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Nov 21 13:53

U.S. Stocks Rally as Geithner Chosen by Obama to Head Treasury Department

Bloomberg.com By Eric Martin

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rebounded from an 11-year low after President- elect Barack Obama picked New York Federal Reserve Bank chief Timothy Geithner to head the Treasury.

"This news could really give the stock market a badly needed shot in the arm," Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. in New York, wrote in an e-mail to clients. Geithner is a "fantastic choice to help lead the financial markets out of the wilderness."

Nov 21 13:21

More federal charges brought in Agriprocessors case

A federal grand jury has brought fresh immigration charges against five former supervisors at Agriprocessors, the controversial Postville meatpacking plant.

Defendants in the case unveiled Friday afternoon include three people who already faced charges: Former top executive Sholom Rubashkin, former poultry-line supervisor Hosam Amara and former human-resources official Karina Pilar Freund. The indictment also names two new defendants: former operations manager Brent Beebe and former poultry manager Zeev Levi.

Nov 21 10:35

DA in Cheney case explains failure to appear

“Hearings are not done that way,” he said. “The judge doesn’t say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be there tomorrow.' That’s not the way it works. They put it on the docket. They give you three days notice.”

At least a dozen defense lawyers did show up, armed with motions to have Monday’s grand jury indictments thrown out as baseless.

But presiding District Judge Manuel Bañales said that without the prosecutor present he could not hear those motions...

Nov 21 10:35

Did Kenyan Ambassador Say Obama Born in Kenya?

Two radio hosts in Detroit interviewing Kenyan Ambassador asked him, will President Elect Obama's birthplace in Kenya become a national monument. Kenyan Ambassador responded: "It already is." WTF?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some confusion over exactly what the Kenyan Ambassador really said to those radio hosts.

Nov 21 09:45

District Attorney to Present Evidence Against Dick Cheney

"We just present the evidence and move forward. ... Who is allowing the death rate to continue in the private prison? Why are people that are in a position to stop the killing are not doing anything about it?

Nov 21 09:20

Bush embarks on final overseas mission

President Bush departs Friday for his final scheduled foreign trip as commander in chief - a three-day jaunt to an economic summit in Peru - where he will continue to defend free-market capitalism and meet with an increasingly antagonistic Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What part of "lame duck" is Bush having a difficult time comprehending?

Of course, comprehension and intelligence were never Bush's greatest attributes. Lying through his teeth convincingly, reading a teleprompter, and making some of the American people think he was telling the truth, were always his greatest assets (like when he sold the nation on the premise that Iraq's Hussein had nuclear weapons, which was a complete crock.)

And this "free market" he feels compelled to defend; you don't know whether to laugh or cry.

What has happened to the US economy has been de-regulation run amok, coupled with an untenable Federal deficit (courtesy of Bush's "wars without end." ) There is no way this government can ever, ever pay it back.

This administration and congress must imagine that the average taxpayer, already crushed with tax debt, is just a bottomless pit where more and more can be extracted. There are three words that need to be considered here, and they are "finite upper limit."

And as to an ".....increasingly antagonistic Russian President Dmitry Medvedev." Give me one good reason why Medevyev shouldn't be ticked off at the US and NATO right now?

With the dangling of potential NATO memberships at Ukraine and Georgia, the US and NATO are meddling right at Russia's back door, after promises to Putin that we wouldn't do that.

The US and NATO tacitly approved Georgia's military misadventure into South Ossetia.

And to top it all off, Israel is making noises about doing some kind of pre-emptive attack on Iran to prevent them from having nuclear weapons.. As reported in Times On Line:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article520...

"Such an operation would require at least tacit US cooperation because it would almost certainly involve Israeli warplanes flying through US-controlled airspace in Iraq."

And what country is Russia's 7th largest trading partner"

IRAN.

So is Medvedev feeling "antagonistic" toward the US?

Hell yes, and for damned good reason!!

Nov 21 08:48

AG doing better after collapse

Attorney General Michael Mukasey was feeling better Friday after collapsing during a speech, a spokeswoman said, reporting that hospital medical tests showed no signs of a stroke or cardiac-related problem.

Gina Talamona of the Justice Department told reporters the 67-year-old Mukasey, who had been rushed to George Washington University Hospital after the attack late Thursday, was still recovering Friday and had more tests scheduled as a precaution. She said he never transferred his authority as attorney general at any time during the incident.

Nov 21 07:38

[Video] Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada

No-one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No-one could have dreamed that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets. And yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this earth with envious eyes; and slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us.

:)

Nov 21 07:32

2 women charged with raping prison inmates

State police have arrested two female civilian employees at a state prison in northern New York and charged them with raping several male inmates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who complained?????????

Nov 21 07:22

China-Peru Trade Agreement Expands China's Reach in Latin America

China and Peru signed a free trade agreement Wednesday that will pave the way for further cooperation between the two countries and broaden China’s influence in Latin America.

Nov 20 23:00

General Motors to Invest $1 Billion in Brazil Operations -- Money to Come from U.S. Rescue Program

General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in Brazil to avoid the kind of problems the U.S. automaker is facing in its home market, said the beleaguered car maker.

According to the president of GM Brazil-Mercosur, Jaime Ardila, the funding will come from the package of financial aid that the manufacturer will receive from the U.S. government...

Nov 20 22:24

DA in Cheney case to be taken into protective custody

Guerra has telephoned in from Mexico and Houston to selected Texas media outlets claiming he did not know he was supposed to be in court yesterday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers will likely wait for Guerra to cross the international bridge near Reynosa or catch him driving on U.S. 77 southbound from Houston; either tonight or early tomorrow. He will then be taken into protective custody and escorted to court in Raymondville tomorrow morning.

Nov 20 22:07

US Airways Loses Your 83-Year-Old Mother

It's bad enough when they lose your luggage, but what do you do when the airline loses your 83-year-old mother? File a claim? Poor Vera Kuemmel had to answer this very question as she waited in vain at the baggage claim of the Tampa airport.

From 10Connects:

Wheelchair-bound Elfride Kuemmel was on her way back home to Tampa Monday when a US Airways employee wheeled her on to the wrong connecting flight.

The 83-year-old wound up in Puerto Rico, where she was initially told she'd have to spend the night at the airport.

Nov 20 21:53

Parrot given Prozac after owner dies

Fred, an African Grey parrot, was owned by George Dance, who had rasied him from a chick.

After Mr Dance died nine months ago, Fred became depressed and bit off all of his neck feathers. He also began to bob his head up and down all day as a result of his low mood.

The bird has now been prescribed a twice-daily liquid dose of a bird-friendly version of Prozac, called Clomicalm.

Nov 20 21:53

Attorney general collapses while giving speech

U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey collapsed while giving a speech Thursday at the Federalist Society dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

While Mukasey, 67, was talking, his speech began to slur and he then became rigid.

Nov 20 21:50

Mysterious fireball lights up western Canadian sky

CTV Calgary has also received several calls about the fireball, and one witness said it was so bright that it was visible from the Deerfoot freeway in the city's core.

Other witnesses in Lloydminster, located on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan, said the light was so strong that it appeared to be daylight when it passed over the area.

And locals at the Red Pheasant First Nation, 100 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, said the walls of their band office shook when the fireball streaked overhead.

Nov 20 17:16

(Video)Jeremy Scahill debates David Corn over Obama's Foreign Policy on Democracy Now (1 of 3)

Jeremy Scahill is the investigative journalist and author who wrote the recent book on the rise of the Blackwater mercenary army.

In these three Youtube videos he debates/discusses with David Corn the likely direction of Obama'a foreing policy in light of Obama's recent appointments and selections for participation in the transition team.

Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBRB06m2SZc

Part 2

Nov 20 16:18

America The Illiterate

There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation's population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year. But even those who are supposedly literate retreat in huge numbers into this image-based existence. A third of high school graduates, along with 42 percent of college graduates, never read a book after they finish school.

Nov 20 11:27

Strange 'Cheney' case takes a strange twist

Willacy County prosecutor Juan Angel Guerra's no-show ruined hopes their motions would quickly quash cases against their clients and stumped the presiding judge as well.

“At the very least, I expected the district attorney to be here,” Manuel Bañales said, asking Guerra's office manager, “Do you know where he is?”

Nov 20 08:10

Famine in Haiti made in the U.S.

While the Haitian press, some French television channels and French-language Swiss television channels have covered hunger in Haiti, the English-language press has concentrated on the collapse of the La Promesse school in Petionville, a wealthy suburb of Port-au-Prince. The deaths of 88 children and teachers (as of Nov. 9) in a building collapse provoked by the acts of the school owner are indeed a tragedy. The rapid response of U.S. rescue teams and French teams from Martinique showed these countries can act quickly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Plunging the people into hopeless debt to enrich the already rich? That should sound like a familiar pattern starting to form right here in America.

