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Feb 04 13:19

(Video) How to file a war crime report at your local police station.

A short film about Chris Coverdale from MakeWarsHistory reporting war crimes to the police. Please visit http://www.makewarshistory.org.uk for more information about the Laws of War and how you can report war criminals at your local police station.
Produced and Directed by Dean Puckett
http://www.deaddeanfilms.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB-KaIBDNJw

Feb 04 12:30

Chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was Blown Up by a Bomb in his Lexus Today

CNN News | Wed- Feb 4, 2009

Police: Doctor injured when bomb erupts in Lexus

The chairman of the Arkansas Medical Board was critically injured Wednesday when a bomb placed on his Lexus hybrid SUV exploded at his West Memphis, Arkansas, home, police said.

The FBI is assisting local authorities in their investigation, spokesman Jason Pack said.

Feb 04 09:52

A VERY VERY GOOD COMPARISON

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Sent in by a reader

Feb 04 09:13

What Michael Phelps Should Have Said

Dear America,

I take it back. I don’t apologize.

Because you know what? It’s none of your goddamned business.

Feb 04 09:03

New Hampshire talks Civil War against feds!

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step today by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a "breach of peace" with the states themselves that risks "nullifying the Constitution."

Feb 04 06:39

Counterfeit Tough: U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients (But WE pay their stock dividends!)

New York Times Online | EDMUND L. ANDREWS and VIKAS BAJAJ | Tue- February 3, 2009

U.S. Plans to Curb Executive Pay for Bailout Recipients

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is expected to impose a cap of $500,000 for top executives at companies that receive large amounts of bailout money, according to people familiar with the plan.

Executives would also be prohibited from receiving any bonuses above their base pay, except for normal stock dividends.

Feb 04 06:16

Sewage could be used to heat half the homes in Britain

Up to half the UK's homes could be heated with gas made from waste food or sewage, according to research by the National Grid.

Feb 04 06:16

Sewage could be used to heat half the homes in Britain

Up to half the UK's homes could be heated with gas made from waste food or sewage, according to research by the National Grid.

Feb 04 04:26

Kyrgyzstan to shut key NATO base

The President of Kyrgyzstan has announced that the US military will have to leave the Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The facility is central to NATO operations in Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz government said the US wasn't prepared to pay an appropriate fee to use the base.

Feb 03 20:35

Congressman Dennis Kucinch - Bank bailouts are an unprecedented fraud

We shouldn’t be approving any more of these TARPS. We should force this economic system to come to terms with their speculative practices. With their misspending. With their bad investments.” Kucinich continues, “This is a fraud that’s being perpetrated on the American taxpayer on a scale that is unprecedented in the history of our country.”

Feb 03 18:59

Dumpo (otherwise known as Smelly the Elephant)

ELEPHANTS never forget — so this poor youngster will be traumatised for life.

The baby discovered the hard way that following at mum’s heels too closely can be hazardous, and stinky, when she got dumped on quite literally.

The snap was taken by French photographer Brigitte Marcon in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.

She said: “It happens all the time — because elephants don’t have rear-view mirrors.”

Feb 03 17:26

Judges Bribed by Private Contractor to Sentence More Kids to Juvie Detention

First, the judges helped the detention centers land a county contract worth $58 million. Then their alleged scheme was to guarantee the operators a steady income by detaining juveniles, often on petty stuff.

Feb 03 14:04

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6

A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.

Feb 03 13:24

Women say S.A. mall cops arrested them for kissing

Danielle Pardue, the mall's marketing director, denies the women's claims of discrimination and said security officers would evict anyone found kissing in the mall, regardless of sexual orientation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, that would certainly keep me and my wife out of that mall! We do that smooch thing all the time!

Feb 03 13:16

which side are YOU on?

Feb 03 10:40

Morgan Freeman on Race and Black History Month

Oscar winning actor, Morgan Freeman, speaks out on Black History Month and how to end racism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One does not end racism by being racist.

Feb 03 10:34

LSD as Therapy? Write about It, Get Barred from US

The Blaine border guard explained that Feldmar had been pulled out of the line as part of a random search. He seemed friendly, even as he took away Feldmar's passport and car keys. While the contents of his car were being searched, Feldmar and the officer talked. He asked Feldmar what profession he was in.

When Feldmar said he was psychologist, the official typed his name into his Internet search engine. Before long the customs guard was engrossed in an article Feldmar had published in the spring 2001 issue of the journal Janus Head. The article concerned an acid trip Feldmar had taken in London, Ontario, and another in London, England, almost forty years ago. It also alluded to the fact that he had used hallucinogenics as a "path" to understanding self and that in certain cases, he reflected, it could "be preferable to psychiatry." Everything seemed to collapse around him, as a quiet day crossing the border began to turn into a nightmare.

Feb 03 10:27

Homo rapiens be damned: Savagery is not programmed into our DNA

Certainly there is no dearth of evidence supporting the fact that the human evolutionary path has veered into a deadly and destructive cul-de-sac. Homo rapiens have succeeded Homo sapiens in humanity’s evolutionary development. How long can we sustain, or better yet, how long will the Earth allow us to sustain a “civilization” that is premised on violence, greed, over-consumption, endless growth, “success” and pleasure attained at the expense of the suffering of other sentient beings, narcissism, ego fulfillment, and a host of other nauseating grotesqueries? It doesn’t take much contemplation of the human race to leave one yearning for the companionship of Moreau’s Beast Folk.

Feb 03 10:06

Record 19 Million U.S. Homes Stood Vacant in 2008

Kathleen M. Howley | Bloomberg.com | Tue- Feb 3, 2009

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A record 19 million U.S. houses stood empty at the end of 2008 as banks seized homes faster than they could sell them and prices continued to fall.

Vacant homes in the fourth quarter increased by 6.7 percent from the same period a year ago, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a report today. The vacancy rate, the share of empty homes for sale, rose to 2.9 percent in the quarter, the most in data that goes back to 1956.

Feb 03 09:35

And now for some chart music..

Melodies derived from Stock Charts, arranged with Songsmith, the Microsoft Composition Tool.

Feb 03 08:36

Walking Away from the Smorgasbord Table into a Finer Land.

It shouldn’t come as a big surprise what this has brought us to. Of course we made sure to put everyone who wasn’t part of the ‘in crowd’ into prison for going into business on their own when it should have been obvious that the drug business was a government operation so… a whole lot of people went to jail.

This monster of unbridled greed finally eats itself I suppose. We’re seeing it happen now. The band keeps playing and the MSM has all these Jon Benet Ramsey/Super Bowl distractathons going on… Obama’s got his Blackberry. Nero probably still has his fiddle and a deep unrest is percolating through the hearts and minds of the great unwashed.

Feb 03 07:05

Population: The elephant in the room

BBC Science News | VIEWPOINT | John Feeney | Tue- Feb 2, 2009

Uncontrolled population growth threatens to undermine efforts to save the planet, warns John Feeney. In this week's Green Room, he calls on the environmental movement to stop running scared of this controversial topic.

Feb 02 23:09

Local authorites not involved in SWAT shooting

Spokesmen for the Las Cruces Police Department and Doña Ana Sheriff's Department have confirmed that neither agency was responsible for the death of a man involved in a SWAT standoff Friday in La Luz, 10 miles northeast of Alamogordo.

Both agencies were called to assist in the incident.

Posted on the comments page from LivingLies Weblog
miguel and Inga Gutierrez // January 19, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Feb 02 20:26

Humana: Higher prices for elderly customers will help it meet its 2009 profit forecast

Humana Inc., the second-biggest provider of U.S.-funded health insurance, beat analysts’ estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and said higher prices for elderly customers will help it meet its 2009 profit forecast.

Feb 02 15:33

California will stop sending checks and start issuing IOU’s

Greenwich Diva | Mon- February 2nd, 2009 | Claudette Rothman

— The State of California will consider issuing IOUs rather than writing checks that are almost guaranteed to bounce. California’s $42 billion budget stalemate is forcing the state controller to put off paying some bills for 30 days, like income tax refunds and college grants.

California is not yet issuing IOUs, but that could become necessary in March or April.

Right now there is simply not enough money to pay all the bills. They are electing not to pay the bills they do not have to, at least for the month of February.

Feb 02 14:24

Depression Chic

So when Shaffer sat down to write his cards, he scoured for a theme that was right for the times-memorable, romantic yet realistic.

He found it all in the Depression.

Feb 02 05:40

Police: Gunmen Kidnap American in Pakistan

Police: Gunmen kidnap American UN official in southwestern Pakistan, kill his driver

Gunmen kidnapped an American U.N. worker and killed his driver in southwestern Pakistan on Monday, underscoring the security threat in a country wracked by al-Qaida violence and rising criminality.

Feb 02 04:36

Putin to the West: Take Your Medicine

Putin likened the economic crisis the world is facing to "the perfect storm, which denotes a situation when nature's forces converge in one point of the ocean and increase their destructive potential many times over." This is very similar to the apocalyptic tone not only of Rep. Paul, but of gold bugs and libertarians outside the Beltway: save your candles, the dark ages are coming!

