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CURRENT EVENTS

Mar 24 17:30

The War Crimes Times - In America We’re locking up mothers While the war criminals walk free

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Website of tonight's radio show guest.

Mar 24 17:18

Man on murder charge after alleged burglar stabbed to death

A MAN is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing a would-be burglar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kind of tells you whose side the government is on!

Mar 24 15:52

All These Many Alexanders

The Christian Science Monitor - Robert Marquand - 2,300 years later, 'Alexander-mania' grips Macedonia SKOPJE, Macedonia - As part of a stunning new homegrown ideology of history and identity based on Alexander the Great, this capital city's main square may soon boast a huge new statue of the ancient conqueror.

Alexander is considered one of the greatest military leaders of all time. Born in the Greek city of Pella in 356 BC, his conquests extended to most of his known world by the time of his death at age 32. He opened up Greek civilization from the Mediterranean to India, and is regarded as the first to link Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Mar 24 15:34

Good Morning Chicago! The Rod Blagojevich show airs tomorrow

The Christian Science Monitor Jimmy Orr Blago will appear on Chicago’s legendary WLS radio station tomorrow morning from 7am - 9am. And because they live webcast their programming [...]

How are the people in Chicago taking it? Mixed. The news has generated a lot of comments on one Chicago website.

Mar 24 09:39

FBI informant on RNC protesters found guilty in unrelated case

An FBI informant during last September's RNC protests has been found guilty of assault and property damage charges in an unrelated incident.

Mar 23 21:17

Ryan Dawson's website

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Website of tonight's LNR radio show guest.

Mar 23 12:49

The Second American Revolution

Mar 23 12:03

Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama

South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup.

The decision, confirmed to The Times by senior government officials, was met with outrage by his fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former President F. W. de Klerk, who are organising the conference on March 27 with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Mar 23 11:07

Again, WATCH THE VOLUME ON THE DOW!

Yahoo! Finance ONE DAY chart for the DOW.

The volume is minuscule. THAT'S how many chairs there are left to sit in when the music stops. LOOK OUT PEOPLE! You are dancing on a mousetrap!

"Happy Talk" Won't Solve Crisis, Galbraith Says: Much More Govt. Action Needed

Mar 23 09:44

I am NOT a terrorist! (New WRH T-shirt design)

Mar 23 09:43

G20 warned unrest will sweep globe

A wave of social and political unrest could sweep through the world's poorest countries if G20 leaders fail to come to their aid, the World Bank warns today, as new research says the credit crunch will cost developing countries $750bn (£520bn) in lost output and drive millions more into poverty.

Mar 23 09:04

The United States of Chaos, a fresh look

In fact, it seems the more things are said to change the more they stay the same: inflation, deflation, unemployment, rendition of detainees, torture redux, Blackwater re-upped by the Pentagon despite Iraq saying no dice. Chris Bollyn, the Internet writer, living in exile for fear of his life, writes that the loot has been largely money-laundered by New York Banks to Israel over the past 10 to 20 years. Also, Bernie needs to straighten out some papers at home.

Mar 23 09:01

I'm Surrounded by Beautiful People.

It appears that we don’t know much about what came before and it looks like we generally don’t know jack about what’s coming. Here we are in the seventh day and the one thing you might reasonably expect is that we might have learned something about how to behave toward each other but we haven’t learned a damn thing about that either.

What the hell is wrong with you people? Seven thousand years and counting and the only difference between you and the classical image of the cave man are your weapons and appliances. Other than that, nothing has changed.

Mar 23 08:06

Schenectady mayor considers options, martial law over police woes

Mayor Stratton told us he's looking at all options, including disbanding the police department - basically starting over.

"It's something we're certainly looking into. I think the public has had it up to here," said the mayor.

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Yes, we have!

Mar 23 04:57

Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano erupts for first time in 20 years, shooting smoke 50,000ft into air

A volcano has begun to erupt around 100 miles from the Alaskan city of Anchorage.

The Mount Redoubt eruption has sent plumes of smoke 50,000 feet above sea level.

Mar 23 04:56

Seventeen killed in US as aircraft crashes on school trip

A plane thought to be carrying children on a school ski trip last night nose-dived into a cemetery in Butte, Montana, killing an estimated 17 people.

Mar 23 04:55

The shocking moment a cargo plane crashed in flames at Tokyo's international airport

The accident happened as the Federal Express plane arrived at Narita international airport, near Tokyo, from Guangzhou in China.
Japan's public broadcaster NHK showed dramatic footage of the plane bouncing as it landed on the runway, then bursting into flames.

Mar 22 17:49

Why the End of America is Closer than You Think

It is in America, where the sheeple have been terrorized into staying inside the boundaries of their little "protest zones," that you find a fragile, unstable nation.

Mar 22 16:31

3 Oakland cops killed in 2 related incidents

Three Oakland police sergeants were shot and killed and a fourth officer was critically wounded Saturday in a pair of related incidents that together rank among the deadliest attacks on law enforcement in California history.

A fifth officer, a member of the SWAT team that killed the suspect police held responsible for the shootings, was treated for minor injuries and released.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I apologize, but given the actions of the police in recent months (as evidenced by stories further down this page today) I am having a very hard time sympathizing with their fate or condemning the shooter.

Given the sheer number of innocent people killed by the police either with tasers or kicking down the wrong doors, and other criminality wearing a badge, I fully understand how some people might feel like shooting back when attacked is their best option.

Mar 22 16:14

Canadian Killers get out on Bail; Writers Go To Jail

Meeting chairman Paul Fromm, Director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression, called tonight’s arrest “an outrage. This is like Haiti. We’re becoming a banana republic — 8 cops to arrest an unarmed man at a political meeting!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, Canada is getting Zionized!

Mar 22 11:49

Privatising Water is Denying People a Human Right: UN

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has told delegates at the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) in Istanbul, Turkey, that, "those who are committed to the privatization of water, making it a commodity like oil, are denying people a human right as basic as the air we breathe."

In a speech delivered by his senior advisor on water Maude Barlow, UN president Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann said, "We must work quickly to guarantee that access to drinking water constitutes a fundamental right of all peoples..."

Mar 22 08:13

Obama secretly ends program that let pilots carry guns

After the September 11 attacks, commercial airline pilots were allowed to carry guns if they completed a federal-safety program. No longer would unarmed pilots be defenseless as remorseless hijackers seized control of aircraft and rammed them into buildings.

Now President Obama is quietly ending the federal firearms program

Mar 22 07:37

Greetings from the Starship Visible.

In my last posting I tried to clarify a few things and from some of the responses I got via comments and emails, I would have to say that I didn’t do all that good a job of it. Some of you see all Jews as parasitical aliens and I would guess that some of you see members of other races, religions, color and cultures as being some sort of a collective threat as well. Some of you feel this way about Muslims. Some of you feel this way about Asians and some of you feel this way about the darker races, lighter races and, I guess there’s no end to that given how many of you there are.

Mar 21 23:38

Use Cash and Undermine the State and the Banksters

Lew Rockwell interviews Dr. Joseph Salerno

Mar 21 08:47

Ron Paul is a finalist for the Time 100 - Rank his influence

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What?!? I didn't make the list AGAIN?????????????? :)

Mar 21 08:26

Professor Igor Panarin: When America fell to pieces the shouting was outrageous

As early as autumn 2009 the economic crisis may lead to a civil war in the USA and then to its division into parts. Igor Panarin, doctor of political science, dean of the foreign affairs department at the Diplomacy Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, presented this forecast ten years ago. At that time his forecasts seemed unrealistic, but now many of them are coming true.

Mar 21 01:19

Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So)

Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape....

Please utilize the info below to raise bloody hell with De Lauro and your own member of Congress, and if you happen to live in the state of Connecticut, and can help me contact every organic gardening club in the state about this, please let me know your phone number.

We'll organize a Tsunami of opposition to this bill from De Lauro's constituents especially so it can be dutifully buried and De Lauro's congressional career appropriately ENDED.

Mar 20 19:15

Treasury Plans to Offer Loans to Buy Bad Assets - Latest Geithner Flimflam - Government-backed 95% equity loans to banks to buy toxics assets from other banks at a steep discount.

The New York Times Edmund L. Andrews, Eric Dash and Graham Bowley

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department is expected to unveil early next week its long-delayed plan to buy as much as $1 trillion in troubled mortgages and related assets from financial institutions, according to people close to the talks.

Industry analysts estimate that the nation’s banks are holding at least $2 trillion in troubled assets, mostly residential and commercial mortgages made at the height of the housing bubble.

Although the details of the F.D.I.C. part were still being finalized on Friday, it is expected the government would provide the overwhelming bulk of the money — possibly more than 95 percent — through loans or direct investments of taxpayer money.

