Monthly Archives: September 2008

Sarah Palin Likes Evil Iraq War, Blasphemes God Saying Iraq Is "Task From God"

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Sarah Palin: Iraq War “Is Task From God”

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 3, 7:23 PM ET

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a “task that is from God.”

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In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it “God’s will.”

Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.

“Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God,” she said. “That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God’s plan.”

A video of the speech was posted at the Wasilla Assembly of God‘s Web site before finding its way on to other sites on the Internet.

Palin told graduating students of the church’s School of Ministry, “What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys.” As they preached the love of Jesus throughout Alaska, she said, she’d work to implement God’s will from the governor’s office, including creating jobs by building a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to North American markets.

“God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,” she said.

“I can do my job there in developing our natural resources and doing things like getting the roads paved and making sure our troopers have their cop cars and their uniforms and their guns, and making sure our public schools are funded,” she added. “But really all of that stuff doesn’t do any good if the people of Alaska’s heart isn’t right with God.”

Palin attended the evangelical church from the time she was a teenager until 2002, the church said in a statement posted on its Web site. She has continued to attend special conferences and meetings there. Religious conservatives have welcomed her selection as John McCain’s running mate.

Rob Boston, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, lamented Palin’s comments.

“I miss the days when pastors delivered sermons and politicians delivered political speeches,” he said. “The United States is increasingly diverse religiously. The job of a president is to unify all those different people and bring them together around policy goals, not to act as a kind of national pastor and bring people to God.”

The section of the church’s Web site where videos of past sermons were posted was shut down Wednesday, and a message was posted saying that the site “was never intended to handle the traffic it has received in the last few days.”

It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins

Karen Kwiatkowski
Lew Rockwell
September 1, 2008

We now have Obama/Biden and McCain/Palin. If you are a voter, you will be thinking: “There are some great things and some awful things about both tickets, so how do I know which team will be best for the country?”

In case you missed it – the country is filled with 300 plus million people, many of whom are deeply in debt. Before they can even start to pay off that debt, they work 113 days each year to pay off their local, state and federal taxes. This legal plunder supplements local, state and national borrowing which has produced a kind of snowballing catastrophe, bankrupting municipalities and cities across the country, and creating a nation that owes an astounding $100 trillion dollars that it has little intention and less capability of paying back.

That’s pretty overwhelming. But there’s more! This same nation lays claim to an unsustainable military empire, and in pursuit of easy living and glory has warped its national culture and economy into an ungodly union of Spartan machismo and Bismarckian pre-fascism.

The icing on the cake is not that electoral systems are generally untrustworthy, as are the politicians themselves. The icing on the cake is that over 100 million Americans will actually show up to vote this November with a fervently held idea that the vote means national change of any kind.

Keeping this in mind – which pair of presidential hopefuls would be better? If it is true that a government that governs least, governs best, we need to choose the weakest, least imaginative and laziest candidate. We want a president and vice president who are able to happily accomplish the limited executive duties as set forth in Article II of the Constitution, and then lie back utterly exhausted, without a single creative idea about what they could do next.

In addition to a weak, unimaginative and lazy candidate, we need someone who will have difficulty working with the idiot Congress. This difficulty could be the result of different political views (the fantastical split-party idea), real earnestness on the part of the executive branch to serve the Constitution (unlikely), or a personality type that will forestall the “governing” process.

Let’s examine the choices. Obama is weak (good!) – but he is imaginative in a socialist utopian way. Sadly, he is also not lazy, and he appears to be a cooperative team player. Obama gets one point.

Biden is better on this scale. He is also weak, and better yet, he seems unimaginative and somewhat lazy! But like most in the Congress, he has a penchant for working with others to grow government, and is a loyal nurturer of the warfare-welfare state. Notwithstanding his liberty-destroying neoconservatism, Biden gets three out of four.

McCain is not weak, but like Biden, he is lazy and unimaginative. And if he really was a maverick – going his own way instead of following the herd – that would be a plus. But he is a deal-making compromising class clown, secretly yearning for approval and constantly fearing he won’t get it. But for being lazy and unimaginative, McCain gets two points.

Palin is not lazy – a big negative in my book. She is also not weak, another negative. But she is unimaginative, and given her apparent willingness to fire people, threaten to fire people, and her failure to fall into line with the GOP network in Alaska, I’d have to say she isn’t really a team player, past basketball career aside. So Palin gets two points.

If we look at these presidential teams, both have an equal number of points, but the McCain-Palin team has extra dullness (!) and provides the only example of combativeness with governing institutions and the fat cats who live in them with the inclusion of the Alaskan.

