS


Every day over 20% of the United States civilian labor force or 30 million Americans who want to work at a full-time job either are unemployed, work part-time at lower paid jobs or are so discouraged they stop looking for a job after hundreds and thousands of attempts to find one.

The American economy is losing billions of dollars daily in lost output and income that can never be recovered.

As a direct result tax revenues of local, city, county, state and Federal governments are also significantly down.

In the month of February, the United States government ran a monthly budget deficit of over $223 billion, the largest monthly deficit in U. S. history!

This is mainly due to Federal government intervention into the economy and the uncertainty created by excessive government spending, deficits, debt and unfunded liabilities.

Yet the political class or so-called ruling class and elites lie, mislead and argue about cutting a $3,800 billion budget by less than $100 billion or less than 3% of the total Fiscal Year 2011 U.S. Government budget.

With some exceptions, the professional politicians are not serious people–they are clowns or educated fools.

These clowns lack the will, courage, urgency and vision to cut Federal government spending, balance the budget and replace the current Federal income tax system with a broad-based national retail sale consumption tax–the FairTax.

Time is of the essence.

The United States economy is on the brink of the Obama Depression and there is no sense of urgency or understanding of the problem by the majority of our elected Representatives, Senators or the President of the United States.

If the political ruling class were serious people they would be discussing cuts of $1,000 billion in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget of over $3,800 billion given that tax revenues for Fiscal Year 2011 are expected to be less than $2,500 billion.

The only politicians proposing such spending cuts are Representative Ron Paul of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom are ignored and even laughed at by both the Republican and Democratic establishment and leadership.

Sen. Rand Paul on $500Billion in Spending Cuts: The American People Are Ready


Ron Paul: Congress Won’t Stop Spending until the Dollar Fails

David M. Walker , former United States Comptroller General was right.

The United States’ biggest and most serious deficits are budget, savings, balance of payments and leadership.

I.O.U.S.A. Bonus Reel: Dave Walker Explains the 4 Deficits


Why US Economy will Collapse – I.O.U.S.A. the movie

The United States needs leaders not clowns or educated fools.

The United States needs leaders who remember and learn from history.

Why You’ve Never Heard of the Great Depression of 1920 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Join the Second American Revolution and the tea party movement by marching on Washington D.C. on Friday, April 15, 2011!

The Tea Party patriots want balanced budgets, cuts in spending, deficits and the national debt, repeal of the income tax Amendment and passage of a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution and the FairTax.

The goal is for 3 million Americans marching in Washington D.C. demanding that Congress and the Senate cut Federal spend, balanced the budget and replace Federal taxes with the FairTax!

Start at the Federal Reserve building, march pass the White House and stop at the Capital building for a rally.

This is a grassroots movement.

Spread the word.

Only individuals Americans can prevent the economic collapse of the United States.

Economic Collapse 101 for Dummies


Quantitative Easing Explained


Hi, I’m a Tea Partier revisited


Send In the Clowns – Glenn Close

Isn’t it rich?
Are we a pair?
Me here at last on the ground,
You in mid-air.
Send in the clowns.

Isn’t it bliss?
Don’t you approve?
One who keeps tearing around,
One who can’t move.
Where are the clowns?
Send in the clowns.

Just when I’d stopped opening doors,
Finally knowing the one that I wanted was yours,
Making my entrance again with my usual flair,
Sure of my lines,
No one is there.

Don’t you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you’d want what I want.
Sorry, my dear.
But where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don’t bother, they’re here.

Isn’t it rich?
Isn’t it queer,
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year.


Barbra Streisand Send In The Clowns

Background Articles and Videos

I.O.U.S.A.: Byte-Sized – The 30 Minute Version



Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2o11


2010 Social Security Trustees Report: Reform Needed Now

“…Abstract:The 2010 annual report by the Social Security trustees has been released. It comes as no surprise that the Trustees Report predicts massive—and permanent— yearly deficits if the Social Security system is not reformed. Though the report shows that Social Security payments are secure for another five years, Social Security already owes $7.9 trillion more in benefits this year than it will receive in tax revenues. The time for reform is now—delay will only make each challenge and problem harder to fix. Heritage Foundation financial and pension expert David C. John examines the findings of the new Trustees Report—and explains what they mean for Americans. …”


“…Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker analyzes America as a corporation in an epic presentation: USA Inc.: A Basic Summary of America’s Financial Statements (pdf).

“…This report looks at the federal government as if it were a business, with the goal of informing the
debate about our nation’s financial situation and outlook. In it, we examine USA Inc.’s income
statement and balance sheet. We aim to interpret the underlying data and facts and illustrate
patterns and trends in easy-to-understand ways. We analyze the drivers of federal revenue and
the history of expense growth, and we examine basic scenarios for how America might move
toward positive cash flow. …”

This report is available online and on iPad at

Mary Meeker’s Definitive Guide To The American Public Debt Crisis

“…Here are some key slides from her definitive report:
  • Spending as a percent of GDP rose 3 percent each year from 1790 and 1930. Worse: It rose to 24% in 2010.
  • Only 1 in 50 Americans needed Medicaid when it was first created in 1965, 1 in 6 Americans receives Medicaid now.
  • Extended unemployment benefits could set back America Inc. $34 billion in the next two years alone.
  • There is no quick-fix to America’s deficit problem. While raising taxes could help, the only real solution is cutting costs.
  • Why we should increase the retirement age to 73 or cut Social Security benefits by 12%

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March 7, 2011

Spotlight on the States: Wisconsin

“…Today, Wisconsin faces a budget shortfall of $137 million (just shy of 10 percent of the budget) for the remaining fiscal year (which ends June 30) and a $3.6 billion shortfall over the next 2 years (six percent of the budget) in a $59 billion 2012-2013 budget. In an attempt to put the state back on a sustainable fiscal path, and more specifically to address this year’s shortfall, newly-elected Gov. Scott Walker (R) introduced what he called a “Budget Repair Bill” last month. The bill requires government workers to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary toward pensions–which has sparked a back-and-forth about whether pension benefits are paid for by taxpayers or employees–and increases contributions to health care premiums from 6 percent to at least 12 percent. It also limits public employee collective bargaining rights, with the exception of police, firefighters, and other public safety employees, which is the provision that has sparked the current protests, as the unions are willing to accept the other changes.

Nevertheless, Gov. Walker has said that enacting these reforms would save $30 million this fiscal year and thousands of state and local jobs. He also said that he could pledge there would be no layoffs or furloughs for state employees. This did not comfort the thousands of government employees who swarmed the state’s capital, protesting that the Governor’s budget bill is more geared to political ends than fiscal ones.

