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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

"I understand a man or women with hungry kids stepping outside the bounds of society in these hard economic times and stealing a loaf of bread. But that man or women with the hungry kids is not the reason for these hard economic times. It's the Wall Street money junkies, already rich beyond dreams of Midas, who cost the nation $27 trillion with their mortgage-backed security fraud. That this has become a fascist nation is underscored by the fact that the man or women stealing bread for their kids will see the inside of a jail long before the Wall Street crooks who stole that $27 trillion." -- Michael Rivero

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July 25, 2008

Jul 25 10:18

Qantas 747 terror could have been caused by bomb, say aviation experts

It’s possible that there was some kind of explosive devise in the suitcases because there’s a hole where there shouldn’t be. Bags are put into aluminium containers but, as the pictures of the plane show, they aren’t in the aluminium container anymore. It’s possible that the container was blown open, although it’s not certain, but it is interesting to see the bags through the hole. How else could that be if not an explosion?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to appreciate how intensely the writing is trying to hype the "fear factor", when the logical explanation may prove something entirely more pedestrian.

Jul 25 10:01

New York Times boosts Pentagon push for wider bombing in Afghanistan

In its content and tone, the article resembles nothing so much as the official disinformation published by the Times in the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq, particularly the notorious articles by Judith Miller, the former Times journalist and conduit for top Bush administration officials like Lewis Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Cheney and convicted perjurer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fact that almost the sole tactic the military has left in Afghanistan is airstrikes points up the obvious: we have never, ever had enough boots on the ground to do the job here. The outgoing commander of US NATO forces said quite bluntly that we would need 400,000 troops to handle this.

And how many do we have on the ground right now? About 47,000, just a little more than 10 % of what is actually needed.

So now what? Bomb every man, woman, and child in Afghanistan, and declare victory?

Because with the current level of corruption in the Afghani government, and our troop strength (which is unlikely to get larger), coupled with the US and NATO refusing to engage the Taliban politically, this is about the only option we have left.

Jul 25 09:48

Karzai 'protecting drug lords'

A former senior US anti-drug official has accused Afghanistan's president of playing the US "like a fiddle" and protecting drug lords in his country for political reasons.

Thomas Schweich, who until June serve as US state department co-ordinator for counter-narcotics and justice reform for Afghanistan, said Hamid Karzai was impeding the so-called war on drugs.

Drug production has skyrocketed since the US-led invasion that ousted the Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this is why our kids are fighting and dying in Afghanistan?

Jul 25 09:46

Asteroid heading our way

Astronomers are battling to work out the trajectory of an asteroid that will cause havoc if it hits the Earth in 2036.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In that case I'm not going to sweat global warming! :)


Jul 25 09:34

Yahoo: Burn your DRMed tracks to CD now

"This suggestion could put customers at legal risk, as they may not have documentation of purchase," McSherry wrote. "Furthermore, there is no certainty that all relevant copyright owners would agree that making such backup copies without permission is lawful."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has really gone too far. The RIAA has forced companies to set up all these DRM systems, and now that the added cost and headache of using DRM-crippled music stores is starting to force them out of business, customers are facing the possibility of being software-locked out of music they legally own. and their only alternative to preserve the music they legally bought is to do the very sort of data-copying DRM was designed to prevent in the first place!

There is another problem. As illustrated by this article, the burden of proof has been shifted onto the consumer to prove they legally own the copy of music ("your papers please. Do you really own zat tune?") rather than for the copyright holders to prove the music is stolen. This poses a problem for people who did in fact legally purchase music CDs in years past and transferred them to their computers when it was perfectly legal to do so and before DRM was in place. These audiophiles probably cannot prove they legally own the music. Who keeps a receipt for a personal music purchase? As we hear more and more than TSA (unable to find any terrorists) will now start scanning iPods and iPhones and laptops for "stolen" music, we run the risk of having legal but undocumented music files erased from our hard drives!

These are the freedoms the terrorists hate us for?

Jul 25 09:26

Painter fined for smoking in his own van

A painter and decorator has been fined £30 for smoking in his own van because it was deemed to be a workplace.

Jul 25 09:24

Torture Memo Shields Interrogators

An Aug. 1, 2002 memorandum from the Justice Dept.'s Office of Legal Counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency instructed the agency's interrogators on specific interrogation techniques for use on Al Qaeda detainees in its custody. Most of the 17-page memo is blacked out and unreadable. But at least one of those techniques is waterboarding, the process of pouring water into the mouth and nostrils of a detainee under restraint until drowning occurs.

Jul 25 09:22

Man sues Nassau over seized guns

A member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corp. is suing Nassau County to get back nine rifles and 15 handguns seized from his Freeport home by police after he made repeated visits to the office of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy to complain about what he believed to be "illegal aliens" in his neighborhood.

Aides to McCarthy (D-Mineola), whose husband was one of six people slain by Colin Ferguson in the 1993 Long Island Rail Road massacre, eventually called police, which led to the seizure of the weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if they ever did anything about the illegal aliens.


Jul 25 09:12

Tased Until Dead: The Epidemic of Taser Crazy Cops

Taser use has become an outrage, a threat to the rule of law, an overt violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, to say nothing of felony violations of US Codes, and state laws against murder. The epidemic of taser abuse is characteristic of fascist police states run riot when those sworn to uphold the law become nothing more than thugs and/or murderers.

Jul 25 09:11

WaMu Slumps as Gimme Credit Cites Liquidity Concern

Washington Mutual Inc. tumbled for a second day in New York trading after Gimme Credit LLC said unsecured creditors were ``pulling funds'' from the biggest U.S. savings and loan. Washington Mutual disputed the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, there may be a run on the bank.

Jul 25 09:10

Rove Threatened GOP IT Guru If He Does Not 'Take the Fall' for Election Fraud in Ohio, Says Attorney

Karl Rove has threatened a GOP high-tech guru and his wife, if he does not "'take the fall' for election fraud in Ohio," according to a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, by Ohio election attorney Cliff Arnebeck.

Jul 25 09:09

Russian bombers could haunt US borders

Airbases in Latin American countries can ensure the 'permanent presence' of Russia's strategic bombers near US borders, says a Russian general.

The general made the remarks in reference to Moscow's alleged intention to station the bombers in Cuba, Venezuela and even Algeria as a reprisal against US missile plans in Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once more, the "Botcher-Up in Chief" together with his minions, absolutely destroyed any opportunity for a working relationship with Russia.

Russian military in Venezuela? Potentially another grand chapter in the Bush "legacy", and Bush and his people have no one but themselves to blame.

The Russians are no fools, and have a long sense of the history of their region. They know precisely at whom those missiles in Eastern Europe are to be aimed.


Jul 25 09:08

THE ‘SELF HATING JEW’ IS DESTROYING ISRAEL’S IMAGE

That’s what the following report implies… Any Jew or Israeli that speaks out against the policies in Israel merely aids the enemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now we know where Bush got this "You are either with us or against us" crap.

Jul 25 09:07

U.S. FINANCIAL AID TO ISRAEL IS ILLEGAL

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Legal shmegal, just sign the @#%$ing check!"

Jul 25 09:05

‘INTEL INSIDE’

Sixty years ago, there was no Kiryat Gat. The land it now occupies was divided between two Palestinian villages, al-Faluja and ‘Iraq al-Manshiya. While the area is well within the Green Line, Israel’s 1949-67 border, its history is in one way unique: Israeli forces never captured it during the 1948-49 war.

Jul 25 09:03

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just announced that he will sign an Executive Order on Monday slashing the wages of over 200,000 state employees to the bare minimum.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Thou shalt make do with less, so that we may have more!" -- Any government official breathing


Jul 25 09:00

Massive blow for Labour as SNP pull off shock victory in Glasgow East by-election

GORDON Brown is today facing disaster after the SNP celebrated a stunning victory in the Glasgow East by-election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess sucking up to the Knesset and mis-quoting Iran didn't sit too well with the voters!

Jul 25 08:58

Playstation 2 component incites African war

At the center of the conflict is the unrefined metallic ore, coltan. After processing, coltan turns into a powder called tantalum, which is used extensively in a wealth of western electronic devices including cell phones, computers and, of course, game consoles.

Allegedly, the demand for coltan prompted Rwandan military groups and western mining companies to plunder hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the rare metal, often by forcing prisoners-of-war and even children to work in the country's coltan mines.

Jul 25 08:53

25 Reasons to Deport Illegal Aliens...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Each reason has a link to supporting information

Jul 25 08:52

Top Israeli officer stresses Iran on first US visit

Israeli Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, on his first visit to Washington as Israel's top military officer, said Wednesday it was crucial to block what he called "Iranian aggression" in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Ashkenzi is attempting to do, in this characterization of alleged "Iranian aggression" is to "soften up" both the executive and military portions of the US government for an Israeli-led attack; an attack which they can probably start well, but cannot end conclusively without US fire-power. This means that, once again, American kids will wind up fighting, getting maimed, and dying to "neutralize" yet another of Israel's existential enemies.

And just because it would be the most idiotic action that Washington and Tel Aviv could take at this juncture is no guarantee that the knuckleheads in both capitals won't try it.


Jul 25 08:51

George Carlin kept working because of IRS Debt

The man the New York Times called "the prince of outrage" wouldn't be as relevant as he is today -- three heart attacks and one cocaine addiction later -- if it weren't for a little chip on his shoulder, that IRS debt and a dogged devotion to his art.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The rich get tax havens in Lichtenstein, and a man like Carlin gets worked literally to death by the IRS.

Tell me this isn't a dictatorship

Jul 25 08:44

Terry McAuliffe Tips His Hand: Hillary Won't be VP Candidate With Obama

Terry McAuliffe apparently tipped his hand when he told a Virginia Democratic gathering that their Governor, Tim Kaine, would be the best choice for Obama to choose as his running mate.