Mar 20 17:46

The Rich-Hunt - Busload of Crazies to Tour Homes of AIG Executives This Weekend

Mar 20 17:21

Canada Bans MP George Galloway, Respect Party, UK

Proposal to Rename the Nation of Canada.

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Can-istan??????

Mar 20 12:59

Bernie Madoff Denied Bail

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After the screams of outrage, I am not surprised.

Mar 20 09:00

MP Galloway is banned from Canada

British media reported the decision was due to his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there.

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My formerly high opinion of Canada just cratered!

Mar 20 08:56

Police Attack Tristan Solidarity Demonstrators, San Francisco, 3/16/09: video

Within minutes of arriving back at the consulate just before 7pm, demonstrators were more or less milling around and chanting when one officer began to assault demonstrators who were standing near some barricades and newspaper stands. Within seconds, up to a dozen cops rushed in swinging their billy clubs wildly at anyone they could hit in the crowd -- swinging overhead, swinging to their sides, just swinging at everyone in front of them.

Mar 20 08:53

Ohio Joins Call for Restoring State Sovereignty - H.C.R. 11 Introduced in House

Mar 20 08:51

Suspected Burglar Gets Stuck In Exhaust System

Employees at the Blackjack Pizza at Quebec and 35th found the man when they got to work just before 7 a.m. Friday morning. They saw his leg hanging from the ceiling.

Mar 20 08:30

Second Annual State of the Revolution

First, let me assure you that I am not advocating revolution. In fact, I am a strong anti-violence advocate. However, that does not mean I cannot urge you to shoot back when the time comes.

I think a true violent revolution in America now is inevitable. The dominos already are falling and the inexorable result lies directly ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am an optimist. I expect that the fall of the USA will spill as little blood as the fall of the USSR.

Mar 20 04:50

Rapid Declines in Manufacturing Spread Global Anxiety - Total Collapse

The New York Times World Business Nelson D. Schwartz Manufacturing has fallen off the cliff, and it’s certainly the biggest decline since the Second World War,” said Dirk Schumacher, senior European economist with Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt.

The pattern of manufacturing and trade ominously recalls how the financial crisis of 1929 grew into the Great Depression: tightening credit and consumer fear reduced demand for manufactured goods in one country after another, creating a downward spiral that reduced global trade.

Mar 20 02:43

U.S. Attorney General Reaffirms Administration's New Pot Policy Stance

Washington, DC: United States Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed yesterday that he will not authorize federal justice resources to target or prosecute medical cannabis users or providers that are compliant with state law

Mar 19 22:02

EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial

By Tobias Buck in Brussels

Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.

Offenders will face up to three years in jail under the proposed legislation, which will also apply to inciting violence against ethnic, religious or national groups.

Mar 19 19:34

USA has two options to save its economy: declare default or trigger off war

The United States is the largest borrower in the world. The US national debt has already exceeded the level of 11 trillion dollars as of the beginning of 2009 and continues to grow like an avalanche. Experts say that the USA has only two ways to solve the problem: to either declare default or trigger off a war.

Mar 19 17:30

US court postpones Madoff bail decision

A US court said Thursday it was delaying a decision on an appeal by jailed Wall Street fraudster Bernard Madoff to be granted bail.

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Meaning they are searching for a time to let him out that will not attract public notice.

Mar 19 16:32

Plan to Solve Crisis: Let Immigrants Buy Houses - Open the floodgates WIDER!

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker Aaron Task The Fed's actions to lower mortgage rates won't stop home prices from falling, because lower rates aren't enough to sop up the huge supply of excess housing inventory, says John Mauldin, president of Millennium Wave Advisors and author of the popular "Thoughts from the Frontline" e-letter.

Instead, Mauldin believes the U.S. government should pursue a controversial idea that's been floated a few times in the past year, including here by Gary Shilling, among others: give immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they buy a house.

Mar 19 08:15

Oath Keepers: Orders We Will Not Obey

Such a time is near at hand again. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this Army - and this Marine Corps, This Air Force, This Navy and the National Guard units of these sovereign states.

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and meant it.

Mar 19 04:26

’07 U.S. Births Break Baby Boom Record

The New York Times Erik Eckholm More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in American history, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Mar 18 19:13

Of Patriots and Assassins

Realizing the assaults would not end, Freeman last week withdrew, saying, "I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction of a foreign country."

The foreign country is Israel; the political faction Likud.

Nor did Freeman shrink at naming the source of the noxious campaign of slander against him.

"The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth."

Mar 18 09:40

Popular state sovereignty bills draw comparison to Civil War posturing

The threat is only implied in more than two-dozen state sovereignty bills making the rounds in legislatures across the country, except for a New Hampshire bill where the authors didn't hold back. Any law infringing on the state's right to self govern would trigger the dissolution of the nation: "All powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution ... shall revert to the several states individually."

Mar 18 08:50

Shuttle-Riding Bat Dies The Most Glorious Death Imaginable

Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his little mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream—a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.

Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern to us. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.

Mar 18 08:24

Madoff's Accountant Charged With Securities Fraud

Bernard Madoff's longtime accountant was arrested on fraud charges Wednesday, accused of aiding the man who has admitted cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars in the past two decades.

Mar 18 07:52

5 Horrifying Tales Of 911 Incompetence

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When 911 doesn't work, try .357

Mar 17 17:40

South Central Farm Destruction

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At a time when people are going hungry, a community garden gets bulldozed.

Maybe now they understand how the Palestinians feel.

Mar 17 12:36

Rise of the Recessionista

SomethingCool.ca - A caller into CBC’s Sunday afternoon talk-radio show, Cross-Country Checkup, said that men like Stewart were doing the job the media should have done before the financial meltdown. “This is just like the war in Iraq,” the caller complained. “The media were asleep at the wheel and didn’t do their job.

Yes, leave it to MSN/Sympatico Finance to give us the crucial facts about how image plays a part in these troubling times. “What does appearance have to do with personal finance?” this outlet asked in a recent article entitled Why It Pays to be a ‘Recessionista. “At first glance - nothing. After all, what do hemlines have to do with home equity loans?”

The answer? “More than you think.” Oh man, this oughta be good.

Mar 17 08:58

Google Filters “The Give Act” - Mandatory Volunteerism

Does anyone know anything about HR 1388 and exactly what it is?? It will create a Uniformed Force of 250,000 members, that’s a force greater than the number of troops we now have in Iraq, a virtual army. A force of 5,000 per state if evenly divided, more realistically the force will be deployed according to the size and population of each state. It talks about a volunteer force, yet speaks of 3 year obligations as in a Draft, and a pay scale of from $17,000 to $22,000.

Mar 17 08:22

Texas jail was an Animal House, authorities say

For months, perhaps longer, the Montague County Jail was "Animal House" meets Mayberry. Inside the small brick building across from the courthouse, inmates had the run of the place, having sex with their jailer girlfriends, bringing in recliners, taking drugs and chatting on cell phones supplied by friends or guards, according to authorities. They also disabled some of the surveillance cameras and made weapons out of nails.

The doors to two groups of cells didn't lock, but apparently no one tried to escape — perhaps because they had everything they needed inside.

Mar 17 08:02

Has The Obama Administration Repeated A Shameful Sin From The Past?

As Treaty with Germany is Signed, giving German Scientists Access to Highly Secret US Laboratories, Sins from the Past Come to Light

Mar 17 07:52

Monsanto and Corporate, Jail-House, Gang Rape.

There’s a war on and it is a different kind of a war than the usual wars that these same bloodthirsty Morlocks usually sponsor. It’s a war of corporation owned governments against the rights and freedoms of the individual. If you read the news listed at What Really Happened and The Truthseeker each day then you will see many examples of this each and every single day.

Mar 17 06:51

Citigroup CEO awarded $10.8 million

Citigroup Inc awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit $10.82 million of compensation in 2008, a year when the government propped up the bank with $45 billion of capital.

Mar 17 03:02

Saying, 'He's one of us,' prosecutor only seeks $100m of Madoff assets, $790million of the Madoff Estate Left Intact

BBC News - US seeks $100m of Madoff assets The US is trying to seize more than $100m (£71m) of property and assets belonging to disgraced US financier Bernard Madoff, prosecutors have said.

Some of the possessions are in the name of Mr Madoff's wife, Ruth.

While he said it only started in the early 1990s, prosecutors say it began in the 1980s.

Mar 17 02:51

The price of competing in the phony meritocracy is going up as Universities Push for Higher Fees

BBC - Sean Coughlan News education reporter Many universities in England and Wales want a sharp increase in tuition fees, a survey by BBC News has concluded.

Two thirds of vice-chancellors, speaking anonymously, said they needed to raise fees, suggesting levels of between £4,000 and £20,000 per year.

