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July 15, 2009

Jul 15 08:48

Court knew man jailed for a year for non-support was not child's father

Frank Hatley has languished in a South Georgia jail for more than a year.

The reason? He failed to reimburse the state for all the public assistance his “son” received over the past two decades.

The problem? Hatley is not the biological father -- and a special assistant state attorney general and a judge knew it but jailed Hatley anyway.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love the lawyer's attitude that fair or not, it IS a valid court order!!!!!

Valid court order can KISS MY LILY WHITE BUTTOCKS!!!!!!! If the court has made a mistake, it has made a mistake! and no American citizen is obligated to obey a court order they know to be erroneous.

Jul 15 08:40

Iran could have atomic bomb within 6 months – report

Germany’s BND foreign intelligence agency believes Iran is capable of producing and testing an atomic bomb within six months, much sooner than most analysts estimate, according to a report in German weekly Stern.

The report, which quotes BND experts, says the agency has information supporting the view that Iran has mastered the enrichment technology necessary to make a bomb and has enough centrifuges to make weaponised uranium.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Needless to say, the BND has already denied making any such comments. This is just another case of Israeli and US propagandists in the media, in this case Reuter's, simply making stuff up.

And then they wonder why they are losing audience to the blogs.

Jul 15 08:37


Jul 15 08:36


Take a close look at the first three ‘warning signs’… look carefully at number 3.

Now read the following report and ask yourself if Israel is heading towards fascism or not….. YOU be the judge.

Jul 15 08:36

Another Global Warming Denier

The Australian Geologist Who's Exposed the Hoax

Jul 15 08:34


The convoy got through!!!!! While we gathered at the Egyptian Mission to the UN one of the women got a call from Galloway, Barron & McKinney announcing that an agreement was reached – everything could go through but the trucks. They could unload the trucks and bring everything into Gaza at the crossing but the trucks couldn’t be donated.

Jul 15 08:33

Record Low Temperatures Hit Northeast

As politicians in Washington, DC debate what to do about global warming, the Northeast has been hit with record low temperatures this morning.

According to ABC News, the cities of Binghamton and Rochester in New York and Hartford, CT experienced record lows for July today.

Meanwhile, here in the Granite State, temperatures in Concord fell to 47-degress this morning, the lowest since 1940. Temperatures in Portsmouth came within one degree of the lowest ever in July.

Jul 15 08:32


Jul 15 08:28

Obama Snubbed In Russia?

Jul 15 08:27

Obama Snubbed In Saudi Arabia?

Jul 15 08:19

Northern Ireland rioters 'were bussed in to provoke violence'

Twenty-one police officers were injured in Belfast on Monday after coming under fire during rioting on the biggest day in the loyalist marching season.

It was claimed that dissident republicans had been bussed in to provoke violence.

Jul 15 08:03

Israel soldiers speak out on Gaza

A group of soldiers who took part in Israel's assault in Gaza say widespread abuses were committed against civilians under "permissive" rules of engagement.

The troops said they had been urged to fire on any building or person that seemed suspicious and said Palestinians were sometimes used as human shields.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not the first time Israel has used human shields.

Jul 15 07:58

Israel accused of mistreating women prisoners

Pregnant detainees "do not enjoy preferential treatment in terms of diet, living space or transfer to hospitals," it said. "Pregnant prisoners are also chained to their beds until they enter delivery rooms and shackled once again after giving birth.

Jul 15 07:57

Israeli Soldiers Question Moral Integrity of Gaza Offensive

Israeli combat soldiers have acknowledged that they forced Palestinian civilians to serve as human shields, needlessly killed unarmed Gazans and improperly used white phosphorus shells to burn down buildings as part of Israel’s three-week military offensive in the Gaza Strip last winter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And YOU paid for the WP used in Gaza.

Jul 15 07:57


Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?

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Jul 15 07:56

Soldiers say received orders to shoot first, worry later in Gaza war

A number of IDF soldiers who took part in Israel's recent Gaza offensive say they were urged by commanders to shoot first and worry later about sorting out civilians from combatants. Accordingly, they say, the force went into Gaza with guns blazing.

Jul 15 07:55

Amnesty details Gaza 'war crimes'

Israel committed war crimes and carried out reckless attacks and acts of wanton destruction in its Gaza offensive, an independent human rights report says.

Jul 15 07:48


Though the speech Obama gave at the New Economic School in Moscow on July 7 was well written and well delivered, it is hard to see how the reaction to it could have been anything but incredulity. Having endured seven decades of violent hypocrisy, Russians can smell it a mile away – and Obama’s speech reeked of it.

Take this, for example: "In 2009, a great power does not show strength by dominating or demonizing other countries. The days when empires could treat sovereign states as pieces on a chess board are over."

Jul 15 07:45

Warnings to Precious Metal ETF Investors - Buyer Beware!

The London based ETF Securities Silver Fund regularly publish a list of serial numbers of the silver bars they hold in custody:


The iShares Silver Trust (SLV) also publish a weekly updated list of serial numbers of silver bars held in their custody:


Check out page 1698-1722 of the SLV silver bars list. They have got some silver bars from China. The brand is Great Wall. The supposedly unique serial numbers are from No. 1001 - No. 1460. With many duplications.

The ETFS's silver bars list also contains silver bars of the same Great Wall brand. The serial numbers are also the same: No. 1001 - No. 1360.

Ah oh! Hmmmmm...?

Jul 15 07:42

Washington set to buy Silverstein's WTC lease

The US government is poised to buy the lease on the destroyed World Trade Centre from the property magnate Larry Silverstein in an attempt to seize the initiative in the increasingly bitter dispute about the future of the site.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because the dispute is calling attention to the very strange acquisition of the site by Silverman in the first place, and his even stranger buying of excessive anti-terror insurance on the complex.

Jul 15 07:33

Amsterdam Tulip Museum

The tulip has been introduced in the Netherlands in the middle of 16th century from the Ottoman Empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So we can blame the Muslims for the Great Tulip Mania that wrecked the Dutch economy!!!!

Those gosh darned Muslims!!!!!!!!! :)

Jul 15 07:30

Did an Israeli anesthetic cause Michael Jackson's death?