Yet our leaders were unprepared: in spite of strong indications that the crisis was breaking over our heads, only a prescient minority realized that our chickens were coming home to roost, while the "majority strove to get their share of the pie, be it one dollar or a billion, and did not want to notice the rising wave." As the Remnant looked on, Western elites were oblivious to their onrushing doom:

Feb 01 22:14

US 'made things worse'

"US policy on Somalia has been particularly unhelpful, treating Somalia's complex realities as a theatre in the 'war on terror' while turning a blind eye to rampant abuses by the Ethiopian and transitional government forces," HRW said in the letter that was handed to reporters at an AU summit on Sunday.

Feb 01 18:10

Robber gets effluent, by mistake

A hapless thief drilled his way into a French bank at the weekend, but missed the safe and instead found himself in a lavatory where he was promptly arrested, a French newspaper reported on Sunday.

The 21-year-old broke into a building adjoining a branch of Banque Populaire in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille in the early hours of Saturday morning, La Provence newspaper said.

The paper said the man, who came from Belgium and was not named, thought that he was going to end up in a room housing safe deposit boxes but instead drilled into the lavatories.

Alarms were triggered when he broke through the wall and police caught the man when they arrived on the scene.

Feb 01 17:15

Go to M & S and support the Zionist cause on February 14th whilst the IDF visit Teheran with their gifts

Feb 01 13:22

Sign of the Times: A Citizens Guide to Dumpster Diving

My partner and I don't have enough money to eat well and neither do our friends. But we have a little secret I'd like to share with you--on one condition--you have to share the food you find with others and also use good judgment.

Feb 01 09:36

BELLAMY/DUCHAMP: World is getting colder

As President Obama takes office, and as the European Union is about to waste one trillion euros to de-carbonize the economy (in a bid to stop nonexistent man-made global warming) they would be well-advised to perform a reality check on what's currently happening to the climate. Talking to independent scientists about the positive properties of CO2 (plant food that enhances crops) would also be a good idea.

If they don't, we may be in for mass starvation. And let's not forget that the world population is increasing by about 78 million every year.

Feb 01 09:32

Scientist see holes in glacier at Alaska volcano

Geologists monitoring Mount Redoubt for signs of a possible eruption noticed that a hole in the glacier clinging to the north side of the volcano had doubled in size overnight — and now spans the length of two football fields.

Scientists with the Alaska Volcano Observatory on Friday flew close to Drift Glacier and spotted vigorous steam emitted from a hole on the mountain. By Saturday, they had confirmed the area was a fumarole, an opening in the earth that emits gases and steam, that was increasing in size at an alarming rate.

They also saw water streaming down the glacier, indicating heat from magma is reaching higher elevations of the mountain.

Feb 01 09:20

School can expel lesbian students, court rules

An appeals panel finds California Lutheran High School in Riverside County is not a business and therefore doesn't have to comply with a state law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Jan 31 05:09

House Set to Vote Again on Analog Shutdown Delay

Congress is going to take another crack at delaying the analog TV shutdown by four months.

Jan 30 18:55

'Magic' goat arrested for armed robbery

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

"They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat.

Jan 30 17:20

Rubashkin Wants Trial Moved

Former Agriprocessors top executive Sholom Rubashkin wants his federal trial moved out of state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I hear Jerusalem is nice this time of year!"

Jan 30 14:29

Scam artists take advantage of stimulus uncertainty

Taxpayers are warned to be on the lookout for an e-mail scam that claims the Internal Revenue Service has a stimulus payment to send. One e-mail that's making the rounds on the Internet carries a duplicate of the IRS logo, apparently lifted from the agency's Web site, and claims the recipient is eligible for a stimulus payment that awards a federal tax rebate check.

The e-mail, a retread of a scam launched last year, asks for the recipient's Social Security number and debit card information. The intent is simply identity theft, said Luis Garcia, a Michigan spokesman for the IRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And if anyone is gonna steal from you, it's gonna be US!" :)

Jan 30 13:57

Blackmailing Obama | Financial Collapse is the Threat

Fri- Jan 30, 2009 | Bloomberg.com | Robert Schmidt

Treasury Needs to Better Explain TARP Plan, GAO Report Says

The U.S. Treasury must do more to explain its strategy for the $700 billion bailout of financial markets, a congressional watchdog said.

The audit found that the Treasury had spent $293.7 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program as of Jan. 23, with most of the funds going to buy stakes in 317 lenders.

“The lack of a clearly articulated vision has complicated Treasury’s ability to effectively communicate to Congress, the financial markets and the public on the benefits of TARP,” the GAO said. rschmidt5@bloomberg.net

Jan 30 12:40

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

There is something seriously awry here with this man. He has beeen lableled as gifted and a person who has no peer, so it can't be for lack of intellect. It can only be from Chomsky willfully aveering from what is as plain as the nose on his face: 911 was an inside job; and I for one am now labelling him for what his is: Agent. But an agent for whom?

Hey, Noam. 911 was an inside job.

Jan 30 09:53

Hide! They are "Helping" Again!

Being in the U.S. myself, I can't watch Voice of America news. You see, VOA is official Washington propaganda directed to the outside world, so it can't be shown to Americans. Might interfere with all the brainwashing done by PBS, CNN, Fox and so on, somehow, I guess.

Jan 30 09:29

Weapons Cache Found Near Home Of Former N.J. Cop

Troopers were called to the home of Brian Hinkle on Rosemont Avenue in Franklin Township after reports he was in possession of property stolen from an area home sometime last week. Hinkel served as a police officer in the 1980's.

Jan 30 08:39

Do we really want to be like 1930s Germany, lulled into obliviousness and denial?

Still, there may be a nugget of something to ponder in a statement he made attempting to explain things at the Vatican. In a statement to the weekly pilgrimage audience in the Vatican, in which he attempted to make amends to the Jewish population of the earth, he said: “May the Shoah be a warning to everyone against oblivion, denials or reductionism.” (Shoah is Hebrew for Holocaust.) Those three activities—obliviousness, denial and reductionism—might well account for the egregious harm done to this nation by the Bush administration.

Jan 30 00:11

Taip Erdogan-Turkey PM storms off in Gaza row

The prime minister of turkey talking about war on gazza
taip erdogan

Jan 29 18:51

Deadly snow, ice storm hammers U.S. from Texas to Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States yesterday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.

Freezing rain at the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.

At least 20 deaths were reported.

The northern side of the snow dumped as much as 30 centimetres of snow in some areas of Ohio and the east coast.

Jan 29 18:51

Deadly snow, ice storm hammers U.S. from Texas to Pennsylvania

Hundreds of thousands of people were left shivering in the dark after a massive ice and snow storm cut a swath across the United States yesterday, knocking down power lines, snarling traffic, grounding flights and forcing schools to close.

Freezing rain at the southern end of the storm covered trees and bridges with brilliant ice crystals but made roads incredibly slick and dangerous from Texas to Pennsylvania.

At least 20 deaths were reported.

The northern side of the snow dumped as much as 30 centimetres of snow in some areas of Ohio and the east coast.

Jan 29 15:22

FLASHBACK - The Fear Factory

The FBI now has more than 100 task forces devoted exclusively to fighting terrorism. But is the government manufacturing ghosts?

Jan 29 10:03

Thousands may face frigid, lightless nights ahead

More than a million homes and businesses left in the cold without power Thursday in the wake of an icy winter storm could face a lengthy wait for electricity to come back, even as federal help was promised to two states hit hardest by the blast.

Jan 29 09:42

Frozen in indifference: Life goes on around body found in vacant Detroit warehouse

This city has not always been a gentle place, but a series of events over the past few, frigid days causes one to wonder how cold the collective heart has grown.

It starts with a phone call made by a man who said his friend found a dead body in the elevator shaft of an abandoned building on the city's west side.

Jan 29 09:15

Have we all BIN conned? Recycling's the new state religion but once again it's been exposed as a sham

Mr Jones suggests that 'the global warming impact of putting material through an incinerator five miles down the road is actually less than recycling it 3,000 miles away'. In other words, fewer greenhouse gases are produced if you burn rubbish locally than if you sort it and send it halfway round the world.

It also transpires that, as a result of the collapse in the market value of recyclable waste owing to the global recession, many waste disposal firms are having to stockpile paper, metals and plastics in vast warehouses because they are unable to sell them on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In my previous domicile, we had those recycling bins for cans, glass, paper, glossy paper, plastic, and the bin for whatever did not go into the others.

Then one day I happened to see the trash removal service come by, and they simply dumped all the bin contents into the trash truck, mixing it all back up.

I stopped the truck driver and inquired what was going on, and he reported that the recycling center set up (at public expense) to handle all this sorted detritus had gone bust, because it costs more to recycle some materials than to manufacture from scratch. But the law requiring trash to be separated had never been repealed, so we mere taxpayers wasted hours of time putting cans and bottles into the correct slots, only to have the trash company mix it all back together and dump it in a landfill.

Jan 29 07:19

College student wins free-speech spat ... but what about next one?

News comes via the Electronic Frontier Foundation that Michigan State University has dropped disciplinary action against a student who had been accused of spamming and network abuse because she sent e-mail about a controversial campus matter to 391 faculty members.

