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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"When people feel themselves powerless to change fundamental aspects of their world, they begin to make accommadations with 'realities' that they actually detest." -- Michael Lerner, from the book The Politics of Meaning, 1997, p311

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July 20, 2008

Jul 20 16:43

Missing Semtex 'left unguarded'

A depot in France from which a large quantity of powerful explosive went missing was poorly guarded, the regional head of security has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This reeks of a setup.

Jul 20 16:42

US military jails 'black holes', say US lawyers for Afghan reporter

"Many people in Afghanistan and in Iraq that have been targeted for detention are local journalists covering the conflict in their own country," said another prominent US human rights lawyer, Barbara J. Olshansky.

When the United States detains reporters, photographers, camera operators and holds them for long period without charge for any offence and without trials and without any evidence, we know that part of the goal is to just shut people up," she said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Out of sight, out of mind, and out of the consciousness of most of the American and Afghani people; precisely where this government wants reporters who don't regurgitate the official line on command.

Jul 20 16:41

Israel probes 'detainee shooting'

Israel says it has launched an inquiry after an Israeli human rights group released footage that appears to show a soldier shoot a Palestinian detainee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why no inquiry BEFORE the video was released?

Jul 20 16:37

The Chris Matthews Show: Why The White House REALLY Wants McCain To Win

The White House wants McCain to win because they know there would be no accountability for all their criminal acts with another Republican in office.


Jul 20 12:33

ISRAELI OCCUPATION SOLDIER SHOOTS BLINDFOLDED, HANDCUFFED PALESTINIAN DETAINEE

B’tselem quoted eyewitnesses as saying that Abu Rahma was beaten by soldiers who then dragged him to an army Jeep. There, a video clip showed one soldier aiming his rifle at the Abu Rahma’s legs from a distance of about 1.5 meters and firing a rubber-coated steel bullet at him.

Jul 20 11:47

Ford's most advanced assembly plant

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too bad it is in Brazil.

Remember when the USA manufactured cars?

Jul 20 11:45

The Crisis Is Upon Us

The problem we face is not new in history. Authoritarianism has been around a long time. For centuries, inflation and debt have been used by tyrants to hold power, promote aggression, and provide “bread and circuses” for the people. The notion that a country can afford “guns and butter” with no significant penalty existed even before the 1960s when it became a popular slogan. It was then, though, we were told the Vietnam War and the massive expansion of the welfare state were not problems. The seventies proved that assumption wrong.

Jul 20 11:08

The coming of the third Palestinian exodus

Israel has once again sealed off the Gaza Strip from all but limited humanitarian aid, spawning widespread food, water and fuel shortages and crippling the local economy in the overcrowded territory of 1.5 million people. By depriving Palestinians of the basic conditions of a normal life, it is assumed that they will eventually choose to leave in what can once again be sold to the world as a voluntary exodus.


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Jul 20 11:04

Afghanistan hit by record number of bombs

Air Force and allied warplanes are dropping a record number of bombs on Afghanistan targets.

For the first half of 2008, aircraft dropped 1,853 bombs — more than they released during all of 2006 and more than half of 2007’s total — 3,572 bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: very graphic picture of a dead Afghani child at the top of this article.

No country on this planet has ever successfully won a land war from the air. The outgoing NATO U.S. Forces commander has stated in plain English that we need around 400,000 troops to do this successfully: we only have 47,000 troops in Afghanistan now, and where the precisely the additional 353,000 troops are supposed to come from, no one has a clue.

What the US and NATO troops can do with continuing such assaults, is to further radicalize Afghanis against the Karzai government, and make the Taliban look like the good guys.

So what now?

Continue to bomb the hell out of the country, declare victory, and leave?

Or attempt to include insurgents into the political process and discussion?

The second possibility is the only logical thing the Karzai government, the US and NATO can do, if there is going to be any possibility of peace for this country.

Unfortunately, this administration and logic have never had much of an on-going relationship.

Jul 20 10:31

SAUDI-RUSSIAN MILITARY COOPERATION

For Washington the final slap must be Bandar bin Sultan's comment, "Both Russia and Saudi Arabia agree upon and understand each other in virtually every energy-related issue" (Interfax, July 14). Saudi Arabia and Russia are the world's number one and two oil exporters, controlling nearly a quarter of the world's oil production between them. If the two "understand each other," then the potential anguish over the growing Russian-Saudi rapprochement could extend far beyond the Western military-industrial complex to include motorists and those seeking to heat their homes next winter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would be very certain that both BandarAl Sultan and Putin play chess: I would be monumentally surprised if Bush and his administration can even mange checkers.

This agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia will prove to be one heck of a "win/win" chess move in the years to come for both countries.