Teva voluntarily recalled two lots of propofol after investigators found
bacterial contamination in some samples caused up to 40 patients in Florida, Arizona and Missouri to develop fevers and chills.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I would not bother with any MJ stories, but the problems with Teva line up exactly with the reckless pharmaceutical companies topic we have been covering the last few days.

Jul 15 07:26

The Irish and The New World Order.

Yeah, it’s the Irish. They did it. It’s the Gang of Two, O’Brien and Monahan; members of POG (Paddy Occupied Government) who ripped off the Harvard Hillel. It is POG that is behind most of the world’s problems. It’s long been known but seldom mentioned how the Irish faked the Potato Famine and all the other things they blamed on the long-suffering British over the course of some 800 years. They’re really milking that victim thing. It’s their trademark and their signature.

Jul 15 07:25

168 people feared dead in Iran plane crash

Iran's civil and military fleet is made up of ancient aircraft in very poor condition due to their age and lack of maintenance. The Iranian regime is barred by sanctions from buying American Boeing planes or European Airbus craft when they include a significant number of US parts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the blood of these Iranian CIVILIAN passengers is on the hands of the US Government, just as surely as it was when the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane in 1988.

Or did one of the US-encouraged coup plotters simply plant as bomb on board?

Jul 15 07:22

Goldman Announces Record Profit and Bonuses. So Much for Financial Reform and an End to Greed on Wall Street

"Greed is Good," Gordon Gekko, "Wall Street" (1987)

Well, greed is not only good, apparently, it's back, and more ravenous than ever. On Tuesday the venerable Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs announced an astonishing $3.4-billion quarterly profit, it's best ever in its 140-year history. It also announced that it's allocated a whopping $11.4 billion towards executive bonuses. So, just a few months after being bailed out by the U.S. Government and after much public and congressional excoriation over its high-risk trading and excessive compensation practices, this year's bonuses could match or beat the highest ever, while bringing Goldman back into the dicey mortgage and credit game.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why not; they keep what they win and if they lose, the taxpayers pick up the tab!

... as long as you let them get away with it.

Jul 15 07:09

Peter Schiff Economy Vlog - 07/14/2009

Jul 15 07:09


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Tsunami watch for New Zealand called, now canceled.

Tsunami watch for Hawaii called, now canceled.

Jul 15 06:40

Ex-Clinton aides advising Honduran coup regime

Ginger Thompson of the New York Times reported from San Jose, Costa Rica Sunday that in organizing the first sessions of a US-brokered mediation exercise between the ousted President Zelaya and the leader of those who overthrew him, Micheletti, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias instructed both men to appear at his residence with just four advisers.

"On Thursday morning, Mr. Micheletti showed up with six, adding an American public relations specialist who has done work for former President Bill Clinton and the American’s interpreter, and an official close to the talks said the team rarely made a move without consulting him," Thompson reported.

Jul 15 06:31


Bush was a de facto president and he had two terms in office. The difference here is that the military never revoked any deployment orders under Bush because of questions about his illegal presidency.

It would appear to me that the situation in the U.S. just became much more dangerous and unpredictable because, with this case, the mask is off.

What’s to stop tens of thousands of military personnel from obtaining the exact same outcome as Major Stefan Cook? Not much, apparently.

This is an extremely serious development.

Via: WorldNetDaily:

Jul 15 06:06

‘Government Sachs’ Strikes Gold ... Again

Connect the dots: Goldman Sachs made $3.44 billion in profit this past quarter, while the U.S deficit topped $1 trillion for the first time in the nation’s history and appeared to be headed toward doubling that figure before the budget year is out. Since most of the increase in the federal deficit is due to bailing out the banks and salvaging the greater economy they helped destroy, why is the top investment bank doing so well?

Well, because that was the plan, as devised by Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, a former CEO of Goldman Sachs.

Jul 15 05:47

Apollo 11 Moon landing: conspiracy theories debunked

The following reasons have all been offered as proof that the Moon landings which began with Apollo 11's touchdown on July 20 1969 were faked.

1) When the astronauts are putting up the American flag it waves. There is no wind on the Moon.

Jul 15 05:38

David Icke on Swine flu

Jul 15 05:18

"9/11 Truth" and its role in the game

In April of last year I wrote an article that questioned the motives of a UN official who went public calling for a new investigation into the "neocons' role in 9/11." The person I am referring to is Richard Falk, who, as I stated in the aforementioned article, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as the World Federalist Society. Richard Falk was also a leading contributor to the globalist World Order Models Project, financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Endowment in the 1970's, which was a report that suggested "strategies of transition" into a new global era. On top of this, Falk has published numerous books with titles such as Toward a Just World Order (1982) and The United Nations and a Just World Order (1991), calling for global governance.

Jul 15 00:46

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination Alert

It's crucial to understand that these vaccines are experimental, untested, toxic and extremely dangerous to the human immune system. They contain squalene-based adjuvants that cause a host of annoying to life-threatening autoimmune diseases. They must be avoided, even if mandated. It's also known that vaccines don't protect against diseases they're designed to prevent and often cause them. They should be banned but proliferate anyway because they're so profitable, and if globally mandated to the greatest extent ever.

Jul 14 21:53

Arnold sound board


Thought Mike could do an interview with Arnold using one of many soundboards on the net. Just to lighten things up. Look at the entries on the right on this one: "The most important thing is money" (probably taken out of context, granted.)

July 14, 2009

Jul 14 21:37

IDF soldier: We used Gazans as human shields

The soldier says his unit employed a variation of the practice, the so-called "neighbor procedure," when it checked homes for Palestinian militants

Jul 14 21:30

Goldman Sachs bank profits soar

US banking giant Goldman Sachs has surpassed market expectations by reporting second-quarter net profits of $3.44bn.

Jul 14 20:57

If A Revolution Comes, They're Going After Goldman First

Not without justification, the masses now know that there is a revolving door between governments and Goldman Sachs. Not without justification, the masses are highly suspicious of the billions in "trading" profits Goldman has been making when most other financial firms are barely surviving on life support. They know that Hank Paulson, as Treasury Secretary, snowed everyone who came within 30 feet of his breath.

Jul 14 20:18

FBI: Your Tax Dollars at Work Brainwashing Kids...

I'll keep this short and sweet: Please visit the link below to see what the FBI is spending your money on...

Jul 14 19:56

British watchdog bans Israeli tourism advert

A British advertising watchdog banned an Israeli tourism poster that implied the West Bank and Gaza Strip territories were undisputed parts of the country.