Jul 25 08:41

Fannie’s and Freddie’s free lunch

Much has been made in recent years of private/public partnerships. The US government is about to embark on another example of such a partnership, in which the private sector takes the profits and the public sector bears the risk.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bend over and grease up; it's the patriotic thing to do!

Jul 25 08:39

US home foreclosures jump 14% in 2nd quarter: survey

US home foreclosures leapt nearly 14 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter, research group RealtyTrac said Friday in a sign of deepening housing woes.


Jul 25 08:38

Honorable Exit From Empire

From 1989 to 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and breakup of the U.S.S.R., America had an opportunity to lay down its global burden and become again what Jeane Kirkpatrick called "a normal country in a normal time."

We let the opportunity pass by, opting instead to use our wealth and power to convert the world to democratic capitalism. And we have reaped the reward of all the other empires that went before: A sinking currency, relative decline, universal enmity, a series of what Rudyard Kipling called "the savage wars of peace."

Jul 25 08:36

Childs Play In Occupied Palestine...Chucky Joins Israeli Defense Forces In Latest Film Of Movie Series

Like other Zionists, Chucky Goldberg adopts the religion of others, steals their land and other resources, calls their history/mythology his own and even claims the Middle Eastern falafel as his own ethnic cuisine. Now in the lowest blow of all, Chucky will attempt to insert his dark Zionist soul into the body of a Palestinian child.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love that comment, "There's no such thing as "occupied Palestine".

There's no such thing as "Palestine".

There never will be such a thing as "Palestine".

Murderers, thieves, and terrorists don't get a state.": which is then signed "Anonymous". Talk about the courage of ones convictions!
As for the claim that 'There's no such thing as "Palestine"' I submit the following maps.


Click for full size 1851 map of Palestine


Click for full size 1864 map of Palestine


Click for full size 1866 map of Palestine

Click for full size 1887 map of Palestine

Jul 25 08:34

Iran Faces `All Options' Over Atomic Work, Israeli General Says

``We all realize, both the Americans and us, that all options must be prepared,'' Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi said in an interview from Washington on Israel Radio. ``There is no doubt that diplomacy must be given priority.''

Ashkenazi, Israel's military chief of staff, is in Washington all week for talks with the U.S. on strategic cooperation amid escalating tensions with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice how much coverage CNN, MSNBC, etc., gave to these meetings: absolutely none. Today is the day that Admiral Mullen and Ashkenazi are supposed to meet. And again, what to we get? Absolute, deafening silence on this crucial meeting from the corporate television media.

Ashkenazi is determining, in this visit, just how soon a military strike might be possible against Iran. And notice the date for an Iranian response to the ultimatum the US gave to Iran, after inconclusive talks in Geneva: the "drop-dead date for Iran's answer to the latest proposal is Sunday, August 3rd.

Jul 25 08:29

An Inconvenient Tax

Ask any of the millions of tax paying Americans on April 15th if the current tax system has problems and you'll get a clear answer. Complexity, inequities and international pressures top the ever-growing list of concerns. The last major tax reform in the United States occurred in 1986. Since this bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code, over 16,000 changes have been made, creating an inflating bubble of complexity that is ready to pop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are past reform. The current government has borrowed itself into an unpayable black hole of debt. Absent the complete conquest of the rest of the world, the US Government has only one option to perpetuate their regime and that is to continue to tax the American people into poverty to pay off the bankers; an option they will not hesitate to exercise.

The United States Government has failed constitutionally, morally, and financially. It is time for this government to go the way of other failed governments, such as that of Batista, Ceacescu, Louise XVI, the USSR, and their own predecessor in this very land. It is time, as Thomas Jefferson himself predicted, for the government to go away and take its debts with it.

It is time for a fresh start.


Jul 25 08:23

Crimes and Misdemeanors

The best way to make sense of this legal tangle is to mouse over the title of an individual scandal, which will highlight everyone implicated. For example, the wiretapping bubble ensnares George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, David Addington, John Ashcroft, John Yoo, and Alberto Gonzales. At the same time, Ashcroft and Gonzales fall into the overlapping circle for monkey business related to DoJ hiring. Mouse over a person's name for information on how each person is involved. Mouse over the title of each circle for specifics about the particular scandal.

Jul 25 08:22

C-SPAN: Watch the impeachment hearings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is nauseating watching Bush's supporters try to protect him. Their argument can be summed up with,"Blah blah blah terror blah blah Osama blah blah nookular weapons blah blah blah trying to kill us all blah blah you are not fit to wipe the mud from the President's shoes blah blah blah terror terror terror terror terror"

Jul 25 08:17

US: Israeli settlement talk 'not helpful'

The White House on Thursday declined to comment specifically on Israeli plans to expand a settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley but said in general such talk was "not helpful."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, THAT will teach them!

Jul 25 08:16

Are You Ready to Face the Facts About Israel?

Realizing that his ignorance of the situation on the ground had made him complicit in great crimes, Rev. Are wrote a book hoping to save others from his mistake and perhaps in part to make amends, Israeli Peace/Palestinian Justice, published in Canada in 1994.

Jul 25 08:14

Advancing the Story of Secret Offshore Accounts: Scores of Innocent Wealthy Families Come Forward -- Will They Be Prosecuted?

With the recent attention to Americans who may have undeclared accounts at UBS, the Liechtenstein bank LGT, and other foreign banks, the D.C.-based law firm, Caplin & Drysdale is fielding more and more client calls from individuals who have such accounts and who want to try to resolve their issues before they are discovered by the IRS. By far, most clients are innocent of deliberate evasion but a great deal of wealth appears to be at stake with some accounts reaching the $25-million mark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they are innocent of deliberate evasion, they would not be making those phone calls.

And one more point. These are people who got flushed out by just one leak from one bank in one tax-shelter country. There may be many more.

Jul 25 08:13

U.S. jobless claims rise, home sales at new low

U.S. jobless claims jumped last week and the pace of existing home sales tumbled to a 10-year low as slowing growth hit hiring and a glut of unsold homes weighed on the real estate market, data released yesterday showed.

The number of workers filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped 34,000 last week, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

A separate report from the real estate industry said home sales dropped 2.6 per cent in June, dragging the annual sales pace to the lowest level since early 1998.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of Bush's true "legacy".

Jul 25 08:05

US foreclosure filings more than double

The number of households facing the foreclosure process more than doubled in the second quarter compared to a year ago, according to data released Friday.

Nationwide, 739,714 homes received at least one foreclosure-related notice during the quarter, or one in every 171 U.S. households, Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac Inc. said.

Jul 25 08:04

"Holocaust Denial" and Double-Standards

The Cap Times regularly informs its readers that the estimated number of Iraqi civilian deaths due to the US invasion and occupation is under 100,000. As of the most recent print edition, the number listed was 89,900. The sources listed are the Defense Department, iraqbodycount.org, and nationalpriorities.org.

Jul 25 08:02

All options against Iran must be prepared: Israel army chief

The Israeli army chief of staff has said in Washington that all options must be prepared to counter Iran's controversial nuclear programme, in remarks relayed on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Option 1: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Option 2: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Option 3: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Option 4: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Option 5: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Option 6: We get the Americans to send their children over to kill our enemies.

Jul 25 07:55

No indictments in death of man claiming CIA ties

A Harris County grand jury Thursday declined to indict two Houston police officers in the shooting death of a man who claimed to be a CIA agent.

Jul 25 07:54

Report: Israel committed more than 51 violations since the truce started

Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, stated Thursday that the IOF troops had committed more than 51 violations and 400 military assaults, and kidnapped 300 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since the truce took effect.
In a report monitoring the Israeli violations of the calm, the Brigades said that in the fifth week of the truce, Israel committed eight violations during which a Palestinian citizen was wounded north of Gaza and two others were kidnapped in Khan Younis.

Jul 25 07:52

VIDEO - GEORGE BUSH'S POWER GRAB... IS MARTIAL LAW COMING?

Jul 25 07:51

More Children's Toys Contain High Levels of Heavy Metals, Dangerous Chemicals

The researchers found that more than a third of all products tested contained toxic elements, the most common being lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic. Other elements tested for were bromine, chlorine, chromium and tin.

Jul 25 07:50

BREAKING...Penatagon Used for Dirty Political Op....

Buried inside all the usual morning news noise was this piece regarding Obama's not visiting the wounded troops in Germany. The Obama campaign is saying that they were told by the Pentagon that they could not visit the troops as his trip was now political rather than an official congressional visit. That they say is why he was allowed to visit wounded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Jul 25 07:44

Mich. police taser Durango newlyweds during wedding reception

The Michigan wedding of Durango newlyweds Andy and Ania Somora came to an abrupt end last weekend after the bride and groom were tasered by local police and spent their wedding night in jail.

July 24, 2008

Jul 24 18:51

Israel set to authorise more settlements in Jordan Valley

Israel was set to expand a settlement in the occupied Jordan Valley, a senior official said on Thursday, in defiance of Palestinian and international calls to freeze such activity.

The international community has repeatedly urged Israel to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem, saying it hampers efforts to achieve peace with the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is not truly interested in peace; only in territory.

The stalling of true peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis has been very deliberate on the part of Israel.

By the time there will be an actual state of Palestine, if this continues, Palestine will be no larger than a postage stamp!

Jul 24 18:46

A reliable source in Washington said Wednesday the U.S. reaffirmed its position that it will not remove North Korea from the terrorism list until it agrees on a detailed verification procedure. The U.S. was expected to strike the North off the list on Aug

The U.S. has told North Korea that it will not strike it from the list of state sponsors of terrorism until it agrees on a verification protocol for its nuclear programs and stockpiles, it emerged on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another portion of Bush's "legacy" which appears to be exploding in his face like yet another bad trick cigar.

Jul 24 18:33

The Real Reason that the U.S. Tortures People

If torture doesn't do anything useful, and instead does alot of harmful things like dramatically weakening our national security an putting our troops in harms way, why are we doing it?