Jan 29 00:16

Putin speaks out at Davos' opening

The keynote speech by Russian PM Vladimir Putin at the opening ceremony of Davos World Economic Forum.

Jan 29 00:03

Obama's first interview as president (Al-Arabiya TV exclusive)

Hisham Melhem (our bureau chief here in the DC office) conducted this exclusive interview with president Barack Obama.

Jan 28 16:32

Former Agriprocessors CEO Faces 99 New Indictments

A federal grand jury in Cedar Rapids has handed down 99 more indictments against the former CEO and other managers of the Agriprocessors' meatpacking plant in Postville.

Sholom Rubashkin is already in jail in northeast Iowa for earlier indictments. The new indictments involve harboring illegal aliens, money laundering, conspiracy, identity theft and bank fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the guy that just got out of jail on bail, despite being a flight risk.

And Bernie Madoff still sits at home in his mansion.

We seem to have a two layered legal system. Jail for us and special treatment for the "special" people.

Jan 28 16:30

JUST IN: Rubashkin Posts Bail, Freed from Jail

The former head of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville is out of jail.

Sholom Rubashkin posted bail a day after a judge set it at $500,000 dollars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder what the Las Vegas odds are that Rubashkin suddenly teleports to Israel?

Jan 28 15:12

Bomb Threat Evacuates Bremerton Ferry, Terminal

BREMERTON, Wash. -- A bomb threat evacuated the ferry Hyak and the Bremerton terminal, the Washington State Patrol said.

Jan 28 14:04

CIA station chief accused of rape

The CIA's station chief at its sensitive post in Algeria is under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly raping at least two Muslim women who claim he laced their drinks with a knock-out drug, U.S. law enforcement sources tell ABC News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sort of thought women just threw themselves at the spies! At least, that is how it works in the James Bond movies!

Jan 28 13:25

Ice storm cuts power to 1 million

The storm has been blamed for at least 23 deaths and a glaze of ice and snow that caused widespread power failures from the Southern Plains to the East Coast. Authorities said it could be a week before some communities have electricity again.

Jan 28 12:30

Obama plays hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil on Bush crimes

Obama would prefer that America not lament over past events but to look forward instead.

Jan 28 12:26

The Revolution in Mexico has began

Mexico´s Drugs, Violence and corruption and all of its related ramifications will bring the country down through revolution by its people.

Jan 28 10:20

Employer that fired husband and wife at same time tries to cover their gluteous by smearing the dead victims.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center West Los Angeles released a statement confirming Lupoe and his wife were fired as medical technicians more than a week ago. The hospital said the firings followed an internal investigation but would not specify why they lost their jobs.

The letter indicated that Lupoe and his wife — both 40 — had been investigated for misrepresenting their employment to an outside agency to obtain childcare. He claimed that an administrator told the couple on Dec. 23: "You should not even had bothered to come to work today you should have blown your brains out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note also the mention that this is the FIFTH such murder-suicide in Southern California linked to the economy.

Jan 28 10:01

Abolish the SEC

Thank the lord we graciously and willingly give so much of our tax money to the SEC. So they can ignore 10 years of warnings with respect to Madoff. Seriously...how much worse would it be without them?

Jan 28 08:54

Marijuana Grandmother Gets Statewide Support

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bush and Rumsfeld get a pass on war crimes, but by golly we'll whup the hell out of Grannie and her happy grass!

Jan 28 07:53

Residents terrified as fires ravage Pa. town

Residents of a distressed steel town near Philadelphia are increasingly terrified amid a rash of suspicious fires, including a weekend blaze that tore through 15 row homes and a deadly December arson.

Nearly 30 suspected arsons have been reported since January 2008, half of them this month alone. Arrests have been made in a few of the cases, only to have the blazes—and the fears—escalate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone cashing in their insurance?

Jan 27 15:40

Stanford Law Grad-Call Girl Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Stanford Law Grad Cristina Schultz (now Cristina Warthen after her marriage to David Warthen, co-founder of the online search engine Ask Jeeves, now known as Ask.com), who was indicted in California federal district court for failing to pay taxes on $133,717 she earned as a prostitute in 2003.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, filed in federal court in San Jose, Cristina Warthen agreed to pay $313,000 to the government to cover taxes on the earnings she made as a prostitute who went by the name of "Brazil.'' As part of the plea bargain, Warthen would not be sent to federal prison, but instead would serve one year of home detention and three years of probation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense!

Jan 27 13:00

Another manager at Iowa kosher slaughterhouse charged with violations of child labor laws

Jan 27 09:46

Jewish Leaders Boycott German Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

Germany has remembered the victims of National Socialism with a variety of events. But the country's Jewish leaders chose to skip the main government ceremony on Tuesday in protest for what they say is lack of respect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paging Rodney Dangerfield...

Jan 27 09:28

Cops Thought 14-year-old was a Cop

When a 14-year-old boy walked into a Chicago police department, the cops assigned him to patrol duty. After five hours of riding around town with another officer, the police finally figured out that the 14-year-old wasn't a cop. Brilliant!

Source

Jan 27 09:24

Waco sect leader's mother killed

The mother of the notorious Waco sect leader David Koresh has been found stabbed to death at the house of a sister in Texas, police say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about Waco HERE

Jan 27 08:39

Vladimir Putin talks to Bloomberg


Financial crises, the recent gas dispute with Ukraine and his love of chocolate these are some of the issues Prime Minister Vladimir Putin touched upon in an interview with American news agency Bloomberg.

Jan 26 15:31

New video could implicate two additional BART officers

A new cellphone video shows another BART officer punching Grant just before he was shot by BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, who was arrested on murder charges nearly two weeks ago.

The grainy video raises new questions about what role BART officers played in escalating the scene, which began when Grant was pulled off a San Fransisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority train on New Year's Day. Six days letter, protests turned to riots in Oakland, Ca.

Jan 26 12:34

Credit is Contracting

Lending at many of the nation's largest banks fell in recent months, even after they received $148 billion in taxpayer capital that was intended to help the economy by making loans more readily available.

Ten of the 13 big beneficiaries of the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, saw their outstanding loan balances decline by a total of about $46 billion, or 1.4%, between the third and fourth quarters of 2008, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of banks that recently announced their quarterly results.

Those 13 banks have collected the lion's share of the roughly $200 billion the government has doled out since TARP was launched last October to stabilize financial institutions.

so where has the money gone?
see here for explanation.

Jan 26 10:57

Iceland government collapses amid crisis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Obama already turning out to be little more than the illegitimate offspring of Bill Clinton and George Bush, we need some of that sort of thing around here!

Jan 26 10:24

JUST PLANE DESPICABLE

Beleaguered Citigroup is upgrading its mile-high club with a brand-new $50 million corporate jet - only this time, it's the taxpayers who are getting screwed.

Even though the bank's stock is as cheap as a gallon of gas and it's burning through a $45 billion taxpayer-funded rescue, the airhead execs pushed through the purchase of a new Dassault Falcon 7X, according to a source familiar with the deal.

Jan 26 09:42

Meat to be removed from hospital menus in bid to cut carbon emissions

Patients could be forced to go without meat in hospitals under new NHS plans to cut carbon emissions.

The plan to offer patients meat-free menus is part of a major new strategy to be announced tomorrow.

According to some experts, eating meat contributes towards global warming because of the chemicals sprayed on feed crops and the methane emitted by cattle and sheep.

Jan 26 09:04

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)

Growing stocks of unsold cars around the world (13 pictures)

Jan 26 06:33

Stars vow to shun BBC for refusing to broadcast Gaza appeal

BBC stars today turned on the Corporation’s bosses for refusing to broadcast an emergency appeal for aid in Gaza.

Jan 26 02:45

Where should the elephants go?

BBC News Viewpoint VIEWPOINT | Amirtharaj Christy Williams | Wed- Jan 14, 2009

There are no winners when elephants and humans compete for the same resources, says Christy Williams.

Jan 25 19:04

FLASHBACK - HOLOCAUST MAN FREED

A holocaust survivor jailed for his part in a £6.9million money laundering scam was yesterday freed as "an act of mercy".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh come ON, now; This is just getting plain silly when waving the holocaust around gets you a get-out-of-jail-free card!

Jan 25 15:59

McCain Team Sells Second Hand, Unwiped Blackberrys

In one of the striking instance of negligence, members of John McCain’s now-inoperative presidential campaign have been found selling off technical assets, including laptops and mobile handsets, used during the campaign without wiping out the content stored on the devices.

A Fox 5 News reporter had managed to purchase two Blackberry handsets in a “gone out of business sale” for as low as $20 per piece, with the devices reportedly contained some crucial contact details of key donors, lobbyists, and major advisors related with the campaign.

Jan 25 15:53

Zsa Zsa Gabor Victim of Bernard Madoff Scheme “Facing Financial Ruin”

Wed- Jan 21, 2009 | PopCrunch | Castina

“We’re mad as hell. We want our money back. We might be forced to sell our Bel Air home, cars, artwork and even our jewellery because of this sick man,” Zsa Zsa’s ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, laments in Thursday’s edition of The National Enquirer.