Mar 17 02:45

Leopard Reveals, Way Too Many People on the Planet

BBC Photo - Residents of Jyotikuchi near Gauhati, in Assam, India, chase a leopard that strayed looking for food.

Mar 17 02:13

Airlines 'lose one million bags' - Saying 'Never Again - Trust Us or It Will Result in the Collapse of the Airline Industry'

BBC News Airlines around the world 'mishandled' 42 million bags in 2007 and irretrievably lost more than a million of them, a pressure group has said.

The Air Transport Users Council report said the problem was the worst it had been in recent years.

Mar 16 22:43

Should The Government Forgive Student Loans?

an online petition that’s been making its way around Facebook (and other places), asking Papa Government to forgive billions of dollars of student loans.

Mar 16 17:49

Schulz in Texas Accident - He’s OK, Meetings Continue

The cause of the accident was apparently a vehicle towing a “makeshift” trailer that unexpectedly pulled onto the I-10 freeway and across traffic into Bob’s lane forcing Bob to brake. Bob’s vehicle was then hit from behind by a commercial tractor-trailer which failed to stop.

Mar 16 16:29

Shouldf the WRH 8PM CST show on Librety News Radio network shift to 7PM CST?

YES, earlier is easier to listen to.
56% (94 votes)
NO Leave it right where it is!
44% (73 votes)
Total votes: 167
Mar 16 10:55

CONFIRMED! German school shooter was taking anti-depressants!

Authorities late last week began to think they had something of an answer for the paper. Kretschmer, announced minister of justice Heribert Rech, had left a message on a chatroom the night before he launched his assault on Albertville. He said he was "fed up of his life" and added that "everyone laughs at me, no one recognises my potential". Chillingly, the post went on: "I have weapons here and tomorrow morning I will go to my former school and I will really administer a grilling."

Mar 16 09:50

Patriot or crackpot? Seattle man's mission to prosecute Bush

Ask Bob Alexander how often he's heard the word "quixotic" recently. The approximate answer: all the time.

Of all the people who read Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's best-selling "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," this 57-year-old Seattle coffee merchant is the only one jolted to act on it in a substantial way. The SuperBeans proprietor has become a super-activist.

With the help of a handful of volunteers and donations, Alexander has sent 2,200 copies of Bugliosi's hardcover to prosecutors around the country.

Now he and his volunteers are following up with each one of them by phone and e-mail, as well as gathering signatures for petitions urging the prosecutors to indict the former president.

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Bob is a long time contributor to this website and can be reached at http://www.superbeans.com/.

Yes, he carries the Kona coffee. :)

Mar 16 09:23

New Hampshire in uproar over US Administration

A group in the US State of New Hampshire is becoming more vocal in its fight for independence. They believe the federal government has overstepped its role and intruded upon their states' rights.

A group calling themselves the Free State Project says the only option is to let states govern themselves and set their own rules – much they already do on issues like firearm legislation.

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Historical note: New Hampshire was the first state to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Mar 16 09:02

Group Smeared As Terror Cell By Feds Runs Soup Kitchens

A member of the Missouri Militia has contacted us to express his outrage that the organization, which routinely works with local law enforcement to help find missing children, sponsors blood donation campaigns and soup kitchens, is being smeared as a terrorist outfit by the federal government.

As we reported last week, a secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists militias, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.

Mar 16 06:39

Mexico,Pakistan and the so called "Failed State"

Mar 15 18:33

An Attempt at Sanity in Maryland

WHEREAS, Federal Reserve notes are unconstitutional, inflationary and at the heart of the present economic distress; and

Mar 15 15:29

ABC 20/20 Bailouts and Bull with John Stossel: The Economy

John Stossel discusses how government spends/waste taxpayer money and the consequence of intervention in the economy 3-13-2009.

Mar 15 09:27

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

Mar 15 09:21

Apocalypse Never

There’s a whole bunch of guys out there (mostly guys, a few butch girls here and there) who sulk online for years waiting for somebody to bring up the Omega Man/I Am Legend scenario: what are you going to do when civilization collapses?

Mar 15 08:18

Labour 'double standards' as smoking ban is lifted for G20 world leaders

Labour has been accused of double standards for amending legislation to allow world leaders to use smoking rooms during the G20 economic conference.

Dozens of heads of state, politicians and diplomats will be meeting at the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands, London, next month.

It is believed that laws have been changed to get around the smoking ban and provide specialist rooms that the visiting dignitaries can use.

Smoking in all enclosed public spaces and places of work was banned under the Health Act 2006, and came into force in England in 2007.

It is not clear which Government department has amended the law for the venue or whether is only a temporary measure.

Mar 15 07:48

Harnessing the Sun, With Help From Cities - The Credit Economy to Claims Share of the Sun

The New York Times Leslie Kaufman But late last year, Mr. Clark decided to install a $62,000 solar power system because of a new municipal financing program that lent him the money and allows him to pay it back with interest over 20 years as part of his property taxes.

The idea of public financing for home solar systems began two years ago in Berkeley.

Mar 14 17:48

A.I.G. to Pay $100 Million in Bonuses After $180 billion Bailout

The New York Times EDMUND L. ANDREWS and PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year.

Mar 14 08:49

“Where’s My Million Dollars?”

When I entered my friend Jason's house he was shouting into his telephone, “Where's my million dollars?” There was a pause, after which Jason insisted, “I want you to pay me the million dollars you promised me!” His face was red and he was angry.

To my shock, my senior friend, a former U.S. military intelligence officer, had been paying tens of thousands of dollars in “processing fees” to con artists that initially contacted him by mail with the “good news” of his fantastic winnings. After he mailed them checks for a few dollars, they contacted him by phone and told him to wire hundreds, then thousands, of dollars, to win his big prize, which he did. But the prize money never came. Now Jason is out tens of thousands of dollars, money he intended to leave to his children.

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Military intelligence, eh?

That explains a very great deal!

Mar 14 08:05

The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal

In 2001, Portugal became the only EU-member state to decriminalize drugs, a distinction which continues through to the present. Last year, working with the Cato Institute, I went to that country in order to research the effects of the decriminalization law (which applies to all substances, including cocaine and heroin) and to interview both Portuguese and EU drug policy officials and analysts (the central EU drug policy monitoring agency is, by coincidence, based in Lisbon). Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense.

Mar 14 06:06

In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Understanding Is Non-Existent

The New York Times Peter Steinfels - In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Suasion Comes Up Short

To pursue this research is a moral choice. Not to pursue it is a moral choice. And moral choices of this nature properly wind up in the political arena.

Mar 13 20:22

Investigator uses phony documents to get passports

Yahoo! News WASHINGTON – Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report made public Friday.

_One investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver's license. He received a passport four days later.

_A second attempt had the investigator using a 5-year-old boy's information but identifying himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.

Mar 13 19:23

Madoffs were worth more than $823M, documents show

Bernard Madoff and his wife had $823 million in assets at the end of last year, including $22 million in properties stretching from New York to the French Riviera, a $7 million yacht and a $2.2 million boat named "Bull," according to a document his lawyers filed Friday.

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I think it is safe to say, that probably isn't everything.

Mar 13 14:36

Endless pursuit of John Demjanjuk is too much

Demjanjuk's story shows that he was serving in the Russian army when captured by Nazis and forced to be a guard at the camp.

Is it unthinkable that, if he had refused, the Nazis would have shot him? His act of obeying his masters was obviously not deliberate.

Mar 13 14:04

Bangladeshi High-Rise Mall Fire Hurts 50, Kills 4

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"Any second that baby is gonna fall right down into it's own footprint. Just like WTC-7... Any second now... Any second... Yessireebob, gonna come right down... Any second now... Any second... Any second now... Any second... I'm gonna go get a beer."

Mar 13 10:03

Tim Kretschmer's last moments before he dies

This is an odd video.The commentator says he is hit in the leg falls down then kills himself.What do you think?

Mar 13 07:39

THE PROVEN LINK BETWEEN SSRI DRUGS AND SHOOTING RAMPAGES

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Guns do not kill, pills do!

Mar 13 07:35

Teacher who flew 12,000 miles for 13-minute job interview sues MoD for sex discrimination

A female teacher who claims she flew over 12,000 miles for a 13-minute job interview is suing the Ministry of Defence for £150,000 for sex discrimination.

Valerie Shelford flew the 6,000-plus miles to the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan on July 20 last year after applying for a job teaching English to Gurkhas.

Mar 13 06:06

Mystery of Madoff's rapid confession

Legal experts were flummoxed by the fraudster's willingness to admit every criminal charge laid before him, but was he trying to protect others who may have been implicated?

Mar 12 20:31

Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings - Warren Buffett a second tier borrower?