Well, listen to the testimony to Congress by a representative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

"Governments that use torture intend to intimidate their citizens in order to maintain control; those who are tortured become examples of the consequences of dissent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the US Government is torturing Iraqis to make YOU afraid to speak out!

Jul 24 17:16

Exposing Bush's historic abuse of power

Salon has uncovered new evidence of post-9/11 spying on Americans. Obtained documents point to a potential investigation of the White House that could rival Watergate.

Jul 24 16:58

International Olympic Committee says Iraq will not compete at Beijing Games

The International Olympic Committee said Thursday that Iraq will not compete at the Beijing Games because of government interference.

The IOC suspended Iraq's national Olympic committee in June after the Iraqi government dismissed and installed its own group chaired by the sports minister. The IOC told officials in Baghdad that it was upholding the suspension.

Jul 24 16:27

Mystery vibrations have Green Bay couple spinning

For two years now, the Ehrfurths have been enduring an annoying, persistent noise in their home — a low, motor-like rumble accompanied by a vibration. They can't figure out what's causing it, and it's been a challenge getting others to believe them because the problem starts and stops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no mystery here. I have heard that sound myself and know what it is. it is the sound of deep earth boring machines making tunnels for the military.

Click for larger image

Jul 24 14:47

Bolton: U.S. should help Israel hit Iran

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton said the United States should assist Israel in any strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Download this Military Enlistment Form and FAX it to Josh Bolton care of the American Enterprise Institute at 202-862-7177.

Or, you can send the enlistment form as an attachment to his email at jbolton@kirkland.com

Jul 24 14:44

Nov. 22, 1963

And right here -- in just the fifth paragraph! -- you already have the overwhelming desire to take him by the collar and shout: Max!!! Buddy!!! SNAP OUT OF IT!!! Abort, abort! Entire human beings have disappeared in Dealey Plaza!! It's the Bermuda Triangle of pop culture!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll go you one better, between JFK rehashes and UFO stories, there seems to be an awful lot of DISTRACTIONS in the American media all of a sudden!

Jul 24 12:44

Tornado ravages Central New Hampshire; Recovery effort underway in Barnstead

Governor John Lynch has declared a state of emergency and is dispatching the National Guard after tornadoes formed in Southeastern Belknap County and Northwestern Stafford County shortly before Noon Thursday, causing significant damage in the Barnstead and Alton areas and prompting emergency crews to respond from as far away as Laconia, Bristol and Waterville Valley.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still trying to reach family I have in that area.

Jul 24 12:41

Willie Nelson In Talks To Hold Concert For 9/11 Truth

In an exclusive interview today on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones show, iconic musician Willie Nelson volunteered to take part in a concert for 9/11 truth and as part of a campaign to stave off an attack on Iran.

Jul 24 11:55

CONYERS TARGETED Ex-aide: FBI tapped phone, checked bank records

Sam Riddle, a political consultant who worked as Conyers' chief of staff after she was elected in 2005, said Monday that agents also told his attorney they had been tapping Riddle's cell phone for the past year.

"After leaving that interview, I became firmly convinced there are council people that are clearly targeted," he said, adding of Conyers: "I believe they're looking at her real hard."

Jul 24 10:44

ACLU: Memos authorized CIA torture

Bybee outlined the definition of torture in Section 2340A of the United States code, focusing in part on its caveat that an act be "specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering." Elaborating on his definition of the "specific intent" provision, Bybee narrows the definition to the point where it become functionally meaningless.

All that is required to avoid prosecution is a CIA agent's "good faith belief" that his actions will not cause torturous pain and suffering. Such a belief "need not be reasonable," Bybee writes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Jul 24 10:38

Ron Paul: Housing Rescue Bill Has Provison That Will Require All Credit Card Transactions Be Reported To The IRS

The bill is some 600 pages long. Sneaked into the bill is a provison that will require that all credit card transactions be reported to the IRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Years ago I warned you all that when the government went broke, it's "Final Solution" would be to drag the American people down with them by taxing the people into a hole of unpayable debts.

Jul 24 10:28

Evidence of the US Banking System Teetering on the Brink of Collapse

Paulson appears on Face The Nation and says "Our banking system is a safe and a sound one." If the banking system was safe and sound, everyone would know it (or at least think it). There would be no need to say it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"They" were saying the same thing in early October 1929.

Jul 24 10:25

Death Spiral Financing at Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, WaMu...

Reuters is reporting WaMu has $3.33 bln loss, may be cut to "junk" .
Washington Mutual Inc, the largest U.S. savings and loan, posted a $3.33 billion second-quarter loss on Tuesday as souring mortgages forced it to set aside more money for loan losses.

Jul 24 09:47

America’s Middle Class Can’t Take Much More Punishment

Jul 24 09:43

Kagan: ‘The only way’ to ‘force’ Iran to halt its nuclear program is an ‘attack.’

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Iraq surge architect Fred Kagan criticized direct talks with Iran and made his case for attacking Iran, claiming it is the only means to “force” the country to halt its nuclear program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Fred Kagan: Iran is only enriching uranium at a 3% level, perfectly consistent with creating a nuclear power plant.

In order to create weapons, they'd have to be enriching uranium at a 98% level.

The only thing a US and/or Israeli attack will teach both Iran and the region, is that they are dead meat if in fact they do not have a nuclear deterrent.

What you are suggesting will only encourage a further regional arms race: is that your intention?

Oh, and just one last question: what will Russia do to protect its geopolitical and financial interests in Iran if Iran is hit with an attack?

War with Russia, Fred? How swell would that be?

Jul 24 09:36

Group claims 100,000 signatures in 'Send Rove to Jail' campaign

That's the name of the website now claiming to have over 101,000 signatures in their campaign to urge the House Judiciary Committee to cite former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for contempt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they really have 100,000 people ready to support them, maybe they don;t need a petition. Maybe they should go right to the tar and feathers!

Jul 24 09:30

Conyers Tries To Kill Impeachment Hearings Before They Start

John Conyers is now taking the position that no one at Friday’s impeachment hearing can accuse Bush or Cheney of any crime, or any impeachable offense, or dishonorable conduct, or even lying.

Moreover, Conyers is now saying that he will shut the hearing down if anyone does accuse the boys of crimes, impeachable offenses, or otherwise being naughty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Conyers wins the "Bush/Cheney Enabler of the Week Award"

Jul 24 09:29

VIDEO - Big Box Mart

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Humor. Sort of. Maybe...

Jul 24 09:28

Mosley wins court case over orgy

World motorsport boss Max Mosley has won a legal action against a Sunday newspaper over claims an orgy he took part in had Nazi overtones.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Normally I would not cover this kind of crap. What two (or in this case six) people do in the privacy of their own home is not news, because it does not affect our everyday lives.

The lesson here is that Rupert Murdoch, in trying to MAKE it news (so as to avoid reporting on those things that really do affect our everyday lives) got well and truly burned.

As he should have.

Jul 24 09:21

Newspaper misspells its own name on front page

No media organisation can claim to be immune from spelling mistakes, but a local paper in the United States may have set a new standard for most glaring typo.

Jul 24 09:14

Bust, Bail, Repeat: The U.S. Enters into an Ever-Worsening Cycle

We are a year into the financial pain and virtually no systemic problem has been solved. Markets have entered into a new unsustainable cycle. The new dance is a two-step. Home prices slide, delinquencies rise, defaults rise. This puts additional pressure on housing going forward. Financial firms announce greater write-offs. Retailers slump and contagion goes global. Selling grips the markets, the good and the bad are sold off indiscriminately. Commodities rise, fear escalates and reaches a crescendo as at least one major institution nears or reaches insolvency.

Jul 24 09:12

War Party in a Bind: After Nuclear Talks in Geneva, Iran Will Likely Agree

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that this author is correct in their assessment.

The alternative could very easily devolve into a complete world war.

Jul 24 09:11

THE PALESTINIAN BAR MITZVAH

The following essay was written by Bassam Aramin, the father of the gorgeous child pictured at the left. Abir was only 10 years old when she was brutally murdered by Israeli soldiers while at play in her schoolyard.

Jul 24 09:10

PHOTO OF THE DAY ~~ 24/7/08 ~~ OBAMA AT THE WALL

The 25-foot wall is built down the middle of the main street in Abu Dis, a town adjacent to and now cut off from East Jerusalem. The main street has been divided in half by the wall. After the wall is completed, many students and teachers will not be able to reach their schools, which lie on either side of the wall. Access to private, UN, and PA clinics, hospitals, and doctors will be impeded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that the writings on the wall are being painted over. I guess Israel did not like seeing things like this.

Jul 24 09:07

THE ORDEAL OF MOHAMMED OMER

We are used to hearing about the hazards, often fatal, of being a journalist these days. Everyone is familiar with accounts of courageous Russian journalists who have been assassinated and of course with stories of war correspondents who have been killed or gravely wounded in the course of reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan. But what about the dangers of just being a Palestinian journalist who is simply trying to return to his own hometown in Gaza after being abroad?

Jul 24 09:06

OBAMA, ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Barack Obama has finally made his long-awaited pilgrimage to Israel, a rite of passage that no aspiring American politician, let alone a presidential candidate, can afford to miss or ignore.

There (or rather here), Obama uttered all the politically-correct words that Israeli leaders and especially Israel-firsters back home would want to hear.

Jul 24 09:02

U.S. Rushes to Change Workplace Toxin Rules

Political appointees at the Department of Labor are moving with unusual speed to push through in the final months of the Bush administration a rule making it tougher to regulate workers' on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just have to love how expendable US workers have become under Bush's watch.

This is more of his true "legacy" for this country, and its people.