“This scam artist should be dragged through the streets and flogged,” he adds.

Jan 25 14:03

Four pathologists back death row inmate's innocence claim

Four forensic pathologists agree that Larry Swearingen, set to be executed Tuesday, could not have committed the 1998 murder that sent him to death row.

The four include the medical examiner whose testimony helped secure Swearingen's guilty verdict.

Jan 25 12:33

UAE mountain covered in rare snow

A blanket of snow has covered a mountain in a part of the United Arab Emirates, a rare phenomenon for the desert Gulf country, according to local media report.

Al-Jees mountain, 5,700 feet (1,737 metres) above sea level and 25 kilometres (15 miles) northeast of Ras al-Khaimah city, was covered in 20 centimetres (eight inches) of snow, the state news agency WAM said.

"Although limited snowfall was recorded on the mountain some years back, for the first time the peak of the mountain was fully covered in snow," it said.

Jan 25 12:00

Six O.C. men charged in $52-million investment scam

Vander Tuig, 50, of Rancho Santa Margarita, and Carman, 45, of Laguna Hills, were arrested Thursday along with two other defendants in the case. They were being held in Orange County jail with bail set at $52 million each for Vander Tuig and Carman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why can't we get all four names?

Jan 25 11:59

BBC Zionist management.Marcus AgiusSenior Independent Director

Marcus Agius Senior Independent Director

Agius has been a non-executive Director of Barclays since 1 September 2006, and succeeded Matthew Barrett as Chairman from 1 January 2007. He was previously chairman of the London branch of investment bank Lazard and non-executive chairman of BAA Limited.

Born into a Jewish family, Agius is married to Katherine (born 1949), daughter of Edmund de Rothschild of the Rothschild banking family of England, with two children, and has a close involvement with the Rothschild family estate, Exbury Gardens in Hampshire.

Jan 24 22:09

Playmobil Security Check Point

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Check out the customer comments!

Jan 24 20:12

Cops: FBI investigating Oakland police commander

The FBI has opened an investigation into an undisclosed incident from 2000 involving an Oakland Police Department commander, a department spokesman said Friday.

Jan 24 17:58

Why women should feel good naked

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... because you won't be able to afford any new clothes for the next 5 years!

Jan 24 16:26

Now is the PERFECT Time to Prosecute Bush and Cheney

Quite a few people think that - now that they are out of office - it is too late to try Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales and the rest of the boys for their crimes.

Even those who support prosecutions think it probably won't happen. For example, Dave Lindorff wrote today:

Jan 24 13:02

At least 40 al-Qaeda killed by Black Death Plague

The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.

The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.

Jan 24 12:37

Blagojevich stole no horse!

Newsday.com | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Sat- Jan 24, 2009

Gov. Blagojevich says he's battling 'the system'

Jan 24 09:47

The Macroprosopus and the Spinal Meningitis.

The people of this world and this body have to stop contributing to the conditions of their own suffering and confusion. They have to stop participating and maybe they even need to pretend to be assisting while they are in fact working undercover just like the units with the false cell markers.

Jan 24 07:57

A good week to bury bad news

Jan 24 07:48

A good week to bury bad news

Jan 23 21:43

Trampled Wal-Mart worker saved pregnant woman

Woman says Wal-Mart worker saved her
January 23, 2009

A pregnant woman who was knocked to the ground and stepped on repeatedly by stampeding Wal-Mart shoppers says she owes her life to a store employee.

Jan 23 21:10

Raw Story: Pentagon's terror 'recidivism' claims blasted as 'propaganda'

Ever wonder how many of President Bush's terror war detainees were released, only to "return to the fight"?

"Their numbers have changed from 20, to 12, to seven, to more than five, to two, to a couple, to a few, 25, 29, 12, and then 24," quoted Keith Olbermann on Thursday's edition of Countdown.

Jan 23 19:52

Call Out by Seneca, Keepers of the Western Door

The Seneca People are inviting all our brothers, sisters, friends, allies and supporters to join us in Cattaraugus. The gathering will feature food, music, speakers and a bonfire. Heated shelter will be available. Bring blankets, cameras, phone cards, warm clothes, shoes, folding chairs, walkie-talkies and so on. Also signs, banners and flags indicating support for Ongwehonwe sovereignty.

Jan 23 19:28

Olympic security boss puts protesters on notice

Unlawful' actions will be met with swift response, RCMP assistant commissioner warns, as activists vow to take on 'two-week circus'

VANCOUVER — The head of security for the 2010 Winter Olympics is warning protesters to think twice about plans to disrupt activities at the Games.

Jan 23 15:06

New plane crash video released

Authorities release new video of a US Airways plane seconds after it made an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River.

...but 9/11 Pentagon crash videos are kept under wraps.

Jan 23 12:57

NYPD officer faces rape charge

A New York City police officer who was previously charged with sexually abusing three women has been charged with raping a fourth victim.

Wilfredo Rosario was arrested Thursday and arraigned in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on charges including felony rape and sexual abuse.

He pleaded not guilty, and his lawyer, Glenn Morak, says he will fight the charges vigorously.

Jan 23 10:28

The Revolution in Mexico has began

According to a spokesperson for a new radical group calling itself the Juárez Citizens Command is threatening to strike back against lawlessness that has gripped Mexico for a long time, they say that they are going to strike back by killing one criminal a day until order and piece is restored. Similar groups are popping up all across Mexico.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I knew all the so-called "militias" we were supposed to be so scared of during the Clinton years were all FBI fakes.

Here we had a President (and predecessor and successor) up to his neck in illegal drug profits, and these militias that were supposedly arming themselves to start a revolution would never go after the most obvious targets; the drug dealers who were the foundation of the economic pyramid on which the narcopoly rested.

Good for the Mexicans!

Jan 23 09:43

Microsoft Cuts Hit Home in City That Loves $1,599 Carbon Bikes

Peter Robison | Bloomberg.com | Fri- Jan 23, 2009

[...] For older employees, the $1,599 carbon-fiber Scattante CFR is a top seller, [the bike-store owner] said.

Jan 23 00:10

Obama appoints key hotspot envoys

US President Barack Obama has named his two key envoys - to the Middle East, and Pakistan and Afghanistan.

George Mitchell, who negotiated an end to Northern Ireland's Troubles, has been charged with moving forward the Middle East peace process.

Jan 23 00:07

Obama orders Guantanamo halt

Jan 22 21:56

What caused the financial crisis in the US?

Back in 1971, the USA printed and spent far more paper money than they could cover by gold. When the French demanded redemption of their dollar holdings in gold, the USA discovered that they could not honour the debt, thus committing an act of bankruptcy. So the USA went to the Saudis to cut a deal - we’ll keep you in power, no mater what you do, as long as OPEC denominate all sales of oil in US dollars (which was termed as Petrodollar). The deal was done.

Jan 22 20:29

Eleven-month-old boy accidentally dials 9-1-1 and gets dad arrested

A B.C. man probably wishes he had given his 11-month-old son a set of keys to play with instead of a phone, after the infant accidentally dialed 9-1-1 and brought police to dad's marijuana grow operation.

Jan 22 20:12

Mystery Prison Buses in the Desert

By Ellen Brown

On a recent visit to Tucson, Arizona, where I was invited to give a presentation on monetary reform, I was disturbed by a story of strange goings on in the desert. A little over a year ago, it seems, a new industrial facility sprang up on the edge of town. It was in a remote industrial zone and appeared to be a bus depot. The new enterprise was surrounded by an imposing security fence and bore no outward signs identifying its services. However, it soon became apparent that the compound was in the business of outfitting a fleet of prison buses. Thirty or so secondhand city buses were being reconfigured with prison bars in the windows and a coat of fresh paint bearing the “Wackenhut G4S” logo on the side.

Jan 22 14:41

Housekeeper and Taxes Said to Derail PRINCESS CAROLINE'S SENATE SEAT Bid

DANNY HAKIM and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE | Wed- Jan 22, 2009 | New York Times

ALBANY — Problems involving taxes and a household employee surfaced during the vetting of Caroline Kennedy and derailed her candidacy for the Senate [...]

Jan 22 08:22

Dutch MP to be tried for views on Islam

The Far-right Dutch politician who gained global notoriety with a film claiming links between the Koran and terrorism is to be put on trial for his public statements against Islam.

Geert Wilders, the leader of the extremist Freedom Party (PVV), said he was surprised that the Amsterdam Appeals Court is to allow his criminal prosecution for inciting hatred and of discriminating against Muslims by comparing their religion to Nazism.

Jan 22 04:14

Barack Obama could visit Russia in April

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - U.S. President Barack Obama could pay a visit to Moscow in April, a Russian business daily said on Thursday, citing a source close to the U.S. State Department.

Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the U.S. on Tuesday in Washington, becoming the country's first African-American head of state.

According to the source quoted by Kommersant, Obama will set off for his first European tour in April and is to visit London on April 2 to participate in the G20 summit, and meet for the first time with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Jan 21 18:21

Limbaugh: I Fear Obama’s Repeal Of Bush-Era Secrecy Rules ‘Make It Easier’ To Hold Bush To Account

What I’m afraid of is what Obama’s done here is made the gathering of the information for this kind of stuff– This is not American. This is not America. This is not what America does. We don’t– This is Banana Republic kind of stuff.

