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October 23, 2008

Oct 23 07:39

Closing Guantanamo may not be enough: U.N. envoy

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need War Crimes trials for everyone involved in this dark chapter of US History.

Oct 23 07:38

Obama lead on McCain grows to 12 points

Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has grown to 12 points in the U.S. presidential race, with crucial independent and women voters increasingly moving to his side, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not unexpectedly I am being flooded with emails from McCain supporters taking me to task for actually daring to have an opinion different then theirs.

I think the thing that is the real turn off for me (and probably everyone else being flooded with this crap) is the aura of presumed superiority evident in the writing. One gets the impression of an unshakable sense of entitlement in McCain's supporters and a deep exasperation that the rest of the world is just too stupid to see things their way.

Pride goeth before the fall.

Oct 23 07:27

Anti-tax author banned from selling his advice

A federal judge has permanently barred convicted tax rebel and author Irwin Schiff and a co-defendant from preparing tax returns and marketing products advising people that no law requires Americans to pay federal income taxes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This constitutes a violation of the right to free speech, not to mention prior restraint, but since the judge himself is paid from tax revenues, this is not unexpected.

Oct 23 07:25

House prices 'to plummet by 35%' - the biggest ever fall in Britain


Oct 23 07:20

Afghan soldiers killed in Nato air strike

Nine Afghan soldiers have been killed by mistake in a Nato-led air strike in southeast Afghanistan.

The US-led coalition said its troops "may have mistakenly killed and injured" Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers after coming under attack while returning from an operation.

"As a coalition convoy was returning from a previous operation, they were involved in multiple engagements. As a result of the engagements, ANA soldiers were killed and injured," the military said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They made us do it!"

Oct 23 07:17

FDA Running Extortion Racket: Natural Supplement Companies Threatened with Arrest if They Don’t Pay Up

NaturalNews has learned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is running a criminal extortion racket designed to drain cash from health supplement companies and shift it into the pockets of top FDA contractors. This organized crime operation has been running for years, and it has operated with impunity because each company targeted by the scam feels isolated and alone, unable to face the astronomical legal bills of going to court and battling the FDA. So one by one, they agree to “settle” with the FDA for crimes they never committed.

Oct 23 07:06

Sarkozy blames Ireland for igniting bank deal crisis

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has blamed the Irish banks guarantee for an international financial crisis in which money flows from country to country depending on who is offering the best deal.

Oct 23 07:05

Sarkozy calls for EU summit ahead of global finance talks


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Oct 23 07:04

France, Germany led charge for new tax havens blacklist

The OECD lists 38 countries that have adopted tight banking secrecy laws and are tax-free, or have very low taxation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And they seem to get along just fine without impoverishing their people. Why are their governments so much smarter than our government?

Oct 23 07:01

U.S. eyes oil aid sources for N. Korea / Replacements sought for Japan assistance

The United States is discussing the option of asking several countries, including Australia, to provide engergy assistance to North Korea equivalent to the level of aid Japan has postponed the provison of citing the abduction issue as a reason, in return for the reclusive state's disablement of its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Oct 23 07:01

Israelis Pray for More Rain to Save Galilee, End Worst Drought

When Israelis observe the Jewish holiday this week with their annual prayers for rain, they might be pleading just that bit harder as the country experiences the worst drought in its 60-year history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe God doesn't like what Israel is doing (for those who believe in Gods).

Oct 23 07:00

Ordinary Afghans Long For Peaceful Taliban Days .

Crushed under the vicious cycle of violence, many Afghans see peace as a distant dream and yearn for the peaceful days of the Taliban regime more than five years after its ouster.


Oct 23 06:58

Scotch tape used to perform X-rays

Reporting in the British-based science journal Nature, the investigators used a motorised peeling machine to unwind a standard roll (25.4m by 19 mm) of Photo Safe 3M Scotch tape at a speed of three centimetres a second.

By placing the machine in a vacuum, they were able to measure X-rays that were strong enough to take images.

Oct 23 06:51

Cocaine snorting(allegedly), Bilderberg attending George Osborne...is funded by The Rothschilds and other Big City Bankers

George Osborne was accused by a prostitute of snorting cocaine with her. He has not denied the charges.

Oct 23 06:50

Reprieve welcomes High Court condemnation of US conduct

The High Court said that it was shocked that, weeks after the British government identified 42 documents that would help prove Mr Mohamed's innocence, the US has only turned over seven of the documents to his lawyers, each heavily censored, in direct violation of the agreement between the two governments.

Oct 23 06:49

Palin pick turned off young voters: poll

The choice by Republican presidential candidate John McCain of 44-year-old Sarah Palin as his running mate failed to woo young voters and even turned some of them off McCain, a Harvard University pollster said Wednesday.


Oct 23 06:48

USA No Longer On Top of the World

One year ago, the economic world was a tremendously different place. What were whispers of a credit problem, have since turned into one of the largest single economic events in history. The numbers, which have been extolled in virtually every major international article, speak for themselves.

Oct 23 06:43

Nine killed in US air strike on Pakistan school

A suspected US air strike killed nine people at a religious school in north-west Pakistan, intelligence officials said today.

It was claimed the school, on the outskirts of Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan region, had links to the Taliban.

Oct 23 06:41

$150,000 Wardrobe for Palin May Alter Tailor-Made Image

Sarah Palin’s wardrobe joined the ranks of symbolic political excess on Wednesday, alongside John McCain’s multiple houses and John Edwards’s $400 haircut, as Republicans expressed fear that weeks of tailoring Ms. Palin as an average “hockey mom” would fray amid revelations that the Republican Party outfitted her with expensive clothing from high-end stores.

Oct 23 06:40

Kid Killers are Barbarians

There is yet more news from Afghanistan about the killing of civilians by foreign forces’ air attacks. The BBC reported that “Angry villagers took 18 bodies - including badly mangled bodies of women and children - to the governor's house in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, Haji Adnan Khan, a tribal leader in the city who had seen the bodies, was reported as saying. He said there might be more bodies trapped under the rubble. A BBC reporter in Lashkar Gah said he saw the bodies - three women and the rest children ranging in age from six months to 15.


Oct 23 06:38

Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a U.S. Debacle

The final draft of the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces agreement on the U.S. military presence represents an even more crushing defeat for the policy of the George W. Bush administration than previously thought, the final text reveals.

Oct 23 06:37

DOW DEFIES EXPECTATIONS - OPENS UP

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PPT playing end-of-the-week games?

Oct 23 06:32

Jobless claims increase more than expected

New claims for jobless benefits increased by more than expected last week as companies cut jobs due to the slow economy, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Oct 23 05:23

Bell Labs, sadly, is refocusing to concentrate on near-term problems rather than basic research.

For those who question the virtues of basic science, and ignoring the benefits of the existential quest for understanding of our world, one of those Nobels was for the invention of the transistor, the basic element that has made modern electronics possible. If the Labs had produced nothing else, that one new idea would justify their 83 year history.

Others feel differently. August 28 was the end of their basic research efforts. Their focus will now be on technologies promising short-term results that can be turned into products.