Jul 20 10:17

Afghan police, civilians killed by coalition troops

NATO said Sunday that its forces accidentally killed at least four civilians in eastern Afghanistan, while an official in the nation's west said foreign troops used air strikes on Afghan police, killing nine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning the hearts and minds" of the Afghanis, courtesy of NATO, I see

Jul 20 10:08

eThe Gathering Tempest

For all practical purposes FATA is now an extension of the Afghan war, just as Cambodia was an extension of the Vietnam War. But just as going into Cambodia solved nothing and indeed in some ways made matters worse for the U.S. by opening another front in the war, going into FATA and bombing ‘terrorist sanctuaries’ or sending in ‘special forces’ will solve nothing. More likely, it will make things worse, both for the U.S. and Pakistan. Jihadi sentiment will grow. The Talibanization of the tribal areas is already well underway.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When things get worse because of what the US and NATO are doing, count on them collectively to continue to do what is not working, and causing worse damage.


Jul 20 09:23

Rendering public opinion irrelevant

A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 18 countries finds that in 14 of them people mostly say their government should not take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Just three countries favor taking the Palestinian side (Egypt, Iran, and Turkey) and one is divided (India). No country favors taking Israel's side, including the United States, where 71 percent favor taking neither side.

Jul 20 09:21

Israeli marine attacks Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza water

Israeli marine vessels opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats on the sea off northwest Gaza Strip early Sunday, violating a fragile ceasefire, security sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And when Palestine shoots back, the US media will obediently put the blame for the collapse of the cease fire on the Palestinians.

Jul 20 09:19

Unsealing secrets of the Rosenbergs

The Rosenbergs were accused of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II, when the Soviets were America's allies. After a sensational 1951 trial, they were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage. Two years later, they became the first - and so far the last - American civilians to be prosecuted and put to death for spying.

Jul 20 09:17

Holocaust Rolled Out Yet Again To Silence Criticism

The US delegation, led by Susan Schwab, immediately hurled her decendancy from Holocaust survivors straight back at him, in order to deflect media attention from the fact that the policies of the World Trade Organisation can quite justifiably be compared to those of the Hitler regime.


Jul 20 09:11

PHOTO OF THE WEEK ~~ 20/7/08

Jul 20 09:10

‘BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER’

Would you buy a used car from this man? …. Yet you give him 3 BILLION dollars a year.

Jul 20 09:09

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS ACCEPTABLE RACISM?

Jul 20 09:04

Take off those yellow ribbons They're a fraud

Yellow ribbons.

They're everywhere.

They're supposed to be a sign of
support for US troops.

What they really say is:

"We don't care about our troops
and we don't care about our
country. We just want to look
like we're conforming."


Jul 20 09:00

McCain Aide Scheunemann Linked To Bush Library ‘Cash For Access’ Scandal

In a further link, Randy Scheunemann, chief foreign policy and national security adviser to John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate, was listed in the WSE brochure as part of its executive team. Scheunemann and Associates, his lobbying firm, is reported as having represented the Caspian Alliance in 2005.

At the undercover meeting last week, Payne said Scheunemann had been “working with me on my payroll for five of the last eight years”. When confronted over the link to KMG, Payne declined to comment.

Jul 20 08:57

French police probe missing plastic explosives

French anti-terrorism police are investigating the theft of 28 kg (61 lbs) of plastic explosives from a site near the southeastern city of Lyon, officials said on Friday.

Jul 20 08:57

Bank of China may hold huge US debt

Bank of China Ltd may own about $20 billion of debt issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, representing two-thirds of total holdings among the six largest Chinese banks, according to CLSA Ltd.

Jul 20 08:55

US tells lies about torture, say MPs

In a damning criticism of US integrity, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee said ministers should no longer take at face value statements from senior politicians, including George Bush, that America does not resort to torture in the light of the CIA admitting it used 'waterboarding'.


Jul 20 08:54

'Goebbels' reference rocks WTO talks, US angry at Brazil

Some pre-negotiation jabbing turned into a potentially damaging diplomatic incident Saturday when Brazil's foreign minister said rich countries' deception in trade talks reminded him of tactics used by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Jul 20 08:40

Cops say lawyers ran midtown brothel

Prominent tax lawyer Louis Posner; his wife, Betty; and 19 others were arrested on a variety of prostitution and money-laundering charges at The Hot Lap Dance Club, which the couple ran out of a velvet-heavy loft, police said.

Cops said Posner raked in $1 million over the last 10 months from the operation, which billed itself as "the Number 1 Gentlemen's Club in the World."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Setting a good example for the kiddies, I see. Personally, I would prefer the company of hookers and strippers to lawyers (and politicians) any day

Jul 20 08:38

US troops kill relatives of Iraq governor in raid

The U.S. military says American soldiers have killed two armed relatives of a provincial governor during a raid against al-Qaida in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoopsie

Jul 20 08:35

"I have more Jewish grandchildren than anyone."

This is what America has become. A nation led by Israeli loving fifth columnists who will do ANYTHING to please their masters in Tel Aviv. Like Israeli-firster Speaker of the House Pelosi, who never misses a chance to kiss her Zionist Master's derrière. Here's a small sampling of Pelosi's traitorous activities performed in service to that racist and apartheid Jews only state of Hate, Israel:


Jul 20 08:33

Hollywood, A Zionist Historical Fantasy Land...Does It Need Some New Villains?