Jan 21 14:53

Two NYPD officers accused of false cocaine arrests

Two undercover New York police officers in Queens who prosecutors say had clubgoers falsely arrested on trumped-up charges of cocaine dealing pleaded not guilty yesterday to a litany of felony corruption charges.

Jan 21 13:17

Protesters pelt Iceland PM's car

Angry protesters surrounded Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde's car on Wednesday, banging on the vehicle's windows and pelting it with eggs.

Jan 21 10:18

British banker and horticulturist dies at 93

Well-known British banker and horticulturist Edmund de Rothschild, who took a personal role in raising funds for a large hydroelectric power station at Churchill Falls, N. L., has died. He was 93.

Jan 21 09:35

U.S. consulate in Dubai closes for security reasons

The U.S. consulate in the cosmopolitan Gulf Arab business hub of Dubai closed to the public for security reasons Wednesday, it said without giving details of any threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Probably worried that the locals will riot as the economy collapses.

Jan 21 06:14

The Economy, Obama's Race to Lose | Obama to be led around by his nose on economy

Obama Starts ‘Remaking America' by Tackling Banks, Afghanistan

Ken Fireman and Edwin Chen | Bloomberg.com | Wed-Jan 21, 2009

The plunge in bank stocks yesterday added pressure on Obama to take quick action as he meets with his economic advisers today. While full details of a bank rescue haven’t been settled yet, people familiar with the deliberations said the package is likely to include a $50 billion-plus program to forestall foreclosures, fresh injections of capital into the banks and steps to deal with toxic assets clogging lenders’ balance sheets.

Stimulus Package

The plan for the banks may be twinned with an $825 billion economic-stimulus bill being negotiated with Congress.

Jan 21 03:29

More Americans Joining Military as Jobs Dwindle

As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.

Jan 20 14:52

Kennedy and Byrd stricken at Obama lunch

Ted Kennedy was taken out of the Statuary Hall luncheon after suffering an apparent seizure -- a few minutes after Sen. Robert Byrd was removed in his wheelchair under the supervision of medical personnel.

Jan 20 09:14

Obama to Call for a New Era of Responsibility

Americans poured into the nation's capital to celebrate the inauguration of their first black president. But with the U.S. in its worst economic crisis since the Depression and at war on two fronts, Barack Obama was expected to call on the country to embrace a new culture of responsibility when he takes office at noon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I will embrace the "culture of responsibility" when we start hanging those responsible for the worst economic crisis since the Depression and wars on two fronts, not to mention the torture and erosion of the Constitution.

Otherwise, it just sounds like Obama is trying to dump the mess onto the people to fix.

Jan 20 08:59

LIVE COVERAGE

Jan 20 08:45

Getting up the noses of the 'guilt-tripping white folks'

When I asked Trevor Phillips why he'd turned his back on a successful career in television and taken his last job as head of the race relations commission, he replied: 'Because I can say things you can't.'

Not that it's ever stopped me, but I took his point. As a black man on the inside track, he could tell the truth without being accused of 'racism'. And he's been as good as his word.

In one of his first pronouncements, he attacked the 'gold chains and no brains' culture which leads to young black men in Britain apeing nihilistic American rappers and ensures they become trapped in a ghetto of their own creation. That kind of statement of the obvious from a white man would have been howled down.

Jan 20 08:16

Obama Optimism Pathetic Hobbledehoy

CNBC News | 20 Jan 2009 | Inauguration Day

Stocks Skid as Banks Take a Beating

Big banks dragged down the Dow, with Bank of America [BAC 6.00 -1.18 (-16.43%), Citigroup [C 3.13 -0.37 (-10.57%) and JPMorgan [JPM 20.35 -2.47 (-10.82%) all down more than 10 percent.

Bank of America may slash as many as 4,000 jobs in its capital-markets unit, the Financial Times reported.

Jan 19 15:51

Eating the Rich, Tasty!

Welcome to the golden age of schadenfreude.
By Vanessa Richmond
Published: January 14, 2009

Mmmm, schadenfreude. Is there anything more delicious at this point of an economic cycle?

Why? At this point, doesn't everyone know at least one good, honest, hard working person who's lost a job or at least suffered a downturn? And though because economic forces are complex, it's impossible to blame just a few individuals, it's also almost impossible not to feel some satisfaction about the plight of a multi-billionaire who now has to fly economy instead of in the private leer jet. Poor thing. See -- I started out trying to explain the phenomenon and ended up relishing a rich person's misfortune. Hands up if you didn't enjoy it, too. (Bernie Madoff and his investors, put your hands down).

Jan 19 14:31

Egypt police detain 350 protesters

Egyptian police have detained at least 350 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, the group and security officials said Sunday.

The detentions took place Saturday after a large protest in central Cairo organized by the Islamist group against the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

Jan 19 14:00

900 people killed in Philippines by 'mysterious death squads'

Peasant leaders, environmental campaigners and student activists in the Philippines are being murdered by mysterious death squads who appear to have close links to the army.

Jan 19 10:40

Garbage in, garbage out

The last week has been a banner one for the Griping Old Pontificators. Congressional crazies Mitch (“The Fish”) McConnell and John (“Sweat Lodge”) Boehner stated that rescuing our collapsing country is too darned expensive. Dick Cheney embarked on a series of interviews calling himself “loveable.” Joe the Plumber, whose name isn’t Joe and who isn’t a licensed plumber, flew to Israel to become a war correspondent – although he won’t be allowed near the battleground. “The Vanilla from Wasilla,” Sarah Palin, climbed upon her cross once again and claimed that she was victimized by, uh, everyone. Ann Coulter vomited up another book.

Jan 19 10:35

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning

In these last days of the American Empire, such austere republicanism would be considered impossibly quaint. Having long ago morphed into Jefferson's worst nightmare, the closer we get to the end, the more glamorous our inaugurals become. The poorer we are, the more millions we'll throw at a ceremony that is really the crowning of a monarch – and not just any old king, but an emperor bestriding the globe.

Jan 19 08:45

Former Agriprocessors CEO to get bail hearing

Rubashkin was previously denied release while awaiting trial because prosecutors argued he was a flight risk.

Jan 19 07:48

Video of the recent meteor from Europe

This footage is capture from a security cam in Sweden. People in Denmark, Germany and Poland have seen it, too. This is real. They say it was a meteorite. Some claim it must have come down in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Germany.

Jan 19 04:46

And again, this is somehow supposed to be a good thing?

BBC News | In Pictures | Mon, Jan 19, 2009

In pictures: We Are One concert

Jan 19 04:13

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning

Inauguration Day, 2009: A Day of Mourning
For the victims of future wars, and for our old republic
by Justin Raimondo

When Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated, he sought to dismantle the evolving Federalist tradition of pomp and circumstance. In a ceremonial sense, royalism seemed to have been restored, or so it seemed to him. As this blogger put it, "Dressed in simple attire, Jefferson walked over to the Capitol with a phalanx of riflemen, friends, and fellow citizens from his home state of Virginia."

Jan 18 15:28

24 Things That Are About To Go Extinct

Jan 18 11:46

NEW T-SHIRT AT THE WRH STORE!

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I decided to make up a t-shirt out of today's quote for the day!

Jan 18 09:38

Rubashkin faces 87 new charges, claims innocence

A fourth superseding indictment includes the previous 12 counts against the former CEO, Agriprocessors Inc. and three employees alleging aiding and abetting illegal immigrants, document and bank fraud and identity theft.

Rubashkin and Agriprocessors face an additional 86 counts of bank fraud, false statements and reports to a bank, money laundering and aiding and abetting and willful violation of the secretary of agriculture.

The remaining count is against former employee Hosam Amara for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. The indictment alleges Amara fled to Israel in June.

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Jan 18 09:35

The Hostile Witness of the Apocalypse.

Whether or not what religion tells us is true, is not germane to the point of this piece. The fact is that religion and those who manipulate it have a definite effect upon the world in which we live. That’s a given. So it would make sense to explore the way religion interprets the proclamations given by the ones upon which the religion is based.

This same thing applies to politics. This same thing applies to anything. What is the thing saying about itself and what are the people representing it saying about it and what is the actual meaning of the terms being used?

Jan 18 08:24

Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Infusing the dreams and ethos of Dr. King in to the presidential persona demands a confluence of ideals and actions to truly deserve the association. To betray the dream, to profit from the sacrifice is to insult the legacy. To be worthy of the torch demands integrity.

Jan 18 08:14

Missing money manager believed alive: associate

A missing Florida money manager is believed to be alive, his business associate said on Saturday as police investigated the possible disappearance of hundreds of millions of dollars from investment funds.

The family of Arthur Nadel, 75, a Sarasota, Florida, philanthropist and president of Scoop Management, Inc., reported him missing on Wednesday.

Jan 18 08:01

Goodbye, Bush

With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as his legacy, George Bush will soon be leaving the White House

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention torture, the shredding of the Constitution, and economic ruin.

