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CURRENT EVENTS

Sep 17 12:02

Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost

The head of Metrolink warned Congress a year ago that proposals to require updated safety devices on trains would involve "substantial cost" and urged lawmakers to give railroads "flexibility" in choosing and implementing the new systems.

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So, they are trying to blame the engineer's text messaging, but the real issue is that safety was compromised to save a few bucks.

Sep 17 11:26

The Rise (and maybe fall) Of The Fourth Reich

It's easy to look back and realize what a jerk Hitler was. But at the time, Hitler looked pretty good to the German people, with the help of the media. He was TIME Magazine's Man Of The Year in 1938. The German people assumed they were safe from a tyrant. They lived in a Republic, after all, with strict laws regarding what the government could and more importantly could not do. Their leader was a devoutly religious man, and had even sung with the boy's choir of a monastery in his youth.

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Sep 17 10:54

New General Assembly President calls for democratization of United Nations

"The state of our world today is deplorable, inexcusable and, therefore, shameful. What Tolstoy denounced as ‘mad selfishness’ explains why, as trillions of dollars are spent on wars of aggression, more than half the world’s people languish in hunger and destitution."

Sep 17 10:43

A Salute To Our U.S. Constitution

On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted. 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies (Rhode Island did not send a representative) affixed their signatures to the greatest civil document ever conceived by men. Famous patriots such as George Washington, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, George Clymer, and Abraham Baldwin were among this gallant group.

Sep 17 10:05

U.S. intelligence gathering ship enters Sevastopol harbor

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Attention Israel: This is an AMERICAN ship. It has an AMERICAN crew. It is flying the AMERICAN flag.

PLease do not shoot it full of holes like you did the last one!

Sep 17 09:26

Palin linked electoral success to prayer of Kenyan witchhunter

The pastor whose prayer Sarah Palin says helped her to become governor of Alaska founded his ministry with a witchhunt against a Kenyan woman who he accused of causing car accidents through demonic spells.

At a speech at the Wasilla Assembly of God on June 8 this year, Mrs Palin described how Thomas Muthee had laid his hands on her when he visited the church as a guest preacher in late 2005, prior to her successful gubernatorial bid.

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For the RNC to have picked a woman VP candidate who speaks so gushingly of someone who, at this point in the 21st century believes in the reality of witches, demonic spells and influences, rather then the realities of human irresponsibility and greed, should make thinking voters sit up and take notice this election.

Sep 17 09:17

The economy must be REALLY @#$%ed; they are tossing OJ out there into the media again!

Sep 17 08:39

Editorial: Troubling developments in India-Pak relations

India’s defence minister, Mr AK Antony, has accused Pakistan of backing the terrorists who have recently bombed the cities of India. Pakistan has already accused India of funding terrorists and insurgents in Balochistan and FATA. India has just started making noises about Pakistan fishing again in the troubled waters of Kashmir. Pakistan accuses India, similarly, of turning off the Chenab waters that belong to Pakistan under a treaty arrangement.

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Neither the Indians nor the Pakistanis gain any benefit from increased tensions.

Particularly for the Pakistanis, this is a distraction from the very real and pressing internal problems they are facing, including their economy, unrest, and massive governmental corruption.

However, the timing of this is a distraction may may well be a not too subtle message from the US and NATO: tolerate the border attacks we are doing inside Pakistan's sovereign territory, and make the appropriate outraged noises to your people, or things may get very much worse.

Sep 17 07:53

GOP Group Behind Obama Jewish Smear Polls

A Republican group is taking responsibility for a poll that has roiled the Jewish community by asking sharply negative questions about Senator Barack Obama.

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For these folks to have pulled such a stunt, you can almost smell the panic emanating from AIPAC.

Sep 16 17:19

PROSECUTE GEORGE BUSH FOR MURDER

Impeachment does not even BEGIN to cover the crimes of the last 8 years!

Sep 16 17:06

After Ike, Texans take heart in simple things

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, the supermarket was letting in just 20 people at a time, she said, and the long wait didn't annoy customers just happy to have a place to buy basic needs. Of Kroger, Target and Wal-Mart near her home, Garcia said, only H-E-B was fully functional.

Sep 16 09:56

LIFE AND DEATH

When it becomes obvious to the rest of the country that we are truly locked into a life or death struggle the people will rise-up from their easy chairs and demand answers. If we cannot make them aware of the obvious fateful track we are now on before then, then it will be too late for us all.

Sep 16 09:55

IMAGES - The short - but eventful - life of Ike

Sep 16 09:49

Anti-Theft Lunch Bag

Sep 16 08:55

Hot and Mad, Texas Awaits Federal Aid

Sep 16 08:33

Sarah Palin becomes just another politician

So much for Sarah Palin's claim to be a maverick, someone who doesn't play politics the old-fashioned way. Now she is.

And, in this particular case, she's inviting a subpoena for her testimony. If one comes in the next few weeks, Palin could be embroiled in a nasty legal affair touching on her veracity as governor just about the time Americans go to the polls in November.

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If you really like what Sarah Palin did for Alaska, you'll just love what she does as VP!

Sep 16 08:11

The Vampire, Struck by Sunlight

Keep in mind, the biggest source of American power is its access to cheap capital via the US taxpayer.

You pay for all the depredations of empire: for the endless criminal wars of aggression abroad, and for the feast of the vampires here at home. It's your blood that kept them going all this time -- and it's your blood that will still keep them going.

Sep 16 08:07

'07-Lehman Brothers Hired Jeb Bush As Advisor To Its Private Equity Business

NEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers has hired Jeb Bush, brother of the President of the United States, as an advisor to its private equity business, a source familiar with the situation said.

Lehman hired another relative of U.S. President George W. Bush last year--George Walker, a second cousin, who heads up the bank's asset management business.

Jeb Bush is the former governor of Florida.

Lehman Brothers declined to comment.

Sep 16 07:48

Hot and Mad, Texas Awaits Federal Aid

The nation's fourth-largest city lay paralyzed, sweltering and almost completely blacked-out yesterday as frustrated residents waited in vain for promised federal disaster aid to be distributed more than 36 hours after Hurricane Ike tore through the region. Worried authorities extended a dusk-to-dawn curfew to prevent looting across the eerily darkened city.

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When it comes to the federal government being of any kind of help whatsoever in a disaster like this, citizens have to realize that they are absolutely on their own.

Sep 16 06:49

The Most Secretive Administration Ever?

The administration of President George W. Bush continues to expand government secrecy across a broad array of agencies and actions – and at greatly increased cost to taxpayers, according to a coalition of groups that promote greater transparency.

Sep 16 06:04

‘Release Omagh tapes for civil case’

Families of victims of the Omagh bomb today demanded a government probe into the alleged existence of potentially damning evidence against those behind the atrocity.

Relatives involved in a landmark civil action — who were due to return to the High Court in Belfast today — were expected to hold a press conference in Belfast beforehand to react to claims made in last night’s BBC Panorama programme.

Sep 15 22:02

WH erects screen blocking view of front entrance

As you can see the peoples house, has a screen covering the entire view of the front entrance.

Here is video of this screen shot, watch about 30 seconds and you will see this.

I wonder what historic precedent would precipitate the authorities at the peoples house to erect a screen blocking the view of the who was entering and exiting at 9:30pm EST?

It appears to me the White House looks more like the Kremlin than the peoples house that George Washington help build.

What is the White House hiding? I mean, is Jeff Gannon visiting? Or is it the PM of China?

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How very odd!

There are secret tunnels to nearby buildings to get people in and out of the WH without being seen, but this looks like a large number of people are arriving; too many to use the tunnel.

Sep 15 20:36

Gas Prices Near $6 a Gallon In Parts of Florida: Is this illegal?

Gasoline prices rose up to $5.50 a gallon in parts of Florida on Friday when rumors of a fuel shortage spread across the state. Motorists in Tallahassee were lined up to pay $5.49 per gallon.

A fuel panic swept Gainesville on Thursday, where long gas lines spilled over onto a busy thoroughfare, tempers flared and the police were called, said Randy Bly, a spokesman for AAA Auto Club South.

But Agriculture and Consumers Services Commissioner Charlie Bronson responded quickly.

“There is no fuel shortage in Florida,” Bronson said. “There's hundreds of millions of gallons available.”

Sep 15 12:58

It's just a little piece of history repeated

Although America still retains a Senate, it is no less a rubber stamp than that of the Roman Senate under the Emperors.