The Washington Post Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings Downgrades Reflect Impact of Recession

General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway yesterday lost their places on a prized short list of the healthiest corporations.

Mar 12 20:27

Kentucky lawmakers move to bar NEW payday lenders

Associated Press - ROGER ALFORD

Kentucky would be off limits to new payday lenders under legislation approved by lawmakers on Thursday.

Mar 12 17:49

DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE TO BE BOYCOTTED BY THE WORLD’S MOST RACIST NATIONS.

The UN Durban Review Conference, billed as a ‘World Conference against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance’, due to begin in Geneva on 20 April, is shaping up to be one that exposes who exactly the worlds most racist nations actually are – by them being conspicuous by their absence.

Naturally, Israel will not be there. Nor will the US be there. Nor Canada. And now it looks like Australia may not be there either. As one Ha’aretz reader points out; “What do the U.S., Canada, Australia and Israel all have in common? All were created through ethnic cleansing and apartheid. No wonder they all stick together.”

Mar 12 17:41

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush: lawyer

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Bush is scheduled to speak at the Telus Convention Centre March 17, but Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson says that because Bush has been “credibly accused” of supporting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Canada has a legal obligation to deny him entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The law says foreign nationals who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, including torture, are “inadmissible” to Canada.

Mar 12 13:51

US Sends Elderly Widow Back to Germany

A German woman named Elfriede Rinkel had led a quiet life in America for over 40 years -- with her Jewish husband. But now she's been deported for lying about her job as a dog handler at the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh my GAWD, she touched a Nazi DOG!!!!!!! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR OF IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

This obsession with events from the first half of the last century has gotten to the point of utter ridiculousness.

Mar 12 12:13

FREE THE HERO MUNTAZER AL-ZAIDI !

UPI.com Top News Shoe-thrower sentenced to three years

BAGHDAD, March 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes
at U.S. President George Bush was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday in an Iraqi court.

Muntazer al-Zaidi, hailed as a hero in some areas of the Middle East, threw two shoes at Bush in December to protest the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Mar 12 11:53

Army mulling Zardari’s ouster

With president Asif Ali Zardari on a trip to Iran, Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani has reportedly sided with Army Chief General Parvez Kayani to oust the widower of late Benazir Bhutto from power.

Mar 12 11:46

Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don;t you feel silly submitting to all those airport harrassments by TSA knowing that the whole Mexican border has been wide open all this time?

Mar 11 20:19

Where are the MADOFF Funds Now? Read On..............

In a rush? Read the fourth paragraph of the source.

Want to learn more? -- this is a damn good article.

If you're not ramping up your protection after reading this....my friend, you're simply not paying ample attention. I want you, the concerned readers of WRH, to make it through the collapse.

The question is: When the FIT hits the SHAN, will enough people know what really happened, where the money went, and who paved the road to our downfall?

Mar 11 19:12

China's exports in sharp decline - World demand for crap plummets

BBC News Chinese exports plunged by more than a quarter in February from a year ago as the world's third-largest economy was hit by a drop in demand for its goods.

Exports dropped by 25.7% to $64.9bn (£47.3bn) compared with the same month a year earlier, while imports fell by 24.1% to $60.1bn, figures showed.

Mar 11 18:26

Rich hit by economic crisis - Now it's getting serious!

BBC NEWS The financial crisis is taking its toll on the world's richest people, wiping 332 names off Forbes magazine's "rich list" of world billionaires.

Just 793 people can now lay claim to a place on the list, but on average they have lost 23% of their wealth.

The stock market collapse helped Microsoft founder Bill Gates regain the top spot, despite his wealth declining $18bn (£13.06bn) to $40bn.

Mar 11 13:53

Why are Tim Geithner and the Media Playing Dumb About What Happened to Our Money?

A formerly famous and now mostly forgotten poet of nonsense verse once said: "There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns....there are also unknown unknowns."

That was, of course, Donald Rumsfeld, but it doesn't sound too different from your average briefing/Congressional testimony/interview by Timothy Geithner. Besides being awash in toxic paper, credit default swaps, and collateralized debt obligations, we seem to be drowning in unknowns. Only, I get the sense that there are fewer unknowns than we're being told.

Mar 11 10:11

Quadruple Shooting in Northeast DC

Four people were shot while walking away from a vigil at a cemetery in Northeast Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I know we are all on edge with the economy, but this shooting of innocent parties simply must stop! It is a waste of ammunition we need for the bankers and politicians! :)

Mar 11 09:03

Motive unclear in Alabama shooting spree

Authorities grappled on Wednesday for the reason a 27-year-old Alabama man shot dead 10 people, including his mother, before killing himself after a gun battle with police and a car chase down a rural highway.

Michael McLendon, who lived with his mother, killed five of his victims in Tuesday's shooting spree at a mobile home in Samson, in southeastern Alabama, according to a local coroner and Wynnton Melton, mayor of nearby Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now as the gun-grabbers go into orgasm over the politically useful blood, I have another question. The description of the man we are hearing is that of someone under intense pressure. These are hard times.

So, I have to wonder if this guy (or the one in Germany) was on antidepressants.

Mar 11 08:37

VIDEO Regarding "Revolution"

Jesse Richard, founder of TvNewsLIES.org, comments on the current mood of the nation. He explains that many Americans feel that the nation is ripe for revolution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jesse may be a bit naive here. From the point of view of the current power structure which has grown rich on the backs of the American workers, restoration of the original Republic IS revolutionary in that it removes them from their positions of wealth and power which cannot exist under the original system of government.

Mar 11 07:55

Boy, have I got something to look at!

During earlier postings on this Blog I showed the plight of the Chagos Islanders. I have also researched the Kingdom of Hawaii. Shetland ~ off whose shores Forvik is situated ~ is another place where “imperialism” has ridden roughshod over the inhabitants without regard to them and their aspirations or even their welfare.

Mar 11 07:18

11 die in Alabama shooting rampage

Hell came to a rural Alabama on Tuesday in the form of a deranged gunman whose killing spree left 10 victims dead before he turned a gun on himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for Obama's anti-gun agenda. and no doubt that agenda will now be pushed in the media because of this shoting and the one in Germany.

But remember what might have happened if just ONE of those 11 victims had been carrying a firearm ... and that as usual, the police did not show up in time to prevent the crime, only clean up the mess.

Mar 10 23:42

The blog of Stephen M. Walt

Recommended reading:

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

Stephen M. Walt is Professor of International Relations at Harvard University and the co-auther of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy".

this post:
"Have they not a shred of decency?"
Sat, 02/28/2009 - 10:36pm
discusses the smear campaign against Charles Freeman’s appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Mar 10 13:11

Clarity should stop Holocaust references

Attorneys defending the former owners of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville have now played the Holocaust card in a trial that has become a bizarre chess game of strategy and counterstrategy.

According to the Iowa Independent, Jim Clarity, a defense attorney representing Agriprocessors, has “compared the plight of mounting a defense in the Northern District of Iowa to that of the Jews facing Nazi persecution in 1939 Poland.” Clarity has also referred to the pretrial publicity surrounding this case as “sickening,” and he wants the trial moved to either Minnesota or Chicago simply for his belief that “Iowa is poison.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last refuge of the scoundrel is the Holocaust!

Mar 10 11:02

Canada Follows America's Slide

by Richard Matthews

Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to align Canadian foreign policy with that of the U.S. If the newly minted President Obama continues with unlawful policies like extraordinary rendition, preventive imprisonment, and torture at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the rendition archipelago, then Harper will follow him down the seemingly inexorable slide toward Canada's further undermining of international human rights law.

Mar 10 10:36

Remembering The Alamo

March 6 marks the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo back in 1836. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna's seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.

Mar 10 09:58

Chuck Norris claims thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against U.S. government

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

Mar 10 09:56

Ex-lawmaker in child porn case free without bail

A former New Jersey lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Neil Cohen has admitted viewing child porn, but rejected a plea bargain.

A judge says Cohen can remain free without bail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cohen admits viewing child porn, then pleads not guilty, and the judge gives him a free walk??????

Mar 10 08:34

GEORGE GALLOWAY: THE NOBLE MAN

Unlike many politicians who would rather stay on the safe side, even if that means betraying their conscience, George Galloway represents a rare breed of morally-guided politicians who are willing to call the spade a spade even in the face of danger and brutality.

Mar 09 19:36

Following the Money

It appears that we all work for Wall Street, in one way or another.

Mar 09 18:33

Money for Nothing, Questions raised on Schering-Plough calls before deal

Reuters Doris Frankel CHICAGO, March 9 (Reuters) - The unusual buying of call options in Schering-Plough Corp (SGP.N) placed days before its pending acquisition deal with Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) have some options players asking if the news was leaked in advance.

