The Israel Deception

Is the return of Israel in the 20th century truly a work of God, or is it a result of a cosmic chess move to deceive the elect by the adversary?

Friday, September 28, 2012

The war on bacon

To many, bacon is not just a great tasting meat, it is almost a religion.  Bacon has been used as a theme in several movies such as Grumpy Old Men, and in the state of Delaware, there is even a political movement known as the Bacon Party.

However, bacon, along with nearly every other pork product, is under attack as the severe drought of 2012 is forcing many pig growers in the U.S. and in Europe to kill and cull their herds to save what they can, and drive up prices to pay for the increasing costs of corn feed.

The droughts that ravaged crops across North American and Russia have had a huge impact on the food supply, livestock and farmers but now it may be time to hit the “panic” button – one pig group is predicting a BACON SHORTAGE.

“A world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable,” the National Pig Association in the UK said this week. - CNBC via Today Show

U.S. hog farmers are slaughtering animals at the fastest pace since 2009 as a surge in feed costs spurs the biggest losses in 14 years, signaling smaller herds next year and a rebound in pork prices.

The 73.3 million hogs processed in eight months through August were the most in three years, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Pork supply will drop to the lowest per-capita since 1975 next year, the USDA estimates. Hog futures that fell more than any other commodity since June 30 may surge 39 percent in 12 months to as high as $1.055 a pound, based on the median of 12 analyst forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. -

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Are bank cyber attacks coming from Iran, or are they false flags?

In recent days, several U.S. banks have had their internet presence brought down due to hackers, and other cyber attacks.  In the past two weeks alone, 20 banks, including PNC Bank on Sept. 27, were brought offline by different hacking groups, one calling itself the Cyber Fighters of Izz ad-din Al Qassam.

But are all of these attacks actually coming from Iran, and Middle Eastern cyber hackers, or are the attacks simply a false flag on the American people to try to justify a war on Iran?  There are two schools of thought on this, coming from several different sources.

The reported news story:

PNC is the latest large U.S. bank targeted for a cyber attack, apparently by a group that says it is lashing out in retaliation for the anti-Muslim video that has led to protests and violence this month.

Today's incident follows similar attacks this week on Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank and KeyCorp.  Last week, Chase, Bank of America and Citi were targeted. All are among the 20 largest U.S. banks. The group that claims responsibility said PNC would be next. The attacks generally last a day or two. -

And the False Flag opinion:
Senator and self-proclaimed Zionist Joseph Lieberman declared that it was Iran who cyber-attacked Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase in 2011 and began with more frequency this year. Lieberman, as the chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee states that the financial attack was spurned from the state-sponsored anti-Muslim film circulating the Middle East thanks to CIA-operatives al-Qaeda.

Lieberman explains: “I don’t believe these were just hackers. I believe this was done by Iran and the Qods force, which has its own developing cyber-attack capacity. And I believe it was in response to the increasingly strong economic sanctions that the United States and our European allies have put on Iranian financial institutions.”

The timing of the newly formed “digital al-Qaeda” and their expressed anger over the US-produced anti-Muslim film are questionable considering how the US and Israeli government are setting the stage for a justified war with Iran. This fake hacker group is threatening other countries controlled by the Zionist regime, such as France, Germany and Britain. According to the false flag group: “The army was recently formed and we have started to work as a team after we used to work individually. The hacking operations are of course a response to the offence against the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.” - Occupy Corporatism

In both cases, the attacks appear too coincidental and coincide with the escalation of rhetoric by Iran, Israel, and the United States in regards to war in the Middle East, and a growing concern over the accelerating fall of Western economies.  Even after the Federal Resrves move to monetize the bond markets, and print new liquidity into the banking systems, economic indicators are leading to massive unrest in Europe, and growing price inflation in America.