The posters, featuring a boy snorkelling with dolphins, were placed on London's Underground train stations, as part of an Israeli tourism campaign.

They carried the slogan "few countries pack so much variety into such a small space as Israel" and a contested map that sparked more than 400 complaints from pro-Palestinian groups and members of the public.

Jul 14 18:35

Texas Unemployment Fund broke

"The state unemployment insurance trust fund will run out of money next week, forcing the Texas Workforce Commission to borrow $643 million from the federal government to cover claims."

Jul 14 17:53

Taliban will let guns do their talking

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is now the focus of attention, with the Pakistan military reportedly saying that it is prepared to act as a middleman to help the administration of United States President Barack Obama in a "new diplomatic overture to find an end to the long-running conflict" in Afghanistan.

Mullah Omar, however, is not believed to be in any mood to talk. Over the past few months, he has consolidated his grip over the various scattered but powerful resistance groups across Afghanistan and in Pakistan's tribal areas. His ultimate objective, as it has been since the Taliban were ousted in the US-led invasion of 2001, is for military victory against foreign forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a land war which absolutely cannot be won from the air.

One would have thought that perhaps the lessons of the Viet Nam War would have been absorbed by the civilian and military leadership of the US and NATO by this point in history; obviously, they have not.

And that is one damned shame.

Jul 14 17:17

Blacks and joblessness, is it really racism?

Blacks and Joblessness: the Toll of Racism
by Tamara Turner
Global Research, April 7, 2009
Fighting beside other autoworkers, African Americans won improved wages, pensions, and other benefits. They created a "Black middle class" that could afford homes, cars, and higher education for their children.
When the auto industry began to decline, so did the situation for Black workers, who for decades had found both more jobs and better jobs there. The heavy layoffs accompanying the current depression are having a devastating impact.

Jul 14 16:34

Accountant For Harvard Hillel Arrested After Nearly $800,000 Disappears

To add to what already has been a bad year for fraud at Jewish organizations, Harvard University’s Hillel announced that it had lost nearly $800,000, and a former accountant has been accused of diverting funds into his personal account.

Jul 14 16:33

Journalist Fired Over Flu Pandemic Lawsuit

Austrian journalist Jane Bürgermeister, who recently filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several high ranking government and corporate officials concerning bioterrorism, has been fired from her job. “On Monday, I was unexpectedly fired from my job as European Correspondent of the Renewable Energy World website,” Bürgermeister writes on her blog.

Jul 14 15:44

Too Late Now

If your 401K went to 201K leave it alone it is too late now.

If you are thinking of arming yourself as things are just shit you cant find ammo it is too late now.

If you were hoping to get employment with a company that has a future a bit of retirement it is too late now.

If you think it is time to stock up on food you cant protect it it is too late now.

Jul 14 15:33

The Fed Under Fire

I receive film-video submissions daily, and this is the most impressive piece I've ever seen.

The production value is extremely impressive and the interviews and quotes are some of the best I've seen. If you absolutely must hurry your way through it, watch the last 2 minutes.

Jul 14 15:27

The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think

The average length of unemployment is higher than it's been since government began tracking the data in 1948.

Jul 14 15:04

Al Gore and friends create climate of McCarthyism

DISCUSSIONS about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out "impure" thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy.

Jul 14 15:03

Al Gore rewrites history

The former vice-president shot to prominence when his documentary An Inconvenient Truth which carried the claims won an Oscar in 2006. Shortly after Mr Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize. However after a lengthy hearing the British High Court found that An Inconvenient Truth was inaccurate and contained at least nine significant errors and exaggerations.

However, speaking on ABC Australia Mr Gore misrepresented the judges ruling stating: "Well, the ruling was in my favour".

Jul 14 15:00

Lack of Media Coverage of Pfc. LaVena Johnson's Murder and Army Cover-Up Our Shame

I hope you'll get very, very angry when you read this. I hope you'll curse me out, along with the mainstream media, for our neglect. And I hope you'll realize why we need citizen journalists and determined bloggers who find these horrific, heartbreaking, significant stories and report on them...

Jul 14 14:42

Afghanistan: Our troops are giving their lives to safeguard a rigged election

Hamid Karzai's appalling and corrupt regime is the West's guilty little secret, suggests Mary Riddell.

Jul 14 14:41

US commander in Afghanistan lobbies for more troops

Less than six months after Barack Obama ordered 21,000 additional American soldiers to Afghanistan, and barely two weeks into the first major offensive by the reinforcements, General Stanley McChrystal, the newly-appointed US commander, has launched a lobbying drive for a substantial further increase in troop numbers.

Jul 14 14:41

Death squads and US democracy

The revelation that the CIA initiated a covert program, apparently involving assassinations, and kept it secret from the US Congress on the orders of Vice President Dick Cheney marks a deepening of the crisis in the American state apparatus and an indication of the degeneration of democratic processes within the US.

Jul 14 14:28

Private Rocket Successfully Puts Satellite In Orbit for the First Time

It may not be as exciting as the Apollo 11, but I do find exciting that SpaceX has put a commercial satellite in orbit for the first time, launching a Falcon I rocket from the Marshall Islands.

SpaceX launched a Malaysian satellite into orbit using the two-stage Falcon, a rocket developed and built from scratch by the company. The satellite, called RazakSAT, is designed to take high resolution pictures of Malaysia.

If all goes as planned, SpaceX will soon deliver material to the International Space Station in the future.

Jul 14 14:28

Gaza in the eyes of Israelis

Jul 14 13:53

Puking pug saga shows Plum TV sucks

The Post’s alleged witnesses have not been corroborated by other sources.
Even so, the allegation was sufficient to turn what had initially been a rather shocking tale about the rough and misogynistic treatment meted out to a New Yorker by an over-zealous cop into a debate about whether or not the victim is an ‘anti-Semite’.

Jul 14 13:42

Computer attack may not have originated in North Korea after all

Bkis Security has just disclosed analysis showing that 166,908 botted PCs from 74 countries were used in the attacks. Commands were routed through eight control servers, tied into a master server located in the United Kingdom and running the Windows Server 2003 operating system, says Bkis research director Nguyen Minh Duc.

