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April 10, 2009

Apr 10 08:27

The Immigration Issue - Cutting Through the BS...

My guess is that you read this to mean (quite clearly) if you help (“assist”) an “illegal alien” to “remain in the U.S.” you are committing a “felony”. It doesn’t matter what the intentions the illegal aliens have for being here. It doesn’t matter if they’re hard working. It doesn’t matter if they’re earning money to pay for their sick mother’s cancer operation. They’re “illegal aliens” and if you do ANYTHING that ”encourages that illegal alien to remain in the U.S“ or ”knowingly assists illegal aliens“ you have committed a Federal Felony.

Simple, clear & unambiguous (for 98% of us).

Apr 10 08:18

Blair: Netanyahu will back establishment of Palestinian state

In interview with Time magazine, Quartet's Mideast envoy says Israeli government must declare support for two-state solution 'under the right circumstances', adding that conflict's resolution would ' change the whole dynamic within Islam'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to War Criminal Tony Blair: such an event will happen only when pigs fly.

And Tony, here's something else for you to chew on. The politicians in Tel Aviv will always make nice noises to you when you're there. After all, you were complicit in taking out the Israeli's "existential threat", Iraq (remember the dodgy dossier, Tony?!? The alleged yellow cake uranium?!?)

But I can promise you this; the moment you leave, Israeli politicians will spit on the place you just stood, and move forward with their own agenda.

That agenda, particularly with the current leadership, does not include a Palestinian state, nor will it, ever.

Apr 10 08:12

60 drone hits kill 14 al-Qaeda men, 687 civilians

Of the 60 cross-border predator strikes carried out by the Afghanistan-based American drones in Pakistan between January 14, 2006 and April 8, 2009, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda leaders, besides perishing 687 innocent Pakistani civilians. The success percentage of the US predator strikes thus comes to not more than six per cent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, logically, what this is causing is an ever increasing radicalization of those where were not anti-American before, coupled with a massive internal displacement of families on the border regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan to try to get away from the bombings.

Unless the American plan in Pakistan is a total destabilization of the population and the current government, the Pentagon (again) deserves the world's booby prize for the worst possible outcome of unintended consequences in a military campaign.

Apr 10 08:10

FLASHBACK - Former Regulator: Clear Fraud in Financial Crisis -- Why Isn't Anyone in Jail?



Apr 10 08:09

5 More US soldiers Just Died for Israel in Iraq

Apr 10 08:04

German MPs reject Steinmeier’s sanction against Iran

Lawmakers of all parties in German Parliament, except the co-ruling Social Democrats (SPD), slammed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for planning to step up sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, the daily Der Tagesspiegel said Wednesday.

Legislators of the co-governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) as well as the opposition Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Greens warned that Steinmeier’s new sanction threats would undermine any diplomatic progress in resolving the impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tehran's "Nuclear Program" is a power station, an activity allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Nobody has found any evidence that Iran is covertly building nuclear weapons underneath their reactor the way Israel is known to be doing underneath Dimona.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is pro-Zionist, a hard core supporter of Israel, and is indeed openly of the opinion that Germany's role on the Holocaust means that present day Germans (who had not even been born when WW2 happened) must do what Israel says.

But here is the problem. Israel was saying that Iraq was also secretly building nuclear weapons underneath the power station at Osirik, as Israel does underneath Dimona. Israel bombed Osirik. Following the 2003 invasion international inspectors looked at the riuns and confirmed that there had never been any secret weapons laboratory at Osirik, as Israel has underneath Dimona.

So, why should present day Germans, most of whom were not alive during WW2 and therefore do not bear any responsibility for what happened under the Nazis, obey the will of a foreign power who is so often totally wrong as it flings death and destruction onto its neighbors?

Apr 10 08:03

Reporter's recording confiscated at veterans event

A Washington D.C.-based radio reporter says his audio storage device was inappropriately confiscated Tuesday by Veterans Affairs officials after he interviewed a patient at a VA Medical Center forum.

WAMU's Jim Asendio, Schultz's editor, said WAMU lawyers are working on a letter demanding the return of the audio card. Asendio said he does not believe patient confidentiality was an issue at the time of the incident, since the event was public and the reporter identified himself.

A federal law, the Privacy Protection Act of 1980, makes it illegal for a government officer or employee to search for or seize a journalist's "work product materials."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just precisely what the VA was terrified this reporter might learn from this patient.

Apr 10 07:55

U.S. military concedes Afghan civilian casualties

The people of Afghanistan do not hate us "because we are free"; they hate us because we are killing their wives, children, moms, dads, uncles, and aunts.




Apr 10 07:54

Israel: Iran talks only within time limit

Israel says it does not disagree with international talks with Iran over its nuclear work as long as a 'time limit' is set on the negotiations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"look, we're in kind of a rush here to start WW3, so could you just hurry it up?" -- Tel Aviv

These talks are supposedly between the US and Iran, and yet note Israel's arrogant presumption that they can set the timetable.

Apr 10 07:54

Obama's New World Order

This article addresses Washington's financial coup d'etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson's important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global Research.ca one titled: "The Financial War Against Iceland - Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare." It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson's April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss.

Apr 10 07:53

One day suspension for Memphis cop that caused deadly delay

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now we know what "...to protect and serve" looks like in Memphis.

Apr 10 07:43

Money As Debt (Polskie Napisy)



Apr 10 07:40

Banks aren't reselling many foreclosed homes

Observers say several factors are at work.

-- The "pig in the python": Digesting all those foreclosures takes awhile. It's time-consuming to get a home vacant, clean and ready for sale. "The system is overwhelmed by the volume," Sharga said. "In a normal market, there are 160,000 (foreclosures for sale nationwide) over the course of a year. Right now, there are about 80,000 every month."

-- Accounting sleight-of-hand: Lenders could be deferring sales to put off having to acknowledge the actual extent of their loss. "With banks in the stress they're in, I don't think they're anxious to show losses in assets on their balance sheets," O'Toole said.

Apr 10 07:25

Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results

The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

Apr 10 07:16

Ethnic Kurds file class action in Baltimore against chemical makers

Five survivors of the 1988 poison gas attacks of ethnic Kurds in Iraq have filed a class action lawsuit in Maryland claiming three American companies and the government of Iraq violated the Geneva Convention by using mustard and nerve gasses to kill tens of thousands of people.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the lawsuit says the companies supplied the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the chemical precursors and compounds needed to make the poison gases used in the six-month long “Operation Anfal.”

Apr 10 07:12

Russia to test launch 14 ICBMs in 2009 - missile forces chief

Russia plans 14 test launches of ballistic missiles this year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said on Friday.

"Fourteen launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles of various types are planned for 2009," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.

He also said the SMF would have two mobile Topol-M missile regiments.



Apr 10 06:17

Neurosurgeon warns of Aspartame danger to pilots

In the light of deaths of American Airline pilots who heavily used aspartame Dr. Blaylock gives this warning.

We continually receive complaints from pilots about seizures, cardiac problems, vision loss, vertigo, confusion, disorientation, etc. associated with consumption of Equal/ aspartame/NutraSweet/Spoonful/Canderel/E951, etc Aspartame is a compound of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and a methyl ester which converts to methyl alcohol in digestion: wood alcohol, 1 ounce is a fatal dose, then into formaldehyde! Mission Possible Aviation.

