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August 22, 2008

Aug 22 07:51

What Israel Lost in the Georgia War

Israel's strategic priority now is countering the threat it sees in Iran's nuclear program, and on that front, Russian cooperation is essential. If the Israelis are to achieve their objective of forcing Iran to end uranium enrichment through diplomatic coercion, they will need Russian support for escalating U.N. sanctions — a course of action for which Russia has thus far shown little enthusiasm.

Aug 22 07:47

Japanese discontent voiced in novel sales

The resurrection of a Marxist tome many had long consigned to the dustbin of Japan’s poverty-stricken past is seen as evidence of growing discontent in the world’s second-largest economy, which has shed many employee protections in a decade of profound restructuring. More than one-third of Japan’s workforce is part-time and millions more, especially the young, are learning how to live on shrinking wages and diminished expectations.

Aug 22 07:46

Woman cuffed, booked for not paying library fines

A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines.

Aug 22 07:44

FLASHBACK - Hillary: ‘I have been hanging around hoping Obama is assassinated’

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Remember Obama's little mishap with his airplane?

Other Clinton foes who had problems with airplanes (from the Dead Bodies list)

C. Victor Raiser II, National Finance Co-Chairman, Clinton for President Campaign. Died in a private plane crash in Alaska, en route to a fishing expedition. One of four top Clinton fundraisers who died shortly after Bill Clinton won the Presidency. Had information in source of large cash contributions.

Hershell Friday, Attorney and another Clinton fund raiser.
Had information in source of large cash contributions.
Killed when his plane exploded. Cause unknown.

Dr. Ronald Rogers, Dentist from Arkansas
Killed in plane crash as he was on his way to an interview with a "London Sunday Telegraph" reporter to reveal some Clinton dirt.

Ron Brown, Former Chairman, DNC, Commerce Secretary. On the verge of being indicted and having stated publicly his willingness to make a deal with prosecutors, Ron Brown's death brought to an end his ability to testify.

Paul Olson
A Federal witness in investigations to drug money corruption in Chicago politics (with liks to the Mena operation and the "Train Deaths"), Paul had just finished 2 days of FBI interviews when his plane ride home crashed, killing Paul and 130 others on Sept 8 1994. The Sept. 15, 1994 Tempe Tribune newspaper reported that the FBI suspected that a bomb had brought down the airplane.

Stanley Heard, Chairman, National Chiropractic Health Care. Died in a plane crash outside Dulles airport, after their aircraft, rented after Heard's personal craft developed troubles, crashed while attempting an emergency landing after reporting a fire on board. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton's advisory council, also personally treated Clinton's mother, stepfather, and brother.

David Drye.
Pat Matrisciana, owner of "Jeremiah Films" (which produces such vides as The Clinton Chronicles), and David Drye planned a trip to Washington DC by Private plane. At the last second, Pat had to cancel and David left without him, dying when the plane crashed.

JFK Jr. crashed just days before he planned to announce a run for the Senate seat now held by Hillary Clinton.


Aug 22 07:32

And None Dare Call It Treason

Who is Randy Scheunemann?

He is the principal foreign policy adviser to John McCain and potential successor to Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski as national security adviser to the president of the United States.

But Randy Scheunemann has another identity, another role.

He is a dual loyalist, a foreign agent whose assignment is to get America committed to spilling the blood of her sons for client regimes who have made this moral mercenary a rich man.

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Aug 22 07:29

Saakashvili asked the U.S. to send him a plane in the heat of the conflict

It turns out Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili planned to leave the country.

Aug 22 07:29

Intel cuts electric cords with wireless power system

"It turns out the human body is not affected by magnetic fields; it is affected by elective fields. So what we are doing is transmitting energy using the magnetic field not the electric field."

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Nicola Tesla, pick up your messages!

(Ahem)

Magnetic field strength falls off as the cube of the distance. Therefore, in this age of skyrocketing energy costs I have to ask how much extra power this wirelessness requires. Does it take 120 watts to power that 60 watt bulb? What happens when you get more than one of these units operating in the same room? How does such a powerful oscillating magnetic field affect nearby objects, like hard drives and floppy disks?

Aug 22 07:24

Brazil authorizes extradition of Colombian drug dealer to U.S.

Abadia is currently serving his term in Brazil's Campo Grande Federal Penitentiary. In early August, he and Brazilian drug dealer Fernandinho Beira-Mar were accused of heading an extortion scheme in the prison.

They had planned to kidnap President Lula's children and several senators and federal judges to buy their freedom.


Aug 22 07:23

Close ally of Colombia's president freed from jail

A former senator close to President Alvaro Uribe was freed from prison on Wednesday, four months after his arrest on charges of colluding with far-right death squads.

Mario Uribe was released after Colombia's No. 2 prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence to hold him. He remains under investigation, however, and is barred from leaving the country.

Aug 22 07:10

NATO ships enter Black Sea for exercises

NATO warships entered the Black Sea on Thursday for what the alliance said were long-planned exercises and routine visits to ports in Romania and Bulgaria.

Aug 22 07:09

U.S. to send third ship to Black Sea

The U.S. military planned to deploy the third ship at the Black Sea at the end of August, the Navy said on Thursday.

Aug 22 07:06

Philip J. Berg, Esq. Files Federal Lawsuit Requesting Obama Be Removed as a Candidate as he does not meet the Qualifications for President

Philip J. Berg, Esquire, [Berg is a former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania; former candidate for Governor and U.S. Senate in Democratic Primaries; former Chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County; former member of Democratic State Committee; an attorney with offices in Montgomery County, PA and an active practice in Philadelphia, PA, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court today, Berg vs. Obama, Civil Action No. 08-cv-4083, seeking a Declaratory Judgment and an Injunction that Obama does not meet the qualifications to be President of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Further in, Berg raises the issue of dual loyalty to other countries such as Kenya or Indonesia. I wonder if Berg is equally concerned about dual citizens of Israel and the US and where their loyalties lie.