Oct 23 03:37

Maybe U.S. needs yard sale Russia could buy back Alaska or perhaps Canada could pick up sunny Florida

At the end of Second World War the British Empire still ruled nearly a quarter of the globe. But the war bankrupted Britain. Its once mighty empire quickly collapsed and the United States inherited much of the British Imperium.

Six decades later the United States is close to bankruptcy thanks to a national orgy of borrowing, the replacement of manufacturing by financial manipulation, ruinous foreign wars and a government whose stunning incompetence and arrant stupidity was exceeded only by its reckless imperial arrogance.

Oct 23 03:35

Bank Losses Q3 What will Wall St do now ?

This is the week when the Banks step out from behind the curtain and lay it all bare and it's not a pretty picture at all. But, it never was going to be anyway.

Oct 23 00:47

Warren Buffett, Government Propagandist

Buffett is doing the government's dirty work in trying to calm the fears of the masses.

October 22, 2008

Oct 22 22:57

CSPAN TO AIR PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LIVE! 10/23/08

Free and Equal is pleased to announce that CSPAN will be covering tomorrow night's debate LIVE from 9:00pm to 10:30 EST. Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin and Independent candidate Ralph Nader have confirmed their participation


Oct 22 22:33

Getting ugly in Minnesota

6 Minn. politicians' homes vandalized

Oct 22 22:19

World Leaders To Hold Summit At Bretton Woods?

In 1944, the hotel was the site of a post World War II conference on an international financial system. The World Bank and International Monetary Fund were the result.

Oct 22 21:59

ASIAN MARKETS CONTINUE SLIDE

Oct 22 21:55

Obama's mission of mercy?

An hour or so before Obama’s announcement, conservative commentator and Obama critic Andy Martin was scheduled to file an emergency petition with the Hawaii Supreme Court to “release Barack Obama’s family records,” including his “birth certificate and related records.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, the claim that Obama is not eligible for the Presidency rests on a claim that he was NOT born in Hawaii. So, if Martin and Berg are correct, then there cannot BE any records in Hawaii and the lawsuit is rather pointless. Any records that result fromo the lawsuit by default have to be HAWAII records, of events surrounding Obama's birth THAT TOOK PLACE IN HAWAII. Of course, Martin and Berg will simply go back to screaming that the provided documents are forgeries.

Therefore, since the lawsuit cannot actually provide any real results Martin and Berg will accept, the only reason to file the lawsuit is to try to make headlines with it.

Do you really think that The Democratic National Committee didn't check all this long ago?


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Oct 22 21:46

It Just Got Worse: Checking Out TARP's New Chief Investment Officer

The head of the Export-Import bank just got named as the chief investment officer for the Trash Asset Relief Program. Be afraid. Be very afraid. And not just because we've got another of Bald midwestern ex-Wall Streeter running our banking system.

Oct 22 21:46

Preparing the Cover Story for the Theft of the Election

Two weeks to go and the machine is starting to prepare the narrative for how it is possible that John McCain won the 2008 Presidential election. With every poll showing an Obama lead of anywhere from 10-14 points for the past few weeks, suddenly today the Associated Press announced a new poll that shows the race in a dead heat. Nonsense. With the backdrop of the Kennedy-Palast reporting on how the GOP has already started the systematic theft of the election this poll today is just the coverage they need to pretend that the results of a McCain victory will be legitimate.

Oct 22 21:06

A lot of ruin in a nation

What has happened in the U.S. is that the Fed created new money starting in 1997. This led to the dot-com boom. People spent money to create businesses they thought would be huge hits. They thought there was lots of new money to build businesses and later buy the products. There wasn't. Same thing in 2003. It was very cheap to borrow money and build houses. The homebuilders did very well. Unfortunately, they were building them for people who hadn't really saved, and couldn't really afford them.

Oct 22 20:56

The Myth that Laissez Faire Is Responsible for Our Financial Crisis

The ability of the media to ignore all of the massive government interference that exists today and to characterize our present economic system as one of laissez-faire and economic freedom marks it as, if not profoundly dishonest, then as nothing less than delusional.


Oct 22 20:45

Take this hockey stick and shove it Goremongers

Global temperatures have been dropping since 2005.

Oct 22 19:39

Who Voted Yes to the Bailout

Vote NO! For Those Who Voted Yes to the Bailout
Your Voters Guide for the Next Four Years

Oct 22 18:41

VIDEO - TORTURING DEMOCRACY

Oct 22 18:40

In the "Horse is Already Out of the Barn" Department

A group of Democratic senators asked the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday to set guidelines saying that banks receiving government capital injections should use the funds to restore their lending activities to levels prior to the credit crunch.


Oct 22 18:40

House GOP leader asks Bush to cut off ACORN funds

Oct 22 18:39

India: Chandrayaan-I launched successfully

Oct 22 18:39

US Presidential Election Results, 2008

Some people, however, are vowing to question the election results, due to voting irregularities but little change is expected.

(Oops. We’re a little early with this. The results won’t be announced for another two weeks.)

Oct 22 18:37

Kathy Dopp: U.S. Widespread Ongoing Voter Suppression and Voter Disenfranchisement Expected

Oct 22 18:32

So What Were Top Military Commanders From The US and Europe Doing at the Trudeau Institute?

Oct 22 18:22

Army can't retry Watada for refusal to serve in Iraq war

Settle barred the military from retrying Watada on charges of missing his deployment to Iraq, taking part in a news conference and participating in a Veterans for Peace national convention.

But the court did not rule out the possibility that the Army, after considering legal issues, could retry Watada on two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer resulting from his media interviews.

"He dismissed the heart of their case," Watada lawyer Jim Lobsenz said. "We're very pleased. It's taken a long time."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Army is smart, they will quit trying to raise on a busted flush and call it quits. They are only making an anti-war hero out of Watada.

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 15:20

Attack on Iran off the table?

On Sept. 23, the neo-conservative chiefs of the Washington Post’s editorial page mourned, in a tone much like what one hears on the death of a close friend, that “a military strike by the United States or Israel [on Iran is not] likely in the coming months.”

Oct 22 15:16

Israel Gets Real on Iran

Washington On the eve of his departure from political life, outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert delivered a stinging parting shot – putting under question not only the wisdom of holding on to Palestinian land, but also the feasibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Oct 22 15:09

The Derivatives Tornado

Assets = 9.301 Trillion Dollars

Derivatives = 172.175 Trillion Dollars

Pop Quiz: how many of the banks above have gone Pop ? Who's next ?

Oct 22 15:05

Witness: Haredi youths beat Arab taxi drivers in Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox youths rioted in Jerusalem overnight, throwing stones at passing cars and beating Arab taxi drivers, Israel Radio quoted an eyewitness as saying on Wednesday.

According to Israel Radio, the youths beat the taxi drivers after stopping them to find out whether they were Arab. They also set a number of dumpsters alight. The incidents occurred in the Haredi neighborhood of Meah She'arim.