Jul 14 13:40

FLASHBACK - Trish Schuh: The Salvador Option in Beirut

Unlike Iraq, there is no “weapons of mass destruction threat” to facilitate toppling the Syrian regime. This time, a United Nations Tribunal could provide the means, deploying Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri's murder as the weapon. But like the US show trial to convict Saddam Hussein, the show trial to convict Syria for Hariri's murder, built by the United Nation's International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), has a history of problems.

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In hindsight, Trish was correct!

Jul 14 13:40

Child psychiatrist's child molestation therapy

Child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres takes stand in molestation case
By Elizabeth Pfeffer
Posted: 07/08/2009 07:
Child psychiatrist Dr. William Ayres testified in his own defense Wednesday, more than two years after he was charged with molesting several young male patients.
Speaking frankly and in a relaxed manner about his philosophy on physical examinations and child psychiatry, Ayres said he performed exams only on boys because he didn't feel it was appropriate to do so with girls. He estimated that he gave one full exam a month, with partial physicals occurring "more often."

Jul 14 13:29

Why High Frequency Program Trading Smells

Why are an increasing number of investors in our country questioning the integrity of our markets? The perception that the playing field is not necessarily level.

Jul 14 13:28

Bailed-out Goldman Sachs profit soars to 3.44 bln dlrs

Jul 14 13:26

Russia says no Iran sanctions for START deal

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Obama strikes out!

Jul 14 13:25

US destroyer anchors off Georgia for exercises

A U.S. guided missile destroyer dropped anchor Tuesday in Georgia's Black Sea waters ahead of joint naval exercises seen as a show of American support for the former Soviet nation crushed in last year's war with Russia.

Jul 14 13:25

Obama's Stimulus Plan: Failing by Its Own Measure

Back in early January, when Barack Obama was still President-elect, two of his chief economic advisers — leading proponents of a stimulus bill — predicted that the passage of a large economic-aid package would boost the economy and keep the unemployment rate below 8%. It hasn't quite worked out that way. Last month, the jobless rate in the U.S. hit 9.5%, the highest level it has reached since 1983.

Jul 14 13:22

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccination Alert

On July 13, a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert headlined, "WHO recommendations on pandemic (H1N1) 2009 vaccinations" suggest that universally mandated ones are coming... "

Jul 14 13:19


Jul 14 13:18

Ex-FBI Agent: Why I Support a New 9/11 Investigation

After 9-11, with the knowledge I had of the bitter internal dispute inside the FBI that was being hushed up but had kept some of our better agents from possibly uncovering more of the 9-11 plot before it happened, I couldn’t forget two of the slides in that Law Enforcement ethics curriculum: “DO NOT: Puff, Shade, Tailor, Firm up, Stretch, Massage, or Tidy up statements of fact.” And “Misplaced Loyalties: As employees of the FBI, we must be aware that our highest loyalty is to the United States Constitution. We should never sacrifice the truth in order to obtain a desired result (e.g. conviction of a defendant) or to avoid personal or institutional embarrassment.”

Jul 14 13:17


The New York City Coalition for Accountability Now has come together to lead a disciplined and patriotic search for answers about September 11th towards one tangible goal: the creation of an independent and impartial subpoena powered investigation into the September 11th attacks on our great nation.

Jul 14 13:16

Goldman Sachs execs sold $700m of stock: report

Executives at US banking giant Goldman Sachs sold almost 700 million dollars worth of stock after Lehman Brothers collapsed in September, the Financial Times reported.

Most of the sales, worth 431 million pounds or 500 million euros, occurred when the firm enjoyed the support of 10 billion dollars in US government capital injections, the London-based newspaper said.

Jul 14 13:13

Obama says lost auto jobs are gone

President Barack Obama took a dose of reality to Michigan on Tuesday, saying that thousands of jobs lost to the auto industry's downturn are not coming back and it is time to prepare for new industries.

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"Candles. You can all learn how to make candles!!! People will need candles after their electricity gets shut off!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 14 13:08


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YOU TUBE has removed this video. What it showed was a video of a couple having sex in what they thought were private circumstances. The video was shot using the infra-red cameras of a US military helicopter, which we who paid for it all would hope is used to protect the nation against enemies, not spy on people just having some fun.

Now, just what "terms of use" were violated is unclear as the video did not actually show all that much. A quick search of YouTube shows far more explicit videos are available, so I think what YouTube is saying is that it is okay for the US Government to spy on your sex life using all that taxpayer paid for equipment, but you're not supposed to know about it.

Jul 14 12:53

Selfish Arabs:Might,Mindset & Misconduct

If one was to take a look at the global events transpiring most rapidly,from America to Africa and beyond, we can only hang our heads in shame and disgust for what has become of humanity.

To put it bluntly,there is no humanity.

The rules of triadic interaction have left nothing but total destruction and humility at the price of decency,honor and justice – nothing positive has come from the idea that one should strike at a serpents head with the hand of your enemy.

Jul 14 12:52

The Catholic Church and Palestine

It´s my opinion, that we live in times of severe crisis, and that we, religious and secular people, alike will have to find some common ground, from which we together struggle against a terrible inhuman system, which is threatening to draw as all into the catastrophe of a new World War. Whatever divides us at this moment cannot be so big, that it justifies us to fight and hate one another, while our whole world is about to go down the drains.

Jul 14 12:51

'The Select Few' Are Cashing in: Shocking Corruption at the Washington Post

If you want to know what really matters in Washington, don't go to Capitol Hill for one of those hearings, or pay attention to those staged White House "town meetings." They're just for show. What really happens -- the serious business of Washington -- happens in the shadows, out of sight, off the record. Only occasionally -- and usually only because someone high up stumbles -- do we get a glimpse of just how pervasive the corruption has become.

Case in point: Katharine Weymouth, the publisher of The Washington Post -- one of the most powerful people in DC -- invited top officials from the White House, the Cabinet and Congress to her home for an intimate, off-the-record dinner to discuss health care reform with some of her reporters and editors covering the story.

Jul 14 12:49

Total US Fuel Taxes by State

After crude oil costs, taxes are the second largest contributor to the price paid at the pump. Together Federal and State excise taxes on fuel account for an average cost of approximately 62 cents per gallon.

Jul 14 12:48

House Democrats Propose 5.4% Income Tax Surtax on Millionaires to Fund Health Care Reform

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This so-called tax on "Millionaires" actually kicks in for couples making $100,000 a year.

