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CURRENT EVENTS

Jun 11 07:45

Democrats close in on war funding agreement; House vote possible this week

Capitol Hill Democrats are closing in on agreement on a war funding bill that's now likely to cost taxpayers well over $100 billion with the late addition of more flu-fighting funds and money to subsidize new car purchases.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With people just fighting and struggling, exhausted, just to stay alive in this economy, these taxes for wars without end, coupled with huge amounts of pork, may well be the very final straw.

Younger people with skills who can immigrate to countries which believe that negotiating to get what resources a country needs, rather than dropping bombs to do it, will probably do just that, leading to an unimaginable brain drain, and further financial loss.

It appears that this country no longer has (if they, in fact, ever did) principled Democrats or Republicans: the only party we have now in Washington is the "War Party", and that doesn't bode well for any kind of return to prosperity here, or any prospects for global peace and stability.

Jun 11 07:43

Chihuahua is shot by police

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good shot, but not a good cop.

Jun 11 07:13

Obama May Allow Even More Arms Exports Than Bush

Experts and military contractors say that the Obama Administration’s quest to build more and more coalitions across the world is going to mean boom times for the arms export industry, even as the world’s economy faces a crippling recession.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just about the only things other countries seem to want to buy from the US these days are our weapons systems.

Jun 11 07:12

Sky 'rains tadpoles' over Japan

The sky has been raining tadpoles over a coastal region in Japan, according to reports.Residents, officials and scientists have been baffled by the apparent downpour of tadpoles in central Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture.

Jun 10 20:54

Fed Would Be Shut Down If It Were Audited

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet is so out of whack that the central bank would be shut down if subjected to a conventional audit, Jim Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, told CNBC.

With $45 billion in capital and $2.1 trillion in assets, the central bank would not withstand the scrutiny normally afforded other institutions, Grant said in a live interview.

"If the Fed examiners were set upon the Fed's own documents—unlabeled documents—to pass judgment on the Fed's capacity to survive the difficulties it faces in credit, it would shut this institution down," he said.

Jun 10 20:45

Virgin says sorry for 5p bill pursuit

Virgin Media has apologised after pursuing a grieving daughter for a 5p telephone bill owed to the provider by her deceased mother, according to reports.

Margaret Jewell contacted Virgin to inform the service provider that her mother Joan Purnell, 86, had passed away from lung and liver cancer.

This involved the Bristol-based woman paying an existing debt of £3.19, but this was closely followed by a further bill calling for 5p more to be paid, which would rise to 35p if payment was not forthcoming.

Jun 10 20:42

Police hold 10 after claiming to crack online music fraud

An international fraud in which a gang allegedly made thousands of pounds downloading its own songs from online music stores with stolen credit cards has been cracked by the Metropolitan police and the FBI, the Met claimed yesterday.

The gang are alleged to have made several songs which they gave to an online US company, which then uploaded them to be sold on iTunes and Amazon.

Over five months they bought the songs thousands of times, spending around $750,000 (£468,750) on 1,500 stolen US and UK credit cards, according to the Met. The criminal network then also allegedly reaped the royalties from the tracks, pulling in an estimated $300,000, paid by the two sites, which were unaware of the fraud being committed against them.

Jun 10 18:10

Shariah Banking: The Islamification of Wales UK

The new programme, called the Islamic Banking Finance Centre UK (IBFC-UK), has been established in partnership with Islamic Banking & Finance Institute in Malaysia (IBFIM) and Cardiff University’s Business School and Centre of Islam.

Akmal Hanuk, chief executive of IBFC-UK was quoted in the media as saying that “The Islamic finance sector is expanding at an exponential rate and is now estimated to be worth $1.2 trillion globally and growing faster than any of the conventional banks, between 15-20 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the (uncredited) author of this article: what, precisely are you referring to when you use the word "colonization", and why is the establishment of an Islamic banking system such a perceived threat to Wales??

Is it possible (although never mentioned) that because the Islamic system of loaning money is done on a fixed fee basis, not compound interest, as it is done here in the West, some Western banks are getting very nervous?

What we have here is not a "clash of civilizations"; we have a clash of financial systems.

Jun 10 17:37

Pentagon won’t name 60 percent of detainees it says returned to terrorism

According to an analysis by a New Jersey law professor, the Pentagon’s recent survey alleging that one in seven Guantanamo Bay prisoners return to terrorism is deeply flawed.

His analysis also reveals the Pentagon has refused to identify 60 percent of the men they claim have returned to terrorism, saying the information is classified.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the Pentagon is playing fast and loose with their numbers, to make it seem that the only options for the rest of the detainees in Gitmo should either be indefinite detention or execution (preferably without trial), allowing some of them to achieve their desperately desired "martyrdom"

Jun 10 11:33

Report: At least two shot inside National Holocaust Museum in DC

Fox News spent considerable time Wednesday afternoon speculating whether the shooter was of Muslim descent, but stopped soon after MSNBC reported the shooter was white.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit, DAMMIT!!!!!!!!!!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Jun 10 09:19

FLASHBACK - Iacocca: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course." Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

Jun 10 07:17

Man found dead mouse in malt loaf

Jun 10 05:54

UN Rapporteur: Rumsfeld in Trouble

The senior United Nations expert on the integrity of legal processes states that beginning next year, Donald Rumsfeld will have difficulties traveling outside of the United States because of his connection to war crimes. The official, Leandro Despouy, drew his conclusions based largely on a review of the recently released report of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which directly connected the mistreatment of prisoners to policy decisions taken by Rumsfeld. Despouy is a well-known Argentine human rights lawyer and diplomat who has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers since 2003.

Jun 09 19:03

Bernanke is worried! HR 1207 to Audit the Fed is Gaining Momentum FAST - Up to 207 Co-Sponsors!

We're almost there! 207 co-sponsors for HR 1207 to Audit the Federal Reserve.

Add your non-compliant representative to our list of HR 1207 Call-A-Thon targets and learn about the Federal Reserve here:
http://www.breakthematrix.com/node/36276

Jun 09 17:23

Democrat warns Obama risks 'future Guantanamos'

US President Barack Obama risks creating "future Guantanamos" by continuing his predecessor's policy of indefinitely holding Al-Qaeda suspects, a prominent Democrat warned on Tuesday.

Senator Russ Feingold said he was "troubled" by Obama's policies, warning the practice of holding some suspected terrorists indefinitely risked being "effectively enshrined as acceptable in our system of justice."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Senator Feingold is absolutely right in what he says, but the problem with "indefinite detention" doesn't end with the scenarios he described.

Obama's security speech in May "...acknowledged for the first time that a legal framework could be established to hold the most dangerous US detainees indefinitely without trial."

But this precedent could very easily be extended to American citizens who are absolutely not terrorists (at best,minor annoyances)for simply having a fundamental disagreement with this government about any issue.

"Indefinite detention" is completely antithetical to the moral values of this country, as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is a very slippery slope from which all American jurisprudence could very well get pushed off a cliff, pulling American justice absolutely back on par with that of the Dark Ages.

Jun 09 16:40

US to spend $1 billion on embassy expansions in Pakistan, Afghanistan

The US is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, US officials said Wednesday.

The White House has asked Congress for – and seems likely to receive – $736 million to build a new US embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for US government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.

Other major projects are planned for Kabul, Afghanistan; and for the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Peshawar. In Peshawar, the US government is negotiating the purchase of a five-star hotel that would house a new US consulate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Pakistani Prime Minister Zardari: this may not look like the forward base for an American invasion of Pakistan, but trust me, sir, it is!

And regarding negotiations for a 5-star hotel in Peshawar: didn't "The Pearl", a 5 star hotel in Peshawar, just get bombed this morning?!?!?

Jun 09 14:53

Mikhail Gorbachev calls for new American revolution

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Union’s last communist general secretary, called for a new American “revolution” — also calling it a “perestroika,” or government restructuring — in an editorial published Wednesday in The Sydney Morning Herald .

“Some have reacted with understanding. Others have objected, sometimes sarcastically, suggesting that I want the United States to experience upheaval, just like the former Soviet Union. In my country, particularly caustic reactions have come from the opponents of perestroika, people with short memories and a deficit of conscience,” the former Soviet leader wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bring the tar ...

Jun 09 09:06

Air France crash killed two prominent illegal arms foes

The puzzling crash of Air France’s Flight 447 killed two of the world’s “most prominent” illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking foes, according to a little-noticed report.

In a revelation sure to fuel conspiracy theories over the plane’s demise, the report reveals that two key figures in the neverending internecine battle against global arms and drug trafficking perished when the plane abruptly fell out of the sky. Both were particularly active in efforts to stem illegal arms trading in Latin America.

Jun 08 23:35

US $ as Reserve currency about to be dumped?

Replacing the dollar has HUGE implications and the U.S. Government knows it.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 June, 2009
"The major powers of the world (Brazil, India, China, Russia) know that once the dollars’ reserve currency status of the world is gone, the U.S. military will shrink until it is a more even match-up of players and they will have a greater say in world affairs."

http://asia.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20090605/tbs-russia-china-swap-21231dd...
Russia, China should dump dollar in trade-Medvedev
Reuters - Saturday, June 6
Leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China, known by their BRIC acronym, are meeting in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on June 16 to discuss the role of the dollar in the global financial system among other issues.

Jun 08 22:50

Berluscoland, Italy's Bohemian Grove

Anatomy of Berluscoland
MIGUEL MORA 07/06/2009
Let us now visit Villa Certosa, the mysterious Sardinian mansion property of the Milanese tycoon who is currently Prime Minister and rotating president of the G-8, as well as leader of the People of Freedom party, elected by show of hands.

Jun 08 11:47

Google founders' mentor found dead in swimming pool

A US computer science professor who played a key role in the creation of the internet search giant Google has been found dead at the age of 47 after apparently falling into his swimming pool.

Rajeev Motwani was mentor to Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, when they were PhD students at Stanford university. His body was found in the pool of his home in Atherton, California, on Friday.

A spokesman for the university said the cause of death was unclear. Friends said he could not swim, but was planning to learn. Some reports speculated that Motwani, who regularly worked late into the night, could have accidentally fallen into the pool after going outside in the dark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who wanders around their back yard in total darkness?

Jun 08 10:52

Dark Ages 2.0

No one thought we could have another depression in the modern era. If we don't stand up for sanity and logic, we may devolve all the way back to the dark ages.

