Feb 08 11:05

Germany still the most liked country in the world

As was the case last year, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea were rated most negatively, the BBC said.

Feb 08 10:34

Cop Guilty of Kidnapping and Robbing Dealers, Reselling Drugs

The evidence at trial showed that from November 2003 through April 2006, Sease conspired with other Memphis police officers to use their authority as law enforcement officers, including their service weapons, to rob suspected drug dealers of cash, cocaine and marijuana. Sease and his co-conspirators would then resell the stolen drugs for their own profit. The government introduced proof of 16 separate robberies, as well as one attempted robbery. In each robbery, Sease or another uniformed Memphis police officer, would pull over a car containing suspected drug dealers and steal whatever drugs and cash that they found.

Feb 08 09:45

Undercover cops busted in fake cocaine arrest; innocent men collared to boost cops pay, prestige

A pair of undercover cops were indicted Thursday for boosting their arrest figures and their paychecks by busting four innocent men on bogus cocaine charges.

The officers tampered with evidence to arrest four innocent men - including one who spent three days behind bars before making bail, Brown said.

Feb 08 09:43

NYPD officer caught in drug scandal takes plea, dishes on corrupt cops

An NYPD officer snared in a drug scandal took a plea Thursday and started dishing dirt about other corrupt cops, sources said.

Feb 08 09:43

Ex-NYPD cop indicted on charges he drugged, raped woman in Greenburgh

A retired New York City police detective accused of drugging and raping a woman at a Greenburgh motel has been indicted on felony kidnapping, rape and assault charges.

Feb 08 09:43

Drunken NJ cop mows down women, injures man

Police say a drunken off-duty New Jersey police officer mowed down a couple as they crossed a street in lower Manhattan, killing the women and critically injuring her boyfriend.

Feb 08 09:38

In Germany, Whispers of ‘Enough’ at a War-Crimes Trial

“This case gives me a bad feeling,” said Werner Berger, 36, who said he was at the trial because he had studied history but also because he lives in the same small town as Mr. Scheungraber. “It’s always only the Germans who they go after, never the Soviets,” he said. The accused was “not a camp commander, not in the SS,” Mr. Berger said. “What is the point?”

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The point is to wave "Holocaust" and "Nazis" at us all one more time so we will not dare to complain about being forced to pay for the white phosphorus dropped all over Palestinian school children.

Feb 08 09:33

Sharpton calls for justice outside Madoff's home

Saying Bernard Madoff enjoys a "gilded penthouse incarceration," civil rights activist Al Sharpton led a rally outside the accused swindler's Manhattan home on Saturday urging equal justice for the rich and poor.

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Oh my GAWD; I actually agree with Sharpton on something!!!!!!!

Feb 08 08:29

Ecstasy 'no more dangerous than horse riding'

Taking ecstasy is no more dangerous than riding a horse, according to the head of the Government's drug advisory body.

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But when you have a government that is neck deep in illegal drugs, they have to prove how moral they are by banning even beneficial drugs!

Feb 08 07:59

Obama demands speed on stimulus

Reuters UK | Sun-Feb 8, 2009 | Jeff Mason

Obama demands speed on stimulus

Senators continued to spar over the price tag as they debated the package in a rare Saturday session.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said it would cost some $40 billion a year just to service the additional debt that resulted from the spending portions of the bill.

"How big is $40 billion? That's the annual road budget, the annual highway budget for the United States of America. That's a lot of money," Sessions said.

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter predicted the bill would pass the Senate vote with his support and that of at least two other Republicans -- Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.

Feb 08 04:12

Mark Brener, 63, Emperors Club V.I.P. PIMP gets jail.

New York Times City Room Online | Fri- Feb 6, 2009 | Benjamin Weiser

The former tax specialist who ran the high-priced prostitution service that the authorities say was patronized by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, was sentenced Friday to two and a half years in prison on prostitution and money-laundering conspiracy charges.

Feb 08 00:22

Why Are You Such a Dick?

Dick Cheney lets everyone know that Barack Obama will be responsible if there's another terrorist attack.

Feb 07 21:22

Britain turns to ice with treacherous conditions predicted

“It will be more like Skate Britain than Great Britain. There will be low temperatures – down to -15C in Scotland – but many places will see -10C."

Feb 07 16:23

More Bailout Propaganda, This time from GRETCHEN MORGENSON

New York Times Online | Saturday Feb 7 2009 | GRETCHEN MORGENSON

JUST in case you missed it: The Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the Treasury Department’s bailout of broken banks — the Troubled Asset Relief Program — reported last week that Henry M. Paulson Jr.’s team at Treasury paid significantly more for the assets it bought from banks than they were worth when the deal was announced in the fall.

[...] the report said. “This disparity translates into a $78 billion shortfall for the first $254 billion in TARP funds that were spent.”

More taxpayer money down the drain, alas. And all the more reason to focus closely on executive pay restrictions at any bank that receives TARP funding.

Feb 07 14:51

Oakland bank apologizes to Muslim woman it denied service

A bank has apologized to a Muslim woman denied service in December because she was wearing a hijab, but has also defended its decision.

When Safa Magid went to Community Bank of the Bay to make a deposit, a teller refused to serve her, explaining that the bank's policy prohibiting people from wearing hats included head scarves.

"The woman asked if I could take off my scarf," Magid said Thursday. "And I said, `No, I'm not going to take off my scarf.' Then, she said she couldn't serve me because I'm wearing a scarf."

Magid then tried to explain that she wore the scarf for religious reasons, but that a second bank employee confirmed the "no hat" ban included Magid's scarf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to know if this bank makes nuns remove their wimples, or Jews their yarmulkes.

Feb 07 14:25

Did You Know?

Feb 07 13:47

PAUL KRUGMAN proves he's as big a tool as any economist.

New York Times Online Op-Ed Columnist PAUL KRUGMAN | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

On the Edge

"A not-so-funny thing happened on the way to economic recovery."

Feb 07 13:17


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York Times Online | Sat- Feb 7. 2009

Obama Calls Stimulus Necessary to Save Jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday championed his economic stimulus plan as ''absolutely necessary'' -- if imperfect -- while Republicans dug in against a bill they said hadn't even been written, let alone properly reviewed or sufficiently revised.

''This is still a very big spending bill,'' Kyl said during a rare Saturday session on the Hill. ''You can't fix it by simply shaving a little bit off.''

He also sought to bring Republicans into the mix, pledging to listen to them, praising the late-Friday negotiations.

GOP leaders, however, said the rhetoric didn't match what was written.

Feb 07 10:48

Gates, mosquitoes, and terrorism

How do Gates' actions not qualify as terrorism? Seems to me he was using terror to advance an agenda. Seems to be the working definition. And the first 5 letters of "mosque" is in the word "mosquito" - probably the connection would have been made half-jokingly by Malkin or Rush had the actor been a Middle Eastern man instead of the poster boy for corporate America - Gates.

Gates' statement prior to the release hangs him - 'Not only poor people should experience this.' Sic semper Bourgeoisie? Clearly his intent was to create terror - yet the MSM seems to laugh it off. What if that hypothetical Middle Eastern man had released powerdered sugar and claimed it was Anthrax spores only to say "just kidding"?

Feb 07 09:41

Lawmakers in 20 states move to reclaim sovereignty

As the Obama administration attempts to push through Congress a nearly $1 trillion deficit spending plan that is weighted heavily toward advancing typically Democratic-supported social welfare programs, a rebellion against the growing dominance of federal control is beginning to spread at the state level.

Feb 07 08:09

Child porn scourge creates more suspects than can be arrested

Police battling the scourge of child pornography are busting more and more people for trading in the horrific images and while there are tens of thousands of known suspects, Canadian authorities lament they don’t have the time or resources to investigate them all.

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Now, I will be the first to admit that there are some very sick individuals who do some very strange things to little kids (especially among the clergy), but when I hear the word "resources" it sounds like the true scale of the problem is being exaggerated to protect someone's budget from the axe during these difficult economic times.

I recall the brouhaha about Satanic Ritual Abuse in the 1980s and 1990. A media-fed panic swept the nation that children were being abducted and in some cases intentionally bred for the purposes of use in rituals to Satan. Despite many sensational stories in the media, and huge sums of money budgeted for the investigators, not a single case of actual Satanic Ritual abuse was ever found.