I have reviewed reports from airline and private pilots concerning effects of aspartame on various physiological systems. Several of these are related to the nervous system, which puts this in category of great concern to the pilot as well as the general public. The more common complaints include disorientation, difficulty thinking and concentrating, visual blurring or even monocular blindness, seizures and heart failure. It is well known that the ingredients in aspartame, as well as its breakdown products, have deleterious effects on the nervous system and retina.

Apr 10 06:10

It's Not Funny

It's not funny when our President calls the Iraqi war 'an achievement'. It is a dishonorable atrocity and a lie.

It's not funny when our current administration openly ignores all the main figures of the former anti-Bush movement, when it does not care for the truth of 9/11 when Cindy Sheehan, Vincent Bugliosi, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter and Greg Palast are not welcome, when the horrible shadow of lawlessness still hangs over us.

It's not funny when Karl Rove spits on Congress and they.. say, 'Thank you.'

It's not funny when Nancy Pelosi, the queen of lying eyes writes and publishes a book to guide our daughters. God save us from harm.

It's not funny when our 'Defense' budget is an offense to decency and common sense, a monstrosity beyond belief.

Apr 10 05:03

Saddam Hussein, in His Own Words

More than two years after Saddam Hussein's execution, the FBI has released handwritten letters and documents about the Iraq dictator's detention.

Apr 10 04:51

The Case Against Shell



Apr 10 04:24

Heated Controversy: Do firefighters believe 9/11 conspiracy theories?

In the new season of the FX drama Rescue Me, firefighter Franco Rivera espouses the belief that 9/11 was "an inside job." According to a Sunday New York Times article, the show's writers added this assertion because actor Daniel Sunjata is a "truther"; but the real firefighters on set—who work as script advisers—were offended by his allegations. This got the Explainer wondering: Do any firefighters believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories?

Apr 10 03:27

Political Insider & Global Warming Skeptic -Creates ClimateDepot.com in an Effort to Debunk Global Warming Crazies

The New York Times - Leslie Kaufman - Dissenter on Warming Expands His Campaign WASHINGTON — Marc Morano does not think global warming is anything to worry about, and he brags about his confrontations with those who do.

As a spokesman for Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Mr. Morano was for years a ceaseless purveyor of the dissenting view on climate change, sending out a blizzard of e-mail to journalists covering the issue.

April 9, 2009

Apr 09 22:51

Dutch TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden

A Dutch TV jury has found Osama bin Laden not guilty of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In the conclusion Wednesday night to the show "Devil's Advocate" on Dutch public broadcaster Nederland 2, the jury of two men and three women, along with the studio audience, ruled there was no proof bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.

Apr 09 22:51

Thinner people have more 'brown fat' than heavier people; may help in weight loss



Apr 09 22:42

Internet Rankings are Massively Gamed

I'm not trying to pick on these 2 companies. In fact, there are more than 29,000 websites devoted to "auto surfing" programs which will increase your Alexa ranking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the record, WRH does not "game" our readership numbers. You are all real human beings!

Apr 09 22:37

The FBI is AWOL on 911 Forensics

Whenever the topic turns to the discussion of evidence regarding the 911 attacks the FBI is AWOL (Absent WithOut Leave) - suddenly unable to comprehend concepts like conspiracy, or analysis of crime scene evidence.

Apr 09 20:02

Israel Cries Wolf

“Iran is the center of terrorism, fundamentalism and subversion and is in my view more dangerous than Nazism, because Hitler did not possess a nuclear bomb, whereas the Iranians are trying to perfect a nuclear option.”

Benjamin Netanyahu 2009? Try again. These words were in fact uttered by another Israeli prime minister (and now Israeli president), Shimon Peres, in 1996. Four years earlier, in 1992, he’d predicted that Iran would have a nuclear bomb by 1999.

You can’t accuse the Israelis of not crying wolf. Ehud Barak, now defense minister, said in 1996 that Iran would be producing nuclear weapons by 2004.

Apr 09 19:43

Russian man survives five storey fall - twice

A Russian man survived after downing three bottles of vodka and leaping from a fifth floor balcony - twice.

Alexei Roskov says he jumped the second time because he couldn't take his wife's nagging about the first time.

Wife Yekaterina had watched in horror as her drunken hubsand opened the kitchen window of their Moscow apartment, and hurled himself out.

Astonishingly Mr Roskov, 22, survived and managed to stagger back upstairs with barely a scratch after the 50ft fall.

But while his wife called for an ambulance and began to scold him, he jumped again.



Apr 09 18:19

I Am Ironman!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I remember when the United States made cool stuff like this!

Apr 09 17:59

Gun buy-back program launched in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday kicked off a gun buy-back program urging Angelenos to turn in their guns to police departments in exchange for gift cards.

Angelenos who turn in their guns -- regardless of whether the firearm has been used in a crime -- will receive a gift certificate, Villaraigosa said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I told you!

Apr 09 16:42

Diagnostic Abuse of Veterans, Denying PTSD

April 9, 2009
Caught on Tape
Diagnostic Abuse of Veterans
By STEPHEN SOLDZ

Michael de Yoanna and Mark Benjamin in Salon have just published the first of a three-part series on pressure from the military to not diagnose soldiers with PTSD. They obtained a secret recording of a Denver neuropsychologist confessing to his patient, a sergeant wounded in Iraq, that he is under tremendous pressure to not assign PTSD diagnoses. [Thanks to Salon, you can listen to a portion of this recording here.]

Apr 09 16:15

Small chips in World Trade Center dust identified as undetonated explosive

...and this finding explains how New York's Office of Emergency Management foresaw the collapse of the twin towers and warned Giuliani and other top brass of the impending catastrophe. Isn't it strange how they felt that workers in WTC 2 needed no warnings, in fact, they were encouraged to stay in the building.



Apr 09 15:46

Traces of explosives in 9/11 dust, scientists say

The newest research, according to the journal authors, shows that dust from the collapsing towers contained a "nano-thermite" material that is highly explosive. Although the article draws no conclusions about the source and purpose of the explosives, Jones has previously supported a theory that the collapse of the WTC towers was part of a government conspiracy to ignore warnings about the 9/11 terrorists so that the attack would propel America to wage war against Afghanistan and Iraq.

Apr 09 14:42

Job cuts needed to stop NY bankruptcy: mayor

Sweeping layoffs of government employees are needed to prevent New York going bankrupt, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday.

Bloomberg, who is in tense negotiations with municipal workers' unions, said an extra 7,000 jobs would have to go unless major reductions are made in employee benefits.

Apr 09 14:39

Obama adviser says radical tinkering needed to combat climate change - CS Monitor

The Christian Science MONITOR - bright green blog - Judy Lowe The Obama administration may be considering bioengineering to cool the earth.

And he added that radical actions should be carefully considered (especially as to side effects and costs) and still wouldn’t completely solve the issue of increased greenhouse gas emissions.



Apr 09 13:43

Free Stickers WHERE"S THE CHANGE?

