By TexasDarlin on July 15, 2008 at 7:01 PM in Barack Obama, Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton, Superdelegates, denvercloseAuthor: TexasDarlin Name: Texas Darlin
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Alegre at Alegre’s Corner breaks the story:
…There are unconfirmed reports based on phone banking efforts to reach out to Super D’s that 8 previously Obama SD’s, expressed that, given the opportunity, they would vote for Hillary at the convention.
Did you get that?
Superdelegates who have “declared” for Obama are now saying that they would vote for Hillary at the convention.
How many more disillusioned SuperDs are out there?
No wonder Obama wants to break with tradition and keep Hillary off the convention ballot, even though she won more popular votes than he did, and neither of them earned enough pledged delegates to secure the nomination.
L.A. not ready for disaster
With multiple levels of bureaucracy and outdated emergency plans, the city of Los Angeles is not as prepared as it should be in the event of a major disaster, according to an audit released Monday.
While police, fire and other individual departments have good plans to respond to large-scale emergencies such as an earthquake or terrorist attack, L.A. lacks an overarching strategy on how to manage a crisis.
"I do not want the public to be afraid," said Controller Laura Chick, who ordered the audit. "But I want the public to know that the city of Los Angeles is not as well-prepared for a widespread disaster as we need to be and as we can be."
As the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles is a possible target for terrorism. It is also at risk for natural disasters, including earthquakes, major wildfires and tsunamis. In recent years, leaders have also begun to plan for the possibility of a pandemic flu outbreak.
Los Angeles won accolades in a 2006 national survey for being one of the most prepared cities for a major emergency - although officials said that was more a reflection on the widespread lack of preparation by most other cities.
Thieves stealing gas from carsStanding outside her West Oak Lane home on her way to work one morning, Carol Abbott couldn't figure out why her car wouldn't start.
She then discovered that someone had siphoned her gas tank dry.
"I was appalled," said Abbott, 50. "I just couldn't believe somebody singled out my car. Did they walk up to my car in the middle of the night? It just amazed me."
As gas prices rise, police note, so do such thefts.
"It's an unfortunate sign of the times," said Sgt. Ray Evers of the Philadelphia Police Department's public affairs unit. "It's going to become a trend until these gas prices come down."
That, in turn, has sparked the revival of another trend: gas caps that lock.
Abbott said she traveled to three auto supply stores before she found one for her SUV.
Depending on vehicle make and model, the caps range in price from $10 to $25.
"They're selling like crazy," said Crystal Armstrong, an AutoZone store manager in West Oak Lane. Managers at similar stores throughout the city agreed.
"Everybody is picking them up," said a manager at Strauss Discount Auto in the Northeast. "And with gas prices getting higher, I don't see it slowing down."
In the Philadelphia area, the average cost of a gallon of regular gas is $4.15, up from $2.97 a year ago, according to AAA. For Abbott, that means about $65 to fill her tank.
"It just hurts," she said. "It hurts to pay that much for gas, especially when you have other bills to pay - and then for someone to steal it."
Typically, Evers said, thieves siphon gas through a hose into a container, sucking on the hose to start the flow. It can take less than 30 seconds to steal a gallon.
Evers recommended that drivers park in well-lit areas, make sure their gas tanks face the street instead of the curb, and buy locking gas caps.
"You want to deter them to go to the next car," he said.
Said Armstrong: "People are getting gas the best way they can."
Cops to IndyMac customers: Remain calm or face arrest
Police ordered angry customers lined up outside an IndyMac Bank branch to remain calm or face arrest Tuesday as they tried to pull their money on the second day of the failed institution's federal takeover.
At least three police squad cars showed up early Tuesday as tensions rose outside the San Fernando Valley branch of Pasadena-based IndyMac.
Federal regulators seized Pasadena-based IndyMac on Friday and reopened the bank Monday under the control of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Deposits to $100,000 are fully insured by the FDIC.
Worried customers with deposits in excess of insured limits flooded IndyMac Bank branches on Monday, demanding to withdraw as much money as they could or get answers about the fate of their funds.
When it was clear some wouldn't get in before closing, FDIC employees apparently took down names and told them to return Tuesday.
Other customers began lining up at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, and by dawn, tensions escalated because people on the list were getting priority.
By 8 a.m., about 50 people on the list waited in one line and many more waited in another.
Five people were allowed in at a time.
Customers became infuriated, and police told them they could be arrested if they didn't remain calm.
Police stood by at some other branches around Southern California but there were no other reports of problems.
For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles
************************************************************************************Here's an interesting and prophetic article I found on Israel National News today.
Scroll to Mr. Bush Reminds Him of His Historic Role, and in part reads:
"TO THE HONORABLE MR. GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
ESTEEMED MR. GEORGE W. BUSH, THE CHIEF PRINCE OF MESHECH AND TUBAL (EZEKIEL 38:1) OF THE WEST."