UPDATE: Searches of the District Court web page fail to turn up Case #08-CV-4083 . This might mean this is simply a hoax so that people "have heard" Obama might not be a citizen during the ocnvention, or the case may still be working its way through the process. Stay tuned.


Aug 22 07:02

Born in the U.S.A. - Newsweek version

Corsi: No, it's a -- there's been good analysis of it on the Internet, and it's been shown to have watermarks from Photoshop. It's a fake document that's on the Web site right now, and the original birth certificate the campaign refuses to produce.

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I use Photoshop, and it does snot leave watermarks other than those intentionally put in by the artist. Indeed "watermark" an archaic term in the age of digital technology, has always referred to an INTENTIONALLY placed mark.

Folks, do you really think the Democratic party would have let Obama get this far without checking all this for themselves?

This lawsuit, timed to occur just as the Democratic Convention commences and filed by an admitted Hillary supporter, is part of the machinations to subvert the will of the Democratic primary voters and steal the nomination for Hillary.

August 21, 2008

Aug 21 22:16

THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA PROPAGANDA EFFORT ON NEW WTC7 COLLAPSE THEORY FALLS IN A HEAP.

Yesterday’s release of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) report on the collapse of WTC7 seems to have been carefully coordinated with the mainstream media in an all-out propaganda effort to debunk so-called conspiracy theories that insist that WTC7 collapsed after being rigged with demolition charges which would infer that, due to time constraints, could only have been placed in the building before 9/11.

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That pathetic Big Foot hoax intended to smear the internet did not help matters. The timing of the plant was just too obvious.

Aug 21 22:11

Born in the U.S.A.

In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document's authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is "fake."

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Interesting that this lawsuit is filed right now. Just in time to help Hillary sway some delegates in the upcoming roll call vote.

Aug 21 21:34

More on the Obama lawsuit

The complaint is asking for declaratory (asking the court to declare Obama is not a US citizen, a “natural born” citizen and not eligible under the qualifications of the US Constitution to run for Office of President). Also asking for injunctive relief and an emergency TRO. Further asking for EXPEDITED Discovery. We are asking that Obama provide a “ceritified copy” of the oath he took to regain his citizenship.

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This is the latest UPDATE ON THE LAWSUIT SEEKING A TEMP. INJUNCTION BARRING BARAK OBAMA FROM RUNNING FOR PRES.

NAME WITHHELD

UPDATE 2X: Democratic former Pennsylvania Attorney General Philip C. Berg filed a complaint late today in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania "for an emergency temporary restraining order prohibiting Barack Obama from running for president, and enjoining the DNC from nominating Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.” The complaint wants the court to delcare that Obama is not a "natural citizen" and is not, therefore, qualified to run for President of the United States. The court is being asked for a temporary restraining order and expedited discovery. The defendant is named as: BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, a/k/a
BARRY SOETORO, a/k/a
BARRY OBAMA , a/k/a
BARACK DUNHAM, a/k/a
BARRY DUNHAM, THE
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL
COMMITTEE, and THE FEDERAL
ELECTION COMMISSION

Case number: Case #08-CV-4083

Now then, the timing of this lawsuit is clearly intended to help Hillary wrest the nomination away from Obama at the Democratic convention. If the injunction is granted (and they may have done a little "Judge shopping" in this case), there is insufficient time for Obama to respond and prove the accusations false before the convention. Indeed all the judge has to do is grant the injunction and refuse to hear the case until after the convention, and the damage is done.


Aug 21 21:34

Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court on Grounds he is Constitutionally Ineligible for the Presidency

A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic National Committee and the Federal Election Commission. The action seeks an injunction preventing the senator from continuing his candidacy and a court order enjoining the DNC from nominating him next week, all on grounds that Sen. Obama is constitutionally ineligible to run for and hold the office of President of the United States.

Aug 21 19:17

Surprise! NIST concludes fire dropped WTC7 at free-fall into its own footprint

But NIST has their own theories replete with colorful computer generated graphics showing fires spreading (asymetrically) and girders falling in their complicated report. But wait.... I saw the video of the building falling and I saw what appears to be a classic controlled demolition. I hypothesize controlled demolition as the primary hypothesis - but NIST doesn't. I wonder why? Richard Gage from AE911truth begs to differ with NIST especially since tons of molten metal were found 21 days after the attack.

Aug 21 18:44

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Aug 21 17:50

Japanese Banks Halt Lending as Bounced Checks Rise to Record

Japanese banks halted transactions with 12 percent more companies in July than a year earlier, the biggest increase since May 2007, as the firms issued checks that bounced. The number of companies in the Tokyo area cut off by banks rose to a two-year high.


Aug 21 17:37

Debunking NIST's Conclusions about WTC 7: Easy as Shooting Fish in a Barrel

NIST also said:

"No blast sounds were heard on the audio tracks of video recordings during the collapse of WTC 7 or reported by witnesses."

Oh, really?

Aug 21 17:35

COVERAGE OF THE SAILING OF THE FREE GAZA SHIPS

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Al Jazeera reports where US media fears to go.

Aug 21 15:16

Fannie Mae opens satellite offices to sell foreclosures

Fannie Mae is rethinking how it will handle the tens of thousands of properties being repossessed as the real estate market continues to plummet.

