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August 25, 2008

Aug 25 17:50

Madonna Kicks Off Tour With Controversy

She started the drama with a couple of political montages during her song "Get Stupid." The video interlude features images of destruction, global warming, Adolf Hitler and John McCain (uh-oh!), then goes on to include John Lennon, Al Gore, Gandhi and Barack Obama (oh crap!).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

She lost me when she sucked up to Al Gore.

Aug 25 17:41

Alex Jones Confronts Neocon Michelle Malkin in Denver

Aug 25 17:27

Possible Obama connection in gun arrest

Federal authorities are refusing to comment about why they believe the case is possibly tied to an assassination plot, but scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Aug 25 17:26

Police Investigate Possible Plot To Kill Obama

Its unclear precisely why authorities suspect the men were targeting Barack Obama, but one of the officer's who was briefed says he was told at least one of the suspects made statements to that effect.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a couple meth-head losers with dreams of grandeur.


Aug 25 17:22

Obama to DOJ: Block terrorist ad

Obama’s campaign has written the Department of Justice demanding a criminal investigation of the “American Issues Project,” the vehicle through which Dallas investor Harold Simmons is financing the advertisements. The Obama campaign — and tens of thousands of supporters — also is pressuring television networks and affiliates to reject the ads. The effort has met with some success: CNN and Fox News are not airing the attacks.

Aug 25 15:43

ALEX JONES DENVER DNC VIDEO MP3 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

Aug 25 15:13

Protesters interrupt Pelosi speech

When Pelosi sat down on stage, CodePINK protestors who had infiltrated the sold-out auditorium unfurled anti-war banners reading "IMPEACH!" and "STOP THE WAR" and shouted at Pelosi.

"Nancy, you lied to my face," one yelled. "Do your job!" said another.

Some peace activists say Pelosi, one of the most powerful women in American politics, sold out on the issue of the war in Iraq.

Aug 25 15:10

A really rough stretch for Pax Americana

Whatever hopes the George W Bush administration may have had for using its post-September 11, 2001, "war on terror" to impose a new Pax Americana on Eurasia, and particularly in the unruly areas between the Caucasus and the Khyber Pass, they appear to have gone up in flames - in some cases, literally - over the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bush conducted foreign policy like a game of hearts, tried to shoot the moon, failed, and we have to eat the bitch!

:)


Aug 25 15:08

Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sour grapes?

Aug 25 14:42

Democratic Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland bashes media for pro-Obama bias

What is going on here? Haven't these Democratic governors gotten the memo about party unity? First it was Rendell having to be silenced because he wouldn't stop his complaints about media bias, now it is Ted Strickland:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, just because Obama won the primaries is no reason to treat him like he's the candidate, right Hillary?

It should come as no surprise that Strickland is a Clinton supporter.

Aug 25 14:37

Chris Matthews Denies Calling Clinton a 'She-Devil'

Matthews says his critics at Media Matters took the two words out of context as they built a website around the host's sometimes outrageous comments. "This stuff has been cooked up," he says, "to build a case." Media Matters isn't backing down. Spokesman J. Jioni Palmer says the TV star has a pattern of "sexist comments," adding, "Chris Matthews speaks for himself."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You got a problem with that?

Aug 25 14:30

Italian priest wants beauty contest for nuns

An Italian Catholic priest has urged an online beauty contest for nuns, expected to involve about 1,000 young "brides of Christ," Italian media have reported.

Father Antonio Rungi said he hopes that his proposed Miss Sister Italia contest would show people that their stereotype of nuns as old and sad is wrong, and that sisters can also be beautiful, because beauty is a gift from God.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can't wait to see the swimsuit competition.


Aug 25 13:49

John McCain In A 'Nutshell'-- Philanderer, War Pimp, Bush Policy Clone, and Neocon Liar...

Back in April 2007, I wrote a zinger about the foolish maverick John McCain after he returned from his triumphant walkabout on the brutal streets of Baghdad. Johnny Boy headed straight for the public airways, where he smirkingly gushed that the streets of Iraq are now 'safe.' The foolish war pimp tried to sell the lie that everything was cozy and secure, even as he strutted around wearing his bulletproof vest, surrounded by a heavily armed military entourage buzzing in air and on the ground all around him. Indeed, according to McCain, Baghdad was safe then, and it's even safer today.

Aug 25 13:38

FDIC Increasing Staff for Expected Increase in Bank Failures

The FDIC is starting to increase its staff for what it expects to be a large number of bank failures. Currently, the FDIC has 4,600 employees. It is hiring 70 new employees and bringing back 70 retirees.

Aug 25 13:35

FLASHBACK - THE CLINTON BODY-COUNT

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Linked at reader request.

Aug 25 13:32

Bill not convinced about Obama’s Prez skills

Former US president Bill Clinton, whose role in Democrat presidential hopeful Barrack Obama’s election campaign remains to be worked out, is still far away from saying that Obama was ready to don the mantle of US President.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another indicator Hillary is making a move.


Aug 25 12:49

A FINAL REMINDER TO THE DENVER DELEGATES

PHOTOGRAPH OF COCAINE SMUGGLER JORGE CABRERA WITH HILLARY CLINTON.

[Hillary with Jorge Cabrera]

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Aug 25 12:45

Hillary's diehards rage on

HILLARY Clinton's disgruntled supporters will mount their first protest in Denver today, defying Democrat plans to unify the party as its convention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary could calm down her supporters in a second if she wanted to do so.

Or if she can't she is not qualified to be President anyway.

Aug 25 12:44

Clinton Reminds Reporters of Popular Vote, Says There is No Doubt This is Obama's Convention

ABC News' Eloise Harper Reports: Sen. Hillary Clinton, whose final argument to superdelegates in the last throes of her campaign was that she had won the popular vote, subtlety reminded reporters of that fact again on Monday.

Aug 25 12:40

Tensions Boil in Obama, Clinton Camps

As Democrats arrived here Sunday for a convention intended to promote party unity, mistrust and resentments continued to boil among top associates of presumptive nominee Barack Obama and his defeated rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.


Aug 25 12:28

Early rumbles

Regardless of whether Obama was actually born in Kenya or in Hawaii, the formerly unthinkable idea that he is constitutionally eligible to be president appears to be cropping up at precisely the wrong time. Or, if you are the Lizard Queen, precisely the right time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Needless to say I have been asking around locally and can find no support at all for claims that Obama's birth certificate is phony.

Hillary's people are preparing a three-prong attack in their effort to steal the nomination away from Obama.

1. Cast doubt on his eligibility. They don;t have to prove it, merely cast the suspicion.

2. Use the John Edwards infidelities to claim that Hillary WOULD have been the nominee if Edwards' scandal had erupted sooner. There is no way to know that voters deserting Edwards would have switched to Hillary rather than Obama; that[s just an assumption on her part.

3. Portray Hillary as the wronged woman for not being considered as VP by Barack "I don't want to wind up like Vince Foster" Obama.

With these three "pursuaders", it is clear Hillary will make a play for the nomination in a floor fight.

Aug 25 12:20

Bob Barr Sued by McCain's GOP

Republican leaders have filed suit against Bob Barr to remove him from the Pennsylvania ballot. Visit www.BobBarr2008.com for more information.

Aug 25 11:36

Pakistan coalition in major split

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could not come at a worse moment for the people of Pakistan.

Aug 25 11:17

Nuclear Chicken in Poland: Putin Can't Afford to Back Down

If the Bush administration proceeds with its plan to deploy its Missile Defense System in Poland, Russian Prime Minister Putin will be forced to remove it militarily. He has no other option. The proposed system integrates the the entire US nuclear arsenal into one operational-unit a mere 115 miles from the Russian border. It's no different than Khrushchev's plan to deploy nuclear missiles in Cuba in the 1960s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It still concerns me the length of time this administration has in which to create an even worse world of hurt than it already has.

The move to seal the deal to deploy the US missile defense system in Poland is sheer and utter insanity, premised on an absolutely non-existent understanding of Russian history.

By having agreed to this treaty, the US also promises Poland that the US will manage these missile units, and that Americans will fight and die if Poland is attacked by anyone.

It seems as though the US is hell-bent on goading Russia into a military confrontation, with Poland potentially being a convenient flashpoint.


Aug 25 10:17

Kurds warn of “violent reaction” if Iraqi army enters their areas

A senior Kurdish leader says Kurdish militia or peshmerga will confront Iraqi army units attempting to enter Kurdish areas.

Mahmoud Sinkawi said if Iraqi troops moved into Kurdish towns and villages in order to evacuate government buildings occupied by Kurdish factions and peshmerga they will be met with a "violent reaction."

Aug 25 10:08

Will Authorities Stage Riots In Denver?

The major question hanging over the Democratic National Convention, which starts in Denver today, is whether or not authorities will follow the lead of previous mass protest events, and actively stage violence to justify a brutal crackdown on legitimate demonstrators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To anyone who is contemplating being a part of a peaceful protest on any issue which is important to you, please remember the following.

The person around you advocating physical violence toward people or property is probably some undercover government agent, attempting to create havoc as a justification for imposing some degree of martial law at the event.

Aug 25 09:58

Watching the convention is like seeing a bad divorce

The Democratic National Convention that begins today in Denver looks to me less like the coronation of Barack Obama than a soap opera wedding. The kind everyone tunes in to for the fireworks.

Will Hillary use a planned reception of her delegates Wednesday to release them all to Obama, as news organizations have reported, before the roll call?

Or will she make the poor man sit there for an interminable count of her 1,600 faithful, holding his breath lest one of them throw a wingding on the floor of the convention?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After having watched Bill and Hill for a number of years, there's a bet I might possibly place: that she will "not go gentle into that good night" of meekly handing the nomination clearly to Obama at the convention.

If in fact she does wrest the nomination from Obama in a floor fight, she will destroy the Democratic party in the process, and hand the election to McCain.