All important decisions are made behind closed doors, without any input from the people or their alleged representatives.

Elections have become a fraud and any opposition to the status quo will put the average citizen into conflict with any one of the numerous anti-terrorist legislation now on the books.

Sep 15 11:11

NTSB to seek cell phone records in LA train crash

Federal investigators say they will seek the cell phone records of two teenagers and a train engineer as they probe whether text messages factored into a fiery commuter train crash that killed 25 in Southern California.

Sep 14 12:54

Anti-Bush Graffiti: 25 Countries, Six Continents

Sep 14 12:52

Author Wallace Found Dead at Home

Wallace's wife found her husband had hanged himself when she returned home about 9:30 p.m. Friday, said Jackie Morales, a records clerk with the Claremont Police Department.

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I wonder what book he was working on?

Sep 14 12:17

Berlin Protests Comments by US Ambassador to Sweden

The German Foreign Ministry presented an official protest to the US embassy in Berlin, expressing annoyance at comments by the US ambassador to Sweden that criticized a joint German-Russian Baltic Sea gas pipeline.

Sep 14 12:16

What Keeps Terrorism Alive

In this week marking the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attack on the United States, three noteworthy events related to the U.S. and the Middle East caught my eye: Al-Qaida's number two man Ayman Zawahiri released a new videotape; Republican Party vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin started her foreign policy education by meeting with the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an extremist organization that puts Israeli interests above American interests; and U.S.

Sep 14 10:42

Obama calls for US military mobilization

In remarks that clearly pointed toward the restoration of the military draft under an Obama administration, the Democratic candidate said Thursday night that his job as president would include demanding that the American people recognize an "obligation" for military service. "If we are going into war, then all of us go, not just some," Senator Barack Obama declared.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The plans for a restoration of the draft (now called by its kinder, gentler name, "national service") have been quietly been put in place in congress for some time now.

There are a number of bills which have been "sleeping" in congressional committees, and will come for a vote when congress thinks it can get the American people to buy into it.

And this time, these bills will not only be coming for your sons; they will be coming for your daughters also.

Some of these bills are written in such a way that young people cannot get into college until they can prove that they have fulfilled their national service obligations.

Sep 14 09:10

Marijuana Could Be a Gusher of Cash If We Treated It Like a Crop, Not a Crime

One 2006 study called cannabis the top cash crop in the nation, worth more than corn and wheat combined. It was the leading crop in 12 states, outstripping grapes in California and tobacco in North Carolina, and one of the top three in 18 others, coming in just behind apples in Washington and cotton in Georgia. So with states facing massive deficits, could reefer revenues help?

Sep 12 22:58

Evacuee evicted

“It makes us very uncomfortable for a reporter to be inside,” one volunteer, who appears to be one of the ones in charge, told me.

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Oh?

Sep 12 19:01

Lightning kills football team

All 11 members of a football team were killed by a bolt of lightning which left the other team unhurt, a Congolese newspaper has reported.

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"That goal was offside ref!" - Booming voice from the clouds

Sep 12 17:36

JACK ALDERMAN SCHEDULED FOR EXECUTION ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - ACT NOW!

Jack Alderman is the longest serving prisoner on death row in the United States. Sentenced to death in June 1975 for the murder of his wife, Jack has been on death row in Georgia for over 34 years and is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Sep 12 09:45

The Falling Land

There is, apparently, to be no end to our falling. No bottom to the pit of moral nullity through which we keep plunging, no act of evil which we will not accept, and countenance, and even cheer.

At one time, it required great lies -- elaborate, monstrous deceits, wrapped in myths of goodness and light -- to disguise the brutal machinations of raw power. Otherwise, it was thought, the people might rise up in anger at the crimes being committed in their name, thus threatening the primacy and privilege of the elite.

But this proved to be unnecessary in the end.

Sep 12 07:34

Native Americans neglected after Gustav

Sep 12 07:23

Sea floods Texas island; get out or 'certain death'

Floodwaters surged into Galveston Island neighborhoods Friday morning with the center of Hurricane Ike still more than 200 miles from landfall.

Sep 11 17:41

George Bush isn't in charge, says Vladimir Putin

In a thinly veiled dig at George Bush, Vladimir Putin today suggested that the US President was not in charge of American affairs, saying that it was “the court that makes the king”.

Amid heightened tensions with the US in the wake of the war in Georgia, the Russian Prime Minister insisted that the US leader was a man of honour and integrity, but blamed members of the administration for the sharp deterioration of relations with Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is no one's fool, and has a very clear grasp of what is happening in Washington today.

Sep 11 10:03

The Crown Dependency of Forvik - Open for Citizenship

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The The Crown Dependency of Forvik has survived its first storm, now has its first permanent home, and resident, and is trying to plant trees.

Sep 11 09:53

A Murderous Theater of the Absurd

Laughing may be difficult, I agree, given the slaughter of civilians in Afghanistan by "coalition" aircraft, including those directed by British forces engaged in "the country's rebuilding program." The bombing of civilian areas has doubled, along with the deaths of civilians, says Human Rights Watch. Last month, "our" aircraft slaughtered nearly 100 civilians, two-thirds of them children between the ages of three months and 16 years, while they slept, according to eyewitnesses.

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When judged by history, this administration will go down as one of the most callously murderous, deceptive, totalitarian US regimes through which this country and the world has ever lived.

Sep 11 09:33

Israel Warns Russia to Halt Arms Sales to Iran, Syria

In an interview with the Washington Times, Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor warned Russia that selling armaments to Syria and Iran is “destabilizing and dangerous for Israel and for peace in the region”.

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The truth of the business is, Israel is truly impotent to actually do anything about Russian arms sales to other countries in the Middle East.

The only things it can do are to posture and shriek menacingly, but beyond that, nothing.

Sep 11 09:18

FLASHBACK - OVERVIEW

I want to start out by responding to that tiny percentage of negative email I receive that accuses me of being anti American. I'm not. I think America is a great place, and the American people by and large are to be admired.

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Sep 11 08:47

'Jew Massacre' computer game condemned as tasteless by British Jews

A computer game in which players control a Nazi soldier on a mission to “wipe out the Jewish race” has been condemned as tasteless and offensive by British Jewish groups.

The game called Jewish Massacre, which is available as a free download over the internet, allows players to take control of an “German Hero” whose goal is to “ensure that no Jewish man or woman is left alive.”

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Yes, I made a slight change to the copy. I did it to point out that the offensiveness should be the same regardless of the particular races involved. We should not react with horror at racism directed against one group, then shrug our shoulders when the same offense is committed against others.

Sep 11 07:40

Here Comes Jesse

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Photos and commentary from last night's interview with Jesse Ventura

Sep 10 19:00

Next US terror attack 'could be by white Americans or Europeans'

US intelligence officials increasingly fear that the next terror attack on the United States will be carried out by white Americans or Europeans.

As Barack Obama and John McCain head to New York's Ground Zero seven years after 19 Middle-Eastern hijackers brought devastation to the US mainland, counter-terrorism experts believe that any future attack will be made by terrorists with an "American face".

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This is simply a justification for more surveillance of Americans and Europeans, and those people who are not, at this time, in one of their data bases.

Sep 09 07:54

Slowly I Turned and Step by Step, Inch by Inch, America Falls.

Many people are wondering how it is that the McCain/Palin ticket could be neck and neck with the Obama ticket after eight years of bitter misery and lies at the hands of the worst administration that America has ever known; an administration that wasn’t even legally elected either time. It becomes more absurd when you see that this new ticket agrees the majority of the time with what the former administration did. The former administration is guilty of high crimes and treason. There is more evidence than any court would need to confer the death penalty on these miscreants.

Sep 08 16:48

U.S. plans $7 billion missile-defense sale

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Unfortunately, our weapons systems appear to be about the only products the US makes which other countries want to buy.

Sep 08 10:51

How to Renounce your US Citizenship

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't replacing the government a batter solution?

Sep 07 10:01

Predator and Prey

In nature, the rule is - literally - evolve or die.

The same is true in human society. We must literally evolve, and innovate new ways and new tools.
The predators who are trying to take our money, our liberty, and our dignity are constantly trying to evolve new weapons against us.

We must evolve or we will die.

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We are evolving.

You are looking at it this very second.

Sep 07 08:26

Younger Australians wary of 'US meddling'

AUSTRALIA'S reputation as America's "deputy sheriff" in the region is entrenched despite the fall of the Howard government last year.

