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A communique from Intrepid Liberal Journal

At last! My friend in New York, Robert Ellman of the Intrepid Liberal Journal blog, has recently communicated to his blog’s readers who have been missing him for several weeks. After our many emails and comments, there’s news from the author himself.

Click and allow Mr. Ellman to explain himself and do check out his blog’s many excellent articles and interview podcasts if you haven’t already. I’ve been missing his insights into Politics and hope he returns to blogging soon.

Written by Jude Cowell

February 2, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Elizabeth de la Vega on Prosecuting Torture

You won’t want to miss Robert Ellman’s interview with former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega who favors public inquiry over President Obama’s appointing a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration’s secret and not-so-secret torture policies.

What’s the hurry? Ms. de la Vega points out that the statutory clock didn’t start ticking in 2002 but on Jan 20, 2008, noon edt.

This makes me wonder if those who insist on rushing into an investigation by special prosecutor are more interested in a cover-up than in full accountability for the Bush administration.

Please answer this poll, if you will:

Wall Street will fleece you now

The Looting of America, an article by Barry Grey (4.10.09), details some of what I’ve been saying about the risk of joining in with 2009’s Great Conjunction/s of Jupiter and Neptune, the speculator pair, and how they will conjunct US natal Moon (the people; the public – Sibly chart) all three times they meet.

Jupiter-Neptune = Moon: losing oneself in plans; becoming involved in speculation; instability; wastefulness; little sense of reality; going with the wind; an emotional swoon. (Tyl; Ebertin.)

Once again, here are the dates and degrees of their exact conjunctions, all in 2009:

1. May 27 – 26AQ29;

2. July 10 – 26AQ02;

3. Dec 21 – 24AQ19.

Their cycle is approximately 13 years long, so the last time The Speculators met was on Jan 9, 1997 (during Pres. Clinton’s de-regulation days) at 27Cap09 – conjunct US natal Pluto.

Jupiter-Neptune = Pluto: self-projection out of hand; major adjustment of life circumstances; far-reaching speculations; plans that are unreasonable beyond measure; a great loss.

Excess liquidity in markets is their calling card!

Now we’re seeing and experiencing where the 1997 conjunction led while the transiting midpoint of Pluto-Chiron, the corporatism/class warfare/disenfranchising duo, has landed upon US natal Pluto – and thus upon 1997’s Jupiter-Neptune conjunction degree.

So if you’re one of those “small investors” that Wall Street and the Treasury Dept now have within their raptor’s gazes and you’re feeling ripe for further fleecing (see article), please think twice and then some before you ‘go with the wind’ of Jupiter-Neptune’s grandly speculative ways for the win-win is always on the upper class’ side.

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If you like truth straight up check out Robert Ellman’s post on David Korten’s book and views on saying goodbye to Wall Street.

Senator Baucus holds the healthcare keys – G20 Summit 2009

With Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner touting on TV’s political shows this morning, I have just enough time to tell you that New York’s Robert Ellman has written an excellent article on why he’s holding Democratic feet to the fire even though he votes for them and voted for Barack Obama last November.

But that’s not all you get in one post with Rob who details health care legislation’s chances in Congress with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) holding the keys of power as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and the rhetorical platitudes Baucus has used to hide his true intent – keeping the medical industry complex’s grip on the regular American’s wallet.

In my astrological neighborhood, it’s called ‘class warfare of Pluto-Chiron’ and is a symptom of a plutocracy working to keep its claws on the helm of power. I assert that 2008’s financial meltdown was the elite class holding us hostage to our fears and using our bank accounts as ransom for a high-jacked, failed banking system that they built, then crashed so that a ‘new system’ would be called for.

The G20 Summit in London this week may tell some of the tale concerning the US dollar’s destiny – and our own. But it all depends on what the wheeler-dealers behind the scene have up their magicians’ sleeves…and it’s more than a wrinkled old arm. 

It will be interesting to hear the scripts that come out of the meetings as delivered by Pres. Obama and others – will their words ring out above violent protests? Will protests become violent in part by secret instigators working on behalf of the Rothschilds and Rockefellers?

