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November 1, 2008

Nov 01 01:51

Boy Sent Home From School For Dressing As Jesus

A Paramus middle school student was sent home Friday after he came to school dressed up as Jesus for Halloween.

For a few hours, Alex Woinski was the messiah of West Brook Middle School, but like the real Jesus, Woinski was condemned, so to speak.

"Sort of like a new remake of what supposedly happened," Woinski told CBS 2.

Decked out in sandals, a robe, fake beard and thorns, the 13-year-old joined 500 other students at his school's Halloween celebration, and on this day, he was the chosen one - to go home.

Nov 01 01:42

George Bush Will Soon Be Free To Do Just What He Wants

We are about to enter the twilight zone, that strange black hole in political time and space that appears no more than once every four years. It is known as the period of transition, and it starts a week from today, the time when the United States has not one president but two. One will be the president-elect, the other George Bush, in power for 12 more weeks in which he can do pretty much whatever he likes.

October 31, 2008

Oct 31 23:32

Trick or Treat. Do you spook easily?

Matt Drudge is touting the results of a one-day sample in a Zogby poll, which apparently showed John McCain ahead by 1 point.

There are a couple of significant problems with this.

Firstly, there is a reason that pollsters include multiple days of interviewing in their tracking polls; a one-day sample is extremely volatile, and have very high margins for error.

Secondly, the Zogby polls have been particularly volatile, because he uses nonsensical party ID weightings, which mean that his weighting process involves making numbers doing naughty things that they usually don't like to do.

Oct 31 23:27

Oprah Opts For Early-Voting, Has Voting Booth Meltdown (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey announced on her live show Friday that she took advantage of Illinois' early-voting laws and voted Thursday in Chicago — but not without a voting booth scare and near emotional meltdown.

"I was worried that there's gonna be such long lines, and I have a live show," Winfrey said, justifying her decision to vote early.

She waited 72 minutes to vote, only to have a near-meltdown in the booth.

Oct 31 23:14

Anger at deal that safeguards bonuses

After resisting the urge to join the government bailout of banks, Barclays has secured a rescue package from oil-rich investors from the Middle East – a means of raising capital without jeopardising the multi-million pound bonuses that some of its staff will earn this year.

Oct 31 23:11

SAS chief quits over 'negligence' that killed troops in Afghanistan

The commander of SAS special forces in Afghanistan has resigned amid fresh controversy over the equipment available to British troops fighting the Taliban, it was reported last night.

It is believed that Major Sebastian Morley decided to quit over the deaths of four of his soldiers who were killed when their lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover hit a landmine in Helmand province earlier this year.

Oct 31 21:22

Long lines, glitches greet early voters

Four of the five computers that check voter registrations crashed Thursday night at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Atlanta, leaving more than a thousand people waiting long after the official closing time of 7 p.m. Hundreds were still in line at 11 p.m. as Atlantans watched them on the city’s late news broadcasts.

“This may be one of many places that this will happen,” said Lisa Borders, president of the Atlanta City Council. “The system is not adequate to accommodate the numbers of people that are going to be voting.”

Oct 31 20:55

Karl Rove: Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote

The last national poll that showed Mr. McCain ahead came out Sept. 25 and the 232 polls since then have all shown Mr. Obama leading. Only one time in the past 14 presidential elections has a candidate won the popular vote and the Electoral College after trailing in the Gallup Poll the week before the election: Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Oct 31 20:40

Coastal Maine tide change a mystery

Meteorologists are baffled by rapid tidal changes along the Maine coast, which damaged some boats and piers.

Witnesses say low tide turned and became high within a matter of minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The changes occurred six or seven times. The National Weather Service says reports from several locations indicated that water levels fell and rose from 4 feet to as much as 12 feet during the event.

In a public information statement, the weather service says the cause "remains a mystery and may never be known."

Oct 31 20:37

ABC's 20/20 Not Seeing Clearly on Electronic Voting Machines

I was amazed and then dismayed tonight to see a segment on ABC's 20/20 that began by pointing out the problems with electronic voting machines. Here's the text version.

Oct 31 20:34

Hot Air And Grasping At Straws

Briebart today ran an AFP article with the misleading headline "US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain". I say misleading because it mentions in its first few paras exactly three Iraqis who prefer McCain - and in its last paras mentions two who prefer Obama.That's hardly all or even a representative sample of all Iraqis. That hasn't stopped a couple of rightwing bloggers grasping at straws - including Ed Morrissey, who continues his downward spiral of judgement at Hot Air and who I don't think would ever have linked such thin gruel at Captain's Quarters.

Oct 31 20:32

Watch out for bad Choco-coins

Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, made by Sherwood Brands, have just joined the ever-expanding list of recalled, made-in-China products containing the contaminant melamine.

Oct 31 18:51

Documents reveal how Ohio routed 2004 voting data through company that hosted external Bush Administration email accounts

Newly obtained computer schematics provide further detail of how electronic voting data was routed during the 2004 election from Ohio’s Secretary of State’s office through a partisan Tennessee web hosting company.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now we know.

As reported in blackboxvoting.org, 24 January 07:


"It was the videotaped evidence by Kathleen Wynne that allowed this case to come to trial, and it was the videotape that convicted two Cuyahoga County elections workers. "

"According to sources interviewed by Black Box Voting, the women were offered plea bargains but declined, and their supervisors were never publicly required to account for the illegal manipulation of Cuyahoga County ballots during the 2004 recount of the presidential election."

So, the equivalent of Nixon's "white house plumbers" were tried and convicted. But the higher-ups went scott-free.

I would be almost willing to bet that something very similar may be about to happen if the McCain camp thinks it can fool the public into believing that this race is so tight that miraculously, McCain is able to "win" (read: steal) a victory next week.

Oct 31 14:50

Early vote very Democratic

Democrats who voted early or requested an absentee ballot outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in Franklin County, a trend that is "eye-opening, if not shocking," a national election expert said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's face it, traditional Republicans (of which I am one) are disgusted with what the Neocons did to the party. They may not vote Democrat, but they will be less than enthusiastic about getting out to vote for the GOP, especially if the lines are long and the weather is bad.