Like in 1939, the U.S. and Europe need a new global war to try to halt the growing unrest and dire economic conditions that central banks and government officials cannot stop.  War is the last bastion of the ignorant in politics, and like the Lusitania, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, and Gulf of Tonkin, the U.S. has a great track record of using false flag events to lie to the American public of the need to engage in a new foreign war.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Banking cartels once again massively short silver to bring down price

It is well known that JP Morgan, and others in the banking cabal that own politicians and regulators, are desperate to keep down the price of gold and silver, even as they devalue the dollar at soon to be hyper-inflationary rates.  With some reports showing the banks are short more than 100 times the amount of physical silver available on the planet, the only way to keep solvent should the price rise is to short the markets in vast quantities.

This is just exactly what happend on the evening of Sept. 24, when at the open of Asian markets, and international metals trading, entities in the banking industry shorted more than half the entire U.S. annual production to try to bring down silver to below $35 an ounce.

Chart courtesy of Silver Doctors

Apparently Blythe’s monkey’s are burning the Sunday midnight oil in order to prevent silver clearing $36 and triggering JPM’s rumored silver derivative losses.

A miniature replica of the May 2nd, 2011 drive by shooting was just completed, as silver was knocked down the proverbial mine-shaft moments ago, dropping nearly a dollar in nano-seconds on Monday’s Asian open.

Volume data indicates that 3,297 contracts, or 16.5 million paper ounces of silver were dumped on the market in a mere 5 minutes between 9:00 and 9:05pm EST.

 In other words, approximately 1/2 of the entire US annual silver production was dumped on the market by the cartel in a 5 minute period on a Sunday night. -
Silver Doctors

In this short amount of time, silver fell back below $34 an ounce.  However, within two days now, the price is creeping back up towards the $35 mark, and all that transpired was a two day reprieve for a corrupt bank which simply added much more debt to answer for in the near future.

2012 elections will feature the results of the dumbing down of America

As each subsequent generation has moved further away from real activism in their government, and holding their politicians accountable for their actions, the 2012 elections will be the first true case of an America that has dumbed itself down to the point where many do not even know what color each candidate is.

In a sad, but not so shocking man on the street interview, hosted by the Howard Stern Show, voters in Harlem exacerbate the extent by which many Americans are not only apathetic to politics, but how completely illiterate many are when it comes to even the basic understanding of those who do, and would, rule our nation.

All one has to realize is that the dumbing down is not relegated to Harlem, or the more than 50% illiterate in the city of Detroit.  No, it's easy to see where the priorities of Americans are when you look at the lines of people waiting more than two days in the elements to buy a new iPhone they don't really need.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Americans are simply lab rats in the great Fed experiment

On Sept. 20, well known and well respected economist Jim Grant spoke in an interview on the ramifications of the Fed's new QE4evr policy.  In his assessment, Americans, as well as our economy, are simply lab rats in a great experiement by the Fed, to try to learn how things work, and in particular, how their Keynsian money printing actions effect everything. too does Grant believe that the Fed is "learning by doing" and follows up by clarifying that this is an experiment, "and we are lab rats in the financial markets." He then proceeds to lament that the credit markets, clueless NYT econopundits notwithstanding, have now lost all informational value as every rate instrument is purely in the manipulated domain of the Fed. "We are all living in a land of speculation and manipulation" - Zerohedge

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Republicans create political stunt by passing their own Buffett Rule tax scheme

On Sept. 20, the Republican led House of Representatives passed what was in essence a political stunt, by countering President Obama's 'tax the rich' debate with their own Buffett Rule legislation.  In the House bill, rich people like Warren Buffett, who have publically stated that the rich, including themselves, do not pay enough in taxes, could voluntarily give more money to the Federal government to help offset the deficit.

Photo courtesy of United
The House on Wednesday passed Republicans' own version of the Buffett Rule, which allows wealthy Americans to voluntarily pony up to reduce the deficit.

The bill, labeled the Buffett Rule Act, passed by voice vote, meaning Democrats and Republicans agreed with it. Under the legislation, which would still need Senate approval, taxpayers could check a box on their taxes and send in a check for more than they owe to the IRS.