Oct 22 14:54

Ex-Chicago cop charged with lying about torture

A former high-ranking police official was arrested Tuesday on charges that he lied when he denied that he and detectives under his command tortured murder suspects decades ago, allegations that led Chicago to pay former inmates millions and helped spark Illinois' death-penalty moratorium.

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 14:36

Pandemic, America's Final Solution?

This threataganda seems

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, it seems the attempt to get us all hot and bothered to march off to die in WW3 has fizzled, so the best option to get rid of all the "useless eaters" (Reg Trademark G.H.W. Bush) is to drop some viruses on them!

Oct 22 14:31

Top international military officials meet in Adirondacks

Powerful generals and admirals from some of the most powerful nations on Earth are reportedly meeting somewhere in the local area this weekend after flying into the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear on Friday.

Oct 22 14:29

Presenting: the 23/6 cheap-ass Halloween costume

Oct 22 14:25

Investors suffer as US ethanol boom dries up

Investors, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates, are sitting on billions of dollars in losses after buying into the corn-based ethanol industry that George W. Bush embraced as the answer to US energy woes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's see. Growing the crops for ethanol diverted farm resources away from food, which triggered food shortages and skyrocketing prices.

Far from being "Carbon neutral" the processing required to convert the crops to ethanol produced greenhouse gas emissions.

Ethanol contains far less energy than gasoline, so you have to buy and burn more of it to travel the same distance.

And finally, Germany just banned ethanol after discovering that it damages the fuel systems of cars which are not designed to deal with ethanol in the first place.

Yeah, I can see why this hare-brained idea didn't work out. Like most everything connected with the let's-make-a-buck crowd that hijacked the environmental movement, it's an idea that was not thought all the way through.

Oct 22 14:14

Wall Street's 'Disaster Capitalism for Dummies'

Yes, we're dummies. You. Me. All 300 million of us. Clueless. We should be ashamed. We're obsessed about the slogans and rituals of "democracy," distracted by the campaign, polls, debates, rhetoric, half-truths and outright lies. McCain? Obama? Sorry to pop your bubble folks, but it no longer matters who's president.

Oct 22 14:13

Blackwater sends warship to Gulf of Aden

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Blackwater has their own warships????????

Oct 22 14:02

I'm a Little Confused

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, me too.

Oct 22 13:27

The War Party Embraces Obama... Justin Raimondo

In the midst of a softball interview with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, New York Times reporter Deborah Solomon hurls this zinger:

"For all your lofty talk about democracy, last November you shut down the opposition television station in Tbilisi."

To the oily Saakashvili, however, this is water off a duck's back:

"The interference with Imedi TV was an exception, not a rule. This action was taken during mass riots when Imedi TV started to incite overthrow of the democratically elected government. It should be noted that the government did pay damages."

Oct 22 13:23

We Are Giving Them Our Real Money to Make Up for Losses of Pseudo Money that Never Really Existed

So now we are giving them OUR money to make up for the losses that only really existed as 1s and 0s in their computers. Unbelievable."

Oct 22 12:56

Why Wont The Bail Out Work? MUST SEE!

Voters are rightly furious at the proposal to spend $700,000,000,000 that the government doesn't have to bail out Wall Street bankers who created the current economic crisis in the first place. But why then aren't we concerned about the trillions of dollars the Federal Reserve is pumping into the system? Or the trillions missing from the Pentagon? Or the quadrillion dollar derivatives bubble.

Oct 22 12:39

DOW - HOW LOW CAN IT GO BEFORE TODAY'S CLOSING BELL?

Oct 22 12:32

BBC Set To Air Third Smear Attack On 9/11 Truth

The BBC is set to launch a third savage smear attack on the 9/11 truth movement by re-hashing a now thoroughly debunked program that it first aired in July of this year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Oct 22 12:26

I warned you that the McCain camp was gonna set new records for sleeze in these last days before the election.

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 11:36

Debt Slavery is the Real Reason Behind the Bail-Out

So the question is whether the extra money supply from the Bail-Out will reach the consumer/taxpayer. The sad answer is that very little will. Almost the entire Bail-Out will go to the banks and insurance companies, where it is intended to go. Its purpose is to secure holders of bank bonds, the holders of credit default swaps guaranteed by investment banks and insurance companies and secure past and future excessive executive compensation paid by those banks and insurance companies.

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 11:13

Moved by a Crescent

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: October 21, 2008

Oct 22 11:12

Police prepare for unrest

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the totally unprecedented come-from-behind surprise upset victory of John McCain.

Oct 22 11:11

Associated Press just exploded their own credibility

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every major poll has Obama with a 9% to 12% lead over McCain, but AP insists it's all "even".

Setting the stage for another stolen election?

Oct 22 11:08

Israeli Revealed as owner of South Sudan bound weapons ship

Registration documents gathered by BBC included the confirmation that the ship hijacked by Somalia pirates belonged to a Jewish investor residing in the self proclaimed state of Israel, and not a Ukrainian ship.

Oct 22 11:08

White House Emails: The Missing Link?

Although several administration officials, including Gonzales have testified before the Judiciary Committee, there is one person, yet to be interviewed, who may hold the keys to the missing emails -- Bush IT expert Mike Connell. Most people have never heard of Mike Connell. But that's no surprise as the very nature of his job keeps him behind the scenes. Connell is the architect and cyber keymaster of George W. Bush election websites including GeorgeWBush.com and GWB43.com, the site Karl Rove used for 95-percent of his email communication.

Oct 22 11:04

McCain's push may not budge Pennsylvania

At a rally in the blue-collar Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem on Tuesday morning, fewer than 500 people showed up. The tiny turnout inside the hangar-sized Technology Creativity Manufacturing center underscored the apparent lack of enthusiasm that dogs McCain. Local GOP offices had promoted the rally, and some in the crowd said they had heard about it on TV news.

The event provided a sharp contrast to a pair of Obama's weekend rallies in Missouri, attended by 75,000 and 100,000 people.

Oct 22 10:49

Warning over US election problems

Oct 22 10:47

Credit Cards Follow Mortgages Into Delinquency

Credit cards are increasingly going the way of home mortgages — into delinquency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We do not have a credit crisis. We have a repayment crisis. and The US Government could end it in a heartbeat by simply cutting all taxes 50% across the board. Yes, we would have to do without certain things, like killing Iraqis, but a massive tax cut would revive the economy instantly.

Of course, government never cuts taxes by more than symbolic amounts, so instead the government's solution to the repayment crisis is to take MORE money from us and give it to the banks ... to loan back us at interest!

Such a deal!

Oct 22 10:43

FBI Uses InfraGard to Train Private Citizens to Cooperate with Government, Potentially Enforce Martial Law

InfraGard

Twenty-three thousand executives and employees of various private firms work with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The group, called InfraGard, receives secret warnings of terrorist threats well in advance of public notification, and sometimes before elected officials. In return, InfraGard provides information to the government. InfraGard is a quiet quasi-governmental entity which wields an unknown, but extensive, amount of power and influence.

