Sorry folks but this is the only real clown you will see in this article. The "juggalo's" are a group of uneducated, weak, and in most cases scared little kids who bought into the whole crock of shit that is Insane Clown Posse. For years this group has sold them schwag and music with violence, rape, straight disrespect and vulgarity to kids in the attempt to get a following of tools to preech their message. Guess what it worked. They now have a following of kids that are too confused to understand what the message even is. Now don't get me wrong I don't mind vulgarity in music, hell a little bit of a violent message doesn't even offend me. Just don't do it then hide behind God. I mean come on. Go to Myspace and type in juggalo on your friend search. You will find hundreds of kids. Visit their profiles and you will find pictures of them painted much like their idols. Now do me a favor and look at what religion they have chosen. Most say they are athiests, pagans, wiccans or satanic. Hmm Violent Jay seems your God message was missed. Every kid should be informed they have been used to make these two clowns rich. Oh you listen to their lyrics and they say that they aren't rich huh? Look at the quality of their videos over the year. Seems they have more money to make better vids all of the sudden huh? Hell in one song they brag about how many records they have had go platinum but hey your right they are poor and stupid just like you. Below the next pic I have posted the article axplaining ICP in faith for you. Below that I will post one of their songs. Make your own informed decision after that.
I am here to try to help clear some things up for you, I know you have probably heard bad things about Insane Clown Posse aka ICP. That they are evil and crude and rude and nasty. I can tell you they are not Evil, they may be crude, rude and nasty sometimes. But as hard as it is to believe, there is a reason for this, There are kids that feel left out and alone and suicidal in this world. they feel that cannot turn to their parents with their problems, cause Mom and Dad are too busy with their own lives to worry about my problems. This is where ICP comes into the picture. ICP started recording their story in 1990-91,a story that would take 12 almost 13 long years to complete. They were young and poor and in trouble and needed something in their lives, little did they know that would eventually become known world wide and considered "the most hated band of all times", but loved by hundreds of thousands at the same time. Their story is about the Dark Carnival. They told the story in chapters, the first was called "Carnival of Carnage" also known as the first joker's card. the Carnival of Carnage tells of life on the streets and how hard it is to be there, and how the evil of the world will corrupt you if you let it. The second Joker's Card is "The Ringmaster" which is yourself, because you are in control of your own destiny, you can control how your life will turn out. The third Joker's Card or "The Riddlebox" asks the question do you know if you will go to Heaven or Hell when you die? The fourth Joker's Card is "The Great Milenko" He will tempt you with all you could ever want, so he can take your life away from you, he is the master of Illusions. The fifth Joker's Card is "The Amazing Jeckel Brothers" they juggle our sins and our good deeds. this is the eternal struggle within us all to do good to balance our bad deeds. The Sixth Joker's Card is called "The Wraith" the first version is called Shangri-La this tells you if you believe in God and live a good life and do not do bad ,you will go to Heaven and what you can expect when you get there. The 2nd version of "The Wraith is called Hell's Pit. Obviously it tells you what will happen if you fall for the devil's tricks and Illusions, hence the 4th joker's card "The Great Milenko". you will burn in Hell for eternity. With all the cussing and killing that happened in these albums for all this time, they were all a lesson to kids to not do these things, to live good lives and do good deeds, there were reversals that told them of God and of Jesus, they were little clues through out all the albums, but they never came right out and said it until the 6th Joker's card, because the kids they were trying to reach are the one's who will not go to church or go to a bookstore and pick up the Bible, or go to a Christian music store and buy a album and listen to gospel, they wanted to hear the bad stuff, they thought all along that ICP was bad and wanted to be there with them for it all, they knew that the juggalos are a family, we are all there for each other to lean on in bad times and share joy in the good times. and Then BAMMM, they dropped the Bomb, at the end of the whole story the last song on the Shangri-La they said it," Truth is we follow God, we've always been behind him" The Carnival is God and may all the Juggalos find him!" all this time these kids thought they were listening to evil bad music, they were getting the message of God all along! If you will ever listen to ICP for even one thing, Please listen to The very last track on the Wraith. is it called "the Unveiling" this will tell you what ICP is about, they say it plain, it's not about money it's not about fans, it's about getting the word of God out to the Juggalos. Please be warned there is some cussing in this song, but even my own father a born again Christian who does not like cussing at all, listened to it so he could hear for himself the powerful message behind this song. This is amazing, after 12 years some people were in shock, and said we were tricked and some said Praise God I knew it all along! Some turned away and never looked back and some said What, they are for God? why? I need to know what God is about, and they learned and are still learning why ICP brought the message of God to these kids who at one time hated everything in life except ICP and bad imagery. Now they find Joy and Happiness in the family love and spirit that we all share. At Juggalofaith we have sermons that the kids can read, we don't always quote the Bible but our sermons are Bible Based, because they need to be able to process what we are trying to teach them, they need it in words they can understand. I have kids email me all the time and ask me where they find passages in the Bible about certain things, and if I can send them a Bible so they can read it for themselves, and everyday I get a kid who says the world will never understand me but my Juggalo Family does. They don't judge me for being fat or black or gay or different, we try to teach these kids that it is alright to be different, that God is the one who will Judge us not man, we are told every day that we are evil and satanic, but Jesus said " You will be persecuted for my name's sake." I have had death threats for trying to teach kids about God and Jesus. But I would gladly give my life so just one kid or young adult can be saved and make it to Heaven and never have to feel the pain of hell. I hope that if you've made it this far that I have helped you to have some kind of understanding about ICP and "The Dark Carnival" if you have questions for me, please email me at B-Lotus@chiconetcom. We are currently adding a section and have some songs up now that highlight where God or Jesus are mentioned in ICP's Music. please feel free to look around our site and email us with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you and God Bless You!Rev. Brandy Powell
Chicken Huntin'[Violent J]Well, I'm heading down a southern trail, I'm going chicken huntin'Chopping redneck chicken necks I ain't saying nothingTo the hillbilly stuck my barrel in his eyeBoomshacka boomshacka hair jumps in the skyWhy I never liked chicken pot pie?Or the chopped chicken on rye?So tell Mr. Billy Bob I'm a cut his neck upSlice, poke, chop chop, stab, cutWhat can you do with the drunken hillbillyCut his fucking eyes out and feed em to his Aunt MillyWilly Willy chicken neck, chicken hunting gotta love itHit him with the twelve gauge bucket, chicken nuggetsLaid out all over the grassThen his little hound dog will eat em up fastLast as long as you can my manCuz when that chicken head hits the fan, you gotBlood guts fingers and toes [3x]Sittin front row at the chicken show so...[Chorus]Who's going chicken huntin, we's goin' chicken huntin' [3x]Cut a motherfucking chicken up, right![Shaggy 2 Dope]Let me get a chicken sandwich with manwichI'm finna wreck on a chicken neckChopping up Hilly and Billy Bob BillyCuz I chop motherfucking redneck sillyPeeked in his yard and what did I seeI seen a chicken boy fucking a sheepI say "Mister Mister, what the fuck you trying to do"Ah, Billy Billy BooBarrels in your mouth, bullets to your headThe back of your neck's all over the shedBoomshacka boom chop chop bangI'm 2 Dope and it ain't no thangTo cut a chicken, trigger's clickinBlow off his head but his feet still kickinLast as long as you can my manCuz when that chicken head hits the fan you gotBlood guts fingers and toes [3x]Sittin front row at the chicken show so...[Chorus (3x)][Violent J]Went to Kentucky, I got luckyMet this hot-collared bitch named BuckyRiding on a chicken, milking a cowHittin switches in a drop top low ride tractor plow[Shaggy 2 Dope]Redneck fella, moonshine sellaHang him by his neckbones, chicken bonesLocked in the cellar, yellow belly chicken pluckerYou redneck fucker![Chorus (3x)]
Ok still not convinced let's try one more. Maybe the point of the song was that God doesn't love red necks.
