Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009

National City Bank executives get $50 Million Golden Parachute

During the back and forth of the National City Bank/PNC Bank fiasco somethings struck me as strange, yet I was uanble to explain as to exactly why. While Rep. LaTourette, along with our local boy blunder - Dennis Kookcinich - were out there demanding answers about this questionable buyout with money from the bailout -- National City executives seemed too quiet.

It appeared LaTourette and kook-boy were not being told the whole story, and especially not by National City. It seemed as they were fighting for National City - harder than National City; Almost like they jumped into a fight that National City didn't want.

I think we may have found out why National City executives didn't mind the takeover...

From the PD --
National City Corp.'s top executives could get as much as $50 million in payouts thanks to closing today of the bank's $5.6 billion merger with PNC.

The payouts to National City's top 14 executives could total $49.5 million before taxes, according to filings made by PNC. Those payments had been thrown into question this year because PNC is buying National City with bailout money from the Treasury Department. The legislation that authorized the bailout forbids paying such "golden parachute" bonuses to officers of banks receiving the funds.

But National City did not receive the funds and apparently is not subject to those restrictions. PNC spokesman Brian Goerke said Tuesday that the parachute agreements "were existing obligations of National City, and PNC expects to abide by them." Executives who stay with PNC after the merger will not receive the payments.

Peter Raskind, National City's outgoing chief executive, stands to receive about $8.1 million in severance payments thanks to the merger. Earlier this year, he said he would donate a significant portion of those funds to the Cleveland Foundation if he received them. Raskind plans to leave the bank after the sale.

Other executives who apparently will get large payouts are retail banking chief Daniel Frate and Executive Vice President Jon Gorney. Frate could get $4.02 million after taxes and Gorney $3.96 million.

Area Religious Leaders to fight Cleveland's Gay Registry

I previously posted about how I hoped the City of Cleveland and the, Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland, attempts at increasing tourism here by turning this area into a Homo-Haven didn't pick up any speed.

Not only did it pick up speed, but we may soon be seeing sissy's in Speedos and cowboys in assless chap's if the Gaylympics, accompanied by a Gay Rodeo, are hosted here.

"Out in Cleveland" has reported The Cleveland Synergy Foundation has recently hired the global public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard International Communications to help organize landing the 20014 Gaylympics.

Oh boy, I can't wait - we will have a "flamer," with a flaming Gaylympic torch skipping down Euclid Ave. being cheered on by a bunch of bi-sexual, bare-back rodeo riders!

Adding legitimacy to the City of Cleveland becoming a Sanctuary City for Sissy's, is the foolishness by the City of Cleveland Clowncil. With the infrastructure failing, police radios barely working, clowncil members getting arrested, etc... they enact a Gay Registry.

Since all the conservative leaders in this area, (are there any? Oh wait the RPCC pretends they have some...), sit with that dumb & ineffective "but we try" look on their face, but as always - do nothing, the City of Cleveland continues dragging this whole region down.

But thankfully we have some area religious leaders willing to fight in attempts at keeping Cleveland from becoming the new Homo-Haven of the United States...

From the PD --
Several local pastors have banded together in an effort to repeal Cleveland's recently passed domestic-partner registry.

A group led by the Rev. C. Jay Matthews of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church is circulating two types of petitions, one of which would put the controversial issue on a citywide referendum ballot.

Matthews cast the registry as a sneaky maneuver by the City Council to circumvent a 2004 constitutional amendment that banned gay-marriage and civil unions in Ohio.

"It should be handled by the state of Ohio and, unfortunately, our city is once again out of step with the reality of the challenges that are before us," Matthews said at news conference Tuesday at his church. He was joined by seven other religious leaders. More...

But here is the most upsetting thing out of all this... many of the so-called conservative leaders, so-called visionaries of conservatism and "social club" members of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County, in violations of our bylaws, donated money and actively supported the elected DEMOCRAT clowncilman responsible for the Gay Registry -- Cleveland's biggest clown -- Joe Simpleman.

Yep, you got it Cuyahoga County Conservative Sparky - while the leaders of the RPCC sat silent, party officers and long time party members supported the person responsible for this slippery slope type thinking that is bringing Cleveland a Gay Registry.

"Here's the thing: if they're against gay marriage, then say that," said Councilman Joe Cimperman, who sponsored the registry's creation. "This is not about gay marriage."
With this, since we cannot count on our $400K+ a year party leaders, I am asking and urging all members of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County to support the initiative to put a city-wide referendum on the ballot.

Islamikaze Recruiting Poster

From Politically Incorrect Gazette

Blago fills Barack's Seat

In a wierd way - I just love IL Governor Blagojevich. I find it hilarious that he sits there and just thumbs his nose at all the other crooked politicians in Illinois. Almost in a James Traficant "Beam me up Scotty" type of way.

Unable to even get a free cup of coffee out of the deal, Blago went ahead and named the successor to Barack's senate seat. His choice makes me like him and laugh even more...

From Yahoo --

A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday named a black political trailblazer to Barack Obama's Senate seat, a surprise move that put the governor's opponents in the uncomfortable position of trying to block his choice from becoming the Senate's only black member. Blagojevich's appointment of former state Attorney General Roland Burris injected race into the drama surrounding the embattled governor, who repeatedly sought to distance his selection from charges that he tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

"Please don't allow the allegations against me to taint a good and honest man," the governor said, turning to the smiling 71-year-old standing by his side.

"This is about Roland Burris as a U.S. senator, not about the governor who made the appointment."

Hold your popcorn! This three-ring circus is only half over!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Worlds Most Deadly Conventional Weapons

Fox News has an article listing what they believe to be the 5 most deadly types of conventional weapons. While accurate to a point - there is one deadly ommission and it can be considered the MOST lethal of all conventional weapons.

Here are Fox's Top 5 --

The AC-130 aerial gunship: This comes in two forms, the AC-130H "Spectre" and the more heavily armed AC-130U "Spooky," both flown by the U.S. Air Force. Versions of the AC-130 were first deployed during the Vietnam War.

The 'bunker buster' bomb: The British military first conceived of steel-nosed bombs that dropped heavily and quickly enough to penetrate underground targets.