Oct 31 14:48

How Obama might just win Ohio

In the state that broke Democratic hearts in 2004, favorable poll numbers and a wave of early voters could point to victory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the risk of being a wet blanket, Ohio was the scene of massive vote fraud in 2000 and 2004.

Oct 31 14:46

2Hrs 50 Minutes to early vote in Franklin Co OH and almost everyone holding a Dem Sample Ballot!

Oct 31 14:45

Early Voting Update: Nevada Voting Suggests Obama Victory at Hand

As of late Thursday night, registered Democrats had cast 225,670 of the 438,129 ballots (51.5%) in the two most populous counties, Las Vegas’s Clark County and Reno’s Washoe. Republicans cast 31.3% with the remainder cast by Independents.

Oct 31 14:34

Could lesbian stun GOP incumbent in S.C.?

With a few days to go before Election Day, several gay and gay-friendly candidates in races across the nation are eclipsing or closing in on their opponents.

Oct 31 14:33

Putting Eye Shadow on a Reptile.

How come… after eight years of “Please… please screw me in every unnatural way in front of a live audience and then give me a Golden Shower so I can go home to my wife.” reporting… all of a sudden… but step by step… we’re seeing the new Camelot bondage apparatus machine go on sale everywhere when it wasn’t even around in the first place to begin with? Don’t try to understand that sentence, you’ll just hurt yourself. Oh… wait a minute… maybe that’s the point. Maybe somebody did go down to Compton and find themselves some pipe swinging Calypso singers to get medieval on your ass.

Oct 31 14:31

Redford Twp. Clerk: Election Calls Are Phony

Voters in Redford Township are being warned against phony phone calls that are going out saying polling locations in the township have been changed.

Oct 31 14:30

China And Russia Hint At Dropping US Dollar

Oct 31 14:27

Otto the octopus wreaks havoc

A octopus has caused havoc in his aquarium by performing juggling tricks using his fellow occupants, smashing rocks against the glass and turning off the power by shortcircuiting a lamp.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cephalopods are highly intelligent.

Oct 31 14:27

Otto the octopus wreaks havoc

A octopus has caused havoc in his aquarium by performing juggling tricks using his fellow occupants, smashing rocks against the glass and turning off the power by shortcircuiting a lamp.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cephalopods are highly intelligent.

Oct 31 10:16

D.C. Madam Crime Scene Photos Available

"CLEARWATER - A judge ruled today that it's OK for the public to see but not publish crime scene photos from the Tarpon Springs mobile park where the woman known as the "D.C. Madam" hanged herself.
"While the photographs are public record and should be able to be reviewed … they should not be able to be duplicated or published," Circuit Judge Linda R. Allen said in her ruling."

I understand respect for the family but I think that it is in the interest of the public and also Deborah Palfrey that we have oversight so we can all make sure our investigators are doing their job.

Oct 31 10:06

Lebanon says 12 IAF warplanes violate its airspace

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Looks as though Israel is up to its old tricks in terms of attempting to intimidate Lebanon.

Oct 31 10:03

When trees grew in Antarctica

Trees that grew in Antarctica millions of years ago had a growth pattern much different than modern trees, according to a new fossil study reported during the Geological Society of America meeting.

Oct 31 10:00

Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis - Sweet Georgia Brown...

Willie is the king. This clip proves he can cross over into all styles of music.Here in Texas when we die we don´t go to heaven we go to Willies house.

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Oct 31 09:58

General in Iraq: Deal letting U.S. troops stay may break down

Oct 31 09:57

Bush launches last-minute deregulation push

The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.

Oct 31 09:56

Legal experts question US Attorney's decision not to prosecute Obama 'assassination plot'

Interviews with numerous legal experts suggest that Colorado US Attorney Troy Eid misled reporters and diverged from state law when declining to prosecute any of the three men arrested in Denver for threatening to assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Oct 31 09:43

NOAA: U.S. breaks or ties 115 cold and sets 63 new snowfall records

Of course many of you that live in this weather already know this, but there is an early start to winter this year, not only in the USA, but also in London, where it snowed in October for the first time in over 70 years.

So far, no mention of this broadly distributed U.S. record event in the mainstream media. There are a few individual mentions or record lows in Florida. See this Google News search.

Oct 31 09:39

Banks borrow record amount from Fed

With sources of credit still largely frozen, banks borrowed a record amount from the Federal Reserve in the past week, according to Fed data released Thursday.

Oct 31 09:32

Diplomatic scramble to avert Congo disaster

Oct 31 09:27

So Easy for Israelis to Shoot to Kill

Israeli soldiers shot and killed three young Palestinians in the Ramallah district of the central West Bank last week. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claimed the Palestinians were about to throw Molotov cocktails at soldiers and settlers in the Bet El settlement.

But the circumstances in which the young men were shot, whether they actually did throw or attempt to throw firebombs, and if they actually threatened the lives of any soldiers or settlers, has been questioned.

Oct 31 09:24

Half of Bank Bailout Money Going to Shareholders

Washington Post reports major US banks are on pace to spend more than half their bailout money on rewarding their shareholders. The thirty-three banks are set to receive some $163 billion in government bailouts. Half of that sum would go toward paying off shareholders over the next three years. The Bush administration touted the bank bailout as necessary to resume lending. But Treasury officials say the banks would never accepted loans if they weren’t allowed to redistribute dividends to shareholders.

Oct 31 09:21


The internet is still being spammed with emails trying to claim that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore everyone should vote for John McCain. So, here is all the information that has been researched about Obama's birth here in Hawaii all in one chunk, so that when you get one of these "Swift Boat" emails, you can hit reply-all and send this.