Is death by starvation coming to the US? Don't be so quick to ridicule the idea; more than 7 million people did die of starvation inside the US during the Great Depression.

Nov 20 07:43

NC undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer

Five sheriff's deputies will be disciplined after they used a Taser while serving an arrest warrant on a man at his father's funeral, a North Carolina sheriff said Wednesday.

Nov 20 06:24

'Joe the Plumber' lands book deal

I'm feeling whoozie and zeeing zerious doublez. I think I'm going to blow the lunch I haven't even eaten yet.

First Sarah Palin signs a book deal. And now Joe the Plumber!

My prospective publisher New Society Publishers is worried about the number of trees that get cut down in order to publish a book. And they are in Canada where there is hardly what could be called a shortage of trees!

Nov 19 22:28

Lost bird's 'phone call' to owner

A missing cockatiel is now safe and sound at home after confirming its own name in a phone call to its owner.

Accountant Sue Hill, who found the bird in Wrexham, was put in touch with a possible owner by a local vet.

When she called the number she let the bird listen to the voice at the other end of the phone - at which point it chirped its own name: "Smokey."

Mrs Hill said it was the first time the bird had spoken, which convinced her she had found its owner.

Nov 19 16:16

Arts Patron Guilty in Fraud Case

DANIEL J. WAKIN NY Times

Mr. Vilar, 67, blinked when the first guilty verdict was pronounced by the foreman in a United States District courtroom but remain stone-faced. His former partner and co-defendant, Gary A. Tanaka, 65, was convicted of three of the counts.

[...]

The two men, former partners in Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc., were charged in a 12-count indictment alleging conspiracy and securities fraud, investment adviser fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Mr. Tanaka was found guilty of conspiracy, securities fraud and investment advisor fraud.

Nov 19 16:01

Head of Interpol Mexico arrested for drug ties

Mexico arrested its head of Interpol on Tuesday for allegedly working for a powerful drug cartel and sent the military to take over police duties in the city of Tijuana in another step to flush out corrupt law enforcement.

Nov 19 13:07

Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law

The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage.

Nov 19 10:38

NEWEST RAMBLINGS FROM THE DESERT…..

It’s been awhile since I last posted…. for this I apologise but certain personal affairs had to be attended to.
Since my last post, so much has changed in the world scene…..

Nov 19 10:37

POLITICAL TOONS FOR NOVEMBER, 2008

Nov 19 08:23

Oh For Christ’s Sake, Quit Blaming Everything on the Jews!

I just heard someone go off about how it's all the Jews' fault. No, the world is not threatened by the Jews. I know a lot of Jews, they are friendly, humorous, progressive and generous. Jews aren't the problem, extreme right wing Jewish whackos are the problem.

Nov 19 06:12

Obama: Oratory and originality

By Stephanie Holmes BBC News

US President-elect Barack Obama's rhetorical skill, his ability to captivate and inspire audiences with his powerful speeches, has led many writers to describe him as "the greatest orator of his generation".

Nov 18 11:34

Pennsylvania Citizen Militia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

I wonder how many of these militias are being set up by the FBI to create a "need" for more draconian gun and domestic controls.

Nov 18 11:33

The "unorganized" or reserve militia

Nov 18 10:57

Exclusive: Attorneys Use Unusual Method To Convict Felon

What attorney’s had on their hands was an American double-action revolver that was manufactured between 1880 and 1941.

The problem is that federal code states that the weapon is not a firearm unless it was manufactured after 1896. Without a definitive production date, the gun was inadmissible as evidence.

Nov 18 09:22

Atheists Reach Out -- Just Don't Call It Proselytizing

Late next month, atheists, humanists, freethinkers, secularists -- in short, nonbelievers of every description -- will gather in dozens of cities to mark the holiday they call HumanLight.

Whether by singing from a Humanist Hymnal, decorating a winter wreath or lighting candles dedicated to personal heroes, they'll celebrate what has been an exhilarating ride for the faithless -- a surge in recognition that has many convinced they're on the brink of making a mark on mainstream America.

Nov 18 08:59

Italian Businessman Who Claimed Vatican Ties Is Sentenced to 54 Months in Prison

The sentencing punctuated a dramatic narrative that stretched back to Mr. Follieri’s arrest last summer and became fodder for gossip columnists and TV shows because of his associations with Ron Burkle, a friend of former President Bill Clinton, and the actress Anne Hathaway, whom he dated.

Nov 18 08:58

'Crew safe' as pirates open talks

Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker with 25 crew, including two Britons, on board have opened negotiations, the vessel's operator said today.

Nov 18 08:04

California Wildfires 07

The California wild fires...

Huge, devastating, and out of control.

Not quite.

The first two parts are true, but there
is no reason for these fires to be so
out of control

And Governor Arnold ("my Dad was a Nazi")
Schwarzenegger knows it and so does George Bush
(grandson of a Nazi bagman and banker.)

The technology exists RIGHT NOW to knock
these fires out with minimal loss of life
and property.

Instead, the government crooks play at
being "leaders," praising the (very real)
heroism of the fire fighters (how 9-11-like)

Nov 18 07:57

The U.S. Auto Industry and the Ripple Effect

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a rather heavy-handed piece of propaganda in support of a US Government bailout for the auto industry (and frankly, I am suspicious that a sales pitch video has managed to acquire so many views in YouTube in such a short time).

But I think this might backfire, because the claims of auto-industry revenue made by this video, if true, portray an industry that should not be in need of a bailout at all.

Nov 18 07:39

Bush Allows Shale Drilling Over Protests

The Bush administration Monday opened up two million acres of public land in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to oil-shale exploration, challenging congressional Democrats who have opposed the move.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) has indicated that she would prefer to limit shale drilling on environmental grounds, but found it politically difficult to extend a ban on oil-shale operations after oil prices surged to record highs earlier this year.

Nov 18 07:06

Owner of Saudi tanker working for crew's release

Owners of a Saudi oil supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates grappled with how to respond Tuesday, as navies patrolling the region said they would not intervene to stop or free the captured vessel.

With few other options, shipowners in past piracy cases have ended up paying ransoms for their ships, cargos and crew.

NATO said it would not divert any of its three warships from the Gulf of Aden and the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet also said it did not expect to send ships to try to intercept the MV Sirius Star.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then what good are those warships in the first place?

Or is someone simply allowing the problem to escalate to justify invasion of Somalia?

Nov 17 15:50

FREE Garikoitz Aspiazu !

Garikoitz Aspiazu, aka "Txeroki", is a fighter in the movement for an independent Basque nation.

Out of expediency Garikoitz Aspiazu is being treated as a civil prisoner when he is clearly a political prisoner.

The slimeball Sarkozy is bragging he caught him.

Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, doesn't care who caught Garikoitz Aspiazu. He just wants to cut his balls off and stuff them in his mouth.

Face it. You've got to either put up, or shut up in this world.

Nov 17 12:26

Somali pirates seize supertanker loaded with crude

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Somali pirates hijacked a supertanker hundreds of miles off the Horn of Africa, seizing the Saudi-owned ship loaded with crude and its 25-member crew, the U.S. Navy said Monday.

It was the largest ship pirates have seized, and the farthest out to sea they have successfully struck.

Nov 17 11:31

Mexican Gangsters Converting America's National Parks Into Gigantic Marijuana Patches

Vast tracts of our most treasured public lands, supposedly set aside in perpetuity for Americans, are no longer controlled by the United States government. Instead, they have been invaded and taken over by Mexico's violent criminal drug organizations to grow marijuana.

Even more shocking: Mexican cartels have been growing marijuana for at least 10 years in Sequoia National Park, one of the crown jewels of the system. Nature-loving hikers are compelled to accept that parts of Sequoia are "no go zones" during the growing season.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know this sounds a bit "out there", but there is no secret that our government leaders profit from the drug trade.

It is also true that large areas of our natural parks have been declared off limits to hikers and visitors, supposedly to "protect" nature from us icky-pool human beings, who were dropped off from a flying saucer ages ago (according to the Scientologists) and thus are not to be considered part of nature!

Frankly, this article makes as much sense explaining why we Americans are no longer allowed to visit certain areas of our own public lands as any other I have heard recently!

Nov 17 10:45

Book alleges frame-up in famous murder case

Some real-life figures walk straight into the history books. Sixteen years after he was freed from death row, Jay C. Smith has tried to write his way out of a true-crime best-seller.

