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Have you ever been on a city bus and have a guy come up to you and run a story about  how his mother has just got out of the hospital and she is lying in the gutter and all he needs is a dollar-fifty-eight to have enough money to get her a cab and take her home?

Well, it’s called jive and it appears from the outside that Obummer is rather persuasive in using it. At least with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, who met with the president before his speech at Georgetown University.

In an email Tubularsock received from the Sierra Club, Brune wrote that “Obama said the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be a no-go if the State Department determines that it will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. After rejecting KXL, he will need to keep taking bold steps like ending Arctic drilling, mountaintop removal, and protecting our public lands from mining and drilling.”

Now what is WRONG with Obummer’s statement, “The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be a no-go if the State Department determines that it will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Got it yet?

Well Brune didn’t get it because he goes on to say that “After rejecting KXL . . .”!

Obummer NEVER said he was rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline!

Obummer said, “The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will be a no-go if the State Department determines that it will lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.”

And in there lies the jive …………

When the State Department weighed in earlier this year, it largely found that approving the Keystone project would have little impact on climate change.

Remember it was the State Department who hired Environmental Resources Management to do the environmental impact report and ERM is tied into The American Petroleum Institute a lobbyist mouthpiece for BIG OIL!

ERM also has ties with TransCanada and what you have here is the oil industry writing the environmental impact report for the State Department and the State Department approving it and saying the project isn’t a harm to the environment as the oil leaks rise above their $500 shoes!

Now in his speech Obummer stated that, “Our national interest will be served only if this pipeline does not significantly exacerbate the climate problem.” And yet, in the State Department’s environmental impact assessment draft, it indicated that even if the president denies a permit to TransCanada to build the project, the oil in Alberta may be shipped to the U.S. by rail, leading to comparable emissions.

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So like Tubularsock has said before The KeystoneXL pipeline will be approved by Obummer! THIS IS A GIVEN! 

Somehow the Progressives and liberals who still back Obummer don’t seem to get it.

Yes, Obummer is our historic first Black President but being Black and being a step-and-fetch-it-boy to the White power structure doesn’t bode well for real transformation and true progress for any of us.

In America today there are many strong Black leaders with integrity that warrant our respect and support. Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Jeremiah Wright to name my favorites but when it comes to integrity, strength, and leadership Obummer is a shameful example of Black America! Or any American for that matter!

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Now this is rich …………

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces threw out the MURDER conviction of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III of Plymouth, Mass. because his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer for seven days during his interrogation in Iraq.

Hutchins kidnapped a retired Iraqi policeman from his home in April 2006, marched him to a ditch and shot him to death in cold blood.

Bradley Manning was kept in solitary confinement for TEN MONTHS at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia. The United Nations Special Rappotteur, Juan E. Mendez reported that Mannings conditions were “cruel, inhuman and degrading.”

Manning’s military judge, Army Col. Denise Lind ruled that any sentence he receives should be reduced by 112 days because of his treatment at Quantico.

Bradley Manning exposed the WAR CRIMES of the United States.

Lawrence Hutchins III is a MURDERER!

This is what they call MILITARY JUSTICE?

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Are you awake? In fact you truly have to be awake to grok this information.

But don’t worry. Tubularsock will at the end wrap it and put a bow on it for you!

Two FBI agents from the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit fell to their deaths while “quick-roping” from a helicopter to a ship in a “practice” exercise.

Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw both died when the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties causing the agents to fall.

Lorek and Shaw a month before were involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Now if you haven’t followed the bouncing ball of the Boston Marathon bombings, well you may be in for a surprise. There are many strange and unanswered questions about

many aspects of that bombing. One being, when exactly was Tamerlan (the older brother) killed. You see there was this video of a nude guy being arrested that the Tsarnaev family said was Tamerlan and the police said that it wasn’t.

Later Tamerlan was all shot up and was clearly dead. And that’s the story the FBI and press went with and how could one believe differently?

And then there was the so called robbery of the liquor store ………. didn’t happen.

Dzhokhar (the younger brother) was shot in the throat yet he was able during an initial interrogation in the hospital declare that Tamerlan was the mastermind. And that they were self-radicalized and unconnected to any outside terrorist groups ( you know the lone wolf theory) but were motivated by extremist Islamist beliefs. Shot in the throat but talkative ……..

And the CIA involvement?

Then there is the Chechen connection.

****** check my blog: TAMERLAN TSARNAEV: RESUME (just scroll back)

“So what are you say’en Tubularsock? Do you believe it is some type of conspiracy?” Is that the question that is crossing you little mind at this point in your reading?

Well, let me add this bit of information for you to ponder …………

Remember Naval Seal Team 6 that, I guess, killed bin Laden or at least some guy in Pakistan got killed. Well a few weeks after that mission the Seal Team itself was killed in a Chinook Helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Ok, shit happens I guess.

Now I know the government wouldn’t lie to Tubularsock but there are a few questions about the bin Laden mission that did come up. Some say that bin Laden had already died at least four different times before …….. but who’s counting?

And then the pictures taken of some dead guy were not shown to the public because you know how squeamish Americans happen to be unless it’s rubbernecking at a traffic accident.