Aug 25 09:47

Blockade-running activists tour Gaza Strip, vow to bring 10 students on return voyage

Dozens of human rights activists from 17 countries toured the Gaza Strip on Sunday after their two fishing boats were allowed in despite an Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory.

The group also said it plans to bring 10 Palestinian students to Cyprus on the return voyage in another bid to highlight Israel's strict restriction of movement into and out of the impoverished territory of 1.5 million people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The heart, courage, and moral commitment of these 17 volunteers who beat all odds to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, is immense, and should be celebrated by everyone who believes in the peaceful exercise of freedom in the face of tyranny.


Aug 25 09:41

The Afghan fire looks set to spread, but there is a way out

The only way to end the war is the withdrawal of foreign troops as part of a political settlement negotiated with all the significant players in the country, including the Taliban, and guaranteed by the regional powers and neighbouring states. A large majority of Afghans say they back negotiations with the Taliban, even in western-conducted opinion polls. The Taliban themselves insist they will only talk once foreign troops have withdrawn. If that were the only obstacle, it could surely be choreographed as a parallel process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this man is saying makes absolute sense, given the current situation on the ground.

Of course, logic and this administration have never had an on-going relationship.

It will be interesting to see what the next president will do with Afghanistan, considering that neither the US nor NATO appear to be ready to pony up the additional 350,000 soldiers necessary for a military win.

Aug 25 09:27

DOW: LOOK OUT BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 25 09:24

Canadian border no longer invisible in Vermont

For longtime residents accustomed to a simpler life that flowed freely across a largely invisible border, the final shock - and what made most people really take notice - was a proposal by the border agents last year to erect fences on the small streets to officially barricade Derby Line from Stanstead, Quebec, and neighbor from neighbor.

"They're stirring up a little hate and discontent with that deal," said Claire Currier, who grew up in this border area and works at Brown's Drug Store, which has operated on the same spot since 1884. "We've all intermingled for years."

Aug 25 09:23

Cindy Sheehan Bugged in Denver

Cindy Sheehan returned to her Denver hotel room today to find the door unlocked and ajar. She walked in to discover a man working on her phone, screw driver in hand.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sheehan is correct. When phones break in a hotel room, they simply swap in a new unit. They don't stand there with a screwdriver in hand and fix the unit in the room.


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Aug 25 09:20

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

The major classes of prescription drugs are failures. Of concern is the realization most drugs are never designed to address the underlying biochemical causes of disease and may intentionally be designed to create life-long dependency.

Adjectives that could be used to describe modern pharmacology range from “disappointing, unacceptable, ineffective,” to “immoral, despicable, shameful, appalling, wicked, dreadful.”

Aug 25 09:12

Pakistan rejects Taliban ceasefire offer

The Pakistani Government has rejected a ceasefire offer from Taliban militants based inside the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder precisely what drove the Pakistani government to reject this cease-fire offer?

US and/ or NATO pressure??

Aug 25 09:07

Kashmir on brink as India scrambles for solution

A lack of political leadership threatens to allow seething Hindu-Muslim tensions and separatist anger in revolt-hit Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) to spiral out of control, analysts say. Kashmir, which is witnessing its biggest anti-India demonstrations in years, is “poised at a very delicate stage”, said security analyst Uday Bhaskar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

India completely mis-judged the potential for Muslim response to their donating land for a Hindu Shrine in Kashmir.

The anger at India's control of Kashmir has been simmering for a long time, and unfortunately, this was the spark which moved that anger into seething rage.

Let us hope that cool heads prevail in Kashmir, Islamabad, and New Delhi and this issue will be resolved in the most peaceful and sensitive way possible. If it is not, this could rapidly spin out of control in a heartbeat.

Aug 25 09:04

Brrr! Almanac Predicts Cold, Wet Winter

People worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmers' Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being a farm kid myself, I'll trust the Almanac over Al Gore any day.


Aug 25 09:03

Rockets, guile and the lessons of history: the Taleban besiege Kabul

The lorry drivers who bring the Pepsi and petrol for Nato troops in Kabul have their own way of calculating the Taleban's progress towards the Afghan capital: they simply count the lorries destroyed on the main roads.

By that measure, and many others, this looks increasingly like a city under siege as the Taleban start to disrupt supply routes, mimicking tactics used against the British in 1841 and the Soviets two decades ago.

Aug 25 08:59

Australia has its own version of AIPAC, called "AIJAC"

Here in the United States of Israel, the one group braying like some drunken jackass that's constantly urging that America fight another war for Israel is AIPAC.

"Down Under," it seems the Aussies have their own inebriated donkey that goes by the name of the Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council or AIJAC.

Aug 25 08:58

Russia threatens sale of offensive weapons to Israel's enemies

Russian security officials threatened retaliation against Israel for its weapons exports to Georgia including eight different aerial drones.

Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said Israel supplied at least eight different models of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Georgia. Nogovitsyn said Israel has also sold a range of weapons and sought to export main battle tanks to Georgia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If gun dealers are to blame for gun crime, then Israel carries part of the blame for what happened in Georgia.

Aug 25 08:57

Disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci a porn addict

THE father of disgraced pastor Michael Guglielmucci has revealed his son has been addicted to pornography since the age of 12.

Danny Guglielmucci – whose high-profile preacher son last week week admitted his two-year battle with cancer was fake – said the "severe addiction to pornography" was part of a bizarre double life his son had been leading.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Addiction my ASCII!

The pastor likes porn, and he got caught. So rather than admit his hypocrisy, and despite already getting caught playing for sympathy with one fake disease, the former pastor transforms his jerk-off sessions into a symptom of his "addiction."


Aug 25 08:54

Wiser but weaker

We will and have come to understand who is putting us into danger, who is leading us into one war after another, who has written a twisted book full of NWO laws called the PATRIOT Act and PATRIOT Act II, all so they can have total control over us. We know why the cameras are really focussed on us, on Americans, and not on the fake phony terrorists our leaders have made up for us to be afraid of.

Yes, we have become wiser alright, but here comes that weaker part I was warned about:

Aug 25 08:52

Where Housing Crashed Hardest

In Merced, Calif., several partly built homes sit in a development called Riverstone, their wooden frames bleaching in the sun.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have seen that here in Hawaii where steel-framed homes are the trend. But construction has stopped on some housing projects leaving the steel frames unpainted and unprotected. Already these partly constructed frames are starting to rust in the salt air.

My wife and I were in Waikiki yesterday. There were two worrisome signs. First, it was very uncrowded compared to previous years, and most of the signs are in Japanese, with the English translation slugged in at the bottom. For what should be prime retail space, there were a large number of vacancies, and I don't recall seeing that before in Waikiki in the 11 years we have lived here.

Aug 25 08:51

Israel's missile shield against Iran: Three Americans in a trailer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the question which is never asked in this article is this: why would either Iran or Syria do something some completely, knuckle-headedly stupid as to bomb Israel, when they know full well what the consequences of such an action would be?

The leadership of both Iran and Syria may be many things, but these folks are not stupid.

Aug 25 08:47

Auto industry seeks $50B in loans from Congress

Low interest loans would be used to help them modernize the industry's assembly plants and develop next-generation fuel-efficient vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, to summarize, the top executives of the auto makers spent their cash on lavish salaries and bonuses for themselves, and now have to go to the government (meaning the taxpayers) for money to modernize their factories.

Aug 25 08:37

Detention camp Setup for DNC Protestors and Mass Arrests

Denver officials weren't planning to reveal details about where activists would be detained in the event of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention until after the event had started, but those plans were quickly dashed this week when CBS 4News reporter Rick Sallinger not only revealed that protesters would be locked up in a city-owned warehouse, but he also obtained clear video footage inside the facility, a building that includes barbed wire-topped cages and signs warning of stun-gun use.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This in the United States of America.

This in the United States of America.

This in the United States of America.

Aug 25 08:33

Top Fifteen Things That - WTF - OMFG - Run for Your Lives!!!

Aug 25 08:31

Will Authorities Stage Riots In Denver?

The major question hanging over the Democratic National Convention, which starts in Denver today, is whether or not authorities will follow the lead of previous mass protest events, and actively stage violence to justify a brutal crackdown on legitimate demonstrators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Hillary steals the nomination, they won't need to worry about setting off riots!

Aug 25 08:29

High Treason: 'Pentagon Lied to the 911 Commission' ; Bush's Theory Falls Apart

911 Commission co-chairs claim that they were misled, perhaps deliberately, by the Bush administration and Pentagon brass. Because 911 was an act of mass murder overtly covered up by the Bush administration, the many lies by Bush amount to more than mere obstructions of justice or cover ups. They amount to high treason --a mechanism by which this administration seized power unconstitutionally. Holes in Bush's theories are holes in Bush's theories. Lack of evidence in support of Bush does not refute his critics who point them out.

Aug 25 08:28

Source: US Used UK Isle for Interrogations

According to a former senior American official, it appears another locale can be added to the international roster of interrogation sites — one both more obscure and potentially more controversial than the alleged sites in Poland and Romania. The source tells TIME that in 2002 and possibly 2003, the U.S. imprisoned and interrogated one or more terrorism suspects on Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean controlled by the United Kingdom.

Aug 25 08:28

Defense Intelligence Agency Seeking "Mind Control" Weapons

Recently New Scientist reported on a series of bizarre experiments at the University of Reading in the UK. Researchers there have connected 300,000 disembodied rat neurons suspended in "a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics" to 80 electrodes at the base of the growth medium. As journalist Paul Marks informs us, the "rat neurons have made--and continue to make--connections with each other." The voltages sparked by the firing cells are displayed on a computer screen.

Aug 25 08:26

Tom Laughlin accuses Saddleback Pastor Warren of Lying About McCain's Appearance at Faith Forum

Actor-Turned-Activist Tom Laughlin claims Warren Lied About Isolating McCain in 'Cone of Silence' While Interviewing Obama, When McCain Was Actually Running Late and Still En Route to Warren's California Megachurch

Aug 25 08:15

Mississippistan - What gives?