Some lucky option players appeared to have reaped a windfall with Schering-Plough call options rocketing after Merck on Monday announced a proposed $41.1 billion takeover of the drugmaker.

Mar 09 13:31

UPDATED WRH ONLINE STORE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are putting some new designs in, taking old designs out. Even if you don't buy something (in this economy, we really do understand) let us know which items you like or do not like.

Mar 09 13:15

Maine's, New Hampshire's and Vermont's RBOC Appears Headed into Bankruptcy.

Yahoo! Finance AP - FairPoint posts 4Q loss amid higher costs FairPoint posts 4th-quarter loss as expenses weigh on results, company suspends dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Communications service provider FairPoint Communications Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday as higher expenses weighed on results. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend to preserve cash and bolster its balance sheet.

For the full year, FairPoint posted a loss of $68.5 million, or 85 cents per share, on sales of $1.27 billion.

Mar 09 10:54

Can you survive economic crisis?

Booming preparedness industry says Americans are stockpiling

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canned foods and shotguns!

Mar 09 09:25

Steward of Forvik wins first round against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Stuart Hill is claiming victory in the first round of his fight to get the UK government to explain how it derives its authority in Shetland.

After refusing to send in self-assessment forms and incurring the consequent penalties, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs threatened legal action with a hearing before the Tax Commissioners. Mr. Hill continued to hold out, telling them to go ahead and arrange the hearing. Not having had notification of the date after two phone calls, he wrote asking when the hearing was to be. After a three-month delay, the reply came back that he did not need to complete self-assessment forms from 2006-2007 onwards and that all penalties are cancelled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This case is also a reminder that governments will demand taxes they know they do not have a legal right to in the hopes you will simply pay up without question.

Mar 09 08:02

Who's really winning the war on drugs.

Mar 09 06:56

Prominent Economist: Crisis Caused By Government Interventions

A prominent PhD economist has slammed the latest round of bank bailouts and argued that they will not work because the financial crisis was caused and prolonged by such activity in the first place.

Marc Faber, founder and managing director of Hong Kong-based Marc Faber Ltd., has argued that propping up weak companies with taxpayer money is foolhardy.

“The financial crisis has occurred because of government interventions,” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

Mar 09 06:33

Bankruptcy losing its shame More people filing for Chapter 7, walking away from homes

The Detroit News Jaclyn Trop Declaring personal bankruptcy may not carry the same stigma it once did.

As unemployment rates skyrocket and home values plummet, new attitudes toward debt may explain why more people are letting their homes and other assets go rather than working out a debt repayment plan in the nation's bankruptcy courts.

"It's not being looked at as a personal failure but a product of the times," said credit counselor Rachel Hood of Consumer Credit Management in Farmington Hills.

Mar 09 04:29

Transit Use Hit Five-Decade High in 2008 as Gas Prices Rose

The New York Times Michael Cooper

More people rode the nation’s public buses, subways and commuter trains last year than in any year since 1956, when the federal government created the Interstate highway system, according to a report by a transit association.

Americans took nearly 10.7 billion rides on public transportation in 2008, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to the report, by the American Public Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that represents transit systems. The report was to be released on Monday in Washington at the association’s annual conference.

Use of public transportation in the United States has risen 38 percent since 1995, the report said.

Mar 08 20:32

OK So What Do We Do Now?

When will an American President show this humility shown by Pericles himself?"

Mar 08 10:05

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. ANNUAL REPOST

Mar 08 09:25

Jailed for a MySpace parody, the student who exposed America's cash for kids scandal

Less than a minute into the hearing the gavel came down. "Adjudicated delinquent!" the judge proclaimed, and sentenced her to three months in a juvenile detention centre. Hillary, who hadn't even presented her side of the story, was handcuffed and led away. But her mother, Laurene, protested to the local law centre, setting in train a process that would uncover one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in US legal history.

Last month the judge involved, Mark Ciavarella, and the presiding judge of the juvenile court, Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty to having accepted $2.6m (£1.8m) from the co-owner and builder of a private detention centre where children aged from 10 to 17 were locked up.

Mar 08 09:22

Maine Town Passes Ordinance Asserting Local Self-Governance and Stripping Corporate Personhood

Today the citizens of Shapleigh, Maine voted at a special town meeting to pass a groundbreaking Rights-Based Ordinance, 114 for and 66 against. This revolutionary ordinance give its citizens the right to local self-governance and gives rights to ecosystems but denies the rights of personhood to corporations. This ordinance allows the citizens to protect their groundwater resources, putting it in a common trust to be used for the benefit of its residents. Shapleigh is the first community in Maine to pass such an ordinance, which extends rights to nature, however, the Ordinance Review Committee in Wells, Maine is considering passing one in their town.

Mar 08 08:39

When Cops Are Thieves

If the County Sheriffs of Colorado has its way, law-enforcement agencies will soon be able to take your house, cars, cash and jewelry, sell it off and divvy up the proceeds quietly and privately among themselves. This organization, which lobbies for the interests of sheriffs across the state, is the force behind House Bill 1238, which rolls back a 2002 law guaranteeing Colorado residents reasonable protections against “asset forfeiture” — a fancy legal term for when the cops use the force of law to take your stuff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sheriff coming to take your stuff, huh?

Isn't this the part of the story where Robin Hood starts shooting arrows into the sheriff's ass?

Mar 08 06:33

Video - Prisons and profit motives: Jailing and drugging kids for profit

I'm speechless - almost

Two judges in Pennsylvania US took over $2.6 million in bribes from a privately owned prison company to put THOUSANDS of kids in jail for extended sentences for NOTHING!

This took place in broad daylight and scores of people in the justice system in Pennsylvania watched, stood by and did nothing.

Mar 08 04:14

Mixed Opinions of a Judge Accused of Misconduct - Nope, she's a murderer alright.

The New York Times GRETEL C. KOVACH DALLAS — If Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of Texas’ highest criminal court, has ever doubted her judgment, she has not shown it.

In 1998, Judge Keller wrote the opinion rejecting a new trial for Roy Criner, a mentally retarded man convicted of rape and murder, even though DNA tests after his trial showed that it was not his semen in the victim.

“We can’t give new trials to everyone who establishes, after conviction, that they might be innocent,” she later told the television news program “Frontline.” “We would have no finality in the criminal justice system, and finality is important.”

Sharon Keller, who was first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994, is now its presiding judge.

Mar 08 03:59

Discipline of Military Redirects Dropouts - Teaching kids to kill provides leadership skills!

New York Times ERIK ECKHOLM - FORT GORDON, Ga. — By his own account, Donte’ A. Dungey had no motivation in high school, sleeping through classes and sometimes showing up only for the free lunch to reduce the burden on his mother, who was struggling with nine other children. Held back three times and scheduled to enter the 10th grade at nearly 18, he knew that “high school just wasn’t going to work for me,” he said.

But he was also ready to change. More than five months ago, Mr. Dungey took up residence in a program for dropouts called Youth Challenge, run by the National Guard, that is proving effective at using military atmosphere and discipline to turn around at-risk teenagers.

Mar 08 03:35

You call THAT a College Degree? Colleges Sweat Out Admissions This Year

The New York Times Just as nervously, colleges — facing a financial landscape they have never seen before — are trying to figure out how many students to accept, and how many students will accept them.

“It’s a consumer confidence issue,” said Steven Syverson, vice president for enrollment at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. “Families are feeling like they can’t afford it even if they’re in the same financial position they were three months ago.”

Mar 08 03:18

Cycling, Like Baseball, is Bullshit - Schumacher banned for two years

BBC - Germany's Stefan Schumacher has been banned from cycling for two years after failing a drugs test during last year's Tour de France.

Schumacher tested positive for advanced blood doping product Cera (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator).

Mar 08 03:09

NY 'mafia cops' get life in jail - Say it ain't so! - New York, New York! It's a wonderful town!

BBC - Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of eight murders as well as other crimes while they were New York policemen.

Stephen Carapacca, 67, and Louis Eppolito, 61, had 44 years' police experience between them.

But they were also secretly on the payroll of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the second-in-command of New York's Lucchese mafia family, a court found.

Mar 07 08:51

"Access-A-Ride" Program Harming More Than Helping The Disabled in New York City

And as if it isn't enough to increase the fares on everyday train and bus commuters, it appears the MTA is going after the disabled and economically disadvantaged as well. In addition, disturbing incidents of blatant discrimination also appear to be on the rise, with two separate incidents occurring within the span of just two days in Queens aboard "Access-A-Ride" busses.