One of the most famous cases of accusations of child molestation, including Satanic Ritual abuse, involved the McMartin Pre-School. One of the mothers, an alcoholic and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, accused one of the workers at the school of molesting her child. There was an arrest, nut in the absence of evidence no charges were filed. That this same woman had a history of false allegations of sexual abuse of her child was kept private, but a "Confidential" letter was circulated warning customers of the school that the issue of sexual molestation had been raised. Fanned by the media and by a local Catholic church that openly called for the death of the main McMartin suspect, Ray Buckey, the situation exploded into hysteria. Parents were convinced their children were victims. Interrogators pressured the children to "remember" the abuse, and forensics tests which contradicted the claims were scrapped while new and unproven testing procedures were tried.

After six years and $15 million, the case ended with no convictions. In hindsight, it was recognized that this had been a witch-hunt in the truest Medieval sense of the word. Popular imagination had run wild, and the people paid to find molesters had seen molesters at every turn, whether they were truly there or not.

In hindsight, it was clear that the children had simply gone along with whatever the interrogators suggested had happened, more in the spirit of a game than our of malice. That no evidence was ever found off the secret underground tunnels that figured in the lurid stories should have been a warning but it was not. The trials proceeded to their humiliating end.

Now, as I said above, I understand that there really are some very sick people out there. But when I hear claims that there are simply too many of them to arrest without more resources, I have to wonder if this is a problem with the economy, rather than with the real crime.

In her book, "Who Stole Feminism" Christina Hobbs Sommers revealed that while rape is and remains a real crime, there was no explosive epidemic of rape in the 1990s. The so-called rape "crisis" was a manufactured issue used to fill talk shows, sell books, and mostly to justify funding for campus rape centers and rape counselors, most of whom sat idle a great deal of the time. Like the Satanic Ritual Abuse panic, the Rape Crisis resulted in a flood of false accusations of rape which had the long term result of making it more difficult for real rape victims to get be believed. But the money flowed to the self-appointed saviors and that was the important thing.

So, I have to view the huge numbers of offenders mentioned in this article and wonder if (not unlike the global warming scam) the situation is being exaggerated to make a grab for more public funds, or at least dodge the budget ax as the economy slides.

If there is one lesson to be learned from the real Medieval witch hunts, it's that when you pay people to see witches, they will believe witches truly exist, and that bystanders, rather than miss out on the fun, will gladly join the hysteria.

Feb 07 07:03

Afshin Rattansi talks to Bill Christison, fmr. Senior CIA Official

Leon Panetta retracts his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee and says he doesn't know about the Bush administration's involvement in torture and he says kidnapping is okay, after all.

Bill Christison joined the CIA in 1950, and served on the analysis side of the Agency for 28 years.

Feb 06 20:43

Dog Bleeds to Death After “Routine” Microchip Implant Procedure

“I wasn’t in favor of getting Charlie chipped, but it was the law,” said Lori Ginsberg, citing a Los Angeles county ordinance that requires all dog owners to chip their dogs once they reach four months of age.

Feb 06 19:57

Motherhood, and, fatherhood too! Nothing Wrong with this Either!

FOX News | Thur- February 5, 2009

Girl Says Mother Allowed Father to Rape, Impregnate Sister

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — The older sister of a girl allegedly molested and impregnated four times by their father said Thursday their mother allowed the abuse and should face more than a child-endangerment charge.

The 47-year-old mother was allowed to miss a scheduled court appearance Thursday; a preliminary hearing was set for March 5. Her public defender, Angela Weatherford, declined to comment on the case.

Her husband, also 47, faces charges including second-degree murder in the death of a boy born in November 2006. The infant is believed to have died months later after not receiving medical treatment for pneumonia.

Feb 06 18:53

Gore to Children: Question Your Parents' Climate Beliefs as We Questioned Segregation

Imagine this – a former high-ranking and well-respected government official telling your children that they know something you don’t. Is this Cold War-era Soviet Union? Nope. It’s Maryland, and the official is former Vice President Al Gore.

In audio aired on the Feb. 4 “Glenn Beck Radio Program,” Gore was advising school children on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Obama, presumably at the University of Maryland Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. He said that it’s up to them to question their parents on conventional wisdom in order to overcome the challenges of modern America, one of them being global warming.

Feb 06 16:44

Porn Star Provides In-Flight 'Entertainment'

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That should revive airline ticket sales!

Feb 06 15:04

Kellogg's dumps Michael Phelps over pot smoking photo

Tell Kellogg what you think.

Mark Baynes
Chief Marketing Officer


Kellogg Company
1 Kellogg Sq
Battle Creek, MI 49016-3599

Feb 06 13:58

Toys With Banned Toxin Must Go, Judge Decides

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on The New York Times | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission may not let toys containing toxic manufacturing chemicals remain on store shelves after a ban takes effect next week, a judge ruled Thursday.

Manufacturers have said they would have to take products worth hundreds of millions of dollars off store shelves to comply, but consumer advocates called the ruling a victory for children’s health.

[...] phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastics. They are commonly found in bath toys, books, teethers, bibs, dolls and plastic figures.

Phthalates can be absorbed through the mouth or skin, interfering with reproductive hormones.

Feb 06 12:47

Obama Calls Delay on Stimulus Bill ‘Inexcusable’ | Says his pen ready NOW to sign MORTGAGE ON FUTURE!

New York Times Online | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

WASHINGTON — Prodded by President Obama’s reaction to yet another dismal economic report on Friday, the Senate resumed its efforts to reach an accord on his economic stimulus plan, with Democrats calling for quick action and Republicans arguing against what they described as wasteful spending.

"The situation could not be more serious." said Obama.

And Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said the numbers being talked about show that each of the 3 million to 4 million jobs President Obama has said he wanted to create would cost more than $900,000 each. “The American people are figuring it out,” Mr. McCain said. “This is not a stimulus bill; it is a spending bill.”

Feb 06 12:41

USA Swimming suspends Phelps three months

Record-breaking Olympic champion Michael Phelps has been suspended for three months by USA Swimming after a published photograph appeared to show him smoking marijuana.

Feb 06 12:23

The Tribe That Controls America

War always unites tribe against tribe, down through the centuries until some peace, or the elimination of competitive tribes, is achieved. After all, one million Iraqi dead tribesmen would certainly agree. The warlike tribe controls America, whether in Gaza or Washington DC.

Feb 06 12:12

BofA CEO Lewis: Bank Will Not Need More TARP Funds

Bank of America won't need any more bailout money from the government and hopes to pay back the $45 billion it's already received within three years, CEO Ken Lewis told CNBC.

Feb 06 11:44

Woman robs restaurant while tearfully apologizing

According to a police report, the woman told the cashier at the Long John Silver's restaurant she had a gun and needed money, then began crying and said, "If I wasn't down and out, I wouldn't be doing this."

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Don;t steal. The government hates competition!

Feb 06 11:26

Goldman Sachs wants to pay back the bailout money

Earlier this week, President Obama struck back, announcing that the government would limit executive pay for any institution that accepts government financial aid...

Feb 06 08:59

Smoking Pot: Horrors! Gasp! Unbelievable! I am Outraged!

The horrified response from the media, and people in general, is yet another fine example of the wussified wimps that people have become. No one ever stops to question how it is that marijuana became illegal while much more potent drugs - nicotine and alcohol (and rubber-stamped prescription drugs) - are entirely legal.

Feb 06 08:00

State employee: I get $93,803 for no work

His work agenda involves placing his feet up on his desk, staring out his office window and counting cars on the New York State Thruway. He arrives at 7:30 a.m., leaves at 3:30 p.m., sees no one and talks to no one.

He never does any work. It's been this way for Hinton for most of this decade.

Feb 06 07:11

David Brooks says it's the The Gang System

New York Times Online Opinion | David Brooks | Fri- Feb 6, 2009

The substance of the legislation set up the polarized debate that followed. Liberal interest groups were happy. Conservative Republicans were united in opposition. But something interesting happened this week. The momentum of the debate was set by moderates. Conservative protests wouldn’t have amounted to much without nagging moderate unease.

Moderate economists looked at the package and complained about the vast parts that don’t even pretend to stimulate. Education reformers took a look at the education section and noted that the huge amount of money is not leveraged to produce any real reform.

Feb 06 06:46

Octuplets mum wanted huge family | and damn the world!

BBC News | Fri- Feb 6, 2009 | (with video)

Octuplets mother on NBC's Today programme

A Californian single mother of six who recently gave birth to octuplets has spoken for the first time about her desire to have a "huge" family.

In excerpts from a TV interview yet to be broadcast, Nadya Suleman said she wanted to make up for the loneliness she felt growing up as an only child.