Something unusual happened Thursday at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

It may be the first time a majority of the justices voted to prohibit a colleague from publishing a dissent in a case.

In other words, Presiding Justice Oliver Diaz of Ocean Springs disagreed with a court decision and wanted to write about it. His fellow judges said, no, he couldn’t and they apparently stopped the court clerk from filing Diaz’s statement into the record.

Aug 25 08:14

Gloom leaves Bank of England little room on rates

Public expectations about inflation worsened in August, for the tenth successive month, making it harder for policymakers to cut interest rates any time soon.

Aug 25 08:13

Don't Let the Neocon Agenda Get US into wider Middle East War

If you look at what Colin Powell said in Washington Post editor Karen DeYoung's biographical book about him. She had said that Colin Powell had conveyed to her that the "JINSA crowd," the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, which Dick Cheney is associated with, is control of the Pentagon and pushed us into Iraq and now is doing similar to get us to attack Iran.

Aug 25 08:11

Japanese steelmakers to jointly buy mines in Brazil, Africa - report

Nippon Steel Corp, JFE Holdings Inc unit JFE Steel Corp and other major Japanese steelmakers plan to jointly acquire overseas mining rights for iron ore in an attempt to minimize the impact of surging mineral prices, the Nikkei reported at the weekend, without citing sources.

Aug 25 08:10

Train with gas containers in fire

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The story that is emerging is that the train that burned was allowed through a section of track that was undergoing a mine-sweeping operation and ignited when a mine unexpectedly exploded.

Aug 25 07:51

What Really Happened to 7 World Trade Center?

'The 9/11 Commission Report' offer no explanation for its collapse on September 11, 2001. NIST's conclusions, based on computer simulation, apparently suffer from inadequate model validation and insufficient actual data

Aug 25 07:50

PHOTOS FROM GEORGIAN CONFLICT - WARNING - EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

We present a set of photographs from the war in South Osetia made by Arkady Babchenko, one of the editors of Russian war veterans Almanac ”Art of War” (http://www.navoine.ru/). Arkady went with Russian troops on the route Vladikavkaz – Tshinval - Zemo Nikozi – Gori and participated as journalist in the battle for Georgian village Zemo Nikozi. Photographs were prepared and placed in the Internet by Chief Editor of the Almanac Ilya Plekhanov.

Aug 25 07:48

Will the US Develop a Death Ray?

A band of pre-eminent scientists and war-fighters has concluded that the nation's military might isn't powerful enough for the 21st Century.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tell me when was the last time you saw pre-eminent scientists and war-fighters say, "It's okay. Keep your money, We have enough!"

Aug 25 07:46

NATO to back Georgia

NATO ministers will pledge support for Georgia and reiterate a promise of future membership on Tuesday while criticising Russian intervention in the country and urging Moscow to respect a peace deal, a spokeswoman said.

Aug 25 07:43

Russian Parliament Recognizes South Ossetia, Abkhazia Independence

Aug 25 07:41

Iran begins new submarine production

Iran has launched the production line of a new domestically-manufactured submarine in an attempt to boost its defensive capabilities.

Aug 25 07:41

Western leaders press Russia on withdrawal

Russia continued to face calls from western leaders to withdraw from Georgian territory over the weekend as Russian forces, having vacated a few key areas, dug in along a wide buffer zone they control in Georgia.

Aug 25 07:40

US-Russia chill threatens NASA space program

The chill left on US-Russian relations by Moscow's military incursion into Georgia could spell problems for future US access to the International Space Station, US experts said.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will become dependent on flights to the ISS by Russia's Soyuz spacecraft when it retires the shuttle fleet that has long ferried US astronauts into space in 2010.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather interesting coincidence, that year 2010, when you consider the storyline from the movie of the same name.

Aug 25 07:39

US ready to put Russian nuclear deal on ice

Officials expect Condoleezza Rice, US secretary of state, to recommend that George W. Bush, president, recall the civil nuclear co-operation agreement from Congress in the wake of Russia's conflict with Georgia.

"At this point, it's dead," a congressional staffer said.

Aug 25 07:38

Pentagon considers independent operations in Pakistan: report

Senior Pentagon officials are debating whether the US military should undertake independent operations against Islamic militants operating in Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas, The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words they are getting ready to invade Pakistan and install yet another US puppet government.

Aug 25 07:38

CIA used Swiss to thwart foreign nuclear programs: report

But The Times said the real reason for the destruction was pressure from the CIA, which feared that its ties with the Tinners would be exposed.

Over four years, the CIA paid the Tinners 10 million dollars, some of which was delivered to them in a suitcase stuffed with cash, said the report, citing unnamed officials.

In return, said the paper, the engineers delivered a flow of secret information that helped end Libya's nuclear weapons program, reveal Iran's atomic efforts and undo Khan's nuclear supply network.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... except that most of the claims made about Iran's nuclear capability have turned out to be exaggerations.

Looks like the CIA got rolled (again).

Aug 25 07:35

FBI saw threat of mortgage crisis

Today, the damage from the global mortgage meltdown has more than matched that of the savings-and-loan bailouts of the 1980s and early 1990s. By some estimates, it has made that costly debacle look like chump change. But it's also clear that the FBI failed to avert a problem it had accurately forecast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI.

"[Your information is] too precise, too complete to be believed. The questionnaire plus the other information you brought spell out in detail exactly where, when, how, and by whom we are to be attacked. If anything, it sounds like a trap."

FBI response to the top British spy, Dusko Popov (code named "Tricycle") on August 10, 1941, dismissing Popov's report of the complete Japanese plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict Of History by Gordon Prange, appendix 7 published in 1986. Based on records from the JOINT CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE on the Investigation of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Nov 15, 1945 to May 31, 1946.

Aug 25 07:33

Russian troops stay in Georgia, France calls EU meet

A U.S. navy warship delivered humanitarian aid on Sunday for victims of Georgia's brief war with Russia while Moscow ignored Western demands to pull its remaining troops from the Caucasus country's heartland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't think an 8400 ton warship delivery 55 tons of food packages kept Russia from noticing that it WAS a warship.

Aug 25 07:31

U.S. warns of Russia's establishing permanent facilities in Georgia

The United States warned on Saturday that Russia would violate the ceasefire agreement by setting up permanent facilities and checkpoints in and around Georgia.

"Putting up permanent facilities and checkpoints are inconsistent with the agreement," U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in Crawford, Texas where President George W. Bush is spending two weeks at his ranch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, like those permanent bases the US is building in Iraq.

Aug 25 02:46

Georgia: Israel’s Home Sweet Home

By Hesham Tillawi, PhD

The Israeli Georgian Connection is more than a thousand years old. Most of the Jewish residents of Israel are of the same stock as of the Jews of Georgia. Non should be shocked to discover the depth of Israel’s involvement in the Georgian/Russian conflict. Once examined, the historical blood relation between Israeli Jews and Georgian Jews, it all becomes clear. Let us take a look first at the current relationship after which we will prove the historical connection between them a little later.

August 24, 2008

Aug 24 22:28

Leave No Comrade Behind

Now the most shameful part of American history is not that our ship was attacked by an enemy of the United States but rather by our so called ‘ally’– Israel. They used unmarked jet aircraft to attack our virtually unarmed ship to mask the true identity of our attackers. We got a message out to the sixth fleet that we were under attack to the USS Saratoga battle group and the USS America battle group within fifteen minutes of the start of the attack. Rescue aircraft were sent to our aid only to be recalled by John McCain JR.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Methinks Admiral McCain issued the recall because it was known to him who was attacking the USS Liberty.

Aug 24 22:25

Nuclear waste containers likely to fail, warns 'devastating' report

Thousands of containers of lethal nuclear waste are likely to fail before being safely sealed away underground, a devastating official report concludes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

They'll just blame it on Al Qaeda dirty bombs.

Aug 24 17:18

Die-hard Clinton supporters to air grievances outside convention

Democratic Party leaders have spent weeks preparing a national convention this week that will burst with symbols of unshakable unity behind Senator Barack Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary is going to try to steal that which she could not win.

Don't believe me? Go check out http://www.hillaryclinton.com
. It is being kept up-to-date!

Aug 24 16:37

Vladimir V. Putin: Neo Con

About a year ago, the Bush administration and the neocon babble-ocracy began touting Vladimir Putin as America's next Man We Love to Hate. This is odd, since by nearly all standards, Mr. Putin is the most successful neocon on the planet. Or perhaps it's jealousy. Since taking power in 2000, Mr. Putin's Russia has dodged chaos, seen its GDP increase six-fold, its poverty fall by half, average monthly real wages rise by 150% and, with the invasion of Georgia, demonstrated to the world that it can no longer be baited, humiliated or ignored without consequences.

Aug 24 16:29

2 immigrants dead; others detained at AZ military range

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office reports that at least a dozen undocumented immigrants have been detained after wandering near a US Air Force Base in southwestern Arizona Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two questions which need to be asked here.

The first is, where, precisely, are these "undocumented immigrants" supposed to have come from?

There appears to be an assumption this station would like people to infer from the relative closeness of the base to the Mexican border, but the article never states a country of origin.

This is either sloppy reporting, or a deliberate fudging of the facts.

And second, how in the blazes did they get that close to this kind of military asset without having been discovered and stopped on their way far sooner?

Aug 24 16:24

Financial crisis enters new, uncertain stage

The financial crisis has entered a new phase and will likely bring total credit losses above $1 trillion, according to a leading academic who has been studying the turmoil since its beginning a year ago.

Aug 24 16:23

Denver protests begin with small crowds

Fewer than 1,000 anti-war protesters took to the heavily guarded streets here Sunday in hopes of influencing thousands of Democrats arriving for their four-day national convention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, be careful you don't get distracted by staged provocations outside the convention. The real place to watch is inside, with Hillary obviously prepared for one last grasp at the nomination.

Aug 24 16:22

Lone accountant takes on IRS and wins

It took seven years, but Charles Ulrich did something many people dream about, but few succeed at: He beat the IRS in a tax dispute.