In his March 1st budget address, (postponed from February 22), Gov. Walker outlined some of the details of his full proposal. The biennial budget balances the $3.6 billion two-year deficit and reduces the structural deficit–deficits even under normal economic conditions and full employment–by 90 percent, from $2.5 billion to $250 million. It also reduces overall state spending by $4.2 billion (6.7 percent) over the biennium. Other highlights of the legislation include:

  • $1.25 billion in reductions in aid to local governments
  • $834 million in reduction in aid to public schools
  • $80.6 million in tax cuts for FY 2012, including elimination of the capital gains tax for investors with long-term (5 or more years) investments in Wisconsin-based businesses
  • $500 million in Medicaid spending cuts through various reforms
  • $200 million in funding for the “public-private agency” the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Various reforms to state agencies, including a 10% across-the-board cut to non-personnel budgets of most agencies and elimination of all positions that have been vacant for over a year …”

Wisconsin Governor Seeks Deep Cuts

“…The collective-bargaining bill stalled in the state Senate also would require most public employees to contribute 5.8% of their salary this year toward their pension payments and 12.6% of their health-insurance premiums out of their wages. The measure passed the state Assembly last week.

Mr. Walker said that bill would produce savings of $1.44 billion for school districts and local governments, more than offsetting the cuts in state aid he recommended Tuesday.

Critics said the governor’s estimate is overstated, because some communities and school districts already require employees to pay more than 12.6% of their health-insurance premiums out of their salaries.

In De Pere, Wis., employees already pay 15% of insurance premiums from their wages. For that reason, and because police officers and firefighters are exempt, “I believe the savings through pension-contribution increases will not be enough to offset the loss of state shared revenue,” De Pere Alderman Daniel Robinson wrote in a letter Monday to Republican state Sen. Robert Cowles. …”



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Pronk Pops Show 18: March 3, 2011: Remembering The Brooklyn Dodgers and Duke Snider; The National Debt Will Hit $20,000,000,000,000 By 2020!; Public Sector Unions vs. The America People: Replacing The American Dream With The Socialist Union Nightmare–Videos

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 Pronk Pops Show 18: March 3, 2011  

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Happy Birthday 

Time Magazine First Issue Published March 3, 1923


On March 3, 1931  The Star-Spangled BannerBecame The Official National Anthem of United States of America

US National Anthem by the Academy Choirs


Segment 1: Remembering The Brooklyn Dodgers and Duke Snider

“In the split second from the time the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand until it reaches the plate you have to think about your stride, your hip action, your wrist action, determine how much, if any the ball is going to break and then decide whether to swing at it.”

~Duke Snider



Hall of Famer Duke Snider Dies


Duke Snider Induction Speech


Duke Snider: In His Own Words


Duke Snider


1955 – Seven Days Of Fall, DVD Preview


The Dream of ’55


Branch Rickey


Jackie Robinson: A Life Story


Carl Erskine Remembers


Carl Erskine Remembers II


Carl Erskine Remembers III


Brooklyn Dodgers Batboy


The Lost Ball Parks: Ebbets Field


Until 1958, New York City had three baseball teams, the New York Yankees, the New York Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Since I was born in Brooklyn, New York, I was naturally a Brooklyn Dodger fan as a kid growing up in the 1950s on Long Island.

Like most kids I played little league baseball and was a left fielder and cheered for fellow left fielder Sandy Amoros who made the memorable catch and throw in the 1955 World Series that Brooklyn won over the New York Yankees:

1955 World Series Highlights (Brooklyn Dodgers vs NYY)

I also drank chocolate flavored Ovaltine in a rocket cup:


Duke Snider was one of the greatest center fielders and the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

May he rest in peace.

The Brooklyn Dodgers while called Dem Bums will always be winners and America’s team especially to those from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Dodgers


Dave Van Horne recalls Duke Snider

Brooklyn Dodger

“We wept, Brooklyn was a lovely place to hit. If you got a ball in the air, you had a chance to get it out. When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me.”

~Duke Snider


A girl from Brooklyn sings two for the Duke and the memories of the many boys who followed the boys of summer.

Barbra Streisand – HD STEREO – Memory


Barbra Streisand – The Way We Were


Background Articles and Videos

1955 Brooklyn Dodger  Most Games by Positions

C Roy Campanella (121)
1B Gil Hodges (139)
2B Jim Gilliam (99)
3B Jackie Robinson (84)
SS Pee Wee Reese (142)
LF Sandy Amoros (102)
CF Duke Snider (146)
RF Carl Furillo (139)
SP Carl Erskine
SP Billy Loes
SP Don Newcombe
SP Johnny Podres
RP Don Bessent
RP Jim Hughes
RP Clem Labine
CL Ed Roebuck

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
Uniform Numbers 

#1 Pee Wee Reese
#4 Duke Snider
#6 Carl Furillo
#8 George Shuba
#10 Rube Walker
#12 Frank Kellert
#14 Gil Hodges
#15 Sandy Amoros
#17 Carl Erskine
#18 Jim Hughes
#19 Jim Gilliam
#23 Don Zimmer
#27 Bob Borkowski
#27 Tommy Lasorda
#28 Chuck Templeton
#30 Billy Loes
#32 Sandy Koufax
#34 Russ Meyer
#36 Don Newcombe
#37 Ed Roebuck
#39 Roy Campanella
#40 Roger Craig
#41 Clem Labine
#42 Jackie Robinson
#43 Don Hoak
#45 Johnny Podres
#46 Don Bessent
#48 Karl Spooner
#49 Joe Black
#49 Walt Moryn
#51 Bert Hamric
#54 Dixie Howell

Dem Bums: The Brooklyn Dodgers


Duke Snider and Sal Maglie–What’s My Line?


What’s my Line?  Duke Snider


Branch Rickey–What’s My Line


What’s my Line? Jackie Robinson


Ohio Wesleyan alumnus Branch Rickey (1904) and the Branch Rickey-Jackie Robinson Legacy


Last Out at Ebbetts Field


Saying Goodbye Ebbets Field


An Ebbets Field Story


New York Baseball Lost


Ebbets Field Model


Ebbets Field Model at Night


Hall-of-Famer Duke Snider, the last surviving regular of the ‘Boys of Summer’ Dodgers, dead at 84

“…Now there are none.

Hall of Famer Duke Snider, the last of the surviving starting 8 of the 1950s “Boys of Summer” Dodgers, whose prolific home runs and center field prowess earned him royalty status in Brooklyn and immortalization in one of baseball’s most famous ballads, died Sunday in Escondido, Calif., of natural causes. He was 84.

Snider, who died at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital, had been in ill health the last couple of years from diabetes. With his death, all the regular position players – catcher Roy Campanella, first baseman Gil Hodges, second baseman Junior Gilliam, shortstop Pee Wee Reese, third baseman Billy Cox, right fielder Carl Furillo and Jackie Robinson, a regular at several positions – are now gone. They played on those star-crossed Dodger teams that won six NL pennants but just one World Series in Brooklyn from 1947-1957. Robinson, Reese and Campanella also are enshrined in Cooperstown. …”

“…In six World Series with the Dodgers, five of them in Brooklyn and one in Los Angeles, Snider hit .286 with 11 homers and 26 RBI in 36 games. He is the only player in history to hit four homers in two different Series, having accomplished that feat in ’52 and ’55, both against the Yankees. For his career, Snider hit .295, with 2,116 hits, 407 homers and 1,333 RBI in 2,143 games. He also slugged .540, had five straight 40-plus homer seasons and six 100-RBI seasons, including a league-leading 136 in 1955. He won a home run title with 43 in 1956 and led the NL in runs scored three consecutive seasons, 1953-55.”