Comedian Lewis Black is surely correct, and this country really could use a dead president (n.b. foul language). If we cannot have a dead president, Black outlines another presidential selection process, one with real possibilities. We take the latest winner of American Idol (popular democracy at its best!), blindfold the winner, and have them throw a dart at a large map of the United States. Then we fly a monkey over the area marked by the American Idol winner, throw the monkey out of the plane (wearing a parachute, of course), and the first person the monkey touches is the next president.

For many observers, this was McCain’s strategy in selecting his running mate, but the Palin choice was predictable, given McCain’s internal polling data. One need read only Richard Land’s advice to McCain on August 11th to understand McCain’s gamble.

The happy fact is it doesn’t matter who is elected. The tenor of the fake Washington whine about “free trade and market access” will stay the same. The annoying Washington complaints and military threats over how some foreign country isn’t treating its people, its minorities, its churches, synagogues, mosques or temples, its women, its neighbors, its resources, its prisoners, its poppy plants and its puppies the way we think they ought will continue. Waste, fraud and abuse – native to all governments, will continue at a Bushian pace. We should certainly expect a continued, even accelerated erosion of freedom and liberties in the next decade.

On election day, it will be exciting to watch, and it might be fun to place a bet, and throw your chips down on this or that hand. But when we are ready to truly change the country’s direction, we won’t wait for an appointed day and month, and we certainly won’t line up, ID cards in hand, implicitly legitimizing the criminal empire as we “choose” its next rulers.

Why Are Mercenaries Being Contracted To Provide Security For Hurricane Gustav?

Blackwater International is running a full page on their website attempting to compile “a list of qualified security personnel for possible deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav.” This is a task that has historically been undertaken by our various state National Guard Units.

What Really Happened During Hurricane Katrina In New Orleans Video Below

William Cormier
September 1, 2008

CNN is reporting that President Bush and Vice-President Darth Cheney will not attend the RNC because of Hurricane Gustav. Some believe it’s nothing more than a PR stunt, however, as we look behind the scenes, it is possible that something far more sinister is behind Bush and Cheney’s decision to forgo the Republican National Convention:

Bush tells Gulf Coast residents to flee ‘dangerous’ storm

“This storm is dangerous,” he warned, urging residents to heed calls to evacuate.

After a briefing at FEMA headquarters, Bush said he would forgo an appearance at the GOP National Convention on Monday and will be in Texas instead.

The White House said Sunday that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney will not attend the Republican National Convention on Monday as planned because of Gustav. The president had been scheduled to address delegates in St. Paul on Monday night. MORE

As usual, CNN left out several details, some of which affect the residents of the Gulf Coast and could impact national security. President Bush stated he was heading for Texas “to meet with emergency workers and evacuees.” OK, that sounds somewhat reasonable, however, as we know, Michael Chertoff is making the decisions for FEMA and soon will be on his way to the Gulf Coast. I feel sure there is a collective sigh of relief that Bush won’t show his face at the RNC, but nothing in the CNN story has stated why Dick (Darth) Cheney won’t be at the RNC, nor do they indicate where our secretive Vice-President will be pulling the strings of his “shadow government.”

There may be a hint, but you won’t find it on CNN or any other mainstream news organization, and I’m shocked that very few people haven’t noticed that our various National Guard units are not being mobilized in vast numbers to assist in disaster recovery and evacuations if it’s necessary; with the Gulf Coast in the path of what has been labeled as “the storm of the century,” mobilizing the National Guard in huge numbers would seem to be a primary requisite to provide security and assistance to the thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, if this storm goes off its projected path and instead hits a major population center.

The fact that the National Guard isn’t being mobilized in the numbers we would expect is easily explainable, however our established new agencies have ignored what should be on page one of every US publication – Blackwater International is running a full page on their website attempting to compile “a list of qualified security personnel for possible deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav.” This is a task that has historically been undertaken by our various state National Guard Units, however, as it pertains to Hurricane Gustav, it appears that Blackwater International has been informed that their services may be necessary to aid in the security and well-being (sic) of those who are impacted by this dangerous storm.

We know through various Executive Orders that President Bush has made the determination that he can declare Martial Law in the event of a natural disaster, and when you look at the qualifications that Blackwater is demanding of their personnel, my impression is that “search and rescue” operations are far from what they perceive their eventual mission may be. Please note the excerpts from “Martial Law 2008″ that examines the new powers that President Bush has bestowed on himself:

Martial Law 2008

By Eris Siva

What is going on right now does not bode very well for America at all. What would you do if I told you that there is a plan in action right now to strip you of your freedoms, inter you in a detention camp indefinitely, and take control of every aspect of our country?

