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Jul 06 02:13

In Defense of Neo-Con Bashing

It’s actually true that neocon bashing is a bit on the tiresome side. That said, I think it really has to be understood as a vital social necessity. Adherents of a deranged and sociopoathic “neocon” conception of America’s role in the world continue to be tremendously influential in our society.

This is a dangerous situation. In the United States, the opposition party is always one ill-timed recession or political scandal from taking power. So a set of ideas that dominates one such party is something you need to keep a watchful eye on, no matter how marginalized that party may seem at any particular moment.

Jul 06 01:06

Pres. Manuel Zelaya Showed True Courage To Return

What the Cowardly Honduras Coup Lost Today
by Al Giordano - July 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm
President Manuel Zelaya Showed True Courage: One of the open questions prior to today was whether, threatened with 18 felony charges, including treason, and 20 years in prison (not to mention likely torture and seizure of his considerable properties and business interests), the legitimate president of Honduras would fail to show up for today’s showdown at 2,000 feet over Tegucigalpa.

Jul 05 22:18

Establishment Chic

Wonkette, if you have the good fortune of not knowing, is a left-liberal site that manages to consider itself cheeky and iconoclastic while endorsing only the most exquisitely conventional, establishment-approved opinions.

Jul 05 17:24

Tenn. police rule ex-QB McNair’s death a homicide

Shot twice in the head and two more times in the chest, former NFL quarterback Steve McNair(notes) was the victim of a homicide, police declared Sunday.

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Brilliant detective work!

Jul 05 12:59

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges Israel to release Mairead Maguire

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams urges Israel to release Gaza aid pair
Sunday, 5 July 2009
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams today called for the release of anti-war campaigner Mairead Maguire from Israeli custody.The Peace People founder, 65, and former Irish soldier Derek Graham, 40, sailed on a ferry from Cyprus in a bid to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip with a consignment of aid....Irish Justice Minister Micheal Martin has also called for the freeing of the detained pair by Israel....They are being held in prison in Tel Aviv along with former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney.
Mr Adams added: "I call on the Irish government and on other EU states to demand the release of Irish and other citizens illegally arrested in international waters,....

Jul 05 11:25

Michael Jackson, murdered by banksters

Michael Jackson lived his whole life surrounded by vipers. They would set him up in compromising positions, have a series of families of 'victims' sue him, portray him in the mass media as a serial pedophile thus denying him any defense (of course, even with all the negative publicity, the families kept sending the children over), force him to settle the lawsuits, and then lend him the money to pay them, all on the security of his once considerable assets. This process of stealing his money went on for years, until there was nothing left to steal. They then came up with the idea of having the frail Jackson pay everything off with a huge concert tour, one that neither they nor Jackson thought he could physically survive. If he didn't do it, they would seize all his assets and ruin him.

Jul 05 10:12

MIDDLE EAST TOON COMMENTARY

Jul 05 10:07

This July 4th, Rebel and Agitate for Change

Agitators created America, and it's their feisty spirit and outright rebelliousness that we celebrate on our national holiday.

Jul 05 09:58

Six police hurt in clashes at Italian anti-US military base demo

Six policemen were hurt in clashes late Saturday with demonstrators at a rally of more than 3,000 people against the 500-million-dollar enlargement of a US military base in Italy, police said.

Demonstrators who have regularly cut their way through barbed wire guarding the site cried "No arms here" and "We won't be a rear base for the killing of Afghan kids."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While I abhor the violence, the sentiment expressed in the statement "We won't be a rear base for the killing of Afghan kids." is bang spot on.

And the hell of it is, we cannot possibly win in Afghanistan. The previous administration, followed by the Obama administration, has picked a war to which they cannot commit enough troop strength to win without resurrecting the draft, and even that may not be enough.

The old Soviet Union tried and failed with 500,000 troops on the ground; and we're trying to win this war with barely over 10% of that troop strength?!?!?

Jul 05 07:06

Rare copy of United States Declaration of Independence found in Kew

A rare and extremely valuable copy of the United States Declaration of Independence has been discovered in Britain.

(*The copy is believed to be one of only 200 ever printed)

The document, which is in perfect condition , was found among files at the National Archives in Kew in Richmond, Surrey.

Jul 05 07:05

Independence and Liberty

Jul 05 07:01

Remarks to the WNY Tea Party on July 4th

Jul 05 06:52

Flag Waving Is Not My Kind of Patriotism

Not my kind either!

Jul 04 16:40

Four things we should be proud of

Freedom of Expression: Excuse me but since when did the interests of Zionist lobby groups determine who or what Canadians can see and hear?

In recent months, to list just three examples, there have been concerted campaigns against the staging of Caryl Churchill's controversial Seven Jewish Children: A Play for Gaza and an academic conference at York University where the so-called "one-state solution'' was to be discussed. We also saw British MP George Galloway be denied entry to the country for a speaking tour, just because he brought aid to bombed-out Gaza.

Jul 04 11:21

Honduran Coup by Whom?

Crossing the Rubicon in Latin America
Honduran Coup: Target Left? July 3-5, 2009
By ROGER BURBACH
The upshot is that a reform-minded president supported by labor unions and social organizations is now pitted against a mafia-like, drug-ridden, corrupt political elite that is accustomed to controlling the Supreme Court, as well as congress and the presidency. It is a story often repeated elsewhere in Latin America, with the United States almost always weighing in on the side of the established, entrenched interests....The Honduran elites were outraged that a member of their class would carry out even modest reforms.

Jul 04 09:12

U.S. Independence Day 2009, an Editorial by Paul V. Rafferty

As President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” and “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

We hope that these intentions will be fulfilled but are concerned that his advice will continue to be ignored. “Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure.”

Jul 04 09:01

Celebrate "Kick Out the Govt" Day w/ Adam Kokesh (Endorsed by Ron Paul)

Adam Kokesh is one of the ways we can reclaim congress in 2010 - he's GUARANTEED to shake things up. Oh, and I'm pretty sure he'll actually READ THE BILLS and vote based on what's right for our country, rather than what's right for his bank account.

Adam is an Iraq war veteran (against the war), and a young, passionate leader who is EXACTLY what we need.

The incumbent is Ben Ray Lujan, who voted FOR Cap & Trade (without knowing what was in the bill) and is NOT a co-sponsor of HR 1207. Here's an opportunity for us to MAKE AN EXAMPLE OF BEN RAY LUJAN for selling us out and failing to represent the American people.

DETAILS HERE:

Jul 04 08:12

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

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Jul 04 08:07

Independence Day and Occupation

On your Independence Day it might be worth giving a few minutes thought to those your nation and mine occupy in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've been reduced to the role of "collateral damage", told they should be greatful for being bombed into submission to our edicts, denied basic rights such as habeas corpus in our foreign prisons, tortured and abused, exposed to our dumb belief in The White Man's Burden.

Jul 04 05:03

It Ain’t About Hot Dogs & Fireworks

I know this is a day that is commonly associated with fireworks, good old fashioned hot dog and burger barbecues, heavenly kegs of beer, picnics, and baseball. I know many recognize this day as the anniversary of the American Colonies’ announcement declaring themselves as free and independent states, separated from allegiance to Great Britain. However this day is far more than just that. This day marked our nation’s definition of legitimate government and the proclamation of a political system under the sovereignty of the people. Thus, this is an occasion calling for more than hot dogs and fireworks.

Jul 03 23:55

IS THE US CORPORATE MEDIA RACIST?

Of course, I might have missed something here. Maybe there is another reason that the American Corporate media thinks that Iran hijacking boats in their own territorial waters is a major news story while Israel hijacking a boat in international waters is not. And if that is true; if there really is a reason why the two stories are being treated differently, I welcome any member of the corporate media to call into my radio show and explain it to me.

Because until they do, I think we have no choice left but to conclude that the difference in coverage between the two stories is that the American Corporate Media just don't like black people!

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Jul 03 21:02

Sexting timebomb, more of Tavistock's degeneracy agenda

The sexting timebomb
Elissa Lawrence June 28, 2009
Experts warn the trend of "sexting" - sending lewd images of oneself or others by text message - is only beginning.
http://www.rense.com/politics5/300.htm
Tavistock And The Conspirators' Hierarchy
The Story Of The Committee Of 300
By Dr. John Coleman (excerpt)
From Dr. Byron Weeks 11-21-99

Jul 03 17:45

Burma junta blocks Ban Ki Moon’s meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi

Ban Ki Moon was refused a meeting with the detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday — an unpromising start to an important two-day visit to Burma by the UN Secretary-General.

“I was assured that the Myanmar authorities will make sure that this election will be held in a fair and free and transparent manner,” Mr Ban said

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is eminently possible that the man who visited Aung San Suu Kyi was planted as a reason for bringing her back to trial to prevent her from at all having a chance in the next round of elections.

And for that statement about "... the Myanmar authorities will make sure that this election will be held in a fair and free and transparent manner,”, I honestly don't know whether to laugh of cry.

Dr. Ban Ki Moon has got to know better than to believe this.

And he also had to know that he would be prevented from meeting Aung San Suu Kyi, even briefly.

Jul 03 15:16

A 'coup' in Honduras? Nonsense.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Sometimes, the whole world prefers a lie to the truth. The White House, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and much of the media have condemned the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya this past weekend as a coup d'état.

That is nonsense.

In fact, what happened here is nothing short of the triumph of the rule of law.

Jul 03 11:03

The Base Court: Another Fortress Rising in America's Ring of Iron

While President Obama circumnavigates the globe, talking loftily of peace and engagement with the peoples of the world -- in language largely cribbed from old George Bush speeches, but presented in a far more photogenic, plausive package -- this is the real face that the United States is showing to the world.

Jul 03 09:32

US: Citizen or Consumer?

A corporation is not a person. It is an abstraction: an organizational structure that feels no remorse and has no morality, no life, no soul. Yet the modern corporation – still just an arbitrary legal entity – enjoys the same rights as you or I. It has the right to free speech, to own property, to lobby government officials and protect against self-incrimination.

Jul 03 04:27

Fake news gets real

If Wolf Blitzer isn’t quaking in his beard, he should be.

I’m referring to "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report," which sent correspondents and producers to locales where comedy shows don't normally operate: Iran and Iraq. Along the way, these two Comedy Central commercial properties cooked up plenty of laughs. But they also produced some insightful — and certainly entertaining — coverage of these two complex and important global stories.

Jul 03 04:13

Cheney Worries about Wasting the Sacrifices made in Iraq on behalf of Big Oil

First of all, Cheney didn't make any sacrifices in Iraq.

Jul 03 03:57

The New Homeowner Hallucination

The New Homeowner Hallucination: "We'll Rent For A Year And Then Sell When The Market Comes Back"

The next segment of the market to crash will be the mid- to high-end, where many smug homeowners are now telling themselves they'll just rent their houses for a year while they wait for the market to "come back." Needless to say , these folks are dreaming.