Smith, 80, is the former Upper Merion High School principal whose Jekyll-and-Hyde downfall became the stuff of suburban legend.

A lifelong educator and Army Reserve colonel, he was caught in 1978 with drugs, illegal guns and pornography. He was convicted in a string of Sears robberies, and then found guilty of killing Upper Merion teacher Susan Reinert and her children.

Nov 17 10:37

Police check 'plain clothes' officer who wore neo-Nazi jumper

Berlin police are investigating after an officer wore a Thor Steinar jumper while on duty in plain clothes during a left-wing demonstration to commemorate the November 9 anniversary of the 1938 pogroms against German Jews.

Nov 17 09:27

Mobster Yaakov Alperon assassinated

Mob kingpin Yaakov Alperon was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in his car on a crowded Tel Aviv thoroughfare.

Nov 17 00:33

France holds 'Eta military head'

The suspected military chief of the Basque separatist group, Eta, has been arrested in southern France, the French interior minister has announced.

Michele Alliot-Marie said Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, alias "Txeroki", was arrested overnight in the Pyrenees.

Nov 16 20:46

International Military Drill To Be Held In December

Personnel from around the globe will converge at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12 for the largest rescue exercise of its kind.

The effort, dubbed Angel Thunder, will involve the U.S. Army and Air Force, troops from Germany, Chile, Colombia and observers from Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Pakistan.

Nov 16 10:52

Indonesia tsunami warning after Sulawesi quake

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake struck in the area of northern Sulawesi, the country's meteorological agency said via a telephone text message on Monday.

The quake had magnitude of 7.7 and struck in the Gorontalo area of Sulawesi island at a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the agency said.

Nov 16 09:55

Seventh foot washed up as mystery deepens

Richard Thomson, of the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, British Columbia, said that the feet probably belonged to local people who had committed suicide. Feet encased in hi-tech, lightweight running shoes, he said, would be the only body parts likely to rise to the surface and return to shore.

Nov 16 09:50

How could the man who 'raped' me be cleared because he was sleepwalking?

Jane McKenna, 33, was asleep at home when a friend's husband, who had been a guest at a barbecue, walked into the bedroom and started having sex with her.

Jason Jeal, a 37-year-old roofer with no medical history of sleepwalking, admitted sex had taken place. But he was cleared of rape after he insisted he had been asleep and had no idea what he was doing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Words fail me on this one.

Nov 16 09:19

“Shaping a New World Order” During “Vigilant Shield”

Here’s the CNN headline: G-20: Shaping a New World Order.

But look what’s going to be happening at the same time: Vigilant Shield.

Nov 15 16:29

World leaders feast on culinary delights at White House

As they discussed the global financial meltdown at a working dinner in the White House, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders of the G-20 were treated to a range of mouthwatering dishes from quail and lamb to eggplant fondue, a Swiss delicacy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: If they are talking about the food, then whatever they are deciding is not good for the US taxpayer.

Nov 15 14:25

Rothschild sees a New World Order

Gradually the firm has started expanding throughout the world, including the Gulf. “There is no debate that Rothschild is a Jewish family, but we are proud to be in this region. However, it takes time to develop a global footprint,” he says.

Baron Rothschild shares most people’s view that there is a New World Order. In his opinion, banks will deleverage and there will be a new form of global governance.

So how did the Rothschilds manage to emerge relatively unscathed from the financial meltdown? “You could say that we may have more insights than others..."

Nov 15 12:34

A Ticket to The Hague for Dick Cheney?

By Scott Horton

Gene Burns is one of the nation’s most popular talk radio hosts. For years he has dismissed accounts of torture; America, he has said, does not torture. But last night, after watching Torturing Democracy and realizing that he had not understood how important and serious an issue torture had become, Burns abruptly changed his tune. Here’s a transcript of his remarks.

Nov 15 09:54

How Tasmania's lady of the lake was silenced

She was to become the public face of a campaign to prevent Lake Pedder from being flooded for a hydro-electric scheme. In 1972, she set off for Canberra in a 1930s Tiger Moth to lobby politicians and write "Save Lake Pedder" in the sky above Parliament House. The plane never arrived, and its wreckage was never found.

Nov 14 21:30

Union fights for Pa. bus driver who hit pedestrian

A union is fighting the firing of municipal bus driver in northwestern Pennsylvania who struck and killed a surgeon three years ago and then hit another pedestrian in September. That was the third time the driver hit a civilian since 2000.

Nov 14 21:12

Family Claims Detroit EMS Took Half Hour

The nephew of a well-known Detroit political consultant is in a coma after a prescription pill overdose, and the family said it waited half an hour for 911 to respond to its call for help.

The family brought Kourtnee Mongo to Detroit Receiving Hospital Thursday night after it said it called 911 twice.

Nov 14 13:25

Bailout Anger Boiling: "Is Kashkari A Chump?"

Kashkari: The secretary is very passionate about this as well-

Kucinich: Passionate about what?

Kashkari: Helping homeowners, congressman -

Kucinich: wwww- he is? in what country??

Nov 14 10:38

Kucinich Questioning Kashkari on CSPAN Now

'Nobody doubts, Mr. Kashkari, that you are working hard. "Our question is who are you working for.'

Nov 14 10:07

U.S. wants to expand visa-free entry

The United States wants to increase the number of countries enjoying visa-free entry after opening the door to citizens from six new European Union countries and South Korea, U.S. officials said Friday.

From Monday, travelers from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia, as well as South Korea, will be allowed to travel to the United States without a visa provided they fill in a form on the Internet.

Nov 14 09:14

'Tea Fire' wreaks havoc as it storms into California celebrity haven

At least 70 multimillion-dollar mansions have been destroyed by a powerful wildfire that has surged into the wealthy enclave of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does this make it more of a tragedy then when 70 low income homes are destroyed?

Nov 14 08:50

US appeals court hears arguments in ND hemp case

An attorney for two North Dakota farmers argued they should be able to grow industrial hemp under state regulations without fear of federal criminal prosecution.

Nov 14 06:37

Large numbers of Nigerian children are abandoned, abused and tortured for being "witches."

"Saving Africa's Witch Children"

In some of the poorest parts of Nigeria, where evangelical religious fervor is combined with a belief in sorcery and black magic, many thousands of children are being blamed for catastrophes, death and famine: and branded witches.

Denounced as Satan made flesh by powerful pastors and prophetesses, these children are abandoned, tortured, starved and murdered: all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Nov 13 19:12

Bald Boomers, and The Hubris of the American Oligarch in the Age of Obama

This site has a plethora of Libertarian posters that serve up libations to the reading public. Where are they?

They have failed to point out that two bald Boomers have seized control of everyone’s economic prospects.

The Age of the American Entrepreneur has been eclipsed by The Age of the Bailouts.

What does this mean for the makeup of American society and the future of everyone’s children who will inherit it?

Nov 13 18:35

Hillary Clinton: Secretary of State?

Both NBC News and the Washington Post are reporting that there is talk about Hillary Clinton being under consideration for Secretary of State in the Obama administration

Nov 13 12:57

Getting fired up at the World Series Parade

Nov 13 10:18

Hate Laws - Putting Beliefs Behind Bars

The new TV show Life on Mars features a cop thrown back in time to 1973. On a recent episode, the cop from 2008 calls an assault a "hate crime." His buddy, a cop from 1973, retorts, "As opposed to an "I really, really like you crime?""

His witty comeback points out the commonsense response to the idea of a "hate crime:" all violence comes from evil emotions. We should not classify some rapes as more hateful or some assaults as more biased. This belittles individual survivors; it categorizes them based on their group identity, not their personal rights as a human being.

Nov 13 10:09

Eurofighter came within half a SECOND of hitting private jet in 530mph dive-bomb practice

A Eurofighter came within half a second of hitting a private jet after screaming past the plane at 530mph while diving, it has been revealed.

The RAF’s £138million Typhoon was simulating a bombing run with a ‘high-angled strafe’ when it flew past just 240ft from the Hawker Siddeley 125, which was preparing to land at an airport.

They missed each other by ‘the blink of an eye’, air traffic experts said.

The incident near Louth, Lincs, was classed as an ‘A’ by the Civil Aviation Authority’s Airprox Board — meaning there was a ‘definite risk of collision’.

Nov 13 10:02

Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal.

The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders.

They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

Nov 13 09:17

3 to 4.3 Billion Barrels of Technically Recoverable Oil Assessed in North Dakota and Montana’s Bakken Formation

North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's 1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil.