To that end, it is opening two satellite offices, one in California and another in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to manage and sell its foreclosed properties in those states, said Marilyn Kornfeld, a spokeswoman for the Washington, D.C.-based company.

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There is no truth to the rumor that Snidley Whiplash has been hired as CEO of the new operation.

Aug 21 15:08

YouTube - Uniquely American

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This is just a still photo but the sound track is from Bush's 2005 comment to a divorced mother about how "uniquely American" it is that she is working three jobs to make ends meet, how wonderful it is that she has to work three jobs to make ends meet, and ends with a rather crass joke about it all!

This is Bush's "Let them eat cake" moment!


Aug 21 14:43

Nature Editorial: Anthrax case not closed

Was Bruce Ivins a scientist-gone-wrong who single-handedly orchestrated the 2001 anthrax attacks in the United States? Or was the 62-year-old anthrax-vaccine researcher at Fort Detrick, Maryland, an emotionally unstable innocent whose profile made him a convenient fall guy for the FBI?

Aug 21 13:31

I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button

A fellow Vietnam POW of McCain's warns of the candidate's "quick and explosive temper" and suggests McCain is exaggerating his imprisonment.

Aug 21 13:30

Michael Moore Dares to Ask: What's So Heroic About Being Shot Down While Bombing Innocent Civilians?

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"McCain's sacrifice had nothing to do with protecting the United States. He was sent to Vietnam along with hundreds of thousands of others in an attempt to prop up what was essentially an American colony, South Vietnam, which was being run by a dictator whom we installed."

Aug 21 12:57

Mainstream Media Commercial

A commercial for "The Mainstream Media." By comedian Jon Lajoie.


Aug 21 12:54

Elections 2008: Voting machine companies will be COUNTING the vote

As we approach the 2008 general election, the structure of elections in the United States — once reliant on local representatives accountable to the public — has become almost wholly dependent on large corporations, which are not accountable to the public.

Aug 21 12:51

Russia Checkmates the Neocons

It appears Russia is wasting little time responding to the neocon provocation of declaring its intention of installing missiles at Redzikowo, on Poland’s Baltic coast. Russia has dispatched the aircraft carrier at Admiral Kuznetsov to the Syrian port of Tartus. Admiral Kuznetsov, along with Russia’s biggest missile cruiser Moskva and at least four nuclear submarines, left Murmansk on the Barents Sea on August 18

Aug 21 12:24

Oil Casualties: Kazakhs Mull Exporting Through Russia

Well that didn’t take long. Russia’s military incursion into Georgia, home to a key oil and gas pipeline, stoked fears that the West would have a harder time convincing Central Asian countries to defy Russia and take part in future pipeline projects that would reduce dependence on Russia. Now, some countries seem to be bailing out of the existing ones.

Kazakhstan is considering diverting its oil exports away from the BTC pipeline that runs through Georgia, and using Russia instead. The reason? “Security concerns,” brought about by Russian military intervention.

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Which Saakashvili started, apparently with support and encouragement from the US.

Another unintended consequence of the US militancy.

Aug 21 12:20

US guided missile destroyer on way to Georgia

Two U.S. Navy ships, including a guided missile destroyer USS McFaul, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter are getting underway to transport humanitarian assistance supplies to Georgia, U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said on August 21.

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I have been on one of those guided missile destroyers.

They don't have a lot of room for hauling cargo.


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Aug 21 11:39

As federal agency declares 'new phenomenon' downed WTC 7, activists cry foul

"We conducted the study without bias, without interference from anyone," said Dr. Sunder. "We have only one single-minded goal in this effort."

While the Institute said it considered the possibility of a controlled demolition taking place at WTC 7, the notion was dismissed due to the absence of any recordings of an explosion sound.

Thermite, however, does not make an explosion sound. And while this was raised to Dr. Sunder in the media's Q&A session, he dismissed it as impossible.

Aug 21 10:51

NIST: "Then a Miracle Occurs"

NIST's explanation for the collapse of World Trade Center 7 on September 11th follows the logic in the cartoon above.

Aug 21 10:46

'Free Gaza' boats set sail from Cyprus to Gaza

As the sixty activists gathered in Cyprus two weeks ago, the Israeli government issued statements indicating that the Israeli navy would shoot the boats if they tried to bring the humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Aug 21 10:31

Is the FBI stuck? How can they worm out now?

But a caller says there were what looked like Palestinians heading toward the bridge. All these guys fail lie detector test (yes I know you cant use those in court but they are accurate [especially when you test 5 people] that's why we have them) But you've got 5 men who were busted filming the attacks before they happened. That was reported by the New York Times and Fox News. Last paragraph http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,34250,00.html They didn't know yet that they were Israelis.


Aug 21 10:29

Questions and Answers about the NIST WTC 7 Investigation

"Did investigators consider the possibility that an explosion caused or contributed to the collapse of WTC 7?
Yes, this possibility was investigated carefully. NIST concluded that blast events inside the building did not occur and found no evidence supporting the existence of a blast event.

In addition, no blast sounds were heard on the audio tracks of video recordings during the collapse of WTC 7 or reported by witnesses."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Really?

http://whatreallyhappened.com/IMAGES/wtc7_med2.wma
9/11/2001 radio broadcast: "...I was just standing there, ya know... we were watching the building [WTC 7] actually 'cuz it was on fire... the bottom floors of the building were on fire and... we heard this sound that sounded like a clap of thunder..."

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/february2007/100207heardbombs.htm
"Somebody grabbed my shoulder and I started running, and the shit's hitting the ground behind me, and the whole time you're hearing "boom, boom, boom, boom, boom." I think I know an explosion when I hear it..."