Jul 03 03:28

Dozens of cites to be bulldozed

JUST LIKE THEY DO IT IN ISRAEL !

Jul 02 07:36

How to Reduce Healthcare Costs by 80% Overnight (Without Spending $2 Trillion)

Dr. Mary Ruwart has a plan that would reduce healthcare costs by 80% overnight... without costing taxpayers $2 trillion. So why isn't anyone talking about this?

Details at http://bytestyle.tv/node/66

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Jul 02 06:11

UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In previous years, the UN drug czar had expressed skepticism about Portugal's decriminalization, which removed criminal penalties in 2001 for personal drug possession and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The UN had suggested the policy was in violation of international drug treaties and would encourage "drug tourism."

But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal's radical (by U.S. standards) approach. "These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users.

Jul 01 20:10

Joe Biden: Oct. 19, 2008 - Obama Will Be "Tested"

Biden warns "Mark My Words" that within Obama's first six months (if elected...God help us) in office, he will be "tested" by some catastrophic incident, brought about by the baddies seeking to "test" the witless Obama.
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ISRAEL'S HIJACKING OF THE HUMANITARIAN AID SHIP TO GAZA AND THE ABDUCTION AND IMPRISONMENT OF A FORMER US CONGRESSWOMAN IS THAT TEST BIDEN PREDICTED.

AND OBAMA HAS FAILED THE TEST.

OBAMA HAS FAILED THE TEST.

OBAMA HAS FAILED THE TEST.

Jul 01 12:49

You're Not the Boss of Me!

The Declaration of Independence basically amounted to a bunch of guys telling their king, "You're not the boss of us anymore." The Declaration was an act of treason, written by a bunch of tax cheats and lawbreakers. It wasn't merely some people whining or petitioning the government to do something different. In fact, the Declaration describes how they had already tried that, and it hadn't worked. So they resorted to open disobedience. And it wasn't just one protest or demonstration, to make a point or try to convince their masters to change; it was a declaration that they were completely and permanently denying the right of the standing regime to rule them at all, ever again. And that's a pretty darn radical thing to do.

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From the point of view of the British, the Boston Tea Party was an act of terrorism!

Jul 01 12:46

Obama okays Israel's piracy: No US Navy Seals for black McKinney

Pirates of the Mediterranean
Israel Kidnaps Peace Boat Crew
by Paul Craig Roberts
1 July 2009
Obama has called for humanitarian aid to be sent to Gaza. So the question that comes to mind is why didn't the United States send US Navy escort (as they do near Somalia) to see the “Spirit of Humanity” safely through international waters to Gaza? On June 30, the government of Israel committed an act of piracy when the Israeli Navy in international waters illegally boarded the “Spirit of Humanity,” kidnapped its 21-person crew from 11 countries, including former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and Nobel Laureate Mairead MaGuire....
http://greatpowerpolitics.com/?tag=us-navy
Can Pirates Be Deterred?

Jul 01 10:44

Charged with pouring gas on girlfriend, Bartlett police officer resigns

Jul 01 09:53

“ARE YOU A SUBVERSIVE?”

The Mounties never came and we were never deported. Canada was a totally different world than the one we had just came from… that was in 1967. Things are a bit different today, unfortunately. Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party hacks have ‘bridged the gap’ between the two countries. Canada today is as close to a 51st State of the United States as Israel is…. this makes me very sad. Hopefully things will change and Canada can once again pride itself for being the country represented as ‘”The true North, proud and free!” As long as the Tories remain in power that will not be the case.

Jul 01 08:28

7/1 Freedom Watch is LIVE at 2pm EST with Ron Paul, John McManus, Mary Ruwart & more

Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano welcomes the following guests to the show today (7/1).

Guests:

Rep Ron Paul
John McManus, John Birch Society
David Bruckner, Columbia Univ Professor
Dr. Mary Ruwart, Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Jim Babka, Pres, DownsizeDC.org

Tune in LIVE online at 2pm EST for another power hour of liberty!

Details Here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/64

Jul 01 03:01

Fiat CEO says Chrysler cash burn slows

Chrysler went through $9.6 billion in cash in 2008. The Detroit car maker reorganized around what it considered its best assets and $6 billion in fresh financing from the U.S. and Canadian governments.

"We are still burning cash, but it's slowed down by far," the agency quoted Marchionne, also the chief executive of Italy's Fiat SpA, as saying.

"The question is how quickly we can stop the bleeding.

Jul 01 02:42

2 dead, 60 injured in Honduras anti-coup protests

The death toll from protests against the interim Honduran government installed after a military coup increased to two on Monday after a protestor died in hospital.

Jun 30 18:53

Michael Jackson gets more bizarre after death

Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson's complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with sketchy reports on Tuesday of plans for an elaborate public memorial and questions over the parentage of his children.

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Can you say BULL SHIT? I knew you could.

The bovine excrement meter was last seen passing the former planet Pluto on its way out there beyond our current view of reality with this piece of trash.

Jun 30 12:52

Airbus with 153 on board crashes into Indian Ocean

A desperate search was underway last night after a Yemeni airliner with 153 people on board crashed in bad weather in the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros.

The Airbus 310, which belonged to the Yemeni state carrier Yemenia, was coming in to land on the main island, Grande Comoro, when it disappeared from radar screens.

As the first bodies were recovered from the site of the crash early today, a United Nations official at the airport said the control tower had lost contact with the plane after receiving notification that it was on its landing approach.

Jun 30 09:09

Let's Not Audit the Fed - Let's Give it MORE Power!

http://bytestyle.tv/node/63

details & links to take action here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/63

Thanks for watching :)
Shelly

Jun 29 15:31

Losing one war? Just start another

The next time we see the grinning William Kristol on Newsnight, serenely explaining why the 'international community' may have to take military action against Iran, we should remember we've been here before, and - to paraphrase John McEnroe - remind ourselves such men should not be taken seriously

Jun 29 15:23

Elderly driver study adds wrinkle to discount

Under scrutiny for five (*5) horrific car crashes in recent weeks, elderly drivers could face higher car insurance bills, as the industry considers whether senior citizens deserve their coveted 25 percent discount.

(*Ewww! five horrific car crashes . Seems fair that every WWII , Korean , and Vietnam era senior citizen should LOSE their coveted 25 percent discount.
so much for hang in there , it'll get better .)

Jun 29 10:46

Krugman: Denial of Catastrophic Global Warming is Treason

Holocaust “denial” in parts of Europe is punishable by prison, and I guarantee you that people like Krugman and his zealot friends will want similar legislation in the USA for “global warming denial.” I wish I were exaggerating, but I see this coming.

Jun 29 07:49

Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor's decision on Firefighters Promotions

By MARK SHERMAN
The Associated Press
Monday, June 29, 2009; 10:14 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

New Haven was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results, the court said Monday in a 5-4 decision. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.
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Jun 29 06:21

What's in store for Cap and Trade "Yes" voters?

Details & links to take action here:
http://bytestyle.tv/node/62

Jun 29 02:14

Creating a 'Pollution Casino'

Creating a 'Pollution Casino': Why the Energy Bill May End Up a Boon for Our Dirtiest Industries

Let's take a look at why Waxman-Markey has the support of big polluters such as Shell Oil and Duke Energy, and not many environmental groups.

Jun 28 15:49

Galloway stirs up a new storm with TV defence of regime

In his latest statement on Press TV, Galloway defended his stance, saying: "Press TV is Iranian-owned but that doesn't influence my opinion which is that until there is even a scintilla of evidence that the election was fiddled, we have to accept the verdict of the Iranian people, however much some of us might not like it."

Jun 28 13:06

Our latest T-shirt design!

Jun 28 10:17

'Armchair' Killing: A US-Israeli Trade-mark

One of the wounded commented: "If the Taliban are bombing the mosques and America is bombing the funerals, what is the difference between them? We are stuck between Taliban and US attacks and when we are killed, not only no one cries for us, but also we are dubbed militants."

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Warning: extremely, horrifically graphic picture at the top of this article.

But please, take a good, hard look at this 8 year old little girl.

Imagine, for one second, that she was your little girl.

Imagine what you would be thinking about the people who did this to her.

This is your tax dollars at work in Pakistan. You have every right to see what it has been purchasing.

Jun 28 09:54

PHOTO MONTAGE ~~ EMPEROR OBAMA’S NEW CLOTHES

Jun 28 05:49

Faced with Nuclear Attack, Why Not Surrender and Live to Fight Another Day?

It's nice to know that "Give me liberty or give me death" still lives. But, in light of technological developments in warfare, this hoary rallying cry needs an overhaul. How about "Give me liberty or give all of us death"?

Jun 28 05:29

NASA and NOAA'S GOES-O satellite launched successfully

The latest Geo-stationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-O, soared into space on Saturday after a successful launch from Space Launch Complex 37 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The GOES-O spacecraft lifted off at 6:51 pm EDT on a Delta IV rocket.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-O satellite will improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events around the world

Jun 28 05:26

South Korea getting US missiles to boost defences: Report

South Korea is acquiring 40 US-made missiles for an Aegis destroyer this month to boost its defences amid reports North Korea may soon test-fire missiles, Yonhap news agency on Sunday quoted a military source as saying.

North Korea, which rattled regional security with a May 25 nuclear test, is preparing to test a long-range missile that could hit US territory and mid-range missiles that could hit all of South Korea, a South Korean presidential Blue House official said last week.

Jun 27 09:48

What Jermaine Jackson REALLY Said About Michael at His Press Conference

At the end of his emotional speech he says, "May Allah be with you Michael, always."

Interestingly enough, many media outlets, including The New York Times and ABC News Australia are misquoting this expression of faith.

The New York Times claims the quote was, "We all loved being with you Michael, always" whereas ABC News Australia says it was, "'May our love be with you always, brother."

Jun 27 09:20

Obama Issues Signing Statement On War Spending BIll

On Friday, President Obama signed a new war spending bill into law, but "not without taking a page from his predecessor and ignoring a few elements in the legislation," the Hill reports.

The Obama administration announced in the statement it would disregard provisions of the legislation that, among other things, would compel the Obama administration to pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require the Treasury department to report to Congress on the activities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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In these signing statements, Obama has effectively isolated the Treasury Department, the IMF, and the World Bank from any possible congressional scrutiny or oversight.

Something smells here, and it sure as heck isn't the fragrance of roses!

Jun 27 08:46

JON STEWART: JEWISH PROPHET OR COURT JESTER?

In the July issue of Sojourners magazine, the Rev. Jim Wallis calls the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart a prophet. “The Hebrew prophets often use humor, satire, and truth-telling to get their message across, and I feel you do a combination of all three,” Wallis told Stewart. “I think you are a little like a Hebrew prophet after all.”

