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Class Warfare / April 16, 2012

This article was first published on ConsortiumNews.com

This past Thursday, a Modesto, California, man whose house was in foreclosure shot and killed the Sheriff’s deputy and the locksmith who came to evict him from his condominium unit. Modesto authorities responded by sending 100 police and SWAT snipers to counter-attack, and it ended Waco-style, with the fourplex structure burning to the ground with the shooter inside.

It’s not surprising that this should happen in Modesto: Last year the Central California city’s foreclosure rate was the third worst in the country, with one in every 19 properties filing for foreclosure.  The entire region is ravaged by unemployment, budget cuts, and blight — the only handouts that Modesto is seeing are the surplus military equipment stocks being dumped into the Modesto police department’s growing arsenal.

The shooter who died was 45 years old and he appears to have lost his condominium over a $15,000 home equity loan he took out almost a decade ago, owed to Bank of America. The condo was sold at an auction for just $12,988 to a shady firm, R&T Financial, that doesn’t even have a listed contact number. Too much for the former security guard, who barricaded himself in the condo which had been in the family for decades. He refused to walk out alive.

Prepared for foreclosure violence: Modesto SWAT team in armored truck

These “death by foreclosure” killings have been going on, quietly, around the country ever since the housing swindle first unraveled. Like the story of the 64-year-old Phoenix man whose daughter and grandson were preparing to move in with him after losing their home to foreclosure — only to get a knock on his door surprising him with an eviction notice on the house he’d owned for over 30 years. Bank of America foreclosed on him despite his attempts to work out a fair plan.

We now know that the same banks that had been bailed out over their subprime fraud disaster were, by the time this happened, headlong into another criminal scheme, this time foreclosure fraud. The fraud was effected both illegally and in bad faith on a scale so vast it’s hard not to think that it was carried out by some marauding foreign army.

Anyway, the old man grabbed a .357 and a beer, walked outside into a sea of Phoenix cops and snipers, and fired his gun off until they cut him down in a hail of bullets.

Sometimes the “losers” in this class war make it easier on everyone else by killing themselves and setting themselves on fire as they’re being evicted, as one Ohio couple recently did. Others class war “losers” aren’t as cooperative, like a Florida man who was gunned down by police after he set his foreclosed townhouse on fire last year.

It’s exactly the sort of lopsided class war that Warren Buffett first officially acknowledged in 2006:

“There’s a class war, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Buffett is right to call it a one-way war, in both a metaphorical sense and in a literal sense, given the endless wars being waged for over a decade now, wars that are tied to the class wars at home.

Murdering Afghan Civilians

Nothing illustrates the interlinking between the class war at home and the imperial wars abroad more starkly than the example of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Army sniper accused last month of killing 17 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children.

The Army is trying to pin it all on Sgt. Bales’s supposedly deranged mental state, but their version of events contradicts what the victims and eyewitnesses in the village have been telling the few reporters who have had a chance to actually interview them. They’re saying that they saw several American soldiers participating in the massacre, as well as a helicopter.

Whatever the case, whether alone or with others, most people familiar with the case agree that for some reason, Sgt. Bales “snapped.” Invariably they’re over-psychologizing why he “snapped” — the military has blamed it on everything from his supposedly troubled marriage, to strain or stress, to an alleged alcohol bender.

Less well-known or discussed is what happened to Sgt. Bales on the other front: the class war front. Three days before his shooting rampage, the house where Bales’s wife and two children lived in Tacoma, Washington, was put up for a short sale, $50,000 underwater. This was exactly what Sgt. Bales and his wife feared might happen if the Army forced him into a fourth battlefield deployment.

The last time Sgt. Bales deployed — to Iraq in August 2009 — Bank of America foreclosed on the family’s rental property, a duplex that his wife had bought in 1999 that was also underwater. Within months of BofA taking their duplex, Sgt. Bales’s Humvee hit an IED and flipped over, causing brain and head injuries. On a previous deployment to Iraq, Sgt. Bales had one of his feet partially blown off by a bomb.