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/cutter.html

Aug 21 10:27

IRS Agent Who Snooped on Tax Returns of 200 B-List Celebrities Gets Suspended Sentence

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John Snyder, a local IRS examiner who pled guilty last month to illegally looking at the tax returns of 200 celebrities (e.g., Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Chevy Chase, John Cleese, Sally Field, Randy Quaid, Vanna White) and local professional athletes and coaches was sentenced yesterday to three years’ probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $1,000 penalty.

The government likes to point out that they have laws to prevent government abuse of the people, but if those laws are not enforced, or the penalties all but eliminated, then where is the protection of the people?

Aug 21 10:25

Homes McCain doesn't remember having worth nearly $14 million

Even though John McCain can't remember how many houses he and his wife own, his political opponents have been keeping track of the multi-millionares' holdings.

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A man who has so much money he forgets where much of it is cannot possibly understand, let alone represent, the interests of Americans struggling just to put food on the table.

He can't. It is just impossible.

Aug 21 10:18

The language used by al-Aqsa TV shocked me, but there's no denying it reflects the reality of the Palestinian experience

The mood in the house was tense, with both brothers nervous about the possible repercussions for their village after the morning's hostilities, and they kept a keen eye on the screen as they watched footage of the bloody confrontation being broadcast. For my benefit, the older brother tuned to the English version of al-Aqsa TV, a channel launched by Hamas in 2006 as part of its campaign to counter what it saw as Israeli propaganda in the western media.


Aug 21 10:15

U.S. demands Russia leave Georgia "now"

Russia began pulling tanks and troops back over its frontier, pledging all forces would quit Georgia's heartland by Friday night, but the United States demanded it leave "now".

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Not that the US is being unreasonable or anything like that.

Aug 21 10:13

Georgian Crisis Is a Trap for U.S. Leadership

The fighting between Georgia and Russia has resulted in a serious political crisis in U.S.-Russian relations. It seems as if both sides have gone back to the sharp Cold War rhetoric of the early 1980s.

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BINGO!

That is, of course, the whole point; to get back to those "Happy Days" when the US Government only had to wave Russians at Americans to get the people to do as they were told, pay the taxes they were told, send their children off to die where told.

The Cold War fossils in power and desperate to revive that old US-Russia animosity because they really believe the American people will fall for it all over again.

"Fool me once..."

Aug 21 10:11

White House missing up to 225 days of e-mail

The White House is missing as many as 225 days of e-mail dating back to 2003 and there is little if any likelihood a recovery effort will be completed by the time the Bush administration leaves office, according to an internal White House draft document obtained by The Associated Press.

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"We tried microwaving those backup CD-Rs, but that seems to have made the problem worse." -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 21 10:09

Discussing Obama, Limbaugh suggests Dems, media believe "you can't criticize the little black man-child"

"On the August 20 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh asserted of attacks by Sen. John McCain against Sen. Barack Obama: "See, there are Democrats -- the drive-bys" -- a term Limbaugh uses to denote the national media -- "are just so upset with these so-called 'ferocious attacks.' These have been benign. Even the Britney Spears/Paris Hilton ad was funny. It was benign." He later added: "It's -- you know, it's just -- it's just we can't hit the girl.

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Shut up and take your pills, Rush.

Aug 21 10:08

Jewish state shuts down three Hebron radio stations

Israeli security forces raided and shut down three local radio stations in the Occupied West Bank town of Hebron on Wednesday, witnesses and the radios' owners said. "They raided our offices, they confiscated our equipment, and they detained everyone," said Ayman al-Qawasmi, the owner of Radio Hurriya. "This has happened before," he said. At least two people were arrested during the raids, including Mahmoud Kanabi, an on-air broadcaster, witnesses said. None of the three stations were linked to Palestinian political factions.

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You do NOT arrest the on-air talent over an antenna violation!

Aug 21 10:02

Egypt warns Hamas: Beware of Israeli strikes on your leaders

Egypt has warned Hamas to beware of Israeli attempts to assassinate the group's leaders over their lack of progress in negotiations to free abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi daily reported on Thursday.

Aug 21 10:01

Pentagon Plans to Send More Than 12,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon will be sending 12,000 to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, possibly as soon as the end of this year, with planning underway for a further force buildup in 2009.

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Does anyone even remember why we are in Afghanistan?

Aug 21 09:59

Cyanide death at hotel ruled a suicide

Authorities have said they do not suspect foul play in the death and said they have no evidence that the cyanide represented any terrorist threat.

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While I have no doubt that this man dies by his own hand in a stupid accident, I have to question the ruling of suicide and the claim there was no sign of a terrorist threat.

First of all, cyanide is a very painful way to die. It can take between 5 and 9 minutes merely to lose consciousness, during which time your muscles are all contracting, and the victim feels excruciating pain. Why would an intentional suicide choose such a method? A gunshot or a fall off a building is almost instantaneous, and far easier to obtain than a pound of cyanide.

Second, why go to the trouble of acquiring a whole pound of cyanide? 10 milligrams/kg is the LD50 dose for Cyanide, which works out to a bit over 3 grams of cyanide for a 150 pound man. So, a tablespoon of cyanide is a guaranteed lethal dose. Why a whole pound? That's enough to kill hundreds of people!

Aug 21 09:45

Priming the Pump With Missle Defense: Empty Gestures Full of Blood

US politics, because of the failure by both Republicans and Democrats to deal with the problems of campaign finance, is rotten from head to toe. But under Bush, the corruption has acquired Nigerian qualities. Federal government is a vast corporate welfare programme, rewarding the industries that give millions of dollars in political donations with contracts worth billions. Missile defence is the biggest pork barrel of all, the magic pudding that won't run out, however much you eat.