I think Hollywood writers need to find some new villains for their stories. Their always picking on Adolf or some Nazi as their villain. Yes Hitler was a murderous ass, and he and the Nazis worked well as villains for four or five decades, but it's getting a little old. More recently of course Arab terrorists have filled the villainy bill for many of our Jewish writers. Like racist Adam Sandler in his new movie, You Don't Mess With The Zohan. In a not very interesting twist in this movie, he used both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about politicians who lie their people into wars? There is a good villain for the movies!!!!

Jul 20 08:29

Iran given two-week deadline to end the nuclear impasse

The failure to reach agreement appeared likely to trigger new European and UN sanctions and to raise tensions in the Gulf. An Iranian rejection would also represent a rebuff to conciliatory moves from Washington, including the dispatch of a senior diplomat to Geneva to attend high-level talks with the Iranians for the first time in nearly three decades. The diplomat, William Burns, left Geneva without making any public comments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Threats are NOT 'Conciliatory gestures.' What looked like a possibility to avoid yet another disastrous war for the US is apparently only a repeat of the cheap theatrics the US engaged in just prior to the invasion of Iraq, where the US tried to look like it was searching for a peaceful solution even as the bombs were being loaded onto the airplanes.

The tip off is Condi's statement that Iran would have to suspend enrichment prior to any negotiations. This is a classic tactic intended to wreck the possability of a solution by giving the other side the choice of total capitulation to US demands before any negotiations (with the guaratnee that any subsequent negotiations would not produce anything in return) or being portrayed as the bad guy for "sabotaging" the "negotiations".

Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has a legal right, recognized by the US Government, to build nuclear power plants and to make fuel rods for them, and NOBODY has produced an iota of evidence that Iran is doing anything else.

Jul 20 08:18

Israel’s collective psychosis: The denial syndrome

Seeking to cope with Hezbullah’s success in getting Israel to release all Lebanese prisoners, dead and living, in exchange for the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Israeli leaders, media and shapers of public opinion have been indulging in sanctimonious self-glorification while denouncing the other side as “hateful, uncivilized and representing an inferior culture.”

Jul 20 08:16

VIDEO - Dogs and small children always seem to just know who to distrust...


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Jul 20 08:15

When the Truth takes off Her Clothes, the World Disappears.

Telling the truth is like performing a strip tease. It is because of this that many people are offended. Nudity offends people who believe that their body, the visible and the more esoteric portions, is something to hide. Another reason that some people find the truth to be offensive is because they make personal profit from lies. It stands to reason that many people believe that the truth is ugly, or inconvenient. Why go to such lengths to conceal it otherwise? It can also be said that the truth is hidden because it stands in contradiction to the thing that conceals it.

July 19, 2008

Jul 19 18:50

War fears cast a shadow over Stalin's former playground

It has been almost 15 years since ethnic Abkhaz militias won a bloody war for independence from Georgia, in which thousands were killed and 250,000 Georgians - around half of Abkhazia's population - fled their homes. But in Gali, the only area where some of the refugees have been allowed to return, it looks as if the fighting has only just ended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder at the timing of the bombing campaign here.

Which geopolitical entities might love to see Russia distracted with a yet another regional dust-up in the Balkans?

Perhaps those entities which are preparing for some kind of attack against one of Russia's other neighboring countries where it has a great of financial interests??

Jul 19 18:33

MAJESTIC MEMORIES

The government may declare victory in wars started in foreign lands, but for the people who live in small towns in this land the results are barely distinguishable from defeat. Lives are lost, families destroyed, futures shattered, hopes destroyed; all this is the price paid by the people for the "foreign entanglements" we were long ago warned to avoid. The real price of war is paid not just by those who died in it, but by those who are left behind who bury their dead and pay the bills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked in light of the war with Iran looking like it is back on again.

Jul 19 18:19

U.S. to Iran: Cooperate or face confrontation

A U.S. decision to bend policy and sit down with Iran at nuclear talks fizzled Saturday, with Tehran stonewalling and the Bush administration emphasizing that the choice for Iranian leaders is cooperation or confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was hoping saner heads would prevail, but apparently the pro-war neocons have won, which means we all lose.


Jul 19 18:08

Zimbabwe introduces $100 billion banknotes

Zimbabwe's troubled central bank introduced $100 billion banknotes Saturday in a desperate bid to ease the recurrent cash shortages plaguing the inflation-ravaged economy.

Jul 19 18:06

Commercial bankruptcies soar, reflecting widening economic woes

Driven by a sour economy and skittish consumers, U.S. business bankruptcies saw their sharpest quarterly rise in two years, jumping 17 percent in the second quarter of 2008, according to an analysis by McClatchy.

Jul 19 18:05

Are we Americans now barbarians and savages?