Duke Snider

Edwin DonaldDukeSnider (September 19, 1926 – February 27, 2011), nicknamed “The Silver Fox” and “The Duke of Flatbush”, was a Major League Baseball center fielder and left-handed batter who played with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947–62), New York Mets (1963), and San Francisco Giants (1964).

Snider was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.

Born in Los Angeles, Snider was nicknamed “Duke” by his father at age five.[1] Growing up in Southern California, Snider was a gifted all-round athlete, playing basketball, football, and baseball at Fallbrook High School. He was a strong-armed quarterback, who could reportedly throw the football 70 yards on the fly. Spotted by one of Branch Rickey’s scouts in the early 1940s, he was signed to a baseball contract out of high school in 1943.[1]He played briefly for the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1944 (batting twice) and for Newport News in the Piedmont League in the same year. After serving in the military in 1945, he came back to play for the Fort Worth Cats in 1946 and for St. Paul in 1947. He played well and earned a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers later that year. He started the next season (1948) with Montreal, and after hitting well in that league with a .327 batting average, he was called up to Brooklyn for good during the middle of the season.

In 1949 Snider came into his own, hitting 23 home runs with 92 runs batted in, helping the Dodgers into the World Series. Snider also saw his average rise from .244 to .292. In 1950 he hit .321. But when his average slipped to .277 in 1951, and the Dodgers squandered a 13-game lead to lose the National League pennant to the New York Giants, Snider received heavy media criticism and requested a trade.

“I went to Walter O’Malley and told him I couldn’t take the pressure,” Snider was quoted in the September 1955 issue of SPORT magazine. “I told him I’d just as soon be traded. I told him I figured I could do the Dodgers no good.”

From 1947 to 1956, Brooklyn ruled the National League, winning 6 of 10 pennants. They benefited greatly from a large network of minor league teams created by Branch Rickey in the early 40’s. It is here when the system called the “Dodger Way” of teaching fundamentals took root. From that large network of teams, a number of young talented players began to blossom at the same time: Snider, Gil Hodges, Carl Erskine, Ralph Branca, Clem Labine, Carl Furillo, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Joe Black, and Jim Gilliam. Most have been enshrined in Roger Kahn’s classic book, The Boys of Summer.

By 1949, Snider, as he matured, became the triggerman in a power-laden lineup which boasted the likes of Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Billy Cox, Roy Campanella, Carl Erskine, Preacher Roe, Carl Furillo, Clem Labine and later with Joe Black. Often compared with two other New York center fielders, fellow Hall of Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, he was the reigning “Duke” of Flatbush. Usually batting third in the line-up, Snider put up some impressive offensive numbers: He hit 40 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons (1953–57), and averaged 42 home runs, 124 RBI, 123 runs, and a .320 batting average between 1953-1956. He led the league in runs scored, home runs, and RBIs in separate seasons. He appeared in six post-seasons with the Dodgers (1949, 1952–53, 1955–56, 1959), facing the New York Yankees in the first five and the Chicago White Sox in the last. The Dodgers won the World Series in 1955 and in 1959.

Snider’s career numbers took a dip when the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Coupled with an aching knee and a 440-foot right field fence at the cavernous Coliseum, Snider hit only 15 home runs in 1958. Injuries and age would eventually play a role in reducing Snider to part-time status by 1961.

In 1962, when the Dodgers led the NL for most of the season only to find themselves tied with the hated Giants at the season’s end, it was Snider and third base coach Leo Durocher who reportedly pleaded with Manager Walter Alston to bring future Hall of Fame pitcher (and Cy Young award winner that year) Don Drysdale into the ninth inning of the third and deciding play-off game. Instead, Alston brought in Stan Williams in relief of a tiring Eddie Roebuck. A 4-2 lead turned into a 6-4 loss as the Giants rallied to win the pennant. For his trouble, Snider was sold to the New York Mets. It is said that Drysdale, his roommate, broke down and cried when he got the news of Snider’s departure.

When Snider joined the Mets, he discovered that his familiar number 4 was being worn by Charlie Neal, who refused to give it up. So Snider wore number 11 during the first half of the season, then switched back to 4 after Neal was traded. He proved to be a sentimental favorite among former Dodger fans who now rooted for the Mets, but after one season, he asked to be dealt to a contending team.

Snider was sold to the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day in 1964. Knowing that he had no chance of wearing number 4, which had been worn by Mel Ott and retired by the Giants, Snider took number 28. He retired at the end of the that season.

In Snider’s 18-year career, he batted .295 with 407 home runs and 1,333 RBI in 2,143 games. Snider went on to become a popular and respected analyst and play-by-play announcer for the Montreal Expos from 1973 to 1986, characterized by a mellow, low-key style. …”

KEISSER: From coast to coast, this loss is a bummer for all who follow Dodgers

“…He spent most of his career in Brooklyn, where he earned the “Duke of Flatbush” nickname, where he was one of the “Boys of Summer,” where he won the 1955 World Series, Brooklyn’s one and only, and where he became part of the New York center-field trilogy of “Willie, Mickey and the Duke.”

The passing of Duke Snider on Sunday morning at 84 is one of those moments when everyone associated with the national pastime feels some ache, be it a tear or a twinge. Baseball has lost a Hall of Famer and a two-coast icon who hit .295 with 407 home runs in his career, but his passing also means all seven everyday starters for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1949 to 1957 have died: Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Carl Furillo and now Duke. …”

“…His years in Brooklyn were epic. He hit 316 home runs in his career there – nine years full-time, parts of two others – including 40 or more five straight years (53-57), an achievement neither Willie Mays nor Mickey Mantle ever matched.

He scored 100-plus runs six times and had 198 or more hits three times. He is the first National League player to hit four home runs in a World Series. He did it twice – 1952 and 1955 – the only player to do that. His 11 career World Series home runs is still the NL record and fourth all-time behind guys named Mantle, Ruth and Gehrig. He ranked eighth all-time in home runs when he retired.

Los Angeles never got to see the Duke Snider who played in Brooklyn. He was just 31 when the team moved to L.A. and the Coliseum. People joked about the short Chinese Wall in left field, but the real joke was on Snider.

He didn’t see the park layout until Opening Day – 425 feet to dead center field, expanding to 440 feet in right center and then 395 in straightaway right, before a quick ducktail to the foul pole that seemed to smirk at him when he played right field. Willie Mays saw it and said “Duke, they buried you.”

Snider hit just 15 home runs in 1958, and not one of them to right field at the Coliseum, an epic statistical anomaly.