Aug 21 09:41

Key U.S. Iraq strategy in danger of collapse

A key pillar of the U.S. strategy to pacify Iraq is in danger of collapsing because the Iraqi government is failing to absorb tens of thousands of former Sunni Muslim insurgents who'd joined U.S.-allied militia groups into the country's security forces.

Aug 21 09:39

VIDEO - Pelosi Clashes With Protesters Over Impeachment

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Tar and feathers are gender-neutral!

Aug 21 09:37

Why is Liberal Radio So Inept?

Let's get right to the point: liberal radio is a disaster. It's un-listenable. While the right-wingers are out there relentlessly bashing the hell out of Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in an effort to tear him and it down in their quest for the presidency, our compadres on the left are indulging themselves in sophomoric humor and inane blabbering about nothing in particular. All you need is a 30-second listen and you'll realize just how dreadful and unfocused it is.

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I GUESS I BETTER KICK ASS A BIT HARDER!

Aug 21 09:35

Senators Vow to Block U.S.-Russian Nuclear Pact If Sent to Congress

A Republican U.S. senator said Tuesday he will try to block a U.S.-Russia civilian nuclear power deal if President Bush sends it to Congress, because he fears it could undermine efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation in Iran.

Aug 21 09:34

Manufacturers' output hopes slump to seven-year low as orders wilt

Hopes that industry can take up some of the slack in Britain's faltering economy were undercut yesterday as the CBI reported that manufacturers' expectations of their future output fell to a seven-year low this month. The growing gloom among manufacturing groups came as order books declined for a second month in a row and by more than they had expected.

Aug 21 09:32

2008 Coolest For At Least Five Years

Man-made climate change advocates scramble to explain away failure of global warming to appear as ordered

Aug 21 09:31

Norway: Russia to cut all military ties with NATO

Russia has informed Norway that it plans to suspend all military ties with NATO, Norway's Defense Ministry said Wednesday, a day after the military alliance urged Moscow to withdraw its forces from Georgia.

Aug 21 09:09

Zardari to be next president

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Hopefully, this will give the Pakistani government an opportunity to start to address the real, and (critical) problems the country faces.

Aug 21 08:59

Agrobacterium & Morgellons Disease, A GM Connection?

Preliminary findings suggest a link between Morgellons Disease and Agrobacterium, a soil bacterium extensively manipulated and used in making GM crops; has genetic engineering created a new epidemic?

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That would certainly explain the extreme reluctance shown by the medical establishment in even acknowledging there is a problem in the first place!

Aug 21 08:56

New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers

The senators said the new guidelines would allow the F.B.I. to open an investigation of an American, conduct surveillance, pry into private records and take other investigative steps “without any basis for suspicion.” The plan “might permit an innocent American to be subjected to such intrusive surveillance based in part on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or on protected First Amendment activities,” the letter said.

Aug 21 08:55

Facing worst drought in history,

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This is why, the next time Israel invades Lebanon, they will go all the way to the Litani River.

Aug 21 08:53

Libby questioned on forged letter linking Saddam to 9/11

House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) issued letters of inquiry Wednesday to Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, regarding a forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to the 9/11 attacks.

Aug 21 08:51

Warren Report - The Sequel

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Total waste of time and your tax dollars. NIST insists that fire brought down WTC-7 without explaining how every single load bearing member failed at the same exact moment.

Aug 21 08:50

International troops target Islamic militants in Pakistan

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Notice how the headline avoids saying "US and NATO troops target Islamic militants in Pakistan."

look for a lot more cross-border incidents into Pakistan in the coming months, whether the Pakistani government approves....or not.

Aug 21 08:49

Syrian Leader Highlights Solidarity, Seeks Arms, In Visit To Russia

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, in Russia on a two-day visit, backed Moscow's military action against Georgia at talks with President Dmitry Medvedev that were expected to cover purchases of Russian arms.

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Bush and the Neocons have royally screwed this nation. Their slavish backing of Israel aggressions against other Mideast nations has opened up an opportunity for Russia to move into the region and greatly expand her sphere of influence.

US Foreign Policy regarding Israel has long by justified with the claim that Israel was our only friend in the Mideast, and now that has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The United States has lost the initiative in the Mideast.

Aug 21 08:37

City panel to cops: Hold off on pot arrests during Democratic Convention

Denver police should refrain from penalizing adults for possession of small amounts of cannabis, up to an ounce, during the Democratic National Convention, the mayor's advisory panel said Wednesday.

Aug 21 08:36

VIDEO - Cafferty Asserts Saakashvili Started it!

Aug 21 08:35

401(k) debit card could hurt retirement savings

Certainly, there are many disadvantages as well and critics argue that they outweigh the pros. For instance, when leaving an employer, the borrower may be required to pay off a balance immediately or face a financial penalty. In addition, repayments to a 401(k) debit-card loan are made with after-tax dollars that will be taxed again when they eventually are withdrawn from an account. The double taxation wouldn't occur with a conventional loan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, if the tax laws were really written for the benefit of the public, they would fit inside a pamphlet!

All this complexity (besides create jobs for otherwise unemployed accountants) is done to conceal the scale of robbery by the government against its own people.

Aug 21 08:30

The Gaza Concentration Camp: Ancient Colonialism through a Nazi Filter

When you approach the Erez frontier post to enter Gaza from the north, you notice a concentration camp straightaway even if you may never have seen one like the ones turned into museums or educational centres, or like the ones that appear in documentaries or photographs.