"A number of Hessians and Waldeckers have fallen into our hands. The German officers and soldiers by a finesse of the British, to increase their ferocity, had been led to believe that Americans are savages and barbarians, and if taken, would have their bodies stuck full of pieces of dry wood and in that manner burnt to death. But they were very agreeably disappointed, and much pleased, on meeting civil and kind treatment."

Jul 19 17:54

Commercial bankruptcies soar, reflecting widening economic woes


Jul 19 11:21

Sunni bloc rejoins Iraq's Shiite-led government

Iraq's largest Sunni Arab political bloc ended a nearly yearlong boycott of the Shiite-led government Saturday in another step toward healing the sectarian rifts that once brought almost daily bloodshed.The National Accordance Front agreed to return after parliament approved six Sunni officials to fill vacant seats in the Cabinet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that the rapprochement between these two groups are more than merely cosmetic; if not, things could devolve very quickly here.

Jul 19 11:00

Beans may be off the menu due to fewer bumblebees

Jul 19 09:46

WHAT’S MISSING FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

But there is something missing from this emotional story of endangered children and their families- namely the context in which these tragedies occur. There is no mention here of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the source of the struggle. We are not shown that far more Palestinian than Israeli children live in daily danger: lacking medical treatment in Gaza, on the verge of malnutrition, caught up in brutality at check points or simply walking home from school.

Jul 19 08:57

Jewish guerrillas told British: quit Palestine or die

A pamphlet warning Britons to leave the Middle East or face death has come to light in a stash of illicit propaganda.

The document does not hail from Basra or Baghdad, nor was it penned by the Islamists of al-Qaeda or the al-Mahdi Army. It was found in Haifa, about 60 years ago, and it was issued by the underground group led by Menachem Begin – the future Prime Minister of Israel and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Jul 19 08:55

Outrage over US army exercise to shoot pigs

The US Army is moving ahead with plans to shoot live pigs and treat their gunshot wounds in a medical trauma exercise for soldiers destined to serve in Iraq.

The army says that the exercise is critical to saving the lives of wounded soldiers. Animal rights activists have criticised the exercise as cruel and outdated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So is war. Let's stop doing that, too!

Jul 19 08:53

Citi Chairman: Housing Prices Could Fall For Two More Years

Citigroup chairman Win Bischoff has warned that house prices in Britain and the United States are likely to keep falling for another two years.

Jul 19 08:48

BEWARE THE 'POOL POLICE'!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you guys have real crooks to chase, like the guys who lied us into the war?

Jul 19 08:46

Summer TCA: In Which PBS Asserts that the Beatles Are an American Band, And That's Just the Start

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More proof that PBS has stopped dealing in facts and lives on propaganda now.

Jul 19 08:44

Israel didn't know of cluster bomb use

A former Israeli defense official says the Israeli military used cluster bombs for two weeks during the 2006 Lebanon war without telling the Israeli government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This sounds suspiciously like "The torture was done by some rogue soldiers."

Jul 19 08:39

AP’S PROBLEM IS NOT WHAT IT THINKS IT IS

So, the change may be shallow at first. And we should remember that even if the “objectivity” pretense is eradicated there will always remain 1,001 other ways to be dishonest. But it is creative new online journalism that is driving the changes we’re seeing, and if those changes lead us finally to give serious support to independent journalism, we will then see deep and meaningful change in our public communications.

Jul 19 08:37

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER?

The ‘Peace Process’….. is it a Bridge over troubled water or a bridge going nowhere?

Jul 19 08:37

OCCUPATION REALITY CHECK ~~ FRIENDS OF ISRAEL ARE BLIND TO THE TRUTH

Westerners seem to forget the reality regarding Israel and its occupation of Palestine….

* like Israel has been ethnically cleansing the Palestinian people for 60 years
* like Israel continues to occupy, rob, humiliate and murder its neighbours
* like Israel is no Western-style democracy but an apartheid-loving ethnocracy
* like Israel has ignored nearly 40 UN resolutions, flouts international law and is oblivious to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Jul 19 08:36

GOP whistleblower names Karl Rove in Ohio's 04 election theft

"This entire system is being programmed in secret by programmers who have no oversight by anybody," the expert charged, as Arnebeck detailed allegations of complicity by a number of powerful GOP operatives and companies who had unique access both to the election results as reported in 2004, as well as to U.S. House and Senate computer networks even today.

Jul 19 08:29

Will Bush Play "Get-Out-of-Jail-Free" Card?

Even if he somehow dodges the murder rap, sooner or later Bush will face dozens of charges of war crimes, kidnapping, torture, electoral fraud, maybe even high treason against the Constitution of the United States of America. Bush is a good bet to be our first ex-president to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

I say IF Bush leaves office next January because...well, he'd have to be crazy to step down.

Jul 19 08:27

Beverly Hills mall mogul to testify before Senate subcommittee

A Beverly Hills shopping center magnate whose family investments have been routed through a bank in the tiny country of Liechtenstein is set to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee in Washington conducting a probe of overseas tax havens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing will be done, except that Congress will know a great place to park their profits from all the war-stocks they have invested in!