Jun 08 10:46

Key figures in global battle against illegal arms trade lost in Air France crash

ARGENTINA: Argentine campaigner Pablo Dreyfus and Swiss colleague Ronald Dreyer battled South American arms and drug traffickingFrom Andrew McLeod

AMID THE media frenzy and speculation over the disappearance of Air France's ill-fated Flight 447, the loss of two of the world's most prominent figures in the war on the illegal arms trade and international drug trafficking has been virtually overlooked.

Pablo Dreyfus, a 39-year-old Argentine who was travelling with his wife Ana Carolina Rodrigues aboard the doomed flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, had worked tirelessly with the Brazilian authorities to stem the flow of arms and ammunition that for years has fuelled the bloody turf wars waged by drug gangs in Rio's sprawling favelas.

Jun 08 03:52

Reporters get 12-year terms in N. Korea

Two U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea while covering the plight of defectors living along the China-North Korea border have been sentenced to 12 years in labor prisons, the country's state-run media said Monday.
The Central Court of North Korea sentenced Laura Ling and Euna Lee for the "grave crime they committed against the Korean nation and their illegal border crossing," the Korean Central News Agency said.

As a result, the court sentenced the women to "12 years of reform through labor," meaning they will serve out their sentence in a labor prison.

Jun 07 19:36

What Nuclear Secret Was Kerry Aide Looking for in Switzerland?

Swiss police threatened to arrest an aide to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., for espionage last month if he entered the country in pursuit of a CIA connection to Pakistan’s secret nuclear bomb smuggling.

Jun 07 11:44

Many bodies, denied AF 447 debris now "found"

More bodies recovered from Brazil crash
Munhoz said 'some 100 objects' have been spotted in the crash zone, including other seats with the Air France logo on them and oxygen masks. But the priority is the recovery of the bodies.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2009-06/03/content_8256425.htm
Brazil navy races to pull Air France wreck from sea 2009-06-03 16:17
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/brazil-says-debris-not-from-af-447/94223-2....
Debris not from AF 447 Fri, Jun 05, 2009
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/world/5632978/brazil-crews-struggle-to-ga...
Crews struggle to gather plane wreckage
June 6, 2009, 7:12 pm

Jun 07 09:53

Obama Abandons Transparency

Earlier this week, I noted that the Senate had passed -- with Obama's support -- a pernicious amendment to the spending supplemental bill, jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, that empowers Obama and the Pentagon, at their sole discretion, to suppress any "photograph taken between September 11, 2001 and January 22, 2009 relating to the treatment of individuals engaged, captured, or detained after September 11, 2001, by the Armed Forces of the United States in operations outside of the United States."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Transparency" was never really on Obama's agenda.

He's simply a more hip, telegenic pitchman for precisely the same agenda we got from the previous administration.

Jun 07 09:50

The Ooze of Piety: Peace Be Upon You?

During the minutes Obama spoke about 9/11, the rich fabric of Islam, and his denial that the USA is a "self-interested empire, people in countries affected by our very sophisticated weapons of imperialism are dying, their loved ones stricken with grief remaining with them as long as they live.

And as he spoke, American-made violence continues its savage march in multiple countries.

In 55 minutes, an orator can give a passionate speech, using soaring rhetoric. I could't finish reading it, though. The ooze of piety was giving me a headache.

Jun 07 09:28

“We Should Be Ashamed”

In this article I’m going to be a bit hard on those who’ve accepted and support the US government in it’s actions toward Muslims, Arabs and Iranians, so a bit of advance warning seems appropriate. When the consequences of putting entire nations, cultures and ethnic groups through the meat grinder demonstrate that they are being reduced to the equivalent of what Lavrenty Beria, ex secret police chief of the Soviet Union, called “(concentration)camp dust”, it seems there are few diplomatic ways to characterize the traits which lead to the current atrocities being perpetrated by those who set themselves up as representing the interests of the American people.

Jun 07 08:41

Schwarzenegger “happy” illegal immigrants have access to health care, education

Instead of blaming the budget deficit on illegal immigration, Schwarzenegger has defended their presence as vital to the economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Illegal immigration is is not, in and of itself, the sole culprit in the staggering $25 billion dollar deficit California is facing right now, but it is a contributing factor.

Legal immigrants pay state taxes when they work, just as do most job-holding citizens. Illegal immigrants do not. So those services with which they are provided become an additional tax burden on those who do pay their state taxes.

Of course, let's look at the real reason large corporations love using illegal labor: it simply drives down the cost of doing business, without any tax or benefit complications for them.

Jun 06 19:22

Strong 6.0 quake hits mid-Atlantic Ocean: USGS

The quake struck 1,802 kilometers (1,120 miles) east-northeast of Saint John's, Antigua, at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) at 5:33 pm (2033 GMT), according to a preliminary USGS report.

Jun 06 19:09

US to Ramp UP intelligence efforts in Drug War

The strategy comes amid fears that Mexico's bloody drug war may spill over the border and terrorists could use drug routes to carry out an attack on the United States.

Jun 06 17:47

Bodies from missing plane found

Two bodies have been found from the Air France plane which went missing over the Atlantic last Monday, the Brazilian air force has said.

Jun 06 16:37

Are We Ready for a Market in Fetal Organs?

Jacob M. Appel
Posted March 17, 2009 | 03:15 PM (EST)
Are We Ready for a Market in Fetal Organs?

Jun 06 10:12

Privatization of 'Obama's War'

"By hiring foreign nationals as mercenaries, you turn the entire world into your recruiting ground. You intricately link corporate profits to an escalation of warfare and make it profitable for companies to participate in your wars.

"In the process of doing that you undermine US democratic policies. And you also violate the sovereignty of other nations, because you're making their citizens combatants in a war to which their country is not a party."

Jun 06 09:26

The ever changing story: Anatomy of a typical US military propaganda campaign.

A sizable clump of peasants with unpronounceable names from an equally unpronounceable village on the other side of the globe are slaughtered by a drone, air strike, or troops on the ground. The initial story appears complete with quotes from locals, local officials, and aid workers- many if not all going on the record and giving their names- on or near the scene that lay out the basic facts of the story- that the US killed a bunch of civilians. And within hours of this come the denials from the US military. And not just any denials but creative ones. If not denying outright that anyone was killed at all (which is sometimes their first reaction) the US military will then offer up their own story in which the evil "Taliban" or "Al Qaeda in Iraq" killed the civilians in question.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The most sickening part of it is that corporate media consistently enables this kind of behavior, without ever challenging military spokespeople on their "tale-spinning"

Jun 06 08:22

Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

Closing prisons for lack of criminals, after the drug war was ended.

Jun 06 08:14

Obama warns Iran and North Korea over nuclear threat

Obama said the international community would take a "very hard look" at how to deal with North Korea while warning that letting Iran develop a nuclear bomb would lead other Middle East states to say "we have to go for it as well."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama, the US has done a brilliant job of creating an object lesson, through the invasion of Iraq, about just what can happen to a country which has absolutely no nuclear deterrent.

And President Obama, for the gazillionth time: you know (and if you don't, your military science advisors should be telling you) that what Iran is working on is a power station.

The level of uranium enrichment is that consistent with creating a power station, and not a weapon, which would take a far higher level of enrichment. The IAEA inspections have consistently confirmed that.

As a signatory to the NPT (which, as you know, Israel is not), Iran is perfectly within its rights to be using nuclear energy for peaceful means, i.e., building a power station.

In fact, if we were on the ground as advisors for this process, American scientists would see for themselves, without question, that there is absolutely no weapons development going on whatsoever.

However, that would be logical.

And that would completely undermine Israel's continued bellicose complaining that they need the US to exterminate its next "existential threat", Iran.

Jun 06 07:49

The Madness at the World's End.

Many who read here must have been noticing a new trend that has been moving away from specific subjects to a more general overview. The reason for this is that talking about Obamabush; torture, cover-ups, 9/11, wars in progress, wars on the horizon, financial crashes and the screeching demon spawn of modern day Israel, as well as the genocide in Gaza and across the globe from Peru to Western Papua doesn’t accomplish much because we all know about these things from the minority- I still have a heart- view or we don’t know much about anything because we really don’t give a shit about much more than our stomachs, sex organs and position in the pecking order.

Jun 06 07:12

Obama and Brown join world leaders, veterans and Tom Hanks to mark 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings

Prince Charles and Gordon Brown have joined presidents Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy to take part in commemorations of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Jun 06 00:28

Code Pink protesters follow Obama to Cairo

Code Pink protesters follow Obama to Cairo. Short YouTube video documents event.

Jun 05 15:07

Prison Blues: States Slimming Down Inmate Meals

The recession is hitting home for inmates, too: Some cash-strapped states are taking aim at prison menus.

Georgia prisoners already didn't get lunch on the weekends, and the Department of Corrections recently eliminated the midday meal on Fridays, too. Ohio may drop weekend breakfasts and offer brunch instead. Other states are cutting back on milk and fresh fruit.

Officials say prisoners are still getting enough calories, but family members and critics say the changes could make prisoners irritable and food a valuable commodity, increasing the possibility of violence.

Jun 05 13:59

NY Car Ticketed Repeatedly With Dead Body Inside

NYC Woman Believes Her Father Lay Dead Inside His Car For Weeks While Police Wrote Tickets Over And Over

Jun 05 13:20

Why No Investigation?

Why are the Congressional leadership of both parties bizarrely silent now....

Because they were there then -- saw it -- all of it -- at a weirdly perverse, practically red-carpet, private snuff-film screening -- and they evidently went along with it.....

Jun 05 10:54

AF 447: French gov't's complicity and cover-up

Coverup Of Cause Of Air
France Flt 447 Crash?
6-5-9
Air France 447 - Biggest Coverup Since TWA 800
By Aussi Shmozi
6-5-9
I Know What Happened To Air France Flight 447
By Dick Eastman
6-4-9

Jun 05 09:38

Two elderly Israelis arrested in 12.5 ton marijuana bust

According to the Sun, police needed six sessions in a special incinerator to dispose of the marijuana, valued at around $50 million.
The Sun calculated the haul as enough to make 36 million marijuana cigarettes ? or one for every man and woman in Britain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is one way to get the British minds off the MP expenses scandal!

Jun 05 08:47

Obama Administration Targets Environmental and Animal Rights Activists As Eco-Terrorists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we will make you pay a carbon tax, so that makes up for it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 05 00:00

AF 447 vanishes, Satellite remote guidance hijacking?