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Oct 31 09:04

Freedom Riders on the sea

This morning I walked to the Indian Ocean and made salt in defiance of the British Occupation of India. This morning I marched in Selma, I stood down tanks in Tiananmen Square, and I helped tear down the Berlin Wall. This morning I became a Freedom Rider.

The Freedom Riders of the 21st Century are sailing small boats into the Gaza Strip in open defiance of the Israeli occupation and blockade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In a time of cowardly silence by most of the world's media to the suffering of the Gazan people, the quiet individual and collective courage demonstrated these people is amazing, and very worthy of praise.

And even though they threatened this group with the usual belligerence, apparently the Israeli government has had the horse-sense not to make martyrs out of them, which would be a PR catastrophe.

Oct 31 09:04

The Bush gang is looting America on its way out

Rather than open plunder, it prefers bureaucratic instruments, such as "distressed asset" auctions and the "equity purchase program". But make no mistake: the goal is the same as it was for the defeated Portuguese - a final, frantic looting of the public wealth before they hand over the keys to the safe.

Oct 31 08:58

CIA Can Hide Torture Allegations, Court Rules

The CIA can hide statements from imprisoned suspected terrorists that the agency tortured them in its set of secret prisons, a federal judge ruled Wednesday,

Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the Washington D.C. Circuit Court declined to review the government's assertions that the allegations of torture from men held in the CIA's black site prisons -- whether truthful or not -- would put the nation at risk of grave danger if allowed to be made public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Oct 31 08:55

Incentivizing Murder: Plan Colombia and the Bitter Fruits of Empire

The War on Drugs meets the War on Terror, and the result, inevitably, is stone-cold murder: Colombia Killings Cast Doubt on War Against Insurgents (NYT):

"With soldiers under intense pressure in recent years to register combat kills to earn promotions and benefits like time off and extra pay, reports of civilian killings are climbing, prosecutors and researchers say, pointing to a grisly facet of Colombia’s long internal war against leftist insurgencies."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Done in your name, and with your tax dollars, folks.

Doesn't it make you feel proud?!?!?

Oct 31 08:41

Rice to make yet another push for peace in Middle East

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will visit the Middle East next week to pursue efforts for a deal on the contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace before handing over to a new US administration.

"Secretary of State Rice will travel to Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan and Egypt from November 5 to 9," just after US presidential election results are likely to be known, her deputy spokesman Robert Wood said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder: what's the real agenda here?

Regardless of who wins on Nov. 5th, she will still be a "lame duck" secretary of state. The timing here is very strange.

Oct 31 08:36

Palestinian Kristallnacht

In a conflict that has produced more than its share of suffering and tragedy, the name of Kafr Qassem lives on in infamy more than half a century after Israeli police gunned down 47 Palestinian civilians, including women and children, in the village.

This week Kafr Qassem's inhabitants, joined by a handful of Israeli Jewish sympathizers, commemorated the anniversary of the deaths 52 years ago by marching to the cemetery where the victims were laid to rest.

Oct 31 08:31

Wall Street's red October

Oct 31 08:28

'We're not going to win this war'

As the US public is dimly aware, things are not going very well in Afghanistan.

Recall that it took years, US$5-6 billion in CIA funding matched dollar for dollar by the Saudis, and a concerted national effort by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan assisting a variety of domestic and foreign fighters to expel the Soviet Union from Afghanistan. It also took officially sanctioned safe havens in Pakistan that the Russians wouldn't violate, and a supply of Stinger missiles to negate the vital Soviet advantage in helicopter-based mobility and firepower.

Oct 31 08:24

General in Iraq: Deal letting U.S. troops stay may break down

In a blunt assessment, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, said Thursday that there is a 20 percent to 30 percent chance that the United States and Iraq won't reach a deal to allow U.S. troops to operate in Iraq past Dec. 31.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if there is no official mandate of any kind for US troops to stay in Iraq past the 31st of December, I wouldn't hold my breath about US troops leaving any time soon. There will most probably be be some kind of last minute "transitional agreement" which will not involve either the US congress of Iraq's parliament, enabling the troops to stay until something concrete is hammered out.

Oct 31 08:17

GOP Mailer: McCain Is Inheritor Of Hillary Movement

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania is sending out a flier that paints John McCain and Hillary Clinton as political allies, and presents the McCain-Palin ticket as the one to break the glass ceiling in which Clinton "left 18 million cracks."

Oct 31 08:17

New-registrations check for fraud could crash entire voter database, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner says

Ohio's voter database was poorly constructed and cannot handle a massive check for fraud among the state's 700,000 newly registered voters, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said Thursday.

Brunner concluded that the checks could crash the entire state database, which contains about 8.3 million registered voters. That would be too risky a proposition with a major election a few days away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever in the Ohio state government hired the company which wrote the software, and the company which wrote the software, should both be tried and convicted for a criminal betrayal of the Ohio voters.

There should be one national system of voting, which can be verified by a paper trail, period, end of discussion.

Of course, it's harder to rig an election when you have a paper trail.

Oct 31 08:04

Hank Paulson's $125 Billion Mistake

It was only a few weeks ago that most right-thinking economists and left-leaning bloggers were jumping on Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson for his plan to jump-start the markets in asset-backed securities by having the government buy them up at auction. Much better, they argued, to use the $700 billion to "recapitalize" the banking system, just as Gordon Brown was doing in Britain. Even the Federal Reserve thought that a better idea.

Oct 31 08:02

Jewish Terrorist attacks Church of the Holy Sepulcher

In the night of Wednesday, October 29, an extremist orthodox Jew - chosen by God, invaded the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the old city of Jerusalem. The Jewish terrorist tried to harm three monks who were worshiping God in the church. The monks saw the terrorist Jew and escaped from his attack, but then the terrorist left the Church and went on to vandalize several Palestinian shops nearby the Church. He broke many wooden crosses before the Palestinians shop owners called the Israeli Police.