Jul 19 08:24

Political Billboard Showing 9/11 Tragedy Creates Controversy

A controversial billboard in Orange County has a picture of the burning World Trade Center and the message, "Please Don't Vote for a Democrat."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummmm, didn't 9-11 happen during a REPUBLICAN administration, with a REPUBLICAN Congress?

Jul 19 08:16

N.H. will accept free oil from Chavez after all

Two years ago, New Hampshire refused to accept heating oil from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the pro-Castro U.S. critic who once called President Bush "the devil." But with fuel prices rising, well, free oil is free oil.

With the state's blessing, New Hampshire residents will be receiving some of the fuel this winter.

July 18, 2008

Jul 18 18:44

U.S. To Curb Some Naked Short Selling

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will limit the ability of traders to bet on a drop in shares of brokerage firms, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae as part of a crackdown on stock manipulation, the agency's chairman said.

Jul 18 17:34

HERE’S YOUR CHANCE TO SILENCE DESERTPEACE AND MICHAEL RIVERO

Jul 18 17:20

The Theft of Your Vote Is Just a Chip Away

Are computerized voting machines a wide-open back door to massive voting fraud? A growing number of Americans are saying our votes are too sacred to reside only on computer chips.

Jul 18 13:49

MODERN APARTHEID ~~ GOTTA LOVE THOSE ISRAELIS

The government is expected to approve Sunday the establishment of a new Arab city in the Galilee region, in a bid to resolve the housing crisis faced young Arab couples in northern Israel.

Jul 18 12:51

GOP cyber-security expert suggests Diebold tampered with 2002 election

Spoonamore received the Diebold patch from a whistleblower close to the office of Cathy Cox, Georgia’s then-Secretary of State. In discussions with RAW STORY, the whistleblower -- who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation -- said that he became suspicious of Diebold's actions in Georgia for two reasons. The first red flag went up when the computer patch was installed in person by Diebold CEO Bob Urosevich, who flew in from Texas and applied it in just two counties, DeKalb and Fulton, both Democratic strongholds.

Jul 18 12:49

Did Air Force divert terror funds to buy posh seats?

For three years, the Air Force's top leadership sought to spend counterterrorism money on "comfort capsules" on military planes that ferry senior officers and civilian leaders, with at least four top generals involved in selecting the color of the capsules' carpet and leather chairs, according to internal e-mails and budget documents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The war on terror, like the war on global warming, is just an excuse to trick the people into making do with less, so that the rulers may have that much more.

Jul 18 12:47

Investors riot in Pakistan as market tumbles

Popular anger over tumbling equity prices erupted in Pakistan on Thursday, underscoring the difficulties regulators face in attempting to prop up falling markets as turbulence in many of the world's financial markets continues unabated.

Jul 18 12:46

Search for revenue may yield slots at airport

It might, if Mayor Phil Gordon has his way. Gordon wants to explore the possibility of partnering with a Native American tribe to bring slot machines to the airport.

The goal, he said, would be a profit-sharing agreement that would give the cash-strapped city a lucrative new source of revenue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The difference between good government and bad government is that bad government makes themselves prosperous, while good government makes the whole society prosperous.

Jul 18 12:35

Global Warming Conclusively Debunked As Gore Calls For CO2 Tax

The world is cooling, sea levels are falling, ice is spreading, there are fewer extreme weather events, and it was hotter 1000 years ago, yet the myth of global warming is providing governments the excuse to micromanage every aspect of our lives, with Al Gore now openly calling for a carbon tax on the energy we use.

Jul 18 12:34

The common sense approach to why 9/11 was clearly an inside job

If terrorism was really a threat to the US, don't you think we would have had another attack since 9/11? It wouldn't even have to be more airplane attacks. It could be bombs blowing up buses, houses, trains, but no - it hasn't happened. That shows that there is ABSOLUTELY no homegrown terrorist threat to the US. If you have any common knowledge, you know that you can find most of the ingredients to make a bomb in your local Walmart (Fox has even done reports on it). There are NO terrorists in the US (except for the government, of course).

Jul 18 12:33

Why the World Trade Center towers floors could not 'pancake' collapse as we have been told.

The typical floor structural configuration for the World Trade Center Towers spanned from the exterior wall columns to where the inner 49 columns formed support for the elevator shafts, stair towers, air shafts and mechanical systems. Thus, each floor was NOT a monolithic slab and structural system spanning across each tower from one exterior wall to the other three, as we are led to believe. Each floor, in fact, terminating at the contiguous structural core, resembled a square 'donut', with the structural core, so to speak, being the 'donut' hole.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, an initiating collapse would have only been to one section of the floor, hinged at the core and pulling free at one of the walls. The entire floor would not have collapsed unless the core was cut. Hence, "Pancaking" is impossible.

