Welcome to the Catbird's new nest...currently being built in the very top of the tallest tree in the forest!
As many visitors to the former Catbird Seat may know, at the behest of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the unjust United States Department of Justice, the old tree was ordered chopped down by Honorable Judge David A. Ezra.
This new nesting site, once completed, will bring you startling new views of the world, along with the best of the archived sightings from the old Catbird Seat. So, spread your wings now and join us at the top of the tree!
WELCOME TO THE NEW CATBIRD SEAT!
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DECEMBER 17, 2009
The Akaka bill would create a race-based state in Hawaii.
The Wall Street Journal
President Obama speaks proudly of his childhood in Hawaii, so we wonder what the state's voters think of his support for a bill that would redistribute its wealth based on race. That's what would happen under the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which Congress is trying to sneak through in its final days this year.
Sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka, the bill would transfer a percentage of public-owned lands to a native Hawaiian government within the state of Hawaii. The legislation would collect some 400,000 ethnic Hawaiians scattered across the country into a newly affiliated tribe, eventually endowed with the powers of a sovereign state, including freedom from state taxes and regulations and separate police power.
Proponents say the plan would duplicate the legal scenario set up for Native Americans, but the Akaka bill carves out new territory. Unlike Indian tribes made up of tightly knit populations that have lived together continuously, participation in the new group would be available to nearly anyone able to trace their roots back to a Native Hawaiian ancestor, no matter where they now reside. U.S. Civil Rights Commission member Gail Heriot told Congress in June that, "If ethnic Hawaiians can be accorded tribal status, why not Chicanos in the Southwest? Or Cajuns in Louisiana?"
Under the Akaka bill, someone will have to divine exactly who qualifies as a Native Hawaiian. In the bill's current version, the determination would be handled by a nine member commission staffed by experts in native Hawaiian genealogy. That, says the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, amounts to racial discrimination and would "subdivide the American People into discrete subgroups accorded varying degrees of privilege."
The Supreme Court has already ruled that elections based on a blood quota violate the Fifteenth Amendment's ban on restricting voting along racial lines. In its 2000 decision in Rice v. Cayetano, the Court held that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs could not hold elections limited to ethnic Hawaiians. "Ancestry can be a proxy for race," the court wrote, "and is that proxy here."...
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"INHUMANE" CIA TERROR TACTICS SPUR CRIMINAL PROBE.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration launched a criminal investigation Monday into harsh questioning of detainees during President George W. Bush's war on terrorism, revealing CIA interrogators' threats to kill one suspect's children and to force another to watch his mother sexually assaulted.
At the same time, President Barack Obama ordered changes in future interrogations, bringing in other agencies besides the CIA under the direction of the FBI and supervised by his own national security adviser. The administration pledged questioning would be controlled by the Army Field Manual, with strict rules on tactics, and said the White House would keep its hands off the professional investigators doing the work.
Despite the announcement of the criminal probe, several Obama spokesmen declared anew — as the president has repeatedly — that on the subject of detainee interrogation he "wants to look forward, not back" at Bush tactics. They took pains to say decisions on any prosecutions would be up to Attorney General Eric Holder, not the White House.
Monday's five-year-old report by the CIA's inspector general, newly declassified and released under a federal court's orders, described severe tactics used by interrogators on terror suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Seeking information about possible further attacks, interrogators threatened one detainee with a gun and a power drill, choked another and tried to frighten still another with a mock execution of another prisoner.
Attorney General Holder said he had chosen a veteran prosecutor to determine whether any CIA officers or contractors should face criminal charges for crossing the line on rough but permissible tactics....
(Watch Chris Matthews' Hardball: Cheney vs Obama on the question of the CIA interrogations ) (08/24/09)
DODD AND OBAMA: CORRUPT BIRDS OF A FEATHER!
By Michelle Malkin
When he launched his presidential bid in February 2007, Barack Obama inspired millions and rallied the world with his pledge to “build a more hopeful America.” He told a cheering crowd in Springfield, Illinois, land of Lincoln, that he recognized “that there is a certain presumptuousness in this, a certain audacity to this announcement. I know that I have not spent a long time learning the ways of Washington, but I have been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington have to change.”