Stewart, who deflates big egos for a living, would have none of it. “It may be true that the Hebrew prophets used humor in that regard, to create social change, but it was also used by Borscht Belt social directors. We’ve got a lot more in common with them than the prophets.”

Jun 27 08:36

White House denies ‘indefinite’ detention report

The White House dismissed reports that it has drafted an executive order allowing indefinite detention in the United States of some of the top terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

The source said that a task force established by the president was not due to present its recommendations until July, and that the administration would then work with Congress to find a solution to the conundrum.

The official was reacting to a report by The Washington Post that said the Obama administration “has drafted an executive order that would reassert presidential authority to incarcerate terrorism suspects indefinitely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this denial is never sourced.

This country can only have one standard for American justice, period, end of discussion; not two, three, four, or a trillion.

The only reason the military tribunals were ever established in the first place was that, under normal American legal practices with regard to evidence, many of these cases would have been bounced the heck out of court very quickly.

It has become very evident that torture was liberally applied to get the desired "confessions" from many of these men; as we have known from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, torture doesn't give you the truth. Torture gives the torturer what they want to hear, to achieve a specific outcome, financial or geopolitical.

The use of torture is illegal. But above and beyond that, the use of torture by Americans against prisoners of war (which is what these men truly are) is a monstrous moral indictment against this nation, and should never, ever be allowed to happen again.

What this government fears most about releasing some of these men is that they will tell the honest truth about what happened to them at Gitmo. No truly moral government can have its leadership piously prattle on about freedom, peace, human rights and human dignity, then order the torture of war prisoners.

Jun 27 08:14

Medical technician accused of raping patient in hospital

An emergency medical technician was arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping a woman inside a hospital while she was too intoxicated to resist, authorities said, adding it's possible there could be more victims.

Investigators said DNA linked 31-year-old Jesse Karim Pena, of Winchester, to the rape of a patient at Mission Hospital, who told officials she was assaulted while receiving medical care at the hospital, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Jun 27 08:11

How did Michael Jackson's death affect the internet's performance?

Michael Jackson's death has caused a surge in traffic, but In spite of the issue of individual sites going down, experts say that at no time was the internet in danger of 'breaking'

After the unexpected death of legendary pop star Michael Jackson, there has been much talk of the internet buckling under the strain of web users searching for the latest information. Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook bore the brunt of people’s reactions and news sharing as more details became public knowledge.

Jun 27 08:10

Drug suspect turns tables on NYPD with videotape

But the drug corruption case isn't alone.

On May 13, another NYPD officer was arrested for plotting to invade a Manhattan apartment where he hoped to steal $900,000 in drug money. In another pending case, prosecutors in Brooklyn say officers were caught in a 2007 sting using seized drugs to reward a snitch for information. And in the Bronx, prosecutors have charged a detective with lying about a drug bust captured on a surveillance tape that contradicts her story.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia prosecutors dismissed more than a dozen drug and gun charges against a man last month when a narcotics officer was accused of making up information on search warrants.

Jun 27 08:07

US House passes historic climate change bill

The US House of Representatives narrowly passed a historic legislation to limit pollution blamed for global warming, handing President Barack Obama a major, hard-fought victory.

By a 219-212 margin, lawmakers Friday voted for the first time in US history to limit heat-trapping carbon emissions and shift the US economy to cleaner energy in a move backers said will create jobs and restore Washington's shaky leadership on climate change ahead of global talks set for December.

Jun 27 05:27

Business group opposes climate change bill

Published: June 26, 2009 at 10:14 PM

The head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce advised legislators Friday to take time to read and consider the climate change bill before voting.

The House of Representatives passed the measure 219-212 in the evening.

Tom Donohue, the chamber president and chief executive officer, said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that his group wants a bill reducing greenhouse gases. But he said any bill the chamber supports would need to avoid onerous requirements on businesses and preserve jobs, The Hill reported.

"Last night, those people being asked to vote were given a 1,200-and-some-odd-page document that they have never seen before. This is 'hurry up and do it,'" Donohue said. "Bob Dole used to say to members of the Senate, 'Let's all hurry up and vote on this before anybody has a chance to read it.'"

Jun 27 05:22

Inhofe: Senate Will Not Pass Cap-and-Trade

As we watched the vote in Congress support cap and trade, it's good to remember that the Senate vote is still to come, and perhaps the constitution will prevail. Reference this article from earlier this month:

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
6/3/2009 9:49:53 AM

Not too long ago, global warming activism in the U.S. Capitol made some sort of carbon cap-and-trade legislation seem like a near certainty. But the tide may be turning.

According to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the ranking Republican of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, a key committee needed for passage of a cap-and-trade bill, the trend indicates it can’t pass, at least in the U.S. Senate. He explained that the House, under the leadership of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, will pass anything, but it takes both houses of Congress for it to become law.

Jun 27 02:30

Blackberry president vs. Twitter

Haaretz: Barack Obama is the king of the world.
Obama conquered the world this spring, and the world is still conquered. Since World War II there has not been a president like Obama in the White House who can do whatever he desires in Washington.

And yet, this past week has cracked the U.S. president. The paralysis that seized the king of the world in the face of Iranian evil has exposed a scratch in his Teflon coating for the first time.

The warrior of Chicago's acceptance of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's religious fascism is hard to digest.

Jun 26 19:12

The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (S. 773) grants Obama power to shut down internet, ignore laws

A new Cybersecurity bill would grant the President unprecedented power to shut down the internet and ignore privacy laws. Learn more:

Details: http://bytestyle.tv/node/37

Jun 26 16:52

Man Charged In 'Virtual Porn' Case

A Tennessee man is facing charges of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor for what authorities say are three pictures -- none of them featuring an actual child's body.

Instead, according to testimony presented at Michael Wayne Campbell's preliminary hearing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Wednesday, the photos feature the faces of three young girls placed on the nude bodies of adult females, CNN affiliate WDEF reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Use Photoshop, go to JAIL!

Jun 26 16:18

Exclusive: Police Say Michael Jackson 'Heavily Addicted' to Oxycontin

Michael Jackson was "heavily addicted" to the powerful pain killer Oxycontin and received "daily doses" of it and of another pain killer, Demerol, according to a senior law enforcement official briefed on the initial investigation of his death.

The Los Angeles police were told Jackson received an injection of Demerol one hour before his death, the official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder why the focus is on the Oxycontin.

It's the Demerol that is the likely killer. It's effects are similar to a combination of cocaine (monoamine transporter inhibitor) and opiates. Heavy drug addicts often shoot a combination of heroine and cocaine which produces the same effect. This is what killed John Belushi. An OD of Demerol would produce the same result, and given that MJ's live-in doctor has vanished, I think we know what has happened here.

Jun 26 10:12

Night chopper flights over L.A. are tied to military training

Late-night military helicopter flights over downtown Los Angeles this week are part of training exercises to familiarize military personnel with urban settings and prepare them for future assignments overseas, authorities said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this training is for foreign deployment....or domestic.

Jun 26 09:58

Congress Eyes New Measures Against Iran, North Korea

Members of Congress are expressing growing impatience with the Obama Administration’s diplomatic efforts, and are looking to move unilaterally to impose harsh new sanctions against the governments of Iran and North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: some in congress are looking to start a war - any war will do, thank you very much - to distract We the People from the absolute financial ditch in which they have left this country by funding the abominable wars without end, coupled with sending the higher paying jobs overseas.

Jun 26 09:20

Children forced to mine Zimbabwe diamonds

Robert Mugabe's army is compelling villagers to dig for gems, and the revenue is being funnelled off by senior Zanu-PF lieutenants, Human Rights Watch claims

Hundreds of children are being forced by Zimbabwe's army to dig for diamonds to bankroll senior lieutenants of President Robert Mugabe, a Human Rights Watch investigation has found.

Jun 26 08:55

US lawmakers pass Pentagon budget, ignore veto threat

Defying a possible presidential veto, the US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a 2010 defense spending bill that would continue to fund a weapons program targeted by the Obama administration.

Lawmakers voted 389 to 22 to pass the 550.4-billion-dollar measure, despite veto warnings from the White House unless a provision to build more F-22 stealth jet fighters is dropped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that public attention is focused elsewhere (courtesy of the corporate media), I would almost be wiling to to bet that this morbidly obese defense budget will get passed with nary a whimper from the white house, even with the F-22 aircraft production left in tact.

Jun 26 04:12

United Nations publishes 'World Drug Report 2009'

A UN agency has published a comprehensive report on the worldwide illicit drugs market, the World Drug Report 2009. The graphs and maps below show the extent of the problem and measures to tackle it.

DRUGS AND CRIME

Some argue that strict controls have created a thriving black market that breeds violence and corruption.
In the report's preface, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa calls for greater investment in drug treatment and crime control. He says legalising drugs would be "an historic mistake" as a free market would spark a drug epidemic. "Societies should not have to choose between protecting public health or public security: they can and should do both."

(Lots of graphics at the source link)

Jun 26 03:27

Zero tolerance strip search declared illegal, but what are the implications?

Today, we found out what their limit on state-sponsored assholery is. In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against the Arizona school that put a 13-year-old female student through a humiliating strip search in order to find over the counter ibuprofen that the girl didn’t even have.

Jun 25 20:17

Solving Problems with a Honey Pot

If an informed reader has any memory at all, the adventure of the ‘disappearance” of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and his re-emergence after admitting to an affair in Argentina, brings into focus a very interesting question. Are we seeing another application of what in the alphabet agency/spy business is called a “honey pot” operation?

Jun 25 14:00

Freedom Watch 20: Ron Paul, Judge Napolitano & more on Healthcare, Iran & the Neocon Agenda

Here's the lineup for episode 20 of Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano:

Rep Ron Paul
Lew Rockwell
David Boaz
Gary Johnson
Wayne Allen Root
Shelly Roche (on set the entire hour – send your Tweets to http://twitter.com/shellyroche
Michael Shanklin

‘Freedom Watch’ will re-air Saturday evening at 6pm EST on Fox News Talk Sirius channel 145, XM channel 168 and FoxNewsTalk.com

Jun 25 05:13

Bilderberg 2009 Intel Already Proving Accurate

2009 is not even half over, but it seems the forecasts made by both Estulin and Tucker based on their 2009 Bilderberg sources are already proving to be accurate. In a phone interview conducted as this year’s conference was getting underway in Greece, Daniel Estulin warned The Corbett Report that the powers that be were preparing to run up the stock market one final time in order to draw the masses back into investing before crashing the market. Now, a worrying new report suggests that this is precisely the case as corporate executives start ditching their stocks at a rate not seen in years.

Jun 25 04:15

Lawyer: Spanish prosecution of Bush lawyers will proceed

The Spanish lawyer working to indict six former Bush administration attorneys for their roles in the US’s torture program says the case will go ahead in Spanish courts.