Not only that, but tax experts say potentially millions of other taxpayers could benefit from his victory.

Aug 24 16:22

VIDEO - Fox coverage of DNC protest quickly cut as activists turn on their reporter (w/video!)

Aug 24 16:21

US and Israel will soon be isolated from the rest of the world

In the last couple of weeks we have seen changes taking place that suggest the balance of global power is beginning to move in a different direction.

Despite the "valiant" efforts of the Mainstream Media (mostly controlled by those supportive of the Bush administration and Israel), in trying to "brainwash" their readers into believing that Russia is now the "bad guy" again. It is encouraging to see that their tactics are not working quite as well as they have done in the past, and people are starting to ask questions.

Aug 24 16:17

There are better options

There are better options. For one, Israel should be leading, or at least contributing to, rather than retarding, a policy re-think on Iran. Instead, when the U.S. sends Under-Secretary of State William Burns to sit in on talks with Iran in Geneva or considers opening an interest section in Tehran, Israel takes umbrage. The same is true when our back-channel mediators with Syria, the Turks, host Iran's leaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's encouraging to know that there are some voices getting heard in Israel calling for dialogue with Iran, rather than a military answer to its nuclear program.

And regarding that nuclear program: Iran is enriching uranium at 3%, which is completely consistent with what is needed for a power plant.

Aug 24 16:13

That password-protected site of yours - it ain't

It's one of the simplest hacks we've seen in a long time, and the more elite computer users have known about it for a while, but it's still kinda cool and just a little bit unnerving: A hacker has revealed a way to use Google and other search engines to gain unauthorized access to password-protected content on a dizzying number of websites.

Aug 24 16:08

Hackers steal details of millions of Best Western hotel guests

Criminals have hacked into the online booking system of the world's largest hotel chain and stolen the personal data of up to eight million guests.

Aug 24 12:11

Vaccines Found to Cause Diabetes in Children

Two new studies showing that vaccines increase the risk of diabetes have been published in the Open Pediatric Medicine Journal.

Aug 24 12:11

Elections in this year impossible

One of the Iraqi Parliamentarian Alaa Makki from the Iraqi Accord Front said on the holding of provincial assemblies during the current year has become impossible and difficult

Aug 24 11:49

Kenyan troops accused of torture 'were trained by SAS'

Scores of elite Kenyan soldiers have been trained by British Special Forces as part of the government's global counter-terrorism campaign.

But it has now been alleged that troops from 20 Para, who were specifically trained by the British Army, carried out a number of human rights abuses in Kenya's far western Mt Elgon region.

Aug 24 10:47

Thousands flee as Islamists seize city

MOGADISHU: Islamic militants said they have seized control of Kismayo, Somalia's third largest city, after three days of fighting that left about 70 people dead and led thousands to flee.

Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the second paragraph should have stated, clearly:

"The US-backed Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards."

This proxy war has nothing to do with the welfare of the lives of the Somalian people, and everything to do with its vast resources, which the West is hoping to exploit by controlling its government.

Aug 24 10:40

Taliban win over locals at the gates of Kabul

While clashes in remote Helmand dominate the headlines, another battle is being waged by the insurgents on Kabul's doorstep. There, the Taliban are winning support by building a parallel administration, which is more effective, more popular and more brutal than the government's.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last army to secure and hold this area was that of Alexander the Great.

Apparently, that's a lesson of history that the US and NATO chose to forget when cobbling together their "plans" for invasion and occupation.

Aug 24 10:35

Anti-US demonstrations in Afghanistan

Angry protests have broken out in Afghanistan following the deaths of scores of civilians in an air attack by US-led coalition forces on Friday. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has condemned the air strike.

The father of some victims said the coalition forces should come and see that all those killed were children and not Taliban.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Continued air strikes (because the US and NATO have never, ever had anywhere near the boots on the ground to make this occupation successful) guarantee two things, and two things only.

They guarantee that more non-combatant civilians will get killed, and those left standing will become even more radicalized against Karzai's government.

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, yet expecting a different outcome.

It appears that the US and NATO commands are stuck in what can best be described as an "insanity loop" in Afghanistan, because they refuse to consider implementing the only thing that will work: dialogue and political inclusion.

Aug 24 10:27

Hamas and Fatah trade accusations following fighting at Al-Azhar University in Gaza

Fistfights broke out at Al-Azhar following the beginning of a strike by a pro-Fatah teachers union. The union declared the strike in protest of alleged discrimination against Fatah members in hiring practices in the education sector.

Fatah said that members of Hamas and its armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, raided the university, attacking students and professors. Hamas said that the university administration and Fatah-affiliated students attacked Hamas-affiliated students with sharp objects.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Latuff cartoon at the top of this article says it all.

Aug 24 10:07

UNC researchers find MSG use linked to obesity

People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don't use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study published this month in the journal Obesity.

Aug 24 10:02

NATO aid a 'cover' for navy build-up

A TOP Russian general accused NATO of using humanitarian aid deliveries to Georgia as "cover" for a build-up of naval forces in the Black Sea.

"Under the cover of needing to deliver humanitarian goods, NATO countries continue to boost their naval grouping," Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of general staff, said.

"In addition to the Spanish and German frigates that entered the Black Sea basin on August 21, yesterday a Polish frigate and a destroyer of the US navy passed the Bosphorous," he said.

"I don't think that this will help stabilise the situation in the region."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though these exercises may have been planned for a long time, NATO could have either called them off - or postponed them - to give things a little time to cool between NATO and Russia.

Obviously, a cooling off period is not on NATO's agenda at this time.

Aug 24 09:58

A Really Bad Couple of Weeks for Pax Americana

Whatever hopes the George W. Bush administration may have had for using its post-9/11 "war on terror'' to impose a new Pax Americana on Eurasia, and particularly in the unruly areas between the Caucasus and the Khyber Pass, appear to have gone up in flames – in some cases, literally – over the past two weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To look at what passes for US foreign policy these days, one has to wonder just how completely ignorant of world history the folks in Washington have to be to have made the decisions they have made, and taken the actions they have taken.

Everything they have touched globally has exploded in their faces like a box of bad trick cigars.

Aug 24 09:40

FLASHBACK - The US Government is Dying

The US Government is dying. Its ultimate fate was sealed the moment the Federal Reserve Fiat money system was put into place. Like a recreational drug user enjoying that first chemical rush, those who created the federal Reserve luxuriated in the seemingly endless flow of money pouring forth from the Federal Reserve, money used to prolong and consolidate power, money spent without worry in the full knowledge that it was going to be someone else's problem to pay it all back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am building a better WRH articles index than the one the site currently uses and as I go along I keep stumbling over these articles I wrote long ago and then totally forgot.

Aug 24 09:33

Pakistan's ruling coalition on verge of collapse

Pakistan's ruling coalition teetered on the brink of collapse Saturday as the two main partners squabbled over a successor to ousted President Pervez Musharraf.

Former Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, who heads the junior partner in the coalition, demanded the dominant Pakistan People's Party slash the president's powers before he would support its candidate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pakistan's ruling coalition has just accomplished one of the most sane and honorable things they could have done: getting the dictator Musharraf to resign in the most peaceful way possible.

This political infighting could destroy all the possible gains from this action, and again invite another dictator from Pakistan's military to fill the void, as nature abhors a vacuum.

Let's hope it doesn't come to this.

Aug 24 09:20

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Georgian Forum

Well, maybe it's not really so funny, especially if someone you care about has been killed or wounded in the recent fray in the South Caucasus, but corporate shareholders who are heavily invested in U.S. military-contractor stocks are laughing all the way to the bank. In their world, nothing makes for success as much as a little shooting and looting in a U.S. client state next door to Russia.

Aug 24 09:11

U.S. warns of Russia's establishing permanent facilities in Georgia

The United States warned on Saturday that Russia would violate the ceasefire agreement by setting up permanent facilities and checkpoints in and around Georgia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, Washington can huff, puff, and mouth off, but what can it actually do to end the presence of Russian troops on the ground in Georgia?

The words "not a whole heck of a lot" come to mind.

Aug 24 09:07

Organized Crime Groups Dumping Weak US Dollar For Euro

The weakened US dollar has fallen out of favor with organized crime groups to pay for drug shipments or to settle scores, a Canadian government report said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to know that your currency is really in the commode when even criminals don't want it :-)

Aug 24 08:47

24 The New Season...Agent Bauer Takes On The Real Terrorists

Secretary of Defense (DoD) James Heller advises Jack that certain treasonous underlings at the Department of Defense may be hatching a plot to bring the US to war with enemies of Israel. Jack is puzzled by the news but says nothing for fear of being written out of the script.

Aug 24 08:37

Ending Poverty: A Great Idea Whose Time Will Never Come

The answer is evident, but when you read the pompous statements of governments, researchers, businessmen, including those whose MISSION is to address and relieve poverty - the Millennium Development Project comes to mind and boasts of success in helping small African villages but never mentions big cities - you realize that we are all being lied to. If the governments of these squatter communities can’t and won’t help their people, it isn’t likely that good intentions from the wealthy industrial nations is going to make any difference.

Aug 24 08:33

Japan's Mitsubishi takes over US bank

Mitsubishi UFJ announced today that it has signed a deal to take full control of its US subsidiary Union Bank of California.

Mitsubishi UFJ will acquire the 34.6% of the US bank that it does not already own with a bid of $3.5 billion.

Aug 24 08:32

Hoxsey: How Healing Becomes a Crime

Cancer research and treatment is a multi-billion
dollar business.

And there's no such thing as an inexpensive treatment
and no one - within the system - seems to be looking
for one.

This film documents how alternative approaches to
treatment are brutally suppressed:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality of health care in the United States is that it is run by accountants, not doctors. The emphasis is on profits and selling, not on healing. As a result, the US has the most expensive health care on Earth, yet the quality is among the lowest of all industrialized nations.