But in a sign that public attitudes are shifting at home, a poll to be released today shows younger Australians are more likely to see US meddling in the neighbourhood as a problem.

Sep 06 19:36

Undercover work in St. Lucie nabs TSA employee on child porn charges

Tenacious police work by a St. Lucie County undercover officer resulted in the arrest of a 48-year-old Homeland Security Agency employee from Massachusetts who is charged with several counts of child pornography.

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And these are the people fondling my wife when we go through the airport?

Sep 06 14:30

The Voice of the White House

“While the American media is entertaining the American public with the on-going political three ringer, very serious storms are building, and have been building, in the Middle East. Putin, three times more a national leader than George Bush, has bided his time and patiently awaited his enemy, the United States to attack Russia. Both Washington and Moscow were fully aware of the pending Georgian attack on South Ossetia and both did nothing but wait.

Sep 06 09:14

Triangulating an Asian conflict

Even as the media feverishly debates the paternity of the Republican vice-presidential candidate's granddaughter and the difficulties associated with sitting through an Obama speech without either dancing or dozing off, these important Asian stories are being relegated to the back pages. The first of these stories gets some coverage, but perhaps without any comprehensive analysis of its longer-term ramifications; the second and third are virtually missing from all media.

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Notice that there appears to be absolutely nothing in the corporate TV news-feeds about how Pakistan has sealed its supply routes to Afghanistan for the US and NATO in retaliation for a raid inside Pakistan last week?

The events going on in our world are complicated, but not reporting them will not make this country more safe.

Sep 06 08:53

US plays both sides in the Philippines

But what interests have the USIP, the US military, and the other US government agencies been advancing? Analysts have advanced two possibilities. The US is now supporting moves toward the creation of a more autonomous - or even an independent - pro-US Bangsamoro state as a hedge against a more pro-China Philippines. Or the United States has only been manipulating the peace talks to deliberately foment and prolong conflict between Filipinos and Moros in order to justify its sustained intervention in Mindanao.

Sep 06 08:52

A Beautiful Feel-good video: Colorful World Slide Show

Colors brighten our lives in ways we don't realize until we experience
a taste of what a black and white world would be like. See the everyday
miracles of life in a whole new light as digital technology colors
your world

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Sep 06 07:30

Where Have I Seen Sarah Palin Before?

Sarah Palin was much better dressed than the average show mom paraded on Iranian TV more than 20 years ago. The show moms were typically dressed in a black veil. But that’s about the biggest difference. The rhetoric was eerily familiar. When she was finished, I knew I had seen her before. Only that it wasn’t her. It was her ideological predecessors at a different time in a different country.

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Leni Reifenstahl would have been very proud of the stagecraft behind Palin's acceptance speech: it created just the tone the Republicans were looking for.

Sep 05 17:49

Shepherd Bliss: Slow Food Nation Attracts 60,000—Beneath The Surface

“Come to the table”, Slow Food Nation invited. And come to San Francisco over Labor Day weekend they did—around 60,000 people attending perhaps the largest food celebration in American history.

Sep 05 14:53

FLOOD CONTROL AROUND THE WORLD

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as the heartland bails out from Gustav and hunkers down for Hanna and Ike, etc. etc. etc. a reminder of how well the US Government takes care of you compared with other nations.

Sep 05 13:15

THE COST OF FREEDOM

Politicians and pundits use the phrase “Cost of Freedom” a lot, usually in reference to something they are asking you to do that you probably prefer not to, such as pay higher taxes, wear a uniform, submit to intrusive surveillance, or simply keep quiet about any doubts you may have about the former.

Before going into the cost of freedom, however, perhaps we need to take a closer look at what we mean by freedom, exactly.

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Sep 05 10:13

Storm-hit Haitians starve on rooftops

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Storm-hit Haitians, 3rd Hurricane in 3 weeks, starve on rooftops. (Supposedly warehouses full of UN food, no fuel for helicopters to deliver it, and lots of red tape FUBAR).

Sep 04 17:33

Flashback: Going on an Imperial Bender

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.

Sep 04 17:30

Army: Soldier suicide rate may set record again

Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars.

"Army leaders are fully aware that repeated deployments have led to increased distress and anxiety for both soldiers and their families," Army Secretary Pete Geren said.

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War is basically an extension of foreign policy through organized violence: it possible that some of those who committed suicide no longer saw themselves as the champions of democracy, but as instruments of a geopolitical agenda only attainable at the point of a gun?

Sep 04 10:11

Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view

"Historically, the Assemblies of God have been dispensationalists, which means they believe in 'the rapture' of Christians that takes them out of the world," said Mr. Matthews. "Central to that position is a very strong support for Israel. It's integral to their view of both prophecy and politics. Denying Israel is almost like denying the faith."

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It is perhaps political pragmatism driving Palin's support of Israel, rather than her faith alone.

She is keenly aware of the kinds of monetary and PR resources can flow to a campaign when the politicians vow their fealty for Israel.

Sep 04 07:32

The Dumb, the Stupid, the Clueless and the Uninformed.

You believe that Russia attacked Georgia and not that the Israelis who control Georgia attacked South Ossetia which provoked a Russian response. You believe that Bin Laden is alive and masterminding world terror from a cave in Pakistan when world terror is being formulated in London, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C. You think it’s disgraceful that Sarah Palin has to endure scrutiny about hiding something from people who didn’t bother to look.

Sep 03 10:19

Al-Arian released after 5 years to await 2nd trial

A former Florida professor once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist was released from custody Tuesday for the first time in more than five years.

Sep 03 09:01

US Plans Billion-Dollar Aid Package For Georgia

A U.S. Navy ship loaded with humanitarian aid steamed through the Dardanelles on its way to Georgia on Wednesday, as the Bush administration prepared to roll out a $1 billion economic aid package for the ex-Soviet republic.

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... While our homeless vets sleep in our streets.

One has to wonder just how much of that "humanitarian aid" will be weaponry.

Sep 03 07:43

U.S. warship leaves Sevastopol after protests

The ship's arrival was met by thousands of anti-NATO protesters chanting "Yankees go home!" and waving banners with the slogan "NATO Stop!" Police cordoned off the area around the ship.

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You know, you go around lying about countries to justify invasion, and people are going to not like you much!

Sep 02 12:19

Hard times hitting American students and schools in double blow

With mortgage foreclosures throwing hundreds of families out of their homes here each month, dismayed school officials say they are feeling the upheaval: record numbers of students turning up for classes this fall are homeless or poor enough to qualify for free meals.

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Welcome to more of the true "Bush Legacy"!

Sep 02 09:37

Finnish SDP leader wants Nato debate frozen until 2011 election

Ms Urpilainen added that there was nothing to warrant a reappraisal of Finland's stance on military non-alignment and that security policy decisions must always follow the view held by the majority of the public

Sep 01 18:16

In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret

Monday, Sep. 01, 2008
In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret
By Nathan Thornburgh/WASILLA

So his name is Levi.

That's about the only thing that I didn't know about Bristol Palin's pregnancy. The rest of the details I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't. It was, more or less, an open secret. And everyone was saying the same thing: the governor's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the father is her boyfriend, and it's really nobody's business beyond that.

I happen to agree.

Sep 01 13:33

FLASHBACK: Contractor stuffed NOLA area floodwall with newspaper

"That should be criminal,"? Taffaro [St. Bernard parish president] continues.

What he's talking about was witnessed by a St. Bernard Parish resident who didn't want to be identified, but did have sharp criticism of the work done by a contractor hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Instead of an airplane, it's a floodwall, and instead of a Band-Aid, the witness says two years ago, he saw the contractor filling the expansion joint or opening between the floodwalls with newspaper.

Sep 01 09:41

Sarah Palin's daughter pregnant - McCain/Palin admit

From NBC's Mark Murray
Reuters: "The 17-year-old daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors by liberal bloggers that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child.

Bristol Palin, one of Alaska Gov. Palin's five children with her husband, Todd, is about five months pregnant and is going to keep the child and marry the father, the Palins said in a statement released by the campaign of Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Sep 01 09:06

VIDEO - : Hurricane Gustav water going through; cracks in lower ninth ward levee

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It occurs to me that the main reason Blackwater has all these troops in New Orleans is to prevent news crews from showing where the current flooding is coming through levees that were left unrepaired from three years ago.

See THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER

Aug 31 14:46

LATEST SATTELITE IMAGE OF GUSTAV

Aug 31 11:51

As Gustav nears, New Orleans becomes a ghost town

Aug 31 11:10

FLASHBACK - New Orleans: Destroyed by Presidential Negligence

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The White House is making a big show of pre-positioning relief resources in New Orleans, but the hard fact remains that the core reasons for the Katrina disaster have not been addressed, levees and flood control systems remain unmaintained. In many cases, repairs to levees damaged three years ago are still incomplete.


See also THE MISSISSIPPI GAMBLER

Aug 31 09:02

Oil companies shutting down Gulf operations

Aug 31 08:45

Hurricane Gustav, Energy Infrastructure, and Updated Damage Models

Here's the 06z NHC (current forecast issued at 5am). I think it's on the hot side, but their job is evacuation, not damage prediction. The LOOP is my main concern at this stage. It's an important piece of infrastructure, and it is right in the bullseye. A 20 mile left or right shift, and 10 or 15 knots of wind speed means the difference between days and months of repair/recovery time. NHC track is Bad for the LOOP; some tracks to the east are better (not so good for NOLA, though).

Aug 29 19:37

Tense New Orleans marks Katrina anniversary as storm Gustav approaches

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"If at first you don't succeed..." -- God

Aug 29 10:45

Hurricane-force winds, heavy rain hit Phoenix area

A series of fast-moving thunderstorms packing winds of up to 100 mph plowed through the Phoenix area, leaving tens of thousands without power, briefly shutting down the airport and ripping the roof off a brand-new college football facility.

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Aug 29 10:44

With Gustav approaching New Orleans Residents stocking up on AR-15’s and ammo

We just got a call from Devline Rossell, a charter captain based out of Venice, Louisiana. He was shopping in New Orleans to get some supplies before the arrival of Gustav (currently listed as a tropical storm that has left at least 22 dead in the Caribbean) and reported that the item most in demand was not food, clothing or shelter.

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Aug 29 08:22

Halliburton sued for human trafficking

Thirteen Nepali men were recruited and held against their will for thirteen months in a human trafficking scheme engineered and perpetrated by Halliburton and its Jordanian contractor, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday in California federal court.

The Nepali men, each between the ages of 18 and 27, were allegedly hired as kitchen staff by the then-Halliburton subsidiary KBR and its Jordanian subcontractor, Daoud & Partners. Once they arrived in Jordan, however, their passports were seized and they were dispatched to Iraq.

Aug 28 18:36

DNC protester, 9/11 truth activist Alex Jones drowns out MSNBC host

And while watching footage on MSNBC, with host David Gregory, Jones's unmistakeable Texas accent can be heard bellowing over a powerful bullhorn, "9/11 was an inside job! 9/11 was an inside job!" over and over. It is amazing. Jones and company have utterly taken over, drowning out Gregory and co-host Rachel Maddow. It is really quite remarkable. The voice of those questioning what really happened on that dark day are getting a voice, no matter what neo-con stooges like Michelle Malkin, Mark Davis or others might say.

Aug 27 15:56

Alex Jones: Russian TV: America has been hijacked

Excellent interview on Russian TV with Alex Jones as he declares the USA and UK have been hijacked by the Military-industrial complex

Aug 27 13:30

The United States of America is the Next Argentina

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA SAVE YOUR TEARS FOR YOURSELF - While bankers do control the issuance of credit, they cannot control themselves. Bankers are the fatal flaw in their deviously opaque system that has substituted credit for money and debt for savings. The bankers have spread their credit-based system across the world by catering to basic human needs and ambition and greed; and while human needs can be satisfied, ambition and greed cannot—and the bankers' least of all.

Aug 27 11:47

Angry, late, tired passengers make computers crash

Scores of Chinese air passengers smashed computers and desks and clashed with police Tuesday after a night stranded at an airport without accommodation, state media said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You guys can't smash computers! That's OUR job!!!" -- TSA

Aug 27 09:45

Secret files found dumped on tip

Sensitive legal documents relating to a major drugs prosecution in Liverpool have been found on a tip in Lancashire.

The files, which were meant to be destroyed, relate to Operation Montrose, which saw 59 men jailed over drug dealing in 2005.

They include more than 100 "restricted" statements from officers and forensic experts and the personal details of witnesses and suspects.

Aug 27 08:08

The Future of Death at the Pentagon

After all, this is just the way the Pentagon operates, whatever changes or budget cuts come down the pike. Four years later, plenty of people have written about various DARPA projects, but most still fail to ask the most salient question: Why does the U.S. government foster unfettered, blue-skies creativity only in the context of lethal technologies (or those that, indirectly, enhance lethality by aiding the functioning of the armed forces)? Some things never change.

Aug 27 07:47

U.S. boy in Afghan custody likely terror suspect's son

An 11-year-old boy detained with a Pakistani woman accused of trying to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan is believed to be her son, U.S. prosecutors said in a court letter obtained on Tuesday.

U.S.-trained neuroscientist and al Qaeda suspect Aafia Siddiqui, 36, was arrested in Afghanistan in mid-July and flown to New York earlier this month to be charged with attempting to kill and assault U.S. soldiers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The details of what this woman was supposed to have done are still very unclear.

Notice that in the second paragraph she is charged with "attempting to kill and assault US soldiers", emphasis on attempting.

One thing is clear. Apparently, the days of Abu Ghraib are over, where parents were forced to watch the torture and humiliation of their children to get them to say what their interrogators wanted to hear are over; now, the US simply imprisons kids as "leverage" to get their parents to say whatever the interrogators want them to hear.

Aug 26 09:37

Of Moose and Pit Bulls

The illusion of omnipotence dies hard. The American military has been dominant for so long that neither it nor Americans can grasp that there are limits to its power. America now tries militarily to encircle Russia, Iran, and China, which increasingly looks like an aging pit bull trying to encircle a herd of moose. The Pentagon is planning for a war with China and talks of “Full Spectrum Dominance.” The current government in Washington wants to attack Iran and Pakistan, threatens Syria and Venezuela, and seems bent on igniting another Cold War with Russia (if one ignites cold wars).

Aug 26 09:07

Has US Crippled NATO?

Ironically the Bush administration -- the most imperial of U.S. governments in generations -- may well go down in history as the one that crippled NATO and effectively left the U.S. isolated.

If there is a silver lining to the grotesque destruction of human life in Iraq and Afghanistan and the inexplicably stupid adventure in Georgia, it is the possibility that the U.S. will lose its already reluctant EU partners in making the world safe for U.S. oil companies.

Aug 25 09:58

Watching the convention is like seeing a bad divorce

The Democratic National Convention that begins today in Denver looks to me less like the coronation of Barack Obama than a soap opera wedding. The kind everyone tunes in to for the fireworks.

Will Hillary use a planned reception of her delegates Wednesday to release them all to Obama, as news organizations have reported, before the roll call?

Or will she make the poor man sit there for an interminable count of her 1,600 faithful, holding his breath lest one of them throw a wingding on the floor of the convention?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After having watched Bill and Hill for a number of years, there's a bet I might possibly place: that she will "not go gentle into that good night" of meekly handing the nomination clearly to Obama at the convention.

If in fact she does wrest the nomination from Obama in a floor fight, she will destroy the Democratic party in the process, and hand the election to McCain.

Aug 25 09:24

Canadian border no longer invisible in Vermont

For longtime residents accustomed to a simpler life that flowed freely across a largely invisible border, the final shock - and what made most people really take notice - was a proposal by the border agents last year to erect fences on the small streets to officially barricade Derby Line from Stanstead, Quebec, and neighbor from neighbor.

"They're stirring up a little hate and discontent with that deal," said Claire Currier, who grew up in this border area and works at Brown's Drug Store, which has operated on the same spot since 1884. "We've all intermingled for years."

Aug 25 09:07

Kashmir on brink as India scrambles for solution

A lack of political leadership threatens to allow seething Hindu-Muslim tensions and separatist anger in revolt-hit Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) to spiral out of control, analysts say. Kashmir, which is witnessing its biggest anti-India demonstrations in years, is “poised at a very delicate stage”, said security analyst Uday Bhaskar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

India completely mis-judged the potential for Muslim response to their donating land for a Hindu Shrine in Kashmir.

The anger at India's control of Kashmir has been simmering for a long time, and unfortunately, this was the spark which moved that anger into seething rage.