Feb 06 06:17

UK Spends Billions On High Tech IDs, Has No Way To Read Them [Brilliant]

Kudos to the British government for spending the equivalent of .6 billion US on a biometric National Identity Card program without budgeting for a single card reader. Truly, they operate like a finely-tuned machine.

Basically, they are set to roll out these cards to government officials and then on to private citizens as a way for the authorities to to protect identities and safeguard borders—but not a single police station, border entry point, or job center has a reader capable of extracting information from the card’s biometric chip.

Feb 06 06:03

Tony Blair first world leader to meet US President

Blair could manage to outflank his successor Gordon Brown as well as many other world leaders to meet the African-American President who endorsed him as "my very good friend", the US reported today.

Feb 05 20:57

US Navy watches as Somali pirates nab $3.2 million

As U.S. Navy ships looked on, Somali pirates sped away Thursday with $3.2 million in ransom after releasing an arms-laden Ukrainian freighter - ending a four-month standoff that focused world attention on piracy off Somalia's lawless coast.

Keep in mind that this is the US war on terrorism which WE THE PEOPLE are paying for. Meanwhile, the US military wages a WAR OF TERRORISM on innocent people.

Don't it make you so very proud to be an ignorant American taxpayer!

Feb 05 20:03

Road signs being hacked

Last Monday, the electronic message on a sign in Carmel's construction zone at Indiana's Hamilton County, warned drivers of "RAPTORS AHEAD... CAUTION."

Another recent prank yesterday appeared when hackers changed a road sign along southbound Interstate 255 near this St. Louis that read, "DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES."

How exactly pranksters did these remains unclear; highway safety officials are not amused.

Feb 05 19:36

American Fear

Our government has gotten out of hand. They are using fear to take our money and limit our freedom. This is not a call to action, but rather a call to reason. Use your minds and see the government’s tricks for what they are. Don’t let your liberty be stripped of you this easily and don’t vote for those people that will try to do it.

Feb 05 18:42

Americans' doubts grow over stimulus bill

Reuters | Thu Feb 5, 2009 | 5:10pm EST

Two opinion polls show support dwindling. [...]

Even Democratic voters have reservations. Some voters decry a lack of political consensus; others argue the government should do more to explain the plan's benefits to voters. Obama took office on January 20.

"It's not going to work. We are just going to add to the debt. What would be better is if they (Congress) think about job creation and make it as clean as possible," Spencer said, citing a need to remove unnecessary projects.

"When politicians start talking about, 'Hurry up, hurry up,' that gives me pause always," Borders said. "It makes it very suspect."

Feb 05 15:19

Going Gently Into That Good Night

This Thomas poem urges the dying to rage and not to give into death easily.

If only these words could inspire us as we meekly accept our fate at the hands of manipulators and thieves.

Feb 05 15:11

Ginsburg has surgery for pancreatic cancer

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery Thursday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the court said.

The cancer was apparently in the early stages, according to the court announcement.

Feb 05 14:21

Centrists in Senate Push to Cut Billions From Stimulus

New York Times Online | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN | Thurs- Feb 5, 2009

WASHINGTON — Anxious over the ballooning size of the proposed economic stimulus package, now at more than $900 billion, lawmakers in both parties were working Thursday on a last-minute plan to strip tens of billions of dollars from the bill.

The effort to trim back the program was being led by two centrist senators, Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, and Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, who say they would like to pare from $50 billion to $200 billion from the package. The final Senate vote on the stimulus package was expected late on Thursday.

Feb 05 12:17

Report: Bailed out companies spent $114 million on lobbying last year

Companies in the finance and auto industries that benefited from the $700 billion TARP bailout spent more than $114 million on lobbying in the past year and in contributions toward the 2008 election, according to the center. The companies received more than $300 billion in the taxpayer-funded rescue.

Feb 05 11:43

Numerous States Introduce Legislation Affirming The Constitution

The legislatures of New Hampshire and Washington have just introduced bills declaring that they will not submit to the Unites States Government if the federal government acts unconstitutionally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Live free or die!

Feb 05 09:10

Sick kids of 10 roast puppies on bonfire

They dropped the pups and ran off. She said: “I just could not believe the cruelty these kids showed.

“I think they would have burned the dogs alive. Most of the kids were 12, 13 or older. But some were about 10.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Military recruiters are no doubt already looking for them.

Feb 05 08:38

Stimulus: Just a Stupid Economic Policy Fad | Thur- Feb 5, 2009 | Robert Schmidt and Julianna Goldman
Volcker Chafes at Obama Panel Delay, Strains With Summers Rise

Paul Volcker has grown increasingly frustrated over delays in setting up the economic advisory group President Barack Obama picked the former Federal Reserve chairman to lead, people familiar with the matter said.

Volcker, 81, blames Obama’s National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers for slowing down the effort to organize the panel of outside advisers, the people said. Summers isn’t regularly inviting Volcker to White House meetings and hasn’t shown interest in collaborating on policy or sharing potential solutions to the economic crisis, they said.

Feb 05 06:48

Science Found Wanting in Nation’s Crime Labs (And everywhere else too)

New York Times Online | SOLOMON MOORE | Thur- Feb 5, 2009

Forensic evidence that has helped convict thousands of defendants for nearly a century is often the product of shoddy scientific practices that should be upgraded and standardized, according to accounts of a draft report by the nation’s pre-eminent scientific research group.

The report by the National Academy of Sciences is to be released this month. People who have seen it say it is a sweeping critique of many forensic methods that the police and prosecutors rely on, including fingerprinting, firearms identification and analysis of bite marks, blood spatter, hair and handwriting.

Feb 05 05:15

Distinguishing MONSANTO's totalitarian "use of science" from its claims to science

by Linn Cohen-Cole

Even without labeling, even with covering up evidence, preventing it from emerging, buying off university science departments, eliminating basic tracking of data, corrupting government agencies, firing scientists, faking evidence, and the rest, there is some significant suggestive things which have happened to American health since genetic engineering took over here.

Feb 05 03:29

Tribute to judge found in river

The body of a man found in a Norfolk stream was a circuit judge and leading criminal lawyer.

Willie Everard, 59, was found on Sunday in the village of South Creake, near Fakenham, where he had a holiday home with his wife Christine.

more here

High profile Midlands criminal barrister and Judge specialising in prosecuting paedophiles suicided in stream in Norfolk over weekend.His very dead body was discovered by a member of the public at about 8am on Sunday February 1st 2009

Feb 04 16:43

Acid dumped in City's Water Supply

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not "Al Qaeda", just stupidity.

Feb 04 15:50

Man With Klingon Sword Boldly Goes On Crime Spree

Webmaster's Commentary: 

baQa' Not exactly a concealable weapon...

Feb 04 13:19

(Video) How to file a war crime report at your local police station.

A short film about Chris Coverdale from MakeWarsHistory reporting war crimes to the police. Please visit for more information about the Laws of War and how you can report war criminals at your local police station.
Produced and Directed by Dean Puckett

Feb 04 12:30

Chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was Blown Up by a Bomb in his Lexus Today

CNN News | Wed- Feb 4, 2009

Police: Doctor injured when bomb erupts in Lexus

The chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was critically injured Wednesday when a bomb placed on his Lexus hybrid SUV exploded at his West Memphis, Arkansas, home, police said.

The FBI is assisting local authorities in their investigation, spokesman Jason Pack said.

Feb 04 09:52


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Sent in by a reader

Feb 04 09:13

What Michael Phelps Should Have Said

Dear America,

I take it back. I don’t apologize.

Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business.

Feb 04 09:03

New Hampshire talks Civil War against feds!

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step today by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a "breach of peace" with the states themselves that risks "nullifying the Constitution."

Feb 04 06:39

Counterfeit Tough: U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients (But WE pay their stock dividends!)

New York Times Online | EDMUND L. ANDREWS and VIKAS BAJAJ | Tue- February 3, 2009

U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected to impose a cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive large amounts of bailout money, according to people familiar with the plan.

Executives would also be prohibited from receiving any bonuses above their base pay, except for normal stock dividends.

Feb 04 06:16

Sewage could be used to heat half the homes in Britain

Up to half the UK's homes could be heated with gas made from waste food or sewage, according to research by the National Grid.

Feb 04 06:16

Sewage could be used to heat half the homes in Britain

Up to half the UK's homes could be heated with gas made from waste food or sewage, according to research by the National Grid.

Feb 04 04:26

Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn't prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.

Feb 03 20:35

Congressman Dennis Kucinch - Bank bailouts are an unprecedented fraud

We shouldn’t be approving any more of these TARPS. We should force this economic system to come to terms with their speculative practices. With their misspending. With their bad investments.” Kucinich continues, “This is a fraud that’s being perpetrated on the American taxpayer on a scale that is unprecedented in the history of our country.”