Aug 21 08:29

Russia blocks Georgia's main port city

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia appears to be "digging in" in some areas of Georgia to prove a point, both to Georgia and the world; the US and NATO are impotent, at this juncture, to stop it.

This is, essentially, for the consumption of other former Soviet satellites which may be contemplating joining NATO.

Aug 21 08:26

French troops 'killed by Nato jets'

Reports that 10 French soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan after being mistakenly attacked by Nato aircraft are to be "looked into," officials for the military alliance have said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when they tried to blame this on the Taliban?

Aug 21 08:26

Afghan civilians said killed in U.S.-led air raid

More than a dozen civilians have been killed in an air strike by U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan's eastern province of Laghman, two provincial officials said on Thursday.

Aug 21 08:25

FREE GAZA - Memorial Service Today at 1:30 pm in Larnaca

Today at 1:30 pm, the passengers and crew of the SS FREE GAZA and the SS LIBERTY will hold a memorial service at the Northern end of the commercial port in Larnaca. This service will commemorate the 14 fishermen of Gaza who have been killed by the Israeli Navy over the past four years as they were fishing off their coast.

Aug 21 08:16

McCain On Reinstituting A Military Draft: ‘I Don’t Disagree’

QUESTIONER: If we don’t reenact the draft, I don’t think we’ll have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.

[Appaluse]

MCCAIN: Ma’am, let me say that I don’t disagree with anything you said.

Aug 20 20:57

Brits Want to Yank Fat Children From Their Homes

If children are fat, this may be defined as "neglect" (abuse) on the part of parents. Local governments in Britain are looking to make a power grab and decide the fate of families.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/022386.html

Aug 20 20:29

Disproof of Global Warming Hype Published

A mathematical proof that there is no “climate crisis” has been published in debate on global warming in Physics and Society, a scientific publication of the 46,000-strong American Physical Society.

http://mensnewsdaily.com/2008/07/18/disproof-of-global-warming-hype-pu...

Aug 20 20:25

Twilight of the Psychopaths

Civilization, as we know it, is largely the creation of psychopaths. All civilizations, our own included, have been based on slavery and “warfare.” Incidentally, the latter term is a euphemism for mass murder.

http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2008/01/02/02073.html

Aug 20 20:12

At JFK Airport, Denying Basic Rights Is Just Another Day at the Office

I was recently stopped by Homeland Security as I was returning from a trip to Syria. What I saw in the hours that followed shocked and disturbed me.

http://www.alternet.org/rights/95351?page=1

August 20, 2008

Aug 20 17:14

Nawaz Sharif Threatens to Pull Out of Pakistani Coalition

A day after their unified effort ousted President Pervez Musharraf, the two major parties in the governing coalition fell into disarray on Tuesday when they failed to agree on the restoration of the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Aug 20 16:19

Tubbs Jones Dies After Suffering Brain Aneurysm

A team of doctors who evaluated her determined she had limited brain function. She remained in critical condition throughout the day before she died at 6:12 p.m., the Cleveland Clinic said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess this time it is for real!

Aug 20 15:47

Across the boards

Since leaving Indiana as a first lady, Susan Bayh has become a professional board member, earning more than $1 million a year in director fees for advice she gives to companies that make pharmaceuticals, operate radio stations, sell health insurance policies, offer online banking and distribute ingredients to fast-food restaurants.

During the same time, her husband, Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., cast more than 3,000 votes, including some on issues of keen interest to the pharmaceutical, broadcast, insurance, food-distribution and finance industries.

Aug 20 15:22

Liechtenstein to act on banking secrecy standards

Prince Alois, a trained accountant, did not spell out details of an initiative that could see Liechtenstein provide tax information about foreign account holders in return for guarantees they would not be punished unduly. "In the future, we should offer all states comprehensive co-operation if they are willing to find sensible solutions with us for the client relationships we have built up, and if they are interested in fair and constructive co-operation for the future," he said.

Aug 20 15:21

Anthrax Conspiracy: Bloggers on the FBI case against Bruce Ivins

Over the last few weeks, bloggers have been burning up their keyboards with their own theories about whether Ivins was really responsible for the attacks-- or a conveniently deceased patsy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how I didn't make their list! :(

Aug 20 15:18

States throw out costly electronic voting machines

It wasn't supposed to be this way. After the disputed 2000 presidential recount, Congress provided more than $3 billion to replace punch card and lever-operated machines. State officials across the country said the new systems would eliminate human error and political tampering.

But problems with the machines soon followed: vanishing votes, breakdowns, malfunctions and increasing evidence that the devices were vulnerable to hackers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, the card scanners are also open to fraud.

Aug 20 15:15

Flung in cell for taking photo of cops breaking law

A MAN was held for five hours after he photographed a cop reversing the wrong way up a one-way street.

Aug 20 15:14

Neocons put US at Risk of Nuclear War with Russia

McCain's senior foreign policy aide was a director of the Project for the New American Century. Neoconservative Randy Scheunemann pushed for the illegal Iraq War and was a paid lobbyist for the foreign country GEORGIA. As Scheunemann advised McCain, McCain called Georgia's President Saakashvili on the same day Scheunemann profited from a $200,000 lobbying contract with Georgia.

Aug 20 15:12

Food prices to post biggest rise since 1990: USDA

U.S. consumers should brace for the biggest increase in food prices in nearly 20 years in 2008 and even more pain next year due to surging meat and produce prices, the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Crops going into your fuel tanks are crops NOT being sold for food.