Oct 31 07:59

Federal Charges for Ex-C.E.O. at Meatpacker

Federal immigration agents on Thursday arrested the former chief executive of Agriprocessors Inc., the nation’s biggest kosher meatpacking company, accusing him of harboring illegal immigrants at a plant in Postville, Iowa, where about 400 immigrant workers were arrested in a raid in May.

Oct 31 07:57

Misconceptions of Obama fuel Republican campaign

As the US presidential campaign enters its final weeks, both the Republican and Democratic candidates are hitting the swing states.

But misconceptions and rumours abound and many voters have their facts about the candidates all wrong. Some believe that Democrat Barack Obama is a Muslim, for instance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The best argument against Democracy is 5 minutes of conversation with one of these bozos.

Oct 31 07:52

RAND Lobbies Pentagon: Start War To Save U.S. Economy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We just kill off all those pesky poor people!"

Oct 31 07:46

McKenzie -11yo Girl Sets New Record for Field Stripping AR15

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oooh .... How special!

Oct 31 07:35

The Bush gang's parting gift: a final, frantic looting of public wealth

In the final days of the election many Republicans seem to have given up the fight for power. But don't be fooled: that doesn't mean they are relaxing. If you want to see real Republican elbow grease, check out the energy going into chucking great chunks of the $700bn bail-out out the door. At a recent Senate banking committee hearing, the Republican Bob Corker was fixated on this task, and with a clear deadline in mind: inauguration. "How much of it do you think may be actually spent by January 20 or so?" Corker asked Neel Kashkari, the 35-year-old former banker in charge of the bail-out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last official act of any government is to loot the nation.

Oct 31 07:33


Oct 31 07:29

Bush once was Texas' favorite son, but not any longer

President Bush's political resiliency in his home state has eroded significantly over his nearly eight years in the White House, with Texans joining the rest of the nation in registering sharp disapproval of his job performance as the nation's chief executive, according to a newly released statewide poll.

Oct 31 07:28

McCain Wishes For His Own Infofermcial

Then he caught himself dreaming and said to who ever was listening, "Well, let's get our own infomercial up and running now. I intend to match that one word for word, image for image. We'll do the drill, drill, drill speech. That really brings 'em out. He's not going to keep the upper hand here." The Senator whirled in his chair and spoke to his campaign adviser, Rick Davis.

Oct 31 07:26

Where's Charlton Heston when you need him?

Oct 31 07:24

Thomas Jeffereson Knew About The Banksters

Oct 31 07:24

Nouriel Roubini: I fear the worst is yet to come

Oct 31 07:23

They Made a Killing: The Use of Knowledge of Covert Operations in the Stock Market

I’m not talking about legal insider trading by corporate officers that the financial press follows. I’m talking about the mistresses of executives and $2000 per hour prostitutes who heard something over pillow talk, friends at country clubs who get a tip during the golfcart ride to the 18th hole, industrial espionage operators (former spooks) who have these idiots under surveillance, low level IT staff who read the executives’ email, not for fun, but for profit, etc. etc.

Oct 31 07:22

Container Ships Sitting Empty as Global Trade Slows; Greece Faces Dire Economic Consequences

The Baltic Dry Index measuring rates for coal, iron ore, and grains, and other dry goods plummeted below 1000 yesterday, down 92pc since peaking in June.

Oct 31 07:21

Norm Coleman Kazeminy lawsuit Laurie Wife Bush

According to Coleman campaign manager Cullen Sheehan, the lawsuit, filed Tuesday and withdrawn Wednesday, alleged money was given to Laurie Coleman, the senator's wife, through the insurance company for which she works to help the Colemans' personal finances.

The claim was "simply false," Coleman said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Claims made during a campaign that are not factual?!?!? Sure thou dost jest!!!!!

Oct 31 07:11

Air Force: Nuke missile silo fire went undetected

A fire caused $1 million worth of damage at an unmanned underground nuclear launch site last spring, but the Air Force didn't find out about it until five days later, an Air Force official said Thursday.

Oct 31 07:11

Hardcore Jewish Chicks

Miriam & Shoshana are hardcore gangster rappers. They also happen to be Orthodox Jews.

Oct 31 07:09

Army examines munitions dumped off Oahu coast

The Army plans to closely examine but not yet remove hundreds of World War II-era chemical bombs deep in the ocean off Oahu. Officials also plan to test underwater robots to clear conventional weapons from shallower waters near shore.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are several areas marked on the local navigation charts that indicate areas where the US Government just dumped left over ammunition, bombs, etc.

Oct 31 07:05

Police shot de Menezes in head seven times 'without shouting any warning', say witnesses

Police gave no warning before shooting Jean Charles de Menezes, a witness has claimed.

Rachel Wilson told the Brazilian's inquest she did not realise at first that the marksmen were police and took them for pranksters instead.

She insisted they did not shout 'armed police' when they followed Mr de Menezes on to her Tube train.

Her position across the carriage from the 27-year-old Brazilian led to her being spattered in his blood when he was shot.

Oct 31 07:00

2 Fake Law Diplomas and a $37M Haul

A Samara professor earned an eye-popping $37 million teaching law at seven schools over the course of three years.

The problem is that he landed the teaching jobs with fake diplomas that he bought for about $2,000 after seeing an advertisement near a Moscow metro, investigators said.

Oct 31 06:56

October 28, 2008 Fireball

This fireball occurred at 7:29 PM MDT over central Colorado. I have received over 100 witness reports, from Casper, WY in the north, Albuquerque, NM is the south, the Western Slope to the west, and the Front Range to the east.

Oct 31 06:54

I Don't Believe This. It's Bullsh*t!

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I agree. This is another hate-crime hoax.

Oct 31 06:53

Still no Medical Records from Palin; What's the Hold Up?

ABC News Kate Snow reports: Governor Palin's campaign still has not released any information regarding her medical records despite frequent requests from the news media and the campaign's own assertion that they would release this information soon.

On Sunday morning, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News that the campaign had planned to release information on her medical history early this week.

Today is Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Something is being hidden, that is what is up.