Let us hope that cool heads prevail in Kashmir, Islamabad, and New Delhi and this issue will be resolved in the most peaceful and sensitive way possible. If it is not, this could rapidly spin out of control in a heartbeat.

Aug 25 08:54

Wiser but weaker

We will and have come to understand who is putting us into danger, who is leading us into one war after another, who has written a twisted book full of NWO laws called the PATRIOT Act and PATRIOT Act II, all so they can have total control over us. We know why the cameras are really focussed on us, on Americans, and not on the fake phony terrorists our leaders have made up for us to be afraid of.

Yes, we have become wiser alright, but here comes that weaker part I was warned about:

Aug 25 08:33

Top Fifteen Things That - WTF - OMFG - Run for Your Lives!!!

Aug 24 16:29

2 immigrants dead; others detained at AZ military range

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that at least a dozen undocumented immigrants have been detained after wandering near a US Air Force Base in southwestern Arizona Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two questions which need to be asked here.

The first is, where, precisely, are these "undocumented immigrants" supposed to have come from?

There appears to be an assumption this station would like people to infer from the relative closeness of the base to the Mexican border, but the article never states a country of origin.

This is either sloppy reporting, or a deliberate fudging of the facts.

And second, how in the blazes did they get that close to this kind of military asset without having been discovered and stopped on their way far sooner?

Aug 24 09:58

A Really Bad Couple of Weeks for Pax Americana

Whatever hopes the George W. Bush administration may have had for using its post-9/11 "war on terror'' to impose a new Pax Americana on Eurasia, and particularly in the unruly areas between the Caucasus and the Khyber Pass, appear to have gone up in flames – in some cases, literally – over the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To look at what passes for US foreign policy these days, one has to wonder just how completely ignorant of world history the folks in Washington have to be to have made the decisions they have made, and taken the actions they have taken.

Everything they have touched globally has exploded in their faces like a box of bad trick cigars.

Aug 24 09:40

FLASHBACK - The US Government is Dying

The US Government is dying. Its ultimate fate was sealed the moment the Federal Reserve Fiat money system was put into place. Like a recreational drug user enjoying that first chemical rush, those who created the federal Reserve luxuriated in the seemingly endless flow of money pouring forth from the Federal Reserve, money used to prolong and consolidate power, money spent without worry in the full knowledge that it was going to be someone else's problem to pay it all back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am building a better WRH articles index than the one the site currently uses and as I go along I keep stumbling over these articles I wrote long ago and then totally forgot.

Aug 24 09:20

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Georgian Forum

Well, maybe it's not really so funny, especially if someone you care about has been killed or wounded in the recent fray in the South Caucasus, but corporate shareholders who are heavily invested in U.S. military-contractor stocks are laughing all the way to the bank. In their world, nothing makes for success as much as a little shooting and looting in a U.S. client state next door to Russia.

Aug 24 08:18

The mother of all paradoxes: the American social model

It’s undeniable that the American social model is a paradox in the world. All you have to do is look around at other nations and the difference is clear as the Rome sky in July. Even though today at the nadir of its profound social crisis because of its flagrant, outright failure, America continues unabashedly to hammer away at its people how fortunate they are, while simultaneously proposing itself to the world as the paradigm, the quintessence, the very epitome of western civilization.

Aug 24 07:54

New Orleans repeating deadly levee blunders

Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson from four decades ago and believe once again that the federal government is constructing a levee system they can prosper behind.

Aug 23 12:30

University Professor and Tennessee Tech Firm Indicted For Arms Exports

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Tennessee returned an 18-count indictment yesterday charging J. Reece Roth, a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tennessee, and Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc. (AGT), a Knoxville-based technology company, with conspiring to defraud the U.S. Air Force and disclose restricted U.S. military data about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or “drones,” to foreign nationals without first obtaining the required U.S. government license or approval.

Aug 23 11:26

Top UN official calls for greater effort to end contemporary forms of slavery

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief today appealed to Member States to renew efforts to end all forms of oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That include the 1040 form?

Aug 23 08:54

Hundreds of thousands march for Kashmir's independence

What began as a dispute over land for Hindu pilgrims visiting a shrine in Kashmir snowballed into full-scale anti-India protests this month, boosting separatists who want India's only Muslim-majority region to secede.

Police and soldiers dressed in battle gear patrolled the streets as about 350,000 protesters arrived from nearby towns and villages, officials said.

Aug 23 08:35

Another Famous Victory for Condi

The GBIs of our GMD system employ heat-seeking Kinetic Kill Vehicles. With such a system there is literally no margin for error. We either hit the Russian/Chinese pointy-shaped nuke-carrying re-entry vehicles – which are stone cold when exo-atmospheric – with our heat-seeking bullets or we don’t.

And, of this writing, we have never even tried to hit an exo-atmospheric stone-cold RV with our heat-seeking bullet. We’re having enough trouble hitting artificially hot-hot-hot targets.

So, don’t you feel better already about Condi’s famous diplomatic triumph?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have here are systems which are completely untested regarding the manner in which they are actually supposed to work, and prone to catastrophic failure.

Aug 23 08:01

Marijuana found in Newton fire chief's car

Firefighters cleaning Newton Fire Chief Joseph LaCroix's car on Thursday found a bag of marijuana but the chief said yesterday he does not know how the drug got there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So THAT'S why they make all those cookies there!

Aug 22 17:05

Ex-US diplomat gets 20 years for child porn

An ex-U.S. diplomat who admitted taping his sexual encounters with teenage girls while stationed in Brazil and the Congo was sentenced Friday to 20 years, the maximum possible prison term.

Aug 22 09:59

John McCain's Foreign Policy Judgment is Questionable

A major theme of John McCain's campaign is that he has far more experience in foreign affairs than does Barack Obama. McCain has now escalated his attacks by targeting Obama's judgment as well — especially the latter's pessimism about the effectiveness of the surge in Iraq.

There is little doubt about McCain's lengthier foreign policy experience. But it is not at all apparent that his judgment is superior to Obama's. Indeed, the record indicates that McCain's own judgment is alarmingly bad.

Aug 22 08:53

Fun Size Countries: The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations

Do you ever get the urge to just start your own country, with your own damned rules?

Well, some people actually do it. All it takes is a small, uninhabited piece of land you can claim (though it helps to also be completely insane, or to have balls the size of watermelons).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that they missed The Crown Dependency of Forvik

Aug 22 07:29

Saakashvili asked the U.S. to send him a plane in the heat of the conflict

It turns out Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili planned to leave the country.

Aug 21 18:44

2000 Now or Never - Support the 9-11 First Responders

Let the masses
know we are taking on the responsibility of helping the surviving victims of
September 11 - since the government has chosen to let them die.
So go spread the word, let us know so we can post it. Take pics, make videos
of your action and we'll get it up and out there.
Thanks for everything you have done and will continue to do. We cannot do
this without you all!!!
Contact: streetteam@2008nowornever.com

Aug 20 16:19

Tubbs Jones Dies After Suffering Brain Aneurysm

A team of doctors who evaluated her determined she had limited brain function. She remained in critical condition throughout the day before she died at 6:12 p.m., the Cleveland Clinic said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess this time it is for real!

Aug 20 11:57

NYC police want to screen Manhattan-bound vehicles for radiation, other terrorism threats

The New York Police Department is working on a plan to track every car, truck or other vehicle entering Manhattan and screen them for radioactive materials and other terrorism threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Aug 20 11:38

Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, sources say

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress, has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, said sources familiar with the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MAYBE!

There seems to be some confusion over whether Tubbs has died or not.

Aug 20 09:25

US Rep. Tubbs Jones hospitalized near Cleveland

Tubbs Jones is set to be a superdelegate at next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver. One of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest boosters during the primaries, she threw her support to Barack Obama in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this is the second "situation" to befall a super delegate who had publicly switched their allegiance from Clinton to Obama within a month.

She is very lucky to be alive, and apparently stabilized.

The first was the assassination of Bill Gwatney, the Democratic Party Chair for Arkansas on the 14th of this month.

Aug 19 17:59

Olympic medals more valuable than the metal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am crushed. Those gold medals? They are PLATED!

Aug 19 12:32

The silly Americans at www.whatreallyhappened.com

Do you realize Bush is actively working to preserve your nice lifestyle?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could have fooled me!

Aug 19 12:29

Galt's golden girl

Brown-Trafton's opening heave of 212 feet, 5 inches (64.74 meters) at the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China held up for six rounds, giving Brown-Trafton a stunning and historic victory.