What is a juggalo? Lemme think for a second. (well? )Oh, he gets butt naked.And then he walks through the street winkin at freaks,Wit a two-liter stuck in his butt-cheeks!What is a juggalo? He just dont care.He might try to put a weave in his nut hair.Cuz he could give a fuck less what a bitch thinks,He tell her that her butt stinks, and all that,What is a juggalo? He drinks like a fish,And then he starts huggin people like a drunk bitch,Next thing hes pickin fights with his best friends,Then he starts with the huggin again, fuck,What is a juggalo? A fuckin lunatic.Somebody with a rope tied to his dick,Then he jumps out a ten-story windowéééoh!(chorus:)What is a juggalo? A juggalo? if thats what it is, well fuck if I know.What is a juggalo? I dont know, but Im down with the clown, and Im down for life, yo.(end chorus)(chorus)(vocal breakdown)What is a juggalo? A dead body.Well he aint really dead, but he aint like anybodyThat youve ever met before.Hell eat monopoly and shit out connect four.What is a jug-What the fuck? connec-man, that shits wack.Dont worry bout my shit, just rap, mutha fucker.What is a juggalo? He aint a bitch boy.Hell walk through to the hills and beat down a rich boy.Walks right in the house where ya havin supper,And dip his nuts in ya soupéébloop!What is a juggalo? Well he aint a phoney.Hell walk up and bust a nut in your macaroni.And watch you sit there and finish up the last bit,Cuz youre a stupid-ass dumb fuckin idiot.What is a juggalo? Hes a graduate.He graduated from......well,At least hes got a job, hes not a dumb putz,He works for himself scratchin his nuts, ha!What is a juggalo? A hulkamaniac.He powerbombs mutha fuckas into thumbtacks. (bwa!)People like him till they find out hes unstable.He sabued ya mama through a coffee table. (oh my god!)(chorus)(vocal breakdown)(chorus)(chorus)(vocal breakdown)What is a juggalo? GA_googleFillSlot("lyricsfreak-300x50-btf");
Guantánamo – open or closed? The US Senate has denied President Obama the funding he needs to close the Guantánamo Bay prison amid fears that some detainees could be relocated to the US. This 'not in my backyard' attitude has hampered efforts to close Guantánamo, but are lawmakers right to demand more information?
Huh? Seems as though the new President can't do all that he ran on. Interesting that the American people aren't quite as supportive of the new regime as the media would like us to think.
To me the point of this song is there are no heroes in War. No winners no losers, the innocent suffer. Every day I try to thank a vetran for fighting for our country because they do a job that is needed. That being said I was always taught it takes a bigger man to walk away from a fight then to throw a punch. To all America's vetrans, thank you. To all America's leaders, find a better way to settle your differences.
HOUSTON — The fireball that streaked across the Texas sky and appeared to dive toward earth over the weekend remained a mystery on Monday after the military said the event had nothing to do with a collision of satellites last week and did not seem to involve an artificial satellite coming down. “We still think it’s possible it might be a natural phenomenon, a meteor or asteroid,” said Maj. Regina Winchester, a spokeswoman for the United States Strategic Command, in Nebraska. Whatever it was, the fireball on Sunday caused great consternation and wonder across Central Texas. Dozens of people called the police to report sonic booms and a bright fireball plunging toward the ground around 11 a.m. In Williamson County, north of Austin, so many callers were convinced that the plummeting light was a burning aircraft that the sheriff’s office dispatched a helicopter and several patrol cars to look for debris. “No one said they saw it crash,” said a spokesman, Detective John Foster. “But it looked like it was going down; it was approaching the earth.” Lisa Block, a spokeswoman for the Texas State Police, said troopers were flooded with calls around the same time from McLennan County, which includes Waco, and Kaufman County, southeast of Dallas. The Federal Aviation Administration has determined only that the object was not an aircraft. Byron D. Tapley, the director of the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas, Austin, said it was highly unlikely that the object came from the collision of a Russian satellite and an American communications company satellite over Siberia last Tuesday. Dr. Tapley said the belt of debris, some 500 miles above Earth, was too high for pieces to come down this soon. A more likely cause, Dr. Tapley said, would be a large meteor burning up as it entered the atmosphere. Another possibility would be a defunct satellite tumbling out of space and eluding the Air Force’s detection system. Whether artificial or not, he said, the object was bigger than an ordinary shooting star. Smaller meteors cannot be seen during the day, and they do not have such a long tail. One astronomer at the University of North Texas, Ron Dilulio, told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the object had to be the size of a pickup truck to remain visible, as it did, for several seconds. Some witnesses compared the fireball’s brightness to the sun. Others swore it was a plane on fire. The ball of light flared up at least twice on its descent, which lasted five to seven seconds, according to an amateur video posted on the Internet. “I saw a ball of fire with a fire streaming out of the back of it — I thought it was a plane crashing at first,” said Doug Schmidt, an engineer from Richardson, a suburb north of Dallas. “Just before it disappeared, I saw a little flash of light.”