Censored US Army article celebrating Sgt. Bales in September 2011

Before being deployed to Afghanistan last year, he and his wife had been assured that the Army wouldn’t force Sgt. Bales, a highly-decorated hero who’d already sacrificed his physical wellbeing and his family’s financial health, back into combat.

Bales and his wife were planning their future as a career military family, on bases far from any combat zone, working up the Army’s pay scale year by year. But then in March 2011, a year before Sgt. Bales’s massacre, they were shocked and hurt by the Army’s decision to deny him his standard promotion to Sgt. First Class, which came with a much-needed pay hike.

(Last year, President Barack Obama’s Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Adm. Michael Mullen, said many of the austerity cuts would fall on soldiers’ pay and benefits rather than slashing weapons programs and force levels, which he called the “relatively easy” thing to do.)

When Sgt. Bales learned he wouldn’t get his promotion, his wife wrote on her blog:

“It is very disappointing after all of the work Bob has done and all the sacrifices he had made for his love of his country, family and friends.”

Kathilyn Bales comforted herself with the assurances they’d been given that at least her husband wouldn’t be sent back into combat again — at least the family would be going together to one of the many non-warzone bases around the world. She wrote:

“Who knows where we will end up. I just hope that we are able to rent out the house so we can keep it. I think we are both still in shock.”

Then came the real shock: the Army sent Sgt. Bales back into the war zone, into Afghanistan. His wife would have to deal with the more than $500,000 in mortgage debts on her own.

It was all timed perfectly: Last December, the month Sgt. Bales was deployed to Afghanistan, one of the subprime loans worth $178,000, taken out in 2006, was timed to “reset” to as high as 10.8 percent interest, and call in its first full payment.

Joe Krumbach, former president of the Seattle Mortgage Bankers Association, reviewed this loan and the others sold to Sgt. Bales’s wife while he was in Iraq, and denounced them as “unconscionable.”

He told the Seattle Times, “The margins on these loans are disaster waiting to happen” and admitted that mortgage lenders deliberately targeted military families like the Bales family, swindling them into signing onto far pricier refinancing loans “that benefited lenders and mortgage brokers” at the expense of vulnerable military families, as well as minorities and low-income borrowers.

Another local real estate businessman who specializes in short sales agreed, telling Businessweek that “we set them up.”

“It’s not an unfamiliar story, but it’s sad,” said Richard Eastern, a co-founder of Bellevue, Washington-based Washington Property Solutions, which negotiates short sales. “We’re going to send you off to war but we’re going to foreclose on your home.” He said many lenders offered loans they knew borrowers couldn’t repay. “And it’s not just soldiers, it’s everybody. We set them up.

The extent to which mortgage lenders and banks deliberately preyed on American military families is made clear by this little-known fact: the Tacoma region, home to Fort Lewis-McChord, the largest base in the Western United States and home to 100,000 military personnel and families, suffered one of the worst predatory subprime loan epidemics in the country, an anomaly in the state of Washington. According to Richard Eastern’s firm, roughly half of all home sales in that region are either foreclosures or short sales. As early as 2007, the Wall Street Journal singled out Tacoma as one of the nation’s worst affected regions from subprime plunder.

Who’s at Fault?

So who did this? Who, in the class war equation, waged and “won” this class war on Sgt. Bales’s family, and so many other military families? What are their names? Where are they now?

As a matter of fact, there is a company name: Paramount Equity Mortgage. And there is a person’s name: Hayes Barnard, the CEO and co-founder of Paramount Equity. He lives in Roseville, California. In many ways, the story of the “winner” in this class war story is the most revealing, and enraging part of all.

Paramount Equity was founded in 2004, and quickly spread across the Western states, issuing some $8 billion in loans. Paramount Equity’s subprime predation really took off in 2006, right after the Bush Administration’s Department of Housing (HUD) and the FHA qualified Paramount Equity government insurance on its mortgages.

Almost immediately, Paramount Equity flooded the Tacoma region’s radio airwaves with deceptive ads hard-selling refinancing loans, featuring the voice of CEO Hayes Barnard promising the lowest rates, the most honest dealing, giving his personal guarantee.