If the Dodgers had never moved, or the right-field dimensions weren’t so absurd, Snider probably would have 500 career home runs rather than the 407 he ended with. But he never blamed the stadium.

“The Coliseum did take some away. I hit a lot of 400-foot outs,” Snider said. “But I can’t look at it that way. I lost a lot more to my knee injuries. If I had stayed healthy and been able to play every day until I was 37 instead of sporadically as I did, I might have reached those numbers. In 1958, I was probably 70 percent of the player I was in 1957.

“Injuries are part of the game. Mickey Mantle would have had more if not for a bad knee, and Sandy Koufax’s career was cut short by arthritis. I think my numbers are pretty good given what I dealt with those last years.” …”

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Sandy Amorós

Edmundo “Sandy” Amorós Isasi (January 30, 1930 – June 27, 1992) was a Cuban left fielder in Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers. Amorós was born in Havana. He both batted and threw left-handed. Dodgers scout Al Campanis signed him in 1951, struck by the small man’s speed.

Amorós, nicknamed for his resemblance to boxing champ Sandy Saddler, had a largely unremarkable major league career. However, his defining moment with the Brooklyn Dodgers was one of the most memorable events in World Series history. It was the sixth inning of the decisive Game 7 of the 1955 World Series. The Dodgers had never won a World Series in their history and were now trying to hold a 2-0 lead against their perennial rivals, the New York Yankees. The left-handed Amorós came into the game that inning as a defensive replacement, as the right-handed throwing Jim Gilliam moved from left field to second base in place of Don Zimmer. The first two batters in the inning reached base and Yogi Berra came to the plate. Berra, notorious for swinging at pitches outside the strike zone, hit an opposite-field shot toward the left field corner that looked to be a sure double, as the Brooklyn outfield had just shifted to the right. Amorós seemingly came out of nowhere, extended his gloved right hand to catch the ball and immediately skidded to a halt to avoid crashing into the fence near Yankee Stadium’s 301 distance marker in the left field corner. He then threw to the relay man, shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who in turn threw to first baseman Gil Hodges, doubling Gil McDougald off first; Hank Bauer grounded out to end the inning. …”

History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

Brooklyn was home to numerous baseball clubs in the mid-1850s. Eight of 16 participants in the first convention were from Brooklyn, including the Atlantic, Eckford, and Excelsior clubs that combined to dominate play for most of the 1860s. Brooklyn helped make baseball commercial, as the locale of the first paid admission games, a series of three all star contests matching New York and Brooklyn in 1858. Brooklyn also featured the first two enclosed baseball grounds, the Union Grounds and the Capitoline Grounds; enclosed, dedicated ballparks accelerated the evolution from amateurism to professionalism.

Despite the success of Brooklyn clubs in the first Association, officially amateur until 1869, they fielded weak teams in the succeeding National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, the first professional league formed in 1871. The Excelsiors no longer challenged for the amateur championship after the Civil War and never entered the professional NA. The Eckfords and Atlantics declined to join until 1872 and thereby lost their best players; Eckford survived only one season and Atlantic four, with losing teams.

The National League replaced the NA in 1876 and granted exclusive territories to its eight members, excluding the Atlantics in favor of the New York Mutuals, who had shared the same home grounds. When the Mutuals were expelled by the league, the Hartford Dark Blues club moved in, changed its name to The Brooklyn Hartfords[1] and played its home games at Union Grounds in 1877 before disbanding.

The origin of the Dodgers

The team currently known as the Dodgers was formed (as the “Brooklyn Grays”) in 1883 by real estate magnate and baseball enthusiast Charles Byrne, who convinced his brother-in-law Joseph Doyle and casino operator Ferdinand Abell to start the team with him. Byrne set up a grandstand on Fifth Avenue and named it Washington Park in honor of George Washington. The team played in the minor Inter-State Association of Professional Baseball Clubs that first season. Doyle became the first manager of the team, which drew 6,000 fans to its first home game on May 12, 1883 against the Trenton team. The team won the league title after the Camden Merritt club disbanded on July 20 and Brooklyn picked up some of its better players. The Grays were invited to join the American Association for the following season. [2]

After winning the AA championship in 1889, the team moved to the National League and won the 1890 NL Championship, the first Major League team to win consecutive championships in two different leagues. Their success during this period was partly attributed to their absorbing the players of the defunct New York Metropolitans and Brooklyn Ward’s Wonders. In 1899, the Dodgers merged with the Baltimore Orioles, as Baltimore manager Ned Hanlon became the club’s new skipper and Charles Ebbets became the primary owner of the team.

The team’s nickname

Logo of the Brooklyn Dodgers/Superbas from 1910 through 1913

By 1890 New Yorkers (Brooklyn was a separate city until it became a borough in 1898) routinely called anyone from Brooklyn a “trolley dodger”, due to the vast network of street car lines criss-crossing the borough as people dodged trains to cross the streets. When the second Washington Park burned down early in the 1891 season, the team moved to nearby Eastern Park, which was bordered on two sides by street car tracks. That’s when the team was first called the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. That was soon shortened to Brooklyn Dodgers.[3] Possibly because of the “street character” nature of Jack Dawkins, the “Artful Dodger” in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, sportswriters in the early 20th Century began referring to the Dodgers as the “Bums”.

Other team names used by the franchise which would finally be called the Dodgers were the Grays, the Grooms, the Bridegrooms, the Superbas and the Robins. All of these nicknames were used by fans and sportswriters to describe the team, but not in any official capacity. The team’s legal name was the Brooklyn Base Ball Club.[4] However, the Trolley Dodger nickname was used throughout this period, along with these other nicknames, by fans and sportswriters of the day. The team did not use the name in any formal sense until 1932, when the word “Dodgers” appeared on jerseys for the team.[5] The “conclusive shift” came in 1933, when both home and road jerseys for the team bore the name “Dodgers”.[6]

Examples of how the many popularized names of the team were used interchangeably are available from newspaper articles from the period before 1932. A New York Times article describing a game the Dodgers played in 1916 starts out by referring to how “Jimmy Callahan, pilot of the Pirates, did his best to wreck the hopes the Dodgers have of gaining the National League pennant”, but then goes on to comment “the only thing that saved the Superbas from being toppled from first place was that the Phillies lost one of the two games played”.[7] What is interesting about the use of these two nicknames is that most baseball statistics sites and baseball historians generally now refer to the pennant-winning 1916 Brooklyn team as the Robins. A 1918 New York Times article does use the nickname Robins in its title “Buccaneers Take Last From Robins”, but the subtitle of the article reads “Subdue The Superbas By 11 To 4, Making Series An Even Break”.[8]

Another example of the interchangeability of the different nicknames is found on the program issued at Ebbetts Field for the 1920 World Series, which identifies the matchup in the series as “Dodgers vs. Indians”, despite the fact that the Robins nickname had been in consistent usage at this point for around six years.[9]

Rivalry with the Giants

Main article: Dodgers–Giants rivalry

The historic and heated rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants is more than a century old. It began when both clubs played in New York City (the Dodgers in Brooklyn and the Giants in Manhattan). When both franchises moved to California after the 1957 season, the rivalry was easily transplanted, as the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco have long been rivals in economics, culture and politics.