Oct 22 10:43

Mortgage applications dropped 16.6% last week

Weekly volume slumps to lowest in nearly eight years

Oct 22 10:42

Moved by a Crescent

In a gratifying “have you no sense of decency, Sir and Madam?” moment, Colin Powell went on “Meet the Press” on Sunday and talked about Khan, and the unseemly ways John McCain and Palin have been polarizing the country to try to get elected. It was a tonic to hear someone push back so clearly on ugly innuendo.

Oct 22 10:36

Where the GOP could get dirty

With the end of another hotly contested presidential race now in sight, both political parties are once again mobilizing legions of lawyers. In every swing state -- and even in a number of not-so-swing states -- there are already public-relations and legal battles in motion that could help determine whether thousands of ballots will be counted.

Oct 22 10:36

No cavalry coming for McCain

Republicans attuned to conservative third-party efforts say that with less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the prospects for any 11th-hour, anti-Obama ad campaigns are highly unlikely.

Oct 22 10:35

2008 Early Voting Statistics - Updated

Oct 22 10:35

NV Democrats Outpace Republicans in Early Voting

Nevada Democrats have a big jump on Republicans in early voting in the state's urban centers of Las Vegas and Reno, election officials say.

Oct 22 10:34

Central Banks Scramble to Buy Dollars to Bolster Banking Systems

The G-7 countries now have what amounts to access to the US Fed's window for dollars for their banks. But what of the rest of the world? Brad Setser, an analyst who writes a blog for the Council on Foreign Relations, ask some very interesting questions and points out some big holes in the world economic landscape. If you can't get dollars what does that do to your currency? This contributes to the rise in the dollar against some emerging market currencies. Setser asks: "Where is my swap line? And will the diffusion of financial power Balkanize the global response to a broadening crisis?"

Oct 22 10:33

The Power of the Internet and the Failure of Rovian Politics

Age has finally become an issue for John McCain. But the problem isn't the candidate's 72 years; it's the antediluvian approach of his campaign.

McCain is running a textbook Rovian race: fear-based, smear-based, anything goes. But it isn't working. The glitch in the well-oiled machine? The Internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Oct 22 10:23

Greenback hoarding worsens emerging markets slump

Exporters in emerging markets are hoarding US dollars as losses on currency bets worsen the slump in the South Korean won, Brazilian real, Mexican peso and India's rupee.

Oct 22 10:23

Obama opens double-digit lead over McCain: poll

Oct 22 10:22

This Is How The Bail Out Will Screw You

Oct 22 10:21

National Post plays the '9/11 Conspiracy Theorists are Jew Haters' card

Oct 22 10:18

Understanding Derivatives to Understand the Credit Crisis

Derivatives are financial instruments whose values depend on the value of other underlying financial instruments. The main types of derivatives are futures, forwards, options and swaps.

Oct 22 10:17

Voice of the White House October 20, 2008

At present, Websense monitors more than 42 million individual employees at more than 50,000 organizations such as government agencies which includes the email systems for both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Imagine if this software is in use in government offices such as the House and Senate - the users probably do not realize all their internet usage is being monitored and recorded. Imagine the potential for blackmailing someone like Senator Larry Craig if he has been using office computers to access boy porn sites, or any married politician accessing female escort services.

Oct 22 10:16

Cold snap brings snow to NSW

"There's snow on the ground and all the trees are covered. It's a beautiful picture," Gloria said.

"We have had snow like this before but not for a long, long while."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is Spring in Australia, when the snow is supposed to be going away!

Oct 22 10:10

Financial crisis: World round-up

Bruce Richall is an IT consultant based in the affluent Connecticut suburb of Westport. He describes how the loss of his job at a multinational bank triggered a rapid spiral into poverty. Having depleted his savings and unable to afford rent, he now sleeps in the back of his car.

Oct 22 10:06

The Investigation That Never Was

The controversy that has plagued the assassination of John F. Kennedy has its genesis in the Warren Commission. The very name of this body lives in infamy as the first official government investigation of the Kennedy assassination. Formed rapidly after the death of the president, it operated for nine months before its conclusions were presented to the press and public in a 912-page book and twenty-six volumes of evidence and witness testimony. The mainstream press, then as now, largely accepted the Warren Commission’s conclusion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about the JFK assassination HERE

Oct 22 10:05

Satellite Collapse Threatens Army 'Future'

So the Transformational Satellite (TSAT) program -- which is supposed to provide secure, high-bandwidth satellite communications for the future military -- is in major trouble. At this point, it looks like the Pentagon has put off a decision to go ahead with the program until at least 2010. That means the super-duper satellite constellation probably won't be in orbit until 2020. If it ever gets up.

Oct 22 10:04

Ron Paul: New Era of Tax Payer Slavery

In the midst of highly unpopular bailouts of Wall Street, many justifications have been given about why Washington feels the need to act. Some claim that capitalism and the free market are to blame, but we have not had capitalism. If you compare our financial capital to our aggregate debt, this would be obvious. In the same way, we have not had a truly free market. The monetary manipulations of the Federal Reserve, a complex tax code, the many "oversight" agencies and their mountains of regulations show that we are far removed from a free market economy.

Oct 22 10:01

Report: Hezbollah chief poisoned; Iranian doctors saved his life

Oct 22 10:00

Flashback: Israelis Under Fire For Using Human Shields

Rabbis for Human Rights say that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy
was tied by police to a jeep in the West Bank village of Bidou.
The police said they thought that they would be safe from
stone-throwing and bullets. The use of human shields is illegal.

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Oct 22 09:33

Expose The Criminals Before They Kill You

There were no bad loans. The loans were reasonable given the interest rate and the law of averages. Given the economic climate in which they were made the risk was reasonable and was "taken into account" by the interest rates offered. The market failure came about for other reasons.

Oct 22 09:24

Russian President Medvedev: Global Economy Pays for American Blunders

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Which is why globalism is a BAD idea!

Oct 22 09:24

Pentagon To Renew Charges Against 5 Gitmo Detainees

The U.S. military is keeping five terror suspects detained at the Guantanamo Bay prison after dropping charges against them pending the filing of new charges next month.

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If at first you don't succeed ... waterboard them until they confess!

Oct 22 09:23

Chertoff Says Change in Presidency Fuels Terror `Vulnerability'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lots of "Booga Booga" in the campaign, all of a sudden!

Oct 22 09:22

Are They to Blame for the Meltdown?

Congress to Grill Credit Rating Executives on Capitol Hill Today.

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One more time and take notes as there will be a quiz next period.

The root cause of the economic crisis is NOT the debt, but the repayment.

At a time when our nation was deeply in debt, President Bush and the US Congress passed laws giving tax breaks to large corporations to make it easier, even attractive, to move high-paying manufacturing jobs to other countries. And, for a time, it looked like a food idea. Having cut labor costs, corporations were more profitable. Then as more corporations jumped onto the offshoring band wagon, more and more American workers suddenly found that their $80,000 a year job was gone and only $50,000 a year jobs were available. Mortgage and credit card payments started being missed. Mortgage-backed securities, once a great investment when real-estate prices were skyrocketing, began to fall apart as more and more homes went into foreclosure and drove housing prices back down.