However, a raft of fraud and deception charges followed. In 2008, the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions announced it was charging Paramount Equity Mortgage with deceptive lending practices and revoking its license.

Paramount stood accused of charging and collecting unearned fees, charging consumers to buy down interest rates without actually reducing the rate, failing to make required disclosures and making state and federally-required disclosures in a deceptive manner.

“Paramount failed to make proper disclosures in almost every loan we reviewed,” said Deb Bortner, director of DFI’s Division of Consumer Services. “Washington [state] has many licensed mortgage brokers who comply with the law. In today’s market, we simply do not need a mortgage broker engaged in deceptive conduct doing business in this state.”

The state’s charges also singled out Hayes Barnard for “engaging in a deceptive advertising campaign.”

As is so often the case, there’s far too little reported specifics on the actual nature of the fraud and deception. Sometimes you have to look in the comments sections on real estate or legal blogs from the affected region. Like this comment left on a marketing blog posting calling out Paramount Equity’s “lies”:

“I apologize if this is maybe a little off topic. I refinanced with Paramount back in 2004. Come 2009, my loan adjusted and I was left with no choice but to walk away with my 3 kids and stay at home wife. I had to rely on credit cards the last couple of years, even charging a couple mortgage payments.

“We ended up filing ch. 7 and we are now renting and have ZERO (if not worse) credit. Today (Sept. 27, 2011) an auditor came to my door and gave me some info and verified other info regarding B-of-A filing a PMI [private mortgage insurance] claim. Sorry so long winded….

“One of the docs he showed me was of my stated income which was double …  DOUBLE my income at the time. I NEVER would put myself into such a situation and lied. I honestly believe the number was changed and it was burried [sic] in an inch of docs I had to sign and I just didn’t see it.

“I’m not claiming complete innocence, because after all, I DID sign everything and agreed to the loan (which I didn’t know was a negative amortization loan. Hell, I didn’t even know what that meant). Now, we’re stable, but my financial future and creditworthiness is screwed. I barely got a $500 limit credit card at 17%.

“Do I have any type of recourse here? I’m not frivolous, but I am at a loss. In fact … I LOST everything. Thanks in advance.”

These sorts of stories can be found everywhere, and they repeat themselves over and over. And what’s most galling of all is that these plundering crooks preyed on those most vulnerable — military families suffering from the chaos of war, minorities, low-income people — to generate their fast riches, backed with government guarantees.

Getting Off Easy

For all the swindling and destruction, including the “unconscionable” exploding loans Paramount Equity foisted on Sgt. Bales’s wife while he was off fighting in Iraq, the state of Washington settled in 2009 with what can only be described as a wrist-massage: A fine of a mere $392,000, no admission of guilt.

Paramount even got to keep its license to operate. This, despite the incredible admission in the signed consent that “Paramount admits that during the relevant time period, Paramount did not maintain books and records.”

This is what a lopsided class war looks like: The financial fraudsters, the One Percenters, fleece the unsophisticated locals like 19th century Europeans plundering far-away aborigines.

One victim of Paramount commented bitterly on the settlement:

“We have not one, but TWO ugly loans which are breaking us from good ol’ Paramount Equity Mortgage. …. The citizens who signed these toxic documents are suffering EVERY DAY and losing their homes because Matt and Hayes need to make their yacht payment.

“Our financial lives, that took 30 years to build, have been crushed because of the deception that occurred in their office (where no employee appeared to be over 40 years of age) I remember asking at the closing table, ‘Does anyone have gray hair in this building??!!’ It was unnerving. The parking lot looked like a BMW Sales Lot. …

“Soon, I intend to stop crying about our mortgages, as I have been doing over the last THREE YEARS… And Washington State Department of Financial Institutions: SHAME ON YOU. Shame on you.”

Two “ugly loans” from Paramount Equity are what broke Kathilyn and Robert Bales.