“Uncle Robbie” and the “Daffiness Boys”

Manager Wilbert Robinson, another former Oriole, popularly known as “Uncle Robbie”, restored the Brooklyn team to respectability. His “Brooklyn Robins” reached the 1916 and 1920 World Series, losing both, but contending perennially for several seasons.[10] Charles Ebbetts and Ed McKeever died within a week of each other in 1925, and Robbie was named president while still field manager.[11] Upon assuming the title of president, however, Robinson’s ability to focus on the field declined, and the teams of the late 1920s were often fondly referred to as the “Daffiness Boys” for their distracted, error-ridden style of play.[12] Outfielder Babe Herman was the leader both in hitting and in zaniness. The signature Dodger play from this era occurred when Herman doubled into a double play, in which three players – Dazzy Vance, Chick Fewster, and Herman – all ended up at third base at the same time. After his removal as club president, Wilbert Robinson returned to managing, and the club’s performance rebounded somewhat.[12]

When Robinson retired in 1931, he was replaced as manager by Max Carey.[12] Although some suggested renaming the “Robins” the “Brooklyn Canaries”, after Carey (whose last name was originally “Carnarius”), the name “Brooklyn Dodgers” returned to stay following Robinson’s retirement.[12] It was during this era that Willard Mullin, a noted sports cartoonist, fixed the Brooklyn team with the lovable nickname of “Dem Bums”. After hearing his cab driver ask “So how did those bums do today?” Mullin decided to sketch an exaggerated version of famed circus clown Emmett Kelly to represent the Dodgers in his much-praised cartoons in the New York World-Telegram. Both the image and the nickname caught on, so much so that many a Dodger yearbook cover, from 1951 through 1957, featured a Willard Mullin illustration with the Brooklyn Bum.

Perhaps the highlight of the Daffiness Boys era came after Wilbert Robinson left the dugout.[12] In 1934, Giants player/manager Bill Terry was asked about the Dodgers’ chances in the coming pennant race and cracked infamously, “Is Brooklyn still in the league?” Managed now by Casey Stengel (who played for the Dodgers in the 1910s and would go on to greatness managing the New York Yankees),[12] the 1934 Dodgers were determined to make their presence felt. As it happened, the season entered its final games with the Giants tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the pennant, with the Giants’ remaining games against the Dodgers. Stengel (along with a legion of angry Brooklyn fans) led his Bums to the Polo Grounds for the showdown, and they beat the Giants twice to knock them out of the pennant race.[12] The “Gashouse Gang” Cardinals nailed the pennant by beating the Cincinnati Reds those same two days.[12]

One key development during this era was the 1938 appointment of Leland Stanford MacPhail – better known as Larry MacPhail – as the Dodgers’ general manager.[12] MacPhail, who brought night baseball to MLB as general manager of the Reds, also introduced Brooklyn to night baseball and ordered the successful refurbishing of Ebbets Field.[12] He also brought Reds voice Red Barber to Brooklyn as the Dodgers’ lead announcer in 1939, just after MacPhail broke the New York baseball executives’ agreement to ban live baseball broadcasts, enacted because of the fear of what effect the radio calls would have on the home teams’ attendance.

MacPhail remained with the Dodgers until 1942, when he returned to the Armed Forces for World War II. (He later became one of the New York Yankees’ co-owners, bidding unsuccessfully for Barber to join him in the Bronx as announcer.) MacPhail’s son Leland Jr. (Lee MacPhail) and grandson Andy MacPhail also became MLB execs.

The first major-league baseball game to be televised was Brooklyn’s 6–1 victory over Cincinnati at Ebbets Field on August 26, 1939. Batting helmets were introduced to Major League Baseball by the Dodgers in 1941.

Breaking the color barrier

Jackie Robinson.

For most of the first half of the 20th century, no Major League Baseball team employed a black player. A parallel system of Negro Leagues developed, but most of the Negro League players were denied a chance to prove their skill before a national audience. Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play for a Major League Baseball team when he played his first major league game on April 15, 1947, as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It happened mainly due to General Manager Branch Rickey’s efforts. The deeply religious Rickey’s motivation appears to have been primarily moral, although business considerations were also present. Rickey was a member of The Methodist Church, the antecedent denomination to The United Methodist Church of today, which was a strong advocate for social justice and active later in the Civil Rights movement.[13]

Rickey had also considered Robinson’s outstanding personal character in his decision, since he knew that boos, taunts, and criticism would arrive when Robinson was promoted to the Major Leagues, and that Robinson would have to be tough enough to withstand this abuse. He was. Rickey also wanted the first African-American Major Leaguer to be a no-doubt-about-it star, and Robinson definitely came through on that account as well, helping to lead the Dodgers to their best-ever stretch of success.[14]

The inclusion of Robinson on the team also led the Dodgers to move its spring training site. Prior to 1946, the Dodgers held their spring training in Jacksonville, Florida. However, the city’s stadium refused to host an exhibition game with the Montreal Royals – the Dodgers’ own farm club – on whose roster Robinson appeared at the time, citing segregation laws. Nearby Sanford similarly declined. Ultimately, City Island Ballpark in Daytona Beach agreed to host the game with Robinson on the field. The team would return to Daytona Beach for spring training in 1947, this time with Robinson on the big club. Although the Dodgers ultimately built Dodgertown and its Holman Stadium further south in Vero Beach, and played there for 61 spring training seasons from 1948 through 2008, Daytona Beach would rename City Island Ballpark to Jackie Robinson Ballpark in his honor.

This event was the continuation of the integration of professional sports in the United States, with professional football having led the way in 1946, with the concomitant demise of the Negro Leagues, and is regarded as a key moment in the history of the American civil rights movement. Robinson was an exceptional player, a speedy runner who sparked the team with his intensity. He was the inaugural recipient of the Rookie of the Year award, which is now named the Jackie Robinson award in his honor. The Dodgers’ willingness to integrate, when most other teams refused to, was a key factor in their 1947–1956 success. They won six pennants in those 10 years with the help of Robinson, three-time MVP Roy Campanella, Cy Young Award winner Don Newcombe, Jim Gilliam, and Joe Black. Robinson would eventually go on to become the first African-American elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

“Wait ’til next year!”

After the wilderness years of the 1920s and 1930s, the Dodgers were rebuilt into a contending club first by general manager Larry MacPhail and then the legendary Branch Rickey. Led by Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges in the infield, Duke Snider in center field, Carl Furillo in right field, Roy Campanella behind the plate, and Don Newcombe on the pitcher’s mound, the Dodgers won pennants in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953, only to fall to the New York Yankees in all five of the subsequent World Series. The annual ritual of building excitement, followed in the end by disappointment, became a common pattern to the long suffering fans, and “Wait ’til next year!” became an unofficial Dodger slogan.