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John O’Neill (48) started his new job as the head of security at the World Trade Center on August 23, 2001, 19 days before the attacks. Partly due to personal friction he had within the FBI and federal government, O’Neill was pushed out of the Bureau in 2001. O’Neil was the foremost counter-terrorism expert in the FBI with extensive knowledge about al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Or how about Barry Jennings, a key 9/11 eyewitness who was an emergency coordinator for the New York Housing Authority, who passed away at age 53 from circumstances not yet disclosed on August 19, 2008.

It is very unusual that a prominent — and controversial– 9/11 witness would die only days before the release of NIST’s report on WTC7 and shortly after a firestorm erupted over his testimony that he heard explosions inside the building prior to collapse of Building #7. (confirmed on video tape from NY Fire Department Personnel)

Or this, Kenny Johannemann, who reportedly committed “suicide” 12 days before the seventh anniversary of 9/11. A janitor who worked in one of the World Trade Center towers and helped save lives on 9/11, in addition to witnessing what he described as “explosions” in the tower basement.


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There was a protest yesterday, Thursday the 20th, in San Francisco and Tubularsock knew it was coming but still got up late and had to double time to get to the appointed staging area which was just east of the Golden Gate Bridge. And of course it was up hill!


So Tubularsock hopped upon his old heavy two-wheeler and started to pedal in the direction of San Francisco. The rally was to start around 11:30-ish so leaving Oakland at 10:15 should pretty much work if I pedaled rapidly. But this was my old heavy two-wheeler and the gear cable is broken so my range of gear choices ………. forget it!


So rather than zip to BART (our rapid transit system) I clanked along and caught the train at the Lake Merritt Station and was whisked under the Bay to the SF Embarcadero Station right at the foot of the Ferry Building.


Bounding out of the BART elevator which has a speed very close to my old heavy two-wheeler grinding up hill I jumped on my trusty steed and rode up Market Street made a left at Embarcadero and headed for the Golden Gate Bridge.


Well now, this was a Thursday around 10:40 am and the Embarcadero is a rather popular place and the fossil fuel driven vehicles were moving as crazy as usual in order to move a 150 lb person in a 2200 lb steel/plastic box. But Tubularsock rides the City a lot so I’m used to it. Cabs think they own the road, buses think they own the road, commercial trucks think they own the road, cars think they own the road and some cyclists think they own the road. When Tubularsock pedals his two wheeler he KNOWS he doesn’t own the road and so far he is living proof!


Zipping (in my mind only) past Pier 39 a mall-type-tourist-trap selling authentic San Francisco keepsakes made in China and passing Fisherman’s Wharf where they haven’t seen a fishing fleet in thirty years (if you’re into mercury-laden fish of all kinds, well be my guest) I pedaled toward the Marina Green.


Moving along the beach front trail dodging rent-a-bike tourists Tubularsock finally dismounts the old heavy two-wheeler and double locks it so it might be there on my return just short of Fort Point. From there it’s a steep climb up to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was 11:25.


The climb up from the waters edge to the staging area is a bitch but after a rapid bike ride it adds to the endurance challenge.


Arriving at the staging area fully exercised at 11:37 ….. the first announcement ……. there is a delay in the protest. The NATIONAL NURSES UNITED protest against the  Keystone XL pipeline was delayed because the bus loads of nurses were tied up in traffic! I love irony like that!


And then the first photo I took was that of an oil tanker passing by in the Bay right behind the banners-of-protest against the Keystone XL pipeline. Irony abound, Tubularsock knew that this was going to be a great day.

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After the nurses arrived in buses they joined the rally at the staging area for the protest and after speeches and music proceed to march across the Golden Gate Bridge. About 1500 protester took part in the march and they were very dedicated in their convictions of the health hazards created by the Keystone XL.


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Now Tubularsock has been to a multitude of protest in his time but this particular one was focused upon the HEALTH HAZARDS of the XL pipeline and oil refining in general.

And that perspective always seems to get lost in the dialog when discussing BIG OIL.


A fun side note: In the recent Mayflower oil pipeline spill an independent air sampling conducted in the weeks following the spill identified some 30 toxic chemicals. And remember inhaling contaminated air is just one way to be exposed to chemicals from oil. Hundreds of families’ health were affected in Mayflower and the surrounding area.

And compensations doesn’t bring back your health!


Now you know that Tubularsock knows that the XL pipeline will be approved by our step-and-fetch Obummer but my hat goes off to the NATIONAL NURSES UNITED and all others who stand up and say NO to the madness of BIG OIL.


To the property owners that had their land taken from them through eminent domain by a foreign corporation so as to run a private pipeline through that land is shocking to say the least. But PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE is the capitalist creed.


And even though Tubularsock has predicted the outcome he never is going to stand by and not at least stand up and say NO.


And I urge everyone to do the same.


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On my return trip back to Oakland Tubularsock had to weave his old heavy two-wheeler through a group of homeless veterans with their cardboard signs asking for help at the entrance to BART.


You know, I just couldn’t help but wonder just how many people have been fucked up because of this incessant lust for oil.