Brown-Trafton won the first gold for a U.S. woman in the discus since Lillian Copeland in 1932 and only the second medal of any color since then.

Aug 19 10:25

Wars and Rumors of War

The United States, and various other nations, have been in a war in Afghanistan for going on seven years now ….and we still have not been able to capture the 6’6” Arab who is so powerful that, while sitting on his backside in a cave in Afghanistan, he managed to get the USAF to stand down on 9/11; to change the laws of physics (so that jet fuel melts steel instead of burning at about half the necessary temperature), oh yeah, and is so loved that he raised a terror army of Arabs to follow an organization that in Arabic slang means “little toilet”.

Aug 19 10:24

Are you ready for Nuclear War?

Aug 19 07:48

New Zealand court allows 'boobs on bikes' parade

Topless porn stars are expected to cruise down Auckland's main street on motorbikes on Wednesday after a court said the "Boobs on Bikes" parade was not legally offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we need to get away from this idea that we are all inherently offensive simply because we have bodies.

Aug 18 07:59

Preparing for an urban WMD attack

The scenario was this: a terrorist with a backpack full of sodium cyanide--a chemical used in gold mining operations that quickly attacks and shuts down the human respiratory system--unleashed it inside 555 California.

The attack instantly kills a number of people and injures others.

Aug 17 09:21

Putin's Winning Hand: Once the Atlantic Alliance is shattered, America's lifeline to the world is kaput

Now that Georgia's American-trained army has been humiliated in front of the world, Bush is trying desperately to save face by demanding that Russia allow the US Air force to deliver humanitarian aid via C-17 military aircraft to the tens of thousands of Georgians who were displaced in the fighting. It is worth noting that, as yet, Bush has never delivered as much as a bag of rice to the 2 million Iraqi refugees living in Jordan and Syria due to his war in Iraq.

Aug 16 08:18

Attack on Georgia Gives Boost

Russia's attack on Georgia has become an unexpected source of support for big U.S. weapons programs, including flashy fighter jets and high-tech destroyers, that have had to battle for funding this year because they appear obsolete for today's conflicts with insurgent opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can almost hear the synchronized salivating of every defense contractor in the US on this news.

Aug 15 09:01

"President Bush, Will You Please Shut Up?"

Everyone else in the world knows that the unstable and corrupt Saakashvili, who proclaims democracy and runs a police state, would not have taken on Russia by attacking South Ossetia unless given the go-ahead by Washington.

The purpose of the Georgian attack on the Russian population of South Ossetia is twofold:

To convince Europeans that their action in delaying Georgia’s NATO membership is the cause of “the Russian aggression” and that to save Georgia from conquest Georgia must be given NATO membership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the members of this administration felt that they don't have quite enough blood on their hands with the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, so they green-lit Georgia to move forward this little escapade.

And what is perhaps the most despicable part of this whole situation is that congress, plumped up financially with their defense department investments, has been the criminal enabler of a completely corrupt regime.

They refuse to impeach Bush and Cheney because no matter who wins or loses on the geopolitical stage (including our own vets who have been sickened and killed because of their exposure to depleted uranium weapons), congress members win!

Aug 14 09:16

The Lawless Roads: Bluster in Georgia, Rank Tyranny at Home

By any sensible reckoning, this is not a story of Russian aggression, but of US imperial expansion and ever tighter encirclement of Russia by a potentially hostile power....

Ah yes, but "sensible reckonings" are in short supply these days, especially among the courtiers and scribes of the Potomac Empire.

Aug 14 08:35

Violent protests in Kashmir threaten India-Pakistan peace process

Escalating unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir threatens to derail a peace process between India and Pakistan that has extended over more than four years.

Now it is no exaggeration to say that the state could be heading towards a communal meltdown.

Aug 13 09:54

Black Hawk ops target Denver

Residents in downtown Denver saw quite a show last night as squadrons of black military helicopters hovered over the city until nearly 11 p.m., conducting exercises that were originally reported to be tied to the Democratic National Convention.

Aug 13 07:51

U.S. shifts Arctic foreign policy

n the latest sign of the rising international political stakes in the Arctic, the top U.S. Coast Guard official has revealed a planned shift in American foreign policy from scientific research to "sovereignty" and "security presence" in Alaskan waters bordering Canadian and Russian territory.

And to underscore growing U.S. concerns over its aging polar icebreaking fleet and suspect capacity for Arctic surveillance, Homeland Security director Michael Chertoff slipped quietly into Alaska on Friday to assess the coast guard's northern operations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "resource wars" pitting the US against Russia?

Aug 13 07:20

Riots erupt in Kashmir as thousands mourn shooting deaths

Riots erupted across Indian-controlled Kashmir today as Muslims mourned 15 people killed when Indian security forces fired into crowds of demonstrators yesterday.

Unrest in the region, the worst since the 1990s, began in May when the state government handed over 100 acres of land for pilgrims to Amarnath, a Hindu shrine in the Himalayas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bone-headed domestic policy, coupled with out of control police, can only end badly, as it has in this turn of events.

Unfortunately, this entire area of the world is behaving like a covered cauldron, just waiting to explode.

Aug 13 07:08

Navy relieves commander of air recon squadron

The commander of a Navy air reconnaissance squadron that provides the president and the defense secretary the airborne ability to command the nation's nuclear weapons has been relieved of duty, the Navy said Tuesday.

A source close to the investigation told The Associated Press that Bentley's removal regarded an undisclosed personal matter and was not related to the squadron's missions or duties. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A "personal matter" got him thrown off the job, after he had been vetted, and given command?

Forgive me, but something just doesn't pass the "smell test" here.

Aug 12 18:11

Arctic cold war as US sends a ship to claim riches under the ocean

A US Coast Guard cutter will depart for the Arctic this week as part of a race against Russia to claim the vast spoils of oil and natural gas below the sea floor that both nations are scrambling to exploit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "resource wars" on the horizon, again pitting the US against Russia?

Aug 12 13:39

Puerto Rico officer killed in FBI-led kidnap raid

An FBI agent may have accidentally killed a Puerto Rican policeman in a late-night shootout with alleged kidnappers, the island's top police official said Friday.

Aug 12 11:49

Two Jews and a black man help Phelps fulfill Olympic dream

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not that we are being racist with that headline, of course.

Aug 12 11:48

Inflatable dog turd sculpture escapes Swiss museum, wreaks havoc

A powerful gust of wind recently swept a house-sized sculpture of dog feces from its display outside a Swiss museum, an art official in Berne said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
I will not make crude jokes about "when the shit hits the fan."
...

Aug 12 07:56

Fatal Shooting In Montreal Sparks Riot

The violence erupted following a peaceful community protest against the shooting by police on Saturday of three people, including an 18-year-old man, identified by his sister as Freddy Alberto Villanueva, who died of his wounds.

Aug 12 06:59

Can an Ex KGB General Save America From Itself?

It is eye-opening for me as an American patriot to realize that I have strayed so far from my anti-communist roots that I now find myself supporting a Russian president who is confronting the United States. But it is true, that the current American administration is so out of control and of such apparent murderous intent that it must be stopped by whatever means necessary, from succeeding in its mad quest to initiate world war, and the only force that can do that is the Russian military.

Aug 11 17:43

DIXIE CHICKS VIDEO - NOT READY TO MAKE NICE

A power point created by Bev Collins concerning the Bush Administration and the Iraq War overdubbed with the Dixie Chicks song "Not Ready To Make Nice"

Aug 11 11:12

Saakashvili, Kouchner escape from Gori

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have managed to escape from the city of Gori.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"My fellow Georgians. You are on your own. Thank you, and goodnight!"

Aug 11 10:16

Thousands flee Philippine clashes

Aug 11 09:16

War in the Caucasus: Towards a Broader Russia-US Military Confrontation?

A process of escalation and confrontation between Russia and America is unfolding, reminiscent of the Cold War era.

Are we dealing with an act of provocation, with a view to triggering a broader conflict? Supported by media propaganda, the Western military alliance is intent on using this incident to confront Russia, as evidenced by recent NATO statements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The coming "cold war" could go "hot" in a heartbeat.