Jul 24 09:00

The Other Donald Duck Tax Propaganda Film

A year after the United States entered the Second World War the federal government needed additional revenues to pay for the war effort. Congress had given away much of the government's usual means of financing itself, printing its own money, when it created the Federal Reserve in 1913. A voluntary income tax had been in place for 29 years, but for Constitutional reasons, fewer than 11 percent of Americans had to pay the income tax at that time. As a result, Congress enacted into law the Victory Tax Act of 1942, which included concurrent law for automatic wage withholding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The irony of all this is that Disney got stiffed by the US Government for all those training films they made during WW2.

Jul 24 08:57

Wachovia Bank Gave Counterfeit Bills, Couple Says

Ulises Garcia said he was withdrawing cash from a Wachovia Bank and depositing it into a Bank of America so he could pay his bills online.

However, the Bank of America teller noticed something funny about 10 of the 36 $100 bills Garcia said he received from Wachovia Bank -- they were counterfeit, Local 6's Tony Pipitone reported.

Jul 24 08:54

WHEN SADDAM HUSSEIN MET APRIL GLASPIE

Eighteen years ago, the infamous meeting between Saddam Hussein and April Glaspie took place. Most people only recall that April Glaspie, in her ambiguity, may have given Saddam a "green light" to enter Kuwait. But, there was much more to the meeting than this oft-told allegation. Saddam let Glaspie know that he and his government were well aware that the U.S. and Kuwait were attempting to undermine Iraq’s economy. Hindsight shows us today that this meeting dealt with many issues that were involved in the U.S. aggression against Iraq, not just the border problem with Kuwait.

Jul 24 08:49

TSA Now Conducting Random Behavioral Screening

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you've been thinking about flying to - or within the US, just please don't until there is some semblance of sanity in security procedures.

Jul 24 08:41

US Military Recruits Children

"America's Army" is not a game; it is a recruitment and training tool that the Army uses in violation of international law. While soldiers and civilians continue to kill and die in Iraq and Afghanistan, private corporations like Ubisoft reap handsome profits from the Army's project to train and recruit children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no "reset button" for death in real life.

Jul 24 08:40

Are You On the Terror Watch List? Good Luck Getting Off It

The TSA's "no fly" terrorism watch list contains between 400,000 and 1,000,000 names. If you're on the list by mistake, good luck getting off of it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's not a terror watch list, it's a "harass this person because we don't like them" list.

Jul 24 08:37

VIDEO - Housing bailout bill - another $800 billion gift from the taxpayer to Wall Street

Jul 24 08:36

“Prisoner Boxes” in Iraq

In Iraq, some prisoners/detainees are kept in wooden crates known as “prisoner boxes,”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look just like the one they had Alec Guinness in in "Bridge on the River Kwai."

Jul 24 08:29

Ford Posts Loss of $8.7 Billion on Asset Woes

The Ford Motor Company, stunned by abysmal sales of its most profitable vehicles and a sudden shift in consumers’ tastes, said Thursday that it lost $8.7 billion in the quarter, its worst ever, and would overhaul its North American plants to focus on small cars.

Jul 24 08:29

Why No Trial by Jury at Gitmo?

As the Gitmo proceedings unfold, Americans are going to have the opportunity to witness what America’s federal judicial system would look like in the absence of the Bill of Rights. Hopefully, the Gitmo spectacle will give the American people a renewed understanding and appreciation for why our ancestors were so determined to secure passage of the Bill of Rights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The way the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been eviscerated by this administration, coupled with recent court decisions where any American citizen can be described as an "enemy combatant" and held indefinitely, one has to wonder just how long those rights and guarantees will last.

Jul 24 08:28

Flashback - 1970 Bertrand Russell Statement: Palestine

"The tragedy of the people of Palestine is that their country was "given" by a foreign power to another people for the creation of a new state. The result was that many hundreds of thousands of innocent people were made permanently homeless. With every new conflict their numbers increased. How much longer is the world willing to endure this spectacle of wanton cruelty? It is abundantly clear that the refugees have every right to the homeland from which they were driven, and the denial of this right is at the heart of the continuing conflict.

Jul 24 08:25

Investors worldwide are betting more than $1 trillion on a collapse in American stock prices

Americans should be experiencing nausea about right now, that's being induced from swirling around the toilet bowl faster and faster.

Add in the that loud plunk you just heard, which was the sound of that extra-large turd of another 800 BILLION dollars in debt being added to our total debt, now being approved by our cowardly, immoral and craven Congress.

Jul 24 08:24

Jewish settlers smash village

Palestinian security says more than 20 Jewish settlers have attacked a Palestinian village in the West Bank, smashing cars and windows and cutting electricity wires.

Jul 24 08:23

Russia says opposes deadlines for Iran response

Russia said on Thursday it opposed any artificial deadlines being issued to Iran to force it to respond to incentives from world powers on suspending its nuclear activities.

Jul 24 08:23

VIDEO - Disney Propaganda: Pay your taxes or you're a NAZI!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YouTube pulled the first one. Let's see how long this one lasts.

Jul 24 08:18

Ron Paul on the Housing Bill 7/23/08 - "The Mother of All Bailouts"

All credit card transactions will now be reported to the IRS.

Jul 24 08:16

Barack Obama: 'hopelessness and despair' growing in Middle East

Jul 24 08:15

Reward offered for citizen's arrest of Rice

A $5000 reward is being offered to any Auckland University student who can make a successful citizen's arrest of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her visit to the country this weekend.

Jul 24 08:14

Realists Urge Bush to Drop Iran Precondition

And both men warned that repeated U.S. threats to use military force against Iran were counterproductive and strengthened hard-line forces in the regime led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. They said an actual military attack – whether by the U.S. or by Israel – would likely be disastrous for U.S. interests in the region.

Jul 24 08:12

BUSH: Stock Market is drunk

Jul 24 08:09

America's Cyborg Warriors

America's techno-warriors and their corporatist masters most certainly plan to field such systems in the "homeland" itself. Viewed as exemplary means to control "restless natives" in the imperialist metropolis, surveillance technologies replete with biometric "smart cards," highly politicized terrorist "watch lists," sensor and tracking equipment are the "speartip" of a technical-scientific counterrevolution, neoliberal globalization's "dark side."

Jul 24 08:07

Anti-War Movement Successfully Pushes Back Against Military Confrontation With Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

the battleground for the hearts and minds of thinking Americans can no longer be found in street demonstrations or corporate news media: it is found on the internet.

Jul 24 08:07

Asprox computer virus infects key government and consumer websites

Cyber-criminals have attacked key government and consumer websites, allowing them to steal the personal details of anyone browsing the sites, The Times has learnt.

Eastern European hackers are suspected of placing the Asprox virus on more than a thousand British websites, including those run by the NHS and a local council, in the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the fact that hackers are able to do what they do is proof that the United States has lost the war on terror. No amount of confessions extracted under torture can conceal the fact that a nation unable to track down and jail script kiddies does not stand a chance against really determined terrorists operating with the resources of a nation-state (and I don't mean the Mossad guys pretending to be Al Qaeda for the media).

Jul 24 08:04

Navy Prosecutor In Gitmo Case: "If they hadn't shot down the fourth plane it would've hit the dome"

Though the trial the man, dubbed "Osama bin Laden's driver", is primarily functioning as a show piece for the Bush administration's "war on terror", some interesting information emerged from the Guantanamo Bay naval base yesterday in the form of a direct admission from a US prosecutor that the fourth plane was "shot down".

Jul 24 07:29

Bush will revive arms sales

US-Taiwan Business Council chairman Paul Wolfowitz told a gathering of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei yesterday that he believed the administration of US President George W. Bush would recommence arms sales to Taiwan before Bush leaves office in January.

Jul 24 07:28

U.S. government: We know parenting better than you

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to debate two bills that could give the federal government unprecedented control over the way parents raise their children – even providing funds for state workers to come into homes and screen babies for emotional and developmental problems.

Jul 24 07:26

Hiding Leviev

The Village of Bil'in in the West Bank in Occupied Palestine is suing two Canadian corporations in Quebec Superior Court for committing war crimes connected with the construction of illegal settlements. The interesting aspect is that the Canadian companies, Green Mount International Inc. and Green Park International Inc., are allegedly fronts, through an elaborate series of holding companies, nominees and trustees, for none other than our old friend Lev Leviev, the guy who sells blood diamonds and uses the proceeds to fund the building of illegal settlements:

Jul 24 07:17

Source: Novak's Victim Worse Than First Thought

Bono dismissed Novak's assertion that he never saw the struck pedestrian.

"There was a pedestrian splayed on his windshield -- I don't think there is any way you can miss that," Bono said.

Bono also said that the pedestrian was in a crosswalk and had the right of way.

Jul 24 07:11

Well, this might be one reason History Channel and National Geographic are so full of UFO crap these days

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not to mention Ed Mitchell's interview from yesterday.

July 23, 2008

Jul 23 22:55

Histatin: Why 'Licking Your Wounds' Actually Works

A report by scientists from The Netherlands published in The FASEB Journal identifies a compound in human saliva that greatly speeds wound healing.

Jul 23 22:53

Anbar Sheik Cited By McCain Was Assassinated Last Year

The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an al-Qaeda led group in midst of the surge.

Jul 23 22:52

Kagan: ‘The only way’ to ‘force’ Iran to halt its nuclear program is an ‘attack.’

Appearing on MSNBC this afternoon, Iraq surge architect Fred Kagan criticized direct talks with Iran and made his case for attacking Iran, claiming it is the only means to “force” the country to halt its nuclear program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay folks, here is what we do., If Kagen is so convinced that attacking Iran is the right thing to do, we should help him out.

I want you to download this Military Enlistment Form and FAX it to Fred Kagan care of the American Enterprise Institute at 202-862-7177.

Jul 23 22:40

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER TO CUT STATE WORKER PAY TO $6.55 AN HOUR

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sign an executive order next week that will temporarily reduce pay for more than 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour to preserve cash in the midst of a month-long budget standoff, according to a draft copy of the order obtained by The Bee.