Aug 20 15:11

U.S. Mercenary Chickens Will Come Home to Roost

The day may not be far off when the New Orleans nightmare becomes a national reality. The specter of mercenary occupation of American cities is no longer farfetched - it has already happened. The logic of permanent domestic mercenary deployment is rooted in the historical fact that the rich created the modern state to protect their wealth, and to harness the nation as a whole to produce more wealth for their benefit.

Aug 20 15:01

Germany outraged by data theft scandal

German politicians are being urged to tighten data protection laws after a state privacy watchdog said information on the entire German population was available and being traded online.

Aug 20 14:42

FLASHBACK - The Fatal Flaws in the Patriot Missile System

As missile sirens went off in Kuwait, embedded reporters ritually donned their chemical gas masks, descended into bunkers, then emerged minutes later to announce that they'd been saved by the mighty Patriot missile.

The mobile missile batteries supposedly knocked down several Iraqi Scuds headed toward US Army positions and Kuwait City. Later, it turned out that the missiles weren't Scuds and they may have been brought down in the Kuwait desert on their own volition not by US missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then there was TWA 800!

Russia need not be very worried about those missile the US put into Poland, not with a track record like this!

Aug 20 14:30

Rhetorical Question

It's a bright early October morning on Capitol Hill. Joe Biden is bounding up the steps of the Russell Senate Office Building, wearing his trademark grin. As he makes for the door, he is met by a group of airline pilots and flight attendants looking vaguely heroic in their navy-blue uniforms and wing-shaped pins. A blandly handsome man in a pilot's cap steps forward and asks Biden to help pass emergency benefits for laid-off airline workers. Biden nods as the men and women cluster around him with fawning smiles. Then he speaks.

Aug 20 14:29

NSA MAY BE READING WINDOWS SOFTWARE IN YOUR COMPUTER

President Bush’s grab for unchecked eavesdropping powers is the culmination of what the National Security Agency(NSA) has spent forty years doing unto others.

Aug 20 12:37

Russia sends aircraft carrier to Syria

The Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” is ready to head from Murmansk towards the Mediterranean and the Syrian port of Tartus. The mission comes after Syrian President Bashar Assad said he is open for a Russian base in the area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The attempt to blockade Russia using Georgia has backfired big time!

Aug 20 12:30

Why Bush Will Pardon AIPAC for Espionage

On Oct. 28, 2008, the prosecution is scheduled to appeal the ruling judge's order that it prove the alleged leaks harmed the United States. This is a far tougher standard of proof than the Espionage Act actually requires. Nevertheless, observers and critics hope the trial will provide insight into Middle East policy formulation – but there is diminished reason for this hope. A passel of musty documents from an earlier, long-secret Department of Justice attempt to hold the Israel lobby accountable was declassified on June 10, 2008.

Aug 20 12:28

Tallest Skyscraper in the World Almost Completed, Defies Belief

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WOW!

Aug 20 12:16

Fannie, Freddie Bailouts Hinge on Rollover

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's success in repaying $223 billion of bonds due by the end of the quarter may determine whether they can avoid a federal bailout.

Aug 20 12:09

The Anthrax Files

The FBI claims to have caught the killer. But so much evidence has been neglected or mishandled that many experts still have doubts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attention FBI*: When the American Conservative thinks you have blown it, you have BLOWN it.

*Famous But Incompetent

Aug 20 12:07

Germany's Schroeder says Georgia sparked fighting

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder blamed Tbilisi on Saturday for sparking hostilities with Moscow and suggested its breakaway regions could not remain part of Georgia following the violent clashes of the past week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Who put Saakashvili up to this?

Aug 20 12:02

John McCain accused of plagiarising Wikipedia for speeches

More serious is the claim that Mr McCain has exaggerated or concocted the prison story, which he periodically uses in his stump speeches and which first appeared in his 1999 memoir Faith of My Fathers, which focused on his five and a half years in a North Vietnamese prison.

Aug 20 12:00

Giuliani to give keynote at GOP convention

The theme will be "Country First".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Ein volk, ein reich, ein fuhrer!"

Aug 20 11:57

NYC police want to screen Manhattan-bound vehicles for radiation, other terrorism threats

The New York Police Department is working on a plan to track every car, truck or other vehicle entering Manhattan and screen them for radioactive materials and other terrorism threats.

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Aug 20 11:54

LIMBAUGH: “I REALLY HOPE IT’S BIDEN”

“I really hope it’s Biden. You don’t want to say that too loud, but I really do hope that it’s Joe Biden, because we’ve got a mountain of archival audio on Joe Biden.”

Aug 20 11:54

'Hum' keeps Suffolk town awake

People in a Suffolk town have noticed a strange humming sound overnight for the past seven weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And nobody recorded it?

Aug 20 11:49

NATO suspends Russian council, supports Georgia's government

NATO pulled its punches against Russia on Tuesday, suspending formal contacts as punishment for the Georgia invasion but bucking U.S. pressure for more severe penalties.

The Russian ambassador to NATO played down the impact of the emergency meeting of the Western alliance.

"The mountain gave birth to a mouse," said Dmitry Rogozin.

Aug 20 11:43

MI5 report challenges views on terrorism in Britain

MI5 has concluded that there is no easy way to identify those who become involved in terrorism in Britain, according to a classified internal research document on radicalisation seen by the Guardian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fastest way to stop terror is to stop screwing around with other peoples' countries.

Aug 20 11:38

Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died, sources say

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in Congress, has died after suffering a brain aneurysm, said sources familiar with the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

MAYBE!

There seems to be some confusion over whether Tubbs has died or not.