Feb 03 18:59

Dumpo (otherwise known as Smelly the Elephant)

ELEPHANTS never forget — so this poor youngster will be traumatised for life.

The baby discovered the hard way that following at mum’s heels too closely can be hazardous, and stinky, when she got dumped on quite literally.

The snap was taken by French photographer Brigitte Marcon in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.

She said: “It happens all the time — because elephants don’t have rear-view mirrors.”

Feb 03 17:26

Judges Bribed by Private Contractor to Sentence More Kids to Juvie Detention

First, the judges helped the detention centers land a county contract worth $58 million. Then their alleged scheme was to guarantee the operators a steady income by detaining juveniles, often on petty stuff.

Feb 03 14:04


A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.

Feb 03 13:24

Women say S.A. mall cops arrested them for kissing

Danielle Pardue, the mall's marketing director, denies the women's claims of discrimination and said security officers would evict anyone found kissing in the mall, regardless of sexual orientation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that would certainly keep me and my wife out of that mall! We do that smooch thing all the time!

Feb 03 13:16

which side are YOU on?

Feb 03 10:40

Morgan Freeman on Race and Black History Month

Oscar winning actor, Morgan Freeman, speaks out on Black History Month and how to end racism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does not end racism by being racist.

Feb 03 10:34

LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US

The Blaine border guard explained that Feldmar had been pulled out of the line as part of a random search. He seemed friendly, even as he took away Feldmar's passport and car keys. While the contents of his car were being searched, Feldmar and the officer talked. He asked Feldmar what profession he was in.

When Feldmar said he was psychologist, the official typed his name into his Internet search engine. Before long the customs guard was engrossed in an article Feldmar had published in the spring 2001 issue of the journal Janus Head. The article concerned an acid trip Feldmar had taken in London, Ontario, and another in London, England, almost forty years ago. It also alluded to the fact that he had used hallucinogenics as a "path" to understanding self and that in certain cases, he reflected, it could "be preferable to psychiatry." Everything seemed to collapse around him, as a quiet day crossing the border began to turn into a nightmare.

Feb 03 10:27

Homo rapiens be damned: Savagery is not programmed into our DNA

Certainly there is no dearth of evidence supporting the fact that the human evolutionary path has veered into a deadly and destructive cul-de-sac. Homo rapiens have succeeded Homo sapiens in humanity’s evolutionary development. How long can we sustain, or better yet, how long will the Earth allow us to sustain a “civilization” that is premised on violence, greed, over-consumption, endless growth, “success” and pleasure attained at the expense of the suffering of other sentient beings, narcissism, ego fulfillment, and a host of other nauseating grotesqueries? It doesn’t take much contemplation of the human race to leave one yearning for the companionship of Moreau’s Beast Folk.

Feb 03 10:06

Record 19 Million U.S. Homes Stood Vacant in 2008

Kathleen M. Howley | | Tue- Feb 3, 2009

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A record 19 million U.S. houses stood empty at the end of 2008 as banks seized homes faster than they could sell them and prices continued to fall.

Vacant homes in the fourth quarter increased by 6.7 percent from the same period a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report today. The vacancy rate, the share of empty homes for sale, rose to 2.9 percent in the quarter, the most in data that goes back to 1956.

Feb 03 09:35

And now for some chart music..

Melodies derived from Stock Charts, arranged with Songsmith, the Microsoft Composition Tool.

Feb 03 08:36

Walking Away from the Smorgasbord Table into a Finer Land.

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise what this has brought us to. Of course we made sure to put everyone who wasn’t part of the ‘in crowd’ into prison for going into business on their own when it should have been obvious that the drug business was a government operation so… a whole lot of people went to jail.

This monster of unbridled greed finally eats itself I suppose. We’re seeing it happen now. The band keeps playing and the MSM has all these Jon Benet Ramsey/Super Bowl distractathons going on… Obama’s got his Blackberry. Nero probably still has his fiddle and a deep unrest is percolating through the hearts and minds of the great unwashed.

Feb 03 07:05

Population: The elephant in the room

BBC Science News | VIEWPOINT | John Feeney | Tue- Feb 2, 2009

Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week's Green Room, he calls on the environmental movement to stop running scared of this controversial topic.

Feb 02 23:09

Local authorites not involved in SWAT shooting

Spokesmen for the Las Cruces Police Department and Doña Ana Sheriff's Department have confirmed that neither agency was responsible for the death of a man involved in a SWAT standoff Friday in La Luz, 10 miles northeast of Alamogordo.

Both agencies were called to assist in the incident.

Posted on the comments page from LivingLies Weblog
miguel and Inga Gutierrez // January 19, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Feb 02 20:26

Humana: Higher prices for elderly customers will help it meet its 2009 profit forecast

Humana Inc., the second-biggest provider of U.S.-funded health insurance, beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and said higher prices for elderly customers will help it meet its 2009 profit forecast.

Feb 02 15:33

California will stop sending checks and start issuing IOU’s

Greenwich Diva | Mon- February 2nd, 2009 | Claudette Rothman

— The State of California will consider issuing IOUs rather than writing checks that are almost guaranteed to bounce. California’s $42 billion budget stalemate is forcing the state controller to put off paying some bills for 30 days, like income tax refunds and college grants.

California is not yet issuing IOUs, but that could become necessary in March or April.

Right now there is simply not enough money to pay all the bills. They are electing not to pay the bills they do not have to, at least for the month of February.

Feb 02 14:24

Depression Chic

So when Shaffer sat down to write his cards, he scoured for a theme that was right for the times-memorable, romantic yet realistic.

He found it all in the Depression.

Feb 02 05:40

Police: Gunmen Kidnap American in Pakistan

Police: Gunmen kidnap American UN official in southwestern Pakistan, kill his driver

Gunmen kidnapped an American U.N. worker and killed his driver in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, underscoring the security threat in a country wracked by al-Qaida violence and rising criminality.

Feb 02 04:36

Putin to the West: Take Your Medicine

Putin likened the economic crisis the world is facing to "the perfect storm, which denotes a situation when nature's forces converge in one point of the ocean and increase their destructive potential many times over." This is very similar to the apocalyptic tone not only of Rep. Paul, but of gold bugs and libertarians outside the Beltway: save your candles, the dark ages are coming!

Yet our leaders were unprepared: in spite of strong indications that the crisis was breaking over our heads, only a prescient minority realized that our chickens were coming home to roost, while the "majority strove to get their share of the pie, be it one dollar or a billion, and did not want to notice the rising wave." As the Remnant looked on, Western elites were oblivious to their onrushing doom:

Feb 01 22:14

US 'made things worse'

"US policy on Somalia has been particularly unhelpful, treating Somalia's complex realities as a theatre in the 'war on terror' while turning a blind eye to rampant abuses by the Ethiopian and transitional government forces," HRW said in the letter that was handed to reporters at an AU summit on Sunday.

Feb 01 18:10

Robber gets effluent, by mistake

A hapless thief drilled his way into a French bank at the weekend, but missed the safe and instead found himself in a lavatory where he was promptly arrested, a French newspaper reported on Sunday.

The 21-year-old broke into a building adjoining a branch of Banque Populaire in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille in the early hours of Saturday morning, La Provence newspaper said.

The paper said the man, who came from Belgium and was not named, thought that he was going to end up in a room housing safe deposit boxes but instead drilled into the lavatories.

Alarms were triggered when he broke through the wall and police caught the man when they arrived on the scene.

Feb 01 17:15

Go to M & S and support the Zionist cause on February 14th whilst the IDF visit Teheran with their gifts

Feb 01 13:22

Sign of the Times: A Citizens Guide to Dumpster Diving

My partner and I don't have enough money to eat well and neither do our friends. But we have a little secret I'd like to share with you--on one condition--you have to share the food you find with others and also use good judgment.

Feb 01 09:36

BELLAMY/DUCHAMP: World is getting colder

As President Obama takes office, and as the European Union is about to waste one trillion euros to de-carbonize the economy (in a bid to stop nonexistent man-made global warming) they would be well-advised to perform a reality check on what's currently happening to the climate. Talking to independent scientists about the positive properties of CO2 (plant food that enhances crops) would also be a good idea.

If they don't, we may be in for mass starvation. And let's not forget that the world population is increasing by about 78 million every year.

Feb 01 09:32

Scientist see holes in glacier at Alaska volcano

Geologists monitoring Mount Redoubt for signs of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in the glacier clinging to the north side of the volcano had doubled in size overnight — and now spans the length of two football fields.