Laser-guided bombs: First used in Vietnam, these bombs (and some missiles) home in on a laser-illuminated target marked either by the shooter or a third party on the ground. Unpowered bombs use fins to steer themselves to the target; powered missiles use rocket or jet engines.

The .50-caliber sniper rifle: Confederate soldiers first mounted scopes on high-powered rifles during the Civil War, but the first specially designed sniper rifles for both police and military use came about in the 1970s. The barrels are precisely machined and specially mounted to minimize recoil.

Anti-personnel mines: These little hidden bombs cause such havoc in civil wars around the world that they've been banned by most nations. The U.S. still insists on retaining the right to use them, though it doesn't actively deploy them.

The most lethal conventional weapon - 'The Dad of all Bombs' - is owned by Russia and has the ability to equal the destruction of a nuclear bomb. Through the use of nanotechnology has a blast radius twice as big as our strongest non-nuclear bomb and four times more powerful.

This air delivered weapon explodes in an intense fireball combined with a devastating blast. It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shockwave created by the air burst and high temperature...

Besides the obvious, the real danger of thermobaric bombs is that the technology in its' rawest form is available to terrorists. There is reason to believe that the explosion at the Islamabad Marriott may have been a crude form of a thermobaric bomb.

Click here for video of a thermobaric explosion.

State Auditor report says Cuyahoga Recorders Office is over staffed

It looks like our beacon of light for good government is at it again! State of Ohio Auditor Mary Taylor, who has proven to be the only worthy statewide office holder, has completed the administrative audit of the Cuyahoga County Recorder's Office.

Taylor's report recommends the Recorder's Office cut 17 of the 100 current employees...
In April, The Plain Dealer reported that O'Malley had given three dozen patronage jobs in 2007, hiring former mayors, the son and daughter of a judge and the wife of a councilman.

As of April, the newspaper also reported, his office employed 103 workers -- nearly twice as many employees as in the recorder's office in Franklin County, which has slightly fewer people than Cuyahoga County.

Personnel costs have been the office's top expense since at least 2003. Salaries were more than $3.8 million this year. The 2009 county budget, which was adopted earlier this month, calls for reducing payroll to $3.1 million. But Cuyahoga's elected officials, such as the recorder, have the authority to outspend their budgets and occasionally do so.

On a side note -- What the PD fails to report is that many of the patronage jobs they highlighted were filled as they, the Plain Dealer, supported & turned a blind eye to the democrat machine driving our county to the mercury-filled bottom of Lake Erie.

Back to Auditor Taylor....

This month alone Auditor Taylor has accomplished more than what most elected officials in Ohio have done in their whole career!

Can anyone say - Senator Mary Taylor or Governor of Ohio Mary Taylor?

Former area Prosecutor Dies in Prison serving time on Gun Charges

Former Bedford, Highland Hills, and Chagrin Falls Township Prosecutor, Tom Longo, died at the medical facility in the prison where he was serving his sentence on firearm charges.

From the PD --

Thomas G. Longo, a former lawyer, prosecutor and judicial candidate, died Dec. 3 while serving an eight-year prison sentence on firearms charges.

That was not his first scrape with the law. Longo, 64, served three years in prison previously, after admitting his role in a scheme to smuggle a half ton of marijuana into Ohio using a horse trailer.

He was sentenced to prison again in 2007 on the firearm charges, after detectives found a cache of guns in his house in 2004 while investigating a sexual assault case. As a felon, he could not own or possess any guns.

But before he could face the firearms charges, he fled to Mexico. More...

This is the ending to a very sad story. Tommy Longo was a great guy who got caught up in the game. I cannot count the times I was in Bedford Court on all the stupid stuff I did - Longo was always a gentleman and was always fair. I cannot speak highly enough about his work as prosecutor during his time in Bedford Court.

That he would get caught up in this crap can only be described as ignorant on his part. There is no doubt that one day, had he stayed clean, Tommy could have been elected judge somewhere.

During his time running from the law Longo was highlighted on the TV show "America's Most Wanted" and was eventually caught in Puerto Vallarta Mexico after the FBI pieced together shredded emails he sent to his wife.

For more background on the story and the usual garbage that he was Italian and knew alleged Cleveland organized crime figures click here.

Tommy, may God watch over your soul - rest in peace my friend.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Guns equal safety - proven right AGAIN

With the anointing of Barack soon to be official we can expect an onslaught of attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights. While Barack claims he respects our right to own guns and that he will not try and take our guns - I would be very leery. To date, everything Barack has campaigned on - he has switched his stance.

Even though the US Supreme Court has recently reaffirmed our right to bear arms, there are 18 states currently trying back door gun-control with legislation (The Ammunition Accountability Act) that will require putting serial numbers on ammunition which will then be tracked in a government data base.

The start of this new attack will begin with what they call the "gun-show loophole". World Net Daily highlights some very interesting facts from a recent study....

Mark Duggan and Randi Hjalmarsson of the University of Maryland and Brian A. Jacob of the University of Michigan teamed up to examine the evidence in a scientific study of the impact of gun shows on murder and suicide and accidental deaths.

They looked at 3,417 gun shows in two very different states – Texas and California – during an 11-year period. And they examined vital statistics data on suicides, homicides and accidental gun deaths in the weeks following them.

"We find a sharp decline in the number of gun homicides in the weeks immediately following a gun show," they concluded. Furthermore, in Texas they found "gun shows reduce the number of gun homicides by 16 in the average year."

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Steaming Load of the Year Award -- Nominations

The scribbling prince of pagan prose - Hambo - the frothing at the mouth over political korrectness editor of Politically Incorrect Gazette, and mastermind behind PIG's Steaming Load Award, has informed me the bowl is brimming with load's worthy of being "pinched off" as PIG's Steaming Load of the Year winner.

That being said, Hambo is offering an "open bowl" and has decided to accept nominations. Listed below you will find the nominations so far. If you feel there are any other candidates worthy of this yearly award, get your crayon out and start scribbling...

It’s the magic time of year, when we select our Steaming Load of the Year. As expected, we have our own ideas on this subject, and we’ll be giving you some examples of our top candidates, shortly. So far, so good, since it’s business as usual.