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Jul 23 22:38

New superintendent says Carrollton can’t make payroll

The Carrollton School District's projected ending balance in the Education Fund for August shows a deficit of $190,798, and the district will not be able to make payroll.

Jul 23 20:47

Police director sues for critical bloggers' names

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin and the city of Memphis have filed a lawsuit to learn who operates a blog harshly critical of Godwin and his department.

The lawsuit asks AOL to produce all information related to the identity of an e-mail address linked to MPD Enforcer 2.0, a blog popular with police officers that has been extremely critical of police leadership at 201 Poplar.

Jul 23 20:46

Man dies after cop hits him with Taser 9 times

Dr. Randolph Williams, the Winn Parish coroner, told CNN the 21-year-old sawmill worker was jolted so many times by the 50,000-volt Taser that he might have been dead before the last two shocks were delivered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No doubt some in-the-pocket judge will order the cause of death changed to "undetermined".

Jul 23 20:44

Apollo 14 astronaut claims aliens HAVE made contact - but it has been covered up for 60 years

Aliens have contacted humans several times but governments have hidden the truth for 60 years, the sixth man to walk on the moon has claimed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... who appears to be trying to compete for attention with the FIRST man to walk on the moon.

Jul 23 17:02

No Bottom Yet for Ailing Financials

In recent months, even the most blindly optimistic forecasters have come to grips with how our banks and investment banks took wildly imprudent risks that will result in horrific losses. The resulting sell-off in financial shares has tempted many investors to scoop up these companies at apparently fire sale prices. Wise investors should resist the temptation, as the pain for financials is just getting started.

Jul 23 16:59

Proof that Angels, Aliens and Gods Do Not Exist.

Of course it could be that there are no angels, aliens or gods. This would go a long way explaining the situation we find ourselves in, here on planet Earth.

Jul 23 16:50

San Diego sues Bank of America to block foreclosures

San Diego City Attorney Michael Aguirre said on Wednesday he filed a lawsuit against Bank of America Corp (BAC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and its Countrywide unit to prevent the mortgage lenders from foreclosing on homes in his city, which he aims to make a "foreclosure sanctuary."

Jul 23 16:49

Mass. woman commits suicide as home foreclosed

A 53-year-old wife and mother fatally shot herself soon after faxing a letter to her mortgage company saying that by the time they foreclosed on her house that day, she would be dead.

Jul 23 16:47

RFID chipmaker loses suit, says users must take 'urgent' action

A Dutch court has given university researchers the OK to publish their research about security flaws in the radio frequency identification (RFID) chips used in up to 2 billion smart cards. The cards are used to open doors in corporate and government buildings and to board public transportation systems.

Jul 23 16:47

"Spam king" walks away from prison

An inmate known as the "spam king" for sending hundreds of thousands of unsolicited e-mails has walked away from a federal prison camp in Colorado.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you @#$%ing kidding me?

This guy cost all of America billions of dollars in internet costs and annoyance factor and gets "Club Fed" with an open door, while Muslims have done nothing at all are being tortured to death?

Jul 23 16:36

U.S. lawmakers strike deal on housing rescue package

A major rescue package for the U.S. housing market is scheduled to come to a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, after lawmakers agreed on the final language late on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article couches the bill as "rescue" and tris to spin this as a positive, and no doubt for the mortage lending industry it is, but all this bill really does is raise the government debt ceiling to new heights, allows the government to borrow that extra money and hand it to Fannie May and Freddie Mac.

Guess who gets to pay it all back.

Jul 23 16:32

Brown criticized for misquoting Iranian president on Israel

"It has been mentioned in the press so often that the 'wipe off the map' statement about Israel by Ahmadinejad was a mistranslation, yet Gordon Brown repeated the same mistranslation in his speech to the Israeli parliament," said Anthony McRoy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And he knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he did it, too!

Jul 23 16:29

New York Times to raise newsstand price to $1.50

New York Times to raise newsstand price to $1.50

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New York Times just does not get it! Their revenues and ad rates are in decline because nobody likes a liar, and the New York Times stood up to be counted with every other media outlet which helped the US Government lie this nation into a war of conquest.

Raising their rates will just accelerate the flight of readers away from the
wood-pulp prevaricators and to the blogs.

See I AM BLOGGER,
HEAR ME ROAR!

Jul 23 16:25

Iran claims US acknowledges its nuclear rights

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today claimed that US participation in the latest round of talks was recognition of Iran's right to acquire nuclear technology.

And he added that Iran would not "retreat one iota" over its disputed nuclear ambitions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both the United States and Iran (but not Israel) have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreement. Under that agreement Iran does have a legal right to build power stations and to make the fuel rods for them. AND NOBODY HAS FOUND ANY PROOF THAT IRAN IS DOING ANYTHING ELSE.

Jul 23 16:10

Magnitude 6.8 quake hits Japan

No tsunami watch issued after temblor

Jul 23 16:07

Super Losses, Super Layoffs, Super Bailouts

So far this week we saw Wachovia get socked for an $8.86 billion loss with a layoff announcement of 10,750 employees, while Washington Mutual got hammered for a $3.3 billion loss and increased its beleaguered loan-loss reserves by $3.74 billion to $8.46 billion as it announced expense cuts and asset sales. This is nothing. This is just the beginning. This is just window dressing to protect incumbents.

Jul 23 16:05

TSA Now Conducting Random Behavioral Screening

Got fear of flying? Better try to suppress it, at least until you're on the airplane, because the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has started conducting random additional at-gate screening of airline passenger who display "involuntary physical and physiological" actions indicating stress, fear or deception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How about "seriously pissed off at having to watch my wife get fondled by the same clowns who trashed my laptop"? That gonna register on your @#$%ing screening?

Jul 23 11:34

McCain Hints Minn. Governor May Be His Running Mate

Mr. Pawlenty is one of the more intriguing names for the Republican ticket in the past few years. At the 2004 GOP convention, he was one of a handful of rising stars having sit-down meetings with the conservative press, cultivating the seeds of "Hey, this guy might make a good president someday" columns. During his first term, Mr. Pawlenty made trips to Bosnia, Kosovo, Poland, Iraq, and the Czech Republic; visited soldiers from Minnesota, and led a delegation to China in 2005, encouraging investment in his state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a pathetic attempt to draw attention away from Obama's mideast trip, but the choice of Pawlenty is troubling for a scandal-ridden GOP in that he has a poor record for keeping mandated documentation of his activities in office!

Jul 23 11:30

Quotes from the great depression

September 1929
"There is no cause to worry. The high tide of prosperity will continue." — Andrew W. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury.

Jul 23 11:26

The Money Myth Exploded

Jul 23 11:13

Persia: Ancient Soul of Iran

What's so striking about the ruins of Persepolis in southern Iran, an ancient capital of the Persian Empire that was burned down after being conquered by Alexander the Great, is the absence of violent imagery on what's left of its stone walls. Among the carvings there are soldiers, but they're not fighting; there are weapons, but they're not drawn. Mainly you see emblems suggesting that something humane went on here instead—people of different nations gathering peace­fully, bearing gifts, draping their hands amiably on one another's shoulders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the great crimes committed against the people of Iraq was the looting of the Baghdad Museum and the destruction of many important ancient sites inside Iraq.

As the drums beat for more war in Iran, there is a valid concern that Iran's ancient archeological sites face risk of destruction. I agree. And more to the point, I think that destruction of ancient sites is deliberate policy.

Egypt is literally littered with the ruins of the ancient temples and palaces of her rulers. As much as has been found, it is estimated that only 1/3 of Egypt's archeological wonders have been uncovered. A newly discovered temple was uncovered while digging a sewer line, and a cache of finely preserved mummies was literally stumbled over by a cow in a pasture.

Iraq's ancient heritage was enshrined in its ancient sites and museum. As a result of the war, many of those sites have been damaged or destroyed. Part of the ancient city or Ur now lies underneath a US air base runway. The treasures of the museum have only partly been recovered. The treasures from the looted archaeological sites have been scattered to the world.

Now we take aim at Persia, and as the illustrations in this National Geographic article show, there is a rich cultural heritage of artifacts and ancient sites facing the bombs.

All of this wealth of archaeological treasures must of course annoy Israel. We are raised from birth with Old Testament tales of the greatness of the ancient Israelites, of the powerful kingdoms of Solomon and David and the first temple. Yet Israel, while rich in antiquities, is almost totally devoid of artifacts from this supposedly glorious time in her history. The existence of the fabled First Temple was supported with just two artifacts, a carved staff ornament in the shape of a pomegranate and the Jehoash tablet. Both of these artifacts have been exposed as frauds. We are told that once there was a magnificent temple on that hill, but it "all went away." The wonders emerging from the soil of Egypt, Iraq, and Iran serve as a constant reminder that ancient buildings of such a scale as we are told the First Temple was simply do not vanish without a trace.

There is considerable reason to suspect that the tales told in the Old Testament are just that; tales. The Bible is not science, it is the collected stories of a primitive tribal people telling each other how important they are. And like fishermen talking about the won that got away, or Ramses with his temple carvings of the did-not-really-happen victory over the Hittites at Kadesh, the writers of the ancient testaments assumed that the people they were telling stories to had no way to verify the claims for themselves. So "embellishment" was a low-risk activity.

We do know from the available archaeological evidence that the Exodus probably actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Israelites. We know that the story of Moses is suspect because no Egyptian princess would hide a Hebrew child inside Pharaoh's household, then give the kid a Hebrew name ("Moses" is actually an Egyptian title meaning "Prince" and is included in the names of many Pharaoh's names such as Tut-Moses, Ah-Moses, Ra-Moses (Ramses) etc.) But a good story is a good story and the writers of the ancient texts were probably not thinking much further into the future than the guys who pen the "Celebrity dates space alien" stories you see at supermarket checkout lines. The fact that the celebrity is a real person does not prove the space alien exists. It's just a story.