Jun 24 21:34

Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station

Reaching temperatures of 600C (1,112F) and moving at 130mph, a pyroclastic flow is the most dangerous part of a volcanic eruption

Jun 24 18:15

un report praises decriminalization of drugs

In its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal's radical (by U.S. standards) approach. "These conditions keep drugs out of the hands of those who would avoid them under a system of full prohibition, while encouraging treatment, rather than incarceration, for users. Among those who would not welcome a summons from a police officer are tourists, and, as a result, Portugal's policy has reportedly not led to an increase in drug tourism," reads the report. "It also appears that a number of drug-related problems have decreased."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Portugal has done is employ a logical approach to the problem, which appears to be working.

Unfortunately here in the US, too many people are making too much money through drugs for this to ever become policy here.

Jun 24 17:12

Gov. Mark Sanford: Stimulus will cause slavery

By Lee Fang on Jun 22nd, 2009
Sanford Predicts Stimulus Will Result In ‘A Thing Called Slavery’
Speaking to the Lexington County GOP last week, Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) lamented his defeat in his quest to reject American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for schools, the unemployed, and for job creation and retention. On June 4, the South Carolina Supreme Court ordered Sanford to accept the $700 million in stimulus funds he had opposed.

Jun 24 13:47

Gov. Sanford admits to extramarital affair

COLUMBIA, S.C. - After going AWOL for seven days, Gov. Mark Sanford admitted Wednesday that he'd secretly flown to Argentina to visit a woman with whom he'd been having an affair. He apologized to his wife and four sons and said he will resign as head of the Republican Governors Association.

Jun 24 07:20

Obama's Classroom Spies

As the continuities and disjunctures between the Bush and Obama administrations come into focus it becomes increasingly clear that while Obama’s domestic agenda has some identifiable breaks with Bush’s, at its core, the new administration remains committed to staying the course of American militarization. Now we have an articulate, nuanced president who supports elements of progressive domestic policies, can even comfortably say the phrase LGBT in public speeches, while funding military programs at alarming levels and continuing the Bush administration’s military and intelligence invasion of what used to be civilian life.

Jun 24 01:35

Touring Empire's Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon

The empire ends with a pull out. Not, as many supposed a few years ago, from Iraq. There, as well as in Afghanistan, we are mulishly staying the course, come what may, trapped in the biggest of all the "too-big-to-fail" boondoggles. But from Detroit.

Of course, the real evacuation of the Motor City began decades ago, when Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler started to move more and more of their operations out of the downtown area to harder to unionize rural areas and suburbs, and, finally, overseas.

Jun 23 16:14

'Zionist-Run News Media' are Wasting Their Time

According to this editorial from the Islamic Republic's conservative, state-controlled Kayhan newspaper, "the illegal demonstrators, foreign spies and terrorists are wasting their time trying to overturn the will of the majority."
EDITORIAL
June 22, 2009
Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Zionist-run news media continue to take sides, favoring the defeated Mir Hossein Mousavi and the illegal demonstrators who are destroying public and private property. And they are doing so under the pretext of protesting the official presidential election results that show Mousavi losing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by a 2-to-1 margin.

Jun 23 16:11

President Ahmadinejad: Election a 'Blow to World Oppressors'

Has Iran's now-disputed election been a 'blow' to the United States and its allies? According to the logic of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, all resistance to the election results are due to 'the enemy," also known as the 'Global Arrogance." Iran's state-controlled Kayhan, quotes the incumbent Iranian president as saying in part: 'The 84 percent-plus participation by eligible voters is a major blow to the oppressive system ruling the world.'

Jun 23 07:19

Top 2 Ways You Help Monsanto Every Day (Without Knowing It)

Monolithic agribusiness & biotech corporations like Monsanto are gaining more and more power over our food supply, thanks in part to Congress creating policies that give them competitive advantage while harming small farmers & competitors, but also because we consume their products every day, without knowing it.

Want to do something about it?

Details: http://bytestyle.tv/node/55

Jun 23 02:46

Oil slumps below $67 on lower global economic forecast

Oil price ended below 67 U.S. dollars a barrel on Monday as the World Bank lowered its global economic forecast, suggesting a deeper recession would undermine the recovery in oil demand.

Light, sweet crude for July delivery, which expired on Monday, slumped as much as 4.7 percent to the intra-day low of 66.25 dollars a barrel before settling at 66.93 dollars a barrel, trading down 2.62 dollars, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Jun 23 02:06

Another American Icon Bites The Dust

Kodak to discontinue Kodachrome production

When I think back
On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder
I can think at all
And though my lack of edu---cation
Hasn't hurt me none
I can read the writing on the wall

Jun 22 21:23

High-Flying Laser Directed Energy Weapons

High Energy Laser Directed Energy Weapons
May, 2008 by Dr Carlo Kopp [Photos]
© 2006, 2008 Carlo Kopp
Updated from Defence Today, 2006 series
http://www.milnet.com/archives/Counter-Space-2025-vol3ch09.pdf
Star Tek—Exploiting the Final Frontier:
Counterspace Operations in 2025
A Research Paper Presented To Air Force 2025
August 1996

Jun 22 15:04

1 Death Reported In DC Metro Crash

CNN, which said it was also getting information from WJLA-TV, cited reports of nine injuries. It also said it appeared that the crash involved trains on the green and red lines.

Jun 22 14:26

(Governor) Sanford, missing since Thursday, reportedly located

The whereabouts of Gov. Mark Sanford was unknown for nearly four days, and some state leaders question who was in charge of the executive office.

Jun 22 11:52

Ron Paul: The World's Most Popular U.S. Congressman

Months after his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination ended, Rep. Ron Paul has become a hot ticket on the international stage. Unlikely as it may seem, Paul, a Texas Republican, is the most popular member of Congress outside the United State, if foreign television appearances are any indication.

How much international media does a typical member of Congress do? "Practically none," says a top House GOP communications aide.

Jun 22 10:07

Congressman proposes enclosing Capitol gallery in Plexiglas

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That will prevent Congresscritters from leaping up and savaging any visitors that have the smell of money or small boys on them.

Jun 22 09:08

Supreme Court rules to challenge Voting Rights Act: sidesteps constitutional issue

High court rules narrowly in voting rights case

The Associated Press
Monday, June 22, 2009; 11:22 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday in a challenge to the landmark Voting Rights Act, siding with a small Texas governing authority but sidestepping the larger constitutional issue.

The court, with only one justice in dissent, avoided the major questions raised over the federal government's most powerful tool to prevent discriminatory voting changes since the mid-1960s.

Jun 22 08:14

Supreme Court ends Plame case against Cheney, Libby

Outed CIA agent Valerie Plame will not get her day in court.

Valerie Plame first became a household name when her identity was disclosed by conservative columnist Robert Novak on July 14, 2003. The column came only a week after her husband, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, had written an op-ed for the New York Times asserting that White House officials twisted pre-war intelligence on Iraq. Her outing was seen as political retaliation for Wilson’s criticism of the Administration’s claim that Iraq sought uranium from Niger for a nuclear weapons program.

In February of 2006, RAW STORY’s Larisa Alexandrovna broke the news that “the unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cheney and Libby never cared about the consequences of what they did to Plame, and the organization she worked for; they just wanted revenge against Wilson for having told the truth about Iraq, and this was how they got it.

This is a travesty; Plame should have had her day in court. The absolute, undeniable harm this action did to this country's intelligence will have repercussions for years to come.

Jun 21 10:00

I now realize my father was a hero

I have vivid memories of a chili supper they had one night when I was three or four. I remember our car climbing up into the mountainous part of our county and being so scared of the curves and the bluffs. I remember running around screaming with a crowd of miners' kids and feeling that joy that never comes again in adulthood. (When grown-ups run around in circles screaming, it is never good. Part of me just doesn't understand why that is.)

Jun 20 17:56

Water for Sale; Thirst for Profit: Corporate Control of Water in Latin America

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Privatization of water is not only happening in South America; it is happening in the US as well.

Jun 20 17:52

That kind of movement will cascade through a society

Yesterday George Bush gave a speech to the Manufacturer and Business Association’s annual convention in Pennsylvania.

About the prospect of closing Guantanamo, he said, “I’ll just tell you that there are people at Gitmo that will kill American people at a drop of a hat and I don’t believe that -- persuasion isn’t going to work. Therapy isn’t going to cause terrorists to change their mind.” Instead of therapy, he recommends waterboarding.

Not funny, but true.

Jun 20 15:35

Shot Cop , Flying glass victim, Metal detectors, Super security

Washington Holocaust Museum shooter has white supremacy ties: reports
Posted: June 10, 2009, 4:44 PM by Chris Boutet
D.C. fire department spokesman Alan Etter told the Washington Post that a police officer has been shot outside the museum at 15th Street and Independence Avenue.
According to radio station WTOP, D.C. police say a suspect walked into the museum, took out a weapon (WJZ says it was a rifle) and fired at a security guard just before 1 p.m. Two other security guards opened fire, striking the victim. There was also word of a third person shot in the altercation, but WTOP reports this person was apparently injured by "flying glass."

Jun 20 10:46

How About a New FB/Twitter App for Victims of US Warcrimes?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good hard look at this kid.

Your tax dollars paid for this.

Of course, to this government, this kid is simply "collateral damage", and just one more Afghan in the way of those pipelines to be installed when Afghanistan is "pacified enough" to let that happen.

Imagine, for just one millisecond, that this were your child.

What would you be thinking right now about the people responsible for making this happen to your child??

Jun 20 09:09

Cost-cutting Calif. wants early prisoner release

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Lisa Page said: "Every dollar not spent to house an undocumented immigrant inmate is a dollar that can be spent on health care services and education and other important programs to Californians. These inmates are the federal government's responsibility and California taxpayers shouldn't be paying the bill."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Legal immigration is terrific. The gifts and skills and talents of people who are willing to work hard, learn, and move forward with their lives are a great asset to this country.

Illegal immigration is a tremendous burden on the state and federal systems.

The fact that Schwarzenegger is just waking up to this absolutely boggles the mind.

Jun 20 07:20

Molester free while dad who bashed him could be jailed

A QUEENSLAND father who bashed a man caught molesting his 10-year-old son is facing a prison sentence, while the boy's attacker walks free.

Jun 19 20:44

The Daily Show on the Museum Shooting Aftermath

Jon Stewart really nails it. He criticizes everyone who rushed to blame the isolated murder at the Holocaust Museum on the ideological beliefs of their political enemies. He even goes after the gun controllers.

Jun 19 19:46

Early museum news video report, 3 males shot

Shots fired at Holocaust museum
3 shot males taken to hospital.[ If so, one witness is alive to talk.]