Nov 13 07:11

Victims of Philippines dirty war

Trade unionists, social activists, farming organisers, journalists and priests are all being targeted, according to the Philippines' leading human rights group, Karapatan. "We think the government is trying to terrorise people so they will cower in silence and be driven to inaction," said the group's spokesman, Ruth Cervantes.

Nov 12 21:44

Beth Ann Kucinich, 48, the younger sister of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, died Tuesday

Beth Ann Kucinich, 48, the younger sister of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, died Tuesday at the Cleveland VA Medical Center after suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. Her three-week battle with the illness ended with her family at her side, according to a statement from the family.

Nov 12 08:31

FBI headquarters evacuated after electrical fire

Authorities say the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., was briefly evacuated because of a small electrical fire in the basement.

No injuries were reported, but two streets were closed while authorities investigated.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko says no criminal activity was suspected and that everything was "under control" by late afternoon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Paper-shredder overheat?

Nov 11 16:43

Vegas May Lower Gambling Age to 18

An idea is floating around Nevada to lower the state's gambling age from 21 to 18. A gaming industry lawyer says it has the potential to create a windfall of new business.

Nov 11 12:12

Blair bodyguard 'fires gun accidentally'

One of Tony Blair's guards accidentally fired his gun at Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport today as the former prime minister was boarding a plane. No one was hurt.

An Israeli police spokesman said the incident happened as the guard was unloading his gun prior to getting on the flight.

And airport spokeswoman said: "One of his bodyguards accidentally fired his gun, and the bullet hit the ground."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would get a new bodyguard.

Nov 11 09:36

Keith Olbermann Speaks Out On Prop 8

Keith Olberman Speaks Out On Prop 8- ask supporters of prop 8 how they can reconcile their actions and beliefs. Stop Prop 8- www.jointheimpact.com

Nov 11 04:59

Policeman held for India blasts

A policeman has been arrested in connection with the last month's bomb blasts in India's north-eastern Assam state which killed more than 80 people.

Constable Chandra Bodo was arrested on Monday for allegedly planting a bomb in a car in the state's capital, Guwahati.

Nov 10 14:42

Man Walks Cross-Country for Freedom

It's a long way from Cannon Beach, Oregon to New Hampshire – especially when you do it on foot.

With about 2700 miles under his belt, Will Buchanan is getting close.

He's making his way to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project – a group of 20,000 libertarians who are moving there to try and create a libertarian state:

Nov 10 10:21

Reports: Russian accident sub intended for India

Armed with cruise missiles capable of hitting targets 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) away, Akula-class subs are considered the quietest and deadliest of Russian attack submarines. A sub of that class could unsettle the military balance of power in Asia, dramatically bolstering India's navy capability as it jockeys with China for influence over energy supply routes in the Indian Ocean.

Nov 10 09:34

Secret Service Officer Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Inspector Brian Bray, commander of Metropolitan Police Department's Narcotics and Special Investigations Division (NSID), says his squad was conducting a prostitution sting in the area of 11th and K Sts NW around 12:50 a.m. when a marked Secret Service Uniformed Division patrol car stopped to speak with an undercover female officer who was posing as a prostitute.

The patrol car was driven by a Uniformed Division sergeant who was in uniform. Insp. Bray said the NSID officers assumed he was going to tell the undercover female officer to leave the area.

Nov 10 08:55

Pilot struck blind in flight shepherded to safe landing by RAF

A light aircraft pilot who went blind in mid-air after suffering a stroke at 4,500 metres (15,000ft) was shepherded in to land by an RAF aircraft.

Jim O'Neill, 65, was flying his four-seater Cessna over North Yorkshire when he lost his sight and called for help.

O'Neill was flying home to Essex from a holiday in Scotland when he had the stroke, and descended to 1,500ft. With the instrument panel a blur, he failed four times to land at Full Sutton airstrip near York, and was diverted to Linton-on-Ouse.

Nov 09 18:06

Somewhere over the Rainbow Lies the Land of the Khmer Rouge.

When I look at the world and all of the injustices that need to be adjusted, the lack of ‘One hundred percent authentic!’, ‘accept no substitutes!’ universal gay marriage isn’t what immediately comes to mind.

Nov 09 12:43

Sarah Palin offered $2 million to appear in porn film

Husband Todd offered $100,000 and a snowmobile if he'll co-star, says Florida adult film producer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hold out for at least a half mil, Todd!

Nov 09 11:17

Let G.M. go bankrupt

The stockholders, creditors, and employees of G.M. do not deserve to be spared the pain of the recession. The rest of America will be taking pay cuts, losing jobs, giving discounts to customers, etc. What is special about G.M. that they should be able to live as though 2008 never happened?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us not use taxpayer revenues to reward poor managers.

Nov 08 13:57

New Zealand PM Clark concedes election defeat

Prime Minister Helen Clark conceded defeat in New Zealand's election on Saturday, after National Party leader John Key won enough seats to lead a conservative coalition.

Nov 08 13:55

Voters approve high-speed rail; critics say it's a wild bet

Buoyed by voter approval of a $9.95 billion bond issue for high-speed rail, backers of a statewide bullet train said Wednesday that they're already working to line up the additional billions they will need to build a high-tech transit system linking the major cities of California.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hawaii also voted in a monorail system.

Nov 08 13:54

Cyprus Elects Communist President

Communist leader Demetris Christofias won a crucial presidential runoff in Cyprus on Sunday. He pledged to restart moribund talks to reunify the island and immediately agreed to meet the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

Nov 08 09:51

"This is not a draft"

In all fairness, we can't really call Obama's proposed national service plan a new draft. First, he's not talking about requiring young people to do military service. Second, we are getting decidedly mixed signals as to whether the service will be compulsory. At first, the word "required" was used freely; now we see much talk of tax credits, less talk of requirement.

Nov 08 08:51

Army Looking Into Recruiter Suicides

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn says the Army has appointed a brigadier general to investigate allegations of a cover-up among commanders of a recruiting battalion after a string of recruiter suicides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what these recruiters know which is causing them to take their own lives.

But I would hazard a guess; this time in the history, we're the bad guys.

These pre-emptive wars for oil and oil routes (which we seem, by the way, to be losing badly) have caused hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people to get maimed, sickened, and die, in the name of a Pax Americana which is exploding in our faces like a bad trick cigar.

And the other part of the equation is, they were probably not able to come up with their quotas because of serious moral doubts about these wars, which provided another aspect of severe pressure.

Nov 08 08:42

President-elect's Queries to Briefers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One hopes that someone close to President-Elect Obama reads this with an open mind.

Nov 07 15:17

You Can Forget My Taxes

Singer Melissa Etheridge rails against the passage of the gay-marriage ban in California—and she won't be paying the state a dime.

Nov 07 10:29

Holloway suspect 'trafficks in women'

Joran van der Sloot, the young man believed to be involved the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on Aruba, is now involved in selling Thai women into prostitution, claims tv crime reporter Peter R de Vries.

De Vries won an Emmy for his tv report earlier this year in which Van der Sloot is caught on hidden camera talking about Natalee's body was dumped at sea. Holloway disappeared in 2005 and the case has never been officially solved.

Nov 07 09:24

California same-sex marriage ban faces three lawsuits

Defenders of same-sex marriage filed three lawsuits Wednesday challenging California voters' passage of a constitutional amendment banning it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

California's previous ban on same-sex marriage was rejected by the California Supreme Court. However, this is an amendment, so this time it may stick.

On a side note, I am somewhat surprised that this measure got enough votes to pass. I always thought California was a bit more tolerant of diversity!

Nov 07 09:14

Obama's chief of staff choice favors compulsory universal service

Here's how it would work. Young people will know that between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five, the nation will enlist them for three months of civilian service. They'll be asked to report for three months of basic civil defense training in their state or community, where they will learn what to do in the event of biochemical, nuclear or conventional attack; how to assist others in an evacuation; how to respond when a levee breaks or we're hit by a natural disaster. These young people will be available to address their communities' most pressing needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, I know a lot of people have a problem with the compulsory part. Americans have a dig-in-the-heels attitude towards being told what to do. I know; I am one of those.

However, I am old enough to remember the old Civil Defense program where certain people in our neighborhood were trained to deal with emergencies which at least in our New Hampshire town, thankfully never occurred. But back then, lacking blogs, cell phones, or even TV in most homes, we had a strong sense of local community. We knew our neighbors. People gladly volunteered for community programs. Training was held in the local grange hall, and graduates got a helmet with a sticker on it and a flashlight.

Today, in our media-saturated world, where we have packaged distractions (complete with advertisements) before our eyes from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep, volunteerism is in decline. The growth of the global electronic village has created a decline in the sense of local community. We webcam with the BFF in Brussels but scarcely say two words to the family next door.