This plan goes back decades, but I would like to keep it recent. We’ll say, the past 2 years. It all starts with H.R. 5122 (John Warner National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007)[text of bill] which was passed in congress on September 30, 2006 and signed by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006. This bill effectively (and officially) paved the way for the complete control of our country by one man – The President himself.

The bill revises the Insurrection Act of 1807, an act allowing the president to personally use military force to quell rebellion, lawlessness, and subversion. The new revisions expand those abilities to allow Bush to “…employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to…restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster (emphasis added), epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States…, where the President determines that,…domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy…”. The Insurrection Act of 1807 was repealed in 1878 with the passing of the Posse Comitatus Act which reinforced the idea that the military was meant to govern our borders rather than police our streets. MUCH MORE

It’s also possible that I’m over-reacting, however, when you read the qualifications of the type of personnel that Blackwater is attempting to recruit, it brings questions to the forefront of “why” these “soldiers” with Special Op training would be needed in a hurricane security detail. Listed below are some of the qualifications that Blackwater is seeking for “Gustav Security”, and when you add-up what they are seeking, it has to raise the alarm that Blackwater is anticipating using extreme force on a mission that is supposed to be humanitarian – not military!

Contract Opportunities

Security for Hurricane Gustav

Interpreter/Translator (Arabic) Protective Security Specialist

1. U.S. Citizen
2. Formal language training (2+/2+ or better) Arabic.
3. Completed or served at least three (3) years in the military, law enforcement, or protective security from the private sector.
– One (1) year, of the three, shall include experience in protective security assignments.
4. Experience can be gained in the employ of any Federal, State, Local or commercial entities providing high threat protective services.


Designated Defensive Marksman (DDM)

1. Three (3) years experience in defensive marksman skill sets to include;
(1) protective security advances and site assessments and
(2) Close Quarters Battle (CQB) techniques for clearing and occupying sites.
(3) Tactical firearms training,
(4) Sniper/Observer training, and
(5) high risk entry techniques.
2. Completed or served at least three (3) years in military, law enforcement, or executive commercial protection.
3. One (1) year of experience shall have been obtained in personal protection security assignments with demonstrated skill.
4. Three (3) years of training can be substituted for one (1) year of experience. A four (4) year degree may be substituted for one (1) year of training.
5. Experience can be gained in the employ of any Federal, State, or Local military or law enforcement agency or executive protection services with military, law enforcement or commercial entities.
6. Shall provide evidence of completion from an accredited Sniper School.


K9, Explosive Detector Dog Handler

1. U.S. Citizen
2. Completed a DOD (MWD) or Federal Law Enforcement K9 training curriculum and served at least three (3) years as a detector canine handler.
3. Experience can be gained in the employ of any Federal, State, Local or commercial entities providing high threat protective services.
4. Be able to obtain a Secret Clearance – Be in good health and physically fit in order to pass a standard initial Physical Fitness test. 5. Be Proficient with M4 and GLOCK 9MM. Concealed carry experience required. – Must not have any felony, violent crimes, spouse or child abuse convictions. – Must not have any explained significant credit problems within the past seven (7) years – Must be able and willing to deploy austere and high threat environments.


What I’ve listed above are only a few of the personnel they are attempting to gather lists for, but when you examine their requirements for a supposed “deployment” to the Gulf Coast, there are several questions that need to be answered:

• Why do they need Interpreters with Arabic skills?

• Why do they need personnel who have been accredited from a Sniper School?

• Why is automatic weapon certification needed for relief and security measures after a hurricane?

These are only a few of the many questions I have, and as you follow the link to the Blackwater International site for Gustav security, I’m sure you will have many of your own. I see this as a threat to the American people, and as usual, the White House is using extremely expensive personnel when we could rely upon our own National Guard, as we have in the past, to help and provide security during the many natural disasters the United States has struggled through, and I might add, were successful in their missions when they weren’t hampered by the White House.

No matter how you look at it, this doesn’t pass the smell test; in fact, it stinks of corruption and a hidden agenda, and as Americans, it’s time that we start asking questions!

Louisiana Floodwalls Stuffed With Newspaper?

Lee Zurik / WWL-TV News Anchor

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“It blows my mind.”