I have a strong identification with this issue, not only because of the pain my wife unnecessarily endured for years, but because of watching my mother die from costly radiation and chemotherapy, then learning years later that the National Cencer Institute had suppressed an inexpensive treatment could have prolonged her life only because there was more profit to be had in the costly approaches to treatment.

Also, note the word "treatment." Nobody looks for cures in today's medical establishment. If you cure a patient, you don't make any more money off of them. But treatment (and the cash flow therefrom) is forever!

Aug 24 08:22

Government Urges Return to Stone Age

"After discovering that 'thermal expansion' of steel from a low-temperature fire led to the collapse of World Trade Center building 7," said NIST spokesperson Noh Wei, "we started realizing that other metal objects might also be at risk".

So NIST scientists tested other metallic objects using state-of-the-art computer models. The models predicted that every oven and barbeque in the country could disintegrate at any time, leading to a progressive collapse of entire houses.

Aug 24 08:18

The mother of all paradoxes: the American social model

It’s undeniable that the American social model is a paradox in the world. All you have to do is look around at other nations and the difference is clear as the Rome sky in July. Even though today at the nadir of its profound social crisis because of its flagrant, outright failure, America continues unabashedly to hammer away at its people how fortunate they are, while simultaneously proposing itself to the world as the paradigm, the quintessence, the very epitome of western civilization.

Aug 24 08:14

The Daily Show live from the White House

The Bush Regime imbeciles don’t know when to stop. With the world still rolling in laughter from John McCain’s claim that “in the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations,” the moronic US secretary of state declared: “This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.”

This from Condi Rice who is “proud” of the Bush Regime’s invasion of Iraq.

Aug 24 08:10

Siegelman Redux? More Allegations of Politicized Prosecutions Surface

We often chronicle the voter suppression and intimidation machinations from the right. There's also the use of US Attorneys to investigate Democrats at fortunate times for their Republican opponents. Despite the high-profile nature of the Don Siegelman case and others, this element of the Republican machine hasn't been shut down.

Aug 24 08:09

ALBUM - SS Free Gaza & SS Liberty Arrived Safe To Gaza

Civilians of all ages and nationalities from 17 nations ,involved in the project to break the siege of Gaza, abord the two ships SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty, said they had experienced rough sea conditions, and the Gazan's waitings on the Gaza shorelines, said they worried that Israeli naval boats would attack the ships.

Aug 24 08:07

TSA screener testing labeled 'a waste'

A government program to find gaps in airport screening is "a waste of money" because it doesn't follow up on why screeners failed to spot guns, knives and bombs on undercover agents, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can see where this is going. They want to quit the tests entirely because the results are embarrassing. Half the practice bombs got through.

Worse than the embarrassment, the fact that half the practice bombs get through screening combined with the fact that we are NOT seeing planes (or gates) being bombed only reinforeces the impression that the practice bombs are the only ones out there and that the only terrorists we need worry about are the CIA and Mossad types pretending to be "The Toilet" just when the government needs an incident to flog this nation towards more conquest.

Aug 24 08:00

Ease travel hassles with a good book

A young girl about 4 years old sobbed when Denver International Airport Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel told her she could not take her snow globe on the plane.

The child's tears were another reminder of the indignities of airline travel in 2008, such as walking barefoot through the security lines and the pack-'em-in-squeeze-every-penny-from-'em attitude of the airlines.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find this article offensive in that rather than deal with the problem, it merely suggests distracting yourself from the dictatorship emerging around you.

Aug 24 07:58

Train explodes in Georgia's Gori

A train carrying fuel has exploded in Georgia after hitting a mine on the railway, days after Russian troops' withdrawal from the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Forgotten mine? Russian booby trap? Georgian provocation? CIA? Mossad?

Aug 24 07:57

Georgian-Russian DDoS-attacks: a third party provocation

For last two weeks, Western media including many respectfull newspapers was spreading hysteria about "Russian hackers" who attacked Georgian sites during the fight on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia. No, our Webplanet magazine is not going to tell you "Russia is always right". We just say this story is a perfect situation to tell the difference beetween professional journalism and propaganda dummies. It is true that IT topics are hard for a common journalist. Yet the job of journalist is not about being a passive carier for the media viruses.

Aug 24 07:55

Haywood under scanner in Bangalore

A beefy American from Arizona who looks more like a possible pastor but less like an IT trainer and who in fact may be neither, Haywood is wanted by the Mumbai police for continued questioning in the investigation of last month's Ahmedabad blasts. Haywood is not charged but the police have been questioning him ever since it was found that terrorists had used his email shortly before the blasts. But he slipped away from India to the US on Sunday allegedly with some covert help from officials.

Aug 24 07:54

New Orleans repeating deadly levee blunders

Signs are emerging that history is repeating itself in the Big Easy, still healing from Katrina: People have forgotten a lesson from four decades ago and believe once again that the federal government is constructing a levee system they can prosper behind.

Aug 24 07:53

Russian incursion into Georgia sends strong message to the U.S.

First, that the Russians rebuffed an attempt by the "criminal regime" of Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, to take over its recalcitrant region of South Ossetia by force and genocidal acts; and second, that Russia has demonstrated that the U.S. is incapable of protecting those states that it calls friends and, in this case, a potential member of NATO.

August 23, 2008

Aug 23 22:07

Joe Biden- The "ZIONIST" vp

Presidential hopeful calls Israel "the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East"

Says Jonathan Pollard deserves leniency but not a pardon

In an exclusive Shalom TV interview, US Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-DE) emphatically stated his commitment to the State of Israel, calling the country "the single greatest strength America has in the Middle East."

Senator Biden further stressed that without Israel, one could only imagine how many battleships and troops America would have to station in the Middle East.

Aug 23 17:18

What Will Mac ’n’ Mae Cost You and Me?

THE inevitability of a taxpayer-funded bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the hobbled mortgage behemoths, shook investors last week, and shares in both companies plummeted on fears that existing stockholders would be wiped out.

These government-sponsored entities guarantee or hold $5.2 trillion in mortgages and have been hammered by defaults across the nation. Fannie Mae’s shares closed on Friday at $5, down from almost $70 a year ago. Freddie Mac fell to $2.61, which is down from about $65. Their heavily leveraged balance sheets magnify even a small rise in delinquencies.

Aug 23 17:13

U.S. debates going after militants in Pakistan

The ongoing disarray among Pakistan's new civilian leadership, including its refusal to accept a U.S. military training mission for the Pakistani army, has led to intense frustration within the Pentagon and reignited a debate over whether the U.S. should act on its own against extremists operating in Pakistan's northwestern tribal regions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the upset at Pakistan's civilian government "refusal to accept a military training mission for the Pakistani army..."

In the corporate media, look for Pakistan to move from being characterized as a "staunch ally" in the war on terror to "out of control rogue nation" at breakneck speed.

Aug 23 17:09

8 million victims in the world's biggest cyber heist

AN INTERNATIONAL criminal gang has pulled off one of the most audacious cyber-crimes ever and stolen the identities of an estimated eight million people in a hacking raid that could ultimately net more than £2.8billion in illegal funds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But the girl with the overdue library books gets thrown in jail.

Aug 23 16:50

Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian boats greeting siege breakers

Rami Abdo, Spokesperson of the People's Committee to Address the Siege on the Gaza Strip told PNN this afternoon that Israeli gunboats opened fire on the Palestinians who had sailed boats into the sea to receive the two “Break the Siege” boats, which had almost reached Palestinian territorial waters. They were forced to change course due to the presence of Israeli warships.

Aug 23 16:47

31 injured in Israeli attacks, including 10 children, 3 internationals

In its weekly summary of Israeli attacks for the week of 14 - 20 August 2008, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reports that 31 Palestinian civilians, including 10 children, and three international human rights defenders, were injured by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. 27 of these civilians were injured when Israeli forces used force against 3 peaceful demonstrations organized in protest of the construction of the Annexation Wall in Ne’lin village, west of Ramallah

Aug 23 16:47

US regulators shut Columbian Bank in Kansas

Aug 23 16:46

Boats With Pro-Palestinian Activists Reach Gaza

Two boats carrying dozens of international activists sailed into the Gaza Strip Saturday in defiance of an Israeli blockade, receiving a jubilant welcome from thousands of Palestinians.

Aug 23 16:42

Pressure grows on Nicolas Sarkozy for Afghanistan pullout

The findings of Le Parisien poll came amid growing debate over France's role in the Nato force in Afghanistan, with Mr Sarkozy being accused of entrenching his country in an unwinnable conflict.

Aug 23 16:37

VIDEO - Neocons: Long live the New Cold War

The War on Terror is comming to its natural laughable end, the Powers that be realise that the Public are finding it increasingly implausible so they are switching their plans to an Old Enemy Russia

Aug 23 16:31

The Voice of the White House

High level Republican associates here are talking about the latest ploy on the part of the State of Israel to gain complete control of the United States government. Their idea is to offer the diseased McCain unlimited support from their papers and television stations in return for his putting Joe Lieberman on the ticket as vice president.

Aug 23 12:33

Living the American dream in Brazil

Thousands of Brazilian expatriates are being lured back to South America's largest country thanks to the combination of a poor US economy contrasted with a Brazilian economy that is thriving in a way not seen for decades.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems that a great many people who were lured to the United States by the promised claims of a good life have discovered that the grass really wasn't quite so green on this side of the fence.

Aug 23 12:31

Jewish 'Klansmen' tie Palestinian to power pole, beat him savagely

Even in his wildest dreams, Midhat Radwan Abu Karsh never imagined that one day he would be tied up to a power pole and savagely beaten by bigoted Jewish settlers who believe that non-Jews are animals in a human shape.

Aug 23 12:30

University Professor and Tennessee Tech Firm Indicted For Arms Exports

A federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Tennessee returned an 18-count indictment yesterday charging J. Reece Roth, a Professor Emeritus at The University of Tennessee, and Atmospheric Glow Technologies Inc. (AGT), a Knoxville-based technology company, with conspiring to defraud the U.S. Air Force and disclose restricted U.S. military data about Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or “drones,” to foreign nationals without first obtaining the required U.S. government license or approval.