Jun 19 16:54

Mossad still stalking malls for U.S. military personnel

Mossad still stalking malls near U.S. military bases
By Wayne Madsen
Jun 19, 2009, 00:18
(WMR) -- Cells of young Israeli intelligence operatives continue to openly solicit relationships with U.S. military personnel from shopping mall kiosks, according to an informed source.
WMR has learned that one such kiosk operates at the MacArthur Center Mall in Norfolk, Virginia, where a number of U.S. Navy personnel from the nearby naval bases are regularly confronted by aggressive young Israelis selling Dead Sea cosmetic products who inquire about where the personnel are stationed and the nature of their jobs. Young Israeli women working at the kiosk also appear to want to strike up a closer relationship with some of the naval personnel.

Jun 19 15:51

Iranian Election Day Bomb Plot Uncovered?

June 19, 2009
Iranian Election Day Bomb Plot Uncovered - State TV
TEHRAN (AFP) - Iranian authorities have uncovered a plot that was aimed at carrying out bomb attacks on the day of the presidential election last week, state television reported on Thursday.
"The bombers, who have extensive ties with foreigners, sought to sabotage the election and create unrest," the report said, without identifying the alleged conspirators or disclosing any foreign links.
They had identified 20 spots in Tehran, of which Hosseiniyah Ershad was the main target, it added.

Jun 19 12:06

Hidden Image Three

Hidden Image one showed there's more danger from one's own government than an outside enemy. Hidden Image two showed there is an age old battle between governments and central banks and that when central banks win it's bad for the people. In Hidden Image three I will show that we have been fooled into believing our government is a Democracy when so much evidence shows it's historically a Republic.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag and the Republic for which it stands"

Jun 19 11:30

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A map of cases where the cops kick down the wrong doors.

Jun 19 10:57

PETA's Dirty Secret

Hypocrisy is the mother of all credibility problems, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has it in spades. While loudly complaining about the "unethical" treatment of animals by restaurant owners, grocers, farmers, scientists, anglers, and countless other Americans, the group has its own dirty little secret.

PETA kills animals. By the thousands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Linked in light of the Obama fly kerfuffle.

Jun 19 10:41

School bus traffic sting generates tickets, controversy in South Pasadena

More than 160 people received $500 traffic citations Wednesday as part of an elaborate sting by the South Pasadena Police Department involving a decoy school bus complete with people walking on and off the vehicle.

The sting — designed to nab motorists who fail to stop for school buses with flashing red lights — has generated debate in the city. Some think the program was unfair, charging that the location was unusual for a school bus, the officers created a distraction, and there were no schoolchildren present.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The point is not to keep traffic safe but to make money off of the citizens.

Jun 19 10:27

Trans-Atlantic Airliner lands safely after pilot dies in flight

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said the flight landed 11 minutes ahead of its noon EDT scheduled arrival.

Jun 19 10:21

Legendary CBS journalist Walter Cronkite reportedly gravely ill

Legendary CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, 92, long known as the "Most Trusted Man in America," is gravely ill, according to multiple CBS News sources and published reports.

According to Mediabistro's blog, TVNewser, the network began updating his obituary more than a week ago; a CBS News executive had no comment to TVNewser on the reports of Cronkite's failing health.

One of the most recognized and honored journalists in America, Cronkite anchored the "CBS Evening News" for 19 years, when he was replaced by Dan Rather.

Jun 18 21:33

Militarized police SWATs, but not at Columbine, VTech

Our Militarized Police Departments
Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Crime
Radley Balko | July 2, 2007
I’m here to talk about police militarization, a troubling trend that’s been on the rise in America’s police departments over the last 25 years. Militarization is a broad term that refers to using military-style weapons, tactics, training, uniforms, and even heavy equipment by civilian police departments.
SWAT teams were originally designed to be used in violent, emergency situations like hostage takings, acts of terrorism, or bank robberies.

Jun 18 20:56

Flashback: Skolnick's "Why So Many 'Lone Gunmen'?"

FBI/CIA Warehouse -
Why So Many 'Lone Gunmen'?
By Sherman H. Skolnick
7-8-99
Then there was a fellow named Benjamin Nathaniel Smith....He supposedly used a .22 caliber weapon to shoot, from a distance, six Orthodox Jews on the way to and from a Synagogue in a mostly Jewish neighborhood in Chicago. Smith supposedly did the shooting from a distance. One problem: the .22 caliber is the favorite political assassination weapon of the FBI/CIA, and others in the secret political police, to shoot someone in the head close-up, not from a distance.

Jun 18 18:24

Hawaii being used for N.K. attack/false flag propaganda

Japan warns that North Korea may fire missile at U.S. on Independence Day
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:55 PM on 18th June 2009
North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.
Intelligence analysts do not believe the device would be capable of hitting Hawaii's main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea.
Details of the launch came from the Japan's best-selling newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun.
Both Japanese intelligence and U.S. reconnaissance satellites have collated information pointing to the launch, according to the report.

Jun 18 16:59

Sharks, Drugs, Lies, and Corruption in Costa Rica

For years, the tiny nation of Costa Rica has enjoyed the fruits of the myth that it is some sort of ecological paradise. The truth is that Costa Rica is one of the most corrupt and ecologically destructive nations in Latin America.

Ecuador, Panama, and Columbia are far more concerned about ecological issues and controlling environmental crime than Costa Rica. But Costa Rica has a good public relations agency and a steady stream of green washing keeps Costa Rica dazzling green like an emerald on the outside as a steady rot permeates the nation inside.

Aside from the chemical pollution of the banana industry and the destruction of the rainforests by overzealous logging, Costa Rica is one of the most shark-destructive nations on Earth. In the port of Puntarenas, the “shark-fin mafia” controls the police and the courts, has bought the local politicians, and has tentacles that slither their corruption in the government bureaucracies in San Jose.

Jun 18 14:47

Supreme Court Spares Former Enron Exec

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a former Enron Corp. executive in a ruling that makes it unlikely he can be tried a second time on charges related to financial fraud at the one-time energy giant.

Jun 18 13:12

NYPD sgt. admits assisting crack dealer

A former New York City police sergeant faces up to five years in prison after admitting he helped a crack dealer in exchange for three pairs of sneakers.

Jun 18 11:54

Freedom Watch 19: Ron Paul & Judge Napolitano Discuss Giving the Fed More Power

Get the latest on the Federal Reserve and our HR 1207/S 604 Call-A-Thon here:
http://bytestyle.tv

Jun 18 09:23

These Are Obama’s Wars Now

No longer can the blame for the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan rest at the feet of George W. Bush alone. This is now Obama’s War on Terror, fully funded and operated by the Democratic Party.

Despite Obama’s historic (albeit rhetoric filled) speech in Cairo, the new Commander in Chief is still not about to radically change, let alone reform, the US’s long-standing role in the Middle East. A master of his craft, Obama is simply candy coating the delivery of US imperialism in the region. Given the lack of opposition to Obama’s policies back home, it is becoming clear that he may well be more dangerous than his predecessor when it comes to the US’s motivations internationally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Same agenda; infinitely more intelligent and telegenic pitchman.

"Change you can believe in" ?!?!? Zero, zip, nada, nothing, zilch.

Jun 18 09:10

Japan and China fight it out for right to mine lithium under Bond's battlefield

The flurry of ruthlessly competitive diplomatic and corporate overtures to Bolivia from both Tokyo and Beijing is driven by the same dream: ultimate control of the future global market for electric vehicles. An ample supply of lithium, at least using current technology, is the critical weapon in that quest and Bolivia is to lithium what Saudi Arabia is to oil, say geologists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's worth noticing that Japan and China are attempting to make deals in order to get what they want, not dropping bombs in that pursuit, as the US is prone to do.

Jun 18 06:45

Officer indicted in "Ace Capone" drug case

Authorities allege that Durham, assigned to an FBI task force, made the phone call about 3 a.m. Aug. 10, 2005, as he and more than 200 other law enforcement agents were preparing to launch a series of predawn raids aimed at cocaine kingpin Alton "Ace Capone" Coles and several of his top associates.

Jun 17 22:33

Flashback: Taking down Iran covertly, now Obama's agenda

Preparing the Battlefield
The Bush Administration steps up its secret moves against Iran.
by Seymour M. Hersh July 7, 2008
Under federal law, a Presidential Finding, which is highly classified, must be issued when a covert intelligence operation gets under way and, at a minimum, must be made known to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and the Senate and to the ranking members of their respective intelligence committees—the so-called Gang of Eight. Money for the operation can then be reprogrammed from previous appropriations, as needed, by the relevant congressional committees, which also can be briefed.

Jun 17 20:25

Confessions of a 'Public Servant'

As a member of the Parasitic Class for 15 years, I have witnessed and participated in this corrupt and grotesquely unfair system first hand. I am both qualified and morally obligated to expose it.

Jun 17 20:13

C-SPAN June 17, 2009 - Flynt Leverett & call-in viewers - 38 minute video

June 17, 2009 C-SPAN American Journal - guest is Flynt Leverett Penn State University International Affairs Professor, New American Foundation Senior Fellow, Former CIA employee.

The call-in viewers are phenominal. Everything msm seems to be omitting is mentioned.

Thank you Brian Lamb. You are the Thomas Jefferson of the Video Video Town Square.

Jun 17 18:42

US to prosecute about 60 Guantanamo detainees: Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder told US senators on Wednesday that fewer than 60 of the 230 detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison could face eventual prosecution while the rest would be cleared for release.

Holder also said that cases of prisoners who face indefinite detention without charge would be periodically reviewed and treated with the due process "consistent with the laws of war."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Eric Holder: so we have been holding at least 170 innocent men in Gitmo for all this time, when there wasn't really a charge against them that could have even stood up in a military tribunal?!?

And another observation, Attorney General Holder: there is no place in American jurisprudence for "indefinite detention without charge."

It doesn't exist: I defy you to find that in ANY US penal code.

And last, when you make the statement that those "...who face indefinite detention without charge would be periodically reviewed and treated with the due process "consistent with the laws of war.", you are trying (spectacularly badly, I might add) to con the American people yet again.

This country was founded upon the principle of the rule of law, and never the "laws of war": that statement regarding the "laws of war" is an intellectually dishonest dodge at the highest level, and sir, YOU KNOW IT!

Jun 17 12:37

Nader: Obama’s Flip-Flop on Single Payer

In 2003, Barack Obama said he was for single payer. What would it take to get single payer enacted? “First, we have to take back the White House, the Senate and the House,” Obama said at the time.

Fast forward six years. The Democrats have taken the White House. The Senate and the House. And now what’s Obama’s position?

In a speech this week in Chicago before the American Medical Association, Obama made clear he was now opposed to single payer. And his lieutenants suggested that Obama would support legislation to make sure that single payer does not become a reality in America.