Now the government, especially as an election looms, wants to find a scapegoat to blame, but the truth is that near-sighted government policy created this mess; the same near-sightedness that has led President Bush to scrap programs to help small businesses even as the large Wall Street corporations gorge themselves on $700 billion of our tax dollars.

Oct 22 09:13

How Inflation Works: Why I Can’t Buy an Old Ferrari

PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Counterpunch
Wednesday, Oct 22, 2008

Anyone who has been alive very long is aware that the US government has failed on the inflation front. Soft drink machines that once delivered a bottled drink for a nickel now charge a dollar, a twenty-fold increase in price.

Oct 22 09:05

US government throws oil on fire

Free-market fundamentalists have been operating in denial mode for more than a year, since the US financial sector imploded in a credit crisis from excessive debt in August 2007, claiming that the economic fundamentals were still basically sound, even within the debt-infested financial sector.

Oct 22 09:04

Bush Dismantles Economic Programs for Small Business as Economy Continues Downward Spiral

Ninety-eight percent of all companies in the United States have less than 100 employees. Twenty-seven million firms fall into the category of small business, and small businesses employ 56 percent of our nation's population. These companies are responsible for over 90 percent of the new jobs, over 90 percent of U.S. exports and over 90 percent of innovation in American business. Congress realized America's small businesses were the heart and soul of our nation's economy when they passed the Small Business Act in 1953.

Oct 22 09:03

Woman quits job at call center over anti-Obama script

McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee were paying for the calls, according to a "work paper" handed to Cole and her co-workers at the Weston offices of 1.2.1 Direct Response, a company based in Philadelphia.

"I was working at the call center," Cole said. "We got a campaign ad talking about how Obama had been part of terrorist attacks on the Capitol, the Pentagon and a judge's home and had ties with Bill Ayers.

"Last Thursday, I told them I did not want to read it," Cole said. "They said, 'Either you read it or you go home.'

Oct 22 09:02

Snopes confirms danger of Straight Ticket Voting

Oct 22 09:00

The Enforcement Arm of the Robber State

As the economy collapses, credit lines become constricted, and tax revenues are choked off, we can expect local representatives of the parasite class (commonly called "government") to become perversely creative in finding new ways to extract money from productive people. For parasites looking to feast on the wealth of others, the liberty-devouring fraud called the War on Drugs offers a particularly rich menu of possibilities.

Oct 22 08:58

If Americans knew...

Oct 22 08:50

RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September.

Oct 22 08:48

RAMBLINGS AND REFLECTIONS ABOUT OLIVE TREES AND JEWISH GRANDMOTHERS

Abbas ordered the planting of 7 million olive trees in response to settler attacks. Those settler attacks have been going on for over 40 years!!!!
Where has he been?
Same for the occupied lands… over 40 years of occupation!!!!
Where has Olmert been??

When Abbas first raised the issue of planting the trees he said he was willing to pay for them himself…. interesting that he has that much money to spare while ‘his’ people are literally starving to death.

Oct 22 08:47

EHREN WATADA CASE UPDATES…..

Ehren has been cleared of being retried for the counts he faced in the first court martial. However, this time around the military added back in the two counts of conduct unbecoming (the interviews with Olson and Jamail) and did not offer the same deal to stipulate. So now Judge Settle has left it up to the military to appeal his ruling as well as continue on concerning those two counts.

Oct 22 08:45

ISRAEL TARGETS PALESTINIAN STUDENTS

The letter of acceptance that 28-year-old Hazem Hussain got for a business graduate programme in a Californian university once brought joy. Now he does not know what to do with it.

He has admission, and a visa to the U.S., but the Israelis will not let him leave.

Oct 22 08:44

Jury sees video of gun sting in Fort Dix terror case

"[Dritan] did say 'legit'? He did say 'store'? And Omar did say it's [the source's] job?" Huff asked. Lang agreed.

Huff also asked Lang about the price Omar quoted Dritan Duka for the weapons. Duka thought an AK-47 would cost $1,500, but Omar offered the rifles for $500 each.

Huff asked Lang if Omar quoted this "bargain-basement price . . . to entice him to buy these guns?"

"Yes," Lang answered.

Oct 22 08:43

What Went Wrong in the Capitalist Casino?

"THE great inter-war slumps were not acts of God or of blind forces. They were the sure and certain result of the concentration of too much economic power in the hands of too few men. These men had only learned how to act in the interest of their own bureaucratically-run private monopolies which may be likened to totalitarian oligarchies within our democratic state, They had and they felt no responsibility to the nation."

Oct 22 08:41

Unprepared for a YouTube world

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It's getting hard to lie when YouTube keeps you honest.

Oct 22 08:39

McCain campaign paid Republican operative accused of voter fraud

John McCain paid $175,000 of campaign money to a Republican operative accused of massive voter registration fraud in several states, it has emerged.

Oct 22 08:38

9/11 Truth Is "Splitting the Sky"

Like any good criminal investigation, the story begins with the obvious questions; who had the means, the opportunity, and the motive? Our inquiry starts at the scene of the crime. The World Trade Center towers at once give us our first important clues as to the identification of some of the principle characters who must figure so prominently in this event. The twin towers were nicknamed "David" and "Nelson" Rockefeller, because they were financed initially by the Rockefeller family. The WTC towers were losing money.

Oct 22 08:37

Israel website in 'Nazi pope' row

A photo montage which superimposed a Nazi swastika over Pope Benedict has appeared on a website run by supporters of Israel's leading political party.

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In this case, the Israelis have a legimimate complaint.

Excerpt from "FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT YOU THE INQUISITION!"

Papal Nuncio Eugenio Pacelli, having helped bring about the fall of the Weimar Republic, formed the Catholic German Party. On March 23, 1933, the German Reichstag met, and the Catholic Party, led by its Catholic leaders, former chancellor Brüning and prelate Mgr. Kaas, personal friend of Pacelli, voted for Catholic Hitler. In his acceptance speech, Hitler described Christianity as, "essential elements for safeguarding the soul of the German people." Hitler, knowing who helped him to power, then stated, "We hope to improve our friendly relations with the Holy See." Just four months later, Hitler's government signed a concordat with the Vatican, a treaty that gave preferential legal status to the Catholic church above other churches.

Adolph Hitler was also supported by the Protestant "German Christians Party", who despised the Weimar Republic for its refusal to teach the Christian religion in the public schools, and the Lutherans, who hated the Jews.

Pacelli to the German Catholics:

"...it is all the more necessary that the Catholics, deprived of diplomatic representation, should find in the diplomatic pacts between the Holy See and the National Socialist Government guarantees which can assure them ... the maintenance of their position in the life of the nation."

"The Party stands for positive Christianity." --

Article 24 of the Nazi Party Platform

...