Jan 17 20:18

Why it was time for a Dem in the oval office

The shadow government that controls both parties makes equal use of Democrats and Republicans. They need to continue to show some small degree of difference between the parties, to maintain the illusion of choice on election day. These small differences are played up as much as possible, while the huge areas of agreement are ignored.

People with a conscience generally see the Dems as the good guys and the Repubs as the bad guys. This is a particularly useful fiction at this point in history because so many progressives were distraught to the point of despair about the Bush administration. Some reason needed to be held out for hope, and indeed Obama's main theme was hope.

Jan 17 15:26

Illegal Aliens Will Have Access to New SCHIP Expansion, Smokers to Pay For It

So let me get this straight, in order to provide healthcare to the children of families who already have healthcare, the Democrats want to impose a tax that will disproportionally hurt the poorer families. Yeah, that makes sense.

Jan 17 14:44

"A Radical Revolution of Values": Dr. King's Most Important Speech

"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

No, it's not the "I Have A Dream" speech most people associate with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and ceremoniously trot out every year as we commemorate his birthday. These words are from a King speech largely ignored by mainstream commentators who are content to pigeonhole him as a "slain civil rights leader," as though his Nobel Prize was awarded solely for his civil rights efforts.

Jan 17 10:10

Church arson tied to racism

Black congregation targeted, police say Three charged with conspiracy

Jan 17 05:55

Glenn Greenwald: Establishment Washington unifies against prosecutions

The Washington Post's David Ignatius today does what he does best: serve as the spokesman for the Washington establishment's most conventional wisdom in a way that really illuminates what it is:

To underscore the message, Obama indicated that he would oppose retrospective investigations of wrongdoing by the CIA and other agencies, arguing: "When it comes to national security, what we have to focus on is getting things right in the future, as opposed [to] looking at what we got wrong in the past." This is the kind of realism that will disappoint liberal score-settlers, but it makes clear that Obama has a grim appreciation of the dangers America still faces from al-Qaeda and its allies.

Jan 16 13:29

shreveport man gets 15 years for stealing $100.00

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and Bernie Madoff sits in his $7 million home for stealing $50 billion.

Jan 16 11:46

Healthcare For All Far Less Than the Wall Street Bailouts

First-of-Its Kind Study: Medicare for All (Single-Payer) Reform Would Be Major Stimulus for Economy with 2.6 Million New Jobs, $317 Billion in Business Revenue, $100 Billion in Wages

Jan 16 08:48

The Slamarama, Short-Sheeted Burning Bed.

The truth is making an appearance. It is walking out center stage from the past and it is demonstrating before your eyes in the present. Evil is shooting itself in the foot like the Energizer Bunny walking into a wall. While evil is doing this, ignorance is parading up and down the street clamoring for a piece of the action. “How come evil gets to destroy itself and I don’t.” Hang in there. Your time will come.

There is a major transformation taking place at this time and it’s going on without even being noticed by the majority of the population. You can call the motivating force whatever you want. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that it is happening. What matters is the part you are playing in it. What matters is which deception you are buying into because that’s the bus you will be riding out of town toward your destination.

Jan 16 08:16

Race protests explode into violence as white ex-cop is charged with fatal shooting of unarmed black man

A California town exploded into violent race riots last night after a white former police officer was charged for the shooting of an unarmed black man lying face down on a train platform.

The fatal New Year's Eve shooting has inflamed long-running racial tensions between police and the many outraged African-American residents of Oakland, California.

Newly released court documents allege that Johannes Mehserle, who was charged Tuesday, shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant while Grant had his hands behind his back and another officer was kneeling on his neck.

Jan 15 20:34

How to Steal Billions in Plain View: Bernanke’s Robber Banks

The Federal Reserve is living up to its purpose, which is to enrich bankers at the expense of everyone else.

Jan 15 14:10

Ukraine wants $US 700 million worth of gas to resume transit

It is little known that the country of Ukraine contains much of the storage and trasmission infrastructure that feeds NG from Russian (GazProm) gas fields to European customers.

This story confirms that it is the Ukraine that is holding up NG from being supplied to Europe. Holding Europe hostage while the western MSM is vilifying Russian and Putin.

Jan 15 13:51

Small Plane Crashes in New York City's Hudson River, Passengers Seen Standing on Wings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reported bird strike brought the plane down.

Jan 15 10:45

Rewriting the First Draft of History

Seeing as how we currently find ourselves hurtling along this downhill run towards new history - the countdown to the day America has itself a president named Obama can be measured in hours instead of days or weeks now - it seems an appropriate moment to pause and reflect on a bit of older history we've already passed through. I'm not talking about any kind of ancient history, mind you. For the purposes of this reflection, we need only take a small leap backwards in time, just six short years ago.

We all passed through the little slice of history that began to take shape in the early months of 2003, and we all remember that time in our own way. Today, however, there is a great deal of effort being expended to make sure this bit of history is remembered differently than how it really happened. An even better result for those exerting this effort would be if this bit of history were not remembered at all. That may, in fact, be their ultimate goal.

Jan 15 09:54

Mexican president warns breakdown in family values increases crime

The Sixth World Meeting of Families opened Jan. 14 with a warning from the Mexican president that a breakdown in family values is leading to increased social problems and crime.

"It's the responsibility of governments to create conditions of security -- economic, social, public, judicial and cultural -- that make the full development of families possible," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What kind of pious horsepucky is dribbling out of Calderon's mouth right now?!?

Nuclear families get torn for economic reasons first.

President Calderon, have you possibly failed to notice the the Mexican Peso is at an all-time low against the dollar?

What about the man in the street in Mexico? Is he making the kind of living wage which can support a family, and perhaps giving mom time to stay home with the children, instead of going off to her menial job the following week?

And what has your government done to enhance education in Mexico?

As reported in

http://mexidata.info/id1890.html

" Despite good intentions, public education in Mexico is a disaster. Not private education, which is why just about every Mexican parent with enough money sends his children to a private school. Mexico has some very good private schools. Some have a higher educational level than U.S. public schools."

No real education means that in order to help the family survive, kids wind up working in sweatshops, maltreated and abused.

As reported in

http://www.123helpme.com/preview.asp?id=101612,

"Child Labor Around the World":

Eight to eleven million children under the age of fifteen work in Mexico. There is a small number under fourteen. The children are employed in export oriented maquiladoras, or assembly factories between Mexico and the United States. Maquilas are affiliates of American owned companies that assemble goods for export, transportation equipment, electrical and electric products, toys , sporting goods, textiles and furniture. The work force is made up of mostly young females. The maquilas like to use children because it is really easy to get underage work and the owners do not have to pay the children that much.

Most of the girls start just between minimum age, between tweleve and fifteen years old. They either lie about their age or provide a false birth certificate. There are very harsh conditions- overtime, night shifts, exposure to hazardous material, mostly in glue used to attach the soles of shoes."

To this point, President Calderon, you've been all talk and no action in this area, which is deplorable.

So President Calderon,if you want a nuclear family with "nuclear family values", you have to reshape the economy so that a decent person can take care of a wife and kids on what they make, without having to necessarily forcing the wife to work right after she's had a baby. The more "home time" a kid gets with both parents, the less likely it is that a gang will become their home.

But one has to wonder; just as in the US, how many people in the Mexican government are bribed to "look the other way" when drug issues come up, because drugs can lots of wealth to the dealers, the cartels, and those in government who remain "knowingly blind"?

Jan 15 09:44

South Carolina Seeking To Outlaw Profanity

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yeah, we can't fix the economy, fix the levees, fix the brodges, fix the railroads, bring back manufacturing, stop your kids from dying in wars started with lies, or stop Israel from dragging us all into more wars, but we'll by god prove we are worth our salaries by putting a halt to dirty words!"

Jan 15 09:30

10-year-olds given permission to marry

Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric was quoted Wednesday as saying it is permissible for 10-year-old girls to marry and those who think they're too young are doing the girls an injustice.

Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, the country's grand mufti, said during a lecture on Monday that those who say women should not marry before the age of 25 are following a "bad path," according to the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the younger a girl marries, the less likely it is that she will be able to complete any kind of education.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that this is concern is at the core of this decision.

Jan 15 09:25

Mexico worried US might invade!

Jan 15 09:05

Washington's homeless told to move along for inauguration

Before sunrise on Thursday, Frank Mearns will leave the place he calls home, a stone's throw from the White House, and join thousands of others in Washington who are upping sticks and moving out for the presidential inauguration.

But Mearns isn't about to make a quick buck by renting out his pied-a-terre. Nor is he heading out of town on an inauguration escape holiday.

He's one of Washington's army of homeless who are being cleared from the center of the US capital ahead of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country has no place to go for these people, no will to retrain them to get them back into the job market at some level, and no conscience about discarding them.

Right now, "homeless" in this country translates as "disposable".

Jan 15 08:23

Bargaining could keep disgraced Madoff out of jail

A magistrate judge said the defence and prosecution were "engaging in discussions concerning a possible disposition", indicating a plea bargain in which Madoff would plead guilty in return for a lighter sentence.

Such extensions are sometimes repeated numerous times and even if there is no bargain, an actual trial is unlikely to start until late this year at the earliest, lawyers say.