Oct 31 06:52

US defense secretary expands pre-emptive war doctrine to include nuclear strikes

In a remarkable speech on nuclear policy delivered October 28 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), US Defense Secretary Robert Gates painted a dire portrait of international affairs and argued that Washington should expand the doctrine of pre-emptive war formulated by the Bush administration to include possible nuclear strikes.

Oct 31 06:47

Exclusive: U.S. Expects Bin Laden Message Near Election

According to sources, the full weight of the intelligence electronic eavesdropping and human sourcing is right now desperately looking for any hint of a bin Laden statement.

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"We're working on it, We're working on it! Cut us some slack, our principle talent has been dead for 7 years now!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 31 06:36

Archeologist finds 3,000-year old Hebrew text

An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago.

Oct 31 06:30

The World Tires of Dollar Hegemony

What explains the paradox of the dollar's sharp rise in value against other currencies (except the Japanese yen) despite disproportionate US exposure to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?

Oct 31 06:29

U.S. Government Anticipates Bin Laden Election Tape

Seemingly desperate for Emmanuel Goldstein to remind Americans that they should still fear their own shadow, the corporate media is maniacally preempting the release of a Bin Laden tape before or after the election, despite there being no actual evidence that one is forthcoming.

If the CIA really want to resurrect the ultimate boogeyman yet again as we sail past Halloween, they really ought to get a move on with the election just four days away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're hung up in post." -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 31 06:26


Oct 31 06:11

CIA officers could face trial in Britain over torture allegations

Senior CIA officers could be put on trial in Britain after it emerged last night that the Attorney General is to investigate allegations that a British resident held in Guantanamo Bay was brutally tortured, after being arrested and questioned by American forces following the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in 2001.

The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has asked Baroness Scotland to consider bringing criminal proceedings against Americans allegedly responsible for the rendition and abuse of Binyam Mohamed, when he was held in prisons in Morocco and Afghanistan.

Oct 31 06:10

We’re All Bankers Now. So Why’s the A.T.M. Still Charging Us $2?

As shareholders, we were going to suggest that the top executives of the banks forgo end-of-year bonuses, but Andrew M. Cuomo, New York’s attorney general, was ahead of us. He sent a letter on Wednesday to nine big financial institutions asking for information about their plans in this regard. It doesn’t guarantee that mega-bonuses are finished. But, really, why should we give a dime to executives who had to come to us hat in hand? Better to give an extra buck or two to the guy in the subway with an outstretched plastic cup.

Oct 31 05:54

Latest CBS News/New York Times poll has Obama with 11 point lead over McCain

With less than one week until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains a clear lead over John McCain in the presidential race, a new CBS News/New York Times poll suggests. The Democratic nominee now leads his Republican rival by 11 percentage points, 52 percent to 41 percent, among likely voters nationwide.

Oct 31 05:47

Poll: Obama pulls away in NJ

A new poll says Barack Obama has opened up a commanding 18-point lead over John McCain in New Jersey.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University-PublicMind poll of likely voters released Friday gives Obama 53 percent to McCain's 35 percent.

Oct 31 05:42

NASA regains contact with Mars spacecraft

NASA's Phoenix Mars spacecraft regained contact with Earth more than a day after falling silent, but its days operating on the red planet are still numbered, mission managers said Thursday.

Waning sunlight and a dust storm this week drained the lander's power, forcing it to go into safe mode. It failed to respond to two wake-up calls from Earth but sent a signal late Thursday when the orbiting Odyssey spacecraft passed overhead.

Oct 31 05:40

A handshake can give you a cold

Infectious diseases can be spread many ways. While having someone sneeze or cough on you is an obvious problem, what you may not know is that shaking hands with someone who has an infectious disease can transmit the disease to you as well. That person may cover their mouth or nose when sneezing. When they later shake your hand they may then be spreading that infection to you through the handshake.

Oct 31 05:33

26.3 Million Watch Obama's Prime Time Segment (That's a Lot)

It's not my area of expertise, but these seem like pretty good ratings for a half-hour infomercial in prime time.

The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.

Obama's simulcast is the first to be aired by a presidential candidate since Ross Perot ran a political telecast on Election Day in 1996. That program was watched by 16.8% of all households nationwide. [...]

Oct 31 05:27

Advocates Warn 31 States They Could Lose Votes

Three voting rights organizations are urging election officials in 31 states to verify the vote counts on one commonly used voting machine -- made by Premier, formerly Diebold. They say county officials need to use calculators on Election Night to ensure the machine's tabulations are accurate.

Oct 31 05:21

Sorry America, but you are not #1

Oct 31 05:07

Financial Crisis: Looking beyond the Hyperbole

Government statistics have been manipulated for years to give a rosy impression of the economy , inflation figures are manipulated via the consumer price index which systematically leaves out the most expensive elements such as food and energy.Selective data is used to paint a picture they want you to see. If you take a look at the graphs below,you get a different picture and one that shows that the economy has been headed down for quite a while.

October 30, 2008

Oct 30 21:46

FLASHBACK: Was Paul Wellstone Murdered?

Oct 30 21:30

Paulson's Swindle Revealed

The swindle of American taxpayers is proceeding more or less in broad daylight, as the unwitting voters are preoccupied with the national election. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson agreed to invest $125 billion in the nine largest banks, including $10 billion for Goldman Sachs, his old firm. But, if you look more closely at Paulson's transaction, the taxpayers were taken for a ride--a very expensive ride. They paid $125 billion for bank stock that a private investor could purchase for $62.5 billion.

Oct 30 16:11

Norm Coleman Sues Al Franken For Defamation

Sen. Norm Coleman announced on Thursday that he was filing a lawsuit against his Democratic opponent Al Franken and the Franken campaign over what he deemed defamation of character.