I love Ali. I mean he was the greatest right? But seeing him at the NBA All Star game made me sad because he doesn't even look like he knows where he is any more. He reminds me of an old show dog being led along for photo ops. I mean can you seriously tell me he needs the money? All the people pulling his leash seem to be well dressed. Seriously I bet the old man just wanted a nice recliner and blanket this weekend and instead he got a hard plastic seat in a loud arena while "fans" asked for his autograph. The dude can't hold his hand still enough to take a leak and you want him to write on a coctail napkin. It seems cruel and inhuman to me. Maybe he asked to go I just have a very hard time believing that. Sir you are still the greatest in my books. Hopefully one day everyone will leave you alone so you can get the rest you deserve.
So yesterday we went on our weekly jaunt to see the skate parks of Kansas. I had seven kids plus myself and my son (who now skateboards) all packed into my van for the trip to Derby. They have a cool park that is all concrete which is different than the others we have hit lately. There was a little whining going on, some out of town rivalry and a lot of one up manship but all in all it was a great day. I got some great pictures of Mick skating and trying to grind and even a couple where he tried to jump off a box. On the way home we decided to stop in Winfield in order to hit the more familiar and far less crowded park and get a few last minute pics before our meeting tonight to discuss where the skate park is headed. When there one of the kids forgot his Slipknot jacket ($65 at the concert, not easy to come by for a kid) so I drove back up after dropping the punks off to see if I could find it. Unfortunatelly the jacket was gone but a few of the older skaters were still there that had been there when we had been skating. Of coarse they didn't take it and neither did their friends who had already left yet they messed up by telling me no one else had been there. Interesting huh? Doesn't take Batman or Scooby Doo to figure this one out. So in the end I got lied to some and passed on warning that will make whoever has it wish to never wear it. If we find the kid with it I'm not sure really what will happen but I can figure it won't be good. Anyways to the point of the story myself and the kid were texting off and on throughout the evening when he expressed interest in becoming a rabbit. I told him he already was due to the fact all it takes to be a rabbit is to be good to your fellow man. The text conversation that followed still amazes me.9:29 I wanna be a rabbitreply- You already are. You always take care of your friends.9:32- I don't like to watch people get shot down. That can make some peoples lives hell for life.reply- See you already are a rabbit.9:34- Equal rights and justice for the deserving.reply- Hell yeah you get it.9:36- That's what we live for.reply- And it's what we would die for.9:38- Our family and friendsreply- and those that can't defend themselves9:40- Thus one rabbit down for an innocent is one rabbit lost but one rabbit gained.reply- You are one smart man.If you are asking yourself if we are a gang the answer is no. Being a rabbit is a way of life. You can't just become a rabbit you either are one or you're not. It takes guts to stand up for yourself but it takes heart to stand up for others and that is what being a rabbit is. I get asked why I do things for the kids. The answer is simple, I'm a rabbit. These texts may not impress you but it sure did me because it showed that not only do these kids listen, they take what I tell them and carve their own paths with it. Call it whatever you will a rabbit, a skater punk, a local, a coalition member and in the end you get the same result. A group of kids that just need a cause and something to believe in, namely themselves and each other. They depend on one another, talk shit to one another, fight with one another, love one another. Strange that sounds like a family to me. And the funny thing is it doesn't stop at the end of practice or when season is over. There is no season in these kids lives, they are tight knit every day. Funny that a town that is just now even recognizing them as a sport hasn't been able to teach other teams this kind of comradery, understanding, and passion. I'm proud they chose me to hang with and am proud they let me be involved with their team. They may just all be rabbits without ever knowing it.
Los Angeles woman claims to represent one million Asian-Americans
LOS ANGELES - The uproar over the Miley Cyrus photo that some Asian groups have deemed offensive has spilled over to the courtroom. According to court documents obtained by Access Hollywood, a Los Angeles woman is suing Miley over the photograph — for an amount that could add up to over $4 billion. According to court documents, Lucie J. Kim, who brought the suit against the pop star, claims to represent over 1 million people of Asian Pacific Islander descent in the Los Angeles area. Kim claims that she and others are victims "of [Cyrus’] discriminatory acts.”
The photo in question, which surfaced online last week, shows Cyrus with a group of friends, including boyfriend Justin Gaston, slanting their eyes and squinting at the camera. The teen queen initially called the photo uproar “something out of nothing,” and said she was “simply making a goofy face.” On Monday, Cyrus addressed the controversial photo again on her official fansite, saying,” I really wanted to stress how sorry I am if the photo of me with my friends offended anyone.” In the suit filed in LA County Superior Court, Kim claims that each Asian Pacific Islander in L.A. County, which the suit approximates to be around 1 million, is entitled to a minimum of $4,000 for a civil-rights violation stemming from the photograph. The damages could exceed $4 billion. Kim goes on to claim that Cyrus “knew or should have known that her image would be publicly disseminated via the media, which Cyrus knew focused on her private life.” The suit goes on to allege that the star “had actual knowledge that her conduct was in fact a form of racism, prejudice and mockery of the physical attributes of Asian Pacific Islanders.” Reps for Cyrus could not be reached for comment.
Ok so why aren't any of the unknown kids around her being sued? And I mean holy shit the second from the left guy is doing the most awesome Asian impersination ever. Come on people the Achey Breaky money was gone long ago and most of these pictures are taken out of context. Please lady tell me you sleep better at night knowing you are suing a 14 year old kid. Bully!