Jul 14 12:43

Auto Czar Leaves Washington Amidst Pay-to-Play Probe Involving Former Firm

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... and FOX is starting to report the stories that need reporting.

Has Murdoch seen the light?

Jul 14 12:35

Israeli Spy Ring Threatens Fragile Peace

The UN Security Council has warned that the existence of a large Israeli-run espionage network in Lebanon could threaten a fragile peace established between the two countries following the end of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war.

Jul 14 12:17

The British Health Care System

Horror stories of incompetent doctors, negligent hospitals and unapproved drugs waiting idle for the bureaucrats to give them their blessing do not help; I'm sure you have those stories too. But in a country where anything short of criminal negligence is acceptable, where gross incompetance leads only to transfer to another region, where the doctor gets paid according to the number of patients in his area not the amount of work he does, you can imagine that while people say "the NHS is the greatest part of the Welfare State and the great success of post-war socialism," they also say that the system is in crisis, that it cannot go on like this.

Jul 14 11:32

Neocon Rodeo

Imagine this headline "George Bush arrested and extradited to the Hague for crimes against humanity." Upon further reading, "Prosecutors say George Bush is allegedly guilty of mass murder for the atrocities of 911 where over 3000 innocent people were murdered." One would think, "justice is served," but lets take a journey down this phantasmal path and weigh the ramifications of this price of corruption.

Jul 14 11:12

Since Obama took office, my financial situation is ...

6% (147 votes)
The Same
28% (671 votes)
66% (1575 votes)
Total votes: 2393
Jul 14 11:03

The Small Business Surtax

. In the middle of a recession and with rising unemployment, Democrats have been letting it leak that they want to raise U.S. tax rates higher than they've been in nearly 30 years in order to finance government health care.

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Why doesn't Congress just set fire to the entire nation and get it over with?

Jul 14 11:01

OVERTAXED HAWAII: Rally This Tuesday @ State Capitol - Just Say No to Higher Taxes

Jul 14 11:00

Audit the Federal Reserve

Rep. Michele Bachmann talks with CNBC's Larry Kudlow about the need to audit the Federal Reserve as a result of the financial and auto sector bailouts and potential bailouts for small businesses.

Jul 14 10:42

Modified sugarbeets stir controversy

BOULDER, Colo. — A group of six farmers said they'll be financially crippled if Boulder County commissioners don't allow them to grow genetically modified sugarbeets on the open space land they lease. But several residents who spoke at a Thursday night meeting said the county shouldn't allow potentially dangerous crops on public land.

"This is risky technology. I don't want us to be the 'oops' guinea pig," said Mary Rogers, of Boulder. "We don't know the consequences, and we're deluding ourselves if we think we do."

[NOTE: Posted in light of the current danger to the U.K.'s honey bees. The U.K. is the fifth largest producer of sugarbeet.)

Jul 14 10:33

“Nothing Will Change -- Nothing -- Until We Tear down the Sign [the Financial Elites Have] Placed on Government -- the One That Reads, ‘For Sale.’"

Nothing will change -- nothing -- until the money lenders are tossed out of the temple, the ATM's are wrested from the marble halls, and we tear down the sign they've placed on government -- the one that reads, "For Sale."

Jul 14 10:31

Chicago water: In public reports, city silent over sex hormones and painkillers found in treated drinking water

Annual water quality reports mailed to Chicagoans this month didn't say a word about sex hormones, painkillers or anti-cholesterol drugs, even though city officials found traces of pharmaceuticals and other unregulated substances in treated Lake Michigan water during the past year.

Like other cities, Chicago must notify the public if its drinking water contains certain regulated contaminants, including lead, pesticides and harmful bacteria.

But pharmaceutical chemicals, which have been detected in drinking water across the country, are not on that list. So Mayor Richard Daley is technically correct in stating that the "pure, fresh drinking water" pumped to 7 million people in Chicago and the suburbs "meets or exceeds all regulatory standards."

Jul 14 10:30

Flu Shots Put Children in the Hospital

At the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society recently held in San Diego, researchers presented a study showing that the flu vaccine – widely touted as a "must have" for children with chronic illnesses – isn't effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially ones with asthma. But here's the most damning evidence that flu shots aren't the safe, helpful vaccine the Centers for Disease Control ( CDC) and other government agencies claim: the researchers also found that children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine.

Jul 14 10:24

Israeli warships cross Suez Canal again

Two Israel Navy warships made a rare crossing of Egypt's Suez Canal on Tuesday, heading from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea in a voyage that could be seen as a warning signal to Iran.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the crossings were legitimate in accordance with an agreement between Cairo and Jerusalem.

Jul 14 10:23

Retail Sales Rise by Largest Amount Since January

Retail sales advanced in June by 0.6 percent, the largest amount since January, led by a surge in gasoline prices and a slight rebound in the battered auto sector.

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People are not buying any more, it's just that prices went up!

Jul 14 09:59

All Interstate Bank Barriers Coming Down

You are about to witness a major league, sophisticated takeover of pretty much the entire banking system by the insiders. For most small banks, it will be difficult if not impossible to compete.

Jul 14 09:57

Let's deal with the facts on global warming

The notion of man's use of CO2 as a possible driver of climate has been the subject of several recent Letters to the Editor in the Sun-News. Over geologic time. there has been 15 to 25 times more CO2 than current concentrations; the claim that this time we will reach a tipping point is alarmist, ludicrous, and totally without foundation.

CO2 is a colorless, odorless gas, and essential to life; to regard it as a pollutant is just wrong.

Let us deal with facts - not activism, alarmism, or hyperbole.

Jul 14 09:44

Hackers extracted data in attacks: S Korea

Seoul, S Korea: Hackers extracted lists of files from computers that they contaminated with the virus that triggered cyberattacks last week in the United States and South Korea, police in Seoul said Tuesday.

The attacks, in which floods of computers tried to connect to a single Web site at the same time to overwhelm the server, caused outages on prominent government-run sites in both countries.

Jul 14 09:43

Historic US Supreme Court pick faces critics

Sonia Sotomayor, almost sure to become the first Hispanic US Supreme Court justice, was expected to face tough questioning from Republican senators openly skeptical of her impartiality.