Apr 09 13:09

THE "BIG BANG" IS JUST RELIGION DISGUISED AS SCIENCE

For the purposes of this thought experiment, let us assume that God waved a magic wand and the universe popped into existence from a Big Bang, and that "somehow" the universe escaped from it's own gravity well. With the entire 2.6*1060 mass/energy of the universe confined to that small region, the temperatures and pressures amount to a super-supernova. We already know that in the cataclysm of a supernova, the heavier elements are created. That is where all the heavy elements in your body were created; inside an exploding star. Therefore, in that moment of super-creation called the Bug Bang, as the universe started to operate by the rules we know today, the expanding universe should be creating all the known heavy elements.

So, how to explain the Population II stars?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Updated.

Apr 09 13:03

South Carolina’s Debt

Simply accepting Washington’s well-intended but ill-designed stimulus efforts for South Carolina would indeed move us from courting disaster to guaranteeing it.

Apr 09 12:40

NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap

New research from NASA suggests that the Arctic warming trend seen in recent decades has indeed resulted from human activities: but not, as is widely assumed at present, those leading to carbon dioxide emissions. Rather, Arctic warming has been caused in large part by laws introduced to improve air quality and fight acid rain.



Apr 09 12:17

Pentagon budget envisions a series of Iraq-style wars

At a formal press announcement Monday and in media appearances over the next day, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates unveiled the biggest military budget in world history, in anticipation of an endless series of Iraq and Afghanistan-style wars by American imperialism.

Apr 09 12:16

U.S. Retail Chains Report Another Sales Drop in March

Major chains on Thursday reported March sales results that were worse than their February figures, though the rate of economic deceleration that plagued stores during the holidays has slowed a bit. Sales for the overall retailing industry fell 1.8 percent, according to Thompson Reuters.

Apr 09 12:12

Pentagon preps for economic warfare

The Pentagon sponsored a first-of-its-kind war game last month focused not on bullets and bombs — but on how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy, a scenario made all the more real by the global financial crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "WE NEED TO BLAME THOSE NASTY ARABS FOR THE CRASH!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 09 12:10

Americans Denounced As Terrorists While Criminals Embraced

Obama to push for estimated 20 million illegal immigrants who have already broken the law to be legalized, while federal fusion centers across the country label the most patriotic Americans as terrorists and criminals.



Apr 09 12:06

Ukraine's Yushchenko tells diplomats of plans to dismiss govt.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has told ambassadors of G8 countries that he plans to dismiss Yulia Tymoshenko's government, Kommersant-Ukraina business daily reported on Thursday.

At a meeting with the envoys on Wednesday, Yushchenko said he had drafted and submitted to parliament "a national anti-crisis plan" and disclosed solutions to extricate the country from the current political deadlock. All presidential proposals envisage Tymoshenko's dismissal, the paper said.

Apr 09 11:54

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES MAY POSTPONE EASTER

Apr 09 11:52

Abandoned Pools Lead To West Nile Concerns

Abandoned houses and untreated pools are leading to an increase in concerns about West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses in Maricopa County, according to Maricopa County Vector Control enforcement supervisor David Guerrieri.

Apr 09 11:52

Riots in Pakistan After Dissidents Found Dead

Rioting has broken out in southwestern Pakistan after police said they found the bodies of three missing political dissidents.



Apr 09 11:51

Obama's obscene remarks in Iraq

It is hard to know where to begin on Obama's remarks in Iraq yesterday during a visit described unnecessarily by our press as a "surprise" since that is the only sort of visit a US President can make to Iraq. What is more appalling? The casual obscenity of a US President calling upon a nation that the US has been beating, brutalizing, and raping (that is when not using like a pawn in geo political games) for decades to "take responsibility for itself" or the fact that he has absolutely no idea of how much like a criminal sociopath he sounds when making such remarks?

Apr 09 11:40

Stanford laundered and siphoned money from wealthy Latin Americans to fund anti-leftist rebellions

(WMR) -- An informed source close to the investigation of Sir Allen Stanford’s failed Stanford Financial Group and Stanford International Bank has told WMR that there is another link between Stanford’s activities and those of jailed Ponzi scammer Bernard Madoff. While Madoff defrauded a number of wealthy American Jewish investors, Stanford, according to our source, was doing the same with the investments of a number of Latin American Jews, especially those from Mexico and Venezuela.

In some cases, however, Stanford, with the knowledge of the Jewish investors, was laundering and forwarding their money to groups planning the overthrow of elected progressive leaders such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina, and Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua. The leaders allegedly threatened the investments of Stanford’s Jewish clients in each of the nations targeted for coups.

Apr 09 11:03

Antarctic Sea Ice Up Over 43% Since 1980, Where Is The Media?

Sea ice at Antarctica is up over 43% since 1980 and we hear nothing in the news, yet Arctic ice is down less than 7% and they're all over it! We've been waiting for the main stream media to pick up on the increase of Antarctic ice but so far they're been totally absent. Guess its doesn't fit the plan.

Apr 09 11:02

Sixth anniversary of Baghdad’s fall marked by huge anti-American protests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You were expecting flowers?



Apr 09 11:01

Iraqi protesters call for US exit

Thousands of people loyal to an Iraqi Shia leader have gathered in Baghdad to protest against the US' continued presence in the country, six years to the day after the capital fell to American troops.

Apr 09 10:57

Keith Olbermann's scathing criticism of Obama's secrecy/immunity claims

The fact that Keith Olbermann, an intense Obama supporter, spent the first ten minutes of his show attacking Obama for replicating (and, in this instance, actually surpassing) some of the worst Bush/Cheney abuses of executive power and secrecy claims reflects just how extreme is the conduct of the Obama DOJ here.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should come as no surprise that those who supported Obama are starting to turn on him.

He promised change.

We didn't get it.

And Obama is already in impeachment territory.

Apr 09 10:46

AIPAC trial and an Update of past events

Two AIPAC employees have been on trial for spying on the US and giving classified information to Israel. They were indicted in 2005 and so far here have been the trail dates for the case that threatens the most powerful foreign lobby (which is not registered as a foreign agent, even though attorney general RFK ordered that they should register but then somebody shot him)

Apr 09 10:46

Global Warming Meltdown

How Global Warming alarmists use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to keep you Misinformed.

Apr 09 10:43

PROOF that the Police LIED about the death of Ian Tomlinson

Apr 09 10:40

Archbishop says abuse report 'will shock us all'

THE IMMINENT report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation into clerical sex abuse “will shock us all”, according to the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Most Rev Diarmuid Martin.

In a homily to be delivered this morning at Mass in the Pro-Cathedral, he says: “It is likely that thousands of children or young people across Ireland were abused by priests in the period under investigation and the horror of that abuse was not recognised for what it is. The report will make each of us and the entire church in Dublin a humbler church.”

Apr 09 10:34

Fiat workers stage "boss-napping" in Belgium

Fiat workers in Brussels on Thursday briefly held local managers inside their office in a bid to renegotiate terms for planned job cuts, the latest in a spate of so-called "boss-nappings" across Europe.