Spring training begins on Saturday, which is good, because baseball could use a fresh start. Not just the green-grass, blue-sky, hope-springs-eternal-everywhere-but-Pittsburgh-and-Kansas-City kind of fresh start that we get every year, either. No, baseball needs a genuinely new beginning, because the last two decades or so have been a trial. Perhaps the revelation that Alex Rodriguez was among the sport's many users of performance-enhancing drugs -- revealed by Sports Illustrated over the weekend, and vaguely confirmed by Rodriguez on Monday -- is the beginning of the end of the game's distorted and superficial era. If so, good riddance. The New York Yankees star is going to rewrite all kinds of records, health permitting; baseball hoped he would, if only to scrub a confirmed cheater like Barry Bonds from the books. But now the man known as A-Rod is just another face on the sport's anti-Mt. Rushmore, along with Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Mark McGwire. The era's icons have fallen from grace, one by one. Rodriguez's inclusion in that group was not so much surprising as it was, in retrospect, inevitable. Between Roger Maris's record-breaking 61 home runs in 1961 and the strike of 1994, three men in Major League Baseball hit 50 home runs in a season: Willie Mays in 1965, George Foster in 1977, and Cecil Fielder in 1990. Nobody else joined the club, but that was fine. Baseball was popular anyway. Then came the strike, which wiped out the World Series (and, in time, the Montreal Expos). That was the same year Netscape Navigator became the most popular browser of the still-emerging Internet, and the same year the first PlayStation gaming console was released. The ensuing explosion in all of popular culture -- personal computers, video games, the whole whiz-bang parade -- sharpened the fight for the entertainment dollar. Baseball has always been the opera of sports, or at least the theatre. Baseball is subtle, refined. Basketball and football and NASCAR are, by comparison, movies and video games and TV. That, in addition to actual movies, video games and television, was the playing field baseball faced. As The Washington Post's Thomas Boswell has noted, fans were chanting "steroids, steroids" at Jose Canseco in 1988. But under pressure, the cancer was allowed to spread. Baseball's overlords provided the lax regulatory environment; the players' union defended that same unmonitored sandbox; general managers and teams looked away; and a whole mess of players took full advantage of it all. Between 1995 and 2008, there were 23 different 50-homer seasons -- three by Mr. Rodriguez -- including six 60-homer years, and two at 70-plus. It was cartoon baseball. In exchange for cash and relevance, baseball sold its soul. (It was a profitable sale, it should be said. Last year, baseball's revenues hit US$6.5-billion and nearly caught the mighty National Football League, where positive steroid tests remain generally ignored.) And in all that time, there was never a star who seemed quite as soulless as the man newly minted as A-Fraud, among other unflattering nicknames. Even in his silence-breaking, control-the-message interview with ESPN on Monday, he looked alien: Oompa Loompa orange and pink-lipped, rehearsed and opaque. As imperfect as he might be, however, baseball still hoped Rodriguez would erase Bonds as a Yankee, on the biggest stage in sports. Now that chase will be a drawn-out version of Bonds's torture march. The difference between Rodriguez and the other fallen icons -- Clemens, McGwire, Bonds -- is that the others were all near the end or done when the toxic news arrived. Rodriguez, 33, signed a 10-year, US$275-million extension last year, with US$6-million bonuses for each new rung reached on the career home run list. He is not going away. The tangible effects of this latest revelation, however, will be difficult to measure. Baseball has set attendance records in four of its past five seasons, and its revenues continue to mushroom. Baseball has historically done well in economic lulls. There will be exceptions -- probably Toronto, for one -- but as James Earl Jones intoned in Field of Dreams, people will come. And yet it feels like over the past 10 years or so the role of baseball as America's pure sporting love has been irrevocably altered, doesn't it? By the end of George W. Bush's eight years in office, Americans were simply ready to start again; maybe baseball has reached that point of exhaustion, too. If we're lucky, this will result in renewed appreciation of baseball as it was; maybe the old giants -- Hank Aaron and Ted Williams, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays and the Babe -- will regain any stature lost in the flood. And maybe this is the bookend of grand and sordid revelations -- beginning with McGwire's use of a performance enhancer during his 70-homer season in 1998, and ending somewhere close to here. Spring training has always been about hope, from the very start. Count that as the biggest hope of all.
"I have sworn that we're taking out the bowling alley in the White House and we're putting in a basketball court," he said, according to a pool press report of his visit this afternoon to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, Ind., today.
In a time of economic struggle while he slaps the wrists of greedy CEOs for wasting tax dollars this seems a bit two faced to me.
The scary part of this one is he seems to like the idea that some think this way.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration promises sweeping changes in American foreign policy, and some U.S. adversaries are nibbling the bait. Vice President Joe Biden hit most of the right notes in his Munich speech this weekend, declaring — among a long list of initiatives — Washington's readiness to push the "reset button" with Russia, talk with rather than browbeat Iran and revitalize the bruised NATO alliance. U.S. troops are leaving Iraq. A more nuanced Afghan policy is in the works. President Barack Obama won't rest without progress on an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. At the 45th Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Biden painted the global landscape in new colors, drawing stark contrasts with the Bush administration, which had alienated many American friends and deepened animosity among its enemies. "The U.S. administration sent a very strong signal, and the signal was heard," Russian deputy prime minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday. Over the weekend, Iranian parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani spoke of a "golden opportunity for the United States" — suggesting that if Washington was serious about conciliation, Tehran could respond in kind. Larijani said the U.S. needed to change "to a chess game instead of a boxing match." Any changes in American strategy toward Russia, Iran or any of the other international actors now at odds with the United States could have huge political consequences. They would set off an explosion of opposition from American foreign policy traditionalists, neoconservative thinkers especially. The Bush administration was guided by the blunt view that America was the only superpower — after the collapse of the Soviet Union — and had the economic resources and military strength to insist that Washington's will be done. That produced the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in spite of heavy opposition from most European allies — Britain and, to a degree, Italy excepted. Iraq policy in turn has bedeviled U.S. efforts to pacify Afghanistan and hunt down Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan. The Europeans have been far from wholehearted in supporting that U.S. military effort, which has gone seriously awry. Then there's Iran. Since the Islamic revolution and the extended crisis over the hostage-taking of American diplomats 30 years ago, the one-time ally has become an implacable foe. And it's a foe with serious ambitions, including the destruction of Israel, support of anti-Israeli organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah and construction of a nuclear arsenal. Iran is bent on becoming a regional power in the Middle East and its chances of success have been much advanced by events in neighboring Iraq, where the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein removed a major brake to Tehran's ambitions. Meanwhile, the Kremlin is fighting U.S. efforts to promote NATO membership for countries that border Russia and were former satellites or even republics of the old Soviet Union. NATO expansion — which began in earnest under President Bill Clinton — led the Bush administration to declare plans to install a missile defense system in the Czech Republic and Poland, compounding Kremlin anger and insecurity. While Washington insists those missiles are designed to counter any Iranian attack on Europe, even Russia, Moscow is not buying the argument. Finally, al-Qaida remains determined to continue its campaign to knock the United States off keel. Many analysts fear bin Laden's next assault will be even deadlier than the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including biological or nuclear weapons. But Obama is in the midst of a honeymoon with most of the rest of the Islamic world, which, for now, accepts his promises of respect and evenhandedness after nearly a decade of believing it was held in low esteem by the Bush administration. The Arab subset of that world is likewise enthralled with Obama and his energized efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace. Serious progress on any of these foreign policy puzzles may require: _Backing away from NATO expansion and quietly letting the Russians know plans for missile defenses in their former sphere of influence are up for negotiation. Washington might demand a less belligerent stand on Georgia, where Russia is threatening to expand its military presence in two breakaway ethnic zones. Obama might also win a reversal on Kyrgystan's recent decision to boot the United States from an air base that is critical to supplying American forces in Afghanistan. Moscow says Kyrgystan made the decision independently, but the move coincided with the Kremlin promising a huge loan to its economically failing former republic. _A tacit acknowledgment of Washington's readiness to accept and respect Iran as a major player in the Middle East, but only if Tehran obliterates its nuclear program, accepts Israel as a recognized member of the neighborhood and ends support for Hamas and Hezbollah. _Successfully pressuring Israel to make peace with the Palestinians by withdrawing to pre-1967 borders and sharing Jerusalem as a capital. That would cement U.S. relations with the Arab world and could empower the United States to make further demands on isolating Islamic extremists, including al-Qaida. Such strategic changes might convince the world Obama plans to do more than just talk about a new era in U.S. foreign policy.