Pius XII became Pope in 1939. Pius XII's real name was Pacelli. He was the Papal Nuncio who had helped bring Hitler to power. A staunch anti Democrat, Pius XII continued the policies of his predecessor. When Franco finally established his dictatorship in Spain, Church property and all medieval privileges of the Church were restored. No other religion was allowed. Protestants and non-Catholics were sent to concentration camps for refusing to attend Catholic services. Freethinkers, democrats, Socialists and Communists

were deprived of civil rights, imprisoned, or shot.

When the Spanish republic was finally defeated by Catholic troops under Franco, would-be dictator of Spain, the pope sent a special message to the victors:


 

"With great joy we address you, dearest sons of Catholic Spain, to express our paternal congratulations for the gift of peace and victory with which God has chosen to crown the Christian heroism of your faith ... We give you, our dear sons of Catholic Spain, our apostolic benediction."


Spain supported both Hitler and Mussolini during the World War 2. Under Pius XII, the bishops of Germany stayed loyal to the Nazis until the very end of the war.

Oct 22 08:32

Famous People Who Have Been Homeless

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a double-edged story. On one hand it does show that being homeless is not the end of a life for most people, and that courage and work will still bring success even from such a dire circumstance, but on the other hand I am opposed to any propaganda that makes homelessness "acceptable" because it is not, not in what is still one of the richest nations on Earth.

Oct 22 08:27

Lies and more lies: the 10 dirtiest tricks in US electoral history

2008 - the dirtiest campaign yet?

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Two weeks to go!

Oct 22 08:17

American's complacent, obedient slaves???

Here's a silly question: Why the hell are we still in Iraq???

Oct 22 08:16

Police: No evidence of hate crime at local mosque

Biehl said the incident will be assigned to a detective today, Sept. 30, since it happened over the weekend. The detective will determine if a crime was committed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two strangers spray a bunch of kids at a Mosque with pepper spray and the cops say it is isn't a hate crime and indeed may not be a crime at all.

If two strangers had sprayed a bunch of Jewish kids at a synagogue with pepper spray, what do you think would have happened?

Oct 22 08:12

THE BOVINE EXCREMENT METER JUST LIT UP!

Will Osama Bin Laden have anything to say about the U.S. presidential race?

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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 08:07

Fed to Provide Up to $540 Billion to Aid Money Funds

The Federal Reserve will provide up to $540 billion in loans to help relieve pressure on money-market mutual funds beset by redemptions.

Oct 22 08:07

OECD Report Finds Rising Income Inequality With U.S. Among Worst

Only two of 30 nations, Mexico and Turkey, are ahead of the United States for income inequality and poverty rates, or the gap between rich and poor, according to a report released Tuesday.

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Another hallmark of fascism.

Oct 22 08:06

Protester in SF attempts to handcuff Karl Rove

Rove, who was speaking Tuesday at the Mortgage Bankers Association's annual convention, elbowed Boneparth away as she was escorted off the stage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are above the law!"

Oct 22 08:05

European markets extend losses ahead of Wall Street open, all eyes on corporate earnings

Oct 22 08:05

Coalition airstrike kills 9 Afghans, officials say

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"... and we are pretty sure that at least one of them might have actually seen a terrorist once!"

Oct 22 08:04

Gov. Palin to give Troopergate deposition Friday

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"It was someone else's fault. Honest!"

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 08:00

Wave of Hope Heading for Gaza

On October 28, 2008, the Free Gaza Movement will set sail again for Gaza. On board will be a Nobel Peace Prize winner, five physicians, a member of the Israeli Knesset, and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. The boat will again carry 26 passengers and crew to the port of Gaza.

Oct 22 07:59

Wealth's Apostles

By all means a conference, but not one that shuts out the many. Chavez gets this. After meeting Sarkozy in Paris in late September, Chavez told the press that such a meeting must “not be confined to the Group of Eight.” He’s having a good laugh. Reflecting on the equity stake in the banks, Chavez said, “Comrade Bush is to the left of me now.”

Oct 22 07:58

Concerns about deployment of military on U.S. soil growing — while mainstream media buries its head in the sand

The Army Times initially reported that the First Brigade would handle domestic crowd control and subduing ‘unruly individuals’ and that they had ‘lethal and nonlethal technologies’ to do so. Then it issued a correction declaring that the ‘nonlethal’ package was not for domestic crowd control. Then after a hue and cry was raised by many citizens, Northern Command (NorthCom) offered a wholesale revision of their mission – and the mainstream media is eating it up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leni Riefenstahl, the great propagandist of the Nazis, would have been delighted at the "spin" the Army Times is attempting to put on this.

But this is an unusually dangerous precedent which has just happened here.

One has to wonder under just what contingencies these troops are to be deployed against their fellow American citizens.

Oct 22 07:55

'Dear graduate: In tough times blah, blah, blah'

Oct 22 07:54

Dueling puppets

Oct 22 07:52

Obama takes 10-point lead on McCain

Oct 22 07:51

US warning on Iraq deal failure

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has warned of "dramatic consequences" if Washington and Baghdad do not agree a security deal on US forces in Iraq.

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"We'll invade you all over again!!!!"

Oct 22 07:49

Machine Problems Plague 1st Day Of Early Voting

People lined up to be among the first to vote at several early voting sites around Jacksonville Monday morning had an extra long wait and some left frustrated when machines at several locations refused to record the ballots.

Oct 22 07:49

Ballot debacle predicted for November 4

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GRAND THEFT DC!

Oct 22 07:48

Outsize Portion of Blacks Are Casting Early Ballots

Lorene Smith was in her twenties when she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She witnessed first-hand all kinds of history-book images -- the fire hoses, police dogs and flailing billy clubs.

Now, at 65, she has graying hair and a bad back that prevents her from standing too long. She is taking no chances with a ballot she once believed could never be cast -- a vote for an African-American presidential candidate.

Oct 22 07:47

China less likely to buffer world crisis as its economy slows

China's powerful economic machine is losing steam, raising significant concerns for many businesses that are counting on the Asian nation to help them ride out the global financial crisis.

Oct 22 07:46

Carry trade derivatives turn toxic for Japan markets

When the credit conflagration morphed into a full-fledged panic in financial markets this month, the major stock market that plunged the most was Japan's -- one of the countries least affected by the crisis.

Oct 22 07:46

Bosnia in danger of collapse warn former envoys

Bosnia could disintegrate if the international community does not become more involved in this Balkan nation beset by factional divisions, former peace envoys Richard Holbrooke and Paddy Ashdown warned on Wednesday.

Oct 22 07:45

Regional banks line up for government $

When the U.S. government starts cutting checks to troubled financial institutions, expect many of the nation's struggling regional banks to be first in line.

Oct 22 07:44

Gov. Palin May Want to Reconsider Dividing U.S. into Good and Bad: Red States Lead in Suicide and Murder

Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, may be shocked to learn that of the ten states with the highest suicide rates, nine are red states that supported President George Bush in 2004. This list even includes her home state of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s home state of Arizona. She may want to rethink her suggestion that some parts of the nation are less American than others after seeing these facts.