This year, we decided to allow you PIGsters to join the year ending fun. The Free State of PIG invites you to sound off with your own Steaming Load(s) of the Year nominations. We’ll give you until Tuesday, December 30, 2008 to get those "You gotta flush this stinker for me" suggestions.

Put on your thinking caps, PIGsters and get those nominations to us STAT.

Here, are a few of our top candidates for Steaming Loads of the Year:

Nomination 1: Capitol Hill Clown Posse hypocrisy reaches record shattering levels.

Congresspuke Barney Frank and Stinking Senatorial turd Christopher Dodd, played a leading role in creating the subprime mortgage mess. Long after it was obvious that the subprime lending scam was destined for a dramatic implosion, Frank and Dodd continued to thwart any effort to crack down on their deep pocketed contributors at Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac.

Their hypocrisy reached undreamed of heights, when they were put in charge of ‘fixing’ a problem that they created. That's when they made this disaster worse, by
covering the butts of their guilty as sin financial scam artists.

Nomination 2: A Presidential election that was, by any rational measure, a lose-lose situation for America’s sovereign individuals.

Forcing chad punchers to choose between a big government loving socialist like McCain and an unrepentant Marxist like O’Dumbo spelled disaster for our inalienable individual liberty, no matter which one emerged victorious.

Sovereign individuals could choose McCain, a dude who would stab your liberty in the back with his Nanny State loving, sovereignty hating, bull crap. OR, they could go for the gold with Messiah Barry, who will gaze fondly at this beloved Oval Office teleprompter, while his Marxist minions nuke your liberty out from under you.

Heads you lose, tails you lose.

Nomination 3: The intolerable Nanny State takeover of key segments of the American economy.

A Car Czar?

Letting Hank "Shifty" Paulson spew billions of tax dollars into the pockets of his banking buddies, who flatly refuse to tell anyone how they spent it?

Letting the Capitol Hill Clown Posse attach strings to auto bailout bills, to protect the unions whose insane contracts played a large role in destroying America’s Big 3

Massive Nanny State intrusions into key segments of the American Economy?

Welcome to the U.S. S. R. - the United States Socialist Republik.

Nomination 4: Letting Ramos and Compean rot in a federal jail.

They were railroaded by Vicente W. Bush’s hatchetman, Johnny "Die in a Fire You Bastard" Sutton. The man the Border Patrol agents shot lied on the witness stand, and the Feds knew it. Later, when reality reared its ugly head, he was exiled to a federal graybar where he wouldn’t cause the Feds any trouble.

Despite the stench choking rational adults from this miscarriage of justice, Ramos and Compean were denied the justice they deserved. Now, in the waning days of Vicente W. Bush’s administration, they are still getting the Oval Office shaft by a president whose record on border enforcement is a disgrace.

Vicente W. Bush pardons drug dealers, spies and other lowlifes, but the two men who deserve, at minimum, a presidential pardon - followed by a presidential apology - are passed over.

This kind of crap shouldn’t happen in the United States of America.

Perpetrated by: Hambo

Send your flush-worthy submissions here.

2008 Girlieman of the Year - President Bush

Politically Incorrect Gazette's
Date Awarded: December 26, 2008

Winner: Vicente W. Bush
Winning Moves: Unable to correct a mistake.

One of Vicente W. Bush’s personality traits is a stubborn streak that’s a big as Mexas. We saw that play out, time, and time again, throughout his tenure in the Oval Office. Let’s face it "Oops, my bad" just isn’t in his vocabulary.

We’re inclined to give Vicente props for his dogged determination, when h
e’s pursuing the Jihadikaze scumbags, who want to destroy us. That’s one instance where his stubborn streak worked for us.

Unhappily, his pigheaded refusal to second guess his decisions isn’t our idea of a good time, when it comes to America’s immigration policy. That brings us to this award.

Despite the blatant injustice of the sentences imposed on them, Ramos and Compean continue to be America’s most egregiously maligned political prisoners. Condemning them to rot for at least a decade in a federal prison for shooting a drug smuggling, border jumping, pile of shit in the ass is BULL SHIT. Bush's refusal to admit that the punishment is much too harsh for the ‘alleged’ crime is an intolerable injustice. It’s not the act of a brave defender of justice. It’s gutless to the core.

We’re disgusted by the fact that Vicente Bush steadfastly refuses to set Ramos and Compean free with a presidential pardon, in the waning days of his administration. For this act of craven cowardice, Vicente W. Bush earned this richly deserved bitch-slap as the Politically Incorrect Gazette’s Girlieman of the Year.

Runner-up: Messiah Barry Obama
Girlieman of the Year credentials: Hiding behind the race card, he ducked all the essential, tough, questions and caterwauled all the way to the Oval Office.

Second Runner-up: Comrade Hillary
Girlieman of the Year credentials: She lost those Jupiter-size nads, when she turned gutless and girlie, by accepting Messiah Barry’s Miss Congeniality door prize as Secretary of State in his administration.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Cleveland Community Activist & Radio Host - Art McKoy arrested in Drug Investigation

Street Hustler turned community activist & radio host, Art "No Justice-No Peace" McKoy, was arrested by East Cleveland police as the result of a drug investigation. Several drug purchases were made out of Art's barber shop, Superfly, during the past year and 1lb of coke was confiscated during the raid.

McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime, Inc. - a Cleveland activist group, also hosted a radio show at 9:00pm on WTAM. Like Triv is the white fool - Mckoy was the black fool. Art's radio was over the top and very amusing. Defining "whites" as "suburbanites," McKoy offered a forum of fun for some unintended hilarity on topics mostly for the Cleveland & Cuyahoga County area.

From the PD --
High-profile community activist Art McKoy was arrested Wednesday and is accused of running a major drug-distribution operation from his East Cleveland barbershop.

In addition to powder cocaine, officers bought crack cocaine and heroin in the shop, Mayor Eric Brewer said. The investigation began in February. Police made numerous drug purchases in the barbershop, Police Chief Ralph Spotts said.

Police declined to say whether McKoy personally sold any of the drugs or was present when the drugs were sold. More...