Or are we opening the door for terrorism?
And a hot chick because it worked well for him on the campaign trail.
Again I hope he is the best President we have ever seen but so far I hear all words with no action. Time to get away from the TV cameras and do something.
Body piercing is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn. Body piercing is a form of body modification. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice. The cultural norms reflected in body piercing are various. They may include religion, spirituality, fashion, eroticism, conformism, or subcultural identification.
History of body piercing In ancient times Evidence suggests that body piercing (including ear piercing) has been practiced by people all over the world from ancient times. It is said that people would pierce their ears so that evil spirits wouldn't enter their body. Mummified bodies with piercings have been discovered, including the oldest mummified body discovered to date, that of Ötzi the Iceman, which was found in a Valentina Trujillonglacier. This mummy had an ear piercing 7–11 mm (1 to 000 gauge in AWG) diameter. In Book of Genesis of the Bible 24:22, Abraham's servant gave a golden earring of half a shekel weight and ten bracelets to Rebekah, wife of his son Isaac. In Exodus 32, Aaron makes the golden calf from melted earrings. Deuteronomy 15:12–17 dictates ear piercing as a mark of slavery. Nose piercing has been common in India since the sixteenth century. Worldwide Ear piercing, of either one or both ears, has long been practiced by men in many non-Western cultures. Other forms of body piercing have also existed continuously for as long as ear piercing. For example, women in India, Nepal and Pakistan routinely practice ear and nostril piercing, and have done so for centuries. In western cultures Nipple piercings, vertical labret piercing and a stretched ear. Ears Ear piercing has existed continuously since ancient times, including throughout the twentieth century in the Western world. However, in North America, Europe, and Australasia, ear piercing was relatively rare from the 1920s until the 1960s. At that time, it regained popularity among westernized women. It was gradually adopted by men in the gay, hippie, punk, and gangster subcultures, until ever-widening appropriation attenuated its subcultural associations altogether. Today, single and multiple piercing of either or both ears is common among Western women and somewhat common among men. Body piercing folklore The marketing of modern body piercing products and services has emphasized their connection to longstanding cultural practices, even as the image of body piercing is often one of indifference or even radicalism regarding cultural norms. Musafar connected modern body-piercing culture to longstanding practices in non-Western cultures. Retrospective and imaginary though these links may be, they have succeeded in making body piercing a central practice of modern primitivism. Malloy took a different route, marketing contemporary body piercing by giving it the patina of a Western history. His pamphlet, Body & Genital Piercing in Brief, concocted fanciful histories of genital piercings in particular. These ersatz, and often homoerotic tales---which include the notion that Prince Albert invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers, and that Roman centurions attached their capes to nipple piercings---are widely circulated as urban legends, and Malloy's pamphlet is sometimes cited as evidence of their historical veracity. The notion of an aristocratic European past of body piercing enjoys widespread appeal. Hans Peter Duerr argues in Dreamtime that nipple piercing became popular in fourteenth century Europe. There is evidence, both anecdotal and photographic, that nipple piercing was practiced in Europe during the late nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century, but it was not a common practice. Personal attitudes Attitudes towards piercing vary. Some regard the practice of piercing or of being pierced as spiritual, sometimes embracing the term "modern primitive", while others deride this view as insulting, as cultural appropriation, or as trendy. Some see the practice as a form of artistic or self-expression. Others choose to be pierced as a form of sexual expression, or to increase sexual sensitivity. For some people, piercing is part of their practices of S&M. In most countries, some people find forms of body piercing distasteful and/or refuse to permit employees to display their piercings on the job as part of the dress code. Some people choose to be pierced for symbolic reasons. For example, some survivors of sexual abuse have said that they experience piercing as allowing them to retake control over their own bodies. Religion Body Piercing in some religions is held to be destructive to the body and in others held as a sacred or spiritual act. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has taken an official position against piercings unless for medical reasons; also accepting piercings for women as acceptable so long as there is one set of piercings in the lower lobe of the ears and no other place on the body. Piercing beliefs in other religions has been the subject of debate. Many of these debates within Christianity refer to Bible references involving the body as a temple or holy place, usually citing 1 Corinthians. World records CanadianBrent Moffat set the world record for most body piercings (700 piercings with 18g surgicalneedles in 1 session of 7 hours, using “play piercing” where the skin is pierced and sometimes jewelry is inserted, which is worn temporarily). In the United Kingdom, a record was made by piercer Charlie Wilson on subject Kam Ma, with 600 permanent piercings in just over 8 1/2 hours. Officially titled “most pierced woman” Elaine Davidson of Scotland set the record for most permanent piercings (1,903 permanent piercings) and she first broke or created this record in 2000 upon verification by Guinnessjudges (462 body piercings, with 192 at the time being around her head and face). Unofficially Dwaine Scum attempted to break the GuinnessWorld Record for the most consecutive body piercings (1000 needles over his stomach and chest in 5 hours). Benjamin Drucker (U.S.) allowed 745 18-gauge (1.2 cm (0.5 in) long) surgicalneedles inserted into his body by Nate Adams (USA) in 2 hours 21 minutes at Ix Body Piercing of Taos, New Mexico, U.S. on July 12, 2003. Contemporary piercing procedures Immediate disposal of used needles into a sharps container is standard practice. Permanent body piercings (as opposed to play piercings) are performed by creating an opening in the body using a sharp object through the area to be pierced. This can either be done by cutting an opening using a needle (usually a hollow medical needle) or scalpel or by removing tissue, either with a scalpel or a dermal punch. Contemporary body piercing studios generally take numerous precautions to protect the health of the person being pierced and the piercer. Tools and jewelry are sterilized in autoclaves and non-autoclavable surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant agents on a regular basis and between clients. Sterile, single use gloves are worn by the piercer to protect both the piercer and the client. Commonly, a piercer will use multiple pairs of gloves per client, often one pair for each step of setup to avoid cross contamination. For example, after a piercer has cleaned the area to be pierced on a client, the piercer may change gloves to avoid recontaminating the area with the gloves he/she used to clean it. Surgical stainless steel and titanium are ideal materials for initial jewelry in a fresh piercing. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding appropriate material for an initial piercing. For example, there is a widespread belief that "solid 14 karat or higher white or yellow gold containing no nickel is safe as initial jewelry (in a fresh piercing) ”. However, the common alternatives for nickel (copper, silver) in the alloy pose equal or greater risk compared to nickel. Also, gold is a soft metal, making it prone to dents and scratches which can irritate piercings and harbor bacteria. Standard needle method The standard method in the United States involves making an opening using a hollow medical needle. The needle is inserted into the body part being pierced. While the needle is still in the body, the initial jewelry to be worn in the piercing is pushed through the opening, following the back of the needle. Piercing using hollow medical needles does not actually remove any flesh—the method cuts a "C" shaped slit and holds it open in the shape of the cross section of the needle: in this case, a circle. In this method, the needle is the same gauge (or sometimes larger as with cartilage piercings) than the initial jewelry to be worn. Piercings that penetrate cartilage are often pierced one or two gauges larger than the jewelry, to reduce pressure on the healing piercing, and allowing space for a fistula (internal "skin tube" that connects the two ends of the piercing) to form. Indwelling cannula method Many European (and other) piercers use a needle containing a cannula (hollow plastic tube placed at the end of the needle, also see catheter). Procedure is identical to the standard method, only that the initial jewelry is inserted into the back of the cannula and the cannula and the jewelry are then pulled through the piercing. This method reduces the chance of the jewelry slipping during the insertion procedure, and also protects the fresh piercing from possible irritation from external threading (if used) during initial insertion. In this method, a dermal punch is used to remove a circular area of tissue, into which jewelry is placed. This method is usually used to remove both skin and cartilage in upper ear piercings, where cartilage must be removed to relieve pressure on the piercing to ensure proper healing and long-term viability of the piercing. Healed fistulas created or enlarged using dermal punches will shrink over time, but at a much slower rate than 'dead stretched' fistulas. Piercing guns Main article: Ear piercing instrument Piercing guns are commonly used in retail settings to perform ear piercings. They work by blunt force trauma due to the fact that the needle used is normally dull and are designed for piercing the earlobe only. In many states it is against the law to pierce the cartilage with the piercing gun because of the damage the device can do to the tissue. The sheer blunt force of the piercing gun shatters the surrounding cartilage from the entry point of the jewelry and over time can cause the whole ear to deform, commonly known as 'cauliflowering'. Piercing guns have also been found to be a less hygienic way of piercing due to the limited cleaning quality of the plastic the gun is usually made of. Piercing with a piercing gun causes microsprays of plasma and blood, which are then unable to be cleaned in an autoclave system. Cross contamination can then spread pathogens such as HIV and Hepatitis A, B, and C. Many professional body piercers discourage the use of these instruments. The autoclaving of piercing guns is impossible, because the plastic used in their construction would be melted if autoclaved. Even though they are occasionally and wrongly used for other purposes, ear piercing instruments are designed for earlobe piercing only. Internally threaded jewelry A number of piercing shops exclusively use jewelry that is internally threaded. That is, the ball-ends of the jewelry screw into the bar, rather than the bar screwing into the ball. Though more expensive and difficult to produce than externally threaded jewelry, piercers who use internally threaded jewelry advise that since the bar that is being inserted into the skin has no sharp threads on the end, it will not cut or irritate skin; this allows for safer healing. However, in today's world of body piercing, most manufacturers of quality body jewelry agree that if externally threaded jewelry is going to be used, it must have a tapered end on it so that at the very least, the threads can slip into the back end of the needle, thus protecting the piercee's tissue from being threaded during the initial piercing. The healing process and body piercing aftercare A new piercing will be sore, tender or red for several days up to three weeks. Complete healing normally takes several weeks or more. Below are more specific healing time estimates. During this period, care must be taken to avoid infection. Touching—or, for genital and oral piercings, sexual activity—is usually discouraged. Primary healing usually takes about as long as is listed below; the jewelry should not be removed during this period. The healing time should not be rushed. Very often a piercing that seemed to be healed will start to have problems when it is handled roughly, exposed to mouth contact or unwashed hands before it has truly healed. Full healing starts after primary healing is complete and usually takes about as long as primary healing, during this period the skin thickens and starts to gain elasticity. An additional "toughening up" period takes place after full healing is complete, this "toughening up" period also takes about as long as the primary healing time. During "toughening up" the skin remodels itself developing an internal texture in the fistula tube that replaces the shiny scar-like internal surface. Approximate primary healing times: Head Monroe piercing: 6-12 weeks Bridge: 2-3 months Cheek/Anti-Eyebrow: 3–6 months Ear cartilage: 6-12 months Ear lobes: 6-8 weeks Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks Tragus: 6–12 months Lip / Labret: 3–4 weeks Nostril: 2-3 months Septum: 2-3 months Tongue: 4-6 weeks Frenulum: 6-8 weeks Torso Female Nipples: 3-6 months Male Nipples: 3-6 months Navel piercing: 4–6 months Hand web: 1 year Surface: 6–8 months Female Genital Piercings Clitoral Hood: 2-4 weeks Clitoris: 4-6 weeks Christina piercing: 3–4 months Fourchette: 2–3 months Isabella: 2-3 months Labia Minora: 2–3 months Labia Majora: 2–3 months Triangle: 2–3 months Male Genital Piercings Ampallang: 4–6 months Apadravya: 4–6 months Dydoe: 4-6 months Frenum piercing: 2-5 weeks Guiche: 4–6 months Prince Albert: 2-4 weeks Reverse Prince Albert: 2-4 weeks Scrotum: 3–4 months Foreskin: 2–3 months Pubic: 10-12 weeks Lorum: 1-3 months Over time, after the piercing, the resulting wound is allowed to heal, forming a tunnel of scar tissue called a fistula. When the piercing has fully healed, the initial jewelry may be changed or removed for short periods. Behavior that promotes healing