Now, I am the kind of guy who has a fire extinguisher and flashlight in every room, and swiss army knives are stashed in all sorts of convenient places. Call it a hangover from being a Boy Scout; I like feeling prepared to deal we with life's emergencies. My ladylove and I did all right in the aftermath of the Northridge Earthquake compared to neighbors less well prepared.

So, while I have a problem with "compulsory", there is a part of me that wonders what the aftermath of Katrina would have been like had the folks in New Orleans had three months of training to deal with (among other things) natural disasters, instead of having to sit and wait for governmental help that never came.

I just have to wonder.

Nov 07 08:02

Bush: Terrorists May Attack During Transition

In a speech at the White House, he said “we’re in a struggle against violent extremists determined to attack us, and they would like nothing more than to exploit this period of change to harm the American people.”

The outgoing President urged employees to “conduct yourselves with the decency and professionalism that you have shown throughout my time in office,” while using the remaining 75 days to work on the transition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A terror attack (read: false flag operation) would be Bush's swan song to the next administration, in an attempt to justify the horrific wars he has started abroad on a pack of lies, and the evisceration of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the US economy in the pursuit of these wars.

And that comment about "decency and professionalism"; that's got to make you laugh right there. The only problem, looking at the "legacy" Bush has left for this country, is stopping.

Nov 06 19:14

Bio Terror 'Next Threat' For US

In an exclusive interview, homeland security secretary Michael Chertoff said sources of radioactive and biological materials must be properly secured "at all costs". He warned terrorists are actively seeking to acquire such materials. Mr Chertoff said he did not think a weapon of mass destruction, like a biological or nuclear bomb, was a danger that could be just months away. ... His comments echo those of the British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, who told Sky News last year that intelligence suggested terrorists were trying to get their hands on materials and know how to make a dirty bomb.

Nov 06 10:56

"America's Great Hope" by Immortal Technique

My cup of hope is full, but I sip it slowly, because hope is a powerful drug.

Nov 06 09:14

How to entertain your pet: barmy advice from the British!

Under a new government-issued code of practice, British cat and dog owners are now obliged to provide “entertainment” and "mental stimulation" for their pets.

The 26 page document on cat welfare begins with a warning to owners: "It is your responsibility to read the complete Code of Practice to fully understand your cat's welfare needs and what the law requires you to do."

"You should ensure that your cat has enough mental stimulation from you and from its environment to avoid boredom and frustration,” the document proceeds to point out.

Nov 06 09:10

Robert Rubin Says He Won't Be Joining the Obama Administration

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin said he will not be joining the administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

Nov 06 07:59

FBI: Airline passenger restrained with duct tape

An airline crew used duct tape to keep a passenger in her seat because they say she became unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers, forcing the flight to land in North Carolina.

Maria Esther Castillo of Oswego, N.Y., is due in court Thursday, charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew aboard United Airlines Flight 645, from Puerto Rico to Chicago.

Nov 06 07:49

Teen Compacted In Wis. Garbage Truck, Survives

Police say the 14-year-old ran away from a boot camp-style school for teens Monday and hid in a recycling bin filled with cardboard.

The bin was picked up by a Waste Management truck and dumped into the vehicle's rear compactor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Darwin Award contender?

Nov 05 23:49

Author Michael Crichton Has 'Died Unexpectedly'

In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer.

Nov 05 15:40

Fed Warns Consumers About Pitches on Phony U.S. Lending Program

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Federal Reserve cautioned consumers against fraudulent solicitations claiming access to a nonexistent federal consumer loan program.

Nov 05 07:13

Mexican minister killed in crash

Officials say they have not detected any signs of foul play, and the crash appears to have been an accident.

But Mr Mourino had been in charge of security during the government's violent battle with powerful drug cartels, and his death is a big blow to the government, says BBC Americas analyst Warren Bull.

About 3,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence since the start of the year, and the country's kidnapping rates are among the highest in the world.

Nov 05 07:03

A Mandate to End the War

Let's be clear about the nature and meaning of the mandate we're going to be hearing so much about: President-elect Barack Obama has a clear mandate to end the Iraq war as expeditiously as possible. His campaign was energized by and differentiated from Hillary Clinton's by his emphasis on correcting that horrific mistake. Hillary equivocated, refused to recant her vote for war, and coyly suggested that we might withdraw only as far as Kurdistan.

Nov 05 07:02

Europe hails Obama’s election as new US president

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and other EU leaders congratulated Senator Obama on his election, expressing hope that there would be "renewed commitment" from Europe and the United States to tackling the ongoing financial crisis and foreign policy issues.

Nov 05 06:59

Pentagon briefings to start 'almost immediately'

Since the upcoming political transition will be the first in wartime since Vietnam, Pentagon officials say they are prepared to begin briefing the President-elect's transition team, "almost immediately" after today's elections on a wide range of military operations and Pentagon programs.

"We are undertaking Herculean efforts to ensure the transition goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible," according to one official.

Nov 04 12:05

How they flip votes with paper ballots

A friend in Florida just told me of his experience in voting this morning. He wasn't hampered in any way because they use paper ballots. But what he told me is startling. They could be trying to turn the flow of red to blue votes. If this is widespread, it could have a significant impact across the country where paper ballots are used.

Here's his story ...

I was standing in line and started reading a sign. The sign said:

Nov 04 09:10

Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots

Democrat Barack Obama joined the nation's earliest voters Tuesday as people around the nation began lining up to cast ballots in a historic election pitting Republican John McCain against the man seeking to become the first black president in U.S. history.

Did his vote flip?

Nov 04 09:09

Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots

Democrat Barack Obama joined the nation's earliest voters Tuesday as people around the nation began lining up to cast ballots in a historic election pitting Republican John McCain against the man seeking to become the first black president in U.S. history.

Can we be certain his vote didn't flip?

Nov 03 08:35

Human bones and shoe found near Steve Fossett crash site

Mr Anderson said searchers also found Mr Fossett's tennis shoes, his Illinois driver's license and credit cards. The shoes and driver's license had animal bite marks on them.

"This reinforces our theory that animals dragged him away," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How very green of him!

Nov 03 08:10

Supreme Court hears case over American Indian land

The Narragansett Indian Tribe bought a 31-acre (12.5-hectare) lot in 1991, saying it would be used for "economic development" and housing for the elderly and poor.

However, the state of Rhode Island, fearing the tribe really wants to create a tax-free zone or build a casino, sued to block the Narragansetts from putting the land into federal trust, which would essentially free it from state and local law.

Nov 02 10:59

Locked in toilet for four days

A MAN has told how he endured four days trapped in a toilet at his local bowling club.

David Leggat, 55, had to endure 16 hours a day in complete darkness with no food, no heating and no idea when help would arrive.

Crucially, he had no mobile phone to summon rescuers. And because the lavatory is in the depths of the building, his cries for help went unheard, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

Sleep was practically impossible on the cold, hard tiles and the only way to keep warm was by putting his feet in a sink he filled with hot water.

Nov 02 10:15

No charges but US may never release Guantánamo Chinese

Seventeen Chinese prisoners who have been held for nearly seven years in Guantánamo Bay will be informed on Monday that they could spend the rest of their lives behind bars, even though they face no charges and have been told by a judge they should be freed.

No country is willing to accept them and the US justice department has now blocked moves for them to be allowed to go to the US mainland, where they had been offered a home by refugee and Christian organisations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable. A life sentence for these guys, "...even though they face no charges and have been told by a judge they should be freed."

There are a number of ways to characterize what is going on at Gitmo.

One can talk about torture, no civil liberties, no due process, and absolutely no relation to what is thought of as traditional American jurisprudence; a stain on America's moral character, and a blight on the international opinion of this country which will take years to overcome.

However, there is another way to view what is happening at Gitmo.

Consider it a kind of "laboratory" in which this government tests how carry out any - or all - of the above on American citizens right here in this country, if there is any kind of "national emergency" leading to the declaration of martial law.

And for those who think it "that can't happen here", please think again.

As reported on 2 October, 2008
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/10/7/us_army_denies_unit_will_be

"In a barely noticed development, a US Army unit is now training for domestic operations under the control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. An initial news report in the Army Times newspaper last month noted that in addition to emergency response the force “may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control.” The military has since claimed the force will not be used for civil unrest, but questions remain."