Rome, Berlin, Paris, and London have seen protests this weekend ahead of the Summit. Europeans are angry about spiralling inequality and most are blaming America’s greed and corruption for the world’s financial problems. It’s not been a lack of liquidity, but too much money (printed by unaccountable-to-the- public central banks) being too cheap that’s caused problems and we-the-people aren’t the ones who over-printed! We’re all victims here.

And like many people, I am not pleased for the most part with the president’s choice of economic team which has too many of the players from Clinton days (and before.)

So holding Democrats in power to a populist standard isn’t a bad thing, it’s the only thing the underclass can do if it values its very existence. And by ‘underclass’ I mean anyone not of the self-exalted, hubristically inclined super-rich ‘power elite.’

Now if you’ve read this far, I know you’ll believe me when I say that Mr. Ellman explains it better here:

http://intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com/2009/03/max-baucus-is-corporatist-class-warrior.html

So once again, in the form of Max Baucus and his colleagues, we may say that on Capitol Hill corporate donations speak much louder than we-the-people — they drown us out, in fact — and Mr. Ellman is no happier with the condition than this gnat of a blogger who can’t say it nearly as eloquently as he.

Well, is Mr. Obama really moving the US government to the ‘left’ as some have charged? Apparently he should be since he was elected to do just that on behalf of the majority of we-the-people.

And who doesn’t fondly remember through 8 years of the Bush-Cheney adminstration the oft-repeated mantra of  ‘compassionate conservatives’ when faced with the prospect of being their brother’s keeper?  “All through your life, you made choices,” they intoned from their smug, high horses.

Translation: you’re on your own, sucker. I got mine. You get yours.

William Greider speaks on Dem alternatives

Robert Ellman, author of the Intrepid Liberal Journal, has a lot of respect for the writings of William Greider as do I.

That’s why I’m glad to find that Rob has recently posted a YouTube of Greider telling the Democrats that half measures won’t be sustainable – they either need to work on behalf of wage earners or for the fat cats.

Continuing to ‘straddle the fence’ only results in Humpty-Dumpty-itis, in my opinion, and we see now how gutted the stimulant parts of the president’s bill will probably be by voting time.

Check out Rob’s post which has a link to the first impressive article he read years ago by Mr. Greider; plus, the video clip, ‘Truth Teller William Greider’ is ready for viewing:

http://intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com/2009/02/truth-teller-william-greider.html#links

If you want what’s best for America and for the American worker, you may appreciate Rob’s suggestions concerning the current alternatives of the Democratic Party. They’d do us better to listen.

As I always say: America is the only nag in the race for me!

America after King’s assassination

Robert Ellman has published a great feature concerning Clay Risen’s book, ‘A Nation On Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination’ which you may wish to check out:

http://intrepidliberaljournal.blogspot.com/2009/01/when-america-burned-after-king.html

The period of time between LBJ’s refusal to run for president in 1968, Dr. King’s assassination, and the signing by LBJ of the Civil Rights Act,  are more fully covered than usual by Mr. Risen, a former editor of The New Republic.

Riots broke out within hours after MLK’s death: the US Army occupied three major American cities, our National Guard patrolled a dozen others, and looting – one of the traditional yet ineffectual refuges of the disenfranchised – was rampant.

Plus, Clay Risen is founder of ‘Democracy: A Journal of Ideas’ which may be accessed here:

http://www.democracyjournal.org/

And you may wish to view an image of Dr. King’s natal chart with a few details which I published in Jan 2008 in honor of MLK Day which is upon us once again tomorrow, Monday, Jan 19:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2008/01/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-april-4-1968.html

Personally, I will be using MLK Day as a Prayer Day for America and for the American people who could use some extraordinary help  after the 8-year dredging we’ve gotten from the Bush-Cheney regime!

To paraphrase what Barack Obama keeps saying: he can’t do it all by his lonesome…now we all have ‘skin in the game’…and the color of that skin is emphatically Not the Point!

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