McKoy is a street hustler who hustled his way up and into the Cleveland media. That is not a shot at him - just the truth.

Though he may sound like it, McKoy is no fool when it comes to the "streets". Trust me, Art knows the "street". If the amount of drugs coming out of his shop is as police say - everyone on the street knew it - meaning Art was also aware.

The ruthless drug trade in this area, once protected by the PD, is handled by a select few & and their is no way anyone can tell me McKoy had no knowledge that his barber shop was being used as the main source of herion, crack and coke in this area.

I repoed furniture & cars in East Cleveland for many years. We called East Cleveland - "Dodge City" - as it was like the Wild Wild West. At one time I knew E.C. like the back of my hand and had established a "working relationship" with the major drug players. On some "one way in - one way out" streets like Page Ave & Wymore, it was common practice for the dope boys on the corner to charge a fee for securing safe passage in and out. If you knew who they slung for, sometimes the fee was dismissed.

McKoy, who plays the victim better than anyone, has yet to make a statement about the arrest -though his fellow community activists (No, not Obama) have bullhorned his innocence.

Two Candidates for the Death Penalty

This story turns my stomach with disgust and total anger...

From Fox News --

A Tucson couple face murder charges after an autopsy revealed their baby girl's death was caused by malnutrition.

Authorities arrested 26-year-old Terri Sullivan and 27-year-old Scott Sullivan after their 6-week-old child Kimberlie died Aug. 30.

Tucson police say the Sullivans are charged with first-degree murder. Initially, they were charged with felony child abuse.

A Pima County Medical Examiner's report says the baby weighed 5.8 pounds at death and 7 pounds 12 ounces at birth.

Forensic pathologist Dr. Eric D. Peters wrote there were no drugs in the "emaciated" baby's body and "no evidence of recent injury."

Tucson police say Terri Sullivan told detectives she had been starving her baby since the child was about 11 days old. She gave no reason for her alleged actions.

Both parents should be candidates for the Death Penalty. Not only should they be sentenced to death, but I hope their death will be 10x more painful than the poor babies. How can a person worthy of life willfully deprive any child like this?

It makes my skin crawl just imagining what this poor defenseless child was thinking while she was slowly being starved to death.

The History of Egg Nog

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Ultimate Christmas Gift

On this day we must not forget some very important people. We must not forget the men & women who gave us & our country the ultimate Christmas gift. The gift they gave allows us to safely enjoy this blessed day.

The following was sent to me from a friend who served in Vietnam...

Arlington Cemetery at Christmas

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.

Know the line has held,
your job is done.

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where you fell,
the line has held.

Peace, peace, and farewell...

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine.

The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only providesthe wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Here Comes Santa Claus!

I hope everybody has the shopping done, if not you're screwed. Santa has already left the North Pole - NORAD has him located on the radar screen and he is headed your way!

Please be safe and may God bring you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!

Click here to show the kiddies Santa on the radar screen.

State Auditor investigating Cleveland & Toledo School Purchases

At least we have one Republican in Ohio we can be proud of - State Auditor Mary Taylor.

Taylor has saved our state untold millions since she has been elected.

From the
State auditors investigating questionable purchases by Cleveland schools Chief
Operating Officer Daniel Burns
will also look into practices followed by the Toledo schools when he was their business manager.

Auditors will review purchases from vendors used by both districts, State Auditor Mary Taylor said Tuesday. (Related: Toledo Blade report)

Burns and his assistant, Shenee McCoy-Gibbons, have been on paid leave since Dec. 10 while auditors and Cuyahoga County sheriff's detectives investigate the purchase of at least $160,000 in equipment.

Authorities have not specified the kind of equipment or how many pieces; nor have they laid out the nature of any possible irregularities.

Keep up the GREAT work Mary!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Blast from the Past

Before you tuck your pet liberal in on Christmas Eve and get em all snuggly into the bed as he waits for Obama Claus. Here is a classic bedtime story I want you to share with them as my grandfather did with me every year.

They Demand That Which They Have Not Earned.

“So they think money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can’t exist unless there are goods produced by men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principles that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce.

“When you accept money for your effort, you do so only on the conviction that you will exchange it for the product of the effort of others. It is not the moocher or the looter who gives value to money. Not an ocean of tears or all the guns in the world can transfer those pieces of paper in your wallet into the bread you need to survive tomorrow. Those pieces of paper which should have been gold, are a token of honor- your claim upon the energy of the men who produce. Your wallet is a statement of hope that somewhere in the world around you there are men who will not default on that moral principle which is the root of money.

“Have you ever looked for the root of production? Take a look at an electric generator and dare tell yourself that it was created by muscular effort of unthinking brutes. Try to grow a seed of wheat without the knowledge left to you by men who had discovered it for the first time. Try to obtain your food by the means of nothing but physical motion- and you’ll learn that man’s mind is the root of all the goods produced and of all the wealth that ever existed on earth.

“But they say that money is made by the strong at the expense of the weak? What strength do they mean? It is not the strength of guns or muscle. Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man that invents the generator at the expense of those who did not invent it? Is money made by the intelligent at the expense of the fools? By the able at the expense of the incompetent? By the ambitious at the expense of the lazy?

Money is made before it can be mooched or looted, made by the efforts of every honest man, each to the extent of his ability. An honest man is one who knows that he can’t consume more then he has produced.

“To trade by means of money is the code of men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return. Money permits you to obtain for your goods and your labor that which they are worth to the men who buy them and no more. Money permits no deals except those of mutual benefit by the unforced judgment of the traders.

Money demands of you the recognition that men must work for their own benefit, not for their own injury, for their own gain, not their loss, the recognition that they are not beast of burden, born to carry the weight of their misery, that they must offer value, not wounds- that the common bond among men is not the exchange of suffering, but the exchange of goods. Money demands that you sell, not your weakness to man’s stupidity, but your talent to their reason. It demands that you buy not the shoddiest they can offer, but the best that money can find. And when men live by trade – with reason, not force, as their final arbiter- it is the best product that wins, the best performance, the man of best judgment and highest ability- and the degree of a man’s productiveness is the degree of his reward. This is the code of existence whose tool and symbol are money.