The end result: Hayes Barnard and Paramount Equity Capital are doing better than ever. In 2009, Hayes Barnard was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce, the wealthy Sacramento suburb where Paramount Equity Mortgage is headquartered. In 2010, the Sacramento Business Journal honored him as one of Sacramento’s “40 under 40” leaders.

Hayes Barnard (l), American Hero

The big payoff came last year, when one of the world’s largest infomercial firms, Guthy-Renker, bought a “significant equity position” in Hayes Barnard’s company. You might know Guthy-Renker as the company that makes all those annoying Tony Robbins infomercials and Susan Lucci skincare infomercials.

Guthy-Renker also owns an equity stake in RealtyTrac, the leading foreclosure intelligence source. That’s good news for Hayes Barnard, because it means he’ll be able to wet his beak on the aftermath of the subprime plunder by getting first dibs on the best foreclosure deals. It’s a win-win for the One Percent.

In this degenerate 21st Century version of America, Hayes Barnard exemplifies everything that the current system rewards. In the anti-meritocracy we live in, the sociopaths and crooks are the “winners.” Being a “winner” means you get quoted adoringly in a Sacramento Business Journal Q&A, spouting out the blackest of unintentional black humor:

“As a younger professional, what is the biggest challenge you face?

“As a young professional, the biggest challenge I face is finding the right balance between raising my three children all under 3 years old, being a supporting husband and leading my team as a CEO of three companies. … Achieving true success is to give, give, give and help as many people as you can while leading for your family, employees and community.”

That’s how the class war “winners” rub it in on the rest of us — especially their victims. How can you function after reading such self-serving drivel, particularly if you’re one of the victims?

As for the “losers” in this class war: Sgt. Robert Bales’s wife and children are ruined. They have no home; they only own debts to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, debts owed for life to the Hayes Barnards of this country. The “winner” — the swindler — is a community hero.

As for Sgt. Bales – whom the Army accuses of “snapping” for no good reason, accusing him of being a drunk, or of mental weakness, incapable of handling his marriage or the stress of combat – he might even be put to death. He now sits in Fort Leavenworth military prison, charged with the murder of 17 Afghan civilians.

The way the One Percenter “winners” see this story, it’s all proof that the system is working perfectly.

As the National Journal reported, “Nearly all of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agree that the military justice system can conduct a fair trial for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.”

Would you like more Class Warfare? Read “The Brutal Life of One L. Goh” and “The One-Percent’s Doctrine For the Rest of Us: We Are Not Human Beings, But Livestock Whose Meat They Extract As Rent” by Mark Ames.

Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine.

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  • 1. wengler  |  April 17th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    An interesting read. Typically the oligarchy need some sort of paramilitary unit to enforce their edicts. It appears that local police departments all across the country are fulfilling that role.

    It may be that the most important step is to find some way to elect some people that won’t follow the orders of the oligarchy. Here in Chicago awhile ago the sheriff decided that he wasn’t going to do foreclosures anymore. I don’t know if that policy is still in effect, but in most places the sheriff is still an elected position.

  • 2. John Figler  |  April 17th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Trying to make me feel sorry for a chum that won’t hesitate to put a bullet through your brains if ordered to do so?

    Not that this is what this piece is about–it’s about the oligarchy predating on everyone, including their hired killers. But I can’t deal with that.

    Jesus, I want to add at least 120 to the 20 I already donated.

    i am a cum bucket…

  • 3. CensusLouie  |  April 17th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Is #21 supposed to be a parody or the real thing?

    Poe’s Law strikes again.

  • 4. Krokodile  |  April 17th, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Hayes Bernard is a feudal overlord for his minions. Mainstream America favors and adores its overlords. It is the only approval an overlord needs to prosper from medieval fees. I learnt that much and put a to stop to being meat on the plate of scumbag sumbitches like H.B by expatriating! Now every waking hour is a bliss when I recall that H.B types are not around gobble meat off my body.

  • 5. dominic  |  April 17th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    and here i was thinking all about Mark Ames

  • 6. Margo Adler  |  April 18th, 2012 at 2:48 am

    Wow, this is a great article. I appreciate the effort that went into researching this.