Two years later, Barack Obama declared his support for an entrenched U.S. Senator drowning in the decrepit old politics of pay-for-play.... (08-02-09)
FLASH: OBAMA'S KENYAN BIRTH CERTIFICATE REPORTEDLY SHOWS UP!
An exclusive from WorldNetDaily.com (08-02-09)
HAWAII BANK GOT U.S. HELP AFTER SENATOR DAN INOUYE'S AIDE PLACED CALL
By Paul Kiel, ProPublica.org
WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel Inouye’s staff contacted federal regulators last fall to ask about the bailout application of an ailing Hawaii bank that he had helped to establish and where he has invested the bulk of his personal wealth.
The bank, Central Pacific Financial, was an unlikely candidate for a program designed by the Treasury Department to bolster healthy banks.
The firm’s losses were depleting its capital reserves. Its primary regulator, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., already had decided that it didn’t meet the criteria for receiving a favorable recommendation and had forwarded the application to a council that reviewed marginal cases, according to agency documents.
Two weeks after the inquiry from Inouye’s office, Central Pacific announced that the Treasury would inject $135 million.... (06-30-09)
WHO'S AFRAID OF THE BIG, BAD BLUE WOLF?
The New York Post reports that three former deputies to city Comptroller Bill Thompson now own or work at firms that earn millions of dollars in fees to invest the pension funds he oversees.
Government watchdogs blasted the ex-employees for seemingly exploiting their connections to get high-paying jobs and bring government cash to their private businesses.
Two of Thompson's former top pension managers, Josh Wolf-Powers and Adam Blumenthal, quit their city jobs and founded Blue Wolf Capital Management in 2005.
The private equity firm landed contracts to invest $63 million of city pension funds - and will collect at least $1.2 million in fees, officials said....
Another of Thompson's closest aides, Horatio Sparkes, the ex- deputy comptroller for pension funds, left in 2006 to join Yucaipa Companies, an investment firm led by supermarket magnate and Bill Clinton buddy Ron Burkle.
Yucaipa already had a contract to invest $170 million in 2003, according to city documents. The company got new contracts last year to invest another $360 million for four city pension funds, documents indicate.
While total payments to Yucaipa were not disclosed, records show the company has raked in $9.5 million in fees from the $347 million it invests for the city's biggest pension fund - NYCERS.
Even if the deals follow the letter of the law, they reek of preferential treatment, watchdogs say.
"They use their insider knowledge and past relationships to gain an upper hand and make a wad of cash," said Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union....
Thompson's office has come under scrutiny in a widening pay-for- play probe by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo and the Securities and Exchange Commission last month indicted political adviser Hank Morris for allegedly steering state pension-fund business to investment firms in exchange for kickbacks. Morris denies the charges.
The state scandal was linked to Thompson's office last week, when The Post revealed that Morris had pocketed a placement fee on an $85 million deal between NYCERS and Quadrangle, an investment firm headed by Steven Rattner, now the chief of President Obama's auto- bailout task force. (06-12-09)
THE BUZZARDS IN CHARGE OF THE AIG BAILOUT!
January 16, 2009
THE AIG CREDIT FACILITY TRUST
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced today, with the full support of the Treasury Department, the formation of the AIG Credit Facility Trust. The Trust is being established for the sole benefit of the United States Treasury to hold the 77.9 percent equity interest in American International Group, Inc.(AIG) that will be issued in connection with the previously announced credit facility extended to AIG.
Three independent trustees have been selected by the New York Fed, in close consultation with the Treasury Department, to oversee this equity interest in the best interests of the U.S. Treasury. They are Jill M. Considine, former chairman of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation; Chester B. Feldberg, former chairman of Barclays Americas; and Douglas L. Foshee, president and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation.
Pursuant to the terms of the Trust Agreement, the trustees will have absolute discretion and control over the AIG stock, subject only to the terms of the Trust Agreement, and will exercise all rights, powers and privileges of a shareholder of AIG. The trustees will not sit on the board of directors of AIG. Day-to-day management of AIG will remain with the persons charged with such management.