Apr 09 10:25

Saturday: Rally to Break Up the Banks

On Saturday, A New Way Forward is sponsoring a nationwide day of action to demand that our leaders (1) nationalize (2) reorganize, and (3) decentralize the banks as a first step toward building a more just economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention end the fed!

Apr 09 10:24

Selling off America's manufacturing might, a factory at a time

Any given week, the guts of a whole factory are auctioned off. Its contents are sold piece by piece and taken away for scrap or antiques or resale to foreign companies. Men with blowtorches and trucks haul off tool-and-die machines, aluminum siding, hoists, drinking fountains, salt and pepper shakers, anything that might be of some value. It is the removal of the country's mechanical heart right before your eyes. It is breathtaking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine for a moment that someone inherits a farm. Let's say that the farm has good topsoil, a good well, good breeding stock, good seed, and excellent farm equipment in good repair. Prior to passing into the control of the present owner the farm did a good business selling vegetables, meat, and dairy products to the local market, and it made a small profit.

But let us suppose for a moment that the present owner of the farm doesn't understand farming, or isn't even really interested in learning. The present owner has no objection to standing around looking good, so he stays at the farm, standing in front of it, looking good to passers by.

Of course, the bills still come in, so our farmer puts them on his credit card. When that bill comes due he uses another credit card, Then another. Pretty soon the interest payments alone are higher than his bills and the banks get nervous and call him. No problem. Our farmer sells the tractor, takes the money around to the various credit cards, the food store, the utilities, and pays off all his bills. Then he stands around in front of the farm looking good to passers-by, the lord of his domain.

Well, the bills still come in. Again the credit cards get loaded up. So, this time our farmer sells the harvester. Then later on, the cattle, then the chickens, then the seeds, then he leases the well to his neighbor and finally sells the top soil from his farm to another farm down the road whose soil is getting tired. The cash is taken around to the various creditors, the food store, the utilities, etc.

Now at this point, our farmer thinks everything is okay. The bills are paid, he has a little cash in his pocket, and everything is fine.

Of course, you know better. The farm simply does not exist any more; it's just an empty lot with a few buildings, and soon they will be gone as well. The path from the farmer's present condition to seizure of the property for unpaid taxes is a foregone conclusion, even if the farmer doesn't look far enough ahead to see it.

Poor, dumb, stupid farmer.

That farmer is our government, and our business leaders.

Just as our hypothetical farm has lost its soil, livestock, seed, and farm equipment, America has lost its manufacturing ability. Short sighted business leaders, with as little interest in manufacturing as our farmer had in farming, decided their own personal bonuses would be higher if they simply sold their factories rather that ran them.

Excerpt from "The United States Is In Deep Doodoo!"

Apr 09 10:17

Tens of thousands march in Tbilisi to demand removal of Georgian leader Saakashvili

Tens of thousands of protesters thronged Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, today for the start of mass demonstrations against Mikheil Saakashvili, the country's flamboyant but increasingly unpopular President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kick out all the war mongers!

Apr 09 10:15

Putting the 'Pirate' Attack in Context

A US ship, owned by a Pentagon contractor with ‘Top Security’ Clearance, was seized off the Somali coast. Reports say the US crew has retaken the ship. But the question remains: Why are the pirates attacking?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the start, this whole affair has seemed like a Disney comedy than a
real story. First the pirates grab a ship carrying emergency supplies; hardly a tasty target. The the US crew regains control of the ship, and now the pirates that can't shoot straight are stuck in a lifeboat with the hostage only the lifeboat is out of gas, and US warships are there with nobody to shoot at.

Hillary is trying to play like she is taking on Tripoli all over again, and the whole affair smells of a staged PR stunt to show the rest of the world how butch the new administration is that has run aground!

Apr 09 10:07

SoCal execs charged with bribing foreign officials

Six former executives of an Orange County-based valve company were charged Wednesday with bribing foreign officials with millions of dollars to obtain contracts.

Apr 09 10:05

Tired Of Getting ROBBED America?

I'm a greedy capitalist pig and admit it. After all, I made my "nut" building a company, sold it, and now trade for a living.

Is there anything more capitalist than doing those two things?

No.

But there is a difference between being a capitalist pig and being a robber baron, and this Wells Fargo announcement needs amplification, now that I've gotten the blast ticker out and have some time to write.

Here's the deal guys:

Apr 09 10:04

Report: Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams calls Gaza ‘an open-air prison’

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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on Thursday denounced the Israel-led blockade on Gaza as has having made the coastal strip into an “open-air prison,” news outlets reported.

Apr 09 10:00

PAUL ROBESON ~~ AN APPRECIATION

The following, one of Robeson’s most famous songs, was written to demonstrate the complicity of the Mississippi River in relation to the suffering of his people in the South. One can stretch his imagination today to associate the song with the Jordan River…. and the present suffering of the Palestinian people. Paul would have liked that

Apr 09 09:47

Disney made one movie, and they've been tracing it ever since.

Apr 09 09:45

‘Will you open fire on UK citizens?’ Army personnel being asked

In a stunning conversation with a friend, who is a serving member of the Armed Forces, over the weekend, it was revealed that transfers to regiments and other units in the UK on home duties are being undertaken by the MOD based upon whether an individual was prepared to ‘open fire’ on UK citizens during civil disturbances.

Apr 09 09:44

USA must abandon Israel’s destructive paranoia

Today, America is involved in an illegal "war" and a pre-emptive pregnancy. Everyone now knows that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were, and still are, based on a fraudulent attempt to capitalize on 9/11.

Apr 09 09:20

Police fight back on laser threat

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This seems like much ado about nothing. From the video, it appears that the laser being used for the demonstration is considerably more powerful than a normal laser pointer.

Apr 09 09:17

Conficker begins stealthy update

The Conficker worm has started to update infected machines with a mystery package of data.

Computer security firms watching the malicious program noticed that it sprang into life late on 8 April.

The activity on its update system delivered encrypted software to compromised machines. It is not yet clear what the payload contains.

See also: PC Conficker test

Apr 09 09:14

Stop Spending Our Future - The Crisis

Apr 09 09:10

Tax Day Tea Party

Online HQ for the April 15th Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party Rallies…

Apr 09 09:08

Report spurs new call to investigate Bush

The Rev. Rich Kilmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, said, “We need to understand fully what happened so that we can effectively develop those safeguards. Investigating the past will help produce a future where the U.S. no longer engages in torture.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The best way to make sure that the US stops torturing is war crimes trials for the torturers. Which by the way is NOT an option, but is required under US and international law.

Apr 09 09:05

Make your choice, Mr. Obama: It's us or the GOP

It would have been retching enough had these fallen angels of mercy participated in White House-sponsored torture sessions merely to intervene, "to prevent death or permanent injury." But, concluded the ICRC, their raison d'etre was principally "to support the interrogators" -- i.e., the torturers -- to ensure the victims died not from drowning, or exposure, or sheer physical brutality.

They would issue "instructions ... to continue, to adjust or to stop particular methods," so that the whole bloody but more sustainable nightmare could then begin anew.