Revisiting the piercer for an evaluation at any time, if needed; Practicing good hygiene Following the recommended aftercare guidelines; Taking sufficient supplement tablets of iron and zinc. Behavior that hinders healing Contact between the new piercing and another person's skin or bodily fluids; Excessive and unnecessary touching of the piercing, especially with unwashed hands; Failure to take proper aftercare measures; Smoking and drinking alcohol (in the case of oral piercings, if not cleaned properly and rather close to the time of drinking or smoking); Exposure to irritating substances such as cosmetics, perfume, lotion, some topical ointments, etc.; Immersion in chemically-treated pool water, or natural water (i.e. lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans) which contains bacteria, protozoa, and parasites; Cleaning with tea tree oil, as it keeps the wound open; Lack of sleep or low health. Changing of initial jewelry to allow for swelling For some piercings (in particular tongue piercings) changing the initial jewelry is an essential step. In the case of tongue piercing this is because the initial jewelry is significantly longer than the jewelry for a healed piercing, to allow for swelling.This should be changed down about 7 to 10 days after the initial piercing. Most piercers will include this piece of jewellery in their price and ask you to return. Discharge on the jewelry Dried sebum deposit on body jewelry. During the primary healing process, it is normal for a white or slightly yellow discharge to be noticeable on the jewelry. Provided there is no pain or swelling, it does not usually signify an infection. The discharge is composed of dead skin cells and blood plasma and may be a little difficult to remove as it can become solid very quickly. Another name for such discharge is "lymph" which is a fluid produced by the body's lymph nodes. This tends to be a regular occurrence in the healing of a piercing as well as long as there are no signs of pain or swelling. Risks associated with body piercing Body piercing is an invasive procedure and is not without risks. When properly performed, these risks can be minimized, and most individuals who receive their piercing from a professional piercer, and who take care of their new piercing as recommended by their piercer, will enjoy a safe and healthy piercing experience. Risks of note include: Allergic reaction to ingredients of products used to clean the new piercing, or of ancillary products used in proximity to the piercing (e.g., soap, hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, antibacterial products, antiseptic medicines, makeup, hair spray, swimming poolchlorine, etc.). This risk can be minimized by cleaning the piercing as recommended by a professional body piercer (different piercers will have differing recommendations), by not contaminating the fresh piercing with irritating products, and by not swimming in chlorinated water. Chlorine from swimming pools may cause the pierced area to dry out, which may cause the piercing to be torn out very easily. Allergic reaction to the metal in the piercing jewelry, particularly nickel. This risk can be minimized by using high quality jewelry manufactured from Titanium or Niobium or similar inert metals Bacterialinfection, particularly from Staphylococcus aureus, group A streptococcus and Pseudomonas spp. Reports at the 16th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in 2006 indicated that such infections are seldom serious, but that between 10-20% of piercings result in local benign bacterial infection. Infection due to piercing of the tongue can be fatal. Parasitic and protozoan infections may occur by swimming in lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans during the healing period. The best way to reduce this risk is to avoid swimming in these locations. Excess scar tissue, which can be caused by improper piercing, cleansing, and stretching. This may result in loss of sensation and difficulty piercing and stretching that area of skin in the future. Keloid formation can sometimes occur, particularly among people who are pre-disposed to this condition through heredity. Trauma, usually associated with unintended entanglement of the piercing jewelry with another object. This risk is greatest for fresh piercings, but is always present. It can be reduced by using jewelry appropriate for the piercing, and covering or taping over jewelry during sports activities. Also, larger gauge piercings will tend to resist tearing better than smaller gauge piercings. Soft tissues such as earlobes, nipples, labrets or eyebrows should be at least 14 gauge, intricate ear cartilage work can be 16 gauge, whilst nostril piercings can be 18 gauge. But as a general rule, it is better to use 14 gauge jewelry, if not larger. Viral infection, particularly from hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. However, it is important to note that although hepatitis has been transmitted through the practices of ear piercing, body piercing, and tattooing, there have not been any documented cases of HIV transmission associated with these procedures (see CDC Fact Sheet: HIV and Its Transmission). As with bacterial infections, the risk of viral infection is minimized when proper piercing techniques are used, particularly by the use of brand-new disposable piercing needles, the autoclaving of jewelry and the autoclaving of equipment prior to installation. Piercing guns have been documented to spread HIV and hepatitis (A, B and C). Recession of gingival tissue affecting 19% to 68% of subjects with lip and/or intra-oral ornaments.[ In some cases, the alveolar tooth-bearing bone is also involved, jeopardizing the stability and durability of the teeth in place and required a periodontal regeneration surgery. Dental fracture and wear, affecting 14% to 41% of subjects with lip and/or intra-oral ornaments. Removal Proper removal of piercings is rather simple. Carefully remove the jewelry making sure not to pull or irritate the piercing. Once removed the piercing should heal on its own, although it may leave a hole, a mark or a scar. It is not advised to remove jewelry when there is an infection present, and doing so may result in trapping infectious waste in your body if the hole closes, causing an abscess. Once the infection has passed, then it is safe to remove the jewelry if it is no longer desired. In some cases the jewelry may need to be removed by a professional. Body Jewelry Sizing Gauge Millimeters Inches 18g 1.0 mm 5/128" 16g 1.2 mm 3/64" 14g 1.6 mm 1/16" 12g 2 mm 5/64" 10g 2.4 mm 3/32" 8g 3.2 mm 1/8" 6g 4 mm 5/32" 4g 5 mm 3/16" 2g 6 mm 1/4" 0g 8 mm 5/16" 00g 10 mm 3/8" 000g 11 mm 7/16" 12.7 mm 1/2" 14 mm 9/16" 16 mm 5/8" 18 mm 3/4" 22 mm 7/8" 25 mm 1"
This isn't all of them. I hope to get a larger group picture soon but for now from left to right Evan, T.A., Lucas, and Rebecca. These kids give me the meanest damn headaches and the greatest feeling of pride almost every day. At this very moment we are assembling a board of directors for the Skate Coalition, applying for grants, trying to become recognized as part of the Rec Center, and all the while skating our asses off. (Anyways they skate and I take pictures and get laughed at). Just today they taught Mick to ollie for his first time. Like I said awesome kids.