To avoid possible conflicts with the New York Fed’s supervisory and monetary policy functions, the Trust has been structured so that the New York Fed cannot exercise any discretion or control over the voting and consent rights associated with the equity interest in AIG. The New York Fed will, however, continue to monitor closely the financial operations of AIG in connection with its role as lender....
Calvin A. Mitchell III
BATTLE LOOMS AS OBAMA NEARS CHOICE OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hopes to tone down the partisan warfare that often surrounds selections to the Supreme Court, but that won't be easy with interest groups bracing for a fight over issues like abortion.
Obama has been weighing a short list of mostly women for a seat on the nine-member high court that decides such issues as abortion and the death penalty as well as business and property rights cases. The court's members are appointed for life but require Senate confirmation.
The pick, expected to be announced later this month, is unlikely to change the court's ideological makeup since Obama, a Democrat, is expected to pick a liberal in the mold of retiring justice David Souter.
Some experts think Obama, a former lecturer in constitutional law, may seek someone with the intellectual firepower and personality to go to toe-to-toe with two of the court's most conservative members, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. Though well regarded for his intellect, Souter is relatively low-key...
Noting that Obama, a former senator, voted against Republican President George W. Bush's two Supreme Court nominees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Volokh said it is unrealistic for Obama to expect conservatives to "engage in unilateral disarmament."
Solicitor General Elena Kagan, who argues for the government before the Supreme Court, and two federal appeals court judges -- Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood -- are among those under consideration by Obama, according to a source familiar with his thinking.
Also in the mix are Michigan Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno. Many analysts believe Obama will pick a woman to join the only other female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (05-17-09)
BISHOP ESTATE / KAMEHAMEHA SCHOOLS LOSES $2.08 BILLION LAST YEAR!
The master recommends extending terms of the expiring trustees since they're doing such a good job!
A court-appointed master for the Kamehameha Schools is recommending a one-year extension for trustee Robert Kihune, whose term ends next month.
In a 117-page report filed with the state Probate Court last month, attorney David Fairbanks also recommended a one-year extension for trustee Diane Plotts and two-year extensions for board members Douglas Ing and Nainoa Thompson. Kihune, a retired Navy vice admiral, will step down June 30 after having served on Kamehameha School's board since 2000.
A Probate Court-appointed trustee screening committee recently named three finalists to replace Kihune. They included state Department of Hawaiian Homes Lands Chairman Micah Kane, state Community Development Authority Executive Director Anthony Ching and former Kamehameha Schools executive and ex-DHHL Chairman Ray Soon.
Deputy Attorney General Hugh Jones, whose office serves as the legal guardian for the estate, had no comment, saying he has not yet completed his review of Fairbanks' recommendations.
Kamehameha Schools, which was established by the 1883 will of Princess Pauahi Bishop, is a nonprofit charitable trust that educates Hawaiian children.
It is one of the nation's largest charities and is Hawai'i's largest private landowner, with more than 360,000 acres.
In addition to extending current trustees' terms, Fairbanks also recommended that future board members receive a 10-year term.
Trustees earn about $90,000 a year.
Fairbanks said he was satisfied with the progress made by Kamehameha CEO Dee Jay Mailer and her management team but expressed concern about continuity within Kamehameha's boardroom in light of the recent financial challenges faced by the trust.
His report noted that the value of the trust's endowment dropped by 20.4 percent from $9.44 billion on June 30, 2008, to $7.36 billion on Dec. 31, 2008, as a result of the global financial downturn and the national economy. (Not to mention greed, mismanagement and political manipulation!) (05-09-09)
GUILTY OR NOT! GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE CARDS FOR AIPAC ESPIONAGE AGENTS?
Homeland Security takes a back-seat to protecting politicians and their well-paid lobbyists!