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Those are the words St. Bernard parish president Craig Taffaro used to watch videotape Eyewitness News showed him, of floodwalls built to protect his parish.

“That should be criminal,” Taffaro continues.

What he’s talking about was witnessed by a St. Bernard Parish resident who didn’t want to be identified, but did have sharp criticism of the work done by a contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“It’s like putting a Band-Aid on the hole of a gas tank of an airplane,” the resident said.

Instead of an airplane, it’s a floodwall, and instead of a Band-Aid, the witness says two years ago, he saw the contractor filling the expansion joint or opening between the floodwalls with newspaper.

“The whole length of the wall was stuffed with newspaper.”

And when he confronted the contractor, the contractor blamed Washington for the substandard work.

“He basically told me when Congress sent down the money, it would be repaired the proper way.”

But during a recent trip to the area, two years later, it was apparent that didn’t happen. Much of the newspaper had deteriorated or been eaten by bugs, but some still remained. In fact WWL cameras even captured the date May 21, 2006, on a page of the Parade magazine from the Times-Picayune.

Eyewitness News asked local engineer Subhash Kulkarni to investigate the findings at the floodwall.

“They should have done a better job than what you see here.”

Kulkarni is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The ASCE named him outstanding civil engineer in Louisiana back in 2003.

“I cannot even comprehend that somebody would stuff some newspaper in there.”

Engineers tell Eyewitness News an expansion joint has three lines of defense. The first is an elastic strip that helps keep water out. In the middle is the most important part, a waterstop, which is in fact included in the St. Bernard floodwall. However what is missing is a rubber joint that goes in between and helps keep foreign objects out.

The witness who talked to Eyewitness News says the contractor used the newspaper in place of the rubber joint. Kulkarni says it’s not a short term risk, but over time that missing rubber joint could weaken that waterstop.

“It could be very serious,” Kulkarni said. “It doesn’t take a lot of stress to cause the failure of these floodwalls. We don’t know after two or three years how the main joint will perform. This is the first line of defense.”

But the Army Corps of Engineers says it is confident the floodwall will sufficiently defend residents of St. Bernard and the Ninth Ward.

“If you look at the repairs we made to the joints, there’s not really a safety issue with the joints at all,” said Kevin Wagner with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps also says it’s satisfied with the quality of work done by its contractor. When asked by WWL if there was any shoddy work involved, Wagner said, “I don’t think so at all.”

But days before that interview, after a request by Eyewitness News , another Corps employee e-mailed the Corps’ standards for expansion joint construction and in that e-mail, the Corps employee describes the specific materials needed as “sponge rubber” that goes next to the waterstop. That’s the same spot where a witness saw a contractor stuffing newspaper back in 2006.

When asked if the absence of material behind the waterstop was what was called for in the contract, Corps spokesman Kevin Wagner called the project an emergency repair.

“If we would have built a new floodwall that would not have been the case. We would have the waterstop, some joint filler material in between and then we would put an elastic sealer over the top of it,” Wagner said. “In this case we tried to do the repairs as quick as possible to protect the water stop before the start of hurricane season.”

But according to the contract obtained by Eyewitness News, that may not be the case. The contract calls for Ercon Corporation, based in Lafayette, Louisiana, to do the almost $2 million of work to raise and repair the floodwall under the Paris Road bridge.

In the contract, WWL found at least four mentions of field molded sealants. Kulkarni says that is the sponge rubber material to fill the cavity in the expansion joint. And he says the contract shows the rubber material was contractually required to be installed.

“I would say they have not met their obligation to install the joint correctly. They haven’t installed it at all,” Kulkarni said.

Eyewitness News contacted the president of Ercon Corporation by phone and e-mail. He didn’t respond to our repeated requests for a comment on this story. Further, our investigation revealed Ercon Corporation is not even licensed by the state’s board for contractors. The Corps of Engineers says as long as the federal government pays for the work, it does not prevent them from hiring an unlicensed Louisiana company.

“If you’re telling me this is an out of town contractor who drives back to wherever they’re from and puts their head on the pillow at night, does it really matter to them that this particular part of the project fails?” St. Bernard president Craig Taffaro asks.

Taffaro calls the response from the Corps and Contractor unacceptable.

“Would they let a contractor put Play-Doh in the place of mortar when they put bricks on their house? No, I don’t think so,” Taffaro said.

He says while newspaper doesn’t define the entire levee system, it does have him concerned about the oversight of all work being done in southeast Louisiana.

“It’s an indictment against the quality of work being done,” Taffaro says. “Let’s hope that same standard wasn’t being used in constructing the floodwall in constructing the levees.”