But, over time, entire religions with attendant wealth and power structures have been built on the premise that these stories really happened exactly as written. And today, here in the 21st century world, technology has started to catch up with these ancient legends and call many of them into doubt.

So, for a nation that justifies its existence on the writings of the Old Torah, the plethora of sites and artifacts confirming the ancient histories of Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. etc. etc. must seem a dire political threat for a nation whose own ancient history seems to have left little if any traces.

In that context, the strange behavior of the US military which posted guards around the Iraq oil ministry while leaving the Baghdad museum unguarded suddenly starts to make sense, if the supporters of a very insecure nation decide that leveling the archaeological playing field is preferable to allowing the obvious disparity in archaeological proofs of claimed ancient histories to stand clear in the world's view!

Jul 23 10:35

Fresh scent may hide toxic secret

The scented fabric sheet makes your shirts and socks smell flowery fresh and clean. That plug-in air freshener fills your home with inviting fragrances of apple and cinnamon or a country garden.

But those common household items are potentially exposing your family and friends to dangerous chemicals, a University of Washington study has found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is simple. These chemicals are legally considered "external" even though you breath them into your lungs, sinuses and potentially absorb them through your skin. Because they are legally "external" companies are free from legal requirements to list all ingredients or to test the chemicals for toxicity. There are some 400 different artificial scent chemicals, of which less than 50 have actually been tested for toxic effects on humans.

Jul 23 10:29

Israeli settlers spray chemicals on Palestinian farmers during attack

Israeli settlers sprayed chemicals on a group of Palestinian farmers while attacking them in the Qalqilia area of the northern West Bank on Monday, human rights fieldworkers reported.

Jul 23 10:21

black project aircraft caught on vid

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is something wrong with this video. The red light appears to be on the starboard wing, green on the port.
This video may be running in reverse.

Jul 23 10:13

What’s the buzz about all our missing bees?

Meanwhile, America has a more perplexing bee problem. Colonies there really are disappearing. There is even a name for it - collapsing colony disorder (CCD) - and it is getting worse.

"There is no explanation for it as yet," said Mr Inson. "The bees just abandon their hives and vanish. There is no sign of disease, no sign of anything.

"Oh, there have been theories. Climate change hasn't been dismissed, but the notion that electrical impulses from mobile phones were affecting the bees' navigation was quickly dismissed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In 1999, Nature Magazine published a study that proved pollen from transgenic crops was harming beneficial insects. But of course the companies that are behind GM crops are wealthy and powerful, spend billions in advertising, and so the GM link to CCD is dutifully ignored by the corporate media.

Jul 23 10:07

WHEN BARACK MET BARAK

Barack Obama held talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak Wednesday as the Democratic White House hopeful began a day of meetings in Israel and the Palestinian territories on the latest leg of his international campaign trail.

Jul 23 10:06

ISRAELI STYLE JUSTICE

An Israeli soldier detained after being filmed opening fire at a bound and blindfolded Palestinian from close range has been released from custody.

The soldier was sent back to his unit after lawyers argued he did not pose a danger to anyone, Israeli reports said.

Jul 23 10:05

PALESTINE IS BURNING

Zionist settlers set fire to Palestinian farms planted with olive trees northeast of Qalqilia district on Monday evening in an area called Abul Jud valley, locals reported.

Jul 23 10:04

The Israeli army released the soldier who shot a bound Palestinian in Ni'lin two weeks ago

The Israeli National Radio reported on Monday evening that the Israeli Army District Attorney has released the Israeli soldier who shot a bound Palestinian civilian in Ni'lin village near Ramallah in the northern part of the West Bank two weeks ago.

Jul 23 10:00

FDIC Faces Mortgage Mess After Running Failed Bank

It turns out that the U.S. government itself was one of the lenders giving out high-interest, subprime mortgages, some of them predatory, according to government documents filed in federal court.

Jul 23 09:52

Palestine and Israel: What's Iran Got to Do with It?

Responding to the Israeli voices and actions noisily advocating a preemptive strike against Iran, Ha-Aretz columnist Uzi Benziman (July 21, 2008) writes, "Before bombing Iran, it would be best [for Israel] to solve the conflict with the Palestinians. By the way, there does appear to be a link between the two threats."

Jul 23 09:43

Fannie and Freddie Own A Record $6.9 Billion Foreclosed Homes

Fannie Mae acquired twice as many homes through foreclosure in the first quarter as it sold, regulatory filings show. ... Late payments on the company's home loans, a harbinger of foreclosures, almost doubled in the past year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here is the problem; if they start flooding those foreclosed homes into the market it will drive down property values, which means more homeowners will be stuck in negative equity, which will trigger another round of foreclosures.

Jul 23 09:35

Iran to get new Russian air defences by '09 -Israel

Iran is set to receive an advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft system by year-end that could help fend off any preemptive strikes against its nuclear facilities, senior Israeli defence sources said on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By sending this advanced anti-aircraft system, Russia is sending a very clear, unambiguous message to Washington and Tel Aviv.

Let us hope that there are policy makers in both capitals who are listening.

Jul 23 09:22

Torture and the Strategic Helplessness of the American Psychological Association

What we do now know, from a report issued by the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and from documents released during recent hearings by the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), is that these SERE techniques, designed to ameliorate the effects of torture, were "reverse engineered," transformed from ensuring the safety of our own soldiers, to orchestrating the abuse of detainees in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Mengele would have been so proud of these guys....

Jul 23 09:13

US Mortgage Lenders Implode

Wachovia mortgage unit halting loans via brokers . Wachovia Corp (WB), the fourth-largest U.S. bank, on Monday said its main mortgage unit will stop offering home loans through brokers this week, joining a growing number of lenders to curb wholesale lending.

Jul 23 09:12

Malware Destroyed a Man’s Life

It seems that the laptop was so poorly configured when it was given to Fiola by the DIA, that its antivirus could not offer any kind of protection. It wasn’t long before the computer was badly infected, and one of the malware that attacked it was downloading child pornography content in a file that Fiola had no idea existed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the government gives this guy a laptop with the security screwed up, then fires him after someone breaks into the laptop and uses it to store child pornography files, then after it is proven that hackers (and the poor security) are to blame, they won't hire him back because of his "reputation?"

That about sum it up?

Folks, the fact that hackers are able to do what they do is proof that the United States has lost the war on terror. No amount of confessions extracted under torture can conceal the fact that a nation unable to track down and jail script kiddies does not stand a chance against really determined terrorists operating with the resources of a nation-state (and I don't mean the Mossad guys pretending to be Al Qaeda for the media).

Jul 23 09:07

Gitmo 'Justice' for US Citizens?

A conservative-dominated U.S. Appeals Court has opened the door for President George W. Bush or a successor to throw American citizens – as well as non-citizens – into a legal black hole by designating them "enemy combatants," even if they have engaged in no violent act and are living on U.S. soil.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All it takes is being defined as an "enemy combatant", after this ruling, and every right which used to apply to US citizens as promised in the Constitution and Bill of Rights are completely gone.

Jul 23 08:52

**RED ALERT** RAPE BY CONGRESS IMMINENT

Henry Paulson is about to be given an $800 BILLION dollar blank check in the form of an increased Federal Debt Ceiling which he can spend on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac IN ANY WAY HE CHOOSES, INCLUDING BUYING THE CRAPPIEST LOANS THEY HAVE AND STICKING A ONE HUNDRED PERCENT LOSS, $800 BILLION WORTH, ON YOUR TAX BILL.

A huge percentage of the debt issued by Freddie and Fannie - about $1.5 trillion worth - is held by foreign central banks. Paulson is proposing to bail out the Chinese and Japanese governments with our tax money!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I mentioned this on the radio show the other day. The US Government keeps foreign investment inside the US with a promise that no matter what bone-headed choices the country-club MBAs running our corporations make, the US taxpayer will be forced to cover the losses. That promise was demonstrated during the S&L Debacle of the late 80s and early 90s (from which sprang the whole Whitewater mess), in which deposit accounts, many of them linked to the Iran-Contra drug running operations, were refilled on the backs of you the taxpayer.

And if you let them, they will do it again.

"If the people were to ever find out what we have done, we would be chased down the streets and lynched." -- George H. W. Bush, cited in the June, 1992 Sarah McClendon Newsletter

Jul 23 08:52

FDIC Faces Mortgage Mess

Federal officials heap much of the blame for the subprime mortgage mess on lenders, claiming they recklessly made too many high-cost home loans to borrowers who couldn't afford them.

It turns out that the U.S. government itself was one of the lenders giving out high-interest, subprime mortgages, some of them predatory, according to government documents filed in federal court.

Jul 23 08:42

Oops! We Did It Again.

The anxiety, even for men with two or three stars on each shoulder, was to be expected. They had come before a House Armed Services subcommittee to explain why, 16 months and at least eight fact-finding investigations after the Walter Reed scandal, the Army still hadn't fixed the health-care system for soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Certainly, this program has been imperfect and execution uneven," said Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek, an assistant surgeon general for "warrior care."

It was a tactical retreat in the face of an overwhelming enemy: the facts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our wounded vets deserve, and should be getting, the same level of care as Dick Cheney does.

That they are not is unconscionable, and the people in charge of this program should be fired immediately.

Jul 23 08:42

CAR LOAN CALLED-ASSET SEIZURE BY BANK IN SPITE OF PERFECT PAYMENT RECORD!!!

Now WHY would a bank do this UNLESS they were in SERIOUS financial trouble and needed to raise QUICK CAPITAL!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am looking for confirmation no this story or others like it. But if you read the fine print on that loan you have, you may be surprised at the "rights" the lender has reserved to themselves.

Jul 23 08:38

British study links IMF loans to tuberculosis

Austerity measures attached to International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans may have contributed to a resurgence in tuberculosis in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, researchers said on Tuesday.