“But money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means of the satisfaction of you desires, but it will not provide you with desires. Money is the scourge of men who try law of causality- the men who seek to replace the mind by seizing the products of the mind.

“Money will not purchase the happiness for the man who has no concept of what he wants, money will not give him a code of values, if he’s evaded the knowledge of what to value. And it will not give him a purpose, if he’s evaded the choice of what to seek. Money will not buy intelligence for the fool, or admiration for the coward, or respect for the incompetent. The man who tries to purchase the brain’s of his superiors to serve him, with his money replacing his judgment, ends up becoming victims of his inferiors. The men of intelligence desert him, but the cheats and the frauds come flocking to him, drawn by a law that he has not discovered, that no man may be smaller then his money.

“Money is the means of your survival. The verdict that you pronounce upon the source of you livelihood is the verdict that you pronounce upon your life. If the source is corrupt then you have damned your own existence. Did you get your money by fraud or by pandering to man’s vices or stupidity? By catering to fools in hope of getting more then your ability deserves? By lowering your standards? By doing work you despise for purchasers you scorn? If so then your money will not give you a moment of joy. Then all the things that you buy will become, not a tribute to you, but a reproach, not an achievement but a reminder of shame. Then you’ll scream that money is evil, because it would not pinch-hit for you self respect. Evil because it would not let you enjoy your depravity. Is this the root of all that is evil.

“Money will always remain an effect and refuse to replace you as the cause. Money is the product of virtue, but it will not give you virtue and it will not redeem your vices. Money will not give you the unearned, neither in matter nor in spirit. Is this the root of their hatred for money.

“Or did they say that the love of money is the root of all evil? To love a thing is to know and love it’s nature. To love money is to know and to love the fact that money is the creation of the best power within you, and the passkey to trade your effort for the effort of the best among men. It’s the person who will sell his soul for a nickel, who is the loudest in proclaiming his hatred of money, and he has good reason to hate it. The lovers of money are willing to work for it, they know they are able to deserve it.

Let me give you a tip on a clue to man’s character: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it. Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as man lives together on earth and need means to deal with one another- their only substitute if they abandon money is the barrel of a gun.

“ But money demands of you the highest virtues, if you wish to make it or to keep it. Men who have no courage , pride, or self esteem, men who have no moral sense of their right to their money and are not willing to defend it as they defend their life, men who apologize for being rich – will not remain rich for long. They are the natural bait for the swarms of looters that stay under rocks for centuries, but come crawling out at the first smell of the man who begs to be forgiven for the quilt of owning wealth. They will hasten to relieve him of the quilt – and of his life, as he deserves.

“Then you will see the rise of the man with the double standard- the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money- the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statues are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes a criminal-by-right and a looter-by law- men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims- then money becomes it’s creator’s avenger.

Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they’ve passed the laws to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet of other looters, who get it from them by the same means they got it. Then the race goes not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality.

When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket. And then that society vanishes, in a spread of ruin and slaughter, “Do you wish to know whether that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, you may know your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is man’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize the gold and leave to it’s owner a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objectives standards delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victim. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked: “Account overdrawn”.

“When you have made evil the means of survival, do not expect men to remain good. Do not expect him to stay moral and loose their lives for the purpose of becoming fodder of the immoral. Do not expect them to produce, when production is punished and looting rewarded. Do not ask “Who is destroying the world?” you are.

“You should stand in the midst of the greatest achievement of the greatest productive civilization and you wonder why it is crumbling around you, while your damning it’s life blood- money. You look upon as the savages did before you, and you wonder why the jungle is creeping back to the edge of you cities. Throughout man’s history money was always seized by looters of one brand or another, whose names change, but whose methods remain the same: to seize wealth by force and to keep the producers bound, demeaned, defamed, and deprived of honor.

That phrase about the “evil of money” which you mouth with such righteous recklessness, comes from a time when wealth was produced by the labor of slaves- slaves who repeated the motions once discovered by somebody’s mind and left unimproved for centuries. So long as production was ruled by force, and wealth obtained by conquest, there was little to conquer. Yet through all the centuries of stagnation and starvation, men exalted the looters, as aristocrats of the sword, as aristocrats of birth, of aristocrats of the bureau, and despise the producers, as slaves, as traders, as shopkeepers, as industrialists.

“To the glory of mankind, there was, for the first and only time in history, a country of money- and I have no higher, more reverent tribute to pay to America, for this means: a country of reason, justice, freedom, production, achievement. For the first time man’s money and mind were set free, and there were no fortunes-by-conquest, but only fortunes-by work, and instead of swordsmen and slaves, there appeared the real makers of wealth, the greatest worker, the highest type of human being, the self-made man, the American industrialist.

“If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of America- I would choose – because it contains all the others- the fact that we are the people who created the phase “To make money”. No other language or nation had ever used these words before, man had always thought of wealth as a static quantity to be seized, begged, inherited, shared, looted or obtained by a favor. Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created. The words “to make money” hold the essence of human morality.

“Yet these are the words for which Americans are denounced by the rotted cultures of the looter continents. Now the looters’ credo has brought us to regard our proudest achievements as a hallmark of shame, our prosperity as quilt, our greatest men the industrialist as blackguards, and our magnificent factories as the product and property of muscular labor, the labor of a whip-driven slave, like the pyramids of Egypt. The rotter that simpers that he sees no difference between the power of the dollar and the power of the whip, ought to learn to learn the differences on his own hide-as, I think he will.

“Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to be the tool by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of men. Blood, whips and guns – or Dollars take your choice there is no other – and your time is running out.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Breast Cancer in Iran

While this Breast cancer study only reflects women in Iran, I would assume, if taken in other muslim and/or Third World countries the results would be nearly the same or worse.

Women living in muslim countries where Islamic law is the rule of the day face an added hurdle with any medical issues. Under Islamic law, it is illegal for a women to visit a male doctor and women are not allowed to work, which means a lack of any readily accessible female doctors.

From Persian Journal --

Results: A total of 1402 women were interviewed. The mean age of respondents was 43.4 (SD = 14.4) years; most were married (85%), and without any personal (94%) and family history (90%) of breast problems.