Republican Convention 2008 The Most Militarized Convention On Record Shows Police State

Glenn Greenwald
September 2, 2008

Following up on this weekend’s extreme raids on various homes, at least 250 people were arrested here today in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be, even more so than Manhattan in the week of 9/11 — with troops of federal, state and local law enforcement agents marching around with riot gear, machine guns, and tear gas cannisters, shouting military chants and marching in military formations. Humvees and law enforcement officers with rifles were posted on various buildings and balconies. Numerous protesters and observers were tear gassed and injured. I’ll have video of the day’s events posted shortly.

Perhaps most extraordinarily, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now — the radio and TV broadcaster who has been a working journalist for close to 20 years — was arrested on the street and charged with “conspiracy to riot.” Audio of her arrest, which truly shocked and angered the crowd of observers, is here. I just attended a Press Conference with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Police Chief John M. Harrington and — after they boasted of how “restrained” their police actions were — asked about the journalists and lawyers who had been detained and/or arrested both today and over the weekend. They said they wouldn’t give any information about journalists who had been arrested today, though they said they believed that “one journalist” had been, and that she “was seemingly a participant in the riots, not simply a non-participant.” I’ll have video of the Press Conference posted shortly.

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Police State Minneapolis

American Nonsense
September 2, 2008

McCain’s bizarre Palin pick did more than just turn the national media feeding frenzy away from Obama’s remarkable and strong speech, and the great feeling of and commitment to unity the Democrats left Denver with, but also knocked out of the national media–if ever it would reach there, anyway–the excessive actions the Minneapolis police–along with and perhaps at the direction of the federal government–are taking to prevent protests at the RNC.

Glenn Greenwald, I-Witness Video, Feministing, and FireDogLake have been reporting from Minneapolis about the excessive and unprovoked actions of the FBI and the Minneapolis police. Here’s Glenn, today:

As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue — see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice [see update], seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway — it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that “the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Today’s Star Tribune added that the raids were specifically “aided by informants planted in protest groups.” Back in May, Marcy Wheeler presciently noted that the Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force — an inter-agency group of federal, state and local law enforcement led by the FBI — was actively recruiting Minneapolis residents to serve as plants, to infiltrate “vegan groups” and other left-wing activist groups and report back to the Task Force about what they were doing. There seems to be little doubt that it was this domestic spying by the Federal Government that led to the excessive and truly despicable home assaults by the police yesterday.

So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do. And as extraordinary as that conduct is, more extraordinary is the fact that they have received virtually no attention from the national media and little outcry from anyone. And it’s not difficult to see why. As the recent “overhaul” of the 30-year-old FISA law illustrated — preceded by the endless expansion of surveillance state powers, justified first by the War on Drugs and then the War on Terror — we’ve essentially decided that we want our Government to spy on us without limits. There is literally no police power that the state can exercise that will cause much protest from the political and media class and, therefore, from the citizenry.

Note that there have been reports of semi-violent protest at the convention by anti-war protesters–apparently not the “Food not Bombs” students that have been under police and FBI surveillance for weeks, or the FBI and police raids against them might have actually turned up evidence that they intended to do more than non-violent protests. It’s difficult to to sort out what really happened and who is responsible when there is such a provocative and heavy-handed police presence.

I don’t think that the vast majority of the American population wants, as Glenn says, “our Government to spy on us without limits.” But what the Bush administration has been so effective in doing is creating so many varied crises for Americans to have to focus on–most immediately how they are going to keep a roof over their head, food on the table, and gas in the car–that whether or not they’re being spied on (and no one imagines that they could be–their first mistake) becomes something of an academic question.

But one that should be receiving just a little bit more attention from the traditional media. The Republican vision of a full on surveillance state of the nation is in full display now in Minneapolis, and it would be a good thing for America to see as it considers casting its vote in November.

Update: Earthjustice e-mails to note an error in Glenn’s post, reprinted here. The bus seized is not associated with national environmental litigation organization Earthjustice.