Apr 09 09:03

Officer breaks cover over Ian Tomlinson death

Apr 09 09:02

Muslim USMC Vet Fired From Job For 9/11 Truth Sign

This man worked as a security officer and was fired from his job after police called his supervisor and told him not to return to the property.

Apr 09 09:00

Police v citizen: the Orwellian struggle

The death of Ian Tomlinson last week encapsulates many pernicious and alarming trends in policing. It came minutes after a brutally hefty push from a police officer, caught on dramatic video footage from the G20 protests. The officer sported the full Darth Vader regalia to which we have become desensitised, after a quarter of a century in which militaristic riot control has displaced the thin blue line of George Dixons linking arms to pacify the crowds at Grosvenor Square and other 1960s demos.

Apr 09 08:58

New G20 video compounds doubts over police account of Ian Tomlinson's death

New footage obtained by the Guardian today gives an insight into the way police and protesters treated Ian Tomlinson, the man who collapsed and died shortly after being struck and pushed over by the police at last week's G20 protest.

The video provides further evidence that the initial explanation of Tomlinson's final moments released by police was misleading. It also corroborates the version of events given to the Guardian by witnesses to his death, some of whom are pictured in the film.

Apr 09 08:54

The Gentile Declaration of Independence.

Prudence tells us ( and we’ve all met Prudence) that governments should not be changed for light and transient causes but when the government has been systematically taken over by Halloween characters with dual national loyalties that honor only one of these nations and- that not being the primary nation -and when it has been found that agents of that ‘other’ nation have engaged in spying and acts of treason, not to mention serious financial crimes against the Gentile people then, it is the Gentile’s duty to throw off such a government

Apr 09 08:51

Credit card rates highest for two years

Credit card charges are at their highest level for the past two years following widespread rate increases.

This is despite the Bank of England bank rate plummeting by 4.75% to 0.5% over this time frame and a pledge from the Government to clamp down on credit card companies charging inflated rates.

Credit card holders now pay an average 1.1% more in annual interest compared to two years ago, according to a study from price comparison website MoneyExpert.com.

Apr 09 08:49

The System Can Not Be Trusted

A speech given by Nancy Schaefer on Child Protection Services. The System Can Not be trusted. It does not serve The People.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The abuses of the various child protection services has been a scandal going back to the 1990s.

Apr 09 08:46

Police crack '£35m' letter scam

A scam letter scheme which could have netted an estimated £35m a year has been smashed by officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

It follows a police raid on a building in Somerset which was being used to process cheques for criminals abroad.

Payments totalling nearly half a million pounds were recovered.

Cheques are now being returned to the 22,000 senders with a letter warning them about the scam and urging them to be more vigilant in future.

See also: How to spot a scam letter

Apr 09 08:43

Complexity Theory and Environmental Management

Environmental disputes frequently revolve around conflicts of land use, triggered by a fear. The spotted owl is endangered, and that means that logging in the northwest must stop. People are put out of work, communities suffer. It may be, in ten or thirty years, that we discover logging was not a danger to the spotted owl. Or the issue may remain contentious. My point is that the drama surrounding such disputes—angry marches and press coverage, tree hugging, bulldozers—serves to obscure the deeper problem. We don't know how to manage wilderness environments, even when there is no conflict at all.

To see what I mean, let’s take a case history of our management of the environment: Yellowstone National Park.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This speech, by Michael Crichton, details the history of Yellowstone National Park, which went from one ecological disaster to another to another, always with the very best of intentions, and pretty much wrecked the place.

Supporters of Obama's plan to "engineer" the environment by filling the upper atmosphere with "pollution particles" to reflect sunlight (isn't that what clouds already do?) need to study the history of Yellowstone to understand that good intentions are never a substitute for actually knowing what the @#$% you are doing!

Apr 09 08:38

Man with flatulence problem gets stabbed

Five men from the Houston area were sharing a Waco motel room Tuesday night, and two were inside the room eating when one had a flatulence problem, Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said. One man was so upset about the gas that he threw a large knife at him, cutting his leg, and then stabbed him in the chest, Anderson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, we are supposed to have a gun to blame this all on!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 09 08:36

[Deliberate?] 'Security leak' prompts arrests in suspected al-Qaida plot

I'm going to go way out on a limb here and suggest that this operation was carried out because Police felt the need to take the heat off of their comrades in the City of London Police Force.

Last week a man named Ian Tomlinson died at a protest outside the Bank of England in the heart of London's financial district, known as the "Square Mile".

Apr 09 08:35

U.S. indicts Cuban exile Luis Posada, links him to bombings

A federal grand jury in Texas has linked Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, viewed as a hero by some exiles, to tourist-site bombings in Cuba in 1997.

Apr 09 08:31

Mobster accidentally shot by FBI gets $150,000

Apr 09 08:25

Revive Lincoln’s Monetary Policy: an Open Letter to President Obama

The bankers had Lincoln's government over a barrel, just as Wall Street has Congress in its vice-like grip today. The North needed money to fund a war, and the bankers were willing to lend it only under circumstances that amounted to extortion, involving staggering interest rates of 24 to 36 percent. Lincoln saw that this would bankrupt the North and asked a trusted colleague to research the matter and find a solution. In what may be the best piece of advice ever given to a sitting President, Colonel Dick Taylor of Illinois reported back that the Union had the power under the Constitution to solve its financing problem by printing its money as a sovereign government. Taylor said:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I note that the author implies a link between Lincoln's issuance of the greenback and his assassination, just as many have suggested that JFK's issuance of United States Notes (E.O. 11110) was a major motive to kill him (which would explain why John J. McCloy, the former head of the Chase Manhattan Bank, was appointed to the Warren Commission).

Apr 09 08:22

How Many Democrats Will Stand Up to Obama's Bloated Military Budget and $75 Billion More in War Spending?

Obama wants billions more for the Iraq/Afghanistan wars on top of a US military budget that already surpasses Bush-era spending by $21 billion. Where is the resistance?

Apr 09 08:22

Call for suspension of EU-Israel agreements

SNP Member of the European Parliament Mr Alyn Smith has reiterated his call for the EU-Israel Association agreement to be suspended in order to pressure the Israeli government to abide by the international commitments made towards the welfare of the Palestinian people.

Apr 09 08:20

Dead mayor re-elected by US town

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That government governs best which governs least. We got a great system here. He doesn't raise taxes. There is no corruption in the Mayor's office. There have been no sex scandals. The cost of running the government has really dropped. I mean, I think dead politicians are the coming trend. It sure has worked out well for us!!!!!"

Apr 09 08:17

Netanyahu To The West–Destroy Iran Before Israel Destroys You

In early February 2009, a mere few days before the elections in Israel that delivered into Benjamin Netanyahu’s hands the launch codes to several hundred nuclear weapons aimed at every major capital in the Western world, former U.S. Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller predicted that upon assuming the seat of power Netanyahu’s first priority would be “strategic conversation” with America’s new president, Barack Obama. Miller further predicted that the aim of this “very serious” conversation would be to “scare the daylights out of the president”, the ultimate objective of which would be mobilizing–not only the United States, but indeed the entire “international community”–into addressing the Iranian situation in a manner deemed “acceptable” to the Jewish state and her agenda.