Mar 07 07:32

What Battered Newsrooms Can Learn From Stewart's CNBC Takedown

The piece wasn't just the laugh-out-loud funniest thing on TV all week (and this was a week in which NBC rebroadcast the SNL "more cowbell" sketch, so that's saying a lot) but it was exquisitely reported, insightful, and it tapped into America's real anger about the financial crisis in a way that mainstream journalism has found so elusive all these months, in a time when we all need to be tearing down myths. As one commenter on the Romenesko blog noted, "it's simply pathetic that one has to watch a comedy show to see things like this."

But that's not all. The Stewart piece also got the kind of eyeballs that most newsrooms would kill for in this digital age -- planted atop many, many major political, media and business Web sites -- and the kind of water-cooler chatter that journalists would crave in any age. In a time when newspapers are flat-out dying if not dealing with bankruptcy or massive job losses, while other types of news orgs aren't faring much better, the journalistic success of a comedy show rant shouldn't be viewed as a stick in the eye -- but a teachable moment. Why be a curmudgeon about kids today getting all their news from a comedy show, when it's not really that hard to join Stewart in his own idol-smashing game?

Mar 07 07:25

Mr. Simmons' Mission: NATO Bases From Balkans To Chinese Border

In the summer of 1999 a BBC story, 'CIA ordered to topple Milosevic': US report, detailed the genesis and gestation period of Washington's new and refurbished coup design:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/387463.stm

Replete with sledgehammer-wielding toughs, rent-a-mobs attacking the parliament building, ballots in the contested election being burned by Western-controlled 'democracy advocates' and suitcases of domestic and foreign currency provided by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright smuggled in from Hungary, the 2000 Belgrade coup was the fons et origo of all subsequent 'regime change' campaigns in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, replicated in Georgia in 2003.

The scenario would be repeated in most every particular a year later in Ukraine, which readers will recall was one of Simmons' main bureaux at his new NATO post.

Mar 07 04:29

Afghanistan, the Gift that Keeps on Giving - Russia Is Top Heroin Consumer, Report Finds

The New York Times REUTERS World Briefing | Europe March 6, 2009

Moscow Russia has become the world’s biggest heroin consumer, and the flood of the drug from Afghanistan poses a threat to national security, Russia’s drug enforcement chief said Friday. “In recent years Russia has not just become massively hooked on Afghan opiates, it has also become the world’s absolute leader in the opiate trade and the number one heroin consumer,” Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service, said in a report made public on Friday.

Mar 07 02:29

Spin of the Day- Job Losses Hint at Vast Remaking of U.S. Economy - (No remaking, just more collapsing)

The New York Times Peter S Goodman - Jack Healy March 6, 2009

As government data revealed that 651,000 more jobs disappeared in February, a sense took hold that growing joblessness may reflect a wrenching restructuring of the American economy.

[...] a machine toolmaker [...] Unable to find another full-time job, he is subsisting on day labor and one-week stints for contractors. “Who’s going to put me to work?” he asked. “Where’s the work at? It’s just a great big black hole.”

Mar 06 21:06

Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta To Be Tried For International Crimes?

On the other hand by pointing its initial surge of juridical activism at the local criminality of individuals in those afflicted regions of Africa where resource cartels and their client regimes often dominate, the ICC has called attention to the West’s hypocrisy in shielding its own war lords and war profiteers in the military-industrial complex from any legal accountability for the violent acts its operatives, many of them in the so-called private sector, regularly plan, instigate, finance, arm, facilitate, commit and exploit.4 Indeed, the double standard promoted by the ICC in the choice of its targets for prosecution replicates in the international arena much of the duplicity of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Mar 06 20:46

Obama's War - Liberal interventionism in the age of Obama

Illusions die hard. Especially the ideological kind. When the illusion of Barack Obama, the peacemaker, is finally dispelled, we are going to wake up and find ourselves waist-deep in a war that will soon threaten to dwarf the disastrous invasion of Iraq, both in human and material cost.

We know this from what he has said he will do, and what he has already done. He's already announced he's sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to nearly 40,000. Not that this comes as any surprise: his entire critique of the Bushian foreign policy during the campaign was that we've been fighting the wrong war: that we had to get out of Iraq so we could occupy and pacify Afghanistan, and make a proper job of it. He advocated going into Pakistan, and outflanked the Republicans on the right.

Mar 06 13:47

Rachel Beck: Markets face 'irrational pessimism' - Including a picture of Ms Rachel.

Associated Press - Yahoo! News - Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer - Fri March 6, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard of "irrational exuberance," right? That's the expression Alan Greenspan coined more than a decade ago when he warned that investors could be bidding stock prices too high. His worry was that escalating asset values were trumping reality.

These days, the opposite seems to be the case. Call it "irrational pessimism," a fear that stock prices are headed in only one direction -- lower and lower -- because asset values and profits seem certain to fall.

[I'm from New York City! Listen to me! http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bsVe2H9nb1J4/340x.jpg ]

Mar 06 09:27

Somewhere a Wing, no Bird is Flying.

I read somewhere (wish I had saved it) that this April there’s a near exact configuration as existed at the start of one of the last World Wars and I’m getting this antsy thing and all sorts of premonitions about the period between April and June of this year. I don’t think it has anything to do with the birds on my lawn during either period or that dream I had last night which was mega powerful. I don’t think it has anything to do with my recent Jeremiads at that public toilet of a forum called The Best of the Fray. On the other hand, I don’t know.

Mar 06 08:36

Pictured: The credit crunch tent city which has returned to haunt America

A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of the American River.
Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
With America's economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California's state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed.

Mar 06 08:28

The Judeo-Russian Mafia : From the Gulag to Brooklyn to World Dominion

The very fact that the Jewish mafia (often misnamed the “Russian” mafia) was capable of completely covering its tracks, being completely left out of all news reports surrounding the incident, while the common people (in Russia) were utterly convinced of their complicity, proves the immense strength of this rather new movement of organized crime. The Jewish mafia is nothing like their Irish or Italian predecessors in its American or European operations. They are richer, more international in scope and far more violent and ruthless. They kill children. They kill policemen and their families. They kill whomever they like.

There has been nothing like it before in the history of the globe. And they are just getting started.

Mar 06 08:00

Different name, same stink

I mention this now because the group just issued a piece aimed at the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide. Or that’s what it used to be called. The company founded by Michigan native Erik Prince has changed its name to Xe (pronounced Zee).

I got a good laugh out of a cartoon accompanying the story posted on the watchdog group’s Web site. It shows three bugs around a desk in a PR firm’s office, with one of the creepy-crawlers saying, “First of all, we want our name changed from ‘cockroach’ to ‘companion beetle.’”

That pretty much captures the rationale behind the name change.

Mar 06 07:27

Chart of the Day - Metropolitan Life Insurance Over One Year

Yahoo! Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=MET

This is that Snoopy Dog company. The chart is worth a peek.

Mar 06 07:05

Wells Fargo Slashes Dividend 85% to Preserve $5 Billion a Year

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Linda Shen March 6, 2009

Wells Fargo & Co., the fourth- largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend 85 percent to save about $5 billion a year and said operating months for January and February were “strong.”

Mar 06 06:51

GE, Siemens Will Fight Obama Plan to Cut Costs of MRIs, X-Rays - Not On Our Watch!

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Alex Nussbaum March 6, 2009

General Electric Co. and Siemens AG, the biggest makers of medical imaging machines, say President Barack Obama’s plan to slash spending on the use of MRIs and X- rays threatens patients, and they’ll lobby Congress to block it.

Mar 06 06:28

Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry - But No One Ever Goes to Jail

The New York Times LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH March 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets. Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.

But somehow all this red ink did not spill into plain view until after Merrill earmarked billions for bonuses and staggered into the arms of Bank of America.

Merrill hemorrhaged $13.8 billion during the final three months of 2008 alone.

Mar 06 06:17

Calling a Spade a Spade - In Senate, Republicans Block Spending Measure

The New York Times DAVID M. HERSZENHORN March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.

Although Republicans were glad to needle the Democrats by delaying the bill, there are reasons not to scuttle it. Doing so would result in a $8.4 million budget cut for Senate Republican committees, forcing staff layoffs.

Mar 06 06:02

Anatomy of Rapacious Greed - All Boarded Up

The New York Times Alex Kotlowitz March 4, 2009

Magazine Preview - All Boarded Up

And in December, just when local officials thought things couldn’t get worse, Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, posted a record number of foreclosure filings. The number of empty houses is so staggeringly high that no one has an accurate count. The city estimates that 10,000 houses, or 1 in 13, are vacant. The county treasurer says it’s more likely 15,000. Most of the vacant houses are owned by lenders who foreclosed on the properties and by the wholesalers who are now sweeping in to pick up houses in bulk, as if they were trading in baseball cards.

Mar 06 05:01

Video - Fox peddles doomsday - why?

Beck warms against "Bubba"
It's hard to tell what evil Fox is up to now.