So while prosecutors believe they have an open-shut case against Madoff - who allegedly confessed to scamming investors for decades in a so-called Ponzi scheme - he may be able to drag out proceedings and remain in his luxury home for the foreseeable future.

Albert said outrage from victims of Madoff's alleged swindle put "intense public scrutiny" on prosecutors.

However, "for a trial to start six months from now would be ambitious. I'd be surprised".

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In medieval Europe, the nobility could not be charged with crimes. Indeed Erzsébet Báthory got away with all the murders she committed (about 600 young women) simply because as a member of the nobility she was above arrest. It took a special act of Parliament to revoke this immunity followed by her arrest by Emperor Matthias II to end her crimes ... for which she was sentenced to live in her castle!

And here we have the same thing all over again; a member of the economic "nobility", a record setting crime, and a sentance to remain in their own home.

"All men are created equal?" Not in the United States of America. Certain types of men are more equal than others!

Jan 15 07:35

'Working, what's the point?' What the bailout surge and socialism do to the future.

Paula Dear | BBC News | Jan 15, 2009

With redundancies rising and vacancies shrinking, unemployment is back in the headlines. But for millions it never went away. One young couple on unemployment benefits explain how being out of work affects their lives.

Carl, 24, and Lauren, 20, have been together for nearly a year. They are both unemployed and receive benefits.

Lauren has been out of work for a year, and Carl for three years. They live in a deprived former mining village in the north of England where - a generation or two down the line from the pit closures - unemployment levels remain high.

Jan 14 21:56

Medical director at jail arrested on drug charge

State drug agents today arrested the chief medical officer of the Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of writing bogus OxyContin prescriptions, possibly for his own use.

Dr. Peter Dietrich (left photo) was taken into custody this morning, according to Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement Special Agent Michelle Gregory.

Dietrich's name came to the attention of the agency "because it appeared he was writing a high amount of prescriptions at high dosages" for the popular and much-abused pain killer, according to Gregory.

Jan 14 20:43

The global warming cabal

Hillary Clinton says that, unless something is done, global warming could spark food and resource shortages and wars. According to Senator John Kerry she is one of the first to recognize that global warming is an “unambiguous security threat”.

Jan 14 20:38

Desperate Times Call For More Secrecy

In what should be a shock to absolutely no one, the Bank of England decided yesterday to move away from transparency and shroud itself in even more secrecy.

Jan 14 13:07

Ex-officer arrested in BART shooting

Mehserle was arrested on a fugitive warrant charging homicide. He is accused of the shooting of Oscar Grant III at an Oakland, California station on New Year's Day.

Videos from witnesses show Mehserle shooting Grant in the back as another BART officer kneeled on the man. The shooting spawned public outrage and a string of protests that led to more than a hundred riot-related arrests.

Jan 14 12:56

The Monkey Wrench Ganglion Nexus

We need products in our world and so we need people who make and transport and supply these products. Unfortunately, all too often, the people doing these things care not at all about the people they are selling them to. The government is supposed to make sure that we don’t get abused by these entities in any number of the imaginative ways they tend to abuse us but… the government gets a great deal of it’s money from these people; even though it gets a lot more of it’s money from us.

Jan 14 08:35

U.S. military report warns 'sudden collapse' of Mexico is possible

The report is one in a serious focusing on Mexico's internal security problems, mostly stemming from drug violence and drug corruption. In recent weeks, the Department of Homeland Security and former U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey issued similar alerts about Mexico.

Jan 14 08:30

Oakland on Fire: Anarchists, Solidarity, and New Possibilities in the Oakland Rebellion

It's important to also remember that not one person was assaulted during the actions and there were no reports of fights or scuffles amongst the groups of youth who resisted police and destroyed property into the night. In this sense, the rebellion was not violent. It is disturbing to watch as fellow organizers and members of our communities have uncritically adopted the rhetoric of the right in their confused denunciation of mass property destruction as 'violence'.

Jan 14 07:58

BUSH'S LAST 100 DAYS

What More Damage Can This Administration Do?

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Jan 13 17:25

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 13 17:24

Bush gives Blair highest US civilian honour

George Bush presented Tony Blair with the presidential medal of freedom, the highest honour awarded to civilians in the United States, at a ceremony at the White House today.

Hmmm...I wonder why.

Jan 13 08:53

9/11, two wars, Katrina: 'We had fun', says Bush

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"Watching the torture was especially fun, although the way Dick Cheney kept breathing hard was a little distracting." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 13 07:59

Bush Justice Department sues Indiana city for discriminating against whites

The Bush Administration's Department of Justice announced Monday that they are suing the city of Gary, Indiana for discriminating against white people.

On Monday, the Justice Department announced a lawsuit against the Indiana city, alleging that six EMT technicians appear to have been hired on the basis of race alone in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act -- which was passed to combat discrimination against African Americans.

The suit alleges that the city told applicants that offers of employment would be based on the order they were ranked. But the city seems to have ignored their own ordering and instead hired several African American applicants who placed lower than the white applicants.

Each of the six who were hired ranked lower than the highest-ranking white applicant, the Justice Department wrote.

Jan 12 18:56

Jewish Leaders Rallying to Support Rubashkin

National Jewish leaders plan to hold a rally Monday afternoon at the Dubuque County Jail, in support of imprisoned businessman Sholom Rubashkin. They say Rubashkin is not a flight risk and that his imprisonment is unnecessary, excessive and discriminatory to all Jewish Americans.

Rubashkin was the CEO of Agriprocessors in Postville at the time of the immigration raid in May of last year. In September, he was charged with more than 9,000 violations of child labor laws. He's also charged with bank fraud and federal conspiracy charges of harboring illegal immigrants and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

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And that's net even mentioning the meth lab found on the premises or the fact that two of Rubashkin's associates have vanished and are presumed out of the country.

And still the Jewish leaders flock to defend this guy, screaming "discrimination, discrimination!"

Time to remind everyone just how the ADL came into existence.

In 1913, a man named Leo Frank ran a pencil factory. After having his advances towards a 12 year old girl rebuffed, he raped and murdered her, then planned to dispose of the body in the factory furnace. But a watchman found the body, and a witness, a handy man, came forward. Leo Frank was tried before a jury of his peers and based on the witnesses, coupled with allegations of prior sex crimes and drug abuse, convicted and sentenced to death.

Frank's lawyers claimed anti-Semitism and appealed the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court. When the USSC rejected the appeal, Governor John Slaton (whose law partners were Frank's defense lawyers) was bribed to commute the death sentence to life in Prison, and Franks was moved to a private room at Milledgewillve prison, right next to the Warden's quarters and noticeably far more comfortable accommodations that those enjoyed by lesser prisoners. Frank enjoyed a comfortable existence at Milledgewillve until his throat was slashed by another prisoner who claimed Franks had tried to sodomize him.

One month later, a group of 25 men calling themselves the Knights of Mary Phagan broke into the prison and grabbed Franks. Two days later his body was found hanging from a tree.

The Franks case prompted the formation of the ADL, the Anti-Defamation League, whose avowed purpose was to protect Jewish people from punishment by claiming such punishment was always due to anti-Semitism. To this very day the ADL insists Franks was actually innocent and considers him a martyr to their cause.

We are seeing a repeat of that with the support shown Rubashkin and Madoff.

Jan 12 10:56

Flyers order 'hate group' out of Whistler

Anonymous flyers left in both Pique and Whistler Question newsstands Dec. 31 are demanding that a “hate group” be forced out of Whistler.

The flyers are adorned with the headline “HATE GROUP OUT OF WHISTLER NOW” and carry a quote from Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, the deceased leader of Chabad-Lubavitch, a Hasidic Jewish organization that began in the 18th century. Schneerson died in 1994.

Schneerson’s quote is from an article in the March 2000 issue of the Washington Report of Middle East Affairs. The quote, from a book review by Lincoln Review editor Allan Brownfeld, reads as follows:

Jan 12 08:20

Bush defends presidency in final news conference

In a nostalgic farewell news conference, Bush recalled the start of his own presidency, called Obama "a smart, engaging person" and said he wishes his successor all the best.

As for his own presidency, Bush defended his decisions on the Iraq war, the issue that will define his presidency like no other. There have been over 4,000 U.S. deaths since the invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Bush referred to the enormous weight Obama is about to experience, describing what it might feel like on Jan. 20 when, after taking the oath of office, he enters the Oval Office for That will be the major threat," Bush said, putting the risk of another attack over the dire economic problems now facing the nathe first time as president. "There'll be a moment when the responsibility of the president lands squarely on his shoulders," Bush said.

Jan 11 09:09

Video blueprint for guillotine

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Sent in by a reader in response to my comment further down.

I am not sure about this design. The machine has to be DURABLE. It will get a lot of use during the revolution. Also, it does not conform to the "Eighty Eight" rule, which is that an unpowered blade should weigh 80 pounds and be dropped from eight feet high to guarantee success in a single stroke. :)

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Jan 10 14:12

BART murder/riot indicates planned violence

Jan 8, 2009 1:38 pm US/Pacific
Inside The Oakland Riot: A First-Hand Account
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OAKLAND (CBS 5) --
You've heard of a mob mentality. Well, I've just seen it in action.
Wednesday night's riot in Oakland developed quickly like a spark into a wildfire, and I was right in the middle of it.
It started with a peaceful demonstration at the Fruitvale BART station. Hundreds of demonstrators carried signs, shouted into megaphones and voiced their opinions.
Suddenly, a large segment of the crowd started walking off.

