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US Drops to 22nd in Corruption Index

Now we got the Chamber of Commerce and Republicans taking money from Communist China and India to sell American jobs…

U.S. slips to historic low in global corruption index

The United States has dropped out of the “top 20″ in a global league table of least corrupt nations, tarnished by financial scandals and the influence of money in politics, Transparency International said on Tuesday.

Somalia was judged the most corrupt country, followed by Myanmar and Afghanistan at joint second-worst and then by Iraq, in the Berlin-based watchdog TI’s annual corruption perceptions index (CPI).

The United States fell to 22nd from 19th last year, with its CPI score dropping to 7.1 from 7.5 in the 178-nation index, which is based on independent surveys on corruption.

This was the lowest score awarded to the United States in the index’s 15-year history and also the first time it had fallen out of the top 20.

In the Americas, this put the United States behind Canada in sixth place, Barbados at 17th and Chile in 21st place.

Jointly heading the index — in which a score of 10 indicates a country with the highest standards, and 0 as highly corrupt — were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore with 9.3. They were also at the top of the table last year.

Somalia scored 1.1. The watchdog group said its table was based on “different assessments and business opinion surveys carried out by independent and reputable institutions.”

U.S. “INTEGRITY DEFICIT”

Nancy Boswell, president of TI in the United States, said lending practices in the subprime crisis, the disclosure of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and rows over political funding had all rattled public faith about prevailing ethics in America.

“We’re not talking about corruption in the sense of breaking the law,” she said. “We’re talking about a sense that the system is corrupted by these practices. There’s an integrity deficit.”

Various financial scandals at state and city level had encouraged the impression that the regulatory oversight was weak and that influence could be bought, she added.

The index showed a number of countries — including Iran — climbing up the chart significantly from 2009, though TI said this could often be ascribed to the fact that different surveys were being used that offered no direct comparison to last year.

The fact that nearly three quarters of the countries scored 5.0 or less showed corruption was still a major global problem, said Robin Hodess, director of policy and research at TI.

However, the watchdog identified Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, Macedonia, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kuwait, and Qatar as states where improvement had been made over the past year.

By contrast, it highlighted the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Madagascar, Niger and the United States as nations where perceptions had deteriorated.

 

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2010 in News

 

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Pigs Get Fed… Hogs Get Slaughtered

Looks like a regular Hog Roast in California… Meg Whitman spent $141 million of her own money, and Carly Fiorina spent $40 million

It is looking more and more like the MSM’s propagandized Republican sweep…

Pigs Get Fed... Hogs Get Eaten

Got swept out from under them.

Jerry Brown’s lead doubles in a month; little change in Senate race

…Brown, the Democratic attorney general and former governor, led Whitman 52% to 39% among likely voters, the poll found. His advantage has more than doubled since aTimes/USC poll in September.

The abrupt movement in the race for governor came as Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer held onto her 8-point margin over Republican Carly Fiorina in the U.S. Senatecontest. Boxer’s 50% to 42% lead was statistically unchanged from September’s 51% to 43% edge.

For both Democrats, the month between the two polls found the party’s strongest supporters rallying to the candidates’ sides: liberals, women and Latinos either solidified or expanded their backing for Brown and Boxer. Nonpartisan voters, whom Republicans had counted on to overcome the Democratic advantage in voter registration, moved away from the two Republican candidates, and moderate voters also tilted toward the Democrats.

Paula Bennett, a schoolteacher in the Sacramento-area town of Acampo, said she was drawn to Brown in part by the blizzard of cash Whitman has thrown at the race.

“I like the little guy; he didn’t have the money behind him like she did,” she said in a follow-up interview, adding that she sided with Brown for the same reason that she favors a mom-and-pop establishment over a retail behemoth.

“We don’t shop at Walmart. We shop at the local store. He just seemed like more of a down-home candidate.”

 
 

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Stewart-Colbert -“Sanity Rally” Goes Worldwide

This is shaping up to be the proverbial 2×4 right between the Glenn Beck Tea Baggers beady eyes.

Not only are Americans sick and tired of the crazy ranting and frothing at the mouth by extremists trying to take over our Political Systems – but the idea has resonated worldwide, that if we don’t do something, the whack jobs will be in control.

Jon Stewart’s Sanity Rally Goes Global

EVENTS SCHEDULED IN 67 COUNTRIES

Jon Stewart’s spoofy politicalRally to Restore Sanity is headed toward world domination. Some 800 Sanity demonstrations in 67 nations are being planned around the globe to coincide with the Daily Show host’s DC demonstration this Saturday. Sanity marchers will gather from Paris to Mt. Everest’s base camp in Nepal. “Everyone was getting excited” about the Washington rally, “so I thought, ‘Gosh, why couldn’t we do something local?'” said a marketing consultant in Paris. She’s organizing the event for the Champs de Mars at the Eiffel Tower through Facebook. “We’ll be doing it sanely and calmly and with a sense of humor—which is a change from what’s been happening,” she adds.