Air France Flight 447, flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, went off the radar on the morning of June 1, 2009. The Airbus 330-200 sent an automated message stating the plane had an electrical short circuit as they crossed through a thunderstorm and experienced turbulence over the Atlantic Ocean.Guardian Unlimited: Air France Plane: 'no Hope' of Survivors (June 1, 2009)1 The last contact the plane made was at about 8:30 p.m. EST, on the evening of Sunday, May 31, 2009.CNN.com: Missing Air France Jet 'hit by Electric Fault' (June 1, 2009)2
http://www.bushstole04.com/911/911_guidance.htm
Automated Precision Satellite Guidance Of 9/11 Type Aircraft Largely Possible Just Before Attacks

Jun 04 20:16

The Judge's Show

Yesterday's Freedom Watch, hosted by Andrew Napolitano

Jun 04 18:00

Debris 'not from Air France jet'

Debris recovered from the Atlantic by Brazilian search teams does not come from a lost Air France jet, a Brazilian air force official has said.

Brig Ramon Borges Cardoso contradicted earlier reports that debris had been found, saying "no material from the plane has been recovered".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Le plot thickens!

Jun 04 10:40

Preparation

Get ready!

Jun 04 10:34

Brazil's navy intensifies hunt for Air France debris

France's Le Monde newspaper quoted sources close to the investigation saying that the airliner was flying "at the wrong speed" in the early hours of Monday just before the disaster.

The paper said the manufacturer of the doomed plane, Airbus, was set to issue a recommendation advising companies using the A330 aircraft that their "crews should preserve the thrust of their engines" during poor weather conditions.

Jun 04 10:32

Time to Look Past Obama’s Words and Face-up to His Actions

Perhaps the worst news is the relative silence of the peace movement. Yes, some are criticizing, but some are still holding out hope that Obama is different. Others of us pointed out that buried beneath the peace-friendly rhetoric during the campaign were Obama’s promises of escalation. Now, more and more are seeing he meant what he said when it came to his support for a hawkish U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 04 09:24

FBI Warned Twice by Abortion Clinic before Doctor Killed: Given Lic. #, Video, Name

Abortion Clinic Manager Reveals He Warned FBI of Suspect in Murder of Dr. George Tiller, Says Killing Could Have Been Avoided

Jun 04 08:45

Click It or Ticket Insanity; 10% of Texans Have Arrest Warrants

Now Dallas plans to step up the pressure on even more on folks who can’t or don’t pay traffic fines, denying vehicle registration to drivers with outstanding traffic tickets. Again, we’re talking about more than 10% of the adult population!

It seems almost unfathomable to me that a majority of county revenue would come from fines and fees. That’s an untenable economic arrangement, but I suppose when more than 10% of adults owe fines, there’s a deep well to draw from, though it’s still crappy public policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jun 04 08:10

Medical bills underlie 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies: study

Medical bills are behind more than 60 percent of U.S. personal bankruptcies, U.S. researchers reported Thursday in a report they said demonstrates that healthcare reform is on the wrong track.

More than 75 percent of these bankrupt families had health insurance but still were overwhelmed by their medical debts, the team at Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School and Ohio University reported in the American Journal of Medicine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good nutrition, exercise, and attitude are the three main elements for protecting your (and your family's) health.

A lot of what you are sold in "foods" at the stores are actually detrimental to your health, such as aspartame, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup. Avoiding these can make a real difference in the quality of your life (particularly the high fructose corn syrup, if you have any blood sugar issues).

There are certain foods out there which are power-houses of anti-oxidants, and actually taste wonderful. Take the time, read the literature, and make some positive changes; small changes are better than no changes at all.

Understand what nutrition supplementation can do - and what its limitations are.

Being armed with knowledge about nutrition - coupled with a consistent exercise program - can contribute a lot toward having a healthier,longer life.

Jun 04 07:49

Life, health insurers invest big in tobacco

Major US, Canadian and British life and health insurance companies have billions of dollars invested in tobacco companies, a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine said.

Wesley Boyd, the study's lead author, found that at least 4.4 billion dollars in insurance company funds are invested in companies whose affiliates produce cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Business as usual, folks.

But of course, with health insurance companies, it's rarely about the actual health of their insureds, and always about the bottom line.

Jun 03 20:24

Man begs doctors to undo penis enlargement surgery

“If there was a surgery to enlarge brains, we would offer him a free trial,” the doctor said.

Jun 03 20:20

AF 447, Pan Am 103, Explosions in flight

Air France received bomb threat before jet crashed
June 04, 2009

http://www.lockerbie.ch/ceocities/ebolrepo500.htm
Report from MEBO, as sent to the Scottish Crown April 2000.
Forensic pictures from the report: http://www.mebocom-defilee.ch/news/pictures.html
"US NATIONAL SECURITY" CLASSIFICATION OF PAN AM 103 IS THE REAL REASON THE GLOBAL COVER-UP ?
New forensic pictures of the explosion site in the cargo room of Pan Am 103 are in the possesion of MEBO Ag. They show clearly that the explosion happened directly on the fuselage skin, at the intersection of Frame no. 700 and stringer no. 39L, at station 700 and NOT in container AVE 4041 PA, position 14L!
http://www.projectcensored.org/static/1989/1989-story12.htm
12. THE SECRET PAN AM 103 REPORT THE MEDIA IGNORED

Jun 03 20:01

NYC man sues police for $220M over alleged assault

A man filed a $220 million lawsuit on Thursday claiming that New York Police Department officers robbed him of his civil rights by sodomizing him with a baton in a subway station.

Michael Mineo, a body piercer who works in a tattoo parlor, spelled out his allegations in graphic terms after exiting federal court in Brooklyn with his lawyers.

"I'm embarrassed," the 24-year-old told reporters. "I didn't ask for this to happen to me. ... I'm a man. I was raped by four men who held me down and put a baton in my rectum. How am I supposed to feel?"

Jun 03 18:40

Hurricane victims still in trailers get options

For weeks, officials have been warning people displaced by Katrina and Rita in 2005 that their federally supplied trailers and mobile homes might be repossessed if they stay.

Instead, President Barack Obama's administration said Wednesday the federal government will offer $50 million in new housing vouchers and give residents the option of buying their units if they meet safety standards and local zoning rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had not there been an unblinking eye from the blogosphere putting a lot of light on this issue, these people probably would have been thrown out and made homeless, courtesy of FEMA.

Jun 03 10:55

GRAND THEFT, PLANET or HEIDI'S FREE BAR & GRILL

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it."--Abraham Lincoln, 1861.

Jun 03 10:45

LADWP Wants You to Keep an Eye on Your Neighbors

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My uncle did that but he got arrested for being a peeping tom!

Jun 03 10:37

What I Learned as a Car Czar

They say history repeats itself. If you are like me and have lived two lives, you have a good chance of seeing the re-enactment with your own eyes. The current takeover of General Motors by the U.S. government and United Auto Workers makes me think back to Romania's catastrophic mismanagement of the car factories it built jointly with the French companies Renault and Citroen. I was Romania's car czar.

Jun 03 09:45

Texas cop uses Taser on 72-year-old great grandmother

A Travis County Constable used his Taser gun on a 72-year-old great grandmother after she refused to sign a speeding ticket.

The cop claims he was forced to defend himself because Kathryn Winkfein “got violent” in her refusal to sign the ticket.

The cop said she also used profanity, making him fear for his life.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They don't make cops like they used to!

Jun 03 09:03

Air France Received Bomb Threat Days Before Crash

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If AF447 went down because of a bomb, it means that all the fondling and peeping (and dropping of laptops) at the security gates doesn't work.

Jun 03 08:19

GM, Chrysler to face Senate scrutiny on dealers

Have a look under the hood folks ....

In his testimony, McEleney will emphasize the need for government to provide new financing to Chrysler so the company can buy back unsold inventory, parts and other assets, and give dealers more time to close their businesses.

The taxpayer is on the hook again!

Jun 03 08:15

Ahmadinejad says Holocaust a 'big deception'

"The identity of the liberal democracy has been exposed to the world by its protection of the most criminal regime in the history of humanity, the Zionist regime, by using the big deception of the Holocaust."

Jun 03 08:12

Booga Booga: Bin Laden calls for 'revenge and hatred' towards U.S. (be very very scared)

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in a taped message aired by Al Jazeera television soon after Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia, said the U.S. president had planted seeds for "revenge and hatred" toward the United States in the Muslim world.

Tuesday, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, called Obama a criminal and warned Muslims not to fall for his polished words.

Their statements marked a concerted al Qaeda propaganda drive to pre-empt Obama's speech to the Muslim world.

Jun 03 06:53

Alleged Bin Laden Tape Blasts Obama

I wondered when he would be wheeled out of his casket.

Jun 02 19:41

The algebra of peace

The significance of your visit to Saudi Arabia shall not be lost upon anyone. King Abdullah has worked tirelessly for peace, and he has received the full support of 22 Arab countries for the peace plan he presented at the Arab summit in Beirut in 2002. The Arab Peace Initiative, offering Israel fully normalized relations with all Arab countries in exchange for withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967, has been endorsed by the United States and the international community as a key gateway on the road to peace.

Jun 02 19:29

Dear President Obama

WELCOME to Saudi Arabia, the country that has kept its friendship with the United States of America over the decades since that historic meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the founder of modern Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, spanning over 12 American presidents and four Saudi kings.

Welcome to an Arab world full of hope in your presidency; and welcome to the world of Islam where hearts and minds expect a better understanding of “them” by the type of person you are, Mr. President.

Jun 02 18:19

Air France 447, TWA 800, EgyptAir 990, Adam Air 574

Air France crash: mystery of plane disappearances
While the disappearance of Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic is unusual, there have been previous instances of aircraft vanishing during flight:
By Aislinn Simpson
Published: 2:55PM BST 02 Jun 2009
* In July 1996, a TWA flight bound for Paris from New York lost contact shortly after takeoff. No warning was broadcast of the crash but witnesses reported seeing a fireball in the sky where it should have been. A total of 230 people died.
[ http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/CRASH/TWA/twa.html ]
* In 1999, Egyptair Flight 990 from New York to Cairo nosedived into the Atlantic Ocean 60 miles off the US coast. All 217 people died in the crash, but mystery still surrounds its cause.