Aug 11 09:09

Civilian Genocide, Dead Americans Cost Of U.S.-Russia Proxy War

The truth behind who is primarily responsible for the bloodshed unfolding in South Ossetia and surrounding areas has been buried by the western corporate media. Georgian forces, with a green light from NATO and the support of American and Ukrainian mercenaries, launched a brutal attack targeting civilians and Russian peacekeepers timed to coincide with the opening of the Beijing Olympics so as to temporarily deflect attention before the inevitable Russian response, by which time the global media machine kicked into high gear to smear Russia as the villains of the entire piece.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and NATO absolutely misjudged the potential for the Russian response.

If this was supposed to engage Russia and Georgia in a protracted war to deflect from Russia's being able to supply Iran militarily in case of an attack from the US and or Israel on Iran, it has exploded on US foreign policy makers like a very bad trick cigar.

Aug 10 08:06

Impeachment Won't Help; Only Revolution Will Save America

If you happen to be among the top one percent of the nation, then, Bush has done a fabulous job for you. He's has enriched you and your type. You benefited from 911 which made possible Bush's agenda of aggressive war, dismantling the Constitution, and packing the courts. You should be proud and probably are.

Aug 10 08:05

Call for mass-blockades against the racists conference in Cologne

From the 19th to the 21st of September, racists and neofascists from all over europe are planning to hold a so called „Anti-Islamization-Congress“. Invited by the self constituted citizens' initiative „pro Köln“ up to 1000 right-wing extremists of different shade (from the classic Neonazi to rightist-conservatives) want to spread their propagandha against people with other origin ore religion
under the smokescreen of a pretended critique on Islam.

Aug 09 10:33

War between Russia and Georgia orchestrated from USA

Russian officials believe that it was the USA that orchestrated the current conflict. The chairman of the State Duma Committee for Security, Vladimir Vasilyev, believes that the current conflict is South Ossetia is very reminiscent to the wars in Iraq and Kosovo.

In the meantime, it became known that the Georgian troops conducted volley-fire cleansings of several South Ossetian settlements, where people’s houses were simply leveled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The agenda here on the part of the US appears to be to get Russia mired in a military confrontation with Georgia.

This would critically impact Russia's ability to come to Iran's aid, should the US and/or Israel be planning some kind of an attack.

We now have two carrier groups, headed to the Gulf.

Coincidence?!? Probably not.

Aug 08 14:27

Pickens Gives New Meaning to 'Self-Government'

Purchasing rights-of-way is often expensive and time-consuming -- and what if landowners won’t sell? While private entities may be frustrated, governments can exercise eminent domain to compel sales. This is Pickens’ route of choice. But wait, you say, Pickens is not a government entity. How can he use eminent domain? Are you sitting down?

Aug 08 13:58

Webcam Tbilisi, Georgia - Rustaveli Avenue

Aug 08 10:34

Baku: Georgia proved that Azerbaijan "has the right to return its land by use of force"

Georgia has proved that peaceful talks is not the only way to restore territorial integrity, says a statement issued by the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry on the recent development in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone.

It means that Azerbaijan "has the right to return its lands by use of force, the statement says, Bakililar.az reports.

Aug 08 09:00

TBILISI WEBCAM

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Webcam looking at construction of a new hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Not much to see but only working webcam I have found inm the region.

Aug 08 09:00

Hawaii homecoming rally on Friday for Barack and Michelle Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We'll be having one of Senator Obama's former teachers as our guest one week from tomorrow, talking about education issues.

Aug 08 07:33

Haiti's Compounding Food and Health Crises

Haiti today is a tragic case study of how developing nations can lose the sovereign right to ensure access to healthcare when they lose their right to local food self-sufficiency under globalization.

Aug 07 13:44

Ohio National Guard to Conduct Homeland Defense/Homeland Security Exercise

The Ohio National Guard’s Joint Task Force 73 will conduct a Fully Operational Capability exercise, Aug. 11-15, at Owens Community College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness in Perrysburg Township to test its ability to support local and state civilian authorities during a Homeland Defense/Homeland Security event.

Aug 07 13:08

California Computers Can't Perform Pay Cut Because of COBOL

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Vacuum tubes and floppy disks?"

I'm sorry: this is both hysterical and humiliating California.

Aug 06 11:05

CHILD LABOUR AND EXPLOITATION OF WORKERS DECLARED KOSHER IN THE U.S.

US’ biggest supplier of kosher meat accused of exploiting employees, tolerating illegally hiring teenagers. ‘They refuse to accept responsibility for anything that is going on in that plant,’ spokesman for Food and Commercial Workers union says

Aug 06 09:50

Russian Judge Rules Sexual Harassment Is Okay As It Ensures Survival Of Human Race

A woman seeking to become only the third woman ever to successfully bring a sexual harassment case in Russia was dealt a shocking rebuke when the judge threw out her case, ruling that sexual harassment is actually necessary for the survival of the human race:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pardon me while I help the survival of the human race with that cute Irish lass in the office next door!

Aug 06 09:44

Ex-Howard Hughes spokesman, CIA operative dies

Robert A. Maheu, a former Howard Hughes confidant and CIA operative once involved in a failed plot to poison Fidel Castro, has died in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 90.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One down.

Aug 06 08:50

Texas defies World Court with execution

The World Court last month ordered the U.S. government to "take all measures necessary" to halt the upcoming executions of five Mexicans including Medellin's on the grounds that they had been deprived of their right to consular services after their arrests.

Aug 06 08:50

Renegade troops seize power in Mauritania

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe they have an idiot for a leader.

Aug 06 08:40

Military jury convicts bin Laden's driver

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Drive a dead guy, go to jail!

Aug 05 13:35

Gitmo detainees subject to detention even if acquitted: Pentagon

Some detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will likely never be released because of the danger they pose, and those tried and acquitted will still be subject to continued detention as enemy combatants, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Ahem).

If these guys are acquitted, this means that they have been found innocent of any crime

Since when, in the history of American law and justice, have we continued to hold people who have been acquitted??

This boggles the mind, and makes you wonder what kinds of judicial "stretches" this government, right now, is willing to take against American citizens whose only "crime" is disagreeing with its positions.

Please don't think that just because this is happening at Gitmo, that it couldn't happen here.

Aug 05 12:23

Hilton’s May Pull McCain Donations, Paris Can Sue McCain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the smell of irony in the morning!

Aug 05 08:39

Changing lug nuts not a war crime, jury told

Osama bin Laden's driver performed vital services that enabled "the world's most dangerous terrorist" to launch attacks, a prosecutor told jurors before they began deliberations on Monday in the first U.S. war crimes trial at Guantanamo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Did they hang Hitler's driver?

Aug 05 08:36

Pentagon tells Congress of arms sale to Australia

The Pentagon is proposing the sale to Australia of up to $1.5 billion in missiles, electronic warfare countermeasure equipment and other supplies to support that country's F/A-18E/F fighter aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only things this country makes any more that people want to buy are its weapons.

Aug 05 08:10

Three Million in Gold Bullion Seized at Gold Dealers House

Authorities have seized $60,000 cash, some of it sealed in shrink wrap, and $3 million in gold bullion at the house of James Fayed, whose wife, Pamela, was murdered last week. Twenty-five assault rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition were also seized from the house, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Mark R. Aveis

Aug 05 07:30

Alexander Solzhenitsyn ­ Hero And Sage

"Here he analysed with depth and vision such as few have, the fundamental malady of Western Civilisation. He declared that the West had lost its moral courage, starting at the top among the ruling elite and the intellectuals. Solzhenitsyn traced the decadence back to the ideology dominant in the West, lambasting the Western ideal of the happiness of the greatest number and a freedom that becomes licentious.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Boy, he got THAT one right!

Aug 05 07:12

Pakistani terror suspect due in U.S. court

Government sources have said that al Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed named Siddiqui among al Qaeda's operatives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After further waterboarding, KSM admitted to shooting the Easter Bunny.

Aug 04 10:29

Israeli parents forget daughter at airport

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Home Alone" for real!

Aug 04 08:29

Circuit City, Mad Magazine and Streisand

Someone at Circuit City sees a too-true-to-be-really-funny Mad Magazine parody of their beleaguered company and dashes off an e-mail demanding that all copies of the periodical be purged from the chain's shelves.

I already know that you're thinking two things?

"Mad Magazine still publishes?"

"And they sell it at Circuit City?"

Aug 03 16:00

Soviet dissident writer Solzhenitsyn dies at 89

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet dissident writer and Nobel literature prize winner, has died aged 89, the Interfax news agency reported on Sunday.