Oct 30 16:09

CNN Rick Sanchez Catches McCain Spokesman Mike Goldfarb Lying

CNN Rick Sanchez discussing Rashid Khalidi with McCain Spokesman Mike Goldfarb. Rick catches him lying and "SHUTS HIM DOWN"

Oct 30 15:30

Birmingham Airport in X-rated X-ray shocker

Yes indeed, it's beers all round for the sharp-eyed News of the World which spotted this slight oversight. One delighted airport worker told the paper: “It’s a bit of a cock-up. We find it absolutely hilarious, but it’s a huge embarrassment for the bosses.”

Oct 30 15:17

SNOPES.com With Caution

For the past few years http://www.snopes.com/ has positioned itself, or others have labeled it, as the 'tell all final word' on any comment, claim and email.

But for several years people tried to find out who exactly was behind snopes.com. It is run by a husband and wife team - that's right, no big office of investigators and researchers, no team of lawyers. It's just a mom-and-pop operation that began as a hobby.

Oct 30 14:43

*Breaking* EXIT POLL of Americans in Israel: Landslide for McCain!

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Oct 30 14:30

Agents arrest former Agriprocessors manager

A former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse found to have employed hundreds of illegal immigrants was arrested Thursday by authorities who allege he helped many of the workers get fake documents.

Prosecutors said Sholom Rubashkin, 49-year-old son of Agriprocessors owner Abraham Aaron Rubashkin, is charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for financial gain, aiding and abetting document fraud and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

Oct 30 14:30

The Federal Reserve Is Inflating at 341% per Annum. (Don't Look for the Decimal Point.)

Oct 30 14:21

FDR's Response to the Plot to Overthrow Him

In 1934 a special Congressional committee was appointed to conduct an investigation of a possible planned coup intended to topple the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace it with a government modelled on the policies of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. The shocking results of the investigation were promptly scotched and stashed in the National Archives.

Oct 30 14:18

Snopes.com Lies, Continues the 9/11 Cover Up

These days, Snopes.com has become the end-all, be-all arbiter of truth. I don't know how this happened. The site is wrong about a great many things, for some reason people still cite Snopes to me as "proof" that I am wrong about one thing or another, as if they were a know-all god that can not tell a lie. Well, when it comes to 9/11, Snopes.com is a false and very outdated god.

Oct 30 14:14


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I am linking these again because despite the statement issued by Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle, the McCain swift-boaters are still trying to push the "Obama is not a citizen" claim all over the net today.

Oct 30 12:54

McCain Leads in Israeli Absentee Voting

Polls, carried out and analyzed by Keevoon, a Jerusalem-based research, strategy and communications firm, indicate that 76% of the polled voters in Israel said they voted for John McCain, with 24% stating they cast their ballot for Barack Obama.

Oct 30 11:21

A Question for A.I.G.: Where Did the Cash Go?

The American International Group is rapidly running through $123 billion in emergency lending provided by the Federal Reserve, raising questions about how a company claiming to be solvent in September could have developed such a big hole by October. Some analysts say at least part of the shortfall must have been there all along, hidden by irregular accounting.

“You don’t just suddenly lose $120 billion overnight,” said Donn Vickrey of Gradient Analytics, an independent securities research firm in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Oct 30 11:20

The 7-11 Coffee Poll

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7-11 is offering two different cups to customers who buy coffee. And this website shows which cup and candidate is th most popular across the country.

Oct 30 11:17

Michigan Obama absentee ballot flyer sends people to phone sex line

Oct 30 11:16

Deep Thought

Obama can go on TV for 30 minutes and not mention John McCain even once.

No way would the reverse be true.

Oct 30 10:48

Front Window of Cindy Sheehan's Campaign Office Shattered

Informal "exit polling" of voters emerging from long voting lines (took 45 minutes to cast a ballot) at San Francisco City Hall on afternoon of Oct. 29 suggested an unanticipated but very welcome surge for Sheehan.

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Pelosi must be worried.

Oct 30 10:45

One dead, thousands without power and the first October snow in London in 74 YEARS as Arctic blast sweeps across UK

Oct 30 10:37

Free-market maestro's reputation in tatters

SPARE A thought for Alan Greenspan. For years lauded as the "maestro", the subprime mortgage market meltdown and the ensuing financial crisis has seen his reputation torn to shreds.

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My heart bleeds for him.

Oct 30 10:34

Former Adviser: McCain Camp ‘Smoking Crack’

During an interview on MSNBC this morning, GOP strategist Mike Murphy — who helmed Sen. John McCain’s 2000 primary bid — said the McCain campaign was “smoking crack” if it is still clinging to hopes of winning Iowa, according to The Page. Murphy also referred to Virginia as “the hole in the boat” for the McCain camp.

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Looks like McCain cannot win the election, and more to the point, will not be able to steal it.

Oct 30 10:33

Obama poised to win state by wide margin

Barack Obama is poised to win California by the largest margin of any president since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936, a new Field Poll released today finds.

Oct 30 10:32

Call Him John the Careless

From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism. Tuesday's probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign's closing days.

Oct 30 10:31

A ratings win

The Obama-mercial was fairly highly rated across the three broadcast networks (CBS, Fox and NBC) in the early metered market numbers. Between the three networks it scored an impressive combined 17.8/29 (household rating/share).

If ABC truly hoped that by being only scripted programming on broadcast for 8:00pm-8:30p, it would help out Pushing Daisies, that plan went awry. My guess is ABC was more likely just looking to burn off an episode. Daisies scored a 4.2/7, pretty much the identical rating it had a week ago up (4.2/6).

Oct 30 10:30

The Note: Grounded Control

For the moment, toss those worries away: Five days out, Obama has wrested control of the race with his typical disciplined style -- and someone's going to have to scramble to take it from him.

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"C'mon, Osama; give us a BIG one!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 30 10:28

Obama Holds Leads in Key Swing States as Election Nears

With less than a week of campaigning left, Democrat Barack Obama is holding stable or growing leads over Republican John McCain in Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio, according to a new set of TIME/CNN battleground-state polls conducted by Opinion Research Corp.

Oct 30 10:24

McCain camp trying to scapegoat Palin

John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday.