There’s only one explanation for Obama’s flip-flop on single payer. The health insurance and drug corporations have a hammerlock on Washington.

Jun 17 11:42

AFRICOM research agenda: coups, chaos, resources theft

AFRICOM building research center
Knowledge development team is expected to be fully staffed within 6 months
By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Monday, June 15, 2009
STUTTGART, Germany — A social science research center is under development at U.S. Africa Command headquarters, where researchers from the academic world are being recruited to help map the complicated human terrain on the African continent.
"We have no combat mission in Africa," said Col. Dean Bland, who is heading up AFRICOM’s research center effort and insists the social scientists would have no role in targeting people.

Jun 17 10:17

Guards shot 8 times, one hit Von Brunn

Chance Put Museum Guards in Place to Take Down Shooter
By Aaron C. Davis and Paul Duggan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, June 13, 2009
One man had never fired a gun in the line of duty, and for the other it had been more than 25 years. But when the moment came Wednesday in the entryway to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, neither hesitated: Harry Weeks and Jason McCuiston drew their side arms and dropped James W. von Brunn in a hail of gunfire, authorities say.

McCuiston said they don't know which of the eight rounds law enforcement sources have said the two men got off struck von Brunn in the head: "Neither one of us knows, and neither one of us wants to know."

Jun 16 23:27

Miami's US-backed Latin Am. terrorist nest

Havana. June 11, 2009
And when will Miami’s terrorist nest be cleared out?
JEAN-GUY ALLARD
• DESPITE being denounced and calls from Venezuela for his extradition, Luis Posada Carriles, the most dangerous terrorist in the hemisphere, is still conspiring to murder with his accomplices without any intervention from the U.S. legal authorities.
Miami continues to have a strong nucleus of right extremists from various Latin American countries, who consider this city and the United States as a sanctuary for their activities, given that hundreds of fugitives, presidents and henchmen of dictatorial regimes have found a safe refuge there over the years.

Jun 16 10:22

Confiscated Us Bonds Were Headed For Swiss Free Port

Even if these bonds are counterfeit, they still present a major problem for the US. High-quality fraudulent treasury bonds measured in the hundreds of billions is the last thing the US needs to deal with right now, as it is already struggling to find lenders to finance the government’s record deficit spending.

Jun 16 08:19

Lightning strikes, floods and hailstones: Mother Nature puts on a storming show (and she's got even more planned for today)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is it possible that all this invasion and torture (and helping Israel kill Jesus' cousins in Gaza) has pissed off the big guy? :)

See Buy-Bull Bangers:
Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

Jun 15 15:34

The American Empire Is Bankrupt

The American Empire Is Bankrupt
By Chris Hedges
June 15, 2009 "Truthdig" There are meetings being held Monday and Tuesday in Yekaterinburg, Russia, (formerly Sverdlovsk) among Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and other top officials of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The United States, which asked to attend, was denied admittance. Watch what happens there carefully....It is the first formal step by our major trading partners to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

Jun 15 14:21

'Definitely' is most commonly misspelt word

I beg to diffur :)

Jun 15 11:38

'Flushed puppy' survives ordeal

A one-week old puppy has survived after being accidentally flushed down a toilet and trapped in a waste pipe for four hours.

Allison Blair, the mother of four-year-old Daniel, has described how her son tried to wash his pet in the lavatory after he became muddy in the garden.

A plumber was called to the house in west London and rescued the pup with the help of his underground camera.

Jun 15 09:46

Some say Holocaust Memorial shooting signals a broader war

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More obvious spin about Von Brunn and I would normally have ignored it, but I wanted to point out that those bullet strikes in the photo sure do not look like they came from a .22!

Jun 15 09:03

America's Human Rights Record New UN Report Denounces Washington

On May 26, the UN Human Rights Council issued a report titled "Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development - Report of the Special Rapporteur (Philip Alston) on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions."

Alston was damning in his criticism regarding "three areas in which significant improvement is necessary if the US Government is to match its actions to its stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law:"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a country, we do a consistently miserable job of actually practicing what we preach to the rest of the world.

Jun 15 08:09

PREPARE! THE NIGHT IS HERE: MORNING’S LIGHT WILL FOLLOW

The time for talk is over. Any further delays in implementing self-protecting plans for families, neighborhoods, adjacent farms and ranches are unwise, self-defeating, and potentially disastrous. Further enumeration of the historical failures and the successful plots against freedom, liberty, personal and national sovereignty are a waste of time. Everyone who already knows the reasons for our current state of emergency, are crystal clear as to their origins and the implications for all Republic loving individuals.

Jun 15 04:24

Iran’s regime “re-elected”–by itself (just like Bush/Cheney)!

Here are many pieces on Iran’s election, several of them laying out the current evidence that it
was stolen by Ahmadinejad–a massive vote theft that the US media (both mainstream and left/liberal) is reporting, since Iran, being one of our official enemies, is fair game, so that it’s
okay to nail the crimes against democracy committed there.

But a selective outcry over that election theft, implying that such things “can’t happen here,”
isn’t just dishonest. Such humbug also is itself an actual crime against democracy, because
it tacitly helps keep the truth about our rigged democracy concealed, so that our election
thieves walk free, and the rigging can go on and on.

Jun 15 03:59

Iran: "Government banks and buildings were torched"

Iranian cities were awash with riots and sporadically violent demonstrations on Sunday in the second day of clashes following the declaration of hard line President Mahmud Ahmadi Nejad's landslide reelection.

Jun 14 20:20

Getting ready for something ?

Remember how those exercises on 9/11 and on 7/7 went live?

http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle09.shtm

Jun 14 18:53

134,5 Billion Japanes Reserves intercepted

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bearer bonds in play?

Jun 14 13:03

Von Brunn part of internet fanned, deranged haters

June 10, 2009
The Shooter Von Brunn: Not Just a Jewish Problem
By Rob Eshman
When Von Brunn, an 88 year old white supremicist, leveled a shotgun at the two closest victims, and pulled the trigger,....He may have been the lone gunman, but he found support for his cockamamie theories in some of the most respected and surprising places.“The press is talking only about the white supremacist nature of this without exploring the well known and wide spread conspiracy theory that is behind this man’s writings and is rapidly spreading throughout society.”That means Von Brunn is part of an internet fanned group of deranged conspiracy theorists who hate Jews, gays, non-whites, the U.N.—likely in that order.

Jun 14 09:10

Weapons makers look overseas as Pentagon cuts back

With the United States looking to cut defense costs and rethinking the way it fights wars, many defense companies are looking for international buyers to take the big, pricey weapons that the Pentagon no longer wants or needs fewer of. U.S. contractors are chasing some lucrative deals, but could also face some legal and political hurdles as they hawk weapons overseas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weapons and weapons systems are about the only things this country makes people want to buy from us anymore.

And as to that statement about "...U.S. contractors are chasing some lucrative deals, but could also face some legal and political hurdles as they hawk weapons overseas."?!? Don't believe this for one flat second!

Funding, overt or covert, which is given in the millions to congressional representatives by these companies, will insure that there are absolutely no hurdles to deal with in the consummation of these deals.

Jun 14 09:01

No change: Obama ambassadorships still go to fundraisers, friends

President Barack Obama promised change, but he's following one time-honored tradition: doling out plum ambassadorships to friends and big-money party donors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is not longer a republic, but a closely held cronyocracy.

We also, for all practical purposes, don't really have two parties, one the democratic party, and the other, republican.

We only have one party now, and that's the war party.

Neither of these developments augur well for the future of this country, and peace on the planet.

Jun 14 08:33

One year on, Guantanamo cases stall in courts

One year after the Supreme Court granted prisoners at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detention in US federal courts, few have benefited from the ruling due to political concerns.

It was exactly one year ago Friday that the high court, in a landmark five-to-four majority ruling titled Boumediene v. Bush, granted the writ of habeas corpus to the "war on terror" detainees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the reason that most of these guys haven't been sprung yet?

American embarrassment.

Had these trials gone forward according to real American law, most of these cases would have been thrown out of court almost instantly, and most of these men would have walked away free.

The US didn't - and doesn't - want this to happen, because these men would start to talk about how they were captured - many for bounty - and what the true nature of their incarceration was like at Gitmo.

That's why some people, like Cheney, would like to have them all executed, without trial, so that no one will know precisely what happened to them at the hands of a country which preaches freedom, human rights, and human dignity, and is allegedly still a signatory to the Geneva Accords.

Jun 14 08:25

800,000 Callers Phone Digital TV Hot Line

That people are calling the FCC hotline about the issue of analog to digital television conversion, but not calling their congressional representatives to protest loudly about the funding for these wars without end, coupled with all of the corporate bailouts taxing them to death, is telling indeed.

Jun 14 06:57

I'm Beginning To Think This Whole Thing About James Von Brunn is a Hoax

Okay, I now believe that the holocaust museum shooting was a hoax - like most of these stories, it's already beginning to fall apart. They identified this guy way too quickly, and then identified him as a so-called "White supremacist," within a few minutes of finding out his name. This story appears to have been choreographed and rehearsed by the ADL/SPLC and the media. This guy is being tied in with ALL the enemies of the Jews, i.e. 9-11 truthers, the USS Liberty folk, pro-lifers, White nationalists, so-called neo-Nazis, North Idaho, etc... etc...."

Jun 13 23:43

FBI swarms NY auction house in anthrax false alarm

FBI agents created a stir in Schenectady when they swarmed an auction house wearing hazardous materials suits, reportedly to check out a suspicion that there might be anthrax in the trash at the building.

But the episode Friday turned out to be a false alarm.

Jun 13 20:58

Man sues over 55-hour erection

FORMER prison inmate, Dawud Yaduallah is suing a nurse in the United States, claiming that he suffered an erection that lasted 55 hours as a side effect of medication he had been given.

Yaduallah, 43, said he had to wait more than two days before being taken from the New York prison to hospital for treatment, reported The New York Post on Monday.

According to media reports, Yaduallah said that his daily dosage of anti-psychotic medication was increased by 25 per cent by nurse Judith Lovelace and as a side effect he had a persistent and painful erection.

Jun 13 15:44

Airlines Missile Incident - Model Rocket Suspected

In a copyrighted report from the Houston Chronicle by Cindy Horswell, the missile reported last week by a Continental Airlines pilot is now believed to be a model rocket. Evidently, it was a rather sophisticated rocket launch as it had reach an altitude of 15,000 feet flying at over 300 MPH when sighted.

...

Several coincidences make the reports of a model rocket seem suspect. The 1 year anniversary of the reports, the similar flight paths/launch points and lack of wreckage, the fact that even the best model rockets don’t exceed 4500 feet all make one wonder if these were attempts to probe the security of departing aircraft or persons actually trying to bring down an aircraft.