The popularity of the rally reveals a deep-seated desire to pull politics back into rationality, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government tells the Christian Science Monitor. “It’s weird to see people so worked up for the sake of a more rational political process,” he adds. Stewart has been pitching his rally to those who think “shouting is counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard.” There’s just one problem: “How does one restore sanity to a part of the world where it never existed?” asks a writer in the Jerusalem Post, who proposes an Israeli rally to “introduce” sanity.

In the words of a 50’s icon – “Be There, or be square!”

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in News

 

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That Clarence Thomas Can of Worms…

Virginia Thomas just opened up a 50 Gallon drum of worms for her husband…

Lillian McEwen, a former Senate Judiciary Committee lawyer who said she dated Clarence Thomas from 1979 through the mid-1980s, told The Washington Post in an interview that Hill’s long-ago description of Thomas’s behavior resonated with her.

“The Clarence I know was certainly capable not only of doing the things that Anita Hill said he did, but it would be totally consistent with the way he lived his personal life then,” said McEwen, who is writing her own memoir but has never before publicly discussed her relationship with Clarence Thomas.

McEwen also told the Post she was not surprised that Virginia Thomas would leave Hill a message, even after all these years.

“In his autobiography, Clarence described himself as a person incapable of doing what Anita Hill said he did,” McEwen said. “He is married to a woman who is loyal to him and religious in a way he would like to be. This combination of religiosity and loyalty and belief that he is really the kind of person who he describes in his book would just about compel her to do something like that.”

The message Virginia Thomas left for Hill again revealed the emotional toll that the Hill hearings took on the soon-to-be justice’s wife. In the past, she has made unsolicited phone calls to voice support for people whose reputations have been shaken by what she sees as false accusations.

In one way – I feel for the brother. Despise his politics. Despise his role on the supreme Court, and feel that he is the most destructive force against black America since the KKK.

But this is his personal life being dragged out for all to see.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in Black Conservatives, Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Service Employees Union Ad: Angle Makes Life Worse for Women

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz “Psycho Talk”: Fox News – 10/20/10

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

NAACP vs Tea Party… Part Deux

A few months ago, a relatively mild rebuke by the NAACP brought howls of indignation, and the Tea Bagger Attack Machine into full throttle…

Resulting in the NAACP’s point being proven by Tea Party Express executive Mark Williams, and Andrew Brietbart’s vicious smear of Shirley Sherrod.

In other words, the Tea Party reacted exactly as you would expect the guilty to react after getting their hand caught in the proverbial cookie jar. The problem with Tea Party protestations of innocence is their willingness to provide cover for the scumbags in their midst based on their we versus them, conservatives versus liberals mindset. Making racism a conservative “value”.

Here is the problem – the hundreds of death and terrorism threat received by the NAACP, and those nasty grams and threats received by many ion the black blogsphere – including yours truly – hardly indicates that there isn’t something rotten in Tea Party Denmark. The willingness to call John Lewis a liar in support of a few over-the-top bigots who attached themselves to the Tea Party movement certainly didn’t convince anyone of sound mind that the racism in the Tea Party doesn’t run a lot deeper. The use of professional “Uncle Toms” like Angela McGlowan and LLoyd Marcus as “authentic” black voices hardly endears the Tea Party to minorities.

How do you solve this?

It may be too late this election cycle – BUT, as the Tea Party coalesces into a single organism – it might not be a bad idea to engage with the NAACP this time around…

Instead of ramping up the noise machine. We saw how that worked out last time.

NAACP Issues Report That Links Tea Party Leaders to ‘Hate Groups’

The charge of “racism” is one that the Tea Party movement would like to shake. In the past, it has dismissed the label as only representing a few of its members on the fringe. However, the issue surfaced again on Wednesday when the NAACP — which made news in July when it asked the Tea Party to repudiate racist elements within its ranks – issued a report that details associations between Tea Party organizations and hate groups in this country.

In a conference call with journalists, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said that while there are policy disagreements, the civil rights group has “no problem with the Tea Party expressing their views in their great debate in our great democracy.” The majority of Tea Party members “are sincere,” and some are also in the NAACP, he said.

“We do however have a problem when prominent Tea Party members” use Tea Party events to recruit people for white supremacist groups, Jealous said. The NAACP is urging leadership and members of the Tea Party movement to take additional steps to distance themselves from those Tea Party leaders “who espouse racist ideas, advocate violence, or are formally affiliated with white supremacist organizations.”He said the expulsion of Mark Williams of Tea Party Express was a step in the right direction, but said that Williams had been making controversial statements long before he was ousted for writing a mocking letter suggesting that blacks preferred life under slavery.Some Tea Party leaders condemned the report, accusing the NAACP of abandoning its civil rights mission and of becoming a mouthpiece of the liberal left. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2010 in Domestic terrorism, Stupid Tea Bagger Tricks

 

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