Apr 09 08:14

Reel Bad Arabs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hollywood's portrayal of Arabic culture is shallow and biased.

Apr 09 08:04

US Congressmen appalled by the Israeli destruction of Gaza

Lynch said he and Inglis, a Republican from South Carolina, visited a project run by Catholic Relief Services in a heavily damaged neighborhood and a tent camp where displaced Gazans have been living since the war ended on Jan. 18. They also visited the grounds of the American International School of Gaza, a U.S.-style school the Israeli army flattened during the offensive, saying militants launched rockets from its grounds.

Lynch said the destruction in Gaza was worse than he expected and said the world must find a way to address a "legitimate humanitarian crisis" in Gaza.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

HOW ABOUT NOT SENDING ISRAEL ANY MORE MONEY AND WEAPONS WITH WHICH TO COMMIT WAR CRIMES?

Might I remind you all in Congress that since the US Army now acknowledges Israel is a nuclear power, it is a violation of the 1976 Symington amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations Act for the US to send any aid to any nation trafficking in nuclear weapons technology. Israel has been caught selling nuclear weapons technology acquired from the United States to China!

Apr 09 08:01

Dennis Ross sidelined at State over his foreign agent status with Israel

Former pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) director Dennis Ross, named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as her special envoy for Iran, has been sidelined at the State Department by Clinton’s special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke, according to informed sources at the State Department.

In fact, Ross was purposely kept out of the loop on the recent landmark meeting between Holbrooke and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Akhundzadeh in The Hague at a conference on Afghanistan. WMR was told that Holbrooke effectively snatched the Iran portfolio from Ross and that while Ross has an office on the seventh floor of the State Department, he has little responsibility over America’s new opening to Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Faction fight!

Apr 09 08:00

Quebec dad sued by daughter after grounding loses his appeal

She had been living with her father after her parents split up when he grounded her in 2008 for defying his order to stay off the internet. The father caught her chatting on websites he had blocked, and alleged his daughter was posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online.

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

Apr 09 07:59

Two more reasons to dump Larry Summers

But, since the White House may be catching on that Summers (like other top Obama aides) is hugging up too close to his old Wall Street buddies, the lavish speech fees will make irate even more of those folks who think the administration has been too forgiving in its approach to the banking industry.

Apr 09 07:53

Truth Action Ottawa 9/11 Truth At Willie Nelson Concert

Apr 09 07:46

Gambling probe rolls after death of suspect Samuel Nastasa

A probe into a reputed Bonanno gambling den in Brooklyn won't be derailed - even by the death of a 72-year-old suspect while in police custody.

Apr 09 07:45

FBI suspects link between truckers, serial killers

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the past three decades.

Apr 09 07:43

De Beers braced for turnover to fall

De Beers, the world’s biggest diamond miner, is planning for its turnover to halve this year, it emerged on Wednesday, in the latest sign of how the once-mighty group is struggling to cope with a downturn in an industry it no longer controls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wondered if this whole issue of "conflict diamonds" wasn't a scam to discourage customers from buy8ing diamonds from Debeers' competition.

Apr 09 07:38

Fed sees no economic recovery this year

The Federal Reserve no longer sees signs of recovery this year from a prolonged recession and only weak growth in 2010, minutes of a policy-setting meeting said.

Despite massive interventions by the Fed and other government bodies to jumpstart the moribund economy and unblock tight credit, policymakers at a March meeting viewed grimmer projections than those made two months earlier.

Apr 09 07:18

Nuking Yellowstone National Park to Halt Global Warming

John Holdren, the new science advisor to President Obama, is actively considering radical geoengineering ideas in order to halt global warming. One such idea now being discussed with the Obama administration involves -- get this -- launching enormous amounts of pollution particles into Earth's upper atmosphere to block the sun's rays and "chill" the planet.

Apr 09 06:58

Fixing the Real Wall Street Blame

Wall Street’s gamesmanship in recent years brought the U.S. – and the world’s – economy to the brink of collapse, but so far neither the Bush nor the Obama administration has undertaken the level of investigation that the crisis warrants.

In this guest essay, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship argue that the multi-trillion-dollar crisis deserves at least the attention that followed the savings-and-loan scandal in the 1980s or the post-1929 crash investigations that exposed Wall Street wrongdoing of that era:

Apr 09 04:53

Global Financial Collapse.. Video

An Argentine opinion on the Global Financial Crisis, describing the whole Global Financial System as one vast Ponzi Scheme. Like a pyramid, it has four sides and is a predictable model. The four sides are: (1) Artificially control the supply of public State-issued Currency, (2) Artificially impose Banking Money as the primary source of funding in the economy, (3) Promote doing everything by Debt and (4) Erect complex channels that allow privatizing profits when the Model is in expansion mode and socialize losses when the model goes into contraction mode.

Apr 09 04:25

Geithner: Give your money to Bill Gross at Pimp-Co - A Scheme to Reinflate the Thieves

The New York Times Bowley and de la Merced - U.S. Imagines the Bailout as an Investment Tool - The idea is that these investments, akin to mutual funds that buy stocks and bonds, would give ordinary Americans a chance to profit from the bailouts that are being financed by their tax dollars. But there is another, deeply political motivation as well [an after-thought]: to quiet accusations that all of these giant bailouts will benefit only Wall Street plutocrats.

Individuals could participate in the funds by investing just a few hundred dollars, although the details are still being worked out.

April 8, 2009

Apr 08 21:29

Geithner's Stress Test "A Complete Sham," Former Federal Bank Regulator Says

The bank stress tests currently underway are “a complete sham,” says William Black, a former senior bank regulator and S&L prosecutor, and currently an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. “It’s a Potemkin model. Built to fool people.” Like many others, Black believes the “worst case scenario” used in the stress test don’t go far enough.

Apr 08 20:03

XP downgrades after Windows 7 ships? Business as usual

Microsoft has announced this week that it will continue to offer downgrade options to both volume licensing customers and end-users when Windows 7 ships. Customers who purchase a system from a qualifying OEM with a version of Windows 7 that they don't want will be able to fall back to equivalent versions of Vista or XP. This latest extension to XP's availability has, inevitably, made the headlines, as if Microsoft's decision to allow users to fall back to the venerable system is a judgment of Windows 7 before it even ships.

Apr 08 19:24

Netanyahu To The West–Destroy Iran Before Israel Destroys You

“What would serve the Jew-hating world better as repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a nuclear winter? Or invite all those tut-tutting European statesmen and peace activists to join us in the ovens? For the first time in history a people facing extermination while the world either cackles or looks away have the power to destroy the world. The ultimate justice?”

–Professor David Perlmutter, writing in the Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2002

“We possess several hundred atomic warheads and rockets and can launch them at targets in all directions, perhaps even at Rome. Most European capitals are targets for our air force…We have the capability to take the world down with us, and I can assure you that that will happen before Israel goes under.”

Apr 08 19:23

Moody’s Downgrades The Market Shill From Omaha - Buffett Just an Average Dupe Now

The New York Times - MICHAEL J. de la MERCED - Moody’s Downgrades Berkshire - Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday stripped away the triple-A rating of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate and investment vehicle run by Mr. Buffett, citing the economic pressures on the firm.