The Scroll will be presented to President Bush during his historic visit to the Holy Land of Israel in his push to divide this SACRED LAND, in an appeasement of Israel's enemies, by a group of renowned orthodox Rabbis of Israel, and names Mr. Bush as "Gog" (of the West) who is prophesied about in Ezekiel Chapter 38:
"AND the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Me-shech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:" 1-3
The five page Scroll document can be viewed in a larger quality for easy reading at the Temple Site here, with its stern message and warning from the writers to President Bush concerning the LAND OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE, WHOM THE CREATOR GOD ORIGINALLY PROMISED IT TO THROUGH THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. Leviticus Chapter 25:23 tells us in plain words "The land shall not be sold for ever; FOR THE LAND IS MINE; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me." This is God speaking here, through His Holy Spirit to His prophet Moses, who wrote it down for all generations. The creator God calls the land HIS own personal possession, and it is not to be sold, bartered, given away or whatever word you want to use to justify meddling with the giving away of and cutting up the land of Israel to Israel's enemies.
To hear the Bush Scroll being read on video go here.
For a more detailed depiction of Gog, see my writings here.
Update: January 12, 2008
We know from the Word of God that all nations, including the USofA, will go against Israel in the latter times, (which we are indeed living in today) as we have witnessed very recently in the so-called Annapolis peace summit, and as God's prophet has prophesied in Joel Chapter 3.
"FOR, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and JERUSALEM,
I will also gather ALL NATIONS, and will bring them down into the valley of Je-hosh-a-phat, and will plead with them there for my people and for MY HERITAGE ISRAEL, whom they have scattered among the nations, and PARTED MY LAND."1-2 Notice here that the creator God calls the land of Israel HIS land again, and Israel HIS Heritage.
The words written by these orthodox Rabbis in this historic Biblical Scroll to President Bush are quite foreboding , as God throughout Jewish history in the Old Testament always warned the leaders through his prophets before God's judgment fell on its leaders and the people. No one, including Mr. Bush, can say he was not warned. Likewise, Jesus Christ who was a foreshadow of the things to come, fulfilled the law and the prophets as it is written; Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill Matthew 5:17; therefore, at the same time, these Rabbi "scholars" must certainly know that Mr. Bush is not the Gog the prophet Ezekiel is speaking of in Ezekiel Chapter 38, because Ezekiel, in verse 15 mentions Gog as coming out of the north parts and not the west: 15 "And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee;" I find it ironic, indeed, in that these Rabbi scholars, the likes of whom Jesus the Messiah of Israel rebuked in his day for their refusal to accept Him as the Messiah of Israel; (To these pharisees, Jesus said:)
"Ye are from beneath; I am from above; ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you,that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:23,24
continue to refuse to look at the multitude of Hebrew Scriptures throughout the Old Testament that testify to the Messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ; but cunningly and selectively choose to call Mr. Bush Gog knowing full well that this scripture cannot apply to President Bush at all because of the location Ezekiel pinpoints Gog coming from, which is "out of the north parts."
Nevertheless, God's prophet Isaiah, in Chapter 11, tells us that all who go against Judah will be cut off.
"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
........and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off." vs. 12,13
I fear that tampering with God's Holy City of Jerusalem as Mr. Bush is doing in his push to divide the Holy City to create a "palestinian terrorist state" within the biblical heartland of Israel is a slap in the face to the creator God, and will result in severe consequences as God's prophets have forewarned. God's prophet Zechariah tells us in Chapter 12:
"The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 1
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 2.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." 3
The handwriting is on the wall for all who have eyes to see, and there is most definitely a spirit of antichrist at work pushing to divide up Jerusalem. At the same time, these orthodox Jewish Rabbi's need to turn to Christ Jesus the Messiah of Israel themselves for the salvation of their souls. Even the religious Rabbis and religious Jew understands that God's way for the atonement of sin, or redeeming oneself is through blood. As it is written in Leviticus 17:11: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the alter to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul."
They are right about the land of Israel insofar as no one has a right to give any of it away to anyone. God, in His Word, has vowed to defend Israel in the latter days and this He will do, just as He has said He would bring the Jewish people back to their ancient homeland of Israel after 2,000 years of exile of being scattered among the nations, after which the nation of Israel was rebirthed in a day, which we have witnessed in our generation.
By James Howard Kunstler • July 16th, 2008 •
There’s a particular moment known to all Baby Boomers when Wile E. Coyote, in a rapture of over-reaching, has run past the edge of the mesa and, still licking his chops and rubbing his front paws in anticipation of fricasseed roadrunner, discovers that he is suspended in thin air by nothing more than momentum. Grin becomes chagrin. He turns a nauseating shade of green, and drops, whistling, back to earth thousands of feet below, with a distant, dismal, barely audible thud at the end of his journey. We are Wile E. Coyote Nation.