It was found that 64% of the respondents were familiar with breast cancer and 61% (n = 851) believed that 'the disease is relatively common among women in Iran'. Most women (44%) perceived a painless mass as a breast cancer symptom.

Overall, 61% of the respondents stated that they knew about breast cancer screening programs and most indicated that electronic media (television 34% and radio 14%) were their source of information. Only 17% of women said that 'they were conducting regular breast self-examination'.

The main reason for women not doing breast self-examination was due to the fact that they did not know how to do it (64%). The findings indicated that performing breast self-examination is significantly related to: age, marital status, education, knowledge of breast cancer and knowledge about breast cancer screening programs (p<0.05), p =" 0.2)" p =" 0.7)">

Conclusions: This descriptive study provides useful information that could be utilized by both researchers and those involved in public health programmes.

The findings indicated that the women awareness of breast cancer warning signs (painless lump, retraction of nipple, and bloody discharge) and effective screening methods i.e. clinical examination, and mammography were very inadequate.

Thus, health education programmes to rectify the lack of women awareness is urgently needed. Indeed the focus of primary health care providers should be to raise awareness about breast care among women and to encourage them to report any unusual changes in their breasts to their family or care physicians.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

A KRS Caption Contest

Let's see some creativity in naming a good caption for this picture....

Unions get a "Two-fer" from Obama

While I am a strong believer in the concept of Unions, I repeat - they no longer serve the purpose for which they were intended, no longer care about the union worker and have become nothing more than active fund-raising arm of the Democrat Party.

Obama's nominee's for Labor Secretary, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), the so-called "trail blazer," and his choice for Transportation Secretary, Rep. Ray LaHood (RINO-IL) are proof of the unions purchasing power...

From Open Secrets --

Labor unions, gearing up for a fierce fight on Capitol Hill next year, will find a fervent ally in Barack Obama's pick for Labor Secretary, Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.), who has relied heavily on financial support from unions during her time in the House of Representatives. In total Solis has collected $888,050 from the labor sector since 1999, more than twice what she collected from her next most generous sector, which is made up of ideological groups. At least 15 of her top 20 contributors are labor unions, ranging from the United Auto Workers ($46,000) to the Carpenters & Joiners Union ($40,000). She has also collected $40,000 from the nation's largest public employee and health care workers union, AFSCME.

Her supporters will now be expecting her to return the favor. This will start with advocating for legislation that allows workers to unionize once more than 50 percent of a company's workforce signs union cards. Currently unions are formed through secret-ballot elections, which labor organizations say allow bosses to bully employees into voting against forming a union. As part of her new post, Solis is also expected to push "green" jobs. It doesn't appear Solis has received any money from the alternative energy industry during her time in Congress, and she has received scant money from the energy sector overall--a mere $94,350. In addition to unions, lawyers and law firms and women's issues groups have helped fund her campaigns, giving her $226,076 and $225,400, respectively. The PAC EMILY's List, which supports pro-choice female candidates, is her No. 1 donor, having given her at least $85,000.

Showing his bi-partisan side, Obama's choice for Transportation SecRATary, RINOcan Rep. La"union"Hood, from the Corruption State - IL - is in the back pockets of the unions also...

The first registered Republican to be appointed to Barack Obama's Cabinet, reportedly, holds another distinction--he is one of few GOP lawmakers whose campaigns have relied, in part, on transportation unions, a Democratic-leaning industry. Rep. Ray LaHood, who will officially take the position of Transportation Secretary next month, has collected $149,850 from transportation unions, making them his 8th most generous industry in the 14 years he's been in the House of Representatives. Historically these unions have heavily favored Democrats, just this cycle giving 87 percent of their total $14.7 million to Democratic candidates and committees. Next year they will be vying to shape the economic stimulus plan, which LaHood will help piece together. LaHood hails from Peoria, Ill., where unions, including the United Auto Workers, have had a strong presence.

During his congressional career, LaHood collected a total of $7 million, nearly $346,400 of which came from the transportation sector. The National Auto Dealers Association ($54,000) and Airline Pilots Association ($53,000) have been among his top donors. As Transportation Secretary, LaHood will be charged with creating jobs and building infrastructure, weighing the sometimes-competing interests of the various transportation industries. At $124,850, the automotive industry has contributed more to LaHood than the other industries in the sector. LaHood will oversee the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), among other key agencies in DOT.

Messiah-elect Barack O-Superstar

I just couldn't resist posting this picture!

The Grinch Report - Update

The Onion-breath Ogre's in Flori-duh have again made The Grinch Report...

From the Grinch Report --

In this case the name of the Grinch is Thomas J. Murphy, the home owners association property manager for a Flori-DUH Gulag named Ibis Cove. The victims of this Grinchiness are Tom Hayes, his wife Anne-Marie, and their three rugrat aged kids.

In early December Tom Hayes, 52, a retired New York police officer, put up about a dozen Christmas decorations in the front yard of his Ibis Cove home, 8700 Ibis Cove Circle, including an inflatable snowman, a Santa Claus who waves at passers-by, a Santa Claus on a see-saw, light-up presents and a Christmas countdown clock. Days later, Hayes said he received a letter from his property manager, Thomas J. Murphy, threatening a $100 per-day fine, up to $1,000, for each day the decorations are in place.

Hayes, who has a 4-year-old son and twin 1-year-old daughters with his wife Ann Marie, 38, said the Christmas decorations are staying until the holiday is over. “You’ll see every night people stopping with their kids taking pictures with Santa Claus,” Hayes said. “It’s not gaudy. It’s not over the top. It’s just a nice display for a magical time of year.” (Naples Daily News)

Unwilling to back down, Tom Hayes says this isn’t the first time the HOA asshats have painted a bull’s-eye on his holiday decor. They whined, threatened and blustered over prior Christmas displays. They whined, threatened and blustered over his inflatable pumpkin at Halloween, and his inflatable turkey at Thanksgiving. Is he worried? Not really, despite this new $100 a day fine wrinkle. He thinks he’s on solid ground, according to the HOA rules of engagement which states "“Christmas, Easter or any other holiday decoration cannot be displayed more than 30 days before said holiday and must be removed no longer than 14 days after said holiday.”