Though another ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, downgraded the company last month, Moody’s is bigger and more widely cited.

Apr 08 18:52

Climate Change

Clearly, evidence does not support the popular notion that carbon "causes" warming. Nor does logic. One of the common blunders identified in formal logic is the primitive syllogism, whereby two things that occur at the same time are claimed to be causally related. It's the old roosters causing sunrises syndrome. In this case, self-appointed custodians of the planet's health are committing a massive blunder in logic.

Apr 08 16:53

Olmert's Nightmare - The Growing Belief in a One-State Solution

Ehud Olmert's nightmare is at hand. Not only does the former Israeli prime minister now really have to fight those corruption charges. He also faces the realization of his fears that the Palestinians might give up on a two-state solution in favor of a struggle for equal rights that would mean, as he put it, the "end of the Jewish state."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By carving up Palestine the way they have. Israel made a two-state solution impossible. Why they did not realize that it made a one-state solution inevitable remains a mystery; maybe they just really thought they could kill off everyone in the occupied territories given enough time and political cover.

Apr 08 16:30

Time for a Closer Look at State Involvement

Time for a Closer Look
by Michael Gaddy
April 8, 2009
"Lately, I have become increasingly skeptical of the timing and circumstances surrounding mass shootings. Any investigator worth his/her salt would question how, within a short time of the state indicating its intention of prohibiting the sale of a certain type firearm, a mass murder occurs in which that type weapon is used."

Apr 08 15:30

MUCKETY

Map relationships among people and organizations:

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Mentioned on today's GCN radio show.

Apr 08 15:17

Homes, Cars, Art Seized In Ponzi Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice says U.S. Marshals are in the process of seizing art, homes, vehicles, sports memorabilia and bank accounts as part of an investigation into a Ponzi scheme that operated for about 15 years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

15 years?!? Where was the SEC all this time??????

Apr 08 15:00

Israel points Arrow II ballistic missile at Iran, Syria

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the same corporate media that went totally apoplectic over North Kore's failed launch of a communications satellite says nothing.

Apr 08 14:56

Military Whistleblower Claims She Witnessed Flight 93 Shootdown Order

A person using the pseudonym Elizabeth Nelson told The Project Camelot website that she personally heard officials agree on the order to shoot down Flight 93. The decision was apparently made because the plane was flying in a no-fly zone near to Camp David and heading toward Site R, a military facility in known as the “backup Pentagon”.

Because the woman refuses to provide her real name, the authenticity of her story is very much up for debate, but in a 40 minute MP3 recording (click here to listen) of the interview, she relates what she witnessed in as sincere and genuine a way as one could expect. This individual has seemingly little to gain from making up such a story, unless it’s part of a deliberate disinformation campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It may well be the latter since the current working hypothesis for the shoot down of Flight 93 is that the passengers and crew had succeeded in regaining control of the aircraft and had they landed, the reality on the plane would not have matched the cover story and the whole 9-11 cover story would have collapsed.

Apr 08 14:53

WOMAN WHO KILLED SON AT SHOOTING RANGE CAUGHT ON TAPE

A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range said she was the anti-Christ and that she needed to save her son.

Apr 08 14:50

Video shows Florida woman aiming gun at son's head at shooting range

A central Florida woman who fatally shot her son then killed herself at a shooting range wrote in suicide notes to her boyfriend that she was trying to save her son.

"I'm so sorry," Marie Moore wrote several times. "I had to send my son to heaven and myself to Hell." She signed two of the notes "Failed Queen."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WAS SHE ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS?

Apr 08 14:36

New post mortem on G20 victim as Met faces claims he was attacked TWICE by riot police

The newspaper seller was manhandled by an officer 15 minutes before a colleague was videoed striking him with his baton before shoving him to the ground, it was alleged.

Photographer Anna Branthwaite claimed Mr Tomlinson was pushed to the ground and struck twice with a baton by another officer.

He was then dragged to his feet by the policeman who continued to push him along the street, she claimed.

Minutes later, a passer-by captured footage of Mr Tomlinson being felled by a police officer's baton. It is not clear if the same officer was involved in both incidents.

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IT IS NOT THE PROTESTERS CAUSING THE VIOLENCE, IT IS THE POLICE!!!

Apr 08 13:54

Policeman convicted over schoolgirl's crash death

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl was convicted today of causing death by dangerous driving.

Apr 08 13:53

Ian Tomlinson death: New video footage from G20 protests gives fresh angle on attack

Channel 4 News releases tape recovered from damaged camera showing officer hitting out at Tomlinson with baton

Apr 08 13:38

Humble and Contrite Thieves: Goldman Sachs wants to pay back 25% and walk away

Thou shall not lend upon usury to thy brother; usury of money, usury of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury. Unto a stranger thou may lend upon usury. Deuteronomy 20:19

Apr 08 13:27

Obama Admin Seeks to Legalize And Expand Government Spying

Advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has warned that the Obama administration is seeking to expand the government’s authority to carry out wiretapping under the auspices of national security.

The EFF points to the dismissal of its own litigation against the National Security Agency for the warrantless wiretapping, warning that arguments made in defense of wiretapping by Obama’s Department of Justice are worse than Bush’s.

Apr 08 13:04

Man detained and harassed at airport for carrying CASH!

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Is this kind of treatment what you pay taxes for?

Apr 08 13:03

Army: No plan to move sea-dumped munitions

The U.S. military dumped some 2,500 tons of weapons containing lethal mustard, cyanide, lewisite, cyanogens and chloride at three deep-sea sites several miles off Oahu. More than 16,000 individual bombs were dumped there.

Apr 08 12:54

ACLU Calls For Internal DHS Investigations On Fusion Centers

From directing local police to investigate non-violent political activists and religious groups in Texas to advocating surveillance of third-party presidential candidate supporters in Missouri, there have been repeated and persistent disclosures of troubling memos and reports from local fusions centers. The five letters sent by the ACLU to the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties asked for independent investigations into the following incidents:

* A May 7, 2008 report entitled “Universal Adversary Dynamic Threat Assessment” authored by a private contractor that labeled environmental organizations like the Sierra Club, the Humane Society and the Audubon Society as “mainstream organizations with known or possible links to eco-terrorism”;

Apr 08 12:52

Dr. Bob's Terror Shop

The missive reads like a rant by a paranoid conspiracy nut. In fact, the so-called “Prevention Awareness Bulletin” is a weekly product of the North Central Texas Fusion System, a terrorism and crime-prevention intelligence center run by the Collin County Department of Homeland Security. The system gathers and shares information for a 16-county area that includes Dallas and Forth Worth. The bulletin is written by the architect and operator of the fusion system, Bob Johnson, a former chief scientist for defense contractor Raytheon Co. Johnson has a background in data mining, the controversial, computer-aided practice of trolling massive quantities of data in pursuit of patterns and links.

Apr 08 12:51

Student Arrested ... For Being Honest

AN HONEST student who handed in a mobile phone he found was stunned when police arrested him for theft.

Paul Leicester, 18, played the Good Samaritan when he discovered the handset lying in the street.