Aug 03 09:23

ND towns unfazed by ICBM rocket booster in ditch

There's plenty to talk about at the weekly women's coffee klatch in the small town of Parshall, and no one bothered to mention the unarmed booster rocket for an intercontinental ballistic missile lying in a ditch where an Air Force truck overturned.

Aug 02 10:03

Kashmir cease-fire shows signs of fraying as Pakistan, India step up violations

Fear has returned to border areas of Kashmir after a series of cease-fire violations on the de facto frontier dividing the region between India and Pakistan shattered five years of calm, locals say.

Troops stationed along the heavily militarized Line of Control (LoC) traded fire four times during July. Each side blamed the other for starting the clashes residents in the area say they fear could escalate into heavier battles between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The entire region feels like its a cauldron of unrest, just getting ready to explode.

Aug 02 09:45

The Voice of the White House

“It is very apparent to everyone here in Washington, even to the floor-polishers and sewer inspectors of the District, that McCain is rapidly losing any chance of gaining the presidency of the United States. There is a strong and growing perception that the ageing McCain appears constantly confused, stumbles badly, mumbles and constantly contradicts himself in public. Many of my friends are beginning to express pity for him, the certain kiss of political death.

Aug 01 19:34

What Really Happened to What Really Happened? Did Rivero join the ADL?

What Really Happened is twisting the original story about IDF members training New York Jews into a paramilitary group into some weird story about aL-Qaeda training Muslims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, sometimes I give my readers more credit for intelligence and perception than is actually out there, and this is one of those times.

The reason I gave the story the reversed headline I did was that I expected people would react quite strongly to the idea that Al Qaeda was training paramilitaries in New York. My goal was to force the readers into seeing that ANYONE training paramilitaries in New York is a dangerous activity, regardless of who is doing it.

But apparently, some people missed that message.

Aug 01 08:40

I Didn't Get All These Miles on my Face in One Life Time.

The symphony has gotten so out there that half of the orchestra doesn’t even know what song they’re playing now. So many lies have been paraded bare assed naked down front street. So many crazy things have happened and just went by, like it was some kind of strange holiday of people celebrating how clueless they can be. We are in uncharted waters. A massive building collapses in free fall and the world goes, “duh...” Some kind of low rent David Copperfield made everybody believe they were seeing a Las Vegas Show with music by Brittany Spears. How did we get here from wherever we were?

Jul 31 15:04

Man beheaded on bus to Winnipeg

"I was just reading a book and all of a sudden I heard a guy screaming. I turned around and the guy sitting right beside me was standing up and stabbing another guy with a big Rambo knife," he said.

"Right in the throat. Repeatedly."

The man wielding the knife had a shaved head and was wearing sunglasses, he said.

"He looked totally calm. He didn't say a word I don't think to anybody on the bus ... nothing. Just totally calm."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had only one of those bus passengers had a gun, that young man would still be alive.

Jul 31 12:47

TSA Really Wreck The RepRap Child

I recommend that anyone, anywhere shipping any equipment of value by air goes out of their way to avoid having it pass through the United States of America. Otherwise their badly-trained insecurity chimps and box-throwers will wreck it for you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, now I don't feel quite so bad about the laptop!

Jul 30 13:15

FLASHBACK: Webb Aide Tried To Take Gun Into Senate Building, Capitol Police Say

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted in light of the recent death of one of Webb's aides.

Jul 25 19:16

U.S.: Defend Isabel Garcia!

Since the incident, our office has received numerous hate calls, and Jon Justice posted a few offensive videos of himself with a piñata with Isabel's likeness, caressing it and making comments about "wanting to take it home with me," among a few other comments about "chorizo" and "viva la raza." Mr. Justice has since removed the video, as well as the one that followed it, which we found to be even more offensive. Transcripts of the first video is below, as well as a short transcript written by someone who saw the video before it was removed.

Jul 25 14:04

The Strange Moments of these Remarkable Times.

How comes it that a simpering psychopath like George Bush can take the White House without having been legally elected two times and nobody says a word? Sure, some of us spoke out but we aren’t important people. Even some important people spoke out but we didn’t hear about it and when we did we were told that they were traitors and giving comfort to the enemy; even though no enemy did 9/11, 9/11 was an Inside Job.

Jul 25 11:56

OPEN LETTER TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

Jul 25 11:19

Edward Davidson, the "spam king" who reportedly forced his wife to help him escape from a Colorado prison on Sunday, has killed himself, a woman, and a toddler, according to The Denver Post.

Edward Davidson, the "spam king" who reportedly forced his wife to help him escape from a Colorado prison on Sunday, has killed himself, a woman, and a toddler, according to The Denver Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, but this one doesn't pass the "smell test at all.

OK, his wife helps him to escape from a Colorado prison on Sunday.....only to kill a woman, child, and himself the next week??

I guess this guy was "really depressed" after his successful escape!

Jul 25 10:18

Qantas 747 terror could have been caused by bomb, say aviation experts

It’s possible that there was some kind of explosive devise in the suitcases because there’s a hole where there shouldn’t be. Bags are put into aluminium containers but, as the pictures of the plane show, they aren’t in the aluminium container anymore. It’s possible that the container was blown open, although it’s not certain, but it is interesting to see the bags through the hole. How else could that be if not an explosion?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to appreciate how intensely the writing is trying to hype the "fear factor", when the logical explanation may prove something entirely more pedestrian.

Jul 25 08:38

Honorable Exit From Empire

From 1989 to 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the U.S.S.R., America had an opportunity to lay down its global burden and become again what Jeane Kirkpatrick called "a normal country in a normal time."

We let the opportunity pass by, opting instead to use our wealth and power to convert the world to democratic capitalism. And we have reaped the reward of all the other empires that went before: A sinking currency, relative decline, universal enmity, a series of what Rudyard Kipling called "the savage wars of peace."

Jul 24 16:27

Mystery vibrations have Green Bay couple spinning

For two years now, the Ehrfurths have been enduring an annoying, persistent noise in their home — a low, motor-like rumble accompanied by a vibration. They can't figure out what's causing it, and it's been a challenge getting others to believe them because the problem starts and stops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no mystery here. I have heard that sound myself and know what it is. it is the sound of deep earth boring machines making tunnels for the military.

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Jul 24 09:47

America’s Middle Class Can’t Take Much More Punishment

Jul 24 08:15

Reward offered for citizen's arrest of Rice

A $5000 reward is being offered to any Auckland University student who can make a successful citizen's arrest of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to the country this weekend.

Jul 23 08:18

Lieberman Compares Hagee To Moses, Says Bloggers Would Have Attacked Him Too»

Yesterday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) spoke at the controversial pastor John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit. Lieberman’s close political ally, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), finally rejected Hagee’s endorsement in May. Lieberman, however, says he still has the utmost respect for the pastor, who once said that Hurricane Katrina was punishment to New Orleans for hosting a gay pride parade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If most Christian Zionists, including Hagees' flock, really knew how most Israelis really felt about them, they would be both astonished and profoundly disappointed.

And his attack on the bloggers only underscores that one is apt to get the truth, and more quickly, through responsible blogs than you ever will through corporate media.

Jul 22 17:49

Flight carrying members of Congress makes emergency landing

Poe and fellow Congressmen Nick Lampson, Ron Paul, John Carter, Ciro Rodriguez, Solomon Ortiz and Henry Cuellar were aboard the flight, said Poe's press secretary DeeAnn Thigpen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm. Lot of problems with airplanes, this campaign season!

Jul 22 16:52

Human trafficking may be on the rise in North Carolina

Over the weekend, Monroe police made three arrests and shut down a business in what they believe is a case of human trafficking involving at least two women selling sex at a massage parlor.

Jul 22 07:37

Everybody Knows!

'Everybody knows' that all government's lie; the bigger the government, the bigger the lies. Most people also lie, but only politicians and criminals seek to make a career out of lying. Yet most Americans still believe that they live in a free country with laws that govern this society and protect the citizens from any and all attacks: because to fail to believe in this; is to be "Un- American" in some way.

Jul 22 07:30

Oklahoma Rebellion

The resolution's language, in part, reads: "Whereas, the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows: 'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.'; and Whereas, the Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of federal power as being that specifically granted by the Constitution of the United States and no more; and whereas, the scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment means that the federal government was created by the states specifically to b

Jul 21 19:02

DEVELOPING: MAN THREATENS TO JUMP FROM SENATE OFFICE BUILDING

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