    I wish more journalism was like this.

    Tangentially, I fucking hate Bank of America so much it makes my hair bleed. Banks are revolting, corrupt institutions and they ought to be abolished. What the fuck have they ever done for anyone besides themselves?

    P.S. I love the comments editor policy on this website.

  • 7. dustbunny  |  April 18th, 2012 at 3:47 am

    For lack of a better place to put this, here’s a neat article that you guys might enjoy:

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/03/simple-math-can-save-cities-bankruptcy/1629/

  • 8. Zhu Bajie  |  April 18th, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Drinkwater, if you must feel sorry for an American, feel sorry for Bales’ wife and child. Bales is not likely to get the bullet he deserves. Probably he’ll spend a couple years in jail, then get out and be given financial rewards by conserva-racist admirers. The Lt. Calley treatment.

  • 9. Zhu Bajie  |  April 18th, 2012 at 4:41 am

    It’d be fun if Goh and Bales were to be cell-mates for life, but it won’t happen. :-(

  • 10. dominic  |  April 18th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Ames did it ever occur to you that its a shitload of fun to watch you fuck with idiots who think they’re getting at you somehow? Long live the AEC! Oh, and I’m not angry or frustrated at all, nosiree, this isn’t bothering me a lick as you improve my retarded comments.

  • 11. Harry  |  April 18th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I see these articles as cautionary tales; that is, don’t fuck around with bad loans, and make good choices. This is what this website is good for.

    What are the chances of an article that is about what a hapless American shouldn’t do? For instance, joining the infantry at a fairly old age, such as Bales’s decision, is silly. Here is just some things that I’ve learned in the past few days:

    1. Don’t join the infantry
    2. Don’t go to an occupy protest in LA
    3. Don’t take out bad loans
    4. Stay away from libertarians

    Of course the only reason I only learned that is because I’m a complete fucking retard. Now, if I wasn’t a complete fucking retard, what I really would have learned was:

    1. Do protest with Occupy, don’t be a pussy tool, and be aware of how fucking evil the police state will be when protecting corporate power, and how it treats US citizens in jails and prisons, not just Occupy protesters but everyone, even children. Care about more than the prisoners in Guantanamo.
    2. Don’t join the infantry
    3. Beware of predatory loans you might think were done properly or you might think you even knew what was in them, because the banksters lie, defraud, cheat and steal and get away with everything and drive people to suicide and murder while they make off with everything. As the top figures in the Seattle mortgage industry are quoted saying, those loans were liars loans, they were criminal fraudulent loans designed to blow up on their victims’ faces
    4. Spit on libertarians because they’re the scumbags hired by the 1% to defend “free markets” and banksters and they’re the ones who attack victims of mortgage fraud and finance fraud

  • 12. Steve Patriot  |  April 18th, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I acknowledged that the main idea communicated was the staggering sadism of America’s ruling plutocracy. Several times, I lauded Mark Ames for his erudite research, air tight reporting, and damning accusations.

    Not once was the main idea lost to me.

    Merely, I also noticed:

    “Before being deployed to Afghanistan last year, he and his wife had been assured that the Army wouldn’t force Sgt. Bales, a highly-decorated hero who’d already sacrificed his physical well being and his family’s financial health, back into combat.”

    He sacrificed nothing. At least in this excerpt, you’re attempting employing the ethos argumentation; trying to appeal to my empathy. There is no empathy, Sgt Bale’s CHOOSEN occupation is to buttress the Orwellian contradiction of “protection” for the aforementioned plutocrats.

    My interpretation was passion driven angst- angst that can only be harbored by being an Exiled aficionado, or “comment monkey”.

    @ 47 Do you have any idea how quickly I would be silenced on Murdoch’s propaganda if I were to say what I’ve typed here?

    Outside of a sort menacing pleasure, a way of reminding myself just what we must confront, I _NEVER_ watch network news.