He rang the last number dialed and told a friend of the owner he would leave the phone at a nearby police station. But officers arrested him for "theft by finding", held him for four hours and took a DNA sample.

Apr 08 12:14

The Geithner-Summers Plan is Even Worse Than We Thought

Consider a toxic asset held by Citibank with a face value of $1 million, but with zero probability of any payout and therefore with a zero market value. An outside bidder would not pay anything for such an asset. All of the previous articles consider the case of true outside bidders.

Suppose, however, that Citibank itself sets up a Citibank Public-Private Investment Fund (CPPIF) under the Geithner-Summers plan. The CPPIF will bid the full face value of $1 million for the worthless asset, because it can borrow $850K from the FDIC, and get $75K from the Treasury, to make the purchase! Citibank will only have to put in $75K of the total.

Apr 08 12:02

A declaration of separation

We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone.

Apr 08 12:01

Obama and the Reawakening of Corporatism

In 1970, General Motors was the largest and most profitable company in America. Today, of course, GM is neither. Instead, in 2009 America’s largest company is Wal-Mart, which was still only a regional, privately-held retailer in 1970. Wal-Mart’s rapid rise is not unique, however. Among the 100 largest firms today, a number—including FedEx, Microsoft, Cisco, and Home Depot--didn’t even exist in 1970. So profoundly has the landscape changed that 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies today are different from 1970.

Apr 08 11:44

Obama administration considers climate engineering

The president's new science adviser said today that global warming is so dire, the Obama administration is discussing radical technologies to cool Earth's air.

John Holdren told The Associated Press in his first interview since being confirmed last month that the idea of geoengineering the climate is being discussed. One such extreme option includes shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These bozos can't even run an economy. I do not want them tinkering with the planet!

Apr 08 11:39

Moldova blames Romania for riots, expels ambassador

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin on Wednesday accused Romania of involvement in the riots in Chisinau, announcing visa restrictions for Romanians and the expulsion of the country's ambassador.

Protests in Moldova's capital against the ruling Communist Party's victory in Sunday's elections turned violent on Tuesday with 5,000 rioters taking control of the presidential residence and nearby parliament building. Some protesters called for the unification of Moldova with Romania.

Apr 08 11:38

Geithner Bank Plan Faces New Wave Of Criticism

Two weeks after being introduced, Timothy Geithner's bank rescue plan is facing a new round of withering criticism from economists who say the proposal is likely to produce major losses for taxpayers as banks and investors game the system.

Apr 08 11:37

2009– Year of the Slave

You are a slave. When you live under a government that takes your wealth and your children and lies to you to keep you docile and scares you to keep you obedient, how can it be otherwise?

You are a slave. You can stay that way, or not. It’s that simple. Nobody is coming to save you. There are no heroes, no cavalry riding to the rescue. Whether you and your children will live as slaves or as free human beings is entirely up to you.

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Apr 08 11:30

What does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?

Have you ever wondered what one trillion dollars looks like? With all the talk about bailouts and stimulus packages - a million here, a billion there - it’s pretty easy to lose track of exactly how MUCH money they’re talking about.

Apr 08 11:23

Changing the Rules of the Blame Game

According to Politico.com, at his March 27 White House meeting with the nation's top bankers, President Obama heard similar arguments and interrupted, saying, "Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn't buying that... My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks."

Stand aside, Mr. President, and let us prod with our pitchforks to get at the facts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time for the pitchforks.

It is time for the tar and feathers.

It is time for freedom.

Apr 08 11:18

Why Are Army Recruiters Killing Themselves?

When Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Henderson ran into Staff Sergeant Larry Flores in their Texas recruiting station last August, she was shocked by the dark circles under his eyes and his ragged appearance. "Are you O.K.?" she asked the normally squared-away soldier. "Sergeant Henderson, I am just really tired," he replied. "I had such a bad, long week, it was ridiculous." The previous Saturday, Flores' commanders had berated him for poor performance. He had worked every day since from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., trying to persuade the youth of Nacogdoches to wear Army green. "But I'm O.K.," he told her.

No, he wasn't. Later that night, Flores hanged himself in his garage with an extension cord.

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Nobody knows what it's like
to be the bad man.
To be the sad man,
behind blue eyes! -- The Who

Apr 08 11:08

Secret US-Iran meetings held in Geneva

Academics and specialists from Iran, the United States and Europe have been meeting regularly in the Swiss city of Geneva for high level but informal talks.

Apr 08 11:07

Boom in Gun Sales Fueled by Politics and the Economy

Why bear arms now? "The economy played a large part in my decision," says Baker, 27. "When people don't have jobs, they might go breaking into people's homes. I want to be safe in my home."

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"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." (Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)

Apr 08 11:04

Housing agencies faulted in audits to get $300M of stimulus

The federal government will soon send more than $300 million in stimulus funds to 61 housing agencies that have been repeatedly faulted by auditors for mishandling government aid, a USA TODAY review has found.

Apr 08 10:58

US arms shipment reaches Israel, president Obama urged to halt further exports

The new delivery to Israel of a massive consignment of US munitions, revealed by Amnesty International today, throws into question whether President Obama will act to prevent the US fuelling further Israeli attacks against civilians that may amount to war crimes, as was perpetrated in Gaza.

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Obama will be the first US President to attend a Seder (at the White House), and he is not Jewish.

So, what does that tell you?

Apr 08 10:54

Chimpanzees exchange meat for sex

Chimpanzees enter into "deals" whereby they exchange meat for sex, according to researchers.

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For our particular species, flowers and jewelry also work.

Apr 08 10:52

Jewish settlers rampage through West Bank village

"A large number of settlers came at 7:30 in the morning and started to smash car windows and throw rocks at houses," said Abu al-Abed, a resident of Safa, where 300 Palestinians live.

An Israeli military source said the violence started when Palestinians threw stones at Bat Ayin settlers praying on a nearby hill before the Jewish Passover holiday.

Safa residents said about 200 settlers, some of them carrying weapons, entered the village.

Soldiers fired rubber-coated metal bullets and also used tear gas during the clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers, villagers said. There were no reports of any injuries or arrests among the settlers.

Apr 08 10:50

Gun control support at all-time low

The heavy coverage of mass shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., North Carolina and Washington state and the cop killings in Pittsburgh has had little apparent effect on the nation's appetite for new gun laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the heavy coverage of mass shootings in Binghamton, N.Y., North Carolina and Washington state and the cop killings in Pittsburgh have only reinforced the understanding that the police rarely if ever show up in time to prevent a mass shooting (and even when they do show up they aren't very good).

Americans are smart enough to understand that where citizens are armed, crime goes down. Every study confirms that over and over again.

The only people who do not want an armed citizenry are criminals, and tax-happy politicians who know the American people are on the verge of the same riots we are seeing in the rest of the world.

Apr 08 10:45

Before Recent Shootings, Gun-Control Support Was Fading

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It's almost eerie! Every time public support for guin bans drops, THERE IS A MASS SHOOTING!

It's, it's, it's almost like these shootings are PLANNED to manufacture support for a pro-crime agenda!

Wow!

:)

Apr 08 10:43

Obama will be the first U.S. president to attend a White House Seder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How wonderful.

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