Scientists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory on Friday flew close to Drift Glacier and spotted vigorous steam emitted from a hole on the mountain. By Saturday, they had confirmed the area was a fumarole, an opening in the earth that emits gases and steam, that was increasing in size at an alarming rate.

They also saw water streaming down the glacier, indicating heat from magma is reaching higher elevations of the mountain.

Feb 01 09:20

School can expel lesbian students, court rules

An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Jan 31 05:09

House Set to Vote Again on Analog Shutdown Delay

Congress is going to take another crack at delaying the analog TV shutdown by four months.

Jan 30 18:55

'Magic' goat arrested for armed robbery

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat.

Jan 30 17:20

Rubashkin Wants Trial Moved

Former Agriprocessors top executive Sholom Rubashkin wants his federal trial moved out of state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I hear Jerusalem is nice this time of year!"

Jan 30 14:29

Scam artists take advantage of stimulus uncertainty

Taxpayers are warned to be on the lookout for an e-mail scam that claims the Internal Revenue Service has a stimulus payment to send. One e-mail that's making the rounds on the Internet carries a duplicate of the IRS logo, apparently lifted from the agency's Web site, and claims the recipient is eligible for a stimulus payment that awards a federal tax rebate check.

The e-mail, a retread of a scam launched last year, asks for the recipient's Social Security number and debit card information. The intent is simply identity theft, said Luis Garcia, a Michigan spokesman for the IRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And if anyone is gonna steal from you, it's gonna be US!" :)

Jan 30 13:57

Blackmailing Obama | Financial Collapse is the Threat

Fri- Jan 30, 2009 | | Robert Schmidt

Treasury Needs to Better Explain TARP Plan, GAO Report Says

The U.S. Treasury must do more to explain its strategy for the $700 billion bailout of financial markets, a congressional watchdog said.

The audit found that the Treasury had spent $293.7 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program as of Jan. 23, with most of the funds going to buy stakes in 317 lenders.

“The lack of a clearly articulated vision has complicated Treasury’s ability to effectively communicate to Congress, the financial markets and the public on the benefits of TARP,” the GAO said.

Jan 30 12:40

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

There is something seriously awry here with this man. He has beeen lableled as gifted and a person who has no peer, so it can't be for lack of intellect. It can only be from Chomsky willfully aveering from what is as plain as the nose on his face: 911 was an inside job; and I for one am now labelling him for what his is: Agent. But an agent for whom?

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

Jan 30 09:53

Hide! They are "Helping" Again!

Being in the U.S. myself, I can't watch Voice of America news. You see, VOA is official Washington propaganda directed to the outside world, so it can't be shown to Americans. Might interfere with all the brainwashing done by PBS, CNN, Fox and so on, somehow, I guess.

Jan 30 09:29

Weapons Cache Found Near Home Of Former N.J. Cop

Troopers were called to the home of Brian Hinkle on Rosemont Avenue in Franklin Township after reports he was in possession of property stolen from an area home sometime last week. Hinkel served as a police officer in the 1980's.

Jan 30 08:39

Do we really want to be like 1930s Germany, lulled into obliviousness and denial?

Still, there may be a nugget of something to ponder in a statement he made attempting to explain things at the Vatican. In a statement to the weekly pilgrimage audience in the Vatican, in which he attempted to make amends to the Jewish population of the earth, he said: “May the Shoah be a warning to everyone against oblivion, denials or reductionism.” (Shoah is Hebrew for Holocaust.) Those three activities—obliviousness, denial and reductionism—might well account for the egregious harm done to this nation by the Bush administration.

Jan 30 00:11

Taip Erdogan-Turkey PM storms off in Gaza row

The prime minister of turkey talking about war on gazza
taip erdogan

Jan 29 18:51

Deadly snow, ice storm hammers U.S. from Texas to Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States yesterday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.

Freezing rain at the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.

At least 20 deaths were reported.

The northern side of the snow dumped as much as 30 centimetres of snow in some areas of Ohio and the east coast.

Jan 29 18:51

Deadly snow, ice storm hammers U.S. from Texas to Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States yesterday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.

Freezing rain at the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.

At least 20 deaths were reported.

The northern side of the snow dumped as much as 30 centimetres of snow in some areas of Ohio and the east coast.

Jan 29 15:22

FLASHBACK - The Fear Factory

The FBI now has more than 100 task forces devoted exclusively to fighting terrorism. But is the government manufacturing ghosts?

Jan 29 10:03

Thousands may face frigid, lightless nights ahead

More than a million homes and businesses left in the cold without power Thursday in the wake of an icy winter storm could face a lengthy wait for electricity to come back, even as federal help was promised to two states hit hardest by the blast.

Jan 29 09:42

Frozen in indifference: Life goes on around body found in vacant Detroit warehouse

This city has not always been a gentle place, but a series of events over the past few, frigid days causes one to wonder how cold the collective heart has grown.

It starts with a phone call made by a man who said his friend found a dead body in the elevator shaft of an abandoned building on the city's west side.

Jan 29 09:15

Have we all BIN conned? Recycling's the new state religion but once again it's been exposed as a sham

Mr Jones suggests that 'the global warming impact of putting material through an incinerator five miles down the road is actually less than recycling it 3,000 miles away'. In other words, fewer greenhouse gases are produced if you burn rubbish locally than if you sort it and send it halfway round the world.

It also transpires that, as a result of the collapse in the market value of recyclable waste owing to the global recession, many waste disposal firms are having to stockpile paper, metals and plastics in vast warehouses because they are unable to sell them on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my previous domicile, we had those recycling bins for cans, glass, paper, glossy paper, plastic, and the bin for whatever did not go into the others.

Then one day I happened to see the trash removal service come by, and they simply dumped all the bin contents into the trash truck, mixing it all back up.

I stopped the truck driver and inquired what was going on, and he reported that the recycling center set up (at public expense) to handle all this sorted detritus had gone bust, because it costs more to recycle some materials than to manufacture from scratch. But the law requiring trash to be separated had never been repealed, so we mere taxpayers wasted hours of time putting cans and bottles into the correct slots, only to have the trash company mix it all back together and dump it in a landfill.

Jan 29 07:19

College student wins free-speech spat ... but what about next one?

News comes via the Electronic Frontier Foundation that Michigan State University has dropped disciplinary action against a student who had been accused of spamming and network abuse because she sent e-mail about a controversial campus matter to 391 faculty members.

Jan 29 00:16

Putin speaks out at Davos' opening

The keynote speech by Russian PM Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of Davos World Economic Forum.

Jan 29 00:03

Obama's first interview as president (Al-Arabiya TV exclusive)

Hisham Melhem (our bureau chief here in the DC office) conducted this exclusive interview with president Barack Obama.

Jan 28 16:32

Former Agriprocessors CEO Faces 99 New Indictments

A federal grand jury in Cedar Rapids has handed down 99 more indictments against the former CEO and other managers of the Agriprocessors' meatpacking plant in Postville.

Sholom Rubashkin is already in jail in northeast Iowa for earlier indictments. The new indictments involve harboring illegal aliens, money laundering, conspiracy, identity theft and bank fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the guy that just got out of jail on bail, despite being a flight risk.

And Bernie Madoff still sits at home in his mansion.

We seem to have a two layered legal system. Jail for us and special treatment for the "special" people.

Jan 28 16:30

JUST IN: Rubashkin Posts Bail, Freed from Jail

The former head of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville is out of jail.

Sholom Rubashkin posted bail a day after a judge set it at $500,000 dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder what the Las Vegas odds are that Rubashkin suddenly teleports to Israel?

Jan 28 15:12

Bomb Threat Evacuates Bremerton Ferry, Terminal

BREMERTON, Wash. -- A bomb threat evacuated the ferry Hyak and the Bremerton terminal, the Washington State Patrol said.

Jan 28 14:04

CIA station chief accused of rape

The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug, U.S. law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sort of thought women just threw themselves at the spies! At least, that is how it works in the James Bond movies!

Jan 28 13:25

Ice storm cuts power to 1 million

The storm has been blamed for at least 23 deaths and a glaze of ice and snow that caused widespread power failures from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Authorities said it could be a week before some communities have electricity again.

Jan 28 12:30

Obama plays hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil on Bush crimes

Obama would prefer that America not lament over past events but to look forward instead.

Jan 28 12:26

The Revolution in Mexico has began

Mexico´s Drugs, Violence and corruption and all of its related ramifications will bring the country down through revolution by its people.