The appeals court judge was scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 9:30 am (1330 GMT) for the second of at least four days of hearings that are all but certain to lead to her historic confirmation that would also see her become the third woman on the nation's highest court.

Jul 14 09:40

Brothel Offers Discount for Green Customers

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If they are green, they are too sick to have sex!

Jul 14 09:01

British girl's heart heals itself after transplant

After 10 years with two blood pumping organs, Hannah Clark's faulty one did what many experts had thought impossible: it healed itself enough so that doctors could remove the donated heart.

But she also had a price to pay: the drugs Clark took to prevent her body from rejecting the donated heart led to malignant cancer that required chemotherapy.

Jul 14 08:49


Israeli minister of transportation and road safety Yisrael Katz has ordered a change in all Arab names of Palestinian towns and cities that appear on signs on the streets into Hebrew names.

Jul 14 08:48


This morning scores of people gathered outside the NAACP Convention at the Hilton Hotel to demand that the NAACP follow-up on a pledge made in 2004 to do everything within their power to save Mumia Abu-Jamal who has been on death row in Pennsylvania for the past 27 years.

The situation is particularly urgent now because the US Supreme Court just refused to hear an appeal of his case. They are also demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder, who spoke at the convention today examine Mumia’s case because there was governmental misconduct during his trial.

Jul 14 08:47


The Egyptian government has shown us where their loyalties lie… with the State of Israel. The ‘Peace Agreement’ signed by the two countries must have had some fine print that we didn’t know about… fine print that declared their support of the zionist regime’s efforts to destroy the people of Palestine, Gazans in particular.

Jul 14 08:46


Since the beginning of this year Israeli stepped up its campaign to demolish Palestinian houses. Hattem Abed Al Kader, the Jerusalem Affairs Minister in the Palestinian Authority, told IMEMC in a previous interview, that Israel has given demolition orders to 1,200 Palestinian homes and other structures in East Jerusalem.

Israel occupied Jerusalem in 1967. Since then it has rarely given Palestinian residents permissions to built homes, while it continues to built settlements in and around the city, an act which is illegal by international law.

Jul 14 08:43

Southwest Flight - A large hole developed in a plane's fuselage -- mid-flight

A 1-foot-by-1-foot hole developed on the top of the plane at the base of the vertical stabilizer and exposed passengers to the evening sky.

Jul 14 08:16

Wind farms will be a monument to an age when our leaders collectively went off their heads

So far we have spent billions of pounds on building just over 2,000 wind turbines - and yet they contribute barely one per cent of all the electricity that we need.

The combined output of all those 2,000 turbines put together, averaging 700 megawatts, is less than that of a single, medium-sized conventional power station.

What's more, far from being 'free', this pitiful dribble of electricity is twice as expensive as the power we get from the nuclear, gas or coal-fired power stations which currently supply well over 90 per cent of our needs - and we all pay the difference, without knowing it, through our electricity bills.

Jul 14 08:15


To celebrate this anniversary, the John F Kennedy Presidential Library is rebroadcasting the entire mission in real-time over the internet. Go to http://wechoosethemoon.org to see "live" images of the Saturn V on the launch pad, hear interviews with the crew and mission control, and follow the countdown clock for launch this Thursday.

Jul 14 08:14

Welcome to the Big Stripe, Chaingang World.

Unlike Al Gore, I have a PhD and all sorts of advanced studies degrees in my area of expertise; field testing both natural and un-natural chemical compounds that affect perception and awareness. I’ve even got a certain smaller amount of experience in the most dangerous drugs on the planet. These would be legal drugs. I don’t recommend fooling around with illegal drugs unless you have the gene. I definitely do not recommend fooling around with legal drugs at any time because they will certainly kill you. Illegal drugs may or may not accomplish that. You have to try harder with them.

Jul 14 08:05

Lizzie Cheney throws another tantrum...

Now that we have gotten that out of the way, the other major issue I have with Lizzie's latest song and dance is that she is using the same meme as the one she used in defense of her daddy's torture program. She is speculating (because she does not have the clearances to know for sure) that al Qaeda leaders were the target, the ONLY target, of her daddy's hit team. Just like she has strongly defended (without knowing for sure obviously) that her daddy's torture program only targeted terrorists who were going to kill us. Of course we all know the many innocent people who were captured, detained, tortured, never charged, and finally released.

Jul 14 08:04

Des Moines pledges to move against homeless camps

Des Moines city leaders say they intend to fight the spread of homeless camps amid reports that more have popped up along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers.

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I imagine those homeless people, made homeless at least in part by the government sending their jobs overseas, are wondering where is the gratitude for all the taxes paid over the last few decades.

Jul 14 08:01

Upcoming Military Robot Could Feed on Dead Bodies

A Maryland company under contract to the Pentagon is working on a steam-powered robot that would fuel itself by gobbling up whatever organic material it can find — grass, wood, old furniture, even dead bodies.

Jul 14 07:55

Akiva Eldar / How to apply PR spin to the settlement issue

America's best Jewish minds are wracking their brains, trying to find a magic formula that will put the settlements close to the hearts of Israel's supporters, not to mention its critics. A new guide to the perplexed, disseminated by the leadership of the Israel Project, the organization spearheading Israel's public relations efforts in the United States, offers a glimpse into its very own internal confusion, as an organization working in coordination with and under the direction of the Israeli government with regard to anything even remotely connected to the settlements.

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Note the arrogant assumption that if they only spin it the right way, we'll all forget that Israel is building illegally on occupied lands belonging to other people.

Jul 14 07:54

The very fabric of society is breaking down around us. What the hell is there left to believe in?

It's all gone wrong. Our belief in everything has been shattered by a series of shock revelations that have shaken our core to its core. You can't move for toppling institutions. Television, the economy, the police, the House of Commons, and, most recently, the press ... all revealed to be jam-packed with liars and bastards and graspers and bullies and turds.

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Life is like a cesspool. The really big chunks rise to the top.

Jul 14 07:44

Hasbara booklet: Just lie

The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary is a Hasbara booklet written by a Dr. Frank Luntz that adds on to a rich but unsuccessful literature existing in the field. Why unsuccessful? Let's quote from the author's introduction:

I wrote my first Language Dictionary for The Israel Project in 2003. Since that time, Israel has had three Prime Ministers, several stalled peace initiatives, found itself the victim of attack from its northern and southern borders, and has suffered greatly in the court of public opinion.