Aug 23 11:34

VIDEO - Forwarn

Iron Maiden's "Face in the Sand" is a great backdrop for this video that makes use of a lesser known part of Patrick Henry's famous speech. This is all about what it going on today, and where America is going.
Aug 23 11:33

Mukasey to delay approval of FBI regs

Attorney General Michael Mukasey intends to let Congress have its say before signing controversial new guidelines that reportedly broaden the FBI's authority to conduct investigations. But he will not delay their implementation.

But the letter says Mukasey is committed to rolling out the guidelines in October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under Mukasey's watch, this country is reverting back to what can only be described as "Code Napoleon Law".

This was a legal system under which people were presumed guilty until proven innocent.

This is the absolute antithesis of the supposed bedrock foundation of US law, which is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

Aug 23 11:28

Aid deliveries 'cover' for NATO build up

"Under the cover of needing to deliver humanitarian goods, NATO countries continue to boost their naval grouping," Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of general staff, told a news conference in Moscow.

Nogovitsyn made the remark after Pentagon said several US ships, led by the destroyer USS McFaul, were heading for Georgia for deliveries of humanitarian aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Russia did not fall for the "We're using those missile launch tubes to carry spaghetti, honest!" ploy

Aug 23 11:26

Top UN official calls for greater effort to end contemporary forms of slavery

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chief today appealed to Member States to renew efforts to end all forms of oppression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That include the 1040 form?

Aug 23 11:25

Hillary: Not out of it yet!

"I talked to a Clinton delegate here in Maryland. He told me they have been instructed to vote for Hillary (for president) on the first ballot. To make things more interesting, there is a movement to swing 160 delegates from Obama to Clinton. If that happens, Clinton could re-establish her campaign and face John McCain in the fall."

And further:

Aug 23 10:05

Illegal Immigrants Returning to Mexico in Record Numbers

Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know the US is in trouble when the illegal immigrants start bailing out of here!

Aug 23 09:35

Olmert to visit Russia to foil arms sale to Syria

The Israeli premier Ehud Olmert intends to visit Russia to foil a possible arms deal to Syria, according to Yediot Ahronot on Friday.

The paper said that Olmert threatened Syria that Israel will destroy any weapons they buy from Russia telling the Syrians that it would be a loss for Syria to pay money for arms that Israel will work to destroy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will be interesting to see just how far Olmert will get with his belligerence if elements of the Russian Fleet ultimately makes one of their ports the Syrian port of Tartus, "...which would give the Russian Navy its first foothold in the Mediterranean for two decades.", as reported by Times on Line, 21 August 2008.

Aug 23 09:29

Boats with pro-Palestinian activists reach Gaza

Two boats carrying dozens of international activists sailed into the Gaza Strip in defiance of an Israeli blockade on Saturday, receiving a warm welcome from hundreds of jubilant Palestinians after a two-day journey marred by communications troubles and rough seas.
As the boats docked in Gaza City's tiny port,
children swarmed around the vessels and leaped into the water in joy, while thousands of cheering people looked on from the shore. Palestinian flags on one of the boats snapped in the wind, and the slogan «End Occupation» was written in large letters on its side.

Aug 23 09:26

Military offensive displaces 300,000 in north-west Pakistan

A major offensive by the Pakistani military against Islamist militants in the country’s Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) and North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has effectively become a campaign of collective punishment against the fiercely independent Pashtun tribes that live in the region. As tens of thousands of refugees pour out of the remote Bajaur agency, they are reporting indiscriminate air strikes and helicopter gunship attacks, devastated villages and farmlands, and hundreds of dead and wounded civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The air strikes are guaranteed to do two things: kill scores of civilians, and radicalize those left standing against the government in Islamabad.

At the end of the day, only dialogue and inclusion, coupled with real economic progress, can stabilize the situation in Pakistan.

Unfortunately for the Pakistani people (with US military "encouragement"),the Pakistani government has chosen the first option over the second here.

Aug 23 09:17

Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets

At least one group is worried the ankle bracelets will infringe on students’ privacy.

Linda Penn, a Bexar County justice of the peace, said she anticipates that about 50 students from four San Antonio-area school districts — likely to be mostly high schoolers — will wear the anklets during the six-month pilot program announced Friday.

“We are at a critical point in our time where we can either educate or incarcerate,” Penn said, linking truancy with juvenile delinquency and later criminal activity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truancy and behavior problems usually mask a learning disability.

All the ankle bracelets and GPS units in the world cannot fix that.

What this will do, however, is make kids think that their learning disabilities are to be punished, and not resolved, which will alienate them even further from the school experience.

Aug 23 09:05

Freddie, Fannie Failure Could Be World `Catastrophe,' Yu Says

A failure of U.S. mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be a catastrophe for the global financial system, said Yu Yongding, a former adviser to China's central bank.

Freddie and Fannie shares touched 20-year lows yesterday on speculation that a government bailout will leave the stocks worthless. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson won approval from the U.S. Congress last month to pump unlimited amounts of capital into the companies in an emergency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: what BLOOMBERG alludes to as "unlimited amounts of capital into the companies in an emergency (which we have, at this momen), they are talking about your tax dollars.

And who are the top foreign holders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bonds??

As reported in MISH'S gloval economic trend analysis, 11 July 08 (http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2008/07/us-taxpayer-bailout...)

As politicians call for taxpayer bailouts and a government takeover of troubled mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FreedomWorks would like to point out that a bailout is a transfer of possibly hundreds of billions of U.S. tax dollars to sophisticated investors and governments overseas.

The top five foreign holders of Freddie and Fannie long-term debt are China, Japan, the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. In total foreign investors hold over $1.3 trillion in these agency bonds, according to the U.S. Treasury's most recent "Report on Foreign Portfolio Holdings of U.S. Securities."

Aug 23 08:54

Hundreds of thousands march for Kashmir's independence

What began as a dispute over land for Hindu pilgrims visiting a shrine in Kashmir snowballed into full-scale anti-India protests this month, boosting separatists who want India's only Muslim-majority region to secede.

Police and soldiers dressed in battle gear patrolled the streets as about 350,000 protesters arrived from nearby towns and villages, officials said.

Aug 23 08:50

Nato begins Black Sea exercises

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even though this was planned 18 months ago, NATO could have canceled or postponed these exercises, just to create a little "cooling off" time after the debacle with Georgia's attack against South Ossetia, and the subsequent Russian military incursion into Georgia

Apparently, "cooling off" from recent tensions is not on NATO's agenda.

Aug 23 08:46

Militants ready for Pakistan's war

Only a few hours before the suicide attack, the chief minister of North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), Amir Haider Khan Hoti, announced in a policy statement that even if militants shunned violence and laid down their weapons, they would not be pardoned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....even if militants shunned violence and laid down their weapons, they would not be pardoned."
Think about this statement for a moment, and what it means. It means that the politicians in Islamabad are about to follow the same path as Karzai has in Afghanistan.

And we can all see just how brilliantly well that's going.

Aug 23 08:37

Seven Ways Your Vote Might Not Count This November

Aug 23 08:35

Another Famous Victory for Condi

The GBIs of our GMD system employ heat-seeking Kinetic Kill Vehicles. With such a system there is literally no margin for error. We either hit the Russian/Chinese pointy-shaped nuke-carrying re-entry vehicles – which are stone cold when exo-atmospheric – with our heat-seeking bullets or we don’t.

And, of this writing, we have never even tried to hit an exo-atmospheric stone-cold RV with our heat-seeking bullet. We’re having enough trouble hitting artificially hot-hot-hot targets.

So, don’t you feel better already about Condi’s famous diplomatic triumph?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we have here are systems which are completely untested regarding the manner in which they are actually supposed to work, and prone to catastrophic failure.

Aug 23 08:34

Clinton to have own floor whips at Dem convention

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s delegates will have their own organizers on the floor of the Democratic National Convention, an unusual move at a convention that is being billed as unified.

Clinton’s supporters will have about 40 organizers, or whips, said Clinton campaign spokeswoman Kathleen Strand. Whips traditionally enforce discipline among a candidate’s supporters, making sure they vote according to plan.

Aug 23 08:32

Company acknowledges voting machine error

A major voting machine maker has cautioned its customers in 34 states to look out for a programming error that may cause votes to be dropped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You're telling me that the country that put men in the Moon and the company that makes ATM machines that never lose a penny from one end of the country to another cannot make an honest, accurate, fair, and tamper proof voting system?

I don't buy it.

Aug 23 08:26

Data on 130,000 criminals lost

Confidential information on almost 130,000 prisoners and dangerous criminals has been lost by the Home Office, sparking yet another Government data crisis.

Aug 23 08:26

Iraq invites Russian oil company back

An Iraqi Cabinet minister invited Russia's Lukoil on Wednesday to renew its bid on the vast West Qurna-2 oil field and urged Russian companies to seek roles rebuilding dilapidated power plants as Iraq searches for foreign investment to revive its oil industry and infrastructure.

"I hope Russian companies will take part in the bidding," Iraqi Electricity Minister Karim Wahid told a news conference in Moscow. "Lukoil is welcome to bid for the service contract at the second or third stage of the tender in March or September."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'm sure this white house is just thrilled with that news!

Aug 23 08:24

Columbian Bank and Trust of Kansas Closed by U.S. Regulators

Columbian Bank and Trust Co. of Topeka, Kansas, was closed by U.S. regulators, the nation's ninth bank to collapse this year amid bad real-estate loans and writedowns stemming from a drop in home prices.

Aug 23 08:24

Russia Pulls the Bulk of Its Forces Out of Georgia

The Russian Army withdrew the bulk of its forces from Georgia on Friday evening, pulling its armored columns into the separatist enclave of Abkhazia and behind the boundary that the Kremlin has unilaterally defined for South Ossetia, the other enclave, where the war started two weeks ago.