Video Coverage of RNC Protest Police Raids

The Uptake
August 31, 2008

RNC Eve: The Police Raids Begin

Amy Goodman Jumps Fence To Question Cops

RNC Eve: “Police Are Acting Like Nazis”

Activists Laugh At Sheriff’s “Criminal Enterprise”

Police Swarm Earth Justice Bus in St. Paul

National Lawyers Guild: Police Raid “Preventive Detention”

Police Bust Thru Attic To Detain “Democracy Now” Journalist

Lawyer in handcuffs-Police raid RNC journalist’s house

St. Paul Police Raid

Police Raid on RNC Protest Site on Iglehart Ave in St Paul

See more video on the Uptake Yahoo page

Oppenheimer Funds Freemasonic Logo Represents A Demon

By Michael Difensore

A ritual the Freemasons do is bizarre. Four Masons will interlock hands like shown above in Oppenheimer Funds logo. They will then raise their hands above their heads and all four will chant real loud Jahbulon. In my research of Freemasonry Jahbulon is a demon they worship representing three different gods. Jah represents Yehwey , Bul represents Baal and On represents Osiris. The Oppenheimer Fund logo represents Jahbulon. Watch video below for more explanation of this.

Below is the history of Oppenheimer Funds from their official website.

OppenheimerFunds traces its origins to Oppenheimer & Co., a brokerage firm founded in the early 1950s. In 1960, Oppenheimer & Co. decided to create a separate subsidiary to manage its mutual fund business and organized Oppenheimer Management Corporation to act as the investment adviser for the Oppenheimer Fund, which was first offered to the public on April 30, 1959. Oppenheimer Management Corporation was renamed OppenheimerFunds, Inc. in 1996.


The Early Years

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Company prospered. Oppenheimer Fund, an innovative product for its day, grew in size and was the centerpiece of a developing product line that included Oppenheimer A.I.M. Fund (now Oppenheimer Global Fund) in 1969, Oppenheimer Special Fund (now Oppenheimer Growth Fund), Oppenheimer Money Market Fund, Inc. in 1973 and Oppenheimer Tax-Free Bond Fund (now Oppenheimer AMT-Free Municipals) in 1976. In 1978, OFI continued to broaden its product line, adding its first “high-yield” bond product, Oppenheimer Champion Income Fund.

In 1975, Oppenheimer & Co. restructured and formed three operating subsidiaries: (1) Oppenheimer Management Corp. (now OppenheimerFunds, Inc.); (2) Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., a retail brokerage firm; and (3) Oppenheimer Capital Corporation, an institutional investment manager. That same year, OppenheimerFunds acquired a Denver-based investment advisor, Hamilton Management Corporation, which formed the foundation of the Company’s Colorado-based operations.

The 1980s: Growth and Reorganizations

By the end of 1981, OppenheimerFunds had grown into a major player in the fund industry with more than $4.2 billion under management and a variety of fund offerings, including Oppenheimer Target Fund (now Oppenheimer Capital Appreciation Fund), which was launched earlier that year.

In 1982, the partners that founded Oppenheimer & Co. sold their business, including the three operating subsidiaries, to Mercantile House Holdings, PLC, a publicly owned British corporation. Just three years later, however, the management of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc. and Oppenheimer Capital purchased a majority interest in those firms back from Mercantile, thus officially separating their businesses from OppenheimerFunds. In 1987, British & Commonwealth Holdings, PLC, acquired Mercantile.

On the product side, also in 1987, the Main Street Funds, Inc. were organized as a special “private label” product that could be offered by banks to their customers under the bank’s name. Six years later, those funds would become “Oppenheimer” funds, with the principal product renamed Oppenheimer Main Street Growth & Income Fund (now Oppenheimer Main Street Fund). The two other Main Street funds—Oppenheimer Main Street Small Cap Fund and Oppenheimer Main Street Opportunity Fund—were added in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

The 1990s: Independence and Acquisitions

In 1990, OppenheimerFunds’ senior management together with Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), acquired OppenheimerFunds and its subsidiaries from British & Commonwealth, creating the ownership structure that remains in place today.

In November 1995, the Company purchased the Quest for Value Funds from Oppenheimer Capital, and in January 1996, OppenheimerFunds purchased The Rochester Funds, thus establishing OppenheimerFunds’ Rochester division, which oversees the management of the OppenheimerFunds municipal bond fund line-up. The following year, in 1997, the innovative Oppenheimer Real Asset Fund (in January 2007, the name changed to Oppenheimer Commodity Strategy Total Return Fund)was launched, providing mutual fund investors with their first access to the commodities market.

In the late 1990’s, OppenheimerFunds began to extend beyond retail mutual funds. In 1997, OppenheimerFunds created an offshore management company, OppenheimerFunds International Ltd., based in Dublin, Ireland, to manage and offer a series of investment companies for non-U.S. investors. In 2007, Baring Asset Management assumed the distribution responsibilities of this 12-fund series now known as Baring OppenheimerFunds plc. OppenheimerFunds, Inc. continues to serve as the investment advisor.

