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Throw Pies! By now you've seen the shaky vid of Rubert getting pied. The Brick TeeVee Crew reminisced when pies were a regular occurrence during the Tribe's 2007 campaign. Here's Tribesman Ryan Garko continuing his TV interview after getting a pie in the face following an Indians' win over Chicago back in 2007 garko-pie So Who threw the first pie? It's impossible to say, though a rudimentary form of the dessert -- some sticky honey and nut concoction -- was around when Cleopatra, the original pop tart, was logging time with Julius C. and Marc Anthony. (While there are no hieroglyphics depicting an ancient pie-ing, scholars caution it would be wrong to assume a slave never dreamed of pelting a pharaoh with the gooey treat.) Still, it was silent film director Mack Sennett, founder of Keystone Studios and a master of slapstick comedy, who catapulted the pie-in-the-face into the annals of modern culture. ... Why is it so funny? It's hard to say, though watching another human being sputter and spit as she wipes chocolate cream out of her eyes seems to tickle the same adolescent part of the brain that responds to Whoopie cushions and fart jokes. More significantly, when used to cut the pompous, the powerful or the self-important down to size, it is positively hi-LAR-ious. Unless of course, you are the pie-ee. Haha! Poor Rupert! Poor Mrs. Rupert! Much more fun than watching Mrs. Sammy da Fish breaking down in faux tears back in 2006 during Alito's Senate confirmation hearing! Despite the huffing and puffing of Murdoch's agents then claiming some wild-eyed liberal conspiracy despite the FACT it was during comments by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) that Martha-Ann Alito broke down in tears (thanks & This wild-eyed claim still echoed in FAKE SNOOZEDOM as late as 2009: During the May 19 edition of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, co-host Megyn Kelly claimed that during Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s confirmation hearing, his wife, Martha-Ann, was “crying hysterically after [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA] made her cry, because he was suggesting Sam Alito … is a racist.” They sure could've used some pies back then! Remind you of Orwell's "Those that control The Present control The Past" a just a bit? Eh? You'll need a scorecard to keep track so Alternet offers up "an incomplete guide to the villains in the drama that threatens to take down the Murdoch empire" The 12 Nastiest Villains in the Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal. Good Item! In case you were wondering if Rupert's illegalities are lapping the shores of the U.S. he's "lawyered up" already per the GuardianUK Rupert Murdoch assembles US legal team over phone-hacking scandal Rupert Murdoch is assembling a team of US lawyers with expertise in fighting large federal criminal cases, suggesting he is readying himself for a bitter legal battle in America as a result of the phone-hacking scandal. At the centre of the team is Brendan Sullivan, one of America's most experienced lawyers, who over 40 years in litigation has acquired a reputation for taking on difficult and sensitive cases. He represented Oliver North, the US marine corps officer, in congressional hearings over the Iran-Contra affair. ... The appointment of Sullivan – revealed last week by the New York Times's Dealbook blog – is being seen as an indication that Murdoch is preparing for the worst. NPR adds FBI Begins Investigation Of News Corp NPR's Carrie Johnson: That team includes former New York U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Mark Mendelsohn, who made his name collecting billion dollar settlements in foreign bribery cases at the Justice Department. Legal experts say that signals News Corp knows it could be in for a long investigation and that it's determined to come out ahead. We need more pies! Our intrepid msgeaux has two pie-throwing videos for you to watch Who is Rupert Murdoch? - Gordon Duff on Press TV and American WEALTH DESTRUCTION explained by Catherine Austin Fitts – An Economy engineered to make and keep people poor while jen adds Alternet's Joshua Holland who explains Why the Wealthiest Americans Are the Real 'Job-Killers' The top 1 percent takes in more than twice the share of national income today than they did 30 years ago, and that's a big reason why consumers are tapped out. That the wealthy are “job creators,” and therefore have interests that must be defended by the public at large, is a talking-point that, however facile, is so popular it slips effortlessly from the lips of conservatives every day. It can be deployed for any purpose – not only in calling for more tax breaks for the rich, but also when opposing public interest regulation, consumer litigation and worker protections. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, even used it to deflect attention from the "gay rehabilitation" services her clinic allegedly offers. When asked about it by ABC News, Bachmann merely acknowledged, “we do have a business that deals with job creation.” When pressed, she stuck with it: “As I said, again, we’re very proud of our business and we’re proud of all job creators in the United States.” It's also complete nonsense; the opposite of the truth. Sure, the wealthy create a few jobs – people who offer exclusive services or sell them high-end goods. But the overwhelming majority of jobs in this country are “created” by ordinary Americans when they spend their paychecks. Consumer demand accounts for around 70 percent of our economic output. And with so much wealth having been redistributed upward through a 40-year class-war from above, American consumers are too tapped out to spend as they once did. This remains the core issue in this sluggish, largely jobless recovery. The wealthy, in their voracious appetite for a bigger piece of the national pie, are the real job-killers in this economic climate..... Let's see, 30 years ago...uh...who was pResident? Wanna watch a conservative's head explode? Ask 'em what part of "Trickle-Down" economics actually created jobs! BOOM! Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman throws a few pies himself in Green Sky Economics Jonathan Schwarz at A Tiny Revolution – which I should read more often — notes that both of the friends of Bacchus dining with Paul Ryan the other day were proteges of Chicago’s Eugene Fama. This reinforces my point that the nonsense Republicans are talking on economics comes not from uneducated ignorance but from highly educated ignorance: they’re getting their fallacies from eminent academics, not the man in the street. And not just fallacies: people like Fama confidently proclaim the truth of facts that, well, aren’t Clearly, it’s all mutually reinforcing: the closing of the Chicago mind both reinforces and is reinforced by the patronage of the mega-wealthy. And the end result is a completely hermetic system, into which contrary evidence cannot penetrate. Krugman continues with The Lesser Depression These are interesting times — and I mean that in the worst way. Right now we’re looking at not one but two looming crises, either of which could produce a global disaster. In the United States, right-wing fanatics in Congress may block a necessary rise in the debt ceiling, potentially wreaking havoc in world financial markets. Meanwhile, if the plan just agreed to by European heads of state fails to calm markets, we could see falling dominoes all across southern Europe — which would also wreak havoc in world financial markets. We can only hope that the politicians huddled in Washington and Brussels succeed in averting these threats. But here’s the thing: Even if we manage to avoid immediate catastrophe, the deals being struck on both sides of the Atlantic are almost guaranteed to make the broader economic slump worse.....Let’s talk for a moment about why our economies are (still) so depressed. .... On Thursday, the “heads of state or government of the euro area and the E.U. institutions” — that mouthful tells you, all by itself, how messy European governance has become — issued their big statement. It wasn’t reassuring. For one thing, it’s hard to believe that the Rube Goldberg financial engineering the statement proposes can really resolve the Greek crisis, let alone the wider European crisis. But, even if it does, then what? WHAT INDEED Professor. On top of ALL THAT BTV correspondent ljm exclaims "Holy moly, batman!!! The fed loaned $16.1 trillion to the usual suspects on Wall Street and banks abroad. It's a long GAO report if someone needs to stay awake with dry reading" RAW STORY Audit: Fed gave $16 trillion in emergency loans Of the $16.1 trillion loaned out, $3.08 trillion went to financial institutions in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium, the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) analysis shows. Additionally, asset swap arrangements were opened with banks in the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Mexico, Singapore and Switzerland. Twelve of those arrangements are still ongoing, having been extended through August 2012. Out of all borrowers, Citigroup received the most financial assistance from the Fed, at $2.5 trillion. Morgan Stanley came in second with $2.04 trillion, followed by Merill Lynch at $1.9 trillion and Bank of America at $1.3 trillion. The audit also found that the Fed mostly outsourced its lending operations to the very financial institutions which sparked the crisis to begin with, and that they delegated contracts largely on a no-bid basis....The Fed agreed to "strongly consider" the recommendations, but as it is not a government-run institution it cannot be forced to do so by lawmakers. DOH! That's TRILLION, boys and girls, with a "T" and NINE ZEROES! Let's do the math, shall we?