And it has decided on Sarah Palin.

In recent days, a McCain “adviser” told Dana Bash of CNN: “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone.”

Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign. What could Palin be thinking?

Oct 30 10:12

Secretary of State says phone call intimidated voter

Ritchie says Larry Johnson of St. Paul got a call from a woman who claimed to be working with the secretary of state's office on voter fraud. She had questions about his voting record.

Johnson signed an affidavit saying the woman later told him she was working with Jeff Davis, the head of a conservative group, Minnesota Majority, that has been questioning the integrity of Minnesota's voter rolls.

Oct 30 10:09

Gallup: Obama widens gap

Oct 30 10:06

Obama widens lead in N.J.

Oct 30 10:00

Ten Fallacies About the Violence in Iraq

The distortions about the violence in Iraq persist even as the mayhem increases. Here are ten of the worst myths being spread in the media.

Oct 30 10:00

What Is Zionism?...

Rabbi Yisorel Dovid Weiss from the Naturei Karta movement (which means 'Protectors of the City', meaning Jerusalem) explains the history of Zionism and how the religious rabbis were almost all anti-Zionist.

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Oct 30 09:58

West's treatment with critics of Holocaust is shameful

Persecution, conviction and imprisonment of scientists and independent intellectuals are prevalent in the West, Secretary of World Foundation on Reviewing Holocaust Mohammad Ali Ramin said on Wednesday.

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Truth needs no law to support it. Truth is self-evident to all. Truth withstands re-examination. Truth survives questions. Throughout history, from Bruno to Galileo to Zundel, only lies and liars have resorted to the courts to enforce adherence to dogma.

The reality is that despite the smears visited upon those who question, a great many of the claims made by the holocaust "industry" have been proven fabrications. The lampshades supposedly made from human skin turned out to be goatskin. The soap supposedly made from human fat turned out to have very little fat at all (it was a war time ration soap) and DNA testing found (much to the shock of people who had buried bars of soap in their graveyards) that the fat used came from pigs. The forced confession of Rudolph Hoess included the horrors of camp Walzcak; no such camp ever existed. Ground penetrating radar at Treblinka proves there never were any mass graves. There was no magic electrocution machine that totally vaporized human victims. The crematorium at Auschwitz was actually built AFTER the end of the war, to deal with the typhus epidemic that ravaged Germany at the time. And so on and so on. Yet despite these revelations, the orthodox establishment villainizes any and all who seek to discover the actual facts, even as those facts become grudgingly accepted as the true historical account.

Oct 30 09:52

Don’t tell my mother I work at the White House. She thinks I play the piano in a whore house.

by William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report

Read this or George W. Bush will be president the rest of your life

Oct 30 09:51

Deafness is the new scourge of British troops in Afghanistan

Hundreds of soldiers are returning from Afghanistan suffering from severe and permanent damage to their hearing because of the overwhelming noise of intense combat.

Nearly one in ten soldiers serving with one regiment have hearing defects that could bar them from further frontline service and affect their civilian job prospects, The Times has learnt.

The number of hearing injuries is one of the untold stories of Britain’s military campaigns, evoking comparisons with the thunder of battle in the two world wars and the Korean War.

Oct 30 09:44

VIDEO: FOX NEWS: " We Need Another 9/11"

"its going to take a lot of dead people to wake people up."

Oct 30 09:44

PA TRACKING POLL: Obama 54 (+1), McCrypt 41 (-1)

Oct 30 09:40

MPR Poll: Obama widens lead in the state

The Minnesota Public Radio News/ University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute poll shows Obama widening his lead over McCain to nearly 20 percentage points. And, that Obama has surged ahead because of growing concern over the struggling economy.

Oct 30 09:38

Economy shrinks in 3Q, signaling recession

The economy jolted into reverse during the third quarter as consumers cut back on their spending by the biggest amount in 28 years, the strongest signal yet the country has hurtled into recession.

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"Remember, it is your patriotic duty to spend! If you don't run right out and buy a bunch of Christmas presents on credit right now, the terrorists will win!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 30 09:37

Jobless claims hold steady at elevated level

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment insurance did not change from last week, remaining at an elevated level that indicates weakness in the nation's economy.

Oct 30 09:36

American Express to cut 7,000 jobs in effort to reduce costs by $1.8 billion next year

Oct 30 09:35

IAEA misses the mark on Iran

In his latest report to the United Nations, Mohamad ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , has cited "substantial progress" in clarifying questions about Iran's nuclear program, stating unequivocally that the agency "has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran".

Oct 30 09:32

Cleric blames CIA for Bali bombing

An Indonesian Islamic cleric linked to the three extremists awaiting execution for the Bali bombings said the 2002 attack which killed more than 200 people, including 88 Australians, was the work of the CIA.

Oct 30 09:32

Doctor says an oil lessened Alzheimer's effects on her husband

"And then it hit me," she said. "Why don't we just try coconut oil as a dietary supplement? What have we got to lose? If the MCT oil in it worked for them, why couldn't it work for us?"

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We got plenty coconut here in Hawaii!

Oct 30 09:08

Exalting Atrocity: The GOP's Torturer-American Candidate

So what will be left of the Republican Party after next week's US election? The answer lies in the sands of Florida, where the sunshine-state Republicans have nominated an unrepentant torturer as their candidate for Congress. They view his readiness to torture an innocent Iraqi not as a source of shame, but as his prime qualification for office. This is American conservatism in the dying days of Bush – and it points out the direction that Sarah Palin would like to take it in 2012.

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If this is the kind of person Floridians believe they want to represent them in Congress, we should either declare Florida as no longer part of the US, or let it secede immediately.

Everything the Iraq war represents is completely repugnant to every principal this country was supposed to stand for, including this man's abominable behavior, and its consequences.

From the time of the Inquisition, people doing the torturing have very clearly understood that torture doesn't get you the truth; it only gets people to say what you want them to say, period, end of discussion.