Oct 22 07:44

2-French banks may need more cash despite aid

France's banks won some respite from the ravages of the financial crisis through a 10.5 billion-euro ($13.91 billion) state cash injection, although analysts said the banks may yet need more help.

Oct 22 07:43

Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Outraged at Partisan Lawsuit Attempting to Undermine Voter Confidence

"The [GOP] plaintiffs either do not know how voter registrations are processed or -- worse yet -- they know but are purposely trying to misinform voters," he said. "This complaint hides behind the guise of protecting the electoral process when, in fact, it undermines the very foundation of our democracy -- solely for political gain."

Oct 22 07:41

Early voting a boost for Dems

Democrats are voting early in greater numbers than their Republican counterparts in several closely contested states, reversing a pattern that favored the GOP in past elections.

Oct 22 07:41

Monthly job losses cut across 41 states

The number of states suffering monthly job losses more than doubled in September, with Michigan losing the greatest number of jobs, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Private sector and government jobs fell in 41 states and the District of Columbia last month, the Labor Department said. By comparison, only 18 states reported monthly job losses in August.

Oct 22 07:40

Zogby - Obama ahead by almost 10%

Oct 22 07:40

"Under water" mortgages are growing threat to U.S.

Long before she filed for bankruptcy, Ann Neukomm was "under water" -- she owed more on her mortgage than her house was worth -- a situation more and more Americans are finding themselves in.

As the financial crisis hits Main Street America, nearly one in six U.S. homeowners are finding themselves in the same position, threatening the U.S. economy with a new wave of foreclosures and bankruptcies.

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 07:37

Al-Qaida-linked Web site backs Senator John McCain as president

Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.

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Which should confirm just WHO "Al Qaeda (nudge nudge wink wink)" really works for.

Oct 22 07:35

Ralph Stanley For Barack Obama

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Hey, he's a fellow bluegrass banjo player. He MUST be telling the truth! :)

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 07:32

Foreign troops kill nine Afghan soldiers-ministry

Foreign troops killed nine Afghan soldiers in a mistaken air strike in the southeast of the country overnight, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Wow, NATO is doing such a brilliant job of winning the hearts and minds of the Afghanis!

And a memo to those allegedly in charge of the US/NATO military campaign in Afghanistan; somewhere, in those dusty, unopened military history books you chose not to bother looking at before this campaign was designed, there is that little bit about not ever, ever being able to win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

The example used would have been that of the Viet Nam War.

And of course, those who do not understand history (particularly military history) are, unfortunately, doomed to repeat it.

Oct 22 07:31

What Will Obama’s “International Crisis” Be?

Joe Biden’s “guarantee” that an “international crisis” will unfold shortly after President Obama takes office conjures up several different possibilities, but it seems the likely outcome will revolve around an announcement that Iran has developed a nuclear bomb, prompting a potential military attack.

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This right after the IAEA has (yet again) confirmed that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon and is not building one.

Oct 22 07:29

British prime minister: recession likely in UK

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the world economic downturn is likely to cause a recession in the United Kingdom.

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that the sun will rise in the east, the Pope is a Catholic, and that bears do crap in the woods.

Oct 22 07:28

Iran proposal: Preemptive strike against Israeli targets

Senior Tehran officials are recommending a preemptive strike against Israel to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear reactors, a senior Islamic Republic official told foreign diplomats two weeks ago in London.

The official, Dr. Seyed G. Safavi, said recent threats by Israeli authorities strengthened this position, but that as of yet, a preemptive strike has not been integrated into Iranian policy.

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Now you watch. ABCNNBBCBS has always acted as if Israel's demands for war on [insert name of target here] are perfectly reasonable and just. But you can bet that this [very conveniently timed] statement from Safavi will be denounced as a provocation in the corporate media, even though President Bush's own doctrine in Iraq was that attacking a nation that had not yet attacked you because they might be a threat is acceptable behavior.

Oct 22 07:24

Wachovia reports $23.9 billion loss

Wachovia Corp reported a third-quarter loss of $23.9 billion on Wednesday, the largest quarterly loss by a banking company in the global credit crisis, underscoring the challenges Wells Fargo & Co will face when it acquires the big lender.

Oct 22 07:23

OECD Report Finds Rising Income Inequality With U.S. Among Worst

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Welcome to yet more of Bush's true "legacy."

Oct 22 07:23

Cleric in Iran issues fatwa against US-Iraqi pact

An influential Iraqi cleric living in Iran on Wednesday issued a fatwa condemning a U.S.-Iraqi security pact that would keep American troops in Iraq for three more years and warned Iraqi leaders not to back the deal.

Oct 22 07:22

Palin the "Walmart Mom" Spends $125,000 on Clothes at Neiman Marcus and Saks. I Doubt Joe the Plumber's Wife Shops So Lavishly

Politico.com has reported that the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since Sen. John McCain chose her as his running mate in late August, including $125,000 spent at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, as well as $4700 on hair and makeup. So much for the Wasilla Wonder's phony claim to be the "Walmart Mom."

Oct 22 07:20

U.S. official issues a blunt warning on security pact

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff used unusually strong terms Tuesday to warn that time is running out for Iraq to approve a bilateral agreement with the United States that would extend the authority for American military operations beyond the end of this year.

"But we are clearly running out of time" he warned. He said he was "increasingly concerned" about the sharp public criticisms within Iraq of the proposed text.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, when Mullen makes the statement ".....we are clearly running out of time" precisely who the "we" are to whom he is referring.

The UN mandate expires on 31 December of this year. It could be that a resurgent Iraqi government may well decide that they don't want any American forces in Iraq for much longer after that time.

And do remember: Bush made the promise that when the Iraqi government wanted us to go, we would go. Perhaps that desire is coming sooner rather than later for the Iraqi government, and they're looking toward a firm commitment on an exit date for US troops.

Oct 22 07:12

Bush: don't turn inward due to financial crisis

President George W. Bush on Tuesday said it would be a "serious mistake" to turn inward as a result of the global financial crisis and the United States must stay committed to helping the world's poor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Bush: with what money?!?!?

This country is broke, busted, flatter than a fritter, with a current deficit of $10, 471, 161,378,519.00 that we know about. No company on the planet could be carrying that kind of negative load, and still be functional. And We the People have been taxed to death, with absolutely nothing to show for it.

The enabling and sycophantic congress has just passed legislation to fleece the pockets of taxpayers to the tune of billions, if not trillions, of dollars to protect the welfare of the big banks which own them through overt and covert contributions. It is very likely that the alleged bailout has absolutely nothing to do with protecting home-owners who are struggling, and everything to do with covering the horrendous derivative "bubble" in which many banks find themselves.

There is no more money left to spend, and China, etc., the countries who have been propping up the US deficit are getting tired of doing it. If they start dumping dollars, it's all over.

Oct 22 07:03

Top U.S. and Russian military officers meet

The United States and Russia sent their top military officers to this neutral capital for an unannounced meeting Tuesday to seek and define common ground and to try to move bilateral relations back on track, American officials said.