Memo to him: the problem is not with his previous booklets, it's with Israel.

Jul 14 07:43

Health of England's honey bees under threat

England's honey bee colonies are dying at an alarming rate due to disease and a lack of coordinated response by health authorities, a parliamentary report concluded on Tuesday.

England and Wales have around 250,000 colonies of honey bees, which contribute around 200 million pounds to the economy since they are solely responsible for pollinating nearly 40 commercial crops.

Jul 14 07:42

Swearing 'helps to reduce pain'

Uttering expletives when you hurt yourself is a sensible policy, according to scientists who have shown swearing can help reduce pain.

A study by Keele University researchers found volunteers who cursed at will could endure pain nearly 50% longer than civil-tongued peers.

Jul 14 07:40

French workers threaten to blow up New Fabris car parts factory

First there was boss-napping, now angry workers at a factory in France have come up with a new tactic in their battle against mass redundancy.

Staff at bankrupt car parts maker New Fabris are threatening to blow up the plant if they do not receive compensation from the companies that provided most of the firm's business.

Jul 14 07:33

Microsoft takes on Google as Office moves to Web

Microsoft Corp will release three versions of its dominant Office software that users can access over the Web, catching up with products that rival Google Inc launched three years ago.

The news helped send shares in the world's largest software maker up 2.7 percent by midday, more than double the gain in the Nasdaq Composite Index.

Jul 14 07:30

Steve Fielding wants to convince Al Gore he's wrong

THIS is the chart climate change sceptic Senator Steve Fielding hopes will convince Al Gore that global warming is not real.

Jul 14 07:22

Red sky at night: Heavens turn crimson over Britain after Russian volcano erupts

The night skies over Britain will turn a deep shade of crimson this week as the fallout from a Russian volcano blast hits the UK.

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I remember living in Los Angeles when Pinatubo let loose and we had some spectacular sunsets for a while!

Jul 14 07:20

House prices will stay in the doldrums for years, report predicts

Britain's housing market will stay in the doldrums until the middle of the next decade, and there is a 30% chance that prices will take until 2020 to return to their peak before the crash, a consultancy firm predicts.

Jul 14 07:19

NSW Jewry goes ahead with Internet Censorship

Jul 14 07:15

The 'Cap And Tax' Dead End

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Something tells me Sarah had help with this.

Jul 14 07:12

Obama Faces Hurdles in Closing Guantánamo

Officials said the most problematic group was made up of detainees to be held without trial, who are deemed by the administration to be too dangerous to release but who cannot be tried because evidence against them may not be usable in court. Administration officials say they hope this group will be as small as possible, acknowledging opposition by civil liberties groups. But they said they were convinced there were some detainees who must be detained without charges because of their backgrounds, like extensive time in a militant training camp or a long association with a terrorist group.

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Or because, like Binyam Mohammed, their bodies carry scars embarrassing to the US.

Jul 14 07:09

CIA Vet: Agency Doesn't Need Secret Program To Target al Qaeda

Earlier today, we raised a few questions about the notion that the secret CIA program that Dick Cheney reportedly withheld from Congress concerned an effort to kill or capture al Qaeda leaders. And now a top counter-terror expert is doing the same.

Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA counterterrorism chief, told TPMmuckraker that because we've been in a state of war against al Qaeda since just after September 11, there would have been no need for a secret CIA program that received special legal authorization

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The claim that Dick Cheney's assassination squad targeted Al Qaeda appears to be a cover, most likely for the assassination squad targeting people closer to home, like Dr. Kelly and Paul Wellstone.

Jul 14 07:07

John F. Kennedy Jr. - John and Carolyn Kennedy

As first reported by United Press International, John F. Kennedy Jr. on approach to Martha's Vineyard in 8 mile visibility, was in radio contact with the ground, calmly informing them of his intentions to drop off a passenger before proceeding to Hyannis airport. Then, according to ABC News, JFK Jr's plane went into a steep dive, and crashed.

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Another sad anniversary this week.

Jul 14 06:56


As Hawaiians were involved in the military action of the Civil War, Lincoln also developed a personal relationship with the Hawaiian royalty. In a letter dated, March 16, 1863, Lincoln informed King Kamehameha IV of the appointment of James McBride, as US Minister to Hawaii, addressing the king as a "Great and Good Friend." Lincoln then ended the letter, "Your Good Friend, Abraham Lincoln."

Jul 14 06:53

Paul Broun, Liz Cheney, and other subterranean sightings

But he couldn't resist the bollixization of yet more history, adding to his mass-murdering health-care comments that "That is exactly what's going on in Canada and Great Britain today. They don’t have the appreciation of life as we do in our society, apparently."

Observed Media Matters, "Rep. Broun apparently isn't aware that Canada and Great Britain both enjoy a lower infant mortality rate and longer life expectancy than the United States."

Jul 14 06:51

FLASHBACK - Operation Northwoods


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The attempted coup on Iran has flopped. But the DC boys are still desperate for a major war on which to blame the decline of America's standard of living. What will they do to start it?

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Jul 14 06:49

C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders - comments

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Some obvious pro-government shills cheering along assassinations, while the rest see this story as a distraction from the economy.

Jul 14 06:46

Congressmen Working for Sale of F-22 to Israel

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The F-22 cost $350 million each. I wonder where Israel plans on getting that kind of cash.

Jul 14 05:49

Squeeze Play: Israel Keeps Gaza on Near-Starvation Diet

And of course the United States is very much a full partner in the ghettoization of Gaza. The deliberate, scientific calibration of cruelty being applied there by the Israelis would not be taking place without the indispensible financial and material support -- and political cover -- that the United States provides to Israel. The degradation of the people of Gaza -- and above all, the children of Gaza -- goes on because the administration of President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress of the United States do not want to stop it.

Jul 14 05:41

Israeli minister changes Arab names of Palestinian cities

Israeli minister of transportation and road safety Yisrael Katz has ordered a change in all Arab names of Palestinian towns and cities that appear on signs on the streets into Hebrew names.

Hebrew daily Yediot Ahronot on Monday quoted the minister as saying that Jerusalem from now on would be called Yerushalayim and not Jerusalem and in Arabic the word Al-Quds would be erased and instead the word Yerushalayim in Hebrew would be written.