Jun 02 11:35

Liberty Co., FAA to discuss report of object near plane

Liberty County Sheriff’s officials are expected to meet with the FAA on Tuesday to discuss what a Continental Express pilot reported as a “missile or rocket” flying near his airplane.

A pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration that at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, an object passed within 150 feet beneath the aircraft, sheriff’s officials said.

The aircraft was near the southern edge of the county, flying at about 13,000 feet, officials said.

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Jun 01 12:18

One Dead, One Injured in West LR Shooting

One person is dead, another seriously injured, and a third is in custody following a double shooting in west Little Rock Monday morning.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 10:00 a.m. at a U.S. Army Navy Career Center inside the Ashley Square Shopping Center at 9112 North Rodney Parham Road. According to Lt. Terry Hastings with the Little Rock Police Department, two enlisted soldiers standing outside the office were hit when the unidentified suspect drove up and began shooting.

Jun 01 11:17

Last survivor of the Titanic dies, aged 97

She died in her sleep early Sunday, her friend Gunter Babler told the Associated Press. It was the 98th anniversary of the launch of the ship that was billed as "practically unsinkable."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I actually met Millvina many years ago. I'll tell the story on today's radio show.

Jun 01 09:58

Air France crash thought to be caused by system failure

An automated message was received at 2.14am informing air traffic controllers of a failure of the electrical system.

May 31 17:17

Swine Flu Hysteria to Be Launched Again

Big Government ain't giving up on this one just yet.

May 31 14:36

Notorious Abortion Doctor Shot Dead in Wichita

Webmaster's Commentary: 

READ THE COMMENTS BY THE "CHRISTIANS."

May 31 14:09

U.S. embassy to hold first-ever gay pride party tonight -- in Iraq

The Islamic culture does not appreciate or allow public sexual displays to begin with. Now the American embassy is going to display sexuality in a way that will do nothing but offend the host population, needlessly complicating an already sensitive situation. The question becomes, who is going to suffer? Our embassy officials, or our soldiers on the ground who will endure the increased outrage when events such as this occur?

May 31 11:12

Former Jewish community activist facing child-porn charges

Surkis said members of the Jewish community will be disappointed by the news of the charges against him, but said he remains hopeful that he will maintain his reputation.

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If he does, it says something very bad about the community.

May 31 11:08

George Tiller shot to death at Wichita church

Tiller has long been a focal point of protest by abortion opponents because his clinic, Women's Health Care Services at 5701 E. Kellogg, is one of the few in the country where late-term abortions are performed.

"We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," anti-abortion group Operation Rescue said in a statement on its Web site. "Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning. We pray for Mr. Tiller's family that they will find comfort and healing that can only be found in Jesus Christ."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So ... the right-to-life people gun down their enemies?

I mean, I don't like abortion myself, but this is just plain absurd!

May 31 10:59

Canadian Jewish Congress to give Prime Minister Stephen Harper a human-rights award

This is Harper's third major award from a Jewish organization in less than a year. Last June, Harper was awarded the B’nai Brith International President’s Gold Medallion. B'nai Brith said it was in recognition of Canada's efforts to fight discrimination and uphold human rights in Canada and around the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A B'nai Brith award isn't what it used to be. See next story down.

May 31 10:58

Computer maintenance uncovers child porn

It was only when Bill Surkis sent his computer to a repair shop to check for a virus that police were notified of suspicious videos on his hard drive.

Based on that evidence, the former regional director of B’nai Brith in Quebec was charged Friday with two counts relating to the possession and accessing of child pornography between July and November, 2008.

Surkis, 69, who was also the academic dean of John Abbott College for 22 years, and the executive director of the Holocaust Memorial Centre, spent the night in jail before being released with a long list of conditions Friday afternoon.

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There are some very sick people out there.

Very dumb, too, for keeping such data on their hard drive instead of a jump disk.

May 31 09:34

Arnold's Cuts Would Make California "Unrecognizable," Nearly All Target Poor Residents

“Government doesn’t provide services to rich people,” Mike Genest, the state’s finance director, said on a conference call with reporters on Friday. “It doesn’t even really provide services to the middle class.” He added: “You have to cut where the money is.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, yeah?!?

What about tax breaks for the wealthy and major corporations?!?

As reported in:

http://www.calitics.com/diary/8460/why-california-must-tax-the-wealthy

"One of the aspects of the political economy of last 30 years has been tax cuts for the wealthy. This ensured that government was starved of revenue in the bad times, and unable to catch up, not to mention get ahead by providing adequate services and saving for a rainy day in the good times.

California has been the poster child for this. Since 1978 we have steadily excluded wealth from taxation. Since 1993 we have given $12 billion in tax cuts and tax breaks. Corporate taxes were around 9% in 1981 and are now below 5%, yet corporations have provided neither wage growth nor stable jobs to the state, and our core services are underfunded.

As a result the poorest among us now bear the largest share of the tax burden. The lowest 20% income brackets pay 11.7% of their income in state and local taxes, whereas the top 4% pay only 7.1% of their income. The result is that lower income Californians have a higher tax burden - but get less in return for those taxes. Our income tax is also flawed in that there is only one bracket for people making between $47,500 and $999,999."

If you don't find that this qualifies as "services" for the very wealthy, I don't know what does.

May 31 07:30

The Waorani, Fierce Defenders of the Ecudorean Amazon

Manuella herself personally met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correia in 2008 and told him "Mr. President, If you send oil workers into Waorani Territory, my people will kill all of them, and then who will be responsible for that situation? The Waorani? or you?"

President Correia replied to her "Well I certainly don't want anyone to go there and get killed". The proposed oil exploration incursion by Petro Ecuador deeper into Waorani territory was shelved.

May 31 05:05

George Bush and Bill Clinton Do Toronto: Pepsi versus Coke meets Republican versus Democrat

Left versus Right as a Substitute for Law versus Criminality, Peace with Justice versus War Without End

The role of corporate media as enablers and sugar coaters of the highest order of international crime could not be made clearer than in the sponsorship by the Globe and Mail of the Toronto encounter between Clinton and Bush. What credibility does the Globe and Mail retain after the Toronto event in its coverage of the fast breaking story of the global movement to enforce the rule of law on credibly accused war criminal George W. Bush? How likely is it that the journalists at the Globe and Mail will report fairly and objectively on the intervention of Lawyers Against War.

May 30 10:46

FBI planning to build big new headquarters for Honolulu division

The U.S. Department of Justice is expanding its presence in the Islands by building a new headquarters for the FBI's Honolulu division on 10 acres of land in Kalaeloa.

May 30 09:47

Can America be Fixed?

May 30 08:40

Bank Mistakenly Deposits $6M In Couple's Account

Two New Zealanders whose bank mistakenly deposited 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account took some of the money and ran, police said.

Authorities launched an international search for the couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua, and their Westpac Bank said Thursday it considered the money stolen.

The two applied to Westpac for a NZ$10,000 ($6,000) overdraft, but 1,000 times that amount was paid into their account. The two then withdrew some of the money and disappeared, Detective Senior Sgt. David Harvey said.

May 30 08:18

Los Angeles Official Cancels Most Summer School

Most summer school programs for students from elementary through high school will be canceled this year, the latest casualty of California’s widening budget gap, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Who needs summer school? Most of these kids will be in uniform, carrying a rifle and roughing up some third world folks for resources which are really ours in the next couple of years anyway!" -Official Sacramento Souse.

May 30 08:13

Katrina victims to be evicted — again

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to enforce a June 1 date — originally established by the Bush administration — for the eviction of several thousand victims of Hurricane Katrina who are still living in temporary trailers after nearly four years.

In a Friday press release, the US Human Rights Network stated that this decision “not only lacks basic compassion but is also a derogation of the government’s responsibilities to uphold fundamental human rights.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FEMA just wants these people, whose lives got destroyed by this hurricane, and then by the unmitigated bungling of relocation and rebuilding plans to just vanish, go away, and never come back.

The problem is, with all that has happened to them these people have no where to go to. Many are as the article states, ".....are among the Gulf Coast’s most vulnerable residents — the poor, the ill and the elderly,”

The Federal government response to Katrina is the reason why many people are now stocking up on staples (and firearms) because the lesson of Katrina was, if you don't already have a lot of money, the government isn't all that interested in helping you survive.

May 30 08:11

The appeal of 'Live free or die'

Antigovernment activists putting down roots in N.H.

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I am proud to be from the Granite State!

May 30 07:53

Iraqi teen tackles 300 year old maths puzzle

A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant, who figured out a solution to a complex maths puzzle, was not the first person to come up with a successful formula, Sweden's Uppsala University said in a statement Thursday.

Swedish media, including the website of the Dagens Nyheter daily, reported Thursday that Mohamed Altoumaimi had found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli.

May 30 06:42

Emanuel Works Over Lawmakers to Push Obama's Plan

Known for his tough tactics and profanity, Emanuel, 49, is “doing what he’s always done,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York. “He’s whipping us” referring to Emanuel’s skill at rounding up votes.
Emanuel came to his White House job with a “big reputation for being a little rough around the edges,”
“If you’re going to whip somebody, you’ve got to find out why they are being hesitant,” said Representative Ed Pastor, an Arizona Democrat.
“His job is not to be the head of congressional affairs,” said John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s last chief of staff. “He can’t spend all his time on Capitol Hill. He’s got to give direction to the government.”

May 30 06:00

Geithner wields little leverage in China talks

Timothy Geithner's first trip to China as treasury secretary comes at an especially vulnerable time for the Obama administration.

Mired in a brutal recession, the United States needs Beijing to boost its purchases of U.S. goods, let China's currency rise and take other steps to narrow an enormous trade gap. And it needs China's help to combat any military threat from North Korea.

The problem is Washington's leverage has waned just as China's power over the U.S. has grown.

(*He was basically told "YOU GO NOW !")

May 30 05:32

Poll: 57 percent oppose torture investigation

A majority of Americans — by a healthy 57-percent-to-42-percent margin — oppose a congressional investigation into Bush-era torture allegations, according to a new CNN/ORD poll of 2,000 adults (+/- 2 percent).

The breakout questions are even more telling:

May 30 05:12

The Obama Card


Obama's solution to all economic and financial problems.

May 29 20:19

More Americans Misusing Illicit Painkillers For The First Time Than Trying Pot, Study Says

Washington, DC: More Americans report misusing prescription opioids than trying pot, according to a study released last week by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

May 29 20:13

In which the president discovers an American intelligence agency at Five Guys

On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant.