Is there anyone in the known universe who thinks that the U.S. financial system is not fifty feet beyond the edge of the mesa of credibility?
Nothing will avail now. Not even if Sirhan Sirhan were paroled at noon today and transported directly to the West Wing with a.44 magnum in each hand (and a taxi driven by the Devil waiting outside to take him to the U.S. Treasury and the offices of the Federal Reserve).
It’s hard to imagine what kind of melodramas were unspooling on the Hamptons lawns this weekend, while everybody else in America was watching Nascar, or plying the aisles of BJs Discount Warehouse for next week’s supply of mesquite-and-guacamole flavored Doritos, or having flames and chains tattooed on their necks, or lost in a haze of valium and methedrine.
With the death of the IndyMac Bank last week, and the GSEs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac laying side-by-side in the EMT van on IV drips, headed for the Federal Reserve’s ever more crowded intensive care unit, there was a sense of the American Dream having passed through the event horizon that denotes the opening of a black hole.
What would happen if the U.S. government acted to bail out these feckless enterprises (and what if they don’t)? Either way, it’s not a pretty picture. If Mr. Bernanke does start shoveling loans into the GSE black hole, he’ll further undermine the soundness of his own outfit and do nothing, really, to repair Fannie and Freddie’s structural problem of having securitized too many loans that will never be paid back. If instead Fannie and Freddie are flat-out taken over entirely by the U.S. government (and remember the Federal Reserve is not the government), then the national debt will roughly double overnight – which will pound the U.S. dollar down a rat-hole.
Meanwhile, the foreign holders of those decrepitating dollars might not rush to the redemption window, but they certainly would use them to buy up every oil futures contract on God’s not-so-green Earth as fast as possible – they’d be dumb not to – which would leave American Happy Motorists with gasoline prices north of $5 a gallon, and possibly north of $10. (In that case, say goodbye to the airlines. In fact, say goodbye to what passes for the rest of the US economy, including especially the vaunted retail sector that supposedly counts for 70 percent of the action.)
If Fannie and Freddie are left to die out on the desert floor, say goodbye to the housing market, the major investment banks, countless regional banks, the retirement accounts of virtually everyone in America, the viability of all fifty states’ governments, and the day-to-day operating ability of all their municipalities – and very likely the current incarnation of the world banking system.
This process is really out of control now. The bottom line is the comprehensive bankruptcy of the United States. The Republican Party under George Bush will be known as the party that wrecked America (release 2.0). Painful as it is, Americans had better get a new “Dream” and fast. It better be a dream based on the way the universe actually works, which is to say an operating procedure run on earnest effort and truthfulness rather than merely trying to get something for nothing and wishing on stars. We might begin symbolically by evacuating Las Vegas and calling in an air strike on the loathsome place – to register our new reality-based attitude adjustment.
After that, we’ve got to get to work re-tooling all the everyday activities of life, including the way we grow our food, the way we raise and deploy capital, the way we do trade and manufacturing, the way we go from point A to point B, the way we educate children, the way we stay healthy, and the way we occupy the landscape. I know, it sounds like a lot, maybe too much. But grok this: we don’t have any choice if we want a plausible future on this portion of the North American continent.
Of course, none of that is likely to happen. Instead, and under the worst imaginable economic conditions, we’ll probably embark on a campaign to prop up the un-prop-up-able and sustain the unsustainable – that is, defend every status quo habit and behavior that we’re used to, whether it can be salvaged or not. Of course, this would be a fatal squandering of our dwindling resources, but it tends, historically, to be the last act of the melodrama in any faltering empire.
The result, pretty soon into that process, will be social breakdown and political upheaval. Every tattoo freak out there who has been prepping for his own starring role in some kind of comic book Armageddon will finally get his chance to shine. Lots of people will get hurt and starve. Property will change hands in a disorderly way. And at the end of this process an American corn-pone Hitler may be waiting to set everything and everyone straight.
James Howard Kunstler
for The Daily Reckoning Australia
WEAPONS OF CHOICE
Wipeout: Toilet paper giant flushes gun-freedom law
Plant defies Florida statute, bans employees from keeping firearms in vehicles
Posted: July 15, 2008
9:56 pm Eastern
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
A popular American pulp and paper company has banned employees at its toilet paper plant from storing concealed weapons in their cars while on company property – a move that defies Florida gun law.
Georgia-Pacific cited a Homeland Security exemption from a statute authorizing workers with concealed-weapons permits to have guns locked in their cars because it says the plant handles large amounts of explosive fuel, the Miami Herald reported.