The withdrawal, while it fell short of Georgian and Western expectations, marked the biggest tactical shift of Russian forces since they invaded Georgia, and effectively reopened the country’s main road to traffic, which began flowing, albeit lightly, in the hour before dusk.

Aug 23 08:22

Israel declares Gaza protest boats will not reach their destination

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an older report. At the last moment Israel changed their minds and allowed the boats to continue on their way.

Aug 23 08:22

The Zionist West Has Met Its Match

I have never in my life feared there would be a nuclear war between the US and Russia...until just recently. The US and their EU allies have now reached the point of failure and desperation. They will tell any lie, they will commit any unspeakable crime. They have committed war crimes in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and just this month in South Ossetia.

Russia just drew the line in the sand...it stops or the biggest shit-storm ever on this planet is what is coming next.

Aug 23 08:18

Texas truant students to be tracked by GPS anklets

Court authorities here will be able to track students with a history of skipping school under a new program requiring them to wear ankle bracelets with Global Positioning System monitoring.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Gee, we gotta figure out a way to get those things on ALL the peasants!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 23 08:17

How war hero John McCain betrayed the Vietnamese peasant who saved his life

In an extraordinary act of compassion at a time when Vietnamese citizens were being killed by US aerial bombardments, he pulled a barely conscious McCain to the lake surface and, with the help of a neighbour, dragged him towards the shore.

... Nearly three decades later, a Vietnamese government commission confirmed he was indeed the rescuer and, in a 1996 meeting in Hanoi, McCain embraced and thanked Mr On and presented him with a Senate memento.

Aug 23 08:15

VIDEO - Another reason I hate cops

She was completely stripped while handcuffed. She was only 120 bls but 7 officers of both sexes stripped her. And the pigs filmed the whole thing.
why? Why was she arrested and why was she being stripped? She was calling 911 (she was the victim yet she got basically raped) Don't call 911 the police might beat and strip you.

Aug 23 08:11

Columbian Bank and Trust of Kansas Closed by U.S. Regulators

Columbian Bank and Trust Co. of Topeka, Kansas, was closed by U.S. regulators, the nation's ninth bank to collapse this year amid bad real-estate loans and writedowns stemming from a drop in home prices.

The pace of bank closings is accelerating as financial firms have reported more than $500 billion in writedowns and credit losses since 2007. The FDIC's ``problem'' bank list grew by 18 percent in the first quarter from the fourth, to 90 banks with combined assets of $26.3 billion.

Aug 23 08:09

Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes

A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.

The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold.

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"...but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years"

I challenge all those lawyers who were working so hard to prove that Obama was not eligible for the Presidency (for the good of the people) to prove that We The People are not legally liable to pay the bills for all the mistakes made by the government for the last ten years, since it cannot be proved they had the legal authority to make those decisions on our behalf.

Aug 23 08:01

Marijuana found in Newton fire chief's car

Firefighters cleaning Newton Fire Chief Joseph LaCroix's car on Thursday found a bag of marijuana but the chief said yesterday he does not know how the drug got there.

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So THAT'S why they make all those cookies there!

Aug 23 07:48

LA TIMES - Obama chooses Gov. Tim Kaine for VP slot

Aug 23 07:44

"We've entered Gazan waters!"

A Message to All from the SS Liberty: "We've entered Gazan waters. We're flying the Palestinian flag, and we now believe that we're going to reach the shores of Gaza very soon. I missed the start of the Berlin Wall coming down by just a few days, but now I know how people felt when they tore down those first few bricks. Today is a huge victory of people over power."
--Yvonne Ridley, abord the SS Liberty, bound for Gaza, 23 Aug. 2008

Aug 23 07:43

Israeli spokesman: Boats manned by pro-Palestinian activists will be allowed to enter Gaza

An Israeli official says the two boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists will be allowed to reach the Gaza Strip.

The 46 activists are seeking to enter Gaza in defiance of an Israeli-led blockade on the territory.

Israel had warned the activists not to undertake the naval journey. But on Saturday afternoon, Foreign Ministry spokesman Aviv Shiron said Israel would allow the vessels to reach Gaza. He gave no explanation for the change in heart.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had Israel interfered with the boats (and there were earlier reports that electronic jamming had been directed at the boats), it would have been a public relations disaster for Israel.

Thankfully, cooler heads have prevailed here.

August 22, 2008

Aug 22 22:33

Obama to announce Biden as running mate

Aug 22 20:52

The McCain Card

Aug 22 18:31

Gaza patients continue painful wait for urgent medical treatment

"I have been sick for more than a year now. Five months ago I was finally diagnosed with cancer of my bladder. I was working at the Islamic University here in Gaza city, but now I am stuck at home, and taking a diet of painkillers."

Aug 22 17:07

Rockets, guile and the lessons of history: the Taleban besiege Kabul

The lorry drivers who bring the Pepsi and petrol for Nato troops in Kabul have their own way of calculating the Taleban's progress towards the Afghan capital: they simply count the lorries destroyed on the main roads.

By that measure, and many others, this looks increasingly like a city under siege as the Taleban start to disrupt supply routes, mimicking tactics used against the British in 1841 and the Soviets two decades ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Neither the US nor NATO can "....stop this" because they don't have any where near enough boots on the ground to make this happen.

As reported in at-Largely (http://www.atlargely.com/2008/06/400000-troops-n.html):

"ISAF Commander McNeill has said himself that according to the current counterterrorism doctrine, it would take 400,000 troops to pacify Afghanistan in the long term. But the reality is that he has only 47,000 soldiers under his command, together with another 18,000 troops fighting at their sides as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and possibly another 75,000 reasonably well-trained soldiers in the Afghan army by the end of the year. All told, there is still a shortfall of 260,000 men."

The US doesn't have the person-power without a draft.

And trust me, you won't hear much about a draft right before this election.

But no matter who winds up getting elected, watch for a "National Service Act" (which has been floating in Congressional Committee for a long time) to suddenly lurch to the head of the agenda after congress returns from their winter holiday.

Aug 22 17:05

Ex-US diplomat gets 20 years for child porn

An ex-U.S. diplomat who admitted taping his sexual encounters with teenage girls while stationed in Brazil and the Congo was sentenced Friday to 20 years, the maximum possible prison term.

Aug 22 16:58

YouTube - Priceless

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Note the comments from the usual shills.

Aug 22 14:18

Two Powerful Forces Should Have Made WTC 7 Tip Over

Because NIST claims that only column 79 was destroyed in the beginning of the collapse sequence, and because the same side of the building in which 79 was located was the bigger, heavier side of the building, two different influences should have ensured that the building tilted toward the bigger end.

Therefore, high school physics shows that - if column 79 had collapsed and explosives did not take out all of the other support columns at once - building 7 should have tipped towards one side.

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Aug 22 14:15

The Great Consumer Crash of 2009

I hate to tell you, but the storm has reached your location and it is a Category 5 hurricane. The levees are leaking. Ignore it at your own peril. The 6,000 sq ft McMansion buying, BMW leasing, $5 Starbucks latte drinking, granite countertop upgrading, home equity borrowing days are coming to an end. The American consumer will not go without a fight. For the last seven years the American consumer has carried the weight of the world on its shoulders. This has been a heavy burden, but when you take steroids it doesn’t seem so heavy. The steroid of choice for the American consumer has been debt.

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We did not want loans; we wanted CUSTOMERS!

But government and corporations took the easy way out and printed up more fiat money rather than actually work at creating new industries and new jobs. Indeed in order to please corporate donors, the Bush administration actually handed out tax credits to make it EASIER for American corporations to transfer jobs overseas, apparently without seeing or being totally unconcerned with what this would do to the ability of the general population to manage their debt load.

So, here we are, plenty of debt, no jobs, no customers or clients (the Americans have no money and the rest of the world doesn't want to do business with the 21st Century version of the Nazis), and everyone well aware that government policy created this mess. So what does government do? Start wars. Plenty of them, apparently under the theory that a war will persuade the people to cut the government some more slack. Or maybe it's just the only thing they can think of to prolong their reign.

Aug 22 13:20

Obama VP 411 texts fake

Thumbing their hardest, pranksters have punched "send" with the "running mates" with the help of the Wonkette Web site, the Washington political Web site said Thursday. The site's managing editor, Ken Layne, posted a reader-inspired, step-by-step manual, headlined. "Freak Out Your Friends With Fake Obama VP TXT."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, swell. So when Obama announces he has picked me as his VP, nobody will believe it!

Aug 22 11:36

FLASHBACK - Zogby: Millions of New Yorkers do not believe official story of 9-11

Half of New Yorkers believe US leaders had foreknowledge of impending 9-11 attacks and "Consciously failed" to act.

Aug 22 10:59

'Tossed out like a dog'

In the lawless South Hebron Hills, things are wild as usual: The settlers continue to attack shepherd children with clubs and stones, to steal their sheep and to make their lives miserable, while the Israel Police continue to abuse anyone who tries to file a complaint against the settlers.

Aug 22 10:46

Source of Gaza's contaminated water confirmed

Alarmingly, unpublished studies conducted by Basem Shomar, from the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry in Heidelberg, suggest a 50 per cent incidence rate of methemoglobinemia in the region's newborns. The disorder - which cuts down the amount of oxygen blood can carry, and leads to blue skin, diarrhoea, vomiting, and sometimes death - is known to be triggered by nitrate-contaminated water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel understands perfectly the health effects of this water contamination.

However, the electricity plants which run the water filtration facilities are not functioning well, and Israel refuses to allow badly needed equipment for these plants to get to Gaza.

If it looks as though this poisoning of the Gazan people is deliberate, it's because it is.

Aug 22 10:35

A statement to the press from the Free Gaza Movement

Any action designed to harm civilians constitutes collective punishment (in the Palestinians’ case, for voting the "wrong" way) and is both illegal under international law and profoundly immoral. Our mission is to expose the illegality of Israel’s actions, and to break through the siege in order to express our solidarity with the suffering people of Gaza (and of the occupied Palestinian territory as a whole) and to create a free and regular channel between Gaza and the outside world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope that the Israeli government understands that harming any of these activists (which, by the way, include a Holocaust survivor) would be the worst PR blunder they could make, and that the eyes of the world's truly free press will be unblinking as these volunteers make their way to Gaza.