"If Warren Buffett and others like him truly feel they're not paying enough in taxes, they can use the Buffett Rule Act to put their money where their mouth is and voluntarily send in more to pay down the national debt, rather than changing the entire tax code to inflict more job-killing tax hikes on hard-working Americans," said Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who wrote the bill. - Washington Times

The ironic thing however, and why this is more of a political stunt by Republicans during an election year, is that people already have the choice to give more in tax revenues to the government, through voluntary means, or by limiting deductions they could legally take on their returns.

At the core of the division between the rich and the 99%ers, is that many of the rich and powerful want the tax code to keep out new Americans from entering their segregated domain, thus limiting the elite club that runs the country from the back rooms and corporations.  For the poor, and those 50%  who are dependant upon government handouts for their daily subsistance, the gibsmedat mentality will always overshadow the drive to work smarter and harder, and to use the system millions of others have used in our history to accumulate wealth, and better their lots in life.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Obama wants Americans to donate money from their yard sales to his campaign

Back in July, it was the desire of the President to have Americans donate their wedding gifts to his campaign, instead of to the bride and groom.  This coming weekend, Obama is raising the stakes in a desperate move for campaign contributions by asking all Americans to donate proceeds from any yard sale they have on Sept. 22 or 23 to his re-election fund.

Just remember America, to President Obama, you aren't just a voter, you are also a siphon for cash he wants to exploit to remain in power.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Crude oil scoffs at Fed as it zooms past $100 per barrel

The major issue with central banks is that they are extremely myopic to the real economy.  They live in an ivory tower of data, and charts, stocks, and Wall Street, and have little comprehension regarding the lives of the 99%.

So when Bernanke finally chose the path of least resistance, and fired up the printing presses on Sept. 13, it did not take long for crude oil to zoom part $100 per barrel, and push gas prices in many areas over $4 per gallon.

Crude futures soaring by nearly 2% overnight to over $100 is what all those evil, evil speculators at work looks like. That, or the Federal Reserve's "all in" bubble reflation policy perhaps. No, it has to be the speculators: the margin hiker-in-chief said so. And for those who are surprised by Crude's move into triple digit territory, which in turn will send gas prices to the highest they have ever been for this time of year just in time for the election, wait until the reality of $150 oil is priced in, which as we explained yesterday, is the matched price for a $4 trillion Fed balance sheet. - Zerohedge

$100 is not new, but it appears to be only the beginning.  With the Federal Reserves new monetary policy of bond buying and monetization being open ended, expect the price of crude oil, which is valued in U.S. dollars, to continue to rise.

Those in the ivory tower known as the Federal Reserve have little concept of what inflation really means to those in 99% who must experience ever increasing prices in food, energy, rent, and items that don't fit into their paradigm of 'assets'.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bernanke and Fed launch QE4evr

On Sept. 13, the markets waited with baited breath for Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to usher in the Fed's response to save what little is left of the American economy.  In his announcement, Bernanke did not fail, as the central bank has chosen the path of eradicating all traces of a once great nation and empire.






  • Chart courtesy of Zerohedge

    What this means in laymans terms is not the introduction of QE3, but instead the implementation of QE4evr.

    Operation Twist never really ended for the Federal Reserve, which was the purchasing of $45 billion in MBS per month.  Now, the central bank will be buying an additional $40 billion, which equates to $1 trillion per year, and do so until unemployment falls to levels mandated by the Fed Charter (around 6%).

    Since the U.S. does not have an industrial and manufacturing base anymore, and buying mortgage bonds (MBS) when people can't afford to buy new or used homes on the market, means that there is only one truism that will result in the Fed's actions today.

    Inflation.  Lots of inflation.  Inflation forever.

    Wednesday, September 12, 2012

    Taxpayer funded bank Citigroup says if Bernake says Qe3, then you must buy gold

    If Ben Bernanke says tomorrow in any form that the Fed will jump off the fence and begin printing money again, the stock markets, which have already valued in hundreds of billions of dollars of easing already, might have a small bump over the next two days.