"So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event.

"We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied.

May 29 08:41

Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: A Gun-grabber’s Dream Come True

Obama Supreme Court pick Sonia Sotomayor believes that suspects captured on the battlefield must receive all rights afforded to American citizens under the Constitution. That’s the good news. Now here’s the bad. She thinks American citizens don’t have the right to own firearms.

Sonia Sotomayor has an extensive track record revealing her hostility toward the Second Amendment.

May 29 08:01

Write a letter in support of parole for Leonard Peltier.

An innocent man, Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 and has served over 30 years in federal prison despite proof of his innocence—also despite proof that he was convicted on the basis of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony.

The United States Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case but, by their decisions, have refused to take corrective action. A model prisoner, Leonard also has been denied fair consideration for parole and Executive Clemency. This is clearly an abuse of the legal standards of American justice.

May 29 07:46

WHO'S THE TERRORIST? It might be you!

Walking around downtown Ottawa, I often see the words, "You might be a terrorist" stenciled on newspaper boxes. It makes me smile sometimes, and other times it makes me feel sad because those few words tell a dangerous story for us all.

Who is a terrorist and who is not is more and more becoming a political rather than a factual decision. Sooner or later Canadians will have to awake to the fact that if President Bush can exploit the constantly reinforced fear of terrorism to arbitrarily establish "Executive Orders" that override the American Constitution, it is only a matter of time before it happens here.

What am I saying? It has already happened here. The Security Certificate is in direct contravention of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Like the Soviet Union of old that we used to love to sneer at, Canada has secret police who can nab anybody they wish by manufacturing evidence and then invoking "National Security" when asked to reveal it.

May 28 19:10

CSIS: Nothing but trouble and shame

This is exactly why Secret Trials should be abolished and why judges should long ago have refused to get involved in them. The Judges who have disbelieved Harkat in favour of what CSIS tells them behind closed doors have willingly buried their heads in muck, while many of us have watched the dirty dealings of CSIS for years and wouldn't trust them if they were the last source of information on earth.

The collaboration between the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) and CSIS is obvious. The brutal raid they carried out recently on the Harkat's home and privacy was a desperate attempt to find something, anything, that might save CSIS from the inevitable wages of their sins!

How many times does CSIS have to be caught in lies and cover-ups before they are disbanded as more trouble and shame than they're worth? At least the RCMP bring in some tourist revenue. What has CSIS done for Canada other than scrabble under rocks and maintain the myth of Al Qaeda for the benefit of US wars of hegemony? The Secret Trials have cost the taxpayers a mint and years of agony for the accused and their families.

May 28 18:18

Schwarzenegger proposes 5% cut in state worker salaries

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a 5% cut in 200,000 state workers’ salaries.

May 28 13:21

Louisiana Senate bans smoking in bars, casinos

A proposal that would ban smoking in bars and gambling facilities passed the Louisiana Senate on Thursday and is headed to the House.

The state already has a law that prohibits smoking in restaurants, public places, public buildings and most places of employment. The proposal by Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, would require bars, casinos, off-track betting facilities and other gambling spots also to become smoke-free.

The 22-10 vote by the Senate sent the bill to the House, where a similar bill by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, awaits full House debate.

May 28 09:24

Rampant Inflation, Bank Runs, Bare Grocery Shelves

SAN DIEGO – Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.

Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla.

Wiseman isn't alone. Emergency supply retailers and military surplus stores nationwide have seen business boom in the past few months as more Americans spooked by the economy rush to stock up on gear that was once the domain of hard-core survivalists.

May 28 07:54

Teen Infowarriors Fighting For Truth

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is a war for the minds of America and the first one to quit, loses!

May 28 07:36

Workers lifted my car, painted yellow lines under it and put it down... then the wardens came and towed it away

Ruth Ducker always legally parks her Volkswagen Golf around the corner from her house, so it came as a shock when she discovered it had disappeared from its spot - and in its place was double yellow lines.

Her confusion deepened when Lambeth council claimed to have no knowledge of where her car was.

It took three weeks for the council to admit its contractors were behind the disappearance, and then add insult to injury by telling the 44-year-old graphic designer she owed more than £800 in fines.

May 28 05:53

Video: The Case Against Shell

In May 2009, multinational oil giant Shell will stand trial in United States federal court to answer to charges that it conspired in human rights abuses including murder in Nigeria in the 1990s. This mini-documentary tells the story of the rise of an inspiring and nonviolent movement for human rights and environmental justice, and the lengths Shell was willing to go to stop it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htF5XElMyGI&feature=player_embedded

May 27 17:05

Nuremberg set a valid precedent for trials of war-crime suspects in Iraq's destruction

Japan Times: The Nuremberg Principles, a set of guidelines established after World War II to try Nazi Party members, were developed to determine what constitutes a war crime. The principles can also be applied today when considering the conditions that led to the Iraq war and, in the process, to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, many of them children, and to the devastation of a country's infrastructure.

In January 2003, a group of American law professors warned President George W. Bush that he and senior officials of his government could be prosecuted for war crimes if their military tactics violated international humanitarian law.

Perhaps one of the most serious breaches of international law by the Bush administration was the doctrine of "preventive war." In the case of the Iraq war, it was carried out without authorization from the U.N. Security Council in violation of the U.N. Charter, which forbids armed aggression and violations of any state's sovereignty except for immediate self-defense.

May 27 16:26

Springtime for Hitler?

by: Steve Weissman t r u t h o u t
Perspective

(*And now it's ...
Springtime for Hitler and Germany
Deutschland is happy and gay!
We're marching to a faster pace
Look out, here comes the master race!)

Here, in France, we have a series of laws that make it a crime to deny the Holocaust. At most, the prosecutions make heroes of the Holocaust deniers to their small coterie of followers and do nothing to spread the truth of how Hitler tried to annihilate Jews,Roma and Sinti, and gays. So why lean on ineffective laws that only get in the way? Leave historical truth to historians and to playwrights, as the First Amendment compels Americans to do. Springtime for Hitler is a much more effective way to marginalize the purveyors of hate.

May 27 16:17

IraqTortureGate:

Powell Denies Knowing He Used Tortured Evidence for UN Case
The Senate Intelligence Committee knows that al-Libi's false, tortured testimony was part of Colin Powell's speech to the UN. Human Rights Watch knows it. Lawrence Wilkerson knows it. And you know it.

But supposedly Colin Powell doesn't know it. Is this credible?

May 27 07:26

Woman blasts off boyfriend’s penis with firecrackers

A Russian woman got so upset by the news that her boyfriend intended to leave her that she tied several firecrackers to his penis and exploded them, the Life.ru web-site reports.

...

When Alik started moving out Kira suggested that they had a farewell dinner. After a hearty meal and some heavy drinking Alik fell asleep. The girlfriend tied several firecrackers to Alik’s penis and exploded them.

I'll never complain about my alarm clock again.

May 27 02:58

Attention To Hate Laws, At Last

In the past month, unprecedented attention has been given to hate crime laws-it's about time! Conservatives and, surprisingly, some liberals have railed against hate laws in general and the "Pedophile Protection Act" in particular. They're a wee bit late-the bill already passed the House-but the breaking of this epically under-reported story is worth a roll call.

May 26 17:48

The World's Billionaires

NEWS FLASH: The richest people in the world have gotten poorer, just like the rest of us.

It's been a tough year for the richest people in the world. Last year there were 1,125 billionaires. This year there are just 793 people rich enough to make our list.

(*The world has become a wealth wasteland)

May 26 17:34

Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?

North Korea thumbs its nuclear nose at Washington.

During the U.S. Presidential primaries last year, I had expressed my misgivings that Barack Obama might turn out to be another Jimmy Carter, whose confused thinking and soft image paved the way for the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
The subsequent Iranian defiance of the U.S. and Carter's inability to deal effectively with the crisis in which Iranian students raided the U.S. Embassy in Teheran and held a number of U.S. diplomats hostage led to disillusionment with him in sections of the U.S. and to his failure to get re-elected in 1980.

May 26 10:40

California Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem with majority rule is that it too often expresses itself by taking something away from the minority.

May 26 10:32

Malignant Ignorance

Yes, some folks are honest, no doubt about it. But few truly honest people ever achieve much of anything above average (you and I are exceptions of course). The truth is, despite its virtuosity, honesty doesn’t pay very well. As I ponder the matter, I can’t think of a single profession or industry that’s uncompromisingly rooted in truth. Try it. Name one. Just one. I’m all ears.

May 26 09:35

Threats to Judges, Prosecutors Soaring

"I live with a constant heightened sense of awareness," said John R. Adams, a federal judge in Ohio who began taking firearms classes after a federal judge's family was slain in Chicago and takes a pistol to the courthouse on weekends. "If I'm going to carry a firearm, I'd better know how to use it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Overall, when judges and prosecutors are seen to enforce just laws equally, personal danger is low (never gone completely, of course). But in these times, as the obvious double standard in the way (for example) Michael Vick is treated versus Dick Cheney becomes more obvious, judges and prosecutors are not seen as the upholders of the law, but merely enforcers of the tyrants. It is understandable that patriots might see them as part of the problem rather than a solution to the injustices occurring daily across the land.

May 26 09:22

Deputies say colleague showed porn movie to teenagers in jail

A sheriff’s deputy brought a pornographic movie into the jail and showed it to several juvenile prisoners, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Kijanka, 39, was arrested Thursday on charges of introducing contraband into a penal facility and showing obscenity to minors.

May 25 15:41

Pirate Party on course for election triumph

The Pirate Party, a Swedish political party set up to promote internet piracy and reform copyright laws, is set to win several seats in the European parliament, according to reports.

The Times reported that the pro-file-sharing party is now Sweden’s third largest political party, according to a new poll which put support at eight per cent, enough to give the party a number of seats in Brussels.

May 25 13:41

Pay No Attention to This Day

Memorial Day, when we pretend that we live in a free country because of all the people who were killed in the government’s senseless wars.

May 25 11:23

Rethinking the Costs of Peace

By asking earlier this month for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel in his FY2010 budget request, it would seem that on this important policy issue President Obama?s commitment is more rhetorical than substantive. Since 1949, according to the Congressional Research Service, the United States has provided to Israel more than $100 billion in military and economic assistance. In 2007, the United States and Israel signed an agreement for $30 billion in additional military aid through FY2018.