It's reported that federal prosecutors will ask that espionage charges be dropped against two high-profile AIPAC lobbyists for stealing and selling US military secrets to foreign interests. The reasons? New court rulings, they say, will make it difficult to win convictions without disclosing to the general public the secrets they stole, how they stole them, who helped them steal these secrets, to whom were they sold, etc. Perhaps I'm missing the point somewhere, but isn't it the exact purpose of the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute alleged acts of espionage and treason ... regardless of whether or not a judge and jury decides to convict? And, if these secrets have already been stolen and sold to foreign interests, why shouldn't U.S. citizens be allowed to know what these secrets were and exactly who were involved? (05-01-09)
THE TORCH OF ERIC SHINE!
The true story of a patriot's fight to shine a light on crime and corruption in the U.S. Merchant Marines.
Let the blazing torch of Lt. Eric Shine light your way to the TRUTH about the CROOKS & CRIMINALS who have taken over our government! (05-01-09)
ENTER UNCLE SAM'S TORTURE CHAMBERS!
Did the Bush administration use torture to try to establish a false link between Iraq and Al-Qaeda ... (and to coverup the true identities of the real 9-11 terrorists)? The truth about terror!
Presumed guilty until proven innocent! Held indefinitely without a trial! Tortured false confessions! Maimed and murdered in secret operations by the CIA! Is this what our elected officials and the U.S. Department of Justice believe our Constitution and human rights conventions are all about? (04-28-09)
GOLDMAN SACHS BRIBED SENATE TO PASS BAILOUT BILL!
The very worst government money can buy!
The Henry Paulson bailout bill probably would never have gotten out of the Senate alive if his old employer, Goldman Sachs, had not given it a big green push! Watch the eye-opening video and see how the birdseed flowed into the pockets of the Obama and McCain campaigns, and how it may have influenced votes for the billions of bailout cash. (04-15-09)
BREAKING NEWS: INDICTMENT OF BUSH OFFICIALS MAY COME IN DAYS!
Kidnapping, secret prisons, torture and more!
Newsweek breaks shocking new revelations about possible U.S. indictments against Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other members of the Bush Gang! Maybe even Chief Bush himself! (04-10-09)
SOME SAW IT COMING...
How did the economy end up this way?
Back in 1999, the Gramm, Leach, Blily Act was signed, allowing for major bank and insurance deregulations. Only 8 Senators voted against it... Today, some very wise owls are saying that much of today's economic problems can be traced back to this Act and to the vulture nests of Phil Gramm and friends... (03-25-09)
EX-CEO OF BANKOH CONSIDERED FOR CITIGROUP BOARD
Change we can believe in?
Former Bank of Hawaii Chief Executive Michael O'Neill reportedly is one of the candidates being considered for a position on the board of directors at financially troubled Citigroup Inc. ... Is it a coincidence, or a conspiracy, that Barack Obama just happens to have connections with a whole flock of bailed-out Wall Street vultures in this picture? We report; you decide! (03-14-08)
AIG: THE AMERICAN IDOL OF GREED!
Bailing Out the Greedy Vultures on Wall Street.
Where are the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars going to bail out the greedy vultures of Wall Street? Sh-h-h, it's a big secret! (But...for a little hint, fly over and take a gander at the vultures in the halls of AIG!) (03-03-09)
THE SILENCE OF THE WHISTLEBLOWERS
Calling All Whistleblowers! The SEC Wants YOU!
From "Sir" Allen Stanford's alleged $8 billion CD sticky wicket to Bernie Maddoff's $50 billion decades-long scam, each new day brings another round of financial madness - yet no one person or government agency seems to be moving fast to find a cure. But the Securities and Exchange Commission's Inspector General, David Kotz, is all ears for one group with answers: Wall Street's whistleblowers. Dare we hold our breath? (02-24-09)
THE GREAT NEST EGG ROBBERIES
Delphi wins right to cut retirees' benefits.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain of the Southern District of New York has provisionally granted bankrupt Delphi Corp. permission to end health care and life insurance benefits for its retired salaried workers as of April. Is this another portend of the type of relief the bailout of Wall Street billionaires will bring to Main Street laborers? (02-24-09)
HALLIBURTON FROM HELL!