    However, that will not be the significant story, as on Sept. 12, taxpayer funded and bailed out mega-bank Citi said that if the Fed Chairman pulls the level for QE3, then you must buy gold, and buy it hand over fist.

    There is a strong view in markets that 1) the Fed have to do a big QE, given the expectations that have been built up, and 2) the added liquidity will have a marginal effect. Taken together this raises the risk that the assets that will benefit are those sensitive to liquidity, such as money substitutes and Treasuries, rather than assets that are sensitive to real business cycle expansion. - Zerohedge

    Those 'money substitutes' are none other than the barbaric relic known as gold.  You know, the very asset that Soros is selling his stocks to buy by the ton.

    Los Angeles bank robbers channel their inner Fed Bernanke QE3

    In an interesting day of rubbernecking on American television, a station out of Los Angeles streamed live a police chance of bank robbers who got away with around $25000 from a Bank of America branch.

    However, these soon to be convicts seemed to have a change of heart on what to do with the money, and in preparation for tomorrow's Fed announcement, the robbers channeled their Ben Bernanke on Sept. 12, and started throwing the cash out the window like in one of Big Ben's helicopters.

    Once upon a time we thought that literally throwing cash out of rapidly moving objects was a privilege strictly reserved for Fed chairmen. Not any more. Moments ago, a car chase in South Los Angeles went horribly right, when two bank thieves who managed to find a Bank of America branch which actually had cash in it, and robbed it, proceeded to throw cash out of the moving car as it was being chased by a cohort of cops. Since the getaway car happened to be a Volvo, they naturally failed to get away, but not before they became local Robin Hood-type heroes to the massive gathering of gawkers all of whom would appear gainfully employed if only they were not just standing there, doing nothing, and hoping to steal the already stolen money in a major LA intersection at 11:30 am local time on a Wednesday. - Zerohedge

    European Union President calls for a new federation under banker control

    The technocratic rule of Europe surged ahead today, as EU commission President Jose Manuel Barraso called for a new European constitution, and new central banking committee to oversee the entire EU structure.  This, coming less than a year after unelected banker technocrats took over power in Italy and Greece.





  • In response to this, the ever practical British representative to the EU tore through Barraso's power grab, and summarily laid bare the man behind the curtain as to why Europe is doomed since it began technocratic rule by unelected officials over the populations of the continent.

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    Online games like World of Warcraft forging the new business model and worker

    Throughout history, there has always been generation gaps that led to new and innovative paradigms.  The 1960's rebellion against conservative and structured America led these young adults to become founders of the technology and corporations of the 90's and early 21st century.

    And now, the video game generation is proving to be not only the workers and executives of tomorrow, but also the buisness models and in many cases, the military of tomorrow.

    World of Warcraft is the largest MMORPG in the world, encompassing over 12 million players and monthly subscribers.  In the game, players will discover nearly every attribute of the business world, and have to learn to adapt to new problems, and rely upon both quick thinking, and well planned solutions.

    It is also an example of self-gratification and self-criticism.  When you accomplish a task, the rewards are immediate.  When you fail at a task, you learn why you failed, and either get stronger in game to succeed in that task, or go out and learn the skills necessary to overcome a fight you failed at out of ignorance.

    Additionally, to succeed in the end game portion of the game, players must learn to work as a group, and group leaders must be well versed in leadership, instruction, coordinating large numbers of people towards accomplishing a goal, dealing with problem disputes, and performing evaluations.  They also learn to set goals, and achieve successes to move onto to the next prize.

    All of these things are not only highly desired in the business world, but usually cost thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in training to learn what can be accomplished by playing a 'game'.  A game in which interest, curiosity, merit, and self and group accomplishment are the prizes that keep people playing, and wanting to get better.

    The military has been one of the first agencies to recognize the skills formed by video game players, as many of the new drone pilots come from a background of onling gaming.  As 21st century warfare becomes more computer generated than actual boots on the ground, those that receive a free education while playing in an MMORPG will be better prepared than the thousands who pay exhorbitant amounts of money to go to college to learn tired old concepts that no longer work in an ever evolving environment.