May 25 10:55

Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for riots in California and other states if these kinds of proposal are passed, coupled with the establishment of a "national emergency" to give state and federal authorities sweeping policing powers.

May 25 10:34

Dick Cheney, "Toy Soldier" on Memorial Day Parade

So it is of somewhat sickening irony, as the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica points out on this Memorial Day, that the draft-dodging, torture-endorsing, war-instigating "toy soldier" likes of a Dick Cheney -- "whose idea of a foxhole is Fox News" -- should now be dictating what kind of a person bodies forth a patriotic Republican in good standing.

Cheney of course does, and Gen. Powell doesn't.

May 25 10:32

THE PEOPLE FIGHT BACK

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The police abuse a protester and the crowd goes after the police.

Remember, the Romanian revolution began at a sporting event. Two weeks later, Cheacescu was machine-gunned to death on Romanian national television.

May 25 10:22

Suu Kyi ‘likely to be jailed for years’

Ms Suu Kyi faces five years in prison if she is convicted of the charges that she broke the conditions of her current house arrest by allowing an uninvited visitor, a US citizen named John Yettaw, who swam across a lake to her back door this month, to stay and gave him food and drink. “I am not guilty because I have not committed any crime,” Ms Suu Kyi told the court on Friday, according to her lawyer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so looks like a setup on the part of the Myanmar government to keep her in prison for what could be the rest of her life that it stinks to high heaven.

The international community can only do so much; ultimately, it will have to be the Myanmar people who must have the final say about the outcome here.

Political and military oppression can only work for so long before there's a backlash, if there are no real improvements in the lives of a country's citizenry.

May 25 09:46

Just what are we commemorating this Memorial Day?

While millions of Americans will go to national cemeteries today to visit departed loved ones and to cry their hearts out, one has to ask just what those brave souls died for.

America the Beautiful? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Fighting and dying so the Fed can steal trillions and trillions of OUR money?

Or is it what former Secretary of State Kissinger said, referring pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy?

May 25 06:20

Man wrongly jailed for 27 years walks free ... and is hit by a taxi

The man released after spending 27 years in jail for a murder he did not commit has spent his first weekend of freedom in hospital after being hit by a taxi.

Sean Hodgson needed stitches in his face after being struck by the cab as he was about to cross a busy road in London.

May 24 10:42

How Those Who Kill Can Enter Canada While Those Who Save Lives Are Barred

World renowned, award winning journalist John Pilger commented on George Galloway’s autobiography: “Galloway’s work has saved countless lives, particularly in Iraq”. This is an accurate statement about the record of the five-times elected British MP who was described by Canadian Minister for Immigration Jason Kenny as “a threat to Canada’s security” and subsequently banned from entering Canada during March of this year. Juxtaposing the blood-soaked records of George W Bush and Bill Clinton - especially in relation to Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Somalia and elsewhere - with the unimpeachable record of George Galloway MP, the patent rudderless and deceptive nature of the current Canadian government and its media accomplices becomes transparent.

May 24 09:50

Hoover Alabama police beating - calling all attorneys

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Cops caught editing arrest videos may open up thousands of cases which used such tapes for evidence for appeals.

May 24 09:41

Should we Overthrow the gov't on July 4?

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Will it still be here?

May 24 09:29

Toledo Police Beat 14 Yr Old Trevor Casey For No Reason

May 24 08:45

Tony Blair believed God wanted him to go to war to fight evil, claims his mentor

John Burton, Mr Blair's political agent in his Sedgefield constituency for 24 years, says that Labour's most successful ever leader – in terms of elections won – was driven by the belief that "good should triumph over evil".

"It's very simple to explain the idea of Blair the Warrior," he says. "It was part of Tony living out his faith."

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One has to wonder about a "faith" which requires the absolute destruction of a country which was never any real threat to the UK or the west.

What has been left in the wake of the invasion and occupation of Iraq is the utter devastation of that country, the infrastructure, with its medical systems and educational systems absolutely destroyed.

Oh, and let's not forget the dumping of tons of depleted uranium by coalition forces,, leaving large sections of the population mortally ill with cancer, and with huge numbers of birth defects in its wake.

Any god which demands those kinds of outcomes from their followers is a pretty spiritually evil deity.

May 24 08:18

Federal judge threatens to sanction Obama administration over secrecy

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco warned the Obama administration on Friday of severe sanctions if it does not comply with the court’s order to turn over a secret document an Islamic group says proves they were illegally spied upon.

The case, Al-Haramain v. Obama (see also: Al-Haramain V. Bush), springs out of a government mistake in which a secret document detailing the wiretapping of calls between attorneys and Saudi charity Al-Haramain was turned over to the charity’s counsel.

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Unflipping believable.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

May 23 10:01

Generals Find Suicide a Frustrating Enemy

Such meetings are one piece of a broader effort to arrest the Army's rising suicide rate, which has surged to record levels in the past year. In 2008, 140 soldiers on active duty took their own lives, continuing a trend in which the number of suicides has increased more than 60 percent since 2003, surpassing the rate for the general U.S. population.

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The US military is already massively understaffed for the tasks at hand.

Multiple rotations, coupled with commanders putting soldiers unfit to fight back on the front lines with all kinds of prescription drugs in their systems, cannot be helping.

But what may well have been the tipping point for at least some of these people was the very clear, inescapable understanding that this time, the US is not on the right side of history, in the pursuit of these wars without end.

May 23 09:50

The Humanitarian Face of the State, With Fangs

The state is driven by its own internal interests, which can only be fulfilled at the expense of society. The state operates according to the principle of violence. Violence is the ultimate bargaining tool of the state. This is true in domestic and foreign relations, whether running a health program or a prison camp.

May 23 09:35

In the Absence of Proof

It’s bad enough that we still execute people in the United States. It’s absolutely chilling that we’re willing to do it when we’re not even sure we’ve got the right person in our clutches.

May 23 09:20

Barack Obama pledges to keep U.S. 'dominance'

“I will only send you into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy, the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support you need to get the job done,” Obama said before an audience estimated at 30,000. “We will maintain America’s military dominance and keep you the finest fighting force the world has ever seen.”

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That Obama can say this with a straight face in Annapolis, yet continue to do what he's doing in Afghanistan (and soon, Pakistan) is enough to make one's head spin.

May 22 18:03

Do You Want Your OTV?

On April 27, President Obama welcomed the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies, who had just won the NCAA women's basketball championship.

After the event, President Obama went to the White House basketball court to shoot hoop with the Lady Huskies. The White House press corps was not allowed to attend.

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It appears that the Obama White House is desperately trying to get a lock on perception by carefully manipulating it just the way they want to.

It's an old trick. Pharaohs in Egypt had wonderful, winning battles depicted that .... well.... either didn't happen, or didn't show the real outcome.

And of course, in the 20th century, you had masters at it, like Leni Riefenstahl, who did an amazing job of making Hitler's Germany look like heaven.

But this is why the government is desperately afraid of the blogosphere, and will try anything to get it shut down.

And to the corporate media folks who were shut out, and are complaining about it: get over it. This is a non-story.No matter how telegenic, bright, and athletically gifted these young women may be, an NCAA
womens' basketball championship has absolutely no effect on the lives of Americans.

Of course, you do have some issues you need to be looking at, but won't.

For example, what about the aftermath of the Patriot Act, the continuous use of torture, the potential permanent detention of US citizens, US-backed assassination squads roaming the planet to "neutralize" people the government doesn't like, the real state of the economy, etc.?!?

If you were actually doing your job, and telling the American people the truth, political blogs wouldn't need to exist.

But you won't; so we have to.

May 22 17:39

Obama: From anti-war law professor to warmonger in 100 days

How long does it take a mild-mannered, anti-war, black professor of constitutional law, trained as a community organiser on the South Side of Chicago, to become an enthusiastic sponsor of targeted assassinations, 'decapitation' strategies and remote-control bombing of mud houses at the far end of the globe?

Obama's course is set and his presidency is already stained the familiar blood-red.

May 22 09:30

Obama plans more open government

Americans are getting a say in the way the Obama administration opens up the policy making process.

Via a website, Americans are being asked for ideas about making government more transparent.

The best ideas, from this first stage, will be debated online and then used in central discussions about moves towards more open government.

Finally, citizens will help draft the wording of recommendations about what the administration should do.

May 22 08:32

State hires alleged identity thief it had previously fired

When arrested Tuesday, however, the computer analyst was training for yet another job, at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Travis County prosecutor Jason English said it was "concerning" that the man was still working for the state after being fired by the comptroller.

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This proves what I have been saying all along. The government can have all these systems watching us, reading our emails, scanning our computers, listening to our phone calls ... but there is just to much data for them to make any sense of at all.

The spying is just to scare us into not talking with each other about what has been going on.

May 21 07:00

New York “Terror Plot” Another Government Provocateured Set-Up

The corporate media and the authorities are having a field day lavishing saturation coverage on the so-called New York “terror plot” in which four men, three of them U.S. citizens, supposedly planned to blow up a Jewish temple and shoot down military planes, feverishly citing it as another example of why we should accept police state measures in major cities and the targeting of American citizens as “domestic terrorists”.

The only problem with this premise, mirroring just about every other major terror plot and terror bust that we have ever studied, is that the men were radicalized and provocateured by an FBI informant, who provided the group with the fake weapons that led to their arrest.

May 21 02:33

Healthcare’s Enigma-In-Chief

The most stunning and least reported news about President Obama’s press conference with health industry executives this week wasn’t those executives’ willingness to negotiate with a Democrat. It was that Democrat’s eagerness to involve those executives in a discussion about healthcare reform even as they revealed their previous plans to pilfer $2 trillion from Americans.

That was the little-noticed message from the made-for-TV spectacle administration officials called a health care “game changer” In saying they can voluntarily slash $200 billion a year off the country’s medical bills over the next decade and still preserve their profits, healthcare companies implicitly acknowledged they were plotting to fleece consumers, and have been fleecing them for years.

May 20 22:42

4 Arrested in plot (Conspiracy) to bomb NYC targets

WASHINGTON - Four men have been arrested in a plot to attack several targets in the New York City area, including synagogues, federal and local authorities told NBC News Wednesday.

May 20 22:17

Now We Own a Car Company?

Damn, I must have missed something in the good ol’ Constitution. Somewhere, there must be an Amendment that says “When businesses get run into the ground, the government should buy them.” Because that’s more or less what’s going on today as the latest move by corpgov is to move toward ownership by the government of General Motors.