Jan 28 10:20

Employer that fired husband and wife at same time tries to cover their gluteous by smearing the dead victims.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center West Los Angeles released a statement confirming Lupoe and his wife were fired as medical technicians more than a week ago. The hospital said the firings followed an internal investigation but would not specify why they lost their jobs.

The letter indicated that Lupoe and his wife — both 40 — had been investigated for misrepresenting their employment to an outside agency to obtain childcare. He claimed that an administrator told the couple on Dec. 23: "You should not even had bothered to come to work today you should have blown your brains out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note also the mention that this is the FIFTH such murder-suicide in Southern California linked to the economy.

Jan 28 10:01

Abolish the SEC

Thank the lord we graciously and willingly give so much of our tax money to the SEC. So they can ignore 10 years of warnings with respect to Madoff. much worse would it be without them?

Jan 28 08:54

Marijuana Grandmother Gets Statewide Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bush and Rumsfeld get a pass on war crimes, but by golly we'll whup the hell out of Grannie and her happy grass!

Jan 28 07:53

Residents terrified as fires ravage Pa. town

Residents of a distressed steel town near Philadelphia are increasingly terrified amid a rash of suspicious fires, including a weekend blaze that tore through 15 row homes and a deadly December arson.

Nearly 30 suspected arsons have been reported since January 2008, half of them this month alone. Arrests have been made in a few of the cases, only to have the blazes—and the fears—escalate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone cashing in their insurance?

Jan 27 15:40

Stanford Law Grad-Call Girl Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Stanford Law Grad Cristina Schultz (now Cristina Warthen after her marriage to David Warthen, co-founder of the online search engine Ask Jeeves, now known as, who was indicted in California federal district court for failing to pay taxes on $133,717 she earned as a prostitute in 2003.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, filed in federal court in San Jose, Cristina Warthen agreed to pay $313,000 to the government to cover taxes on the earnings she made as a prostitute who went by the name of "Brazil.'' As part of the plea bargain, Warthen would not be sent to federal prison, but instead would serve one year of home detention and three years of probation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense!

Jan 27 13:00

Another manager at Iowa kosher slaughterhouse charged with violations of child labor laws

Jan 27 09:46

Jewish Leaders Boycott German Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Germany has remembered the victims of National Socialism with a variety of events. But the country's Jewish leaders chose to skip the main government ceremony on Tuesday in protest for what they say is lack of respect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paging Rodney Dangerfield...

Jan 27 09:28

Cops Thought 14-year-old was a Cop

When a 14-year-old boy walked into a Chicago police department, the cops assigned him to patrol duty. After five hours of riding around town with another officer, the police finally figured out that the 14-year-old wasn't a cop. Brilliant!


Jan 27 09:24

Waco sect leader's mother killed

The mother of the notorious Waco sect leader David Koresh has been found stabbed to death at the house of a sister in Texas, police say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about Waco HERE

Jan 27 08:39

Vladimir Putin talks to Bloomberg

Financial crises, the recent gas dispute with Ukraine and his love of chocolate these are some of the issues Prime Minister Vladimir Putin touched upon in an interview with American news agency Bloomberg.

Jan 26 15:31

New video could implicate two additional BART officers

A new cellphone video shows another BART officer punching Grant just before he was shot by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was arrested on murder charges nearly two weeks ago.

The grainy video raises new questions about what role BART officers played in escalating the scene, which began when Grant was pulled off a San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority train on New Year's Day. Six days letter, protests turned to riots in Oakland, Ca.

Jan 26 12:34

Credit is Contracting

Lending at many of the nation's largest banks fell in recent months, even after they received $148 billion in taxpayer capital that was intended to help the economy by making loans more readily available.

Ten of the 13 big beneficiaries of the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, saw their outstanding loan balances decline by a total of about $46 billion, or 1.4%, between the third and fourth quarters of 2008, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of banks that recently announced their quarterly results.

Those 13 banks have collected the lion's share of the roughly $200 billion the government has doled out since TARP was launched last October to stabilize financial institutions.

so where has the money gone?
see here for explanation.

Jan 26 10:57

Iceland government collapses amid crisis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Obama already turning out to be little more than the illegitimate offspring of Bill Clinton and George Bush, we need some of that sort of thing around here!

Jan 26 10:24


Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet - only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed.

Even though the bank's stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it's burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the airhead execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal.

Jan 26 09:42

Meat to be removed from hospital menus in bid to cut carbon emissions

Patients could be forced to go without meat in hospitals under new NHS plans to cut carbon emissions.

The plan to offer patients meat-free menus is part of a major new strategy to be announced tomorrow.

According to some experts, eating meat contributes towards global warming because of the chemicals sprayed on feed crops and the methane emitted by cattle and sheep.

Jan 26 09:04

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)

Jan 26 06:33

Stars vow to shun BBC for refusing to broadcast Gaza appeal

BBC stars today turned on the Corporation’s bosses for refusing to broadcast an emergency appeal for aid in Gaza.

Jan 26 02:45

Where should the elephants go?

BBC News Viewpoint VIEWPOINT | Amirtharaj Christy Williams | Wed- Jan 14, 2009

There are no winners when elephants and humans compete for the same resources, says Christy Williams.

Jan 25 19:04


A holocaust survivor jailed for his part in a £6.9million money laundering scam was yesterday freed as "an act of mercy".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh come ON, now; This is just getting plain silly when waving the holocaust around gets you a get-out-of-jail-free card!

Jan 25 15:59

McCain Team Sells Second Hand, Unwiped Blackberrys

In one of the striking instance of negligence, members of John McCain’s now-inoperative presidential campaign have been found selling off technical assets, including laptops and mobile handsets, used during the campaign without wiping out the content stored on the devices.

A Fox 5 News reporter had managed to purchase two Blackberry handsets in a “gone out of business sale” for as low as $20 per piece, with the devices reportedly contained some crucial contact details of key donors, lobbyists, and major advisors related with the campaign.

Jan 25 15:53

Zsa Zsa Gabor Victim of Bernard Madoff Scheme “Facing Financial Ruin”

Wed- Jan 21, 2009 | PopCrunch | Castina

“We’re mad as hell. We want our money back. We might be forced to sell our Bel Air home, cars, artwork and even our jewellery because of this sick man,” Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, laments in Thursday’s edition of The National Enquirer.

“This scam artist should be dragged through the streets and flogged,” he adds.

Jan 25 14:03

Four pathologists back death row inmate's innocence claim

Four forensic pathologists agree that Larry Swearingen, set to be executed Tuesday, could not have committed the 1998 murder that sent him to death row.

The four include the medical examiner whose testimony helped secure Swearingen's guilty verdict.

Jan 25 12:33

UAE mountain covered in rare snow

A blanket of snow has covered a mountain in a part of the United Arab Emirates, a rare phenomenon for the desert Gulf country, according to local media report.

Al-Jees mountain, 5,700 feet (1,737 metres) above sea level and 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of Ras al-Khaimah city, was covered in 20 centimetres (eight inches) of snow, the state news agency WAM said.

"Although limited snowfall was recorded on the mountain some years back, for the first time the peak of the mountain was fully covered in snow," it said.

Jan 25 12:00

Six O.C. men charged in $52-million investment scam

Vander Tuig, 50, of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Carman, 45, of Laguna Hills, were arrested Thursday along with two other defendants in the case. They were being held in Orange County jail with bail set at $52 million each for Vander Tuig and Carman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why can't we get all four names?

Jan 25 11:59

BBC Zionist management.Marcus AgiusSenior Independent Director

Marcus Agius Senior Independent Director

Agius has been a non-executive Director of Barclays since 1 September 2006, and succeeded Matthew Barrett as Chairman from 1 January 2007. He was previously chairman of the London branch of investment bank Lazard and non-executive chairman of BAA Limited.

Born into a Jewish family, Agius is married to Katherine (born 1949), daughter of Edmund de Rothschild of the Rothschild banking family of England, with two children, and has a close involvement with the Rothschild family estate, Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

Jan 24 22:09

Playmobil Security Check Point

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Check out the customer comments!

Jan 24 20:12

Cops: FBI investigating Oakland police commander

The FBI has opened an investigation into an undisclosed incident from 2000 involving an Oakland Police Department commander, a department spokesman said Friday.

Jan 24 17:58

Why women should feel good naked

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... because you won't be able to afford any new clothes for the next 5 years!

Jan 24 16:26

Now is the PERFECT Time to Prosecute Bush and Cheney

Quite a few people think that - now that they are out of office - it is too late to try Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales and the rest of the boys for their crimes.