Tom Hayes says he’s in good company, since many of his neighbors who deployed Christmas decor also threat-o-gram from Murphy and the rest of the HOA asshats. And what, you ask, does this Murphy turd have to say for himself? "The association will not discuss any business of the association with the press." Like all petty tyrants, Terrible Tommy Murphy runs for cover when confronted with his tyrannical behavior.

Campbell's Soup goes Gay!

The Radical Gay Agenda (RGA) has done it again! They fagified Campbell's Frickin' Soup!

The Campbell's Soup Company purchased a pair of two-page advertisement spreads in one of the nation's leading pro-homosexual magazines, including an ad highlighting a lesbian couple and their son, reports the American Family Association.

The advertisement for Campbell's product Swanson's broth, the AFA reports, appears in both the December 2008 and January 2009 issues of The Advocate, a magazine that touts itself with the line, "For 40 years, setting the standard in LGBT journalism." More...

Saying "Hmm, Hmm, Good" will never be the same!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Maybe it should be the Big Four

A Messiah Misstep!

From Politically Incorrect Gazette

A letter to Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis

From ALIPAC reader - A Lamb...
Dear future Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

I am ethnically 1/4 Greek and half French and 1/4 Italian. As a Citizen of the United States I am a US CITIZEN, first! I can completely understand the desire of some Hispanics seeking to help their ethnic friends and family, it is after all very natural. However, as is the case right now with the unbelievable mititancy and activism from so-called Hispanic leaders we have a blatant outrageous push for demographic hegemony, to push, foist a Hispanic agenda on the United States by promoting unfettered, unchecked HUGE immigration (legal and especially illegal) of Hispanics to totally overwhelm our country and create a fait accompli and force us to adopt a new culture, language, you name it. It is simply incredible that ideology, misplaced compassion and political correctness has ben used to subvert the laws of this country, its culture and language.

Mrs Solis, it is time to stop this and understand that average US citizens are now more organized and more militant than ever and yes they are the vast majority of the citizenry and their numbers crush those who shout, lobby, organize, advocate for open borders and the balkanization of our country. We are simple overwhelming them. Americans are now committed to drawing a line in the sand and are in the face of those who seek to subvert our laws and our way of life. If you want the American dream, get in line, do it right, assimilate or integrate. By all means be proud of your origins and language. Learn English and fly our flag. We will welcome you and embrace you.

So Mrs Solis as Labor Secretary I wil expect that you will uphold the laws of the United States and that you will work for the workers of this country and while you might have said that everybody in this hemisphere is "legal" you understand that this will not fly. Trust me, we will keep you honest. So work hard to promote E-Verify in the workplace, secure our borders, and illegal immigration will slow down. Actually it is time to curb immigration period, we need OUR jobs and OUR resources. We are Citizens of this country and NO you don't owe anything to foreigners (they have no entitlement to our country and it's not our mission to be Mother Theresas) but to US, Citizens and legal residents. Enough now!

I wish you good luck in your new job and no doubt you will make us proud.

Will the 3rd time be the Charm in Challenging Obama's Eligibility?

Like the Energizer Bunny, the cases challenging Obama's eligibility are still going strong. There have been a ton of lawsuits challenging Obama's right to take office with fellow Democrat Philip Berg taking the lead.

To date Berg has filed several injuctions, all of which have been denied except his original compliant that is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 9th, 2009.

From WND --

"I know that Mr. Obama is not a constitutionally qualified natural born citizen and is ineligible to assume the office of president of the United States," Berg said in a statement on his website.

"Obama knows he is not 'natural born' as he knows where he was born and he knows he was adopted in Indonesia; Obama is an attorney, Harvard Law grad who taught Constitutional law; Obama knows his candidacy is the largest 'hoax' attempted on the citizens of the United States in over 200 years; Obama places our Constitution in a 'crisis' situation; and Obama is in a situation where he can be blackmailed by leaders around the world who know Obama is not qualified," Berg's statement continued.

On one hand, it is almost hard to believe Obama's origin of birth could still be an issue at this point his political career. On the other hand, with cult-like support rivaling David Koresh & Charlie Manson that the "Anointed One" has generated, I do not put anything past them in advancing their socialist agenda.

If the birth certificate is legal and can be verified - he should produce it and put an end to this circus-like spectacle of challenges...

A partial listing and status update for several of the cases surrounding Obama's eligibility to serve as president is below:

  • Philip J. Berg, a Pennsylvania Democrat, demanded that the courts verify Obama's original birth certificate and other documents proving his American citizenship. Berg's latest appeal, requesting an injunction to stop the Electoral College from selecting the 44th president, was denied. But the conference on the case is set Jan. 9.

  • Leo Donofrio of New Jersey filed a lawsuit claiming Obama's dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president. His case was considered in conference by the U.S. Supreme Court but denied a full hearing.

  • Cort Wrotnowski filed suit against Connecticut's secretary of state, making a similar argument to Donofrio. His case was considered in conference by the U.S. Supreme Court, but was denied a full hearing.

  • Former presidential candidate Alan Keyes headlines a list of people filing a suit in California, in a case handled by the United States Justice Foundation, that asks the secretary of state to refuse to allow the state's 55 Electoral College votes to be cast in the 2008 presidential election until Obama verifies his eligibility to hold the office. The case is pending, and lawyers are seeking the public's support.

  • Chicago attorney Andy Martin sought legal action requiring Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to release Obama's vital statistics record. The case was dismissed by Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Bert Ayabe.

  • Lt. Col. Donald Sullivan sought a temporary restraining order to stop the Electoral College vote in North Carolina until Barack Obama's eligibility could be confirmed, alleging doubt about Obama's citizenship. His case was denied.

  • In Ohio, David M. Neal sued to force the secretary of state to request documents from the Federal Elections Commission, the Democratic National Committee, the Ohio Democratic Party and Obama to show the presidential candidate was born in Hawaii. The case was denied.

  • In Washington state, Steven Marquis sued the secretary of state seeking a determination on Obama's citizenship. The case was denied.

  • In Georgia, Rev. Tom Terry asked the state Supreme Court to authenticate Obama's birth certificate. His request for an injunction against Georgia's secretary of state was denied by Georgia Superior Court Judge Jerry W. Baxter.