So I had one hell of a weird day that I won't get into because, well frankly it has nothing to do with the topic. Heck I've had a weird week to say the least and it helped to create my topic here. You see I spend some of my free time doing what I love and that is debating. I was captain of the debate team my junior year and honestly it just never gets out of your blood. The problem I have as I was told today is that I'm an easy target with my piercings, tattoos, clothing style, life style, etc. which causes me to get slammed by people who must have nothing better to do. Most of the time they don't even contribute to the debate they just try to hit me below the belt. Honestly it hurts, if you don't think that my feelings can get hurt then you are far less human then I give you credit for. But I endure, I keep living the way I feel is best for me and I try and ignore the labels that get slapped on me. I was asked a couple days ago by a 13 year old that I consider a very good friend if he should get his lip pierced. I told him no which gained me the question of if I was going to be a hypocrite. My response was that no one should get their lip pierced if they are not ready to take abuse every day for the fact that they have it and until he is strong enough to let it slide off his back rather then raise his fists then he should not. I let a lot slide off my back but the mix in my blood lines leaves you with a very sarcastic person that once again likes to debate and will normally have a retort. Why do women pierce their ears? Does that make any more sense then a pierced lip or belly button? Shouldn't grandmas everywhere be the same social outcasts as the woman with a tongue and eyebrow ring? Why do people get piercings? I know the answer do you? It is an ancient custom to keep evil spirits from entering the body that is even mentioned in the bible. So next time you see a satanist walking along with his giant nose ring you now know he is a walking contradiction. Fun huh? Regardless my tats and piercings, concert t-shirts and red AC baseball cap may say a lot about my interests but do not make me the man I am. First I am a father who loves his son more than I will ever love anyone else. I am a loyal friend that will sacrifice himself to try and help those I love. I am a man of the community that interacts with even the people most deem unworthy. I am an artist who draws and writes not only for the pleasure of just doing so but also to expand my mind so that it doesn't grow stale. I'm a mentor whether in the sports I sponser and coach, the skaters I take to towns more tollerant of them, or just the random child that just needs a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. I'm a monster in that I don't have any desire to fall in line with the rest of society and have the world tell me who I am. I'm a fan of film and music of all kinds and respect anyone who pushes themselves to any form of artistry. I'm a debater who will often take a side in an arguement that I don't even believe in order to just show there is always two sides. I'm a boss meaning I put my employees first and make sure that their is nothing I can't cut back on myself rather then cut their jobs. I'm a patriot that believes in my country, my community and it's people though the feeling isn't always returned. I'm a questioner who doesn't just accept simple yes or no answers I feel it is everyones duty to know the when, where, why and the how. Most of all, I'm me plain old Zach Bryant. In other places in the USA I would be considered a square when here I am labeled odd. The thing is I'm ok with odd because if I can run down that list every night and have the same answers I think that when my day comes God and I will be just fine. The questioner in me has to ask though how do you think he will feel about the name calling and insults? Ok so if you don't believe in God let me ask how do you feel about the name calling and insults? I don't know how many times I have appologized and I will do it again here but honestly that is all I can do. I'm so very sorry for any wrong I may have done any and all of you. If you choose to accept the appology then thank you if you need more then that then let me know and I will personalize it. If you decline my appology then there is nothing more I can do so I guess hurl your rude comments my way if it help you to sleep better at night. I am the Dead Rabbit, I have love in my heart and family by my side and there isn't a thing that anyone can do or say to take that away from me. Thank you for reading I tried to catch the mis-spelled words for you all.
Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses ‘Shameful’ By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG Published: January 29, 2009 WASHINGTON — President Obama fired a warning shot at Wall Street on Thursday, branding bankers “shameful” for giving themselves $18.4 billion in bonuses as the economy was spinning out of control and the government was spending billions to bail out many of the nation’s most prominent financial firms. Speaking from the Oval Office with Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner by his side, Mr. Obama lashed out at the industry over a report, compiled by the New York State comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, which found that over all, financial executives received the same level of bonuses as they had in 2004, when times were more flush. It was a pointed and unusual flash of anger — if a premeditated one — from the president, and it suggested that he intended to use his platform to take a hard line against excesses in executive compensation. “That is the height of irresponsibility,” Mr. Obama said angrily. “It is shameful, and part of what we’re going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility. “The American people understand that we’ve got a big hole that we’ve got to dig ourselves out of, but they don’t like the idea that people are digging a bigger hole even as they’re being asked to fill it up,” Mr. Obama said, adding that “there will be time for them to make profits and there will be time for them to make bonuses. Now is not that time.” News of the report, and Mr. Obama’s remarks, came a day after the president met privately at the White House with business leaders, including Richard D. Parsons, the new chairman of the board of Citigroup. This week, Citigroup, which received an infusion of taxpayer money last year, canceled its plans, at the administration’s urging, to buy a $50 million business jet. Mr. Obama did not spare the company in his remarks on Thursday, although he did not mention Citi by name. “Secretary Geithner already had to pull back on one institution that had gone forward with a multimillion-dollar plane it purchased at the same time as they are receiving TARP money,” he said, using the acronym for the government’s $700 billion Troubled Assets Relief Program, intended to rescue shaky financial firms. “We shouldn’t have to do that, because they should know better.” Mr. DiNapoli’s report was compiled based on the annual December-January bonus season, mostly through personal income tax collections. In an interview published on Thursday, he said it was unclear if banks had used taxpayer money for bonuses. “The issue of transparency is a significant one,” Mr. DiNapoli said in the interview, “and there needs to be an accounting about whether there was any taxpayer money used to pay bonuses or to pay for corporate jets or dividends or anything else.” Earlier Thursday, the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, said Mr. Obama had a one-word reaction to the report: “Outrageous.” He announced in advance that Mr. Obama would put forth his views in person, which he did at the end of a meeting with Mr. Geithner.
Are we supposed to be stupid here people? They get these bonuses off our backs. The bailout's and high interest rates are raping this nation! Mr. President if you want to make a difference then try them all for treason. They are destroying more familys than any amount of terrorists ever could imagine. Enough is enough! I say instead of throwing the tea in the harbour we throw executives from the tops of their buildings. The whole time they are padding their own pockets they are buying up banks in order to become a monopoly. Last I checked this practice is illegal. Want to make a difference? Close them down! Put them out of work and take their money in mass quantities. Make them live as they have made the rest of us. Hang them from the lamp posts up and down Wall Street as warning to all. Prove for once that we are all created equal and a man isn't judged by his pocket book. Oh I forgot I have very little faith in this because you Mr. Obama are one of them. Show me your not!