In 1999, Trinity Investment Management Corporation was acquired to provide management of institutional domestic equity portfolios. Later that year, separately managed clones of three Oppenheimer international equity mutual funds were made available to institutional investors: Global Equity, International Equity and Emerging Markets Equity. Together, these capabilities formed the foundation of what would become OFI Institutional Asset Management.

Today: Still The Right Way to Invest

OppenheimerFunds, through consistently strong investment results and first-rate customer service, has grown dramatically and currently, along with its affiliates, managed over $ 225 billion in assets, including mutual funds having more than 6 million shareholder accounts, as of June 30, 2008 . During that time, OFI has continued to expand its focus beyond that of a retail mutual fund provider to become a diversified asset management firm offering high net worth and institutional products and services. To help develop and broaden these additional business lines, OppenheimerFunds has made a number of strategic acquisitions and internal expansions.

On the institutional side, OFI Institutional Asset Management was officially founded in September 2001 and now offers a broad array of traditional and alternative investment capabilities serving the needs of pension funds, foundations, endowments and other institutions.

In October 2001, Tremont Capital Management, Inc., a global leader in hedge fund investment products and advisory services, was acquired. Today, Tremont, using its innovative “fund of funds” investment approach, manages or advises approximately $8 billion in hedge fund assets for a wide range of clients including institutional investors, public and private pension plans, ERISA plans, university endowments, foundations, and financial institutions, as well as high net worth individuals. In January 2002, OppenheimerFunds and Tremont teamed to offer the Oppenheimer Tremont Hedge Fund Series including Oppenheimer Tremont Market Neutral Fund LLC and Oppenheimer Tremont Opportunity Fund LLC.

Further bolstering its high net worth line-up, OppenheimerFunds added a separately managed account capability through the creation of subsidiary OFI Private Investments and the April 2002 acquisition of Gulf Investment Management, a value equity separate accounts specialist.

Today, OppenheimerFunds and its controlled affiliates offer a broad range of products and services to individuals, corporations and institutions around the world, including mutual funds, separately managed accounts, investment management for institutions, hedge fund products, qualified retirement plans and subadvisory investment-management services.

Barrack Obama’s Freemason Campaign Logo Exposed!

By Michael Difensore

Barrack Obama is a suspected Freemason because of the rising sun logo he is using for his campaign. The rising sun symbol unknown to most people is a Masonic symbol. From my research it is a fact Freemasons face towards the east inside the lodge and the Worshipful
Master’s alter also is located always in the eastern part of a lodge. The reason this is done is because it represents the sun rising in the east. Freemasons believe that once you are illuminated or having the light of knowledge it is represented or associated with the east. The west represents people who are not Masons. Masons consider these people not having their knowledge of illumination or to put this in a easier word to understand dumb. Freemasons also consider this west or dumb person to be a circle. Once a person reaches a knowledge of understanding of Freemasonry they consider the person being in the East or they say he is a square.

Now whether you believe what I said above is true or not the Freemasons do. I think its a bunch of garbage. But this is what they believe in. Also the rising sun refers to Lucifer in my opinion. Here is what the Bible says about Lucifer. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! The Freemasons use this symbol to refer to Lucifer. The Freemasons worship Lucifer knowingly in the high degrees. They unknowingly worship Lucifer in the low degrees. Obama is going to change things but remember change can also be bad. Here is a way to prove the rising sun is Masonic. Type rising sun lodge into google and watch what comes up. Surprise! Need I say more. Here is a example of the numerious times I have seen the rising sun logo in my life. Below is Folgers Coffee logo. Notice the Rising sun coming up over the mountains. Someone associated with Folgers is a big Freemason. Barrack Obama’s Official website

Obama’s Rising Sun
By Matthew D. Jarvie
August 8, 2008

“The direct descent of the essential program of the Esoteric Schools was entrusted to groups already well-conditioned for the work. The guilds, trade unions, and similar protective and benevolent Societies had been internally strengthened by the introduction of a new learning. The advancement of the plan required the enlargement of the boundaries of the philosophic overstate. A World Fraternity was needed, sustained by a deep and broad program of education according to the ‘method.’ Such a Fraternity could not immediately include all men, but it could unite the activities of certain kinds of men, regardless of their racial or religious beliefs or the nations in which they dwelt. These were the men of ‘towardness,’ those sons of tomorrow, whose symbol was… a blazing sun rising over the mountains of the east.”