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Translation: We blew kicking off a war in Georgia as prelude to the now-canceled war 9in Iraq, so let's all kiss and make up and return to status quo ante.

Oct 22 06:59

FEMA disputes formaldehyde study of Iowa trailers

The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday questioned a TV station's findings of high formaldehyde levels in agency-issued trailers and said the lifestyles and habits of the flood victims living in the trailers may be to blame.

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Yeah, those darned flood vistims just carry around gallows of formaldehyde with them!

Actually, formaldehyde is emitted by new carpeting, cheap wood finishes, and especially by the blown foam insulation popular with trailer manufacturers.

Oct 22 06:48

6.3 Quake in Tonga

Oct 22 06:47

DOW DROPS AT OPEN!

Oct 22 06:01

India launches 1st unmanned moon mission

As India's economy has boomed in recent years, it has sought to convert its newfound wealth — built on the nation's high-tech sector — into political and military clout. It is hoping that the moon mission — coming just months after finalizing a deal with the United States that recognizes India as a nuclear power — will further enhance its status.

READ ABOUT IT HERE

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While US political hacks fight to see who can steal the most from the ignorant citizens ...

Oct 22 05:53

Paulson vows action on crisis as earnings stagger

Wachovia Corp., which is being bought by Wells Fargo for about $14 billion in stock, said Wednesday it lost $23.89 billion in the third quarter. It earned $1.62 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Airplane maker Boeing reported its earnings slumped 38 percent as a strike halted production of commercial jets.

Tech companies are taking a hit, too, as the economy slows and spending by consumers and businesses drops. Yahoo is slashing 1,500 jobs while it braces for a deep downturn likely to extend well into 2009.

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Oct 22 03:15

How the US Treasury is like Caesar’s wife

Since the onset of the financial crisis, the assets and liabilities of the US banking system have increasingly been consolidated onto the balance sheets of the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury.

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 22 00:00

Powell Warns of Crisis "We Don't Even Know About Right Now"

"The problems will always be there and there's going to be a crisis which will come along on the 21st, 22nd of January that we don't even know about right now.

October 21, 2008

Oct 21 23:58

David Gergen Explains New World Order in Confrontation

Gergen revealed that as an insider, he could predict the outcome of the current economic crisis. In response to a question about the New World Order, Gergen stated that the standard of living of the American people would fall by 40%, ushering in an era of austerity.

This plan in which he stated that the post-World War II prosperity of America was coming to an end. One must conclude that this is a coordinated plan by the governing class to restrict the resources of the planet to stunt the growth of the middle class.

Oct 21 21:20

Albright confirms Biden's "premonition"

????? Why do they feel the need to say something like this when they know it can only hurt their candidate's position?

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Oct 21 18:33

ACLU demands info on domestic military deployments

The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding more details on the domestic deployments, which appear to violate the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits use of the military to direct internal affairs of the US. The ACLU warns that without fully knowing the reasoning and justifications behind the Army's plan, the domestic deployments could be used to expand a militarized surveillance apparatus that already includes the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program and DHS's plans to turn military spy satellites inside US borders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ACLU can demand all they want; unfortunately, with an enabling and complicit congress behind it, the white house will scream "national security" the doors to the federal palace will be shut, the drawbridges will be up, and the moats will be stocked with piranhas.

Oct 21 18:28

More bailout contracts contain blacked out portions

The Treasury Department has hired two big accounting firms to help keep tabs on the government's financial-industry rescue program, and once again certain basic elements of the deals are shrouded in secrecy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for any flipping hope of "transparency" in this skulduggery!

If these contracts are actually honest and above board, why the need for redactions??

Oct 21 16:12

AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel

Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.

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 14:53

Freddy Wexler - We're Not Going Down

Let me reintroduce Were Not Going Down in the hopes that people will hear the song for what it was meant to be: a call to action for young people everywhere, regardless of their backgrounds or political beliefs.

Oct 21 14:48

News outlets sweat over exit poll accuracy

Media outlets are preparing for the possibility that their Election Day surveys could be skewed because of overstated support for Barack Obama, largely because of the enthusiasm of his supporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: McCain is going to try to steal this election and the media is already covering their backsides over the exit poll discrepancies.

Oct 21 14:45

Brain Scans Being used In Indian Judicial System

Oct 21 14:36

Powder-laced letters sent to banks in 8 cities

At least 30 letters containing suspicious powder have been mailed to Chase banks in eight cities but so far appear to be harmless, authorities said Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A dry run for the next false flag?

Oct 21 14:21

Yahoo firing 1,500 workers; 3Q profit falls 64 pct

Mired in a deep slump, Yahoo Inc. will fire at least 1,500 workers to cope with a crumbling economy that dented its third-quarter profit and turned up the heat on the Internet company's management as investors stew over a missed opportunity to sell to Microsoft Corp. for $47.5 billion.

Oct 21 14:13

Congress cancels novel satellite program

With a federal budget crunch looming, Congress this month canceled Pentagon plans to buy and launch two commercial imagery satellites to complement its network of classified spy craft, military and space industry officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can use Google like the rest of us!

Oct 21 13:34

Banks ADMIT They'll Keep on Hoarding Cash

The banks are going to sit on the cash, not loan it out. So can everyone please stop saying that the bailouts were necessary to increase liquidity

Oct 21 13:20

16 Words: New Court Filing Suggests Manufactured Terror Threat in Bush's 2002 State of the Union

The filing--"Lakhdar Boumediene, et al., Petitioners, v. George W. Bush, President of the United States, et al., Respondents, Petitioners' Public Traverse to the Government's Return to the Petition for Habeas Corpus"--lays out the case that the Bush administration threatened at the highest levels to withdraw diplomatic and military aid to the Balkan nation if Bosnia released the men, which its own three-month investigation had found innocent of any terrorism charges in the days leading up to Bush's January 2002 State of the Union.

Oct 21 13:16

Protesters try to block Palin's car but get taken down by cops!

Protesters in Grand Junction, Colorado, try to block Gov. Sarah Palin's motorcade.

Oct 21 13:11

Citi shares slide after Goldman renews "Sell" call

Oct 21 13:11

Merrill exec to leave with big payout; others stay

Merrill Lynch & Co's (MER.N) head of strategy will likely leave the bank with as much as $25 million in compensation, while three other top executives are set to stay at the firm once it combines with Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), according to media reports.

Oct 21 13:10

ElBaradei: Iran incapable of developing bomb now

IAEA chief says Tehran yet to obtain necessary raw unenriched uranium to build even single nuclear weapon. Meanwhile another round of talks amongst UN Security Council members on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program fails to yield results

Oct 21 13:10

Boston Tea Party II

The Massachusetts political establishment is horrified--voters might actually pass a proposition abolishing the state income tax. The personal income tax rate is 5.3%, and the state capital gains levy peaks at 12%. Under the proposition the tax would be cut 50% on Jan. 1, 2009 and eradicated on Jan. 1, 2010. These exactions currently raise about 40% of the state's budget revenue--27% if you count all of the Bay State's off-budget spending.

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