He also said that Nasera would be written Nazareth and Akka would be written Akko and so on.

The paper quoted Katz as saying that none would name Yerushalayim as Al-Quds not in this government and certainly not this minister.

Jul 14 05:37

Israel is very small; but it has made itself useful to the Pentagon...

However, the Israelis are clever.

They have made themselves useful to the very powerful fascists who occupy important positions in the Pentagon, and NATO, and China, and India and Saudi Arabia...

Israel appears to work with the fascists within the US, UK and European establishments.

Michael Ledeen is a neoconservative Zionist and a former employee of the Pentagon, the State Department and the National Security Council. (aangirfan: Michael Ledeen, Gladio and 9 11.)

Peter Chamberlin has written NEOCONSERVATISM - FASCIST ZIONISM and he links Ledeen to:

1. The fascist false-flag terrorism in Italy associated with Operation Gladio and the Strategy of Tension. (aangirfan: The Bologna Bomb 1980, Gladio, terrorism in Europe)

2. The Niger yellow cake forged documents.

Jul 14 04:45

Britain revokes arms licences for Israeli navy guns

Updated at: 1018 PST, Tuesday, July 14, 2009

LONDON: Britain has revoked export licenses for weapons on Israeli navy missile boats because of their use during the offensive against the Gaza Strip.

The licences apparently covered spare parts for guns on the Sa'ar 4.5 ships, which reportedly fired missiles and artillery shells into the Palestinian coastal territory during the three-week war, which started in late December.

A spokesman for Amnesty International, citing the "weight of evidence" that Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza, said: "It's a step forward but it doesn't go nearly far enough."

Jul 14 01:48

Crystal Ball Gazing: The Future Is Deflation

The subtext of the financial crisis is class warfare, a fact that mainstream economists would rather ignore than invoke the musty imagery of disheveled revolutionaries and Soviet-era repression. Nevertheless, during the Bush years, the chasm between rich and poor widened to levels not seen since the Gilded Age. Now the top 1 percent of wealth holders own more than twice as much as the bottom 80% of the population. All of the real gains in national income, total net-worth, and overall growth in financial worth have gone to the same 1 percent.

Jul 14 00:24

Kill the Monster

A lot of people seem to believe that although the market economy is a swell system, it requires the equivalent of a Soviet commissar to be in charge of money and interest rates. This belief is altogether misplaced. The Federal Reserve System, or simply "the Fed," is both harmful and unnecessary.

July 13, 2009

Jul 13 23:16

Buy American? Not if It's Broadband

12:20 PM -- The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has waived the "Buy American" clause "with respect to certain broadband equipment that will be used in projects funded under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)," a.k.a. part of the stimulus package.

Alvarion actually got "Buy American" status approved for two of its base stations. This is because of a clause in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) program that allows Canadian, Mexican, and Israeli companies to apply for "Buy American" status.

Jul 13 22:37

Cop Breaks Neck of Suspect During Traffic Stop

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the dash cam video of a deadly traffic stop and in doing so said its deputies followed procedure.

Jul 13 22:12

The events preceding Goldman Sachs' new "blowout profits"

Remember all of this -- the $700 billion bank bailout, the AIG scandal, dark and scary threats of imminent global meltdown if there wasn't full-scale capitulation by the citizenry to the immense transfer of public wealth to the private investment banking sector?

Jul 13 21:33

'My gun could have saved my husband'

On 14 July, a Tennessee state law will go into effect allowing registered gun holders to carry loaded guns into bars and restaurants.

Nikki Goeser is one resident of Nashville who supports the measure.

She feels she could have stopped her husband's murder had she been allowed to carry her gun into the bar where he was killed.

Jul 13 20:47

Startpage - A search engine that does not record your IP.

Jul 13 18:27

Demjanjuk charged in Germany over WWII killings

MUNICH – German prosecutors formally charged John Demjanjuk on Monday with 27,900 counts of being an accessory to murder at a Nazi death camp during World War II.

Jul 13 18:27

Ex-CIA agent: Zubaydah waterboarded before DoJ memos approved

A former U.S. intelligence agent said in a report published Monday that terror suspect Abu Zubaydah was subjected to simulated drowning months before the Bush administration’s Department of Justice had written memos approving the use of waterboarding.

The claim strikes a serious blow to repeated Bush administration arguments that no laws were broken in the torture of prisoners because legal guidelines had been closely followed.

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There were no guidelines for this immoral use of torture, because the people ordering the torture had and have a complete contempt for the concept of the rule of law, and against every human rights treaty to which the US has ever been a signatory.

And now, as one "unexpected consequence" of having ordered torture on prisoners of war, should US service people or civilians become captured, we can expect no better treatment for these people than our soldiers meted out at Abu Ghraib.

Jul 13 18:18

US intelligence does not show Syrian nuclear weapons program, officials say

Allegations that a Syrian envoy admitted during a United Nations meeting Oct. 17 that an Israeli air strike hit a nuclear facility in September are inaccurate and have raised the ire of some in the US intelligence community, who see the Vice President’s hand as allegedly being behind the disinformation.

Jul 13 18:17

Report: After brutal police rule, Taliban ‘welcomed as liberators’

In the wilds of Afghanistan, the civilian populace is increasingly turning to the Taliban for aid over U.S.-backed police forces, a published report revealed Monday. In some areas of the country, the situation has become so dire that some have began to see Taliban movements as ‘liberation’ rather than oppression.

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If this is "victory" in Afghanistan, what the Sam Hill does failure look like?

Anyone in the State Department or Pentagon care to tell me, please?!?

After all the money and blood that have been spent in this campaign, is this the pinnacle of US and NATO accomplishment?!?!That the Taliban are now looking like the good guys to the Afghans?!?!

Jul 13 16:58

Obama Threatens to Veto His Own Defense Bill Over F-22 Funding

It's not every day that a president threatens to veto his own defense spending bill.

But that's the rare position President Obama finds himself taking after senators made an 11th hour addition of $1.75 billion to buy seven F-22 fighter jets whose price tag has ballooned to about $350 million apiece.

Jul 13 16:57

Questions Raised Over Influence of Obama 'Czars'

As the number of so-called "czars" keeps piling up, it's raising serious questions about how powerful these White House insiders are.