The "news" network was completely happy to provide daily - make that hourly - support to the first full blown American tyranny (Bush/Cheney & Co.)

Now they're devoting regular air time to spinning doomsday scenarios that involve the federal government morphing into a full blown tyranny including the military shooting at US civilians.

Mar 05 21:06

No Parking: a tree by any other name

Scientists who discovered a new species of tree standing beside a country road have named it "no parking" after a sign that was nailed to the trunk.

A team of botanists found the tree in a north Devon lay-by while working on a project in which 14 new species and hybrids across the British Isles were discovered.

It was known locally as the No Parking Tree and the nickname has stuck as it is listed in Watsonia, the scientific journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, as no parking whitebeam. The tree's Latin name is Sorbus admonitor, meaning to admonish or tell off, and it grows at Watersmeet, between the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.

Mar 05 18:40

Republicans Object to Obama Tax Hikes

HumanEvents.com Connie Hair March 4, 2009

Estimates from places like the EPA say that gas could go up $1.70 [per gallon], that electricity rates will go up as high as eighty percent as a result of this ‘tax and trade’ energy tax.

John Boehner (R-Ohio) said of the energy tax increases in the Obama budget, “If you drive a car, or you have a job, or if you have the audacity to flip on a light switch, you’re going to pay higher taxes. They call this ‘cap and trade’ because people don’t quite understand it. It’s a bit of an illusion, but let’s just call it what it is: it’s a carbon tax.

Mar 05 10:58

HAS THE REVOLUTION BEGUN?

CNN - March 5, 2009

Blast damages businesses in Montana town

The blast occurred about 8:15 a.m. MT (10:15 a.m. ET) on the town's Main Street, said Fire Chief Jason Shrauger.

Mar 05 10:07

Car bomb hits Iraq cattle market

BBC March 5, 2009

Grim scene

Cattle merchants, farmers, butchers and buyers had been gathering for one of the busiest trading days of the week when the parked car exploded at around 0900 local time (0600 GMT).

One eyewitness described a grim scene of bodies and animal carcasses strewn around the area following the blast.

Mar 05 09:40

Daughter of Orthodox rabbi tells court of father's sexual abuse

And he repeatedly tried to show that religious Jews are not that different, once even parting his jacket and exposing leggings he said are similar to those worn by George Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least he didn't blame it all on the Holocaust!

Mar 05 09:37

UPDATE 1-One in 8 US households late paying or in foreclosure

Reuters Thu Mar 5, 2009 Lynn Adler

A record 11.18 percent of loans on one-to-four unit residences were at least one payment past due or in the foreclosure process in 2008.

"In a recession like this, housing is never just about housing," said Jed Kolko [...]

Mar 05 07:56

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Mar 05 07:41

Condi Rice to face hostility at Stanford

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will be returning to Stanford University with an office at the Hoover Institution.

She will face hostility from Iraq war opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's keep it simple. Who will she NOT face hostility from?

Mar 05 07:26

HILLARY, HAMAS AND HYPOCRISY

Earlier in the week, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a ‘Two State Solution’ to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She made her statements when addressing the conference on Gaza held at the Egyptian border town of Sharma Sheikh.

Mar 05 06:07

Brown Comes To Town - Calls for Cattle Prods and Terrorism to Jolt the World Economy

The New York Times Brian Knowlton March 4, 2009

Brown Urges Bold Effort to Shape an Expansion

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain urged American leaders on Wednesday to “seize the moment,” [...]

Speaking to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Brown called for [...] cooperating closely to fight terrorism.

He has urged greater accountability and transparency, and stricter oversight, for banking and other financial institutions.

Mar 05 05:38

U.S. Bancorp Cuts Its Dividend by 88%

The New York Times Wed March 4, 2009

The dividend will be cut to 5 cents a common share, from 42.5 cents per common share.

Mar 05 05:17

Ford Seeks to Eliminate $10.4 Billion of Its Debt - They're offering 30 cents on the dollar in mostly stock.

The New York Times Bill Vlasic - Nick Bunkley March 4, 2009

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company said on Wednesday that it hoped to eliminate as much as $10.4 billion in debt by giving cash and stock [...]

Ford said it would put up $2.2 billion in cash, including $1.8 billion from its lending arm, Ford Motor Credit, and 500 million shares of stock to persuade bondholders and other creditors to accept its restructuring offer. [That's 3.135 billion in cash and shares offered for 10.4 billion in debt excluding interest]

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Mar 04 13:35

Investors Return to the Market After Heavy Selling - Lies from AP and Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance - Sara Lepro, AP Business Writer Wed March 4

Stocks move higher after 5 days of heavy selling

NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market is showing signs of life as investors find glimmers of hope for an economic turnaround.

Three stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to a light 1.1 billion shares.

Mar 04 10:38

Massachusetts treasurer proposes slot machines, privatizing lottery, and legalizing child prostitution to make ends meet

Reuters top ten news - Wed Mar 4, 2009 Svea Herbst-Bayliss

Mass. treasurer proposes slots, privatizing lottery

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill proposed privatizing the state lottery and licensing thousands of slot machines to quickly raise billions of dollars for the financially ailing state.

"If we could get this seed money, we would be the first state in the country to have a fund for this type of cost," Cahill said.

Mar 04 09:13

Obama Pulls U.S. Out of UN Conference on Racism, But Congressional Black Caucus Should Attend Anyway

When Eric Holder, the new U.S. Attorney General called the nation to account for its historic reluctance to honestly talk about race and racism, its manifestations and consequences, he could have been talking about his boss the president. By withdrawing from the UN Conference on Racism he is leading backwards, in the direction of Clinton and Bush rather than forward into the 21st century. The fact that the President of Change can't bring himself -- or us --- to an honest discussion about race says a lot for his willingness to lead on the subject.

Mar 04 06:29

Tenants Wary of Clustering of Homeless - The New Reality - Not The New Deal

The New York Times Julie Bosman March 3, 2009

Henry Perry just cannot get used to the 10 p.m. curfew notice posted since October in the Bronx apartment building where he has lived since 1963. Or the sign-in sheet, where the newer residents dutifully log comings and goings. Or the 24-hour security guard seated at a desk in the lobby.

Twenty-one of the 50 units in Mr. Perry’s five-story brick building are now occupied by homeless families as part of a Bloomberg administration program that has turned dozens of apartment buildings throughout the city, most of them in the Bronx, into de facto homeless shelters.

Mar 04 06:08

The debt economy has no shame

The New York Times David Streitfeld March 3, 2009

You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector

Dozens of specially trained agents work on the third floor of DCM Services here, calling up the dear departed’s next of kin and kindly asking if they want to settle the balance on a credit card or bank loan, or perhaps make that final utility bill or cellphone payment.

The people on the other end of the line often have no legal obligation to assume the debt of a spouse, sibling or parent. But they take responsibility for it anyway.

Mar 04 05:19

Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid

The New York Times March 2, 2009 Solomon Moore

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

As states face huge budget shortfalls, prisons, which hold 1.5 million adults, are driving the spending increases.

One in 11 African-Americans, or 9.2 percent, are under correctional control, compared with one in 27 Latinos (3.7 percent) and one in 45 whites (2.2 percent).Only one out of 89 women is behind bars or monitored, compared with one out of 18 men.

Mar 03 20:37

Scholar presaged U.S. descent to destitution

In two hours, the smooth new president, about whom Johnson pronounced himself “satisfied,” was going to address Congress. I asked Johnson what he would say if Barack Obama sought his advice.

“I'm now going to lecture you about things you refuse to know,” Johnson said, channeling the imaginary conversation.

“I'm going to lecture you about history. History tells us there's no such thing as a successful democracy and also a successful empire. You can be one or the other – but you can't be both. If you are a successful empire, it will destroy your democracy. That's essentially why Britain gave up at the end of World War II. They concluded that just after defeating the Nazis, they couldn't continue to use Nazi methods. It wasn't well done, but they preserved their democracy.”

Though dismantling the military may be political suicide, a third-rail far more electrifying than Social Security, Obama will have to face that task someday, Johnson said.

Mar 03 09:12

OBAMATOON FOR TUESDAY

Mar 03 08:05

JPMorgan Derivatives Group Earned $5 Billion in Wall Street's Worst Year - It's not honest work, but it pays well.

Bloomberg Matthew Leising and Elizabeth Hester

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- JPMorgan Chase & Co. managed to generate $5 billion in profit during the worst year in Wall Street history by trading over-the-counter fixed-income derivatives, two people with knowledge of the results said.

The unit was among the most profitable at the New York-based company, said the people, who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to divulge the figures. JPMorgan spokeswoman Kristin Lemkau declined to comment.