Questions, indeed. As reported in "Uruknet.com", 25 September 2008,

http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m47519"

"the mission assigned to the nearly 4,000 troops of the First Brigade Combat Team does not consist merely of rescuing victims of terrorist attacks. An article that appeared earlier this month in the Army Times ("Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1"), a publication that is widely read within the military, paints a different and far more ominous picture"

"They may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control," the paper reports. It quotes the unit’s commander, Col. Robert Cloutier, as saying that the 1st BCT’s soldiers are being trained in the use of "the first ever nonlethal package the Army has fielded." The weapons, the paper reported, are "designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals without killing them."

The equipment includes beanbag bullets, shields and batons and equipment for erecting roadblocks.

"I was the first guy in the brigade to get Tasered," Cloutier told the Army Times. He described the effects of the electroshock weapon as "your worst muscle cramp ever—times 10 throughout your whole body."

"The colonel’s remark suggests that, in preparation for their "homefront" duties, rank-and-file troops are also being routinely Tasered. The brutalizing effect and intent of such a macabre training exercise is to inure troops against sympathy for the pain and suffering they may be called upon to inflict on the civilian population using these same "non-lethal" weapons."

The timing - and true mission - of this deployment are deeply worrisome.

Nov 02 09:47

Americans Murdering Their Judges, and the US Crisis of Judicial Corruption

In the headlines are the appalling news stories of Americans carrying out murderous attacks on judges and their families. In a matter of days, one judge was shot and killed in his own courtroom, while another judge had family members brutally murdered in their home.

These news stories are, however, related to another news story, which is the most taboo subject of the American media - the expanding crisis of corruption among American judges and lawyers. At question is whether the deepening despair of Americans about their own legal system, is fueling some of these violent attacks on judges.

Nov 02 09:32

Fears of new war rise around separatist Abkhazia

A cease-fire ended major hostilities between Georgia and Russia after August's five-day war. But shootings and bombings continue — and nowhere more so than here along the poorly defined, porous border that separates Georgia proper from Abkhazia.

But Georgians who live along the border with the rugged mountainous region of Abkhazia in western Georgia are terrified that a new war is at hand. They fear the latest violence is aimed at driving them from their homes so Abkhaz forces can sweep in unopposed to take their land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Border disputes have been - and can be - settled amicably when reasonably cool heads prevail, and everyone ls really looking for a peaceful solution.

The question has to be, who benefits from further destabilization on the Georgian/ Abkhazian border?

Nov 02 08:39

Cheney applauds McCain in Wyoming

Sen. John McCain has received an endorsement -- perhaps unwelcome -- on the eve of the election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have got to be kidding me!

Apparently, Cheney is blissfully unaware that his endorsement, after 8 years of creating carnage and destruction abroad, and financial and civil liberty mayhem at home, will have the effect of the final "kiss of death" for McCain's candidacy.

Nov 02 08:11

In coming... outgoing... River of Time Flowing...

Well… here we are, less than two days out, waiting to see what surprises are in store and even if, from one large perspective, it looks to go one way… we’ve seen that before too. I want to say that I feel extremely positive, no matter what does or doesn’t happen. I’ve seen a lot of things go down over the years… sometimes from a distance and sometimes from closer in. It really does seem as if the world is mass insanity… always on the verge.

Nov 01 15:05

High performance ram [pic]

Nov 01 12:23

In Memorium: Studs Terkel

Politically active until the end, Terkel likened "the war on terror" to the war on witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, and spoke of a "national Alzheimer’s disease" where Americans forget everything that has happened in the nation's history, and know only whatever lies President Bush tells them.

Nov 01 10:59

THE FULLY INFORMED JURY ASSOCIATION

The primary function of the independent juror is not, as many think, to dispense punishment to fellow citizens accused of breaking various laws, but rather to protect fellow citizens from tyrannical abuses of power by government.

Nov 01 07:39

Millionaire property tycoon 'critically ill' after shooting himself in the head as police watched 'bungled suicide bid'

Nov 01 07:17

Texas floats plan to house Ike victims aboard ship

An aging cruise ship could become temporary housing for Hurricane Ike refugees if Texas officials can navigate through the federal government's paperwork.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I recall we saw the same deal during Katrina, with the ship owners getting a sweet deal that charged the taxpayers far more money just letting the ships sit there than they would have made running their usual cruise routes.

Nov 01 02:01

Great Stunt Pilot

Oct 31 14:33

Putting Eye Shadow on a Reptile.

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

Oct 31 08:17

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Oct 31 05:21

Sorry America, but you are not #1

Oct 30 18:47

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 18:47

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 18:46

Early season chill shocks islanders

Sanibel residents and visitors were scrambling on Wednesday morning to dig their winter woolies out of storage a bit earlier than they expected, when they awoke to a chilly shocker: Temperatures on the island had plummeted overnight into the 40s.

“I think it’s terrible!” exclaimed winter resident Peggy Hupfeldt as she exited Bailey’s General Store around 8 a.m. clutching a steaming cup of coffee. “I’ve never seen it this cold in October.”

Oct 30 10:55

De Menezes witnesses say police gave no warning

A couple sitting opposite Jean Charles de Menezes said that they never heard undercover police identify themselves before they shot the innocent Brazilian, an inquest heard today.

Ralph Livock was travelling with his girlfriend Rachel Wilson when they saw several men with guns board the train at Stockwell Tube station and move towards Mr de Menezes with their weapons raised.

They said that they had no idea if the men were pranksters, police or terrorists and realised the severity of the situation only when the shooting started and Ms Wilson found that she was covered in blood.

Oct 30 09:52

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

by William Blum

The Anti-Empire Report

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

Oct 30 09:08

Exalting Atrocity: The GOP's Torturer-American Candidate

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Oct 30 08:54

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

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

Oct 30 08:47

The End of International Law?

A parallel new Bush doctrine is emerging, in the last days of the soon-to-be-ancien regime, and it needs to be strangled in its crib. Like the original Bush doctrine -- the one that Sarah Palin couldn't name, which called for preventive military action against emerging threats -- this one also casts international law aside by insisting that the United States has an inherent right to cross international borders in "hot pursuit" of anyone it doesn't like.

Oct 30 08:20

Believe or Dont Believe this video will make you think - million FEMA Coffins - Why?

A field of thousands maybe a million plastic coffins spread out over a 10 mile radius, you can see it from Google Earth!? are you kidding me?

33°33'57.36"N 83°29'6.26"W

Oct 30 07:42

Chilling detail of Bali bombers' executions emerges as firing squad has target practice with hours to go

Officials revealed that the firing squads were made up of single men with no children to avoid possible psychological problems among those who are uneasy about taking another human life - even though none of the men will know who has actually fired the deadly shots.

This is because several of the SSI rifles, which fire 5.5mm bullets, will be loaded with blanks...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nonsense. Any experienced rifleman will know from the recoil whether he fired a blank or a live round.

Oct 29 21:57

Banks To Us: "Thanks For The Cash - Now Fu*# Off, Suckers"

Remember the $700B that was *desperately* needed so the banks could loan it? Well, the banks took the cash, but they're holding on to it instead of loaning it - and they're not ashamed to say so.

From today's NY Times: Loans? Did We Say We’d Do Loans?

Oct 29 11:40

How These Gibbering Numbskulls Came to Dominate Washington

Although much said in this article makes sense, there is one area Monbiot doesn't touch, and that is the area of vote fraud, which is rampant in this election in early votes as I type this.

Stalin once made the observation that the voters don't really matter; it's really the people who count the votes who matter.

With the advent of electronic voting (and its inherent potential to be compromised or hacked), coupled with a general absence of any paper trail, that comment is still painfully true of US elections..

Oct 29 09:44

Brace yourselves - George Bush will soon be free to do just what he wants

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The possibilities for Bush to inflict even more hurt on this world than he already has before he leaves (as revenge against an ever more likely Democratic presidential and congressional winners of this upcoming election), are legion.

Oct 28 10:00

Racist Images...

In this wonderful montage by Spike Lee, we see how racism is
constructed. The sadness of the images is that all this hate
came from all that laughter. Our MSM has always been a medium
of racism.

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Oct 28 09:22

Interventionism, Not Muslims, Is the Problem

When governments go awry, it is up to the citizenry to straighten out their course. The problem is not Muslims or Islam. The problem is the U.S. government and, specifically, its foreign policy of interventionism. Bringing an end to that policy will restore a sense of peace and harmony not only to the American people but also the people of the world.

Oct 28 08:46

Vote Flipping Caught on Tape

Video the Vote went to Jackson County, WV, in response to numerous reports of machine vote flipping. The local county clerk showed us the machines in question, but the demonstration left us with serious questions, as the machine continued to malfunction even after it was calibrated.