Jul 18 12:27

House Speaker Pelosi calls Bush 'a total failure'

President Bush has been a "total failure" in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video of the president criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for heading into the final 26 days of the legislative session without having passed a single government spending bill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But she still won't impeach!

Jul 18 12:27

U.S. antiterror funds sought for "comfort" pods: report

Top U.S. Air Force officials sought to spend millions of dollars in counterterrorism funds on "comfort capsules" for military planes used by senior officers and civilian leaders, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, the more comfortable they are, the less terrorized they feel!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 18 12:25

Media report McCain "mocking" Obama for laying out Iraq, Afghanistan policy before visiting, but McCain has done the same

Several media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and The Washington Post, have uncritically reported Sen. John McCain's speech attacking Sen. Barack Obama for "outlining a plan" for Afghanistan and Iraq before his upcoming visit to the region without noting that in the same speech, McCain outlined his own "Comprehensive Strategy For Victory In Afghanistan," but hasn't visited that country since December 2006.

Jul 18 12:21

Feith: ‘Removal of clothes is different from naked.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spin is in!

Jul 18 12:20

More Evidence Madrid Bombing was a False Flag Op

In other words, according to Spain’s Supreme Court, these people did not belong to a terrorist group, at least not an Islamic terrorist group. Apparently, there was not enough evidence to stay the conviction of “Mohammed the Egyptian,” said to be the ringleader, and his conviction was thrown out as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another frame-up collapses!

Jul 18 11:53

Army to shoot live pigs for medical drill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooooh, the police are NOT going to be happy about that!

Jul 18 11:51

A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Rahm Emmanuel and Hillary are controlling the info flow to Obama on foreign policy. Top dog, Susan Rice, is a disaster waiting to happen according to articles posted previously by Wayne Madsen, besides being the cossetted god-child of Madeline Albright.

Jul 18 11:48

Office of Special Counsel official quits in protest

"It is an untenable situation that witnesses continue to be subjected to the supervision of Mr. Bloch while they are being called upon to provide evidence to the grand jury concerning his wrongdoing," she wrote.

Jul 18 11:45

Gore lets his mask slip : Tax the poor more than the rich

Gore has let his mask slip. When Gore advocates that the single most important policy change would be to "tax what we burn - not what we earn", he really means we should shift the burden of taxation away from the rich capitalist towards the rest of society since a person earning ten million dollars doesn't burn one thousand times as much fuel as a person earning ten thousand.

Jul 18 11:42

George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot

San Francisco voters will be asked to decide whether to name a city sewage plant in honor of President Bush, after a satiric measure qualified for the November ballot Thursday.

Jul 18 11:35

Nigeria Issues Arrest Warrants for Top Pfizer Officials After Drug Experiments Conducted on Children

A Nigerian state judge has issued arrest warrants for three top Pfizer officials, saying that they failed to appear in court to face charges of illegally conducting drug trials that led to the deaths of 11 children.

Jul 18 11:30

Jewish Population of the United States by State

Jul 18 11:25

Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.

Jul 18 11:25

STATUS REPORT ON THE COLLAPSE OF THE U.S. ECONOMY

Even the super-rich are becoming nervous as cries for an emergency suspension of short selling ring out.

Jul 18 11:24

The Accelerating World Financial Crisis

If Bridgewater is anywhere near correct, governments alone have the wherewithal to rescue the system. This would mean the de facto nationalisation of the banking systems in the US, Britain and Europe.

Jul 18 11:23

Massive global ozone loss predicted following regional nuclear conflict

We use a chemistry-climate model and new estimates of smoke produced by fires in contemporary cities to calculate the impact on stratospheric ozone of a regional nuclear war between developing nuclear states involving 100 Hiroshima-size bombs exploded in cities in the northern subtropics. We find column ozone losses in excess of 20% globally, 25–45% at midlatitudes, and 50–70% at northern high latitudes persisting for 5 years, with substantial losses continuing for 5 additional years.

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"Anyone not wearing two million sunblock is gonna have a really bad day!" -- Sarah Conner: Terminator 2

Jul 18 11:09

Experts question whether Afghan troop surge can work

The Pentagon is pushing for more troops to go to Afghanistan but experts question whether a new "surge" can shut down the insurgency flourishing in Pakistan's safe havens.

Jul 18 11:09

Japan drops troop plan for Afghanistan - media

Japan has dropped a plan to send ground troops to Afghanistan after the ruling coalition failed to reach a consensus due to fears over the continuing violence in the area, Japanese media said on Friday.

Jul 18 11:08

Norwegians divided over engagement in Afghanistan

Norwegians appear divided over keeping Norwegian troops in Afghanistan, according to a poll commissioned by Norwegian public broadcaster NRK on Thursday.

Jul 18 11:08

Memo to The Lobby’s media tyrants: defamation is not protected speech

When it suits the tyrant’s purposes, though, he can feign respect for the public good. To discredit political dissent he can recast a protest as a moral attack on everyone, e.g.: “Enemies among us hate our freedoms!” “No group has the right to tell you what to do!” “Don’t listen to conspiracy theories!” “Report suspicious people to the authorities!"