Aug 22 10:29

US-led coalition airstrike kills 76 Afghans

The Afghan Interior Ministry said on Friday that 76 civilians, including women but mostly children, were killed in a coalition airstrike in western Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: very graphic photo of a dead or dying Afghani child at the top of this article.

But imagine, for one moment, that this was your kid.

Imagine, for one moment, what you would think of a government which allowed this to happen.

Imagine what you would be thinking about that government right now.

The US/NATO airstrikes are accomplishing two things right now, and two things only: they are killing scores of innocent non-combatants, and radicalizing those Afghanis left standing further against Karzai's regime in Kabul.

What they are not accomplishing is creating any degree of dialogue and inclusion of the Taliban into the political process.

Of course, that would be logical, and the only real hope of resolving the insurgency.

Aug 22 10:05

Russia to keep 500 troops in Georgia buffer zone

Russia intends to keep 500 troops in a security zone surrounding Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And NATO and the US are completely impotent to stop Russia from doing this.

Aug 22 10:00

Bloggers of the world, let's shop!

With a population of 70million, most of them under 30, Iran is home to one of the Middle East's largest online communities, which is thriving despite onerous censorship and risk of imprisonment.

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If Iran cannot make internet censorship work, then the US won't be able to pull it off either.

Aug 22 09:59

John McCain's Foreign Policy Judgment is Questionable

A major theme of John McCain's campaign is that he has far more experience in foreign affairs than does Barack Obama. McCain has now escalated his attacks by targeting Obama's judgment as well — especially the latter's pessimism about the effectiveness of the surge in Iraq.

There is little doubt about McCain's lengthier foreign policy experience. But it is not at all apparent that his judgment is superior to Obama's. Indeed, the record indicates that McCain's own judgment is alarmingly bad.

Aug 22 09:57

Impeachment is Not Enough

Indict all of the US government officials and their allies who planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and let them find out for themselves first hand whether waterboarding is torture or not.

Aug 22 09:55

U.S.-Iraq forbids attacks against Iraq's neighboring countries-FM

The Iraqi foreign minister on Thursday said the deal between his country and the U.S. would not allow attacks against Iraq's neighboring countries.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Rice, Iraqi FM Hoshyar Zebari said "the security agreement with the U.S. states Iraq will not be used as launchpad for attacks against other countries."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds positive to me, if Iraq can get the US to keep that promise.

Aug 22 09:53

Newly declassified docs prove PR push for Iraq War preceded intelligence findings

The documents suggest that the public relations push for war came before the intelligence analysis, which then conformed to public positions taken by Pentagon and White House officials. For example, a July 2002 draft of the "White Paper" ultimately issued by the CIA in October 2002 actually pre-dated the National Intelligence Estimate that the paper purportedly summarized, but which Congress did not insist on until September 2002.

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Aug 22 09:51

The Real Cost of a Full Bailout

A recent study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has zero credibility. It pegged likely taxpayer losses in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts at $25 billion. For those with a sense of history, it is worth remembering that the S&L bailout had a $160 billion price tag. The numbers diverge so far from reality as to be laugh-out-loud funny. Funny, that is, except that the CBO estimate demonstrates a willful disconnect with the actual consequences of federal government actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"For those with a sense of history, it is worth remembering that the S&L bailout had a $160 billion price tag. "

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

Aug 22 09:48

Protest boats sail for Gaza Strip

Aug 22 09:48

Interfax: Use of salvo systems by Georgia caused massive casualties in S. Ossetia- Russian military official

"Rocket systems cannot fire precisely and are used, as a rule, for area coverage. Therefore, the use of these kind of weapons against
populated areas is among the reasons behind the large number of casualties among the civilian population," Nagovitsyn said

Aug 22 09:42

Oil Casualties: Kazakhs Mull Exporting Through Russia

From Turkey’s Hurriyet:

"Kazakhstan is considering pumping its oil through Russia as an alternative to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline due to increased security concerns over the clashes in the Caucasus, a Turkish daily reported on Thursday. A high level Kazakh official told Turkish business daily Referans that question marks now hang over the security of the BTC pipeline. “We could reconsider our decisions on sending Kazakh oil to the world market. Changing the (export) route is in our agenda now,” the official was quoted as saying by Referans."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Way to go, Bush Administration!

You could have turned Russia into an ally and actually developed something approximating a real, working partnership.

Of course, that would have taken some knowledge of history, (to which this administration has proven itself thoroughly allergic), and a sane, far-sighted foreign policy (which this administration hasn't been able to identify with a flashlight and both hands).

Instead, you have driven that possibility off a cliff with your belligerency.

Aug 22 09:30

Tommy Chong gets the last laugh on Bush administration

Question: Why should the average American care about what happens to a guy who's famous for what you're famous for?

Answer: The American Dream is based on "the pursuit of happiness." The government found a way to take that away from me, and by incarcerating me for putting my name on water pipes, they can selectively prosecute anybody. Somehow, sending a piece of glass through the mails, or "conspiring" to send it, is a crime. If they can lock me up for that, no American is safe.

Aug 22 09:23

Pakistan is at last finding its voice. The US would be wise not to gag it

The volatility of Pakistan's history makes me cautious of claiming that something fundamental has changed, but I suspect it may have.

Last year, images of Pakistani lawyers in suits clashing with staff-wielding police officers made the newspapers for good reason. It is significant that in a country where those in power (soldiers, tribal chiefs, bureaucrats, landlords, the wealthy) have traditionally mistreated the weak with impunity, the demand for the rule of law has gained mass support.

Aug 22 09:20

Dollar Heads for Biggest Drop in 3 Months on Credit Losses, Oil

The dollar headed for its biggest weekly decline against the yen in three months on speculation Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will signal he favors keeping interest rates low as credit-market losses widen.

Aug 22 09:16

U.S. won't sell refueling jets to Israel, fearing strike on Iran

It emerged on Wednesday that the United States has refused to sell Jerusalem new refueling planes, fearing such a transaction could be interpreted as support for an Israeli attack on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this administration has just blinked in terms of supporting a military attack on Iran.

If so, this is a very positive development in terms of actually letting negotiations work.

Aug 22 09:09

Sadrists Protest New US-Iraq Pullout Deal

Several thousand supporters of anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protested Friday against an emerging U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, saying it would turn Iraq into a U.S. colony.

Al-Sadr and other critics fear that the pullout deal will bind the U.S. and Iraq in a long-term security relationship, instead of restoring Iraqi sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, Iraqi sovereignty was never really in the cards, from the perspective of this administration.

Aug 22 09:06

A Forest Grows in Antarctica

Now, however, scientists working on the continent itself have uncovered the wooden remains of what they believe was an extensive forest that flourished only 400 miles from the South Pole about 3 million years ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like I keep saying, the earth gets warmer and colder and has been doing so long before humans showed up. Here we have yet more evidence that present-day Earth is actually far cooler than it has been at times in the past.

Al Gore and his investors are trying to convince you that you are to blame for what the Earth does all by itself naturally, in order to extract money and obedience from you.

Aug 22 09:03

Israel fears Russia may sell arms to Syria

Fears that Russia might sell advanced weaponry to Syria kicked up a mini-storm of concern in Israel on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe stealing pieces of other peoples' countries wasn't such a good idea after all.

Aug 22 08:59

Vietnam Veterans Against John “Songbird” McCain

The slippery’s, the slimey’s and the sleezy’s. That is how McCain referred to the POWs that came home before him.

Stay classy.

McCain should have to stand in the middle of the Capitol Hill rotunda while every single POW in America gets to line up and take one good cock punch at him.

Aug 22 08:53

Fun Size Countries: The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations

Do you ever get the urge to just start your own country, with your own damned rules?

Well, some people actually do it. All it takes is a small, uninhabited piece of land you can claim (though it helps to also be completely insane, or to have balls the size of watermelons).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I notice that they missed The Crown Dependency of Forvik

Aug 22 08:49

Russia Warns of Corpse Provocation

Georgian authorities are preparing a "mass provocation" as early as Thursday, using corpses to create an impression of deaths among civilians, the military said Thursday in a statement distributed by the Kremlin.

"According to our information, work is being done to the bodies as if to provide documentary evidence of the existence of victims among the civilian population, and traces of torture and cruelty on the remains of military personnel," the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That does it. I am switching to Pepsi!

Aug 22 08:48

Militants ready for Pakistan's war

Pakistan has two options. The country can give in to militancy or it can conduct military operations against it, influential advisor to the Interior Ministry, Rahman Malik, said on Thursday. And the government is not going to negotiate with militants, he added.

Aug 22 08:47

The U.S. hands over military secrets to Moscow

According to Russian officials, they didn't expect that a key unit of Georgian intelligence trained by top NATO specialists would drive directly into their hands. The Georgian officers were overtaken without causalities.

"We knew there was a lot of negligence going on in the Georgian army, but not to this degree," one well-known, highly-positioned Russian general told me, who didn't want to reveal he is currently stationed in Georgia.

Aug 22 08:44

German Jewish Group Sues YouTube

Kramer is accusing Google of doing too little to ensure that Nazi propaganda doesn't make it live on to the YouTube site. But the company denies the allegation. At an event connected to the "Loud against Nazis" campaign in Hamburg, Google Germany spokesman Kay Oberbeck said the company is "very conscientious about its responsibility."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I predict that any video showing the reality of life in Gaza will soon be added to the list of videos "inspiring race hatred."

Aug 22 08:36

Mexicans turn to radio implants as kidnaps soar

Rich Mexicans, terrified of soaring kidnapping rates, are having tiny radio transmitters planted under their skin so they can be quickly tracked and rescued.

Hundreds of people, including a growing number of middle-class Mexicans, are buying the tiny chip designed by Xega, a Mexican security firm.

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