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July 18, 2008

Jul 18 12:25

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

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

Jul 18 12:21

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The spin is in!

Jul 18 12:20

More Evidence Madrid Bombing was a False Flag Op

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another frame-up collapses!

Jul 18 11:53

Army to shoot live pigs for medical drill

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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


Jul 18 11:51

A Cast of 300 Advises Obama on Foreign Policy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 18 11:48

Office of Special Counsel official quits in protest

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

Jul 18 11:45

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

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

Jul 18 11:42

George W. Bush Sewage Plant plan is on ballot

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


Jul 18 11:35

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

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

Jul 18 11:30

Jewish Population of the United States by State

Jul 18 11:25

Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate

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

Jul 18 11:25

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

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


Jul 18 11:24

The Accelerating World Financial Crisis

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

Jul 18 11:23

Massive global ozone loss predicted following regional nuclear conflict

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 18 11:09

Experts question whether Afghan troop surge can work

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

Jul 18 11:09

Japan drops troop plan for Afghanistan - media

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


Jul 18 11:08

Norwegians divided over engagement in Afghanistan

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

Jul 18 11:08

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

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

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

Jul 18 11:06

VIDEO - Ralph Nader on Israel and Lobby

Jul 18 11:05

Wachovia Securities Raided By Inspectors

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


Jul 18 10:58

FREDDIE & FANNIE UNCONSTITUTIONAL BAIL OUT USING WHAT?

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

Jul 18 10:56

CONTROLLED PRESS HIDES CHERTOFF'S ISRAELI ROOTS

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

Jul 18 10:55

IRS SCREWS WHISTLEBLOWERS OUT OF REWARD MONEY

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 18 10:53

Kuntar accuses Israel of fabricating story of child killing

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

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

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


Jul 18 09:31

Spying uncovered

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

Jul 18 09:30

NELSON MANDELA AT 90

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

Jul 18 09:27

McCARTHYISM RELIVED ~~ DALTON TRUMBO AND AMERICAN EVIL

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

Jul 18 09:26

IT SEEMS YOU CAN’T PLEASE EVERYBODY….

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

Jul 18 09:25

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE

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

Jul 18 09:24

Top Clinton Donors Meet with McCain Camp

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

Jul 18 09:23

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

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

Jul 18 09:15

Israel makes arrests in alleged plot against Bush

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 18 09:11

The 6 Cutest Animals That Can Still Destroy You

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

Also they lay eggs for some reason.

And, they are poisonous.

Wait, what?

Jul 18 09:07

New York Times Op-Ed: Israel Will Attack Iran

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 18 09:04

End of illusions

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

Jul 18 09:03

American Quest: Learning to Live Like Honorable Men

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

Jul 18 09:01

Send Karl Rove to Jail!

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You my bitch now, bubba!"

Jul 18 08:50

Mofaz repeats his talk of attacking Iran

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

July 17, 2008

Jul 17 18:44

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

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

Jul 17 18:04

An untold story of 9/11

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 17 17:55

Rove Named In Plan To Fire Fitzgerald

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

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

Jul 17 17:39

U.S. plans peace talks with Israelis, Palestinians

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jul 17 15:36

Kucinich Says Unidentified Foreign Official Wants to Speak at Impeachment Talks

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

Jul 17 15:29

Pinochet deputy indicted over Chile 'disappeared'

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

Jul 17 13:42

The livin' is easy

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My usual wise-ass comments go here.

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