    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Government at work: Never a plan B for debt ceiling and Federal debt limits

    Last August, the Republican led Congress played political games with the American people, and eventually broke their campaign promises by voting to raise the debt ceiling on our national debt.  Now that the 2012 elections are coming up fast, the government once again faces a new ceiling as very little attempts were made to step deficit spending.

    Our government leaders, from Congress to the President are proving one thing... they are not the A Team, and for Americans, there is no plan b.

    When Obama learned that the deal negotiated among the congressional leaders would require a two-step increase in the debt limit, he told Rob Nabors, the White House director of legislative affairs, “The one thing I said I actually needed, they didn’t get,” referring to Reid and Pelosi. “I needed this to go past the election, and they didn’t get it for me. This can’t work.”

    Obama sent word that he wanted the two Democratic leaders at the White House at 6 p.m. that Sunday, July 24. No reason was given.
    Reid arrived in the Oval Office with his chief of staff, David Krone.

    “I don’t trust these guys,” the president said dismissively.
    Krone either would not or could not conceal his anger.

    “Wait a second,” Obama said, interrupting someone else who was about to speak. “I can tell David has something else to say.”
    “Mr. President, I am sorry — with all due respect — that we are in this situation that we’re in, but we got handed this football on Friday night. And I didn’t create this situation. The first thing that baffles me is, from my private-sector experience, the first rule that I’ve always been taught is to have a Plan B. And it is really disheartening that you, that this White House did not have a Plan B.” - Washington Post via Zerohedge

    This event is one of the underlying problems with Washington, and with politicians.  They have no concept of money, where it comes from, what it means to the economy by spending it, and thus, government has no clue about creating monetary policies that help the country, or the American poeple.

    As Jeremy Irons said it best in his Margin Call speech... "It's just money... it's made up."  This is the world today, and money in the eyes of Wall Street, and the government.

    Disaster Preparedness Expo's in Arizona and Washington

    There are going to be two large Disaster preparedness and sustainability expos coming to Arizona and Washington in late September and early October.  The 2012 Spokane Sustainable Preparedness Expo is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Spokane, Washington, and the Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo is set for Oct. 6-7 in Mesa, Arizona.

    Additionally, there will be a Community Outreach for Preparedness in Emergencies training in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 15.
    Like Y2K, economic, environmental, and political events are leading hundreds of thousands to research and learn the skills to be prepared for one or more disasters.  Since President Obama took office, the number of American purchasing firearms and learning to use them has vastly increased.  In fact, last Christmas, gun sales and other disaster preparedness items were among the top items purchased during the holiday shopping season.

    Whether you believe in conspiracy, or simple prudence, preparing for emergencies and disasters is a necessity in America, especially at a time when the weather, economy, and threat of war loom large over the global and national landscapes.

    Former budget director says Ron Paul is only man who is right about the Fed

    On Sept. 10, former Reagan budget director David Stockman appeared on CNBC to talk about the economy, and the Federal Reserve.  During his nine minute interview, Stockman slammed the Republican party quite often on their fiscal policies and reiterated that Ron Paul is the only man who is right about the Federal Reserve, and its affect on the failing economy.

    "Ron Paul is the only one who is right about the Fed, and the Fed is the heart of the problem. They have destroyed the capital markets and the money markets; interest rates mean nothing; everything is trading off the Fed and Wall Street isn't even home - as it's now a bunch of computers trading word-clouds emitted by this central banker and that" - Zerohedge transcript of interview

    The 2012 primaries and coming election will be the result of an America that does not truly want monetary change, but simply, the ability to keep the status quo of the welfare state while not having to deal with the repurcussions of a $16 trillion debt.

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    Daily show interview at the DNC shows just how far liberal hate and intolerance goes

    For the most part, the Daily Economist tries to stick to primarily economic, financial, and monetary topics.  But the sad truth of today's society is, politics is now entrenched in every portion of our lives.  From the bedrooms, to what we eat, to what we are allowed to think.