  • As of June 29, 2011, the Total Public Debt Outstanding of the United States of America was $14.46 trillion (wiki)
  • The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank (not a government-run institution) gave $16.1 trillion in emergency loans to foreign sovereign states
while governments around the world (including the U.S.) claim "austerity measures are needed" when there seems to be all kinds of money! Right. But NO MONEY for the rabble and their "social safety net" or pensions or universal health care or pollution controls or public infrastructure or teachers' salaries. It's all ELEPHANT TALK, isn't it? JUBILEE ANYONE? Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Jubilee calls for a definitive cancellation of international debts and the restoration of right relationships between nations. By now you might be asking Would We Be Better Off If John McCain Were President? Fred Branfman at explains A President McCain may have at least triggered a true progressive fight. But McCain’s election would have produced a major political difference: It would have increased Democratic clout in the House and Senate. First off, there would have been no Tea Party, no “don’t raise the debt limit unless we gut the poor,” no “death panel” myth, no “Obama Youth” nonsense. Although there would have been plenty of criticism from the likes of Rush Limbaugh, the fact remains that McCain, a Republican war hero, would never have excited the Tea Party animus as did the “Secret-Muslim Kenyan-Born Big-Government Fascist White-Hating Antichrist” Obama. Glenn Beck would have remained a crazed nonentity and been dropped far sooner by Fox News than he was. And Vice President Sarah Palin, despised by both McCain and his tough White House staff, would have been deprived of any real power and likely tightly muzzled against criticizing McCain’s relatively centrist (compared to her positions) policies. Voters would almost certainly have increased Democratic control of the House and Senate in 2010, since the Republicans would have been seen as responsible for the weak U.S. economy. Democrats might even have achieved the long-desired 60 percent majority needed to kill the filibuster in one or both houses....Most significantly, if McCain had won, not only would Democrats be looking at a Democratic landslide in the 2012 presidential race, but the newly elected Democratic president in 2013 might enjoy both a 60 percent or higher majority in both houses and a clear public understanding that it was Republican policies that had sunk the economy. He or she might thus be far better positioned to enact substantive reforms than was Obama in 2008, or will Obama even if he is re-elected in 2012. Thanks Fred for the reality check! Last week we told you about ALEC EXPOSED that is the American Legislative Exchange Council. John Nichols of The Nation has been pouring over these leaked documents and talks about it with Teri Gross on NPR's Fresh Air Who's Really Writing States' Legislation? Go listen! Nichols points out the remarkable similarities of State legislative law proposals nearly IDENTICAL to ALEC initiative wording now making their way through GOP-controlled State Houses and how "The Left" has no effective counterpart! Make sure you click over to the rebuttal part National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report by Troglodyte Louisiana State Rep. Noble Ellington (R-20) where he stammers repeatedly to Teri's simple and obvious inquiries. It really is precious! And it makes you wonder why anyone would continue to vote R if they knew about ALEC's hard-right corporate agenda aimed at destroying their states. More Nichols below on Ring of Fire Radio. Sadly the U.S. media is wholly owned by deep-pocket transnational right-wing corporations and the voting public at-large is too lazy (or stoopid) to question ANYTHING "It was on the teevee so it must be true" BIG LIES spun 24-7 on U.S. media. Which brings us to the SACKING of Young Turk Cenk Uyger by MSNBC. Max Keiser reports Great Video: We get asked, ‘Why are Max and Stax not on US MSM?’ Cenk’s experience mirrors our experience with various broadcasters around the world. We deliver ming-boggling superior ratings, but that’s not what they’re looking for. Also, if you want to know why there is no hard left shows in the U.S., this is why. They get bought off or shut down. Rachel Maddow, the NYT, Bill Maher, Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart, (and even The Young Turks) are right of center. Amy Goodman is center. Alex Jones is left of center (whether he thinks of himself as such or not is not important) – and he does an amazing job of sustaining a really big audience – and attacking the people that need to be attacked. If he (or we) were on US MSM – we’d all deliver SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER ratings and profits for these networks. But again, that’s not what it’s about. Fox and the rest hate free markets. They hate free speech. They hate competition. They have contempt for anyone who is not genuflecting at their feet. Oh, and shame on Howard Stern for refusing to get political. Why can’t guys like JFK or MLK get hit with cream pies instead of bullets? Well said Max, well said. We concur. So you know what to expect from the Sunday Morning Funnies this week. The WH Limo shuffles TIMMY GEITHNER to Fake Snooze, This Amanpout & State of the Candy to explain the depth and breadth of the coming tea-bagger-caused U.S. debt default while White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley tries to stifle complaints of The Great O! selling out the New Deal programs on Face the Bob where you can THROW PIES & BRICKS at Gang of Six leaders SAXBY CHAMBLISS and MARK WARNER. Watch This Anampout as Fox Business Network senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino takes The Fifth aka the Sgt. Schultz "I know NOTHING" defense about wrongdoing at FAKE SNOOZE and NEWS CORPSE. And have a nice big pie (and brick) for JOHN "Crybaby" BOEHNER on Fake Snooze! Much more info and interviews at our regulars below! The Brick TeeVee Crew has been melting in the Midwest Heat Dome, though we've has a few good showers (that took out electricity in many neighborhoods) and no relief is in sight. But hey it's summer! Garden is on the up and up too with hot peppers and tomatoes beginning to pop out. Band Camp is here too so summer is already half way over! Get out and enjoy it while you can and have a great week!

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    WHO IS MAX KEISER? Max Keiser is a financial expert, Prediction Markets analyst, inventor and filmmaker. He is the creator of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) the first Prediction Market. Max Keiser co-hosts “The Truth About Markets” on ResonanceFM 104.4 in London. He also produces and presents documentary films covering markets and finance for Al Jazeera’s “People & Power” series. Max Keiser started his career on Wall Street in 1983. He is the creator of KarmaBanque a site that enables activists to challenge corporate power.
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    China is now the sixth-largest official holder of gold READ The Global Physical Gold & Silver Reserves Race is the New Nuclear Arms Race zerohedge
    Downgrade of US debt ‘baked into the cake.’ READ S&P Says Likelihood US Is Downgraded To AA As Soon As Early August Is 50-50 zerohedge
    The powers-that-be have used the “Shock Doctrine” to pass anti-American, fascist legislation while the public was in a state of shock READ Debt Crisis Being Used as Shock Doctrine to Steal More Money from the American People to Give to the Richest .1% zerohedge
    • VIDEO! Dr. Michael Hudson – RenegadeEconomist Series
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    • ON THE EDGE On the Edge with Gonzalo Lira July 23, 2011

  • ANTIWAR RADIO with Scott Horton
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    Jacob Hornberger July 23, 2011: Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses America’s decline from shining beacon of freedom to torture-loving police state; how libertarianism helps people break through nationalist propaganda and public school indoctrination; why Americans should make haste toward limited government before another terrorist attack marks the end of the republic; and the many non-Muslim groups around the world with serious grievances against the US.
    Nima Shirazi July 23, 2011: Nima Shirazi, creator of, discusses the summer surge of “blame Iran” talking points – the marketing strategy to sell Obama’s seventh war to Americans; how Iran’s nonchalant response to threats of an Israeli solo attack ruffles feathers in Washington and Tel Aviv; and how the US justifies an extended Iraq stay by pointing to increased Iranian influence (without acknowledging that the US destroyed Saddam’s Sunni government and helped install the current pro-Iran Shia regime).
    John Tirman July 23, 2011: John Tirman, Executive Director and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Center for International Studies, discusses his article “1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them” at AlterNet; the reputable studies done in Iraq to arrive at the approximately 1 million “excess death” toll; why the media consistently low-balls with a “tens of thousands” figure; and the powerful argument (to some) at stake: that at least Iraq is “better off now than under Saddam.”
    Many more interviews at Antiwar Radio!

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