    Instead, I elect to harness, in some delectably enlightening exasperation, the unlimited potential of the underground Alternative media (Al-Jazeera, RT, LewRockwell, The Exiled, Max Blumenthal, WhoWhatWhy,Mondo Weiss, Naked Capitalism Etc.). My dream is to somehow utilize all of these streams of information to eviscerate the The public’s ignorance of their ideas is what drives me to action.

    Really, now that the proprietor of the publication thinks me a repugnant crony for callous Let me tell ya, having one of your heroes hate you really stings.

    Amending my admittedly brash tone earlier is quixotic, perhaps. But if I lose the Exiled comments section, I have a precious part of my life taken away from me. For my purpose was forged in here, and similar reservoirs of dissent.

  • 13. Rambo  |  April 18th, 2012 at 11:15 am

    @62 Okay, you sound smart enough. Just don’t fall for the “they’re insulting the troops! The troops!” bullshit that the Right-Wing propagates.

    Anyway, it sounds like Hayes Bernard is the person most at fault here- if he’d been honest and decent, maybe the guy wouldn’t have snapped. Why don’t mass-shooters ever get the guy at top? It’s because they just snap- they don’t take much time to think things over, I mean, mass-killing isn’t logically executed. (and when it is, like Cho, it can be devastating, and Cho would have gotten double/triple if his earlier murders that day hadn’t alerted all the cops in town. Of course, Cho was pretty nutso by the time he did it, just look at his tape)

    Hayes Bernard should be turned over to the Taliban and his possessions handed over to all his victims as far as I’m concerned.

  • 14. Sylocat  |  April 18th, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    So, what’s the reasoning behind why the other soldiers and helicopter pilot(s) participated in the massacre?

    Not that I don’t feel for Sgt. Bales, it’s just that (according to the victims’ families and witnesses, and the fact that I have brain cells) he wasn’t the only one doing the slaughtering. Did the others have reasons for “snapping” as well?

  • 15. Zhu Bajie  |  April 18th, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    @64 Sylocat, “Life is cheap in Asia”. You can be sure that only a fraction of the killers and rapists get caught.

  • 16. Zhu Bajie  |  April 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    @62, you might try listening to Xtn fundie preachers, just to learn where much of our domestic and foreign policy stupidity comes from. Brother R. G. Stair is the craziest and most entertaining, but there are loads of competitors.

  • 17. Sylocat  |  April 18th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    @65: Uh, yeah, I’m aware of that. But we just got a mini-biography of one of them.

    I mean, look, if they were coordinated enough to charter a helicopter and all go in together, they should have been organized enough to wait until the next break between tours and then go storm Hayes Barnard’s office instead. If they had done that, I’d be publicly-condemning-but-secretly-cheering just like all of you.

    But hey, what do I know?

  • 18. Joe  |  April 18th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Please delete my prior comment. I was angry and do not intend it to be taken seriously.

  • 19. WALRUS PUSSY  |  April 18th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    if i post a picture of my yeast dick will yasha in turn post pix of his scabez

    is that how it works??

  • 20. dominic  |  April 18th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    well played my friend, well played…my boss will tell me to come back sooner or later and will be looking forward to some old school AEC schoolin’…well played though. ‘naw mean?

  • 21. Zhu Bajie  |  April 19th, 2012 at 12:40 am

    @67 Sylocat, somehow people persuade themselves that it’s different when they are over-seas, killing people, screwing whores, etc. However, a certain number of the Weatherman terrorists of the early ’70s were Viet Nam vets. Probably the Red Brigades in Germany/Italy had done military training.

  • 22. Zhu Bajie  |  April 19th, 2012 at 12:43 am

    You know, it’s not as if these kinds of rapists/murderers go totally unmarked by the things they do in Vietnam or Iraq. Calley has been known to complain about nightmares about his massacre. I don’t feel sorry for him. The people he killed don’t get to have nightmares. But he’s not going unpunished. I hope it’s the same for others.

  • 23. John Figler  |  April 19th, 2012 at 6:14 am

    PR strategy #41: Pretend that “this is nothing new.” My boss told me to pretend that there’s nothing new in this article. But who am I kidding? Wish someone would put me out of my misery.