"Suddenly, a protester pointed at a police car. Someone started cursing at the officers who were standing behind it. The crowd surged. They rolled up a dumpster and set it on fire. It escalated. Someone else threw rocks; breaking the windshield. Traffic piled up and officers started shouting to the drivers, "Roll up your windows!"

Jan 10 11:18

Police arrest 23yo over alleged art scam

New South Wales police have arrested a 23-year-old man who was allegedly involved in an international art scam.

Police say he tried to sell fake pieces of artwork to at least one person for between $500 and $1,000.

Police say the fake artwork is part of a global fraud scam allegedly involving Israeli nationals, which has been operating in Europe, America and Australia for more than eight years.

Jan 10 09:15

Protesters: Oakland shooting 'a modern day lynching'

Following Wednesday's riot in Oakland, California, which grew out of protests over the fatal shooting of a young black man by a transit officer, CNN obtained a clip of reactions by several protesters.

"That's not accident," said one young black man. "That's you doing what you wanted to do. You're abusing your authority."

"I see it as modern-day racism," began a second. "They killed that young black brother..."

"That's a modern-day lynching," others interrupted. "Modern day lynching right there."

Jan 09 17:54

Veterans Issues - Please take a moment to read this ...

Please take a moment to read some of the info contained at the 'Courage to Resist' .org website. Why are our veterans so important when they are in a combat zone and so forgotten when they return home?

"By Benji Lewis. January 1, 2009

I am Benji Lewis. I deployed to Iraq twice in 2004 and 2005 and was discharged honorably in 2007. Recently I have been involuntarily activated from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) by the U.S. Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, an activation that I have been publicly refusing."

Please check out:

http://www.couragetoresist.org/x/

LIVE FREE OR DIE

Jan 09 10:44

Unrest in Oakland has deep roots in city's history of race relations

Jan 09 09:36

NYPD Wants to Jam Cell Phones During Terror Attack

The New York Police Department wants to be able to shut down cell phones, in case of a terrorist attack.

During last month's massacre in Mumbai, terrorist handlers over micromanaged via mobile phone the assaults on the hotels, train stations, and Jewish center that killed more than 170 people.

In testimony today before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (pictured) said he wanted to take out that "formidable capacity to adjust tactics while attacks are underway."

Jan 09 09:31

Inside The Oakland, California Riot: A First-Hand Account

Is the violence the work of agent provocateurs, or just the emotions of a population with very little to lose coming out in whatever form possible? Both scenarios seem entirely plausible:

Jan 09 07:59

The truth is "hate speech" only to those who have something to hide

Hate gets a bum rap. In our politically correct society we are taught that it's bad to hate at all, but I disagree. Hate can be a good thing. There are lots of things I hate and I am not ashamed to admit it. I hate liars. I hate thieves. I hate drug dealers. I hate corrupt politicians. I hate child molesters, especially those hiding their crimes behind the church. These are hates that are good for the people to have. Maybe if more people allowed themselves to hate liars, thieves, druggies, and the corrupt, our nation wouldn't be in the mess it's in. Think about that for a while. Hate can be good. Hate could actually save our country.

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Jan 09 07:38

Government To The People - ­ Drop Dead!

For any crime of this nature, committed by a civilian, a "police report" would be mandatory within hours of the event; especially when there were three videos of what happened. The officer's gun is in police custody, the officer is a FEDERAL police officer, as BART is a federal agency: So procedures should have been clearly followed immediately. Yet, it is now a week later and the officer has still not even been interviewed, according to the 'chief' of BART police. Yesterday he quit the force, so that he would not have to give his version of events: and this sparked the riots!

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For us "great unwashed", the fact that we killed someone would be sufficient to send us to jail. It would be irrelevant what we wanted to do or thought we were doing. "Honest, your honor, I thought I was holding a hair dryer next to her head when it went off!" would not get us a get-out-of-jail card.

I don't blame the people for rioting. The system has clearly broken down, and justice has indeed become "just us."

Jan 09 03:01

American Empire Spending Its Way to Oblivion with $1.2 Trillion Deficit in 2009

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office today announced, to a stunned audience of financial observers, that the federal government would run a $1.2 trillion budget deficit in calendar 2009.

Jan 08 16:06

Military force-feeding 10 percent of Guantanamo detainees

Ten percent of captives at the US Guantanamo Bay prison -- many of whom have never been charged of a crime -- are having their heads velcroed to chairs and forced to take in nutritional supplements by a tube forcibly inserted through their noses by US guards.

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"American Justice" at Gitmo: you've just gotta love it!

Jan 08 15:31

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?

Why Can't Big Oil Match Hugo Chávez?
By Tim Padgett Wednesday, Jan. 07, 2009

Four years ago, Hugo Chávez scored one of the more impressive p.r. coups of the new century when he started delivering free heating oil to low-income Americans. Even if it was political opportunism, as conservative critics insisted, it got home-heating fuel to hundreds of thousands of yanquis during the past four winters, when the price was often skyrocketing. On Monday, however, with world oil prices plunging, the Venezuelan President decided to suspend his large-scale, multistate U.S. program in order to tend to financial concerns at home. Then on Wednesday, at the urging of U.S. politicians whose constituents had come to rely on the oil, Chávez reversed himself and said the heating oil would keep flowing this winter.
All of which raises the question: If Chávez can keep donating fuel even as his oil revenues tumble, why can't any U.S. oil companies step up to do the same?

Jan 08 05:15

Predictions Save your candles – the Dark Ages are coming by Justin Raimondo

A new year, and a new president – plenty of grist for my prediction mill, or, at least, for the obligatory January "predictions" column. Not that there's anything special, really, about it: all punditry is prediction, in an important sense. Every time a writer advocates a particular policy or decries another, the author is predicting a certain outcome, good or bad. The question is, which policies will win out in the battle of ideas? As we look at the incoming administration, especially in the context of trends that have been building over time, a certain scenario begins to emerge, with the first act unfolding on the domestic stage.

Jan 07 23:39

Protests over BART shooting turn violent

A protest over the fatal shooting by a BART police officer of an unarmed man mushroomed into a violent confrontation tonight, as a faction of protesters smashed a police car and storefronts, set several cars on fire and blocked streets in downtown Oakland.

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I am getting the sense that the cop really did shoot that kid to provoke exactly this kind of civil unrest, as a distraction from what Israel is doing or possibly to create a national crisis justifying the suspension of the Constitution.

Jan 07 09:32

German Industrial Tycoon Commits Suicide

German billionaire industrialist Adolf Merckle committed suicide by lying down in front of a train near his home on Monday evening. His family said the impact of the financial crisis on his conglomerate "broke the passionate family entrepreneur."

German industrial mogul Adolf Merckle, 74, committed suicide on Monday after his group of companies got into trouble as a result of the financial crisis, his family said on Tuesday.

Merckle was run over by a train near his home in southern Germany, close to the city of Ulm, police said.

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Lying down in front of a train? I am not sure I buy that one.

Jan 07 09:05

A scorned 21-year-old told her ex-boyfriend that he couldn't prove she was the one who vandalized his apartment on three occasions - but then, police said, she posted a picture of the damage on MySpace. The woman was charged with two felonies for the vand

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This is going to set back feminist claims of intellectual equality with men a bit! :)

Jan 07 08:19

THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD KEEP A FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN EVERY ROOM OF THE HOUSE!

Jan 06 20:55

A Jewish Defector Warns America

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear a very frightening speech. This speech is an explanation of the plans now being laid to throw the United States into a third world war.

Jan 06 18:58

"What are you doing here?": man asks wife at brothel

A Polish man got the shock of his life when he visited a brothel and spotted his wife among the establishment's employees.

Polish tabloid Super Express said the woman had been making some extra money on the side while telling her husband she worked at a store in a nearby town.

"I was dumfounded. I thought I was dreaming," the husband told the newspaper on Wednesday.

The couple, married for 14 years, are now divorcing, the newspaper reported.

Jan 06 13:44

Former Wall St. Journal Editor: "What We Are Witnessing Is A Once Great Power Engaging In Fantasy To Disguise From Itself That It Is A Failed State"

In an article entitled "Will There Be a Recovery?", Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and former editor of the Wall Street Journal editor, Paul Craig Roberts pens the best one-liner of the week:

What we are witnessing is a once great power engaging in fantasy to disguise from itself that it is a failed state.

He's referring, of course, to the U.S.

Jan 06 07:56

240,000 dollars awarded to man forced to cover Arab T-shirt

An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars in compensation, campaigners said Monday.

Jan 06 07:37

Swindler's List - Judge refuses to jail Madoff after violation of bail

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Imagine my shock.

Folks, they WANT this guy to flee to Israel. A full investigation into Madoff would rip open the whole belly of the beast that is Wall Street.

Jan 06 07:35

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