Governments may be reducing funding for health services such as hospitals and clinics to meet strict IMF economic targets, the British researchers said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, go ahead and let your people die horribly; just don't miss a loan payment!

Jul 23 08:36

Ukraine to probe whether 1932 famine was genocide

Ukraine plans to open a formal investigation into a Soviet-era famine that killed millions of people to see if it can prove the famine was an act of genocide.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect a big "ho-hum" form the American corporate media which brooks no distraction from the endless recapitulation of the crimes of the Nazis.

Jul 23 08:33

'Spying' requests exceed 500,000

More than 500,000 official "spying" requests for private communications data such as telephone records were made last year, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really, we're only using these laws to chase terrorists!' Honest!"

Jul 23 08:30

Last Plane Account

Not only would you and your family not be able to live in the manner in which you had become accustomed, but as a person of wealth, you became a target – a criminal even – in the eyes of the communist State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kinda sounds like what is happening to the middle class here in the US!

Jul 23 08:24

Jewish lobby threatens Candy brothers' US deal

Christian and Nick Candy, who with a £6,000 loan from their grandmother built a property design business worth an estimated £9bn, are now trying to allay the fears of members of the influential Jewish community in Beverly Hills over their associations with Middle Eastern financial backers.

At the heart of the controversy is a prime eight-acre £250m development in Beverly Hills, California, which the brothers are using as a first foothold in Hollywood's high-end property market.

Jul 23 08:24

California Foreclosures Soar To 20 Year High

A real estate research firm says foreclosures in California soared in the second quarter to the highest level in at least 20 years.

Foreclosures increased about 33 percent from the previous quarter and jumped 261 percent versus the same quarter last year.

Jul 23 08:22

There is TOO Global Warming! There is, there is there IS!!!!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Long on insults and mercifully spared the ravages of any actual facts, George Monbiot offers to burn those heretics who dare doubt Saint Al of the Gore

Jul 23 08:18

Lieberman Compares Hagee To Moses, Says Bloggers Would Have Attacked Him Too»

Yesterday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) spoke at the controversial pastor John Hagee’s Christians United For Israel Washington-Israel Summit. Lieberman’s close political ally, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), finally rejected Hagee’s endorsement in May. Lieberman, however, says he still has the utmost respect for the pastor, who once said that Hurricane Katrina was punishment to New Orleans for hosting a gay pride parade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If most Christian Zionists, including Hagees' flock, really knew how most Israelis really felt about them, they would be both astonished and profoundly disappointed.

And his attack on the bloggers only underscores that one is apt to get the truth, and more quickly, through responsible blogs than you ever will through corporate media.

Jul 23 08:17

War crime suit filed against Israelis

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) filed lawsuit in the National Criminal Court of Spain against the Israeli officials who authorized the al-Daraj bloodshed.

The list includes former Israel's war minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, his former military advisor Michael Herzog, former chief of staff Moshe Ya'alon, and former air force commander Dan Halutz, Ma'an News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Jul 23 08:10

FEMA seeks immunity from suits over trailer fumes

"FEMA is right to blame the manufacturers for the production of the toxic trailers, but the agency is not without culpability or legal liability for this debacle," Buzbee said in a written statement Tuesday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One of the most amazing hallmarks of this administration has been its cavalier,collective, and complete lack of responsibility, when things went horribly wrong for people at the bad end of any decision-making process, from Abu Ghraib to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Almost to a person, they will accept no shame or blame for anything they have done, which is - of course - the mark of a true sociopath.

Jul 23 08:08

Ex-US advisors: Iran attack 'disaster'

Two former senior White House security advisors have warned that a military attack against Iran would be a catastrophe for the US.

"If we get into a war with Iran, we know there would be disaster, we know there would be a disaster," said Zbigniew Brzezinski, ex-president Jimmy Carter's national security advisor on Tuesday.

Jul 23 08:05

Rolling the Dice Once Again – in Iran

Most sane people think a U.S. attack on Iran would invite catastrophic consequences - some of which, like skyrocketing oil prices, have already occurred as a direct result of mere threats to attack Iran. Yet a school of thought holds there is a threshold of risk that even the Bush regime will not cross, and that "every day that passes makes an attack on Iran harder to pull off." That's a comforting thought, but what if the Lords of Capital - George Bush's bosses - truly believe their very existence as a ruling class requires courting Armageddon?

Jul 23 08:02

Scottish couple barred from delivering Gaza medical supplies

Ten days after setting out from Edinburgh, five days past
their projected July 15 arrival, Scottish humanitarian Khalil Al
Niss and his wife Linda Willis finally pulled up Sunday afternoon at
the Gaza-Egypt Rafah crossing only to be denied entry to Gaza. The
Gazan side, just over 100 meters from the Egyptian gate and Israeli-
constructed wall, is visible from where the couple's van sits idle;
doctors inside Gaza wait for the expected delivery of essential
medical aid.

Jul 23 08:00

VIDEO - BAYER SPREADS AIDS HIV SEX Hemopheliac medicine children

Bayer Corporation put live H.I.V. Virus in their hemopheliac medicine for children- and shipped it all over the world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

'If you want to get wealthy, invest in drugs. If you want to be healthy, don't take them.'

Jul 23 07:53

How Scores of Black Men Were Tortured Into Giving False Confessions by Chicago Police

More than 20 years after being tortured into giving confessions by Chicago police officers, dozens of black men remain behind bars.

Jul 23 07:52

DNC host's tax-free gas

The committee hosting the Democratic National Convention has used the city's gas pumps to fill up and apparently avoided paying state and federal fuel taxes.

The practice, which began four months ago, may have ended hours after its disclosure. An aide to Mayor John Hickenlooper released a statement Tuesday evening saying that Denver 2008 Host Committee members would pay market prices for fuel and would also be liable for all applicable taxes.

Jul 23 07:50

McFadden's Attempts to Abolish the Federal Reserve System

Dr. Ron Paul, the Republican candidate for the 2008 presidential nomination, is not the first U.S. politician to point to the abuses of the Federal Reserve System and call for its abolishment. Similar pleas to get rid of the Fed were made by Reps. Wright Patman (1893-1976) and Henry Gonzales (1916-2000), both Democratic congressmen from Texas and chairmen of the House Banking Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John F. Kennedy also sought to reduce the Federal Reserve's stranglehold on the US economy.

Jul 23 07:48

Kucinich vs. The Establishment: Impeachment Hearing On Friday

Congressman Dennis Kucinich will this Friday present his single article of impeachment concerning the Bush administration’s deliberate and unconstitutional lies that led us to war in Iraq, putting him in tandem with the majority of the American people, yet in the cross hairs of both Neo-Cons and Democrats who have tried to block his efforts at every turn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress cannot allow an investigation into the President's war crimes without ripping the lid off of their own. Nobody will believe that congresscritters, with budgets in the millions and staffs in the thousands, all missed the obvious signs of deception that bloggers operating on spare change found under seat cushions were reporting on.

Jul 23 07:44

Farm Bureau: Crop Damage Pushing $8 Billion

Officials with the America Farm Bureau Federation said Wednesday that weather-related crop damage is now pushing the $8 billion mark.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which together with the shortage produced by the cultists' demand we all put ethanol in our cars, means higher food prices for the lucky people, and starvation for everyone else.
As for the weather, see Buy-Bull Bangers:
Regular, or Extra-Crispy?

Jul 23 07:38

The Abu Ghraib Prison - A Gift From the Sons of The Devil and Raping Iraqi's

There is now a disease – a malady so pervasively evil – among our youth, that it can only be described as demonic. This shameful phenomenon did NOT happen over night but was the result of decades of moral rot in our schools homes and everyday lives. I was once proud to be called an American and would have laid down my life to preserve those freedoms and ideals which were the wellspring of American tradition in the very best spirit of the memories of our Founding Fathers and their Christian based foundations for this brave new world in which I was raised.

Jul 23 07:30

Bin Laden's driver knew 9/11 target, lawyer says

As the government began calling witnesses against Hamdan, two U.S. soldiers testified about the tense and chaotic backdrop to his capture and early interrogation near Kandahar, Afghanistan, including three violent incidents involving cars stopped at a vehicle checkpoint in the village of Takhteh Pol. Prosecutors have alleged that two SA-7 surface-to-air missiles were found there in Hamdan's car.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the US Government does not have a real case against this man.

July 22, 2008

Jul 22 18:14

Rpbertson Advocates Israel Striking Iran Before the 2008 Election

On yesterday’s edition of The 700 Club, Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson sharply criticized the “moderate tone” the Bush administration has allegedly taken toward Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Robertson advocated that Israel look out for the “survival of its nation” and “make some kind of a strike” against Iranian nuclear facilities. He also predicted that it will likely happen before the 2008 elections:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could you possibly be shilling any harder for Israel, Pat?!?

Israel can certainly start the conflict,they can't finish it without US firepower. That means American kids are going to die to in yet another "neutralization" of one of Israel's neighbors it considers an existential threat.

Iran is, as it has a right to do as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, enriching uranium to the 3 % level necessary for a power station.

To be building a nuclear weapon, they would have to be enriching at 98%, which is just not happening.

The IAEA has found absolutely not one shred of evidence indicating that Iran has a weapons program going at this time.

Oh, and one other thing, Pat: Russia's geopolitical and financial interests in Iran are very extensive. What will Russia do to protect those interests??

Or are you just so desperate for your "Armageddon" you believe this attack will start, that you can barely wait for the first bombs to fall??

Jul 22 18:03

Central Valley water shortage may cost $175 Million in crop losses

Cutbacks in water deliveries to farmers in the Westlands Water District of the Central Valley during the peak of this year’s irrigation season are likely to cost workers and businesses in the region $84.6 million in reduced economic activity plus an estimated $33.9 million loss in farm income, according to a new study done for the San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Between water cutoffs and ethanol production, our food supply is being "Enron-ized."