May 20 20:04

7 Arrested In NYC Craigslist Prostitution Ring

A New York City prostitution ring run primarily on Craigslist has been busted, and Attorney General Andrew Cuomo ripped into the site Wednesday, saying it will continue to be a haven for illegal activity until it takes more action to prevent crime

May 20 09:21

Judge rejects Obama view on detaining Al Qaeda supporters

A federal judge has rejected aspects of the Obama administration's definition of who can legally be held as a prisoner in the war on terror.

In a 22-page decision issued Tuesday evening, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates ruled that members in Al Qaeda or the Taliban could be detained, but that mere support for Al Qaeda activities is not a sufficient basis for the government to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay or elsewhere.

May 20 09:20

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS MARCH FOR JUSTICE … AGAINST RACISM

Troy Davis, an innocent man, is sitting on death row awaiting execution….. Hundreds marched in New York yesterday in his defense. Our Bud was among them and shares the following with you…

May 20 09:08

The Revolution Will Not Be Organized

May 20 08:43

Suspected bank robber a retired NYPD officer

May 20 08:39

Any Nation Looking for a First Rate Anti-Zionist Propagandist?

Things being the way they are in the United States, it’s more than apparent to me that Zogbots will soon be at my door for one reason or another anyway, and it‘s probably best that I get out of this country before I‘m no longer able.

I have zero loyalty to the present United States government,, I do not consider it legitimate, I believe that it was long ago hijacked by the world Zionist entity, and despite the fact that I once foolishly served in its military, I believe that to serve it today is to serve evil and all that entails.

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I know the feeling.

May 20 07:48

Obama Steers Toward Endless War With Islam

In just over 100 days, President Obama is on the verge of ensuring that militant Islam’s war on America will be waged for decades to come and its forces will never suffer manpower or money shortages. How did he accomplish so much in some little time? He simply behaved as all U.S. political leaders behave; that is, as an ignorant and arrogant interventionist.

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So much for that wonderful slogan, "change you can believe in."

Obama is nothing more than a supremely telegenic pitch-man, serving up the same old dreadful agenda as did his predecessor.

He just looks infinitely more poised on camera while doing it.

May 20 07:36

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated

In deploying an all-volunteer army to fight two ongoing wars, in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has increasingly relied on prescription drugs to keep its warriors on the front lines. In recent years, the number of military prescriptions for antidepressants, sleeping pills, and painkillers has risen as soldiers come home with battered bodies and troubled minds. And many of those service members are then sent back to war theaters in distant lands with bottles of medication to fortify them.

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Superiors are continuing to put soldiers back out on the battlefield, unfit to fight because the military is stressed to the breaking point with not enough soldiers to adequately perform the tasks at hand.

Given the muscularity of Obama's foreign policy commitments, don't be terribly surprised to see the re-institution of the draft under his watch.

May 19 17:50

Sri Lanka on brink of catastrophe as UN aid blocked

The Sri Lankan Government has blocked access to aid workers trying to help the nearly 300,000 civilians displaced by the army’s victory over the Tamil Tigers, raising the prospect of a humanitarian catastrophe.

Accounts of conditions inside the camps — gained from testimony recorded covertly by aid workers — and the journey to them are horrifying.

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One has to wonder just how intense the genocide of non-combatant Tamils was for the Sri Lankan government to block UN aid.

May 19 16:32

U.S. will deploy missiles in Poland

The Patriot battery, armed with about 100 missiles, is to be temporarily based on the Polish soil until 2012 when it would be permanently based. The cooperation is expected to include deployment of, at least, one battery of US Patriot missiles. "We expect the Patriot battery to be deployed on Polish soil by the end of 2009, as initially agreed with the Americans."

May 19 10:07

Cat amazes owner by climbing the walls of her house

A cat has amazed its owner by learning to climb up the walls of her house to get back in when he finds himself locked out.

Charlie the cat can scale the walls of his master's home in Denny, near Falkirk, Scotland, to sneak indoors via the upstairs balcony door.

The ginger and white tomcat grips onto the sheer pebbledash surface to make his vertical ascent.

His owner Hannah Smith said she discovered her mischievous pet's talent when she let him out of the front door downstairs, only for him to reappear indoors moments later.

The seven-year-old cat's gravity-defying skills have since become a regular sight, earning him the nickname "Spider-cat" among bemused neighbours.

May 19 09:24

"Cowboys" and Other Horrors of Empire, Version Obama 1.0

Intervention always leads to more intervention: the first intervention leads to unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as the justification for still further intervention. That intervention in turn leads to still more unforeseen and uncontrollable consequences, which are then used as yet another justification for still further intervention. The process can go on indefinitely, and the ultimate consequences are always disastrous in the extreme.

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What we have in Obama is a magnificently telegenic pitch-man, with no real deviation from either the domestic or foreign policy blunders of his predecessor.

He just looks so good and intelligent in front of that teleprompter, he makes his adoring followers just want to believe every word which comes out of his mouth.

Unfortunately, you have to look at what he is doing, rather than listen to what he says, to get a sense of where things are headed in this country and geopolitically around the world.

It's not a pretty picture.

May 19 08:22

Stakes rise as drug war threatens to cross border

U.S. officials are trying to stop the violence from crossing the border. The Obama administration committed to spending an additional $700 million to help Mexico fight the cartels and agreed to double the number of U.S. agents working the border.

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Violence "threatens" to cross the border?!? I don't know quite what planet this particular writer lives on, but it cannot possibly be earth.

Drug-related crime has been expanding exponentially for the last years in the border areas.

Of course, there's one thing the US could do to make this go away, and very quickly. That would be complete decriminalization of drugs, just pulling the plug out of the profit motive. You'd see addiction plummet.

But, of course, that would be logical. And too many people at too many levels of government and commerce are making too much money to have this happen.

May 19 07:33

WTF??!!

Breast Cancer Diagnosed In 10-Year-Old California Girl

The 10-year-old is the youngest girl ever to suffer from breast cancer in the U.S.

I hope we're not witnessing the beginning of a trend.

May 18 14:12

Obama’s Animal Farm: Bigger, Bloodier Wars Equal Peace and Justice

“The Deltas are psychos…You have to be a certified psychopath to join the Delta Force…”, a US Army colonel from Fort Bragg once told me back in the 1980’s. Now President Obama has elevated the most notorious of the psychopaths, General Stanley McChrystal, to head the US and NATO military command in Afghanistan. McChrystal’s rise to leadership is marked by his central role in directing special operations teams engaged in extrajudicial assassinations, systematic torture, bombing of civilian communities and search and destroy missions. He is the very embodiment of the brutality and gore that accompanies military-driven empire building.

May 18 13:29

What's The Frequency Alex?

May 18 12:05

MEMORIAL DAY - WALTER LEWIS SMITH

But as I think back on him, I know for a fact that he and the millions of others who served in all the various wars the United States became entangled in would be shocked and saddened to see that the government for which they sacrificed so much has become the very embodiment of all that they fought so hard against. No more First Amendment, warrantless spying on Americans, show trials, confessions extracted by torture; for this Walter gave up a lung?

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May 18 09:46

Baby Girl on Jay Leno Show, Truly Astounding!

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I know very few adults could keep up with this kid!!!!

May 18 08:38

Ship with reprocessed nuclear fuel docks in Japan

An armed vessel docked at a central Japanese port carrying the nation's first consignment of reprocessed nuclear fuel to land here in eight years.

The Pacific Heron, a specially adapted ship with a British police team on board to guard against possible hijack, arrived in the port of Omaezaki more than two months after leaving France.

May 18 07:29

Fury as Hanworth speed camera rakes in £1m

A TEMPORARY speed camera in Hanworth has been named as Britain's highest-grossing – bringing in fines of almost £1m in just six months.

16,213 motorists – which equates to more than 100 a day – were caught breaking the temporary 30mph restriction imposed on the A316 Country Way between June and November last year.

The road usually has a 50mph limit but average speed cameras were operating during roadworks at the site to improve signage, street lighting and resurface the road.

The 30mph restriction has been criticised by motorists who say the limit was too drastic a slowdown just a few hundred metres after coming off the busy 70mph M3 motorway.

Write to your local MP and ask him to put the fine on his expenses...

May 18 05:21

Bilderberg Fears Losing Control In Chaos-Plagued World

Investigative journalist Daniel Estulin, whose information from inside Bilderberg has routinely proven accurate, states that the global elite’s plan to completely destroy the economy and ultimately lower global population by two thirds has stoked fears even within Bilderberg itself that the fallout from such chaos could ultimately result in the globalists losing their control over the world.

May 17 10:37

Criminal Intent: Obama-Bashing=Mushroom Cloud, Says Prez Fans

I also learned that anyone who criticizes "our policy" in Pakistan is actually aiding and abetting the "possible deaths of millions of civilians" in that apparently inevitable nuclear war between India and the "nuclear-armed Taliban" that is apparently a "certainty" if we don't follow the new Leader. So who's the "war criminal" now, huh? The man with his hand on the throttle of a voracious war machine killing actual innocent human beings right now in reality -- or all of the stupid, crap-peddling, poo-flinging critics who are blithely unconcerned about the "possible deaths of millions of civilians" under far-fetched fantasies spun from Dick Cheney's paranoiac "One Percent Doctrine", now adapted to the righteous progressive cause?

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Unflipping believable, but this is precisely what has happened, courtesy of the Obamamanics who steadfastly affirm that this President is incapable of doing anything wrong.

I wonder what they will think if Obama reinstates the military draft on his watch.

Will they wake up, or will they continue to guzzle their industrial-strength, time-released "Koolaid", rendering them incapable of logical thinking?

May 17 10:04

GETTING TO KNOW THE UNKNOWN IS ONE PATH TO PEACE

On a small level, these kids learned a very valuable lesson…. they got to know the unknown…. and they made peace with it. It was a simple process…. but a necessary one.

May 17 09:24

Toronto subject to native land claim

So you think you have good title to your home in Toronto?

Think again.

May 17 08:50

Bible quotes adorned covers of top-secret Rumsfeld intelligence reports

Top secret military intelligence briefings prepared by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and often hand-delivered to George W. Bush featured Crusades-like Bible quotes above triumphant photos of the U.S. military effort in Iraq

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I bet one very well-known quote never appeared in these reports, and that is "Thou shalt not kill"!!