While the Dodgers generally enjoyed success during this period, in 1951 they fell victim to one of the largest collapses in the history of baseball.[15] On August 11, 1951 Brooklyn led the National League by an enormous 13½ games over their archrivals, the Giants. However, while the Dodgers went 26–22 from that time until the end of the season, the Giants went on an absolute tear, winning an amazing 37 of their last 44 games, including their last seven in a row. At the conclusion of the season, the Dodgers and the Giants were tied for first place, forcing a three-game playoff for the pennant. The Giants took Game 1 by a score of 3–1 before being shut out by the Dodgers’ Clem Labine in Game 2, 10–0. It all came down to the final game, and Brooklyn seemed to have the pennant locked up, holding a 4–2 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. However, Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson hit a stunning three-run walk-off home run off the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca to secure the NL Championship for New York. Today, this home run is known as the Shot Heard ‘Round The World.

In 1955, by which time the core of the Dodger team was beginning to age, “next year” finally came. The fabled “Boys of Summer” shot down the “Bronx Bombers” in seven games[16], led by the first-class pitching of young left-hander Johnny Podres, whose key pitch was a changeup known as “pulling down the lampshade” because of the arm motion used right when the ball was released.[17] Podres won two Series games, including the deciding seventh. The turning point of Game 7 was a spectacular double play that began with left fielder Sandy Amoros running down Yogi Berra’s long fly ball, then throwing to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, who doubled up a surprised Gil McDougald at first base to preserve the Dodger lead. The Dodgers won 2–0.

Although the Dodgers lost the World Series to the Yankees in 1956 (during which the Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched the only postseason perfect game in baseball history, and the only post-season no-hitter until Roy Halladay’s no-hitter for the Phillies over the Reds on October 6, 2010), it hardly seemed to matter. Brooklyn fans had their memory of triumph, and soon that would be all they were left with – a victory that decades later would be remembered in the Billy Joel single “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, which included the line, “Brooklyn’s got a winning team.”

Move to California

Real estate businessman Walter O’Malley had acquired majority ownership of the Dodgers in 1950, when he bought the shares of his co-owners, the estate of Branch Rickey and the late John L. Smith. Before long he was working to buy new land in Brooklyn to build a more accessible and better arrayed ballpark than Ebbets Field. Beloved as it was, Ebbets Field had grown old and was not well served by infrastructure, to the point where the Dodgers could not sell the park out even in the heat of a pennant race (despite largely dominating the league from 1946 to 1957).

New York City Construction Coordinator Robert Moses, however, sought to force O’Malley into using a site in Flushing Meadows, Queens – the site for what eventually became Shea Stadium. Moses’ vision involved a city-built, city-owned park, which was greatly at odds with O’Malley’s real-estate savvy. When it became clear to O’Malley that he was not going to be allowed to buy any suitable land in Brooklyn, he began thinking elsewhere.

Walter O’Malley was free to purchase land of his own choosing but needed Robert Moses to condemn land along the Atlantic Railroad Yards (O’Malley’s preferred choice) in downtown Brooklyn under Title I authority. Title I gave the city municipality power to condemn land for the purpose of building what it calls “public purpose” projects. Moses interpretation of “public purpose” was to build public parks, public housing and public highways/bridges. What O’Malley wanted was for Moses to use this authority rather than pay market value for the land. With Title I, the city, aka Robert Moses, could have sold the land to O’Malley at a below market price. Robert Moses refused to honor O’Malley’s request and responded by saying, “If you want the land so bad, why don’t you purchase it with your own money?”[18]

Meanwhile, non-stop transcontinental air travel had become routine during the years since the Second World War, and teams were no longer bound by much slower railroad timetables. Because of these transportation advances, it became possible to locate teams further apart – as far west as California – while maintaining the same game schedules.

When Los Angeles officials attended the 1956 World Series looking to entice a team to move to the City of Angels, they were not even thinking of the Dodgers. Their original target had been the Washington Senators (who would in fact move to Bloomington, Minnesota to become the Minnesota Twins in 1961). At the same time, O’Malley was looking for a contingency in case Moses and other New York politicians refused to let him build the Brooklyn stadium he wanted, and sent word to the Los Angeles officials that he was interested in talking. Los Angeles offered him what New York would not: a chance to buy land suitable for building a ballpark, and own that ballpark, giving him complete control over all its revenue streams.

Meanwhile, Giants owner Horace Stoneham was having similar difficulty finding a replacement for his team’s antiquated home stadium, the Polo Grounds. Stoneham was considering moving the Giants to Minneapolis, but was persuaded instead to move them to San Francisco, ensuring that the Dodgers would have a National League rival closer than St. Louis. So the two arch-rival teams, the Dodgers and Giants, moved out to the West Coast together after the 1957 season.

The Brooklyn Dodgers played their final game at Ebbets Field on September 24, 1957, which the Dodgers won 2–0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On April 18, 1958, the Los Angeles Dodgers played their first game in LA, defeating the former New York and now new San Francisco Giants, 6–5, before 78,672 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.[19] Sadly, catcher Roy Campanella, left partially paralyzed in an off-season accident, was never able to play for Los Angeles.

A 2007 HBO film, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush, is a documentary covering the Dodgers history from early days to the beginning of the Los Angeles era.


The Boys of Summer

“…The Boys of Summer is a widely-acclaimed book written by Roger Kahn. After recounting his childhood in Brooklyn, the author relates some history of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team up to their victory in the 1955 World Series. He then tracks the lives of the players over the subsequent years as they aged. The book takes its name from a verse by Dylan Thomas. It was made into a video documentary dedicated to the memories of Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Billy Cox and Ebbets Field.

The first section describes the author’s growing up in a remarkable Brooklyn family and his life as a young reporter on the New York Herald Tribune. He then recounts covering the Dodgers through two exciting seasons, made bittersweet by the death of the author’s father.

The next section details the lives of the players from the glory days, but in middle age. Different chapters are devoted to different players (Clem Labine, George Shuba, Carl Erskine, Andy Pafko, Joe Black, Preacher Roe, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson and Billy Cox).

Since its publication in 1972, The Boys of Summer has been through numerous editions and at least 90 printings. James Michener called it “America’s finest book on sports.” “What a very great book,” wrote George Frazier in the Boston Globe. A Sports Illustrated panel recently selected The Boys of Summer as the greatest of all American books on baseball. …” …”

Segment 2: The National Debt Will Hit $20,000,000,000,000 By 2020!

The U.S. National Debt Now Exceeds $14,000,000,000,000

14 Trillion – U.S. National Debt reaches $14 Trillion dollars, will NEVER be repaid


U.S Debt Clock


Deficits, Debts and Unfunded Liabilities: The Consequences of Excessive Government Spending


Milton Friedman on Libertarianism (Part 4 of 4)


Economic Collapse 101 for Dummies


The United States Debt Limit Explained – (CR) Heritage Foundation


Ron Paul: I’ll Vote Against Raising the Debt Limit


Beck on Tea Party, Debt Ceiling



2010-12-01 Deficit Report



Raising the debt “ceiling”?