By playing the victim and pandering to public insecurity, legitimate dissent is made to look criminal and the political issue that motivated the protest becomes lost amid the cacophony of moralism and demagoguery.

Jul 18 11:06

VIDEO - Ralph Nader on Israel and Lobby

Jul 18 11:05

Wachovia Securities Raided By Inspectors

Securities regulators from six U.S. states mounted a surprise inspection Thursday of the headquarters of Wachovia Corp's (WB.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) brokerage affiliate, as part of a probe into the firm's sales of auction-rate debt.

Jul 18 10:58

FREDDIE & FANNIE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAIL OUT USING WHAT?

The nation is awash in fear because they are coming to realize that while they've been buying all the hype from the cabal of gangsters in Washington for decades, reality is now setting in as poverty is slamming millions who used to belong to the middle class. From dangerous lending practices to the derivatives time bomb waiting to go off and inflation getting ready to launch into hyper inflation, the situation is more grim by the week. A financial catastrophe so many have been warning about for decades, it's all coming home to roost. The "perfect storm" as it's being called.

Jul 18 10:56

CONTROLLED PRESS HIDES CHERTOFF'S ISRAELI ROOTS

On February 15, 2005, Michael Chertoff, an apparent dual national with Israeli roots, was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The new "homeland security czar," who oversees the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, seems to be hiding his own dual-national status – with the cooperation of the controlled press.

Jul 18 10:55

IRS SCREWS WHISTLEBLOWERS OUT OF REWARD MONEY

They filed a complaint in the Court of Federal Claims seeking an award of 15% of the amounts recovered by the IRS from Ms. Geddes. The court dismissed the case on the ground that the Tax Court has exclusive jurisdiction over whistleblower claims and that it lacked authority under 28 U.S.C. § 1631 to transfer the case because the Tax Court is not a true "court" for purposes of the statute.

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So, you better rethink those plans to rat out your neighbor's tax evasion, because you won't get the reward anyway.

Jul 18 10:53

Kuntar accuses Israel of fabricating story of child killing

Released prisoner Samir Kuntar accused Israel late Thursday of fabricating the story of how he killed the four-year-old daughter of an Israeli man in 1979.

'Israel has fabricated the story about how I killed the child during the attack I carried out in 1979,' Kuntar told the Hezbollah- run Al Manar television.

He said that he read in the Israeli paper Maarev a report, which was published April 23, 1979, a day after he carried out his attack that the child was killed in cross-fire.

Jul 18 09:31

Spying uncovered

Documents show state police monitored peace and anti-death penalty groups

Jul 18 09:30

NELSON MANDELA AT 90

All I will add is my hope that this very special man lives to see a Free Palestine, a country that continues to be inspired by his lifelong work of fighting apartheid.

Jul 18 09:27

McCARTHYISM RELIVED ~~ DALTON TRUMBO AND AMERICAN EVIL

No one has ever summed up the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s — and, by extension, the entire history of that decade’s anti-Communist witch hunt — any better than this:

Jul 18 09:26

IT SEEMS YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYBODY….

Well, aint that tuff! The other day I posted a glowing tribute to Michael Rivero which was written by a fellow Blogger Les Visible. One visitor to this Blog was unhappy with that post and proceeded to leave comments on it attacking Michael, myself and Les.

Jul 18 09:25

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

Jul 18 09:24

Top Clinton Donors Meet with McCain Camp

The Wall Street Journal reports that Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and senior adviser to Sen. John McCain, met with a group of 25 prominent supporters and fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Clinton at a private home in Westchester County, NY. The group included several so-called "Hillraisers," each of whom have raised in excess of $100,000 for Clinton's failed primary campaign. The meeting was repeatedly sought by the Hillary supporters and is at least the second such meeting between backers of Clinton and the McCain campaign.

Jul 18 09:23

Dickhead Drudge is starting the whisper campaign that Obama is "not safe" on this tour....

Don't ask me why, but I check there every once in a while to see what the opposition is up to.

Jul 18 09:15

Israel makes arrests in alleged plot against Bush

Israel accused six Arabs on Friday of trying to set up an al Qaeda cell in Israel and said one of them had proposed attacking helicopters used during a visit by President George W. Bush.

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Last time Israel claimed they found an "Al Qaeda" cell, it turned out to be a bunch of Mossad agents!

Jul 18 09:11

The 6 Cutest Animals That Can Still Destroy You

But seriously, look at it. It's got a thick, furry body with a flat, beaver-like tail and otter-like feet and we're cool with that because he's so damn fuzzy. Then there's the matter of the big, leathery duck bill and it's suddenly more than a little weird, because that's ... that's not really supposed to happen to mammals.

Also they lay eggs for some reason.

And, they are poisonous.

Wait, what?