Halliburton Whistleblower Requests Your Help To Protect Taxpayers.
Bunny Greenhouse, the former Procurement Executive and highest-ranking Army Corps of Engineers civilian procurement official who blew the whistle on Halliburton/KBR, has an urgent message to protect taxpayers regarding the $600 billion "economic stimulus package" that Congress is debating. Fly there now to lend your voice by contacting your Senators and Representatives! (02/06/09)
KBR: KIDNAPPING, BRIBERY & RAPE ... AT U.S. TAXPAYERS EXPENSE!
KBR wins contract despite criminal probe of deaths
WASHINGTON - Defense contractor KBAmR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electric work in Iraq, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq. KBR was previously owned by Halliburton Co., the oil services conglomerate that former Vice President Dick Cheney once led. Separately, court papers filed in Houston on Friday show KBR is preparing to plead guilty to federal bribery charges for promising and paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Nigeria in exchange for engineering and construction contracts between 1995 and 2004. But that's only the beginning... (02/06/09)
THE GREATEST GREED ON EARTH - Playing God for profit!
ROE v. WADE: 36 YEARS OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION
Pro-Lifers Prepare to Battle Pro-Abortion Agenda
WASHINGTON – From coast to coast, pro-lifers are marking the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which legalized abortion for any reason, even as a method of birth control.
Since 1973, these decisions have resulted in the death of more than 50 million unborn children.
"We mourn the deaths of 50 million unborn babies that were the tragic consequence of these decisions," said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., president of National Right to Life. "Sadly, under the Obama Administration, we can expect a radical agenda which would cause this number to increase dramatically."
In consultation with a coalition of pro-abortion groups, which submitted a 55-page outline of pro-abortion policies to the Obama transition team, the Obama Administration has an agenda designed to repeal many, if not all, of the pro-life policies in place at the state and federal level.
Through their extreme agenda, the Administration wants to fund organizations that perform and promote abortion; force employer health insurance plans to cover abortion; force hospitals and health care professionals to provide abortions; and enact the so-called "Freedom of Choice Act" – a bill that would invalidate virtually all state and federal laws restricting abortion, including parental notification laws, and which would make partial-birth abortion legal again.... (01-22-09)
Someone is lying. According to Obama's Kenyan (paternal) grandmother, as well as his half-brother and half-sister, Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya, not in Hawaii as President-elect Obama claims. Well, maybe it won't be a big issue once his honest and "transparent" crew members are in place: Hillary Clinton ... Leon Panetta ... Eric Holder ... Timothy Geithner ... Joshua Gotbaum ... Robert Gates ... Eric Shinseki ... etc. ... No???
LOOKING BACK AT SOME OF THE OF BAILED OUT VULTURES OF WALL STREET!
Take a look back a decade ago in the Catbird Archives at some of the Wall Street billionaires currently being bailed out by US TAXPAYERS!
For some insight into the silencing of a whistleblower, fly over to see CONFESSIONS OF A WHISTLEBLOWER!
"TODAY'S HITS & YESTERDAY'S FAVORITES"
#1 - AIG: The American Idol of Greed
#2 - Allied World Assurance
#3 - Chubb Group: A Flock of Compromising Buzzards
#4 - Citigroup: Vampires in the City
#5 - Goldman Sachs: Dirty Gold in Goldman Sachs
#6 - Marsh & McLennan: The Marsh Birds
#7 - No Bailout for Billionaires!
#8 - Vulture Nests along Wall Street
#9 - The World's Greatest Greed!
#10 - The Silence of the Whistleblowers
#1 - The Eagle Hooded: The 9-11 Coverups
#2 - Axis of Evil
#3 - The Kissinger of Death
#4 - Dirty Money, Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate
#5 - The Secret Nests: Part I - The CIA
#6 - Broken Trust: The Book
#7 - Sukamto Sia: The Indonesian Connection
#8 - Vultures of the Sandwich Isles
#9 - Ron Rewald: Flying High in Hawaii
#10 - The Vultures in Maunawili Valley