Oct 28 05:31

Extremists to be barred from UK

Tougher measures to prevent extremists entering the UK have been announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

The changes mean it will be up to the individual concerned to prove they will not "stir up tension".

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In the 17th Century Voltaire was welcomed into England.

But today we have started a war to let might sort it out.

In the West today we have become the Lilliputians. We have been told the story of the Pantagruelians, and we are building high walls to keep out these mythical giants.

Oct 28 01:27

Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama

Federal agents have broken up a plot by two neo-Nazi skinheads to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate 102 black people, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives said Monday.

In court records unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Tenn., federal agents said they disrupted plans to rob a gun store and target a predominantly African-American high school in a murder spree that was to begin in Tennessee. Agents said the skinheads did not identify the school by name.

Oct 27 19:32

NOW THIS IS A FISH STORY

Arnold Pointer is a professional fisherman who set free a big female White Shark caught in his fishing nets. So now for the last 2 years, whenever ol' Arnold goes out fishing off the Australian shoreline, here comes his "little" friend that he calls Cindy.

Cindy has ruined Arnold's fishing. It's pretty hard to get a good catch, when a 17-foot monster with Ginsu knives for teeth is following you around.

And as you can imagine, it's pretty hard to get rid of 17-foot sharks that are protected by the wildlife conservation act.

Oct 27 10:31

Crisis Brings Opportunity. Here's hoping we don't blow it this time.

Have no doubt, by the end of this week or the next, life will have changed for good, there will be no going back to the way it was. Period.
If the World is expecting to have it's cake and eat it , forget about it. So what's going to be the logical outcome of such a sytemic failure ?

Oct 27 09:44

Man's arm trapped in train toilet

A passenger on a French train had to be rescued by firemen after having his arm sucked down the on-board toilet.

The 26-year-old victim was trapped when he tried to fish out his mobile phone, which had fallen into the toilet bowl, and fell foul of the suction system.

The high-speed TGV train had to stop for two hours while firemen cut through the train's pipework.

The man was carried away by emergency services, with the toilet still attached to his arm.

Oct 27 09:09

Bailout money being used to boost bonuses

"Year-end pay on Wall Street will be higher than it would have been had it not been for the government and mergers," says Alan Johnson, a leading compensation consultant. "You would expect it to be down much more."

Johnson predicts the average managing director at an investment bank, a title typically earned around eight years on the job, will receive a bonus of $625,000.

Oct 27 09:06

Poll: Israelis choose McCain over Obama

Israelis would elect John McCain over Barack Obama for president of the United States, a poll found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to JTA: this is not an Israeli election: it is an American election.

And it is very high time that the next president of this country does what is in the best interests of the American people; not in the best interests of Israel.

The money and blood which has been spent neutralizing your perceived "existential threats" to Israel's existence must stop at the next election.

PS - If Israel really likes McCain, he will be available as of November 5th!

Oct 27 08:10

Police hunting nephew of Jennifer Hudson find child's body in white SUV

Oct 26 08:29

Alaska's Anchorage Daily News Endorses Obama

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Oct 26 08:08

Raising the Specter of the ’60s

Like over 3000 other academics, I’ve signed the “Support Bill Ayers” statement defending Ayers from the desperate, opportunistic attacks of the McCain campaign. I think it important to combat the depiction of a distinguished scholar as a “terrorist” by the likes of Sarah Palin, whose ignorance and extremism terrify many. But I also think that the campaign might be doing us all a favor by drawing our attention to the 500 pound guerrilla in the room: the ’60s.

Oct 26 07:10

Senator Warns of Revolution

I caught up with Senator Dodd, and asked him what he was going to do if the loan situation didn’t improve. “All I can tell you is that we are going to have the bankers up here, probably in another couple of weeks and we are going to have a very blunt conversation,” he replied.

He continued: “If it turns out that they are hoarding, you’ll have a revolution on your hands. People will be so livid and furious that their tax money is going to line their pockets instead of doing the right thing. There will be hell to pay.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, there will! We are WAY past the Claire Wolfe stage!

Oct 26 06:50

Obama for president

Gov. Palin's nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency -- but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Political operatives are going to look back at this campaign, and call it the "death by a thousand cuts" campaign for the republicans.

This endorsement of Obama is only one of those cuts.

Oct 25 17:08

McCain says he'll 'test' U.S. enemies

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, for ten extra credit points; the pitting of one social class against social class is what kind of struggle? What kind of struggle? I am so tired of seeing the same hands every question. You there, North Korea, do you have the answer? No? Okay, that's detention after class for you!"

Oct 25 16:51

Wassup 2008

Oct 25 09:51

Pennsylvania Republicans Send False Anti-Obama E-mail

A new e-mail making the rounds among Jewish voters in Pennsylvania this week falsely alleged that Mr. Obama “taught members of Acorn to commit voter registration fraud,’’ and equated a vote for Senator Barack Obama with the “tragic mistake” of their Jewish ancestors, who “ignored the warning signs in the 1930’s and 1940’s.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Fear-mongering during an election campaign is nothing new; but the people supporting this kind of activity have sunk to unimaginable depths with this ploy.

Oct 24 21:54

WKU: Misinformation leads to panic on campus

Did Western cry wolf? How might its officials respond next time? How might its students?

Was the potential for violence worth all this cost, and all this panic?

Oct 24 21:51

Couple gets $9.5 million parking ticket

A suburban Chicago couple received a $9.5 million parking ticket for leaving their car in downtown Glencoe, Ill., for more than two hours.

Barbara and Lee Mitchell say the ticket explained they were entitled to a hearing on the matter or could plead guilty and simply pay the fine, The Glencoe News reports.

If they chose to forgo a hearing, the instructions advised them "do not send cash."

Deputy Chief Mike Volling of the Glencoe Police Department said he's at a loss to explain the ticket.

"Obviously somebody messed up when it was entered into the computer." He said.

Oct 24 21:50

Couple gets $9.5 million parking ticket

A suburban Chicago couple received a $9.5 million parking ticket for leaving their car in downtown Glencoe, Ill., for more than two hours.

Barbara and Lee Mitchell say the ticket explained they were entitled to a hearing on the matter or could plead guilty and simply pay the fine, The Glencoe News reports.

If they chose to forgo a hearing, the instructions advised them "do not send cash."

Deputy Chief Mike Volling of the Glencoe Police Department said he's at a loss to explain the ticket.

"Obviously somebody messed up when it was entered into the computer." He said.

Oct 24 19:34

Swedish ice hockey game delayed by sex toys

A Swedish ice hockey game has been delayed several times after the ice became littered with sex toys.

Fans of the AIK hockey team in Stockholm brought items to the arena on Tuesday for a game against the visiting Leksand.

The start of match was delayed to allow staff to clear the ice of inappropriate items.

Fans held up profane banners and a giant inflatable penis in an attempt to unsettle Leksand defender Jan Huokko.

Earlier this year explicit video of Huokko (34) and his girlfriend having sex made it to the Internet after his mobile phone was stolen.

Oct 24 19:25

Tinfoil hats are go.

To recap: my greatest fear right now is that we are being had by a PNAC type group that is going to perpetrate something so big it will be like 9/11 to 9/11. Total and utter destabilization of the country. Reformatting. Restructuring. From the viewpoint of the Illuminati, imperialism is inevitable and in order to solve our climate issues the globe must be allowed to unify. The United States can't do that in its current form - slow change would be too slow to solve the issue. The most logical choice is to knock it down and then rebuild it.

Oct 24 19:16

"His GPS told him to drive straight ahead and he did"

A Polish driver who was too sure of his GPS road navigation device ended up neck-deep in a lake after ignoring road signs warning of a dead-end ahead, Polish police said overnight.

"The man took a road that was closed a year ago when the area was flooded to make an artificial lake serving as a water reservoir - he ignored three road signs warning of a dead-end," police spokesman in Glubczyce, Piotr Smolen, said.

Oct 24 18:13

Joe the Brother [Video]

Crash and burn, a bad day in the McCain camp.

McCain's brother apologizes for calling 911
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation/politics/bal-brother1024,0,593...

Oct 24 18:04

Worst misplaced banner ad ever

Oct 24 18:04

Worst misplaced banner ad ever

Oct 24 08:28

Suburban NYC Officer Tickets His Own Mayor - Twice

The mayor argued the incoming call was an emergency and she was in an area where she couldn't pull over. A judge agreed and dismissed the case Sept. 15, but Petrillo wasn't done.

That night, he rang Savolt's doorbell and issued a second ticket, Savolt said Tuesday.