    On Sept. 5, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show completely obliterated once and for all the myth that liberals and the Democratic party is the 'big tent' of inclusion, and that hate really starts in the people who claim the affiliation, and not by those who simply have a different viewpoint on the matters of the world.

    Most Americans would like to just live out their lives, enjoying the fruits of their labor, and finding the foundational desires of freedom of religion, speech, and the ability to succeed without government or activists mandating how you should do so.

    Unfortunately, there are those who see tolerance as you being forced to accept their standards and viewpoints, and tolerance and compromise is in reality capitulation.  Where Christians find the action to be intolerable, liberals find the person themselves to be the problem, and thus hate and intolerance is more personal, than a topic open for discussion.

    Welcome to the new America, as seen through the eyes of those who want to force not only their desires and viewpoints onto the majority, but with the agenda of destroying any alternative to their brave new world of hate.

    Gold crosses $1700 per ounce as Draghi decides printing money is sound policy

    On Sept. 5, ECB Chairman Mario Draghi decided that the days of rumors were done, and printing money was now in vogue.  In a speech where he descended upon Europe with the printing presses ablaze, gold responded in kind by crossing the $1700 per ounce barrier for the first time since March.

    Picture courtesy of

    Earlier we noted Gold's seeming clairvoyance with regard the expansion of the Fed and ECB balance sheets over the last few years. It seems the EUR strength overnight (or stop-run) has provided just enough USD weakness impetus to nudge spot Gold (not futures) back over $1700 for the first time since March 13th. - Zerohedge

    Chart courtesy of Zerohedge

    Remember, remember the 5th of September, the central bank treason and plot.  I see no reason why the central bank treason should ever be forgot.

    $16 trillion: When money becomes meaningless to government spenders

    If you first take $100 and multiply it by 100 you reach one fourth of the median income from American households.  If you then take that dollar amount ($10000) and multiply it by 100 you have reached a million.

    Most people in life will never see that much money at one time, so to understand how large a trillion is like trying to read War and Peace in original Russian.  Even for someone with a dictionary, it is a feat that stretches the boundaries of their thinking capacity.

    Now realize that the government spends nearly $4 trillion per year, and borrows almost half of that from the banks.  As the government continues to expand on the $16 trillion national debt, the true realization comes when you realize that with numbers this high, money becomes meaningless.

    What $1 million looks like.

    What $1 trillion looks like.

    Welcome to the new norm, where government spending runs parallel to the numbers of stars discovered in a single galaxy.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    Silver inventories shrinking as many banks refuse to supply metal for buyers

    The silver train is leaving the station, and after months of manipulated pressure to keep prices down, the metal has made a strong comeback of over $5 in just the past month.  In fact, the pressure is becoming so great, banks such as Scotiabank are begging customers NOT to request delivery of physical silver, as the start reality is, many don't have the very assets they are selling.

    Below is a video of a recent transaction for investors to by physical silver, and Scotiabank trying desperately to tell the brokers not to buy physcial silver, and that it is a bad investment for them.

    In a recent interview with investor Jim Rogers, the billionaire commodities king believes that the Fed and Ben Bernanke are already pumping money into the system through and unannounced QE3, and this will lead both gold and silver to astronomical levels in the coming month.

    The silver train is now leaving the station, and sadly, for all those people who tried to catch a falling knife, and hope silver dropped to $20 an ounce, your time for the deal of a the century at $27 is now long gone.

    SNAP: June foodstamp applications increase three times more than Americans finding a job

    In the 1920's, President Calvin Coolidge uttered the phrase, the business of Americ is business.  Nearly 100 years later, that doctrine has changed for the American people as the new business of America is foodstamps.

    In June, foodstamp applications came in three times greater than the number of Americans who found jobs.