  • 24. ALIVE  |  April 19th, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    The moment you inflict pain on something, someone, and it doesn’t matter who you are, it is going to affect you. And only in a negative way. Whether you are saving the world or murdering it, whether it’s for evil or good, in the end, you are only killing yourself. Your conscience, your spirit, your soul, your happiness, your eternal peace, your life………NOW..TURN IT AROUND…..& Think about the one/s you inflicted the pain upon….your wife & children need to see what you were doing when you were alledgedly saving the world. Can you live with yourself, if you still know who you are? If I did what you did, I would put myself out of my misery and give the victims some relief and justice. Make sure you take ya mates with you….

  • 25. YEAST MAN  |  April 19th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    @74 fucking hippie shut the fuck up and go pound some bongos while i drill your pansy ass with my peeling yeast dick.

  • 26. Scott Lindsay  |  April 19th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    It is amazing how they shit on those who are helping to spread imperialism so they can do it to them in the future.Come on guys you join the military so these rich dicks and there wimpy son’s can continue to throw your families into the streets and turn your country into a police state.And when you get back home some of you will join the police and where riot gear so you can defend the same assholes who threw your family and you out of your homes and stole your pension and now want to suspend the constitution that protected your rights.What you need is a leader someone inthe military that can convince his fellow soldiers that it is they that have committed treason by not defending the constitution and sease government and arrest those that we know are guilty of treason and put America back in the hands of those that live and die by the constitution.

  • 27. super390  |  April 19th, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    This reminds me of a gangster movie in which the loyal henchman contracts tuberculosis and then finds that the feudal duty he assumed his mob boss owed him simply doesn’t exist, that henchmen are as disposable as their victims. Of course, that was a Toshiro Mifune movie, so he got revenge on his boss, not on a bunch of uninvolved peasants.

    So instead of this tiresome spin game of defining Bales as the opposite pole of Baynard or as equally bad as Baynard, we can see they’re both mobsters, but only one was a lackey – and therefore not as different from the rest of us lackeys as a boss is.

  • 28. Sly Cooder  |  April 20th, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Baaaaaadass reporting, dude. Just the right connections made, with just the right amount of research, to nullify most of the bullshit fluff that runs rampant in the mainstream media.

    Nicely done! Rock on and always check your six! The one percenters can get away with anything…

  • 29. Derek  |  April 21st, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Mark — You switch back and forth between Roger Bales and Robert Bales. You might want to fix that.

  • 30. crs  |  April 21st, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    “a certain number of the Weatherman terrorists of the early ’70s were Viet Nam vets.”

    oh really, which ones, cus they certainly seemed like little more than privileged cocksuckers waging war (incompetently) on their own society to me.

  • 31. Oelsen  |  April 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Why do they even sign such a contract? 10% mortage? What?!

  • 32. HAHAHAURFUCKED  |  April 24th, 2012 at 5:26 am

    When may we expect the Bales/Brevik compare and contrast, Exilites?

  • 33. jimmy  |  April 24th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    To me the irony is that the media does such a good job of twisting Occupy Wall Street into a bunch of dirty hippies that some of these same people suffering economically are the first to call them just slackers. These foreclosures are exactly what OWS is trying to do something about, but that message never gets through. People wind up attacking OWS against their own interest. Here is a sample of the OWS interviews the media never runs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxnpDPV9hJs

  • 34. Jim  |  April 29th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    It would be a damn shame if Hayes slipped in a parking lot and suffered a catastrophic head injury.

  • 35. Susan L’Engle  |  May 6th, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Bales was defrauded by and a defrauder through the US financial system. He was victimized by and victimized through the US Army.

    I guess these days Willy Loman ends up as the patsy in the massacre of Afghan kids instead of crashing his car for insurance money.

    And the US media tells us how nice a man he is.

  • 36. 370seo  |  March 2nd, 2013 at 12:58 am

    I’m stunned after saw this post…The features that and i’m waiting for your next post. Keep going.


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