Even those who support prosecutions think it probably won't happen. For example, Dave Lindorff wrote today:

Jan 24 13:02

At least 40 al-Qaeda killed by Black Death Plague

The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.

The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.

Jan 24 12:37

Blagojevich stole no horse! | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Sat- Jan 24, 2009

Gov. Blagojevich says he's battling 'the system'

Jan 24 09:47

The Macroprosopus and the Spinal Meningitis.

The people of this world and this body have to stop contributing to the conditions of their own suffering and confusion. They have to stop participating and maybe they even need to pretend to be assisting while they are in fact working undercover just like the units with the false cell markers.

Jan 24 07:57

A good week to bury bad news

Jan 24 07:48

A good week to bury bad news

Jan 23 21:43

Trampled Wal-Mart worker saved pregnant woman

Woman says Wal-Mart worker saved her
January 23, 2009

A pregnant woman who was knocked to the ground and stepped on repeatedly by stampeding Wal-Mart shoppers says she owes her life to a store employee.

Jan 23 21:10

Raw Story: Pentagon's terror 'recidivism' claims blasted as 'propaganda'

Ever wonder how many of President Bush's terror war detainees were released, only to "return to the fight"?

"Their numbers have changed from 20, to 12, to seven, to more than five, to two, to a couple, to a few, 25, 29, 12, and then 24," quoted Keith Olbermann on Thursday's edition of Countdown.

Jan 23 19:52

Call Out by Seneca, Keepers of the Western Door

The Seneca People are inviting all our brothers, sisters, friends, allies and supporters to join us in Cattaraugus. The gathering will feature food, music, speakers and a bonfire. Heated shelter will be available. Bring blankets, cameras, phone cards, warm clothes, shoes, folding chairs, walkie-talkies and so on. Also signs, banners and flags indicating support for Ongwehonwe sovereignty.

Jan 23 19:28

Olympic security boss puts protesters on notice

Unlawful' actions will be met with swift response, RCMP assistant commissioner warns, as activists vow to take on 'two-week circus'

VANCOUVER — The head of security for the 2010 Winter Olympics is warning protesters to think twice about plans to disrupt activities at the Games.

Jan 23 15:06

New plane crash video released

Authorities release new video of a US Airways plane seconds after it made an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River.

...but 9/11 Pentagon crash videos are kept under wraps.

Jan 23 12:57

NYPD officer faces rape charge

A New York City police officer who was previously charged with sexually abusing three women has been charged with raping a fourth victim.

Wilfredo Rosario was arrested Thursday and arraigned in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on charges including felony rape and sexual abuse.

He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer, Glenn Morak, says he will fight the charges vigorously.

Jan 23 10:28

The Revolution in Mexico has began

According to a spokesperson for a new radical group calling itself the Juárez Citizens Command is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time, they say that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and piece is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I knew all the so-called "militias" we were supposed to be so scared of during the Clinton years were all FBI fakes.

Here we had a President (and predecessor and successor) up to his neck in illegal drug profits, and these militias that were supposedly arming themselves to start a revolution would never go after the most obvious targets; the drug dealers who were the foundation of the economic pyramid on which the narcopoly rested.

Good for the Mexicans!

Jan 23 09:43

Microsoft Cuts Hit Home in City That Loves $1,599 Carbon Bikes

Peter Robison | | Fri- Jan 23, 2009

[...] For older employees, the $1,599 carbon-fiber Scattante CFR is a top seller, [the bike-store owner] said.

Jan 23 00:10

Obama appoints key hotspot envoys

US President Barack Obama has named his two key envoys - to the Middle East, and Pakistan and Afghanistan.

George Mitchell, who negotiated an end to Northern Ireland's Troubles, has been charged with moving forward the Middle East peace process.

Jan 23 00:07

Obama orders Guantanamo halt

Jan 22 21:56

What caused the financial crisis in the US?

Back in 1971, the USA printed and spent far more paper money than they could cover by gold. When the French demanded redemption of their dollar holdings in gold, the USA discovered that they could not honour the debt, thus committing an act of bankruptcy. So the USA went to the Saudis to cut a deal - we’ll keep you in power, no mater what you do, as long as OPEC denominate all sales of oil in US dollars (which was termed as Petrodollar). The deal was done.

Jan 22 20:29

Eleven-month-old boy accidentally dials 9-1-1 and gets dad arrested

A B.C. man probably wishes he had given his 11-month-old son a set of keys to play with instead of a phone, after the infant accidentally dialed 9-1-1 and brought police to dad's marijuana grow operation.

Jan 22 20:12

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert

By Ellen Brown

On a recent visit to Tucson, Arizona, where I was invited to give a presentation on monetary reform, I was disturbed by a story of strange goings on in the desert. A little over a year ago, it seems, a new industrial facility sprang up on the edge of town. It was in a remote industrial zone and appeared to be a bus depot. The new enterprise was surrounded by an imposing security fence and bore no outward signs identifying its services. However, it soon became apparent that the compound was in the business of outfitting a fleet of prison buses. Thirty or so secondhand city buses were being reconfigured with prison bars in the windows and a coat of fresh paint bearing the “Wackenhut G4S” logo on the side.

Jan 22 14:41

Housekeeper and Taxes Said to Derail PRINCESS CAROLINE'S SENATE SEAT Bid

DANNY HAKIM and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Wed- Jan 22, 2009 | New York Times

ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate [...]

Jan 22 08:22

Dutch MP to be tried for views on Islam

The Far-right Dutch politician who gained global notoriety with a film claiming links between the Koran and terrorism is to be put on trial for his public statements against Islam.

Geert Wilders, the leader of the extremist Freedom Party (PVV), said he was surprised that the Amsterdam Appeals Court is to allow his criminal prosecution for inciting hatred and of discriminating against Muslims by comparing their religion to Nazism.

Jan 22 04:14

Barack Obama could visit Russia in April

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama could pay a visit to Moscow in April, a Russian business daily said on Thursday, citing a source close to the U.S. State Department.

Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S. on Tuesday in Washington, becoming the country's first African-American head of state.

According to the source quoted by Kommersant, Obama will set off for his first European tour in April and is to visit London on April 2 to participate in the G20 summit, and meet for the first time with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Jan 21 18:21

Limbaugh: I Fear Obama’s Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules ‘Make It Easier’ To Hold Bush To Account

What I’m afraid of is what Obama’s done here is made the gathering of the information for this kind of stuff– This is not American. This is not America. This is not what America does. We don’t– This is Banana Republic kind of stuff.

Jan 21 14:53

Two NYPD officers accused of false cocaine arrests

Two undercover New York police officers in Queens who prosecutors say had clubgoers falsely arrested on trumped-up charges of cocaine dealing pleaded not guilty yesterday to a litany of felony corruption charges.

Jan 21 13:17

Protesters pelt Iceland PM's car

Angry protesters surrounded Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde's car on Wednesday, banging on the vehicle's windows and pelting it with eggs.

Jan 21 10:18

British banker and horticulturist dies at 93

Well-known British banker and horticulturist Edmund de Rothschild, who took a personal role in raising funds for a large hydroelectric power station at Churchill Falls, N. L., has died. He was 93.

Jan 21 09:35

U.S. consulate in Dubai closes for security reasons

The U.S. consulate in the cosmopolitan Gulf Arab business hub of Dubai closed to the public for security reasons Wednesday, it said without giving details of any threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably worried that the locals will riot as the economy collapses.

Jan 21 06:14

The Economy, Obama's Race to Lose | Obama to be led around by his nose on economy

Obama Starts ‘Remaking America' by Tackling Banks, Afghanistan

Ken Fireman and Edwin Chen | | Wed-Jan 21, 2009

The plunge in bank stocks yesterday added pressure on Obama to take quick action as he meets with his economic advisers today. While full details of a bank rescue haven’t been settled yet, people familiar with the deliberations said the package is likely to include a $50 billion-plus program to forestall foreclosures, fresh injections of capital into the banks and steps to deal with toxic assets clogging lenders’ balance sheets.

Stimulus Package

The plan for the banks may be twinned with an $825 billion economic-stimulus bill being negotiated with Congress.

Jan 21 03:29

More Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle

As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.

Jan 20 14:52

Kennedy and Byrd stricken at Obama lunch

Ted Kennedy was taken out of the Statuary Hall luncheon after suffering an apparent seizure -- a few minutes after Sen. Robert Byrd was removed in his wheelchair under the supervision of medical personnel.