-Manly P. Hall
Masonic Orders of Fraternity (p. 5)

Everywhere I go I am seeing these Obama bumper stickers and yard signs with his campaign’s trademark logo of the rising sun. While Obama’s cult followers cannot fathom the idea that Obama does not represent them, but rather the international banking cartels he works for, also little do they understand the significance of his campaign logo — the same logo which was added to his campaign jet in place of the American flag. This should be of significance to anyone who has any understanding of occult symbolism, because this is the elite’s way of showing those “in the know” who Obama’s allegiance is really with.

The rising sun has been a prominent and powerful occult symbol throughout history, and has been commonly featured on the flags of communist countries. The rising sun is also represented in many corporate logos we see today, such as that of the oil company Shell, Fidelity Investments, and NBC. The logo for the UN’s own publishing company, Lucis Trust (formerly Lucifer’s Trust), founded in 1920 by Theosophist Alice Bailey, also features the rising sun.

So what exactly is the esoteric significance of the rising sun? As James H. Billington describes in his book, Fire in the Minds of Men (p. 6):

“A recurrent mythic model for revolutionaries -early romantics, the young Marx, the Russians of Lenin’s time-was Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods for the use of mankind. The Promethean faith of revolutionaries resembled in many respects the general modem belief that science would lead men out of darkness into light. But there was also the more pointed millennial assumption that, on the new day that was dawning, the sun would never set. Early during the French upheaval was born a ‘solar myth of the revolution,’ suggesting that the sun was rising on a new era in which darkness would vanish forever. This image became implanted ‘at a level of consciousness that simultaneously interpreted something real and produced a new reality.’

“The new reality they sought was radically secular and stridently simple. The ideal was not the balanced complexity of the new American federation, but the occult simplicity of its great seal: an all-seeing eye atop a pyramid over the words Novus Ordo Seclorum.”

The rising sun represents the dawn of a “new day” or, more precisely, a new age — the New Age of Aquarius. In the case of Obama’s campaign logo, the rising sun is also used in reference to Obama himself, implying that Obama is one of the “sons of tomorrow” referenced by occultist Manly P. Hall. Is Obama that Promethean figure who “stole fire from the gods for the use of mankind”? Could this be why the media seems so adamant on casting Obama in an almost godlike image? What is the true reason for this?

In Obama’s July 24th speech to the German people in Berlin, he was not only campaigning for the presidency of the United States, but, apparently, presidency of the world as well.

“I come to Berlin as so many of my countrymen have come before. Tonight, I speak to you not as a candidate for President, but as a citizen — a proud citizen of the United States, and a fellow citizen of the world.”

He goes on to say:

“Yes, there have been differences between America and Europe. No doubt, there will be differences in the future. But the burdens of global citizenship continue to bind us together. A change of leadership in Washington will not lift this burden. In this new century, Americans and Europeans alike will be required to do more — not less. Partnership and cooperation among nations is not a choice; it is the one way, the only way, to protect our common security and advance our common humanity.”

In other words, interdependence and collectivism are in. National sovereignty and individualism are out.

While it is important to realize that Obama, like all presidents, is nothing more than a puppet who says and does exactly as he’s told by his globalist puppetmasters, it is clear that he’s being groomed and promoted as a Messiah-like figure to usher in a socialistic new world system; this “new dawn” that Obama and his possessed, sheep-like followers refer to as “change.”

But what precisely is this change in reference to?

It is in reference to a world where people are no longer citizens of their respective countries, but “world citizens” subservient to international laws, global taxes and a world court.

It is a world where individuality is forcibly relinquished for the “greater good” of the global village (plantation).

It is a world where nationalism is eviscerated in favor of multiculturalism.

It is a world where the family unit takes a backseat to the state.

It is a world where privacy is a thing of the past.

It is a world where green-shirted eco police go from door to door making sure everybody is using the proper “eco-friendly” light bulbs and recycling.

It is a world where volunteerism (communitarianism) is mandated by law.

It is a world where citizens police their fellow citizens.

It is a world where freedom of speech and expression is forbidden, or else…

These are just a few of the things we can look forward to under this coming “new dawn” / New World Order, which will no doubt be ushered in by a captivating, establishment-vetted cult figure who promises to deliver everything the people could ever wish for, only to lead them to their own slaughter.

While the neocon media and those on the establishment Right are focused on whether Obama is a Muslim or not, no attention is given to where his true allegiance stands. His allegiance stands not with any religion, nation or race, but to the international brotherhood that has placed him where he is today to serve their one world agenda.
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