Obama’s $3,730,000,000,000 Budget; $1.63 Trillion Budget Deficit


Sizing up the Nation’s Debt


United States Department of The Treasury

Monthly Treaury Statement


Summarizes the financial activities of the federal government and off-budget federal entities in accordance with the Budget of the U.S. Government.

Presents a summary of:

  • Receipts and outlays
  • Surplus or deficit
  • Means of financing on a modified cash basis

Data provided by federal entities, disbursing officers, and Federal Reserve Banks.

Monthly Receipts, Outlays, and Deficit or Surplus, Fiscal Years 1981-2010:
ExcelExcel File | PDFPDF File


Leading Foreign owners of US Treasury Securities (July 2010)
Nation/Territory billions of dollars percentage
People’s Republic of China (mainland) 846.7 20.8
Japan 821.0 20.2
United Kingdom 374.3 9.2
Oil exporters1 223.8 5.5
Caribbean Banking Centers2 150.7 3.7
Brazil 162.2 4.0
Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region) 135.2 3.3
Russia 130.9 3.2
Republic of China (Taiwan) 130.5 3.2
Grand Total 4065.8 100



1Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Libya, Iran, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Ecuador, Indonesia, Algeria, Gabon, and Nigeria

2Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands Antilles, British Virgin Islands and Panama

The National Debt Road Trip

Year Gross Debt in Billions undeflated[11] as % of GDP Debt Held By Public ($Billions) as % of GDP
1910 2.6 unk. 2.6 unk.
1920 25.9 unk. 25.9 unk.
1928 18.5[12] unk. 18.5 unk.
1930 16.2 unk. 16.2 unk.
1940 50.6 52.4 42.8 44.2
1950 256.8 94.0 219.0 80.2
1960 290.5 56.0 236.8 45.6
1970 380.9 37.6 283.2 28.0
1980 909.0 33.4 711.9 26.1
1990 3,206.3 55.9 2,411.6 42.0
2000 5,628.7 58.0 3,409.8 35.1
2001 5,769.9 57.4 3,319.6 33.0
2002 6,198.4 59.7 3,540.4 34.1
2003 6,760.0 62.6 3,913.4 35.1
2004 7,354.7 63.9 4,295.5 37.3
2005 7,905.3 64.6 4,592.2 37.5
2006 8,451.4 65.0 4,829.0 37.1
2007 8,950.7 65.6 5,035.1 36.9
2008 9,985.8 70.2 5,802.7 40.8
2009 12,311.4 86.1 7,811.1 54.6
2010 (31 Dec) 14,025.2 95.2 (3rd Q) 9,390.5 63.7 (3rd Q)


Interest Expense on the Debt Outstanding

Available Historical Data Fiscal Year End
2010 $413,954,825,362.17
2009 $383,071,060,815.42
2008 $451,154,049,950.63
2007 $429,977,998,108.20
2006 $405,872,109,315.83
2005 $352,350,252,507.90
2004 $321,566,323,971.29
2003 $318,148,529,151.51
2002 $332,536,958,599.42
2001 $359,507,635,242.41
2000 $361,997,734,302.36
1999 $353,511,471,722.87
1998 $363,823,722,920.26
1997 $355,795,834,214.66
1996 $343,955,076,695.15
1995 $332,413,555,030.62
1994 $296,277,764,246.26
1993 $292,502,219,484.25
1992 $292,361,073,070.74
1991 $286,021,921,181.04
1990 $264,852,544,615.90
1989 $240,863,231,535.71
1988 $214,145,028,847.73


Interest Expense Fiscal Year 2011
January $21,122,729,715.18
December $104,700,174,845.03
November $19,396,316,137.56
October $24,142,491,931.22
Fiscal Year Total $169,361,712,628.99


National Debt- How Much Is A Billion Dollars? Dave Walker


Debt Outstanding, GDP and Income: Who Are They Fooling?


Stop the Debt Ceiling Increase


The bad habit or tradition of increasing the National Debt ceiling is one that must be ended.

No more bailouts, subsidies and deficit spending.

Balance the budget every year starting now.

Federal Government expenditures must be less than or equal to revenues.

This means that Federal Government expenditures must be cut by over $1,000,000,000 or a $1,000 billion.

This will require the permanent closing of ten Federal Departments.

Neither political party has either the will, vision or leadership to do this.

The way to avoid defaulting on the U.S. Debt is to stop spending.

Both political party establishments–the ruling class– have year after year continued to spend and raise the National Debt ceiling.

These are not serious people.

These are not fiscally responsible people.

These are not honest people.

These are big government spending interventionists both domestically with stimulus packages and abroad with nation building.

These people are addicted to spending the hard earned money of the American people.

Any politician who votes for increasing the National Debt ceiling deserves to be defeated in the next election.

Stop spending or else face defeat in upcoming elections–2012, 2014, 2016, and beyond.

End the tradition of deficit spending and debt financing.

Start the tradition of balanced and surplus budgets for Fiscal Year 2012.


It’s Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes


Fiddler on the roof – Tradition ( with subtitles ) 



Background Articles and Videos

Fiddler on the roof – If I were a rich man (with subtitles)


Segment 3 Public Sector Unions vs. The America People: Replacing The American Dream With The Socialist Union Nightmare

Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

“… Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

“Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.”

~Letter From President Franklin D. Roosevelt

To the president of the National Federation of Federal Employees in 1937


There Are too Many Bureaucrats and They Are Paid too Much


Government Employees Make Too Much Money?



Public Sector Unions vs. America 



3 Reasons Public Sector Employees are Killing the Economy


Dan Mitchell on Govt. Unions vs. Taxpayers


Unions Destroying American Economy. Non-Union (Right-to-Work) States better Economys


Rush Limbaugh – Public Unions In Wisconsin Against We The People


Glenn Beck-03/01/11-A


Glenn Beck-03/01/11-B


Glenn Beck-03/01/11-C


Fox News Sunday Chris Wallace: Gov. Scott Walker Discuss Union Fight Over Collective Bargaining


Wisconsin Gov. Walker: “We’re Broke”


Money Grubbing Thugs: Public Sector Unions Can’t Stop Devouring Taxpayer Money


Unions Threatened Across US


Wisconsin Governor Threatens To Call Out National Guard As Union-Busting Tactic


“Wisconsin Governor & Republican Lawmakers Homes Swarmed By Protesters”


Armand Thieblot on Public Sector Unions (1/2)


Armand Thieblot on Public Sector Unions (2/2)

Unions in America


The union non-union gap

The war against unions


Unions need to organize unemployed workers


Percentage of Workers Who Belong to Unions, 1995-2010
Membership as a Percentage of Wage and Salary Workers


Glenn Beck-02/28/11-A


Glenn Beck-02/28/11-B


Glenn Beck-02/28/11-C


Government Unions Gone Wild!