May 17 08:28

Astronauts Watch Star Trek Movie From Space

NASA officials fulfilled the wishes of a Star Trek fan who didn’t want to miss the premiere because of his space journey. They beamed the movie to the International Space Station. Three astronauts enjoyed the special preview of the movie at the station.

US astronaut Michael Barratt requested this movie before he boarded the space shuttle in March. He told NASA officials that he was a big fan of the Star Trek TV series and didn’t want to miss J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek.

NASA officials agreed and reformatted the movie so that the astronauts at the station can watch it on their laptop. NASA beamed the movie to the station on Friday morning.

May 17 08:11

Transparency: The Death Penalty Around the World

Last week, Michael Rosales, who murdered 67-year-old Mary Felder in 1997, became the thirteenth person executed this year—in Texas. Whether or not you believe in the death penalty, it’s important to know that the United States is one of 59 countries that still executes its citizens on a regular basis (we currently have more than 3,000 inmates on death row). Our latest Transparency is a look at where, around the world, the death penalty is still used and where it has been abolished.

May 17 06:10

End Game of New World Order

Editorial on Secret Government
By: 911inidejob.net Webmaster
Sources Are on My Website Which Has Google Search Function

Since the creation of the CIA by Congress in 1947, the CIA grew quickly into a very powerful secret element of this government. At the end of his two terms as president, President Eisenhower warned against the increasing power of the military-industrial complex.

May 17 04:18

Bilderberg Wants Global Department Of Health, Global Treasury

Veteran investigative journalist Jim Tucker has uncovered Bilderberg’s 2009 agenda, which includes the plan for a global department of health, a global treasury and a shortened depression rather than a longer economic downturn.

Appearing on The Alex Jones Show, Tucker said that former Swedish Prime Minister and regular Bilderberg attendee Carl Bildt, “Made a speech advocating turning the World Health Organization into a world department of health, advocating turning the IMF into a world department of treasury, both of course under the auspices of the United Nations.”

May 16 19:09

The Corporate ‘Person’

No ‘person’ can own another ‘person’ in the United States. Therefore, if a corporation IS a legal ‘person’ under the protection and jurisdiction of The Constitution, doesn’t that mean that they can’t be owned, and that they cannot own other ‘persons’ (i.e. – other corporations). If The Constitution applies to the Corporate ‘person’, doesn’t that mean that the WHOLE Constitution applies to them?

May 16 13:22

To Dream or not to Dream. What was the Question?

The best thing about my sites is the quality of the readers who show up. These days I would say there is as much to gain, or more, from the comments section than from whatever I might have to say to begin with; not to imply that there’s anything to gain by coming around here but we certainly have some remarkable exchanges which spans the gamut from the scientifically precise to the potentially lunatic. Lately I have noticed a certain trend toward the fantastic. This is not to say that the fantastic is not as much a reality as the crap we are sold as real. It’s just that… in the end… it comes down to speculation. I’m going to talk about some of that today.

May 16 11:16

Even in custody, Abu Omar al Baghdadi proves elusive

Iraqi officials say they have caught the most wanted terrorist. Anbar police say they have the wrong guy, or maybe a militant with the same name, but not the one. The U.S. isn't sure he exists.

May 16 10:39

Horror and stresses of Iraq duty led US sergeant to kill comrades

Everyone – the father, the son, the army – agrees that three tours of Iraq drove ­Sergeant John Russell to the edge.

But what pushed him over, into shooting dead five of his comrades in an army that was his life for 16 years, is a matter of bitter dispute.

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Men and women military personnel who come from decent homes with moral values, once deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan, recognized pretty quickly that the US occupations of both countries do not put us on the right side of history.

That's a pretty ugly thing to have to live with.

May 16 10:10

Barack Obama, Murderer and War Criminal-in-Chief

I will be blunt, for certain conclusions are now inescapable, even this early in the miraculous, transcendent Age of Obama. Insofar as those who regularly follow political matters are concerned, and especially with regard to those people who write about politics and foreign policy -- which is to say, insofar as commentators and reporters in the mainstream media and on blogs are concerned -- to continue to believe that Barack Obama represents any kind of "improvement" over the abomination of George W. Bush is not an innocent error. To persist in delusions of this kind requires that one intentionally and deliberately blind oneself to evidence that assaults us every day.

May 16 10:08

Obama: more dangerous than Bush

Barack Obama has continued to prove that he said things to get votes that he had no intention of actually doing. He espoused morals and ideals in order to fool voters.

I do not know why Barack Obama calls him self a Democrat, other than Bush poisoned the Republican brand so bad that Obama opportunistically rode a wave of NEED for change, and fooled the country in the most Machiavellian and disgusting way.

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He's for the folks with the money. The rest of us, apparently, can go hang!

May 16 10:04

Obama Picks Up Where Bush Left Off: From My Lai to Bala Baluk

McChrystal’s appointment suggests that Obama supports the idea that hunter-killer units and targeted assassinations are an acceptable means of achieving US foreign policy objectives. Obama supporters should pay close attention; this is a continuation of the Rumsfeld policy with one slight difference, a more persuasive and charismatic pitchman promoting the policy. Other than that, there’s no difference.

May 16 09:33

Obama’s 48-Hour Makeover

President Obama’s tenuous claim to the antiwar community was already unraveling long before he formally took office. Shortly after the election his national security team’s extremely hawkish makeup was drawing concern. Two days after his inauguration, he had backed off his campaign promise to have all US troops out of Iraq in 16 months. Still, his supporters could find some measure of solace in his halting of the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay and his promises of a more transparent administration.

Or at least they used to be able to.

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Obama is simply a more telegenic, intelligent-appearing salesperson for the same fertilizer we got from the Bush administrations.

There is very little difference in the agenda here. In fact, Obama's militarily muscular approach to foreign policy makes me wonder if we will see the reinstitution of the draft under his watch.

May 16 09:22

Chinese fighter jets stationed in the U.S.

ASHLEY SMITH/Times-News
The mascot for the Royal Singapore Air Force's 428th Fighter Squadron, the Buccaneers, welcomes four F-15SG fighters to Mountain Home Air Force Base Wednesday. The unit will include 180 active-duty and 130 support personnel.
Ready to fly Idaho
Singapore Air Force arrives in Mountain Home
By Nate Poppino and Ashley Smith
Times-news writers
MOUNTAIN HOME - The world outside Idaho got a little bit smaller Wednesday, as four F-15SG fighter jets flown from St. Louis by the Royal Singapore Air Force landed between rainstorms at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

May 16 09:11

In pictures: Budgie hassles kitten to play

This budgie is no featherbrain :)

May 16 08:03

Mich. police shock cougar _ a toy one _ with Taser

Police responding to a 911 caller reporting a cougar on the prowl in a suburban Detroit park saw what looked like the big cat hiding in a discarded section of cement drain pipe.

So Warren police on Monday shot a Taser electroshock weapon - hitting what turned out to be a large toy cougar right in the stuffing.

May 16 07:55

Rep. Joe Barton: Waxman ‘Doesn’t Have the Nuts’ to Pass Energy Bill

Rep. Joe Barton: Waxman ‘Doesn’t Have the Nuts’ to Pass Energy Bill

Rep. Joe Barton: Waxman 'Doesn't Have the Nuts' to Pass Energy Bill

ANP producer Lagan Sebert asked Rep. Barton to clarify the connection between Waxman’s proposals and the Haitian economy.

Barton: Waxman Energy Legislation Will Make us Like Haiti

ANP’s Sebert then asked Rep. Barton if he agreed with Pentagon-commissioned reports citing climate change as a possible threat to national security.

Barton: Climate Change not Threat to National Security

May 16 07:08

Obama Taps Utah's Huntsman for China Post

(*Huntsman has been getting political advice this year from national political consultants, helping to stoke rumors that Huntsman might be positioning himself for a run at Obama in 2012)

if that's the case , start packing your bags . don't forget to write !

May 16 04:33

secrets and substance

So if the Democrats want a truth commission, and the Republicans and Dick Cheney want a truth commission, why can’t we order up a double order of truth commission? Am I missing something here?” ~ John Cole

Of course neither the Democrats nor the Republicans actually want a truth commission. They all just want to be properly postured when it becomes apparent that a truth commission is inevitable.

To me, Pelosi’s denial (and accusation against the CIA) lays bare a deeper truth about the Democrats.

May 16 02:39

Leaked torture photos published in 2006 went largely unseen

A little over three years ago, SBS Dateline, an Australian television program, released leaked photographs from the U.S. prison in Iraq, Abu Ghraib.

It is believed that the pictures being held back by the Obama administration may include some of these shots that most of the US press ignored, although RAW STORY ran them in 2006.

May 15 20:18

More auto cuts: General Motors will eliminate 1,100 U.S. dealers

General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers - one in five - that they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country.

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The calm before the storm?

May 15 18:50

Cash flies out of convertible on motorway

man lost 23,000 euros ($31,180) to the wind when an envelope with the money he had stuck in the passenger seat pocket of his convertible blew away during a test drive in northern Germany.

The cash -- in 500, 200, and 100 euro notes -- fluttered across the motorway in the midst of speeding traffic near the city of Hanover, police said.

The man, 23, contacted police immediately, who then blocked the motorway in both directions for nearly half an hour. Eight police officers assisted the man in retrieving his notes and were able to recover 20,000 euros.

May 15 17:42

Pelosi’s Claims Getting Much More Media Scrutiny Than CIA’s Assertions

Whichever side of the torture debate you’re on, it’s a simple matter of fact that Nancy Pelosi’s claims about what she was told and when about torture are getting far more intense media scrutiny than the CIA’s claims are.

Simple fairness demands that both side’s claims get treated with a similar level of skepticism. And they’re not.

May 15 17:09

hear yee hear yee (*the beltway town cryer !)

Gingrich: Pelosi 'Lied,' 'Despicable,' 'Dishonest,' 'Vicious,' 'Trivial'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today offered a blistering critique of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s handling of oversight on harsh interrogation tactics, in a major escalation of partisan attacks being aimed at Pelosi.

May 15 12:10

I am wondering if things are far worse than you say?

They are far worse on points I have never mentioned before. That being the spirit and soul of the general population. You, me, and all the rest. We have been barraged by 10,000 sound bites a day for decades to be masterfully and psychologically conditioned to chase after things of no real importance as being important; ignore the things of real importance of true spirit and soul to stop the totalitarian ones; and to be submissive into accepting the theft of our wealth - families - spirit and soul.

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