Jul 18 09:07

New York Times Op-Ed: Israel Will Attack Iran

Yes, you read my title correctly. Today's New York Times includes an op-ed piece by Benny Morris, a Professor of Middle Eastern history at Ben Gurion University. He claims Israel will most certainly attack Iran within the next 4 to 7 months, and if conventional weapons are unsuccessful to knock out Iran's nuclear program, than Israel will escalate to the use of nuclear weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, Israel will use nuclear weapons on Iran, out of fear of the nuclear weapons Iran might someday build?

Jul 18 09:04

End of illusions

THERE is a story about a science professor giving a public lecture on the solar system. An elderly lady interrupts to claim that, contrary to his assertions about gravity, the world travels through the universe on the back of a giant turtle. “But what supports the turtle?” retorts the professor. “You can’t trick me,” says the woman. “It’s turtles all the way down.”

Jul 18 09:03

American Quest: Learning to Live Like Honorable Men

The U.S. ripped Iran off for years. They finally took back control of their nation which is successful today, and the western nations keep creating and issuing lies about nuclear weapons that don't exist.

Jul 18 09:01

Send Karl Rove to Jail!

This sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it's not. We have a unique opportunity right now to send Karl Rove to jail, but only if we take immediate action.

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"You my bitch now, bubba!"

Jul 18 08:50

Mofaz repeats his talk of attacking Iran

Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, who stands a good chance of becoming prime minister shortly after September's Kadima primary, defended his hawkish statements about a prospective attack on Iran this week in an interview with The Jerusalem Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Go ahead! I agree. There is an old saying that the best way to teach a dog not to chase cars is to let him catch one!

Israel should attack Iran and the US should stay out of it. Iran will stomp on Israel until Israel is forced to use those nuclear bombs she still tries to pretend do not exist, then the world will see Israel's true self, crying "We are afraid of Iran's nuclear power station" while in fact sitting on a pile of nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

Go ahead Israel, secure your legacy as the real rogue nation armed with nuclear weapons.

July 17, 2008

Jul 17 18:44

Pre- Pre-Negotiations: Are Iran and the US Already Meeting in Turkey?

With the media and international affairs observers focused on the Bush administration's decision to send a US envoy to international nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva this weekend, this detail in a wire report out of the Turkish capital Ankara today caught my eye. From the AP, guess who's in Turkey today? White House national security advisor Steve Hadley. What's he doing there? Talking about Iran. And who is coming to Turkey tomorrow? Iranian foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Jul 17 18:04

An untold story of 9/11

Former federal terrorism investigators say a piece of luggage hastily checked in at the Portland, Maine, airport by a World Trade Center hijacker on the morning of Sept. 11 provided the Rosetta stone enabling FBI agents to swiftly unravel the mystery of who carried out the suicide attacks and what motivated them.

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So, the official story is that a terrorist intent on killing himself on his flight bothered to pack a suitcase, and even though he never expected to unpack it and expected it to be incinerated, instead of just throwing some clothes into that suitcase he took the time to load up that suitcase with all kinds of incriminating evidence pointing the finger of blame to Middle East Arab Muslims (i.e. Israel's enemies).
Then, miracle of miracles, this suitcase, which should have vaporized with the rest of the airplane, together with its load of incriminating evidence "somehow" was left OFF the plane, ready to be found by investigators!
And if you believe that one, I have a variable rate mortgage to sell you!

Jul 17 17:55

Rove Named In Plan To Fire Fitzgerald

(CBS) A government witness claims in 2004, Antoin "Tony Rezko" -- then the target of an investigation that would lead to his indictment and trial -- tried to grease the political skids to get his chief tormentor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald fired.

Rezko discussed efforts among high-ranking Republicans, including Karl Rove, to have Chicago's U.S. attorney fired, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.

Jul 17 17:39

U.S. plans peace talks with Israelis, Palestinians

"U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to host peace talks in Washington with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators on July 30, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Thursday.

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Oh yeah, this is gonna go over really well, now that the US has backed off invading Iran!

Jul 17 15:36

Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks

An unidentified government official of a U.S. ally wants to participate if and when Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich makes his case to impeach President Bush before the House Judiciary Committee, according to the Ohio Democrat.

Jul 17 15:29

Pinochet deputy indicted over Chile 'disappeared'

A Chilean judge on Thursday indicted a deputy of former dictator Augusto Pinochet and two others over the disappearance of five leftists believed murdered and hurled into the ocean from a helicopter.

Jul 17 13:42

The livin' is easy

Summer nights! The fragrant dark descends, the night creatures chitter
and chirrup, and we linger on the porch, a little wine in the glass,
children coming and going, and we inhale the sweetness of life. In
Pasadena, people are lined up outside a bank, hoping to get their money
out before it goes belly-up, and Mr. McCain's friend Mr. Gramm says we
are a nation of whiners complaining about a recession that is only
mental, but we are engulfed in summer and don't notice. We're sitting
on the porch, inhaling the breeze from the trees, and we are American
optimists.

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My usual wise-ass comments go here.

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