"He said to me, 'I think the ticket was unfairly dismissed, so I'm issuing a duplicate ticket,'" she said. "So then, once I was issued a second ticket, clearly in some people's minds, it's not a legal ticket, because the case had been closed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Double Jeopardy.

Oct 24 07:04

Mail warns financial institutions of "payback"

Threatening letters containing a suspicious white powder mailed to three U.S. financial institutions warn "it's payback time," according to a text released by the FBI on Thursday.

More than 50 letters, with identical or similar threatening language, were sent to Chase Bank offices, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision, the FBI said.

Oct 23 18:41

Photo Of Mugged McCain Supporter

Strangely the 'mugger' wrote the B backwards....as if done in a mirror?

WEBMASTER ADDITION: This is supposedly done with a knife by a man who beat and kicked her? He seems to have gone out of his way not to leave any permanent damage. The original news story described the woman as "maimed."

Oct 23 15:43

FLASHBACK - The Rise Of The Fourth Reich

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Linked because of the mention on the radio show.

Oct 23 14:26

FBI: Threatening letters say 'It's payback time'

The FBI has released the text of more than 50 threatening letters -- most of them filled with a white powder -- that were mailed this week to Chase Bank branches and federal regulatory offices in 11 cities.

Oct 23 10:10

Wealth gap creating a social time bomb

Growing inequality in US cities could lead to widespread social unrest and increased mortality, says a new United Nations report on the urban environment.

n a survey of 120 major cities, New York was found to be the ninth most unequal in the world and Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington, and Miami had similar inequality levels to those of Nairobi, Kenya Abidjan and Ivory Coast. Many were above an internationally recognised acceptable "alert" line used to warn governments.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....Social unrest"; what a completely reasonable excuse for the introduction of martial law in this country!

Oct 23 08:23

In these tough times at least people are still buying missiles

Does your portfolio continue to take a hit in this helter skelter market?

Have you thought about boosting it with some nitroglycerin-filled firepower?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Things which kill, maim, sicken, and incapacitate are about the only things people want to buy from the US these days.

Oct 23 07:42

Haredim Begin Confronting Pedophilia

“If you’re a child molester, the best community to come to is Borough Park, Flatbush, Lakewood or Monroe,” Hikind said, referring to areas that have large ultra-Orthodox populations. “Your chances of being arrested are much smaller because people don’t press charges.”

Amy Neustein, one of the most outspoken activists on child abuse, has noted the change.

Now, Neustein believes that the “groundswell of activism and discontent with the community has finally reached critical mass.”

Oct 22 22:33

Getting ugly in Minnesota

6 Minn. politicians' homes vandalized

Oct 22 22:03

The Precious Advice of Colin Powell - Here we go again!

General Powell returns with more precious advice - let's think about this...

Oct 22 15:24

Azerbaijan diverts EU oil, gas to Russia and Iran after Georgian crisis

Azerbaijan is planning to divert its oil and natural gas export routes to Europe with increasing shipments to Russia and Iran, a move possible to raise concerns in the West.

Oct 22 14:43

Time to fasten our seatbelts

Although there is a danger of overestimating these things, it seems fair to say that the world order is being recast

Oct 22 12:00

Senate Receives Bomb Threats, No Evacuation

Several Senate offices have received bomb threats this afternoon, but the offices have not been evacuated and Capitol Police are investigating the threats.

Oct 22 11:42

Students at Western Kentucky U. warned to seek shelter after reports of shots fired on campus

Police spokesman Barry Pruitt says officers have had reports of shots fired at the school about an hour north of Nashville, Tenn., but have not confirmed them.

Oct 22 11:34

Shots reportedly fired at Kentucky university

No immediate word of fatalities or injuries at Western Kentucky University

Oct 22 11:31

WKU Campus On Lockdown: Gunman Reported

Western Kentucky University is under lock-down after the threat of a gunman on school grounds.

Kentucky State Police, Bowling Green Police, and WKU Police have evacuated South Campus.

Bowling Green Police have confirmed to 27 NEWSFIRST that shots were fired on the South Campus. They also confirm that they also have reports of shots fired on WKU's main campus at Pearce Ford Tower.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We can stop reporting about the economy, thank goodness!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Oct 22 11:30

Shots Reportedly Fired on WKU's Campus

Breaking news at this hour.

Western Kentucky University is under lock-down after the threat of a gunman on school grounds.

Oct 22 08:10

It's just a little piece of history repeated

The decline of the Roman Empire began, as any student of history can tell you, when the balance of power swung to the advantage of the wealthy Patricians, who undermined the common free man by establishing an economy based upon cheap labor, in this case slavery.

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Deja vu'!!

Oct 22 08:03

Budget Cutting? Take a Hatchet To The War on Drugs

Meanwhile, upstairs in the overnourished world, beer heiress and Senate wife Cindy McCain was scheduled to write her own memoir this year. Last spring she got an advance that reportedly came close to a million dollars for a book that would tell not only about her relationship with her husband, John, but, according to the Wall Street Journal, would also recount "her past battle with an addiction to painkillers." Originally scheduled to appear in September, her book was abruptly canceled only a month after the publisher bought it.

Oct 22 07:37

MarketWatch: Wall Street's 'Disaster Capitalism for Dummies'

Finally, the coup de grace: Along came the housing-credit crisis, as planned. Press and public saw a negative, a crisis. Disaster capitalists saw a huge opportunity. Yes, opportunity for big bucks and control of America. Millions of homeowners and marginal banks suffered huge losses. Taxpayers stuck with trillions in debt. But giant banks emerge intact, stronger, with virtual control over government and the power to use taxpayers' funds. They're laughing at us idiots!

Oct 22 07:35

The Bush Doctrine in Ruins

At the moment, only 7 percent of Americans believe the country is "going in the right direction," Bush's job-approval ratings have dropped into the low 20s with no bottom in sight, and North Dakota is "in play" in the presidential election. Think of that as the equivalent of a report card on Bush's economic policies. In other words, the Yale legacy student with the C average has been branded for life with a resounding domestic "F" for failure. (His singular domestic triumph may prove to be paving the way for the first African American president.)

Oct 22 03:08

The Realignment of Power

We are all standing dumbstruck in front of a Giant Onion whose layers are being peeled away one at a time. With each layer exposed, the reality dawns brighter and we are beginning to discover real meaning behind current events.

Oct 21 15:30

Daily Show Visits Wasilla- Must See!!

Jason Jones Talks with locals and current Mayor of Wasilla on her very important duties ROFL!!

Oct 21 12:40

FBI Investigates After 9 Banks Threatened

Threatening notes were discovered at nine different banks in Colorado and Oklahoma on Monday, FBI agents said.

Six Chase banks in the Denver area, two in Oklahoma City and one in Norman, Okla., reported receiving letters.

FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said the incidents in Colorado and Oklahoma appear to be related. One person was taken to an ambulance on a stretcher, possibly due to stress, emergency crews said.

Oct 21 12:05

Study: U.S. suicides rising; risk high in middle age

It used to be understood that if you worked hard enough, got a good education, were honest you could go anywhere and do anything. No longer.

Now that the United States economy has been hollowed out, looted...turned into a 3rd world country...with no jobs, no health care, no social security...our country run by a criminal cabal sitting atop a police state, what future is there to look forward to?

Oct 21 09:00

What would you do Muslim

Oct 21 08:54

Police: Arkansas TV anchor attacked in her home

The popular KATV anchorwoman, who had a small part in the new Bush biopic W, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday after a severe beating in her home. Investigators aren't sure whether she was the random victim of a home invasion or a target because of her high-profile job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ABCNNBBCBS is working a little TOO hard trying to convince us this attack is unconnected with her role in "W".

For one thing, there was no sign of forced entry, so whoever did this to her came in through the front door.

Oct 21 00:38

It's time for a new world order

Yes, we need entrepreneurs and financiers, but we also need a new world order where amassing enormous personal wealth on the backs of the lowly paid is viewed as immoral and where routes to tax-free havens are closed down.

Oct 20 12:26

Barack Obama Eats Babies

Crunch. Slurp. Burp. "Another fetus please!"

Several years ago the late Christopher Reeves was lampooned in South Park, depicted as a maniacal fetus eater – stopping at nothing to consume nutritious embryonic stem cells.

I have recently received a number of emails from concerned family and friends regarding Barack Obama. In particular, his stance on abortion, stem cell research and infanticide.

Oct 20 11:16

US warship 'catches fire in Persian Gulf'

A vessel belonging to the US Navy has reportedly caught fire in the northern Persian Gulf near the Iraqi port cities of Al-Bakr and al-Amaya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was McCain on deck doing "wet starts?"

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