SEIU & Democrats, the Real Hateful Racists


Wisconsin Union Backers vs Tea Party Activists


Peter Schiff – Do We Need More Labor Unions?


Labor Economics


Does Obama Represent the Country or SEIU?


Barack Obama Addresses SEIU’s 2008 Convention


What life in America could be again WITHOUT the UAW and Unions! FORD PLANT CAMACARI


Ari Fleischer Says Obama Needs To Focus On National Debt In SOTU


Rep. Paul Ryan Gives Republican Response to State of the Union Address


Background Articles and Videos


Public Choice – Rent Seeking 


Power of the Market – Labor


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [1/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [2/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [3/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [4/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [5/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [6/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


Ep. 8 – Who Protects the Worker [7/7]. Milton Friedman’s Free to Choose (1980)


The New Face of the Union Movement: Government Employees

Published on September 1, 2010 by James Sherk

Abstract: Unions have been a familiar part of American working life for more than 70 years. Less familiar is the state of the union movement today: More union members now work for the government than for private employers. The above-market salaries and benefits that government employees receive are paid for by taxpayers. So, the union movement that began as a campaign to improve working conditions and salaries for workers in the private sector, now pushes for ever-higher taxes to increase the generous compensation that government employees enjoy. Heritage Foundation labor policy expert James Sherk details the changes in the union movement, and explains how Congress can react to this new reality.

“…The American union movement has reached a historic milestone—more union members currently work for the government than for private businesses. As a result, the union movement’s priorities have shifted. Because taxes fund government pay and benefits, unions are now pushing for tax increases across the country. The union movement that once campaigned to raise private-sector workers’ wages has transformed into a government union movement that campaigns to raise their taxes.How did this happen? Union organizing surged after the passage of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935. But because union contracts raise costs, unionized businesses generally grow more slowly than non-union firms. Market competition has caused union membership to gradually fall in the private sector since the 1950s. The new government unions created in the 1960s could safely demand inflated pay without putting their jobs at risk. Now most union members work for the government.The early trade unionists did not believe that unions had a place in government. They believed the purpose of unions was to redistribute profits from business owners to workers—and the government makes no profits. The government labor movement has become a powerful special interest lobby to raise taxes on working Americans to raise the level of compensation for government workers. Taxpayers should not have to subsidize this lobbying. Congress should prohibit federal unions from using the federal payroll system to automatically deduct union dues from government employees’ paychecks. …”

Union Membership (Annual) News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, January 21, 2011 USDL-11-0063

Technical information: (202) 691-6378 * *
Media contact: (202) 691-5902 *


In 2010, the union membership rate–the percent of wage and salary workers who were
members of a union–was 11.9 percent, down from 12.3 percent a year earlier, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The number of wage and salary workers be-
longing to unions declined by 612,000 to 14.7 million. In 1983, the first year for
which comparable union data are available, the union membership rate was 20.1 per-
cent, and there were 17.7 million union workers.

The data on union membership were collected as part of the Current Population Sur-
vey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that obtains informa-
tion on employment and unemployment among the nation’s civilian noninstitutional
population age 16 and over. For more information see the Technical Note.

Highlights from the 2010 data:

–The union membership rate for public sector workers (36.2 percent) was
substantially higher than the rate for private sector workers (6.9 percent).
(See table 3.)

–Workers in education, training, and library occupations had the highest
unionization rate at 37.1 percent. (See table 3.)

–Black workers were more likely to be union members than were white, Asian,
or Hispanic workers. (See table 1.)

–Among states, New York had the highest union membership rate (24.2 percent)
and North Carolina had the lowest rate (3.2 percent). (See table 5.)

Industry and Occupation of Union Members

In 2010, 7.6 million public sector employees belonged to a union, compared with 7.1
million union workers in the private sector. The union membership rate for public
sector workers (36.2 percent) was substantially higher than the rate for private
sector workers (6.9 percent). Within the public sector, local government workers
had the highest union membership rate, 42.3 percent. This group includes workers in
heavily unionized occupations, such as teachers, police officers, and fire fighters.
Private sector industries with high unionization rates included transportation and
utilities (21.8 percent), telecommunications (15.8 percent), and construction (13.1
percent). In 2010, low unionization rates occurred in agriculture and related indus-
tries (1.6 percent) and in financial activities (2.0 percent). (See table 3.)

Among occupational groups, education, training, and library occupations (37.1 per-
cent) and protective service occupations (34.1 percent) had the highest unionization
rates in 2010. Sales and related occupations (3.2 percent) and farming, fishing, and
forestry occupations (3.4 percent) had the lowest unionization rates. (See table 3.)

Demographic Characteristics of Union Members

The union membership rate was higher for men (12.6 percent) than for women (11.1 per-
cent) in 2010. (See table 1.) The gap between their rates has narrowed considerably
since 1983, when the rate for men was about 10 percentage points higher than the rate
for women. Between 1983 and 2010, the union membership rate for men declined by almost
half (12.1 percentage points), while the rate for women declined by 3.5 percentage

In 2010, among major race and ethnicity groups, black workers were more likely to be
union members (13.4 percent) than workers who were white (11.7 percent), Asian (10.9
percent), or Hispanic (10.0 percent). Black men had the highest union membership rate
(14.8 percent), while Asian men had the lowest rate (9.4 percent).

By age, the union membership rate was highest among 55- to 64-year-old workers (15.7
percent). The lowest union membership rate occurred among those ages 16 to 24 (4.3

Union Representation

In 2010, 16.3 million wage and salary workers were represented by a union. This group
includes both union members (14.7 million) and workers who report no union affiliation
but whose jobs are covered by a union contract (1.6 million). (See table 1.) Govern-
ment employees (783,000) comprised about half of the 1.6 million workers who were
covered by a union contract but were not members of a union. (See table 3.)

Many Favor Cutting Pay, Benefits of State Employees

“…Americans are evenly divided on the idea of a sizable pay cut for all public employees to help reduce the large budget deficits that many states are facing.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 40% of Adults favor a 10% pay cut for all state employees to help reduce state spending.  Forty-one percent (41%), however, oppose an across-the-board pay cut like this.  Nineteen percent (19%) are not sure.  (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Perhaps not surprisingly, while 60% of entrepreneurs and a plurality (45%) of private company workers favor a 10% pay cut for public employees, 75% of those employed by the government do not.

Many states are also looking for ways to reduce large pension benefits promised to public employees as another way to help reduce their deficits. Only 26% of Americans are willing to pay higher taxes to ensure that all pension benefits promised to public employees are paid. Forty-three percent (43%) would rather reduce the benefits. Thirty percent (30%) are undecided.

The findings come as support for public employee unions nationwide has fallen nearly 10 points since May of last year and is down even among those with family ties to unions. …”



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