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Ok. Tubularsock is just going to get you clear from the get-go about his jaded point of view.

Have you ever noticed what is really within a person’s name? Let me give you an example:


CLAPPER. Tubularsock’s first feeling with CLAPPER is ……… “will I need shots?” ….. “is it contagious?” …….. “is it sexually transmitted?” 


You know that sort of imagery.


And really, that is much more positive than when I think of James Clapper, Director of the U.S. Intelligence.


You see you might have missed this, 55 Senators did, so don’t feel bad if it had slipped your mind.


But just before the “Father’s Day Weekend” (what kind of fucking cover is that!) Thursday the 13th the top officials from the FBI and Justice Department, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence and Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA) all sat shoulder to shoulder and briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee on what a great job they were all doing stopping terrorism plots.


Fun side note: The Senators that took advantage of the short day and headed back to their home states for Father’s Day weekend just had to get home. But the short day was not short. It was only short if you didn’t go to the meet-up.

But maybe just maybe, in defense of these dead-beat Senators, they realized the level of pure undulating bull shit that was going to occur. You know when you are wearing a $3000. suit you don’t want it to get stained because whatever hits the fan will not be distributed evenly.


The briefing also included the former chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and his rubber stamp. The rubber stamp received an applause for it’s perfect service and incredible endurance.


“It’s hard to get this story out. Even now we have this big briefing — we’ve got Alexander, we’ve got the FBI, we’ve got the Justice Department, we have the FISA Court there, we have Clapper there — and people are leaving,” Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.


Well for Christ sake Diane, you scheduled this meeting at 2:30pm on a Thursday afternoon! When Congress is doing an eleven to two workday two days a week what do you expect. Thursday is fly home day and Monday is fly back day. Everyone knows that!


It is easy to get THIS story out ………. bend over Diane Intel penetrates again.


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Well today Tubularsock was sitting and thinking. If I was a lawyer and Obummer came to me and ask me to put together a legal justification of his drone program based on law, how would I do that.

What law could I find that would give the U.S. the authority to fly over the air space of any country (with or without their permission) and blow anyone to bits without those pesky other laws about due process, trial by jury, innocent until proven guilty ……. you know, those laws that make us a nation based on laws and not based on the whims of men. Kind of like being civilized rather than barbaric.

Now I could go to international law as my base but what set of laws, that nations have signed and agreed to, fit being able to fly over the air space of any country (with or without their permission) and blow anyone to bits?

Well without an ACT OF WAR there aren’t any. Now within the “RULES OF WAR” there are guidelines for flying over the air space of a country that has already attacked  our country and blow anyone to bits but even there there must be actions taken to avoid civilian causalities (collateral damage). Like we really care.

And in order to fly to that country and bomb the hell out of them we have to get permission from any country that we have to fly over so we can pass through their air space to bomb our new enemy.

So maybe following U.S. law could be the base to work from so as to fly over the air space of any country (with or without their permission) and blow anyone to bits. Let me see here …………  well by jove, there is not a single one. DAMN CIVILIZED OF US! Don’t you think?

Well maybe Biblical Law. And I’ll focus on the Old Testament. Those bastards loved slaughtering each other with great zeal. Maybe like …….. an eye for an eye …….. nope!

To base having the authority to fly over the air space of any country (with or without their permission) and blow anyone to bits the person you are blowing to bits FIRST has to take your eye THEN you take his eye. You can’t take his eye unless you can justify he has done it to you!

But don’t you even fret for one second. Tubularsock has an inside track. Obummer wouldn’t hire Tubularsock the lawyer if he didn’t think I could pull it out of the hat.

I would call up my good friends Jay Bybee and John Yoo. Because when you have to pull law out a hat Bybee and Yoo have the ability to pull it straight out of their ASSES!


You remember Jay & John ………. they came up with the new legal INTERPRETATION

which by changing the name torture to enhanced-interrogation all’s good!

So …………….

My job is over  ………

Legal interpretation:  it doesn’t exist because there are no laws for it

Now I turn it over to the White House Public Relations Department (WHPRD).

They create the words to explain the Legal INTERPRETATION.

Then they hand it over to James Clapper, the Director of the U.S. Intelligence to explain the new INTERPRETATION in  James Clapper’s “least untruthful” terms.

And finally, Obummer gives his speech on how transparent the entire process is and all the necessary legal checks and balances are in place for our safety so we can fly over the air space of any country (with or without their permission) and blow anyone to bits.

Wow! Now we are safe.

Anyone for golf?

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Have you every thought what Congressional “OVERSIGHT” means?

It seems that more often than not OVERSIGHT and OVERSEEING are interchangeable in the main stream media and government committees.

They are NOT the same!

OVERSIGHT is looking over something as in not seeing it. (“I’m sorry, it was an oversight on my part.”)

OVERSEEING is observing what is going on. (“I see the complete picture.”)

OVERSIGHT is what Diane Feinstein is doing as Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. She is briefed by the NSA but she doesn’t see …….. OVERSIGHT!


And we even continue to pay her for her “OVERSIGHT”. Shame on us.

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