At some level, Colonel West understood that also, as he was having this Yehiya Hamoodi tortured. It wasn't about getting the truth: it was about enjoying the power to create severe pain for which there would be very little consequences.

Oct 30 08:59

Like, Socialism

Sometimes, when a political campaign has run out of ideas and senses that the prize is slipping through its fingers, it rolls up a sleeve and plunges an arm, shoulder deep, right down to the bottom of the barrel. The problem for John McCain, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party is that the bottom was scraped clean long before it dropped out.

Oct 30 08:58

Shell reports 22 percent rise in 3Q profit

Oct 30 08:57

Sarkozy and the voodoo doll

There is never any respite with Nicolas Sarkozy. When France's president is not touring the world to save it, he's threatening to sue journalists or publishers for lèse majesté. Unlike any French president before him, he hasn't understood that universal suffrage has elevated him above all parties and trite bickering. In fact, Nicolas Sarkozy remains what he always was: a business lawyer. Little did he expect though, when he sued a publisher for commercialising a voodoo doll representing him, that a judge would rebuke his demand.

Oct 30 08:56

Porsche pulls off one of the greatest share killings of all time in $20bn 'sting'

The Sports car giant Porsche has pulled off one of the greatest share killings of all time in a coup that has left some of the world's largest hedge funds nursing combined losses that could total $20bn (£12.6bn).

Oct 30 08:56

Ohio's Early Voting Trends For Dems, Officials Say

Oct 30 08:54

Credit crunched: The £100,000 Ferrari wrapped around a telegraph pole

'We're making a few assumptions here, but when a young guy is driving a Ferrari worth a quarter of a million bucks, and then splits it almost in two, someone's going to be grounded for life.'

Oct 30 08:51

Democrats dominate early voting; one-fourth of Texans think Obama is Muslim

Democrats are dominating early voting in six key states President Bush won four years ago, forcing Republican nominee Sen. John McCain to play catch-up.

Oct 30 08:50

Look Out! Possible Obama Landslide

John McCain desperately wants to frame the final days of this presidential campaign as yet another comeback story, and pundits and pollsters keep wondering if the race is tightening. What’s actually happening is that the prospects for a Democratic landslide are growing.

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Vote fraud only works if the race is close (which is why McCain;s people are trying to claim that it IS close) but vote fraud cannot reverse a landslide. So even if your candidate seems to be winning your state, GET OUT AND VOTE ANYWAY to forestall attempts at theft.

Oct 30 08:50

Kirkuk dispute threatens to plunge Iraq into Kurdish-Arab war

Iraq's relative calm is threatened by a festering Kurdish-Arab conflict over the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed territories, that could explode into the worst sectarian war the country has suffered since the 2003 invasion, a new report says today.

Cynical bastard

I wake up every morning and ask myself the same question, "Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill"
----Cypher from the movie "The Matrix"

Andy and Larry Wachowski did a marvelous job with this movie in which everyone, everyone, except those whose minds had been "freed", are caught up in a world of make-believe, a vast illusion, where everything they perceive is a carefully orchestrated lie.

What a relevant and timely commentary The Matrix is on our society today.

Oct 30 08:49

Tony Blair earns £12m since leaving Downing Street

The former Prime Minister travels around the world on speaking engagements, and can command up to $250,000 (£157,000) for a 90 minute speech. He works exclusively through the blue-chip Washington Speakers Bureau.

Oct 30 08:48

Critics dislike eSlate voting, but officials praise it

"It seems pretty user-friendly. As far as trusting the data, there's always room for error," financial analyst Tracy McGowen said Tuesday as he waited to vote early at a Fiesta supermarket near Reliant Stadium. "But hopefully they've taken care of that this year."

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Oct 30 08:46


The stock market was off 372 points in the last 12 minutes of trading today, after the half point Fed rate cut, because Wall Street finally knows that Bernanke cannot force banks to lend, compel consumers to borrow or make people spend in a barely disguised deepening Bush recession. As such, treat any near term rallies as selling opportunities

Oct 30 08:45

Bush Missing Iraq WMD has Been Found in Iraq and One Million U.S. Soldiers are its Victims

No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) that Bush told us were in Iraq were found. Today, to the tragedy of over one million U.S. soldiers and countless innocent Iraqi civilians, there is a Weapon of Mass Destruction in Iraq. That weapon is the deadly radioactive Depleted Uranium (DU) that is used by the U.S. military.

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One has to wonder, for those in the military claiming that DU is not a health problem, if they would be willing to be exposed to it, or have their kids exposed to this chemical to prove it was safe.

And I'd be willing to bet that NO ONE making this claim would seriously think about doing it for even one second, because they know they are lying through their teeth every time they make the statement that this chemical has utterly no effect on the people who have been exposed to it.

As with the use of Agent Orange in Viet Nam, the military will continue to deny the deadly effects of DU , because they don't want to have to deal with the financial costs that would accompany an admission that they knew it was potentially deadly to humans before they used it.

Oct 30 08:37

Israel bans cloths, shoes into Gaza

Israel removed cloths and shoes from the list of goods that were allowed into Gaza Strip after Egypt brokered a ceasefire there, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

Ali al-Hayek, head of Industries Federation, said the Israeli occupation prevented these sorts of goods from entering Gaza Strip "since they could be used in producing military uniforms."

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"The only good Palestinian is a naked one!"

Oct 30 08:36

Anger at 222% Christmas credit card

Major high-street retailers are targeting poor families with bad credit records to prop up their Christmas sales during the credit crisis.

Dozens of high street stores are taking part in a doorstep lending scheme which charges poor families extreme rates of interest. Woolworths, Comet, B&Q and Mothercare and 92 other retailers have been accepting vouchers that are repaid by borrowers at an annual percentage rate

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Christmas is supposed to be a time of peace, not of further enslavement.

I am giving home-baked cookies this year with my portrait on them. When the economy collapses they can be used as a fifty cent piece!

Oct 30 08:34