    Charts courtesy of SNAP

    June saw a new surge in those Americans living in poverty and thus eligible for foodstamps, with 173,600 new entrants into the system, bringing the total to a new all time high of 46.670 million and once again rising fast. Furthermore, with subsequent emergency events affecting the heartland due to the drought, the administration has made sure even more Americans will be eligible going forward. As a result expect the July and August numbers to promptly surpass 47 million on their way to the psychological resistance level of 50 million. Indicatively, the 173,600 increase in Foodstamps recipients in June was three times greater than Americans finding jobs (64,000, most of which part-time) according to the BLS. - Zerohedge

    And unfortunately, the unregulated food stamp and EBT programs continue to lead to waste, fraud, and massive losses to the taxpayers.  Recently, a thrown away receipt by a food stamp recipient shows that the program is being used in many cases to fund luxury items, and not the intended healthy food and meal necessities of those on lower incomes.

    The business of America is now welfare in the 21st century, and the trends are not slowing down.  At the current rate, perhaps within the next 20 years, 90% of all Americans will be on the government dole in some capacity, and the nanny state will be complete.

    Unions try to portray themselves as nice guys with hug-a-thug booth at DNC

    In a failed attempt to make unions look mainstream for Americans and American labor today, the AFL-CIO put together a Hug-A-Union Thug booth at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), in an attempt to spin their recent run of violence and failures in the Wisconsin and other states arouind the country.

    Photo from the AFL-CIO

    In Charlotte, people will be asked to “hug a union thug” at a CarolinaFest booth sponsored by the North Carolina State AFL-CIO the day before the Democratic National Convention officially begins. Also in honor of Monday, videos are being posted online thanking workers, while actors and athletes will use Twitter to express support for union rights.

    The effort comes as labor has seen increased attacks from Republican-controlled state legislatures and governors since the 2010 elections. Unions were unsuccessful in their attempt earlier this summer to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after he pushed through legislation that curbed some public workers’ collective bargaining rights. - The Hill
    Unions have a long history in America, and just as wide an evolution.  During the Samuel Gompers era of the 1880's and 90's, unions were vital in standing up for worker rights against the brutal slave tactics of Rockefeller and other corporate leaders.  As time moved forward, unions began to evolve into political machines, running such cities as New York (Tammany Hall) and Chicago (Daily Machine).

    During the Great Depression, unions became associated with Communism and the Communist party, as depicted in literature such as In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck.

    Moving into the 1960's and 70's, unions began to take on a darker persona with their affiliations with organized crime, and politics.  The Jimmy Hoffa incident was a prime example of the ultimate goals of union leadership, which is money and political power.

    In this decade, unions have become a stigma in the eyes of many Americans, especially during a time of massive unemployment since the credit crash of 2008.  The childish antics of union workers and teachers in Wisconsin, which led to millions of dollars worth of damage to public buildings, shows the lengths that unions will go to force taxpayers to pay massive salaries and benefits, even while they lose their homes and barely sustain a living in an era of high unemployment.

    The Hug a Union Thug booth created at the 2012 DNC is not only a farce, but an open slap in the face to those who see unions more as thieves and robbers of economic and fiscal growth, than as simple workers who want to stand together against the power of corporate and government control over money and jobs.

    National Empty Chair day goes viral as satire backfires on Democrats

    When the esteemed and sage words of conservative icon Clint Eastwood were taken as a joke by the Democratic left and progessive activists, little did they know that the off the cuff stunt by the former Mayor of Carmel would quickly come back to haunt them.  Within days, a fervor arose in the social blogosphere which led to the creation of National Empty Chair Day, and the satirical actions by Eastwood quickly spread into a frenzy where President Obama became the absolute butt of millions of jokes by people around the country.

    The empty chair representing Obama bowing to Mecca, or King Faud as the leader of Islam

    Even when the President tried to get into the joke by sitting in the Presidential chair surrounded by his cabinet, Americans quickly took the photo and airbrushed it into a massive joke.

    The power of a slogan, or a symbol can, and has ushered men into the Oval office, or a legacy of ridicule.  From Michael Dukakis's 'Wheres the beef', to Barack Obama's 'Hope and Change', the rallying cry of the 2012 elections has now been set, and everytime the President speaks, it will be followed by an Empty Chair response.