Jan 20 09:14

Obama to Call for a New Era of Responsibility

Americans poured into the nation's capital to celebrate the inauguration of their first black president. But with the U.S. in its worst economic crisis since the Depression and at war on two fronts, Barack Obama was expected to call on the country to embrace a new culture of responsibility when he takes office at noon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will embrace the "culture of responsibility" when we start hanging those responsible for the worst economic crisis since the Depression and wars on two fronts, not to mention the torture and erosion of the Constitution.

Otherwise, it just sounds like Obama is trying to dump the mess onto the people to fix.

Jan 20 08:59


Jan 20 08:45

Getting up the noses of the 'guilt-tripping white folks'

When I asked Trevor Phillips why he'd turned his back on a successful career in television and taken his last job as head of the race relations commission, he replied: 'Because I can say things you can't.'

Not that it's ever stopped me, but I took his point. As a black man on the inside track, he could tell the truth without being accused of 'racism'. And he's been as good as his word.

In one of his first pronouncements, he attacked the 'gold chains and no brains' culture which leads to young black men in Britain apeing nihilistic American rappers and ensures they become trapped in a ghetto of their own creation. That kind of statement of the obvious from a white man would have been howled down.

Jan 20 08:16

Obama Optimism Pathetic Hobbledehoy

CNBC News | 20 Jan 2009 | Inauguration Day

Stocks Skid as Banks Take a Beating

Big banks dragged down the Dow, with Bank of America [BAC 6.00 -1.18 (-16.43%), Citigroup [C 3.13 -0.37 (-10.57%) and JPMorgan [JPM 20.35 -2.47 (-10.82%) all down more than 10 percent.

Bank of America may slash as many as 4,000 jobs in its capital-markets unit, the Financial Times reported.

Jan 19 15:51

Eating the Rich, Tasty!

Welcome to the golden age of schadenfreude.
By Vanessa Richmond
Published: January 14, 2009

Mmmm, schadenfreude. Is there anything more delicious at this point of an economic cycle?

Why? At this point, doesn't everyone know at least one good, honest, hard working person who's lost a job or at least suffered a downturn? And though because economic forces are complex, it's impossible to blame just a few individuals, it's also almost impossible not to feel some satisfaction about the plight of a multi-billionaire who now has to fly economy instead of in the private leer jet. Poor thing. See -- I started out trying to explain the phenomenon and ended up relishing a rich person's misfortune. Hands up if you didn't enjoy it, too. (Bernie Madoff and his investors, put your hands down).

Jan 19 14:31

Egypt police detain 350 protesters

Egyptian police have detained at least 350 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, the group and security officials said Sunday.

The detentions took place Saturday after a large protest in central Cairo organized by the Islamist group against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Jan 19 14:00

900 people killed in Philippines by 'mysterious death squads'

Peasant leaders, environmental campaigners and student activists in the Philippines are being murdered by mysterious death squads who appear to have close links to the army.

Jan 19 10:40

Garbage in, garbage out

The last week has been a banner one for the Griping Old Pontificators. Congressional crazies Mitch (“The Fish”) McConnell and John (“Sweat Lodge”) Boehner stated that rescuing our collapsing country is too darned expensive. Dick Cheney embarked on a series of interviews calling himself “loveable.” Joe the Plumber, whose name isn’t Joe and who isn’t a licensed plumber, flew to Israel to become a war correspondent – although he won’t be allowed near the battleground. “The Vanilla from Wasilla,” Sarah Palin, climbed upon her cross once again and claimed that she was victimized by, uh, everyone. Ann Coulter vomited up another book.

Jan 19 10:35

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning

In these last days of the American Empire, such austere republicanism would be considered impossibly quaint. Having long ago morphed into Jefferson's worst nightmare, the closer we get to the end, the more glamorous our inaugurals become. The poorer we are, the more millions we'll throw at a ceremony that is really the crowning of a monarch – and not just any old king, but an emperor bestriding the globe.

Jan 19 08:45

Former Agriprocessors CEO to get bail hearing

Rubashkin was previously denied release while awaiting trial because prosecutors argued he was a flight risk.

Jan 19 07:48

Video of the recent meteor from Europe

This footage is capture from a security cam in Sweden. People in Denmark, Germany and Poland have seen it, too. This is real. They say it was a meteorite. Some claim it must have come down in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Germany.

Jan 19 04:46

And again, this is somehow supposed to be a good thing?

BBC News | In Pictures | Mon, Jan 19, 2009

In pictures: We Are One concert

Jan 19 04:13

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning
For the victims of future wars, and for our old republic
by Justin Raimondo

When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated, he sought to dismantle the evolving Federalist tradition of pomp and circumstance. In a ceremonial sense, royalism seemed to have been restored, or so it seemed to him. As this blogger put it, "Dressed in simple attire, Jefferson walked over to the Capitol with a phalanx of riflemen, friends, and fellow citizens from his home state of Virginia."

Jan 18 15:28

24 Things That Are About To Go Extinct

Jan 18 11:46


Webmaster's Commentary: 

I decided to make up a t-shirt out of today's quote for the day!

Jan 18 09:38

Rubashkin faces 87 new charges, claims innocence

A fourth superseding indictment includes the previous 12 counts against the former CEO, Agriprocessors Inc. and three employees alleging aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, document and bank fraud and identity theft.

Rubashkin and Agriprocessors face an additional 86 counts of bank fraud, false statements and reports to a bank, money laundering and aiding and abetting and willful violation of the secretary of agriculture.

The remaining count is against former employee Hosam Amara for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The indictment alleges Amara fled to Israel in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jan 18 09:35

The Hostile Witness of the Apocalypse.

Whether or not what religion tells us is true, is not germane to the point of this piece. The fact is that religion and those who manipulate it have a definite effect upon the world in which we live. That’s a given. So it would make sense to explore the way religion interprets the proclamations given by the ones upon which the religion is based.

This same thing applies to politics. This same thing applies to anything. What is the thing saying about itself and what are the people representing it saying about it and what is the actual meaning of the terms being used?

Jan 18 08:24

Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Infusing the dreams and ethos of Dr. King in to the presidential persona demands a confluence of ideals and actions to truly deserve the association. To betray the dream, to profit from the sacrifice is to insult the legacy. To be worthy of the torch demands integrity.

Jan 18 08:14

Missing money manager believed alive: associate

A missing Florida money manager is believed to be alive, his business associate said on Saturday as police investigated the possible disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars from investment funds.

The family of Arthur Nadel, 75, a Sarasota, Florida, philanthropist and president of Scoop Management, Inc., reported him missing on Wednesday.

Jan 18 08:01

Goodbye, Bush

With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as his legacy, George Bush will soon be leaving the White House

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention torture, the shredding of the Constitution, and economic ruin.

Jan 17 20:18

Why it was time for a Dem in the oval office

The shadow government that controls both parties makes equal use of Democrats and Republicans. They need to continue to show some small degree of difference between the parties, to maintain the illusion of choice on election day. These small differences are played up as much as possible, while the huge areas of agreement are ignored.

People with a conscience generally see the Dems as the good guys and the Repubs as the bad guys. This is a particularly useful fiction at this point in history because so many progressives were distraught to the point of despair about the Bush administration. Some reason needed to be held out for hope, and indeed Obama's main theme was hope.

Jan 17 15:26

Illegal Aliens Will Have Access to New SCHIP Expansion, Smokers to Pay For It

So let me get this straight, in order to provide healthcare to the children of families who already have healthcare, the Democrats want to impose a tax that will disproportionally hurt the poorer families. Yeah, that makes sense.

Jan 17 14:44

"A Radical Revolution of Values": Dr. King's Most Important Speech

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No, it's not the "I Have A Dream" speech most people associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ceremoniously trot out every year as we commemorate his birthday. These words are from a King speech largely ignored by mainstream commentators who are content to pigeonhole him as a "slain civil rights leader," as though his Nobel Prize was awarded solely for his civil rights efforts.

Jan 17 10:10

Church arson tied to racism

Black congregation targeted, police say Three charged with conspiracy

Jan 17 05:55

Glenn Greenwald: Establishment Washington unifies against prosecutions

The Washington Post's David Ignatius today does what he does best: serve as the spokesman for the Washington establishment's most conventional wisdom in a way that really illuminates what it is:

To underscore the message, Obama indicated that he would oppose retrospective investigations of wrongdoing by the CIA and other agencies, arguing: "When it comes to national security, what we have to focus on is getting things right in the future, as opposed [to] looking at what we got wrong in the past." This is the kind of realism that will disappoint liberal score-settlers, but it makes clear that Obama has a grim appreciation of the dangers America still faces from al-Qaeda and its allies.