Jun 13 11:38

Security Guard Shot at Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.;

MARIA: Well, we were in the "Remember the Children" exhibit. We were
just exiting and we heard shooting.

I ran towards the glass doors to see what was going on. I thought it
was a joke or something. And there I could see a security man pull out
his gun and shoot towards the shooter.

I also saw another security man on his belly. There was blood
everywhere. So I didn't actually see him get shot, but I saw that he
was badly hurt and he did get shot.

HENRY: And then you saw some of the return fire from the security personnel?

MARIA: Yes, it hit the security man. I am not sure where, but he was
flat on his back.

HENRY: Do you remember what floor -- is that the second floor?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was wondering how James Von Brunn, using a .22 rifle made almost a century ago, could kill a guard.

Sounds like the guard was also hit by friendly fire.

Jun 13 08:58

U.S. drug czar calls for end to "war on drugs"

The Obama administration's top drug cop plans to spend more money on treating addiction and scale down the "war on drugs" rhetoric as part of an overhaul of U.S. counternarcotics strategy.

But don't expect the White House to consider legalizing marijuana, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said on Friday.

"The discussion about legalization is not a part of the president's vocabulary under any circumstances and it's not a part of mine," Kerlikowske said in a telephone interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, there will be no discussion of legalization of drugs; way too many people are making way too much money to let that happen!

Jun 13 08:19

The Bush/Cheney Nightmare, Redux

But I'm no longer trying to persuade anyone of anything. Those people smart enough to have seen what went on during the Bush administration have figured things out a long time ago, and the remaining die-hards who have been sniping at Obama's attempts to clean up the mess will never see the truth of what happened to our nation during the Bush years. But in view of all the harm that's been done, most of us aren't nearly angry enough. We were screwed, blued, tattooed and lied to.

Jun 13 05:23

Canadian flag on your backpack not such a good idea in Colombia

It’s clear that Canadians hold values of human rights and democracy as a standard against which we should conduct ourselves in global affairs. But a perusal of the Canadian government’s position on CCFTA, or for that matter, its role in the occupation of Haiti, or its support for Israel’s ongoing violence towards Palestinians are indicative of the disconnect between what we as a nation hold as our fundamental values and what our government have done and continue to do globally. If we as citizens fail to hold our government accountable to these values, this disconnect will only widen. So the next time you are traveling with that Canadian flag on your backpack, be sure it’s not in country like Colombia where we are directly and indirectly complicit in oppression and exploitation.

Jun 12 18:34

Freedom Watch 18 - Part 1: Judge Napolitano, Ron Paul on HR 1207, Healthcare and more

Part 1 of Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano talking to Ron Paul about the Federal Reserve, Healthcare & more.

More info: http://FreedomWatchOnFox.com

Jun 12 18:03

Palau president: American aid in Guantánamo exchange just a coincidence

Palau’s president, Johnson Toribiong, said it was his two most senior tribal chiefs who persuaded him to agree to a US request to give the detainees a home, reminding him of the Palau tradition of helping those without hope.

"The economic package is not linked to the arrangement, it is just a coincidence," he said. "Palau is the United State's closest ally at this time," he said proudly, adding that just this week a young Palauan-born soldier died fighting for America in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Palau President Johnson Toribiong: the bovine excrement meter just exploded violently on that one.

Jun 12 13:25

Freedom Rider Phony Terror and Black America

Freedom Rider Phony Terror and Black America (Part II)
by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 05/27/2009
In these and other cases, Muslims and persons of African ancestry were targeted by FBI informants for the purpose of creating previously non-existent terror plots. Individuals were induced into swearing loyalty oaths to groups designated as terrorists, as in the Liberty Six case, or into planning crimes they had no ability or intention of committing until informants prompted them to. The effect of government officials and their media scribes loudly proclaiming that terror has been averted is very useful to the state. Citizens are kept in a state of fear, and will therefore accept endless war abroad and attacks on their liberties at home.

Jun 12 13:17

FBI's duped patsy, Von Brunn, COINTELPRO tactics ?

James Von Brunn Plays Right Into the Zionist’s Hands
Brandon Dean June 11th, 2009
http://www.rense.com/general85/syn.htm
Synagogue Bomb Plot -
Latest Zionist Publicity Coup
By Michael Hoffman 5-22-9
The round-up of patsies in the FBI/police-provoked "synagogue bomb plot" (the ersatz weapons and explosives were, as per usual, furnished by the cops themselves), is only the latest Zionist publicity coup,....
http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/FBI/COINTELPRO_Untold_Story.html
COINTELPRO:The Untold American Story

Jun 12 07:41

14-year-old hit by 30,000 mph space meteorite

Gerrit Blank survived a direct hit by a meteorite as it hurtled to Earth at more than 30,000 mph

Gerrit Blank, 14, was on his way to school when he saw "ball of light" heading straight towards him from the sky.

A red hot, pea-sized piece of rock then hit his hand before bouncing off and causing a foot wide crater in the ground.
The teenager survived the strike, the chances of which are just 1 in a million - but with a nasty three-inch long scar on his hand.

Jun 12 07:32

Chad man released from Guantanamo

A man who was 14 years old when detained by the US in Guantanamo Bay camp has been released after seven years, the Justice Department says.

Mohamed el-Gharani, arrested in Pakistan in October 2001, was sent to his home country of Chad.

In January, a US court had ordered his release because there was no evidence to prove he was an "enemy combatant".

Jun 12 05:50

Obama Bows on Settling Detainees

The Obama administration has all but abandoned plans to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees who have been cleared for release to live in the United States, administration officials said yesterday, a decision that reflects bipartisan congressional opposition to admitting such prisoners but complicates efforts to persuade European allies to accept them

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House don't want these people speaking out about how and why these people were picked up (many times for some kind of bounty and for no darned good reason), or what was done to them at Gitmo.

If they have been cleared for release, it meant that any case against them had not a leg to stand on in terms of real evidence.

This has to do with American embarrassment at having falsely incarcerated these guys who did nothing wrong; nothing more, nothing less.

Jun 12 05:35

US House to debate Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ bill

After months of activism and lobbying by Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters, House Resolution 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, will move out of committee to be debated by the full House of Representatives.

In a show of cross-party unity, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich became the bill’s 218th co-sponsor, pushing it over the threshold for debate in Congress.

Congressman Kucinich, along with Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), announced Tuesday that the House Financial Services Committee will subpoena the Federal Reserve to ascertain the details of the Fed’s agreements with Bank of America in the institution’s acquisition of Merrill Lynch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich are wearing their Kevlar undies these days.

Transparency and the Fed do not have any kind of on-going relationship.

Jun 12 04:30

Schoolboy survives direct hit by meteorite travelling at 30,000mph

The odds of it happening are astronomical, but not impossible, as one schoolboy found out when he was struck by a passing meteorite.

The rock flew down from space at speeds of 30,000mph, and grazed past 14-year-old Gerrit Blank as he made his way to school.

The meteorite continued on before ending its billion-year intergalactic journey on the pavement, leaving a smoking, foot-wide crater.

Gerrit was left with a scar on his hand, making him one of only a handful of people to have been struck directly by a meteorite.

Jun 12 00:03

Museum: Heavy security always, Wm. Cohen inside, Shooting a set-up

Former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen Inside Holocaust Museum During Shooting
June 11th, 2009
“The second he stepped into the building he began firing,” Lanier said.
The weapon was a .22-caliber rifle, law enforcement officials told AP.
The museum normally has a heavy security presence with guards positioned both inside and outside the museum. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors at the entrance, and bags are screened.
Museum officials say the museum was full at the time of the shooting and estimate “a couple thousand” visitors were inside.

Jun 11 16:51

Gov't instigated attacks done to validate DHS report?

Holocaust Museum Shooting, Other Recent Attacks Prove Domestic Extremism a Threat
By Alex Kingsbury
Posted June 10, 2009
A month before a suspected white supremacist walked into the Holocaust Memorial Museum in downtown Washington and opened fire, the Department of Homeland Security warned that domestic right-wing extremism was the most pressing domestic terrorist threat that the country faced.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0609/23606.html
Attacks validate DHS report, some say
JOSH GERSTEIN | 6/10/09 7:06 PM EDT

Jun 11 15:20

Stunning HR 1207 Victory! New Target: S 604

WE DID IT! HR 1207 has reached a majority with 222 co-sponsors! S 604 is HR 1207's companion bill, and currently has ONE co-sponsor. We must get this bill some support, and make sure it doesn't get watered down along the way.

Current S 604 Call-A-Thon target:
Robert Bennett (R - UT) (202) 224-5444 (on the Senate Banking Committee)

Jim DeMint (on the Senate Banking Committee)
202.224.6121 (JUST CO-SPONSORED 6/11 - Another call-a-thon victory!)

Add your non-compliant reps to the list here:
http://www.breakthematrix.com/node/36442

THANK YOU for your support & phone calls!

Jun 11 14:51

Beach bobbies: Police officers use hand-held cameras to trap cyclists speeding along seafront

Speeding cyclists are being targeted by police with hand-held speed guns.

Those going faster than the 10mph limit on a seaside promenade were clocked by an officer hidden behind a beach hut.

They were then reported to a council 'seafront ranger' in radio contact with the PC and stopped 200 yards further down the prom.

But despite launching their 'crackdown', the officials in Bournemouth have no powers to punish speeding cyclists with fines, because offenders do not have speedometers and so are unaware of breaking the law.

"Feel free to burgle that house, my duty is to catch speeding cyclists."

Jun 11 13:12

The Daily Kos Does it Again

Not unlike Glenn Beck’s idiotic attempt to equate white supremacists with 911 Truth, Daily Kos joins the bandwagon by falsely suggesting that Von Brunn was a supporter of Ron Paul and his political beliefs.

Conveniently, the Daily Kos contributor, using the pseudonym ‘Lefty Coaster’, notes that the alleged gunman posted an anti-Semitic tirade on the Yahoo Message Board ‘Ron Paul for President’.

Besides the obvious fact that the politics of Ron Paul has nothing whatsoever to do with Von Brunn’s obsessive preoccupation with Jews, Daily Kos suggests a kinship with no basis in reality. After the quoted tirade, Von Brunn signs off with an explicit ‘Heil Hitler’- which doesn’t really sound like somebody endorsing the views of the anti-tyranny, individual liberty-promoting Ron Paul.

Jun 11 12:08

Napolitano : ADL trains DHS personnel on "hate and terrorism" groups

Thu, 04/23/2009
Napolitano on DHS partnering with ADL....
1. The ADL has been "training" DHS personnel about "hate" groups and others, which is more than a bit worrisome because the ADL's definition of "hate" isn't trustworthy
[1] From adl.org/PresRele/TerrorismIntl_93/5033_93.htm
The Department of Homeland Security has contracted with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to provide its specialized training and expertise on extremism, hate groups, domestic and international terrorism, and civil liberties to high-level agency personnel.