Mar 03 07:57

Bailout The SEC: Complete Interview of Harry Markopolos On CBS 60 Minutes. Broadcast March 1st

Key snip: It took me five minutes to know that it was a fraud. It took me another almost four hours of mathematical modeling to prove that it was a fraud. Harry Markopolos on Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

Mar 03 07:22

Logan parking costs may soar

In the same month that Logan International Airport hiked its parking rates by $1, Governor Deval Patrick is asking for another $2 parking "carbon fee" as part of his transportation overhaul filed this week.

The carbon fee, described on page 137 of Patrick's 141-page bill, would that mean a 20- or 30-minute trip to pick up a relative at Logan could cost $6 in parking alone, not including tunnel tolls, which could rise to as much as $7 if legislators fail to pass Patrick's other proposal to raise the gas tax. Three hours in a Logan garage would cost $18; all-day parking in a garage would run $26.

Mar 03 07:12

Roaches and Rats Thrive in a Depression - It's a complete collapse

The New York Times Michael Wilson March 2, 2009

Veterans in the pest control industry said that their customers, both residential and commercial, appear to be sacrificing on regular exterminations as a cost-cutting measure.

“He said, ‘It’s very simple. I don’t know if we can make the rent or the payroll,’” Mr. Agatowski recalled. “‘So in other words, you’re out. We’ll step on the bugs and kick the mice.’ The exterminating almost becomes like a luxury item.”

Mar 03 06:57

Cutting the Cable as the Economy Pinches - Something Positive in the News

The New York Times City Room - Ken Belson

For most New Yorkers, moving into a new home means calling Con Edison, Verizon and the cable company. But some younger New Yorkers are no longer paying for cable television [...]

“So many of my friends treated cable as a utility, that it wasn’t a home until it was set up,” said Nick Jackson, 24, who lives on the Lower East Side and works in publishing. “I basically chose Internet over the cable.”

Mar 03 06:48

Prosecutors Fight Release of Spitzer Records - Huh? What are they up to?

The New York Times March 2, 2009 William K. Rashbaum

Prosecutors of the prostitution case that exposed Eliot Spitzer as a client are appealing a court order directing them to unseal records that may shed light on the origins of the investigation.

The prosecutors, from the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, filed a notice in court on Monday saying that they would appeal Judge Rakoff’s ruling to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, a decision that was made by senior Justice Department officials in Washington.

Mar 02 20:25

Preaching to the Choir

Mar 02 19:47

$150 Billion Here, $30 Billion There, & Pretty Soon...

This is what happens when you run a really, really big scam, as opposed to a small-time con like an illegal shell game on a city street. In the latter case, cops and prosecutors will hound you, and rightly so. In the former, Washington will simply throw obscene amounts of money at you without even blinking.

Mar 02 18:23

$700 million eyed for toll projects

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This means taxpayer-paid for roads will be taxed again.

And this isn't happening only in Texas; it's happening nationally.

Mar 02 18:10

Family Sues Charity Over Suicide, Donation

A family claims a Denver-area charity did nothing to prevent a suicide so that it could hold onto a $100,000 donation. The claim is contained in a lawsuit against Laradon Hall, a mental health facility for developmentally disabled children and adults.

Mar 02 18:03

Holder's Much Touted Speech on Race Lets White People Off the Hook

It was all too predictable that Attorney General Eric Holder would be attacked for his recent remarks about race in America. To suggest that the nation is still haunted by the specter of racism is unacceptable it seems, especially since, with the election of President Barack Obama, we have ostensibly entered the "post-racial" era.

But in truth, the nation's chief law enforcement officer deserves criticism more for what he didn't say than for what he did

Mar 02 16:44

Rod Blagojevich gets a book deal

Los Angeles Times Monique Garcia March 2, 2009

The former Illinois governor will focus on the process of picking Barack Obama's Senate successor and expose the 'dark side of politics' that he witnessed, a news release says.

Blagojevich's publicity agent, Glenn Selig, said the deal was with an independent publisher, Phoenix Books, and was worth six figures. The news release said Blagojevich will expose the "dark side of politics" that he witnessed as a former congressman and governor.

Mar 02 15:32

4 Tons of Fertilizer Stolen From Store

At least four tons of fertilizer was stolen over the weekend in Frederick, city police said. No motive had been determined.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a clue: It's planting season during hard economic times.

(Danged city fellas!!!)

Mar 02 15:09

Letter to the Neighborhood

Dear Neighbor,

I imagine that your 401(k), your house value, and your portfolio are all getting hammered.

Mine are too.

I imagine that you are furious at the government and banks for getting us into this mess.

I am also.

But the question is: what can we do about it?

Mar 02 13:37

Chavez sends army to rice plants

BBC News March 1, 2009

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered the army to take control of all rice processing plants in the country.

Major rice processors in the country include the US-owned giant Cargill and Venezuela's main food company, Polar.

"I will expropriate them, I have no problem with that, and I'll pay them with bonds. Don't count on me paying with hard cash," he said, without mentioning any companies by name.

Mar 02 12:55

This chart RIGHT NOW shows the pathetic volume in the DOW.

The collapse is nearing capitulation.

Soon enough, there will be no buyers at any price.

Mar 02 07:49

Airlines, plane maker sued over crash near Buffalo

Relatives of a passenger killed when a commuter plane crashed into a house outside Buffalo have sued Continental Airlines and the flight's operators, claiming the aircraft had inadequate deicing equipment and an improperly trained crew

Mar 02 06:04

Starvation and Strife Menace Torn Kenya

The New York Times JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Feb 28, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after this country exploded in ethnic bloodshed, trouble is brewing here again.

Ten million people face starvation, partly because farmers in crucial food-producing areas who fled their homes last year have not returned, instead withdrawing deeper into their ethnic enclaves, deeper into fear.

President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, has become a savior to many people here, in part because Kenyans say their own leaders have been such a disappointment.

Mar 02 05:52

Ukraine Teeters as Citizens Blame Banks and Government - A Common Theme!

The New York Times CLIFFORD J. LEVY March 1, 2009

KIEV, Ukraine — Steel and chemical factories, once the muscle of Ukraine’s economy, are dismissing thousands of workers. Cities have had days without heat or water because they cannot pay their bills, and Kiev’s subway service is being threatened. Lines are sprouting at banks, the currency is wilting and even a government default seems possible.

The sign held by Vasily Kirilyuk, an unemployed plumber camped out with other antigovernment demonstrators here in the past week, summed up the pervasive frustration: “Get rid of them all,” it said.

Mar 02 04:45

How a Man Was Thrown into Gitmo and Tortured for Clicking on My Article

A British 'resident' held at Guantanamo Bay was identified as a terrorist after confessing he had visited a 'joke' website on how to build a nuclear weapon, it was revealed last night.

Binyam Mohamed, a former UK asylum seeker, admitted to having read the 'instructions' after allegedly being beaten, hung up by his wrists for a week and having a gun held to his head in a Pakistani jail.

Mar 01 20:29

Taxpayers Clearing House Prize Patrol

They present invoices to taxpayers for their portion of the bailout. See the parts where they throw fiat paper at Geithner and ask Olympia Snowe to sign the check to Amtrak.

Mar 01 18:19

FLASHBACK - Ryanair's Eurostar claim banned

Ryanair has been banned from claiming its flight from London to Brussels is faster and cheaper than making the journey by Eurostar.

Mar 01 18:18

FLASHBACK - Ryanair to appeal over wheelchair

Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has spoken out strongly against a court judgement that has ordered his airline to provide free wheelchairs.

Mar 01 18:16

FLASHBACK - Ryanair: £30 charge if you can't fit duty free in your hand luggage

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a lesson here. If you piss off the bloggers, we will fight back!

Mar 01 18:15

FLASHBACK - Ryanair left me to carry my disabled wife onto plane, claims holidaymaker

A husband had to carry his disabled wife onto a Ryanair flight after staff refused to help – because of health and safety rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this any way to run an airline?

Mar 01 14:21

CFR Professor Reveals Plot for Military Coup in 2012

During the FIU New World Order Summit, a professor at the school named Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg raised the concern during a panel session about the possibility of a military coup taking place in the United States by the year 2012. This was not theorizing, he was simply citing a study that took place at the Army War College.

Mar 01 10:05

The Snake Dancing Broadcasting Mind Control.

We’re told that certain people are our enemies but our real enemies are the people telling us this. We’re told that certain things are bad for us but these things aren’t even as bad as the things they tell us we can have and which they make and sell to us so that we can hear the lies better and to put us in the mood to agree with the lies which cause us to injure ourselves and each other. The people who tell us these lies all went to school together and they learned to speak a certain language so that they can say things to each other that we won’t understand. While they were in their special schools they had their humanity removed so that they could do things that no human being would even consider because they have no conscience to inhibit their behavior.

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