  • California attorney Orly Taitz has brought a case, Lightfoot vs. Bowen, on behalf of Gail Lightfoot, the vice presidential candidate on the ballot with Ron Paul, four electors and two registered voters.

Private investigator Douglas Hagmann of Homeland Security US reported earlier he found 13 cases challenging Obama's eligibility still active or semi-active.

One last tidbit for you to chew on.... what if the birth certificate in question is a fraud?

What if, through these filings, the Supreme Court KNOWS Obama is not eligible to be POTUS but is thinking of the socialist shit-storm they will cause should they rule his election null and void?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Obama's support of Civil Disobedience could lead to declaration of Martial Law

If below ever came true - and it is a very realistic possibility - all the anti-gun freaks will be running for a gun owner's home looking for protection...

From National Terror Alert --
A new report by the U.S. Army War College talks about the possibility of Pentagon resources and troops being used should the economic crisis lead to civil unrest, such as protests against businesses and government or runs on beleaguered banks.

“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” said the War College report.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., both said U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson brought up a worst-case scenario as he pushed for the Wall Street bailout in September. Paulson, former Goldman Sachs CEO, said that might even require a declaration of martial law, the two noted.

You don't believe it may happen? On a small scale and too the delight of all the "Say it ain't so" Socialist Sparky's on the left, the civil unrest has already started and Obama played a major roll. Remember, when Barack first started building his Obamadom he was a community activist - now he is the most famous community activist.

Yes, President-elect Barack O'socialist-dogma, in joining up with the previously most famous community activist, Rev. Je$$e "Blackmail" Jackson, has recently encouraged civil unrest as a way of mediating problems.

Earlier this month we all heard about the IL company, Republic Window & Door, suddenly closing shop and not paying the employees vacation time and severance pay. The reason behind it -- the company claimed they were broke and the owner could not get anymore credit from Bank of America. When he closed the shop with only 3 day notice, 200 employees with the support of their union, staged a "sit-in" at the factory lasting nearly a week.

The workers demanded to be paid for the required 60 day notice they did not receive as required by union contract, unused vacation time, any back pay and severance pay. The company and Bank of America were at a standstill in negotiations for more credit and the workers were paying an added price of being out of work with no money coming in. So, I agree something needed to be done.

While Mr. President-elect "Share the Wealth" could have just given them all a check from his bloated campaign fund - (I am sure their union dues bought quite a few yard signs) and ended the "sit-in," Obama, still not understanding the power of the office he will hold, offers this in support of the workers....
"When you have a financial system that is shaky, credit contracts. Businesses large and small start cutting back on their plants and equipment and their work forces.

"So, number one, I think that these workers, if they have earned their benefits and their pay, then these companies need to follow through on those commitments. Number two, I think it is important for us to make sure that, moving forward, any economic plan we put in place helps businesses to meet payroll so we are not seeing these kinds of circumstances again." (Chicago Sun Times)

Notice anything missing from Obama's remarks? How about - GO HOME!

He should used his ever-so talented silver tongue and encouraged the employees to go home and be with their families. He should have told them he will personally see to it that both sides work out a fair, equitable and fiscally sound agreement for the workers in a timely fashion. Bank of America eventually reached a deal with the workers - even though they were not legally obligated.

When Barack should have acted presidential he instead chose to act like a community activist and encouraged civil disobedience for dealing with the same type crisis ( insert famous monkey-see/monkey-do theory here) the U.S. Army War College, Sen. Inhofe & Rep. Sherman warn about above. It would have the lefty's thrilled spitless if Barack "O-what the hell do I do now-ama" was forced to declare martial law?

On the other hand... many on the left are due an ass-kicking from our soldiers they have been slamming for so long!

Bill Clinton releases Donor List for William J. Clinton Foundation

Well it looks like Slick Willie comes clean...

From Open Secrets --

At the Center for Responsive Politics, we've asked former presidents for years to disclose the names of donors to their presidential libraries, which can accept unlimited contributions from anyone. It appears that all it takes to spur an ex-president to action is the appointment of his spouse to be Secretary of State. The William J. Clinton Foundation, which funds the former president's library in addition to his other charitable initiatives, today disclosed all donors back to 1997. Here were some of our observations in looking over the list of more than 200,000 contributors:

  • Superstars of the Hollywood variety (Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand) and tech variety (Bill Gates) were among the most generous donors. Spielberg gave between $500,001 and $1 million out of pocket (the totals are listed in ranges), while both Streisand and Gates gave through their foundations, at least $1 million and at least $10 million, respectively. MTV and Starbucks also played politics, with the broadcast network giving at least $100,001 and the coffee company giving at least $50,001.

  • Bill Clinton might be able to relate to the donors who feel that they'll never quite escape controversy. Denise Rich, ex-wife of fugitive financier Marc Rich, who received a controversial pardon from Clinton right before he left office, gave at least $250,001, and trial lawyer William Lerach, who is serving prison time for his law firm's illegal payback scheme to plaintiffs, gave the foundation at least $100,001.

  • While everyone on the list clearly eventually liked Bill Clinton, they might not have always liked him or felt the same about his wife. Media tycoon Richard Mellon Scaife spent big money to discredit the Clintons while they were in the White House, but Scaife gave at least $100,001 to Bill Clinton's foundation. The late trial lawyer Fred Baron gave at least $500,001, but was a big supporter during the 2008 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton's primary-season opponent John Edwards. The foundation has also collected at least $50,000 from William Daley, co-chair of fundraising efforts for Barack Obama's inauguration.

  • Big Democratic donors Steve Bing and Peter Lewis both made the list. Bing, an entertainment executive, gave the library at least $10 million, while Lewis, who founded Progressive Insurance, gave at least $500,001.

  • And, of course, individuals who worked for Bill Clinton in the White House pitched in. Both former chiefs of staff Thomas F. McLarty and Erskine Bowles gave at least $50,001. Health care czar Ira Magaziner, too, donated at least $50,001.Click on this file to see an Excel spreadsheet of 500 contributors reported to have given at least $500,001: Clinton Foundation Top Donors.xls