Jul 22 17:49

Flight carrying members of Congress makes emergency landing

Poe and fellow Congressmen Nick Lampson, Ron Paul, John Carter, Ciro Rodriguez, Solomon Ortiz and Henry Cuellar were aboard the flight, said Poe's press secretary DeeAnn Thigpen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hmmmm. Lot of problems with airplanes, this campaign season!

Jul 22 17:45

Conservative Lawyers Urge Bush To Issue ‘Pre-Emptive Pardons’ To Officials Involved In Illegal Programs

According to the Times, “several members of the conservative legal community” in Washington D.C. are urging Bush to issue “pre-emptive pardons” to those involved so as to “not be exposed even to the risk of an investigation and expensive legal bills”:

Such a pardon would reduce the risk that a future administration might undertake a criminal investigation of operatives or policy makers involved in programs that administration lawyers have said were legal but that critics say violated laws regarding torture and surveillance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that the administration lawyers cannot SAY something is legal if it is not. And yes, the issuance of such "pre-emptive" pardons is a flashing neon sign that blinks "guilty" for all the world to see.

Jul 22 16:55

Collapsing Fiat Currency In Need of a Golden Parachute with a Silver Lining

Money served throughout history as a medium of exchange and as a storehouse of value. But when gold and silver coins were replaced by paper currencies, money no longer was the same. Paper money, no longer having intrinsic value, now functions only as a medium of exchange, a function that degrades over time.

Jul 22 16:53

GM, Ford `On the Verge of Bankruptcy,' Altman Says

Jul 22 16:52

Human trafficking may be on the rise in North Carolina

Over the weekend, Monroe police made three arrests and shut down a business in what they believe is a case of human trafficking involving at least two women selling sex at a massage parlor.

Jul 22 16:52

Why Was JFK Murdered?

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, TX, as the result of a conspiracy. Why did the Shadow Government decide to eliminate him? We now know he wanted to get U.S. troops out of South Vietnam. JFK had also been taking on Wall St. and The Fed. He threatened to disband the CIA and close tax loopholes beneficial to “Big Oil” and the multinationals. JFK made a lot of powerful enemies--one too many!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More about JFK's assassination HERE

Jul 22 16:49

Abbas warns: PA forces to be pulled out of West Bank if IDF raids persist

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Tuesday that he would withdraw his forces from West Bank cities unless the Israel Defense Forces halted their frequent raids into these areas.

Jul 22 16:49

U.S. transportation authorities want to fine the city of Chicago $10,000 for allegedly handcuffing and detaining federal undercover inspectors, sources say.

U.S. transportation authorities want to fine the city of Chicago $10,000 for allegedly handcuffing and detaining federal undercover inspectors, sources say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, lemme see if I have this right. The security in Chicago catches these undercover guys playing terrorist and arrests them and handcuffs them, in other words, actually doing the job they arer supposed to, then when the TSA show therm a badge and the Chicago security people refuse to unlock them because, well, terrorists have badges too, again, doing the job they are supposed to do ... they get fine?

Jul 22 16:46

US general warns Russia on nuclear bombers in Cuba

Russia would cross "a red line for the United States of America" if it were to base nuclear capable bombers in Cuba, a top US air force officer warned on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cranking up the new cold war.

Jul 22 16:45

Special Banking Report: Is this just the start of Banking problems???

"I think it's going to be months that we're working our way through this period -- clearly months,"
"The number of troubled banks will increase as they struggle to cope with big losses on bad mortgages."

Jul 22 16:39

Iran’s influence in Iraq waning: UK

Iran’s influence in Iraq’s domestic affairs is waning, British Defence Secretary Des Browne told lawmakers in the House of Commons Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... so, we can call off the invasion!

Jul 22 16:37

Attack of the Global Pirate Bankers

Last week in Washington we got a rare look inside the global private banking industry, whose high purpose it is to gather up the assets of the world's wealthiest people and many of its worst villains, and shelter them from tax collectors, prosecutors, creditors, disgruntled business associates, family members and each other.

Jul 22 16:36

McCain gaffes pile up; critics pile on

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said “Iraq” on Monday when he apparently meant “Afghanistan”, adding to a string of mixed-up word choices that is giving ammunition to the opposition.

Jul 22 16:28

Bush on Economy: 'Wall Street Got Drunk'

Explaining the status of the economy to a closed-door fundraiser last week, President Bush said, "Wall Street got drunk."

Jul 22 10:43

Thousands march over Afghan land dispute

Thousands of ethnic Hazaras marched Tuesday in the Afghan capital and the central town of Bamiyan in a protest over a land dispute with nomads in which several people are said to have been killed.

The Kabul police official tasked with maintaining public order, Ghulam Rasoul, said 3,000 to 4,000 people took to the streets, but an AFP reporter said the crowd was likely three times larger.Hazara leader and parliamentarian Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq is reported to be on hunger strike over the dispute which he has warned could re-ignite civil war.

Jul 22 09:34

NEW ANALYSIS PROVES THAT A SUPER-SONIC DETONATION CAUSED THE CRASH OF TWA FLIGHT 800

A new ballistics analysis of radar-recorded wreckage items shows that the explosion that brought down TWA Flight 800 was a detonation or super-sonic explosion that occurred prior to the fuel tank explosion that federal investigators say caused the jetliner’s demise.

Jul 22 09:32

No smoking hot spot

When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.

The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly? Soon government and the scientific community were working together and lots of science research jobs were created. We scientists had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet.

Jul 22 09:31

American physicists warned not to debate global warming

Bureaucrats at the American Physical Society (APS) have issued a curious warning to their members about an article in one of their own publications. Don't read this, they say - we don't agree with it. But what is it about the piece that is so terrible, that like Medusa, it could make men go blind?

It's an article that examines the calculation central to climate models. As the editor of the APS's newsletter American Physics Jeffrey Marque explains, the global warming debate must be re-opened.

Jul 22 09:29

Wachovia loses $8.9B, cuts 6,350 workers, dividend

Wachovia Corp. reported a surprisingly large second-quarter loss Tuesday, deflating Wall Street's hopes that the nation's big banks are weathering the credit crisis well. The nation's fourth-largest bank by assets said it lost $8.86 billion, is slashing its dividend and eliminating 10,750 positions after losses tied to mortgages soared.

Jul 22 09:25

Unprecedented Demand Cleans Out Major Storable Food Supplier Through 2009

It came to our attention today, that the world's largest producer of storable foods, Mountain House, is currently out of stock of ALL #10 cans of freeze dried foods, not just the Turkey Tetrazzini. They will NOT have product now through 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sign of the times!

Jul 22 09:21

Is America too big to fail?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was Rome?

Jul 22 09:17

An Uncomfortable Conversation About Nukes

Why are Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, William Perry, and Sam Nunn writing opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons? Keep in mind, these four people are not just major defense hawks. People like Kissinger and Nunn helped push through the single most dangerous and destabilizing innovation in nuclear weaponry, the arming of missiles with multiple warheads. All four have supported every conflict the United States has engaged in since World War II, all have enthusiastically supported nuclear weapons, and none has suddenly gone kumbaya on us.

Jul 22 09:16

Gitmo judge: No 'coercive' questioning evidence

The judge in the first American war crimes trial since World War II barred evidence on Monday that interrogators obtained from Osama bin Laden's driver following his capture in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But, but, but, we have Jack the Ripper sitting right here! He confessed it all! AND the attack on the Hindenburg! And you're gonna let him walk?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 22 09:13

ISRAEL TRIES THE 'OBAMA ISN'T A CITIZEN' PLOY

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel must be really scared of Obama. But the main reason to dismiss this claim about the COLB is that if there were anything at all to this, Hillary's people would have been all over it right from day one.

Jul 22 09:10

They Told Us So…

“I think we are maybe 10 percent into this crisis. The economic distortions have been building for longer than we’ve seen in the history of the world. Never have we had such confidence falsely placed in a reserve currency.”
—Ron Paul, former presidential candidate, who advocates a return to the gold standard

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There were other voices.

Jul 22 09:08

Time to rethink

Today, as the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he's in a position to do more than wave flags and cheer. He has the helm of one of the most powerful bodies shaping US foreign policy, and he says his decision to run for Congress and focus on international relations while in office was intimately connected to his Jewish background and ties to the Jewish state.

"Israel's security and the US-Israeli relationship is for me an issue that shapes my whole agenda [in] Congress, and guides it," he told The Jerusalem Post in a recent interview in his Capitol Hill office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Howard Berman became a Congressman, NOT to help his constituents, but to help Israel?

Jul 22 09:02

List of Troubled Banks Worries Wall Street

Banks in Colorado, Maryland, Georgia and California top privately-prepared lists of troubled banks being circulated on Wall Street and in Washington.

Jul 22 08:56

SELECTIVE ‘JOURNALISM’

Jul 22 08:54

ISRAEL: THE VIGILANTE NATION

Even in death they are treated differently; an Arab terrorist has his home destroyed, his family tormented by the State, his remains buried secretly as not to bring attention to anyone. A Jewish terrorist is a martyr, his grave becomes a shrine….

Jul 22 08:53

OBAMA NEEDS SOME INTERNET VIRTUAL REALITY ON THIS TRIP

Through the wisdom of this Simon logic it could be argued that if Obama had spent even one summer living in the West Bank he would have seen for himself Palestinian homes demolished to make way for Israel’s so called “security” wall, that hideous 24 foot high concrete barrier that snakes through Palestinian land, enclosing cities and villages in prisons from which the only escape is a checkpoint manned by Israeli soldiers.

Jul 22 08:52

SHAME ON YOU PAUL McCARTNEY FOR ‘DAY TRIPPIN’ TO APARTHEID ISRAEL

In 1965 Israel was scared the Beatles would corrupt the country, in 2008 it’s the country thats corrupted the Beatles. Well one of them anyway

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