Aug 20 11:37

Russia warns of response to US missile shield

Russia says its response to the further development of a U.S. missile shield in Poland will go beyond diplomacy.

Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the U.S. missile shield plans are clearly aimed at weakening Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the proudly, geopolitically clueless are in control of US foreign policy, and there are no grown-ups in the room.

Just as Georgia hideously mis-judged Russia's ferocious fear of invasion, so has the white house just demonstrated a colossal failure of imagination by believing that Russia would not respond to the development of a US missle shield in Poland.

The words "beyond diplomacy" may well translate into a military attack against Poland. This agreement states clearly that the US will come to the aid of Poland militarily if Poland is attacked.

Aug 20 11:20

Attacks rise as Taliban close in on Kabul

THE Taliban ambush that killed 10 French soldiers is the latest in a series of deadly attacks near Kabul that show the rebels are gaining on the Afghan capital, say analysts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We currently have 47,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The US has pledged another 15,000 (when, and from where these troops are coming is not yet announced.

That gives us a total of 62,000 troops on the ground.

The outgoing US NATO commander stated bluntly this year that the US and NATO need 400,000 troops to really do the job, according to US military protocols.

When the new contingent of US troops arrives for their tour of duty, the US and NATO will still be 338,000 troops short of the strength needed to do this job.

What's wrong with this picture? Everything.

How we can possibly manage a positive outcome without the troop strength is a mystery.

But the continued air attacks guarantee two things will happen in Afghanistan.

First, we're going to kill scores more civilians.

Secondly, we will radicalize those Afghanis left standing even further against Karzai's government.

Aug 20 11:13

Poland, US sign missile shield deal despite Russian anger

"This will help us to deal with the new threats of the 21st century, of long-range missile threats from countries like Iran or from North Korea,'' Rice told reporters ahead of the ceremony.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Poland is not exactly on a line from Iran to the US. And Korean missiles would come around the other direction!

Aug 20 11:10

Govt mum on Haywood's departure

Questions were being asked on Tuesday about the sudden departure of Ken Haywood, an executive of an MNC whose computer Internet connection was used to send terror e-mail minutes before Ahmedabad blasts, but the Government chose to remain mum.

Haywood left on the intervening night of August 17-18 from Indira Gandhi International Airport here, despite a lookout notice issued by the Mumbai police pending against the 48-year-old US citizen. He was accompanied by his wife and two daughters to his home via Brussels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Along with the ease with which he got back to Arizona, past the Customs and Immigration/TSA bozos at the borders.

Aug 20 11:04

WW 2 Interrogators Got Information Without Torture

Indeed, successful interrogation is a battle of wits and treating the detainee with humanity is one of the cardinal principals in successful interrogation. Torture actually interferes with that process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But it is so much fun to WATCH!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 20 11:01

Ohio Jobless Rate at 15-Year High; McCain Plan May Kill 8,000 More

Ohio got some bad economic news. The state lost more than 11,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate has worsened to 7.2 percent—the highest in Ohio since December 1992.

Ohio may take an additional major job hit if DHL Express is allowed to close its air freight facility in Wilmington, where more than 8,000 people are employed. Those jobs would be another casualty of the economic agenda that puts multinational corporations ahead of communities and families.

Aug 20 10:59

Pentagon, White House at odds over aid to Georgia

Moreover, to send the Comfort, a destroyer or any other major naval vessel, the Bush administration would need to obtain permission from Turkey under the Montreux Convention, an international treaty that regulates naval passage in the Black Sea. So far, Turkey, which controls the Bosporus and the Dardanelles that link the Mediterranean and the Black Seas, has refused, the Pentagon officials told McClatchy.

The White House is frustrated, the officials said, but the Pentagon is unperturbed.

Aug 20 10:57

Vaccines Found to Cause Diabetes in Children

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This info needs to get out to all parents of infants, particularly if there is a history of diabetes in their families.

Aug 20 10:57

'America's Outrageous War Economy!'

Yes, America's economy is a war economy. Not a "manufacturing" economy. Not an "agricultural" economy. Nor a "service" economy. Not even a "consumer" economy.

Seriously, I looked into your eyes, America, saw deep into your soul. So let's get honest and officially call it "America's Outrageous War Economy." Admit it: we secretly love our war economy. And that's the answer to Jim Grant's thought-provoking question last month in the Wall Street Journal -- "Why No Outrage?"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have been in a constant war economy since Pearl Harbor. That was the reason for the Cold War; to trick the United States people into staying on a war economy even after World War Two was over and we had won it!

See (and repost) The New McCarthyism

Aug 20 10:51

Israel Planned To Use Georgia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If true, this explains much about the Israeli military involvement in Georgia.

Aug 20 10:45

The Most Dangerous Man in America

His name was John Sidney McCain III. His modest proposal was that the United States should be prepared to bomb the North Korean reactor sites. Never mind that he could be condemning several thousand U.S. troops (and tens of thousands of South Korean civilians) in the vicinity of the Demilitarized Zone to a virtual death sentence. It had never occurred to this self-proclaimed military expert that the North Korean regime had amassed thousands of long-range artillery pieces and rocket launchers and concealed them in tunnels north of the DMZ.

Aug 20 10:43

Arab Regimes Cautious, Public Eager for Rising Russia

Arab leaders are closely and quietly watching the unfolding military conflict between Russia and Georgia, while considering its political repercussions on the global scene and potential impact on the volatile Middle East. The Arab street, meanwhile, is openly backing a resurgent Russia and hopes to see the end of a Washington-centered unipolar world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The basic philosophy of the Project for the New American Century was that the US was the only remaining superpower and should act like one.

Today we see the folly of that short-sighted and