Jun 11 10:47

Audit of Federal Reserve nearing critical mass

Officials with Paul's office have confirmed there now are 208 cosponsors signed onto H.R. 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 that demands an audit of the organization.

When the bill has garnered the support of 218 members of the 435-member U.S. House, it technically has the support of the majority even though the process of holding hearings and having committee review still provides for open doors for failure.

When Paul introduced his latest proposal to audit the organization there were 11 co-sponsors, which grew quickly to 124 just a few weeks ago. It jumped quickly then to 179. The bill calls for the comptroller general of the United States to audit the private Federal Reserve and report to Congress before the end of 2010.

Jun 11 08:40

UK Lords reject secret evidence on terrorism suspects

Britain's highest court, the House of Lords, ruled against the government on Wednesday in a sensitive case involving the use of secret evidence to justify imposing home curfews on terrorism suspects.

Jun 11 08:37

West coast oil discovery is first in 30 years

OIL has been found off the west coast [of Ireland] for the first time in over 30 years, a discovery which could spark a new rush of exploration drilling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Invade! Invade! They have oil, I mean, terrorists, Yeah, that's it. Irish terrorists! We MUST invade!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 11 08:00

LAPD Detective Charged in 1986 Love-Triangle Murder

Los Angeles police Detective Stephanie Lazarus, 49, is being held without bail on charges that she killed Sherri Rasmussen in 1986 after Rasmussen married Lazarus' ex-boyfriend, John Ruetten.

Jun 11 07:58

Max Keiser- The greater fool Theory, worse to come.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Money is pouring into the stock market, so everything is all right.

Right?

Right?

Right?

Right?

Right?

Jun 11 07:45

Democrats close in on war funding agreement; House vote possible this week

Capitol Hill Democrats are closing in on agreement on a war funding bill that's now likely to cost taxpayers well over $100 billion with the late addition of more flu-fighting funds and money to subsidize new car purchases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With people just fighting and struggling, exhausted, just to stay alive in this economy, these taxes for wars without end, coupled with huge amounts of pork, may well be the very final straw.

Younger people with skills who can immigrate to countries which believe that negotiating to get what resources a country needs, rather than dropping bombs to do it, will probably do just that, leading to an unimaginable brain drain, and further financial loss.

It appears that this country no longer has (if they, in fact, ever did) principled Democrats or Republicans: the only party we have now in Washington is the "War Party", and that doesn't bode well for any kind of return to prosperity here, or any prospects for global peace and stability.

Jun 11 07:43

Chihuahua is shot by police

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good shot, but not a good cop.

Jun 11 07:13

Obama May Allow Even More Arms Exports Than Bush

Experts and military contractors say that the Obama Administration’s quest to build more and more coalitions across the world is going to mean boom times for the arms export industry, even as the world’s economy faces a crippling recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just about the only things other countries seem to want to buy from the US these days are our weapons systems.

Jun 11 07:12

Sky 'rains tadpoles' over Japan

The sky has been raining tadpoles over a coastal region in Japan, according to reports.Residents, officials and scientists have been baffled by the apparent downpour of tadpoles in central Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture.

Jun 10 20:54

Fed Would Be Shut Down If It Were Audited

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet is so out of whack that the central bank would be shut down if subjected to a conventional audit, Jim Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, told CNBC.

With $45 billion in capital and $2.1 trillion in assets, the central bank would not withstand the scrutiny normally afforded other institutions, Grant said in a live interview.

"If the Fed examiners were set upon the Fed's own documents—unlabeled documents—to pass judgment on the Fed's capacity to survive the difficulties it faces in credit, it would shut this institution down," he said.

Jun 10 20:45

Virgin says sorry for 5p bill pursuit

Virgin Media has apologised after pursuing a grieving daughter for a 5p telephone bill owed to the provider by her deceased mother, according to reports.

Margaret Jewell contacted Virgin to inform the service provider that her mother Joan Purnell, 86, had passed away from lung and liver cancer.

This involved the Bristol-based woman paying an existing debt of £3.19, but this was closely followed by a further bill calling for 5p more to be paid, which would rise to 35p if payment was not forthcoming.

Jun 10 20:42

Police hold 10 after claiming to crack online music fraud

An international fraud in which a gang allegedly made thousands of pounds downloading its own songs from online music stores with stolen credit cards has been cracked by the Metropolitan police and the FBI, the Met claimed yesterday.

The gang are alleged to have made several songs which they gave to an online US company, which then uploaded them to be sold on iTunes and Amazon.

Over five months they bought the songs thousands of times, spending around $750,000 (£468,750) on 1,500 stolen US and UK credit cards, according to the Met. The criminal network then also allegedly reaped the royalties from the tracks, pulling in an estimated $300,000, paid by the two sites, which were unaware of the fraud being committed against them.

Jun 10 18:10

Shariah Banking: The Islamification of Wales UK

The new programme, called the Islamic Banking Finance Centre UK (IBFC-UK), has been established in partnership with Islamic Banking & Finance Institute in Malaysia (IBFIM) and Cardiff University’s Business School and Centre of Islam.

Akmal Hanuk, chief executive of IBFC-UK was quoted in the media as saying that “The Islamic finance sector is expanding at an exponential rate and is now estimated to be worth $1.2 trillion globally and growing faster than any of the conventional banks, between 15-20 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the (uncredited) author of this article: what, precisely are you referring to when you use the word "colonization", and why is the establishment of an Islamic banking system such a perceived threat to Wales??

Is it possible (although never mentioned) that because the Islamic system of loaning money is done on a fixed fee basis, not compound interest, as it is done here in the West, some Western banks are getting very nervous?

What we have here is not a "clash of civilizations"; we have a clash of financial systems.

Jun 10 17:37

Pentagon won’t name 60 percent of detainees it says returned to terrorism

According to an analysis by a New Jersey law professor, the Pentagon’s recent survey alleging that one in seven Guantanamo Bay prisoners return to terrorism is deeply flawed.

His analysis also reveals the Pentagon has refused to identify 60 percent of the men they claim have returned to terrorism, saying the information is classified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the Pentagon is playing fast and loose with their numbers, to make it seem that the only options for the rest of the detainees in Gitmo should either be indefinite detention or execution (preferably without trial), allowing some of them to achieve their desperately desired "martyrdom"

Jun 10 11:33

Report: At least two shot inside National Holocaust Museum in DC

Fox News spent considerable time Wednesday afternoon speculating whether the shooter was of Muslim descent, but stopped soon after MSNBC reported the shooter was white.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Jun 10 09:19

FLASHBACK - Iacocca: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

Jun 10 07:17

Man found dead mouse in malt loaf

Jun 10 05:54

UN Rapporteur: Rumsfeld in Trouble

The senior United Nations expert on the integrity of legal processes states that beginning next year, Donald Rumsfeld will have difficulties traveling outside of the United States because of his connection to war crimes. The official, Leandro Despouy, drew his conclusions based largely on a review of the recently released report of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which directly connected the mistreatment of prisoners to policy decisions taken by Rumsfeld. Despouy is a well-known Argentine human rights lawyer and diplomat who has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers since 2003.

Jun 09 19:03

Bernanke is worried! HR 1207 to Audit the Fed is Gaining Momentum FAST - Up to 207 Co-Sponsors!

We're almost there! 207 co-sponsors for HR 1207 to Audit the Federal Reserve.

Add your non-compliant representative to our list of HR 1207 Call-A-Thon targets and learn about the Federal Reserve here:
http://www.breakthematrix.com/node/36276

Jun 09 17:23

Democrat warns Obama risks 'future Guantanamos'

US President Barack Obama risks creating "future Guantanamos" by continuing his predecessor's policy of indefinitely holding Al-Qaeda suspects, a prominent Democrat warned on Tuesday.

Senator Russ Feingold said he was "troubled" by Obama's policies, warning the practice of holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely risked being "effectively enshrined as acceptable in our system of justice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Feingold is absolutely right in what he says, but the problem with "indefinite detention" doesn't end with the scenarios he described.

Obama's security speech in May "...acknowledged for the first time that a legal framework could be established to hold the most dangerous US detainees indefinitely without trial."

But this precedent could very easily be extended to American citizens who are absolutely not terrorists (at best,minor annoyances)for simply having a fundamental disagreement with this government about any issue.

"Indefinite detention" is completely antithetical to the moral values of this country, as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is a very slippery slope from which all American jurisprudence could very well get pushed off a cliff, pulling American justice absolutely back on par with that of the Dark Ages.

Jun 09 16:40

US to spend $1 billion on embassy expansions in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The US is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, US officials said Wednesday.

The White House has asked Congress for – and seems likely to receive – $736 million to build a new US embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for US government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.

Other major projects are planned for Kabul, Afghanistan; and for the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Peshawar. In Peshawar, the US government is negotiating the purchase of a five-star hotel that would house a new US consulate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Pakistani Prime Minister Zardari: this may not look like the forward base for an American invasion of Pakistan, but trust me, sir, it is!

And regarding negotiations for a 5-star hotel in Peshawar: didn't "The Pearl", a 5 star hotel in Peshawar, just get bombed this morning?!?!?

Jun 09 14:53

Mikhail Gorbachev calls for new American revolution

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last communist general secretary, called for a new American “revolution” — also calling it a “perestroika,” or government restructuring — in an editorial published Wednesday in The Sydney Morning Herald .

“Some have reacted with understanding. Others have objected, sometimes sarcastically, suggesting that I want the United States to experience upheaval, just like the former Soviet Union. In my country, particularly caustic reactions have come from the opponents of perestroika, people with short memories and a deficit of conscience,” the former Soviet leader wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bring the tar ...

Jun 09 09:06

Air France crash killed two prominent illegal arms foes

The puzzling crash of Air France’s Flight 447 killed two of the world’s “most prominent” illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking foes, according to a little-noticed report.

In a revelation sure to fuel conspiracy theories over the plane’s demise, the report reveals that two key figures in the neverending internecine battle against global arms and drug trafficking perished when the plane abruptly fell out of the sky. Both were particularly active in efforts to stem illegal arms trading in Latin America.

Jun 08 23:35

US $ as Reserve currency about to be dumped?

Replacing the dollar has HUGE implications and the U.S. Government knows it.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 June, 2009
"The major powers of the world (Brazil, India, China, Russia) know that once the dollars’ reserve currency status of the world is gone, the U.S. military will shrink until it is a more even match-up of players and they will have a greater say in world affairs."

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20090605/tbs-russia-china-swap-21231dd...
Russia, China should dump dollar in trade-Medvedev
Reuters - Saturday, June 6
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known by their BRIC acronym, are meeting in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on June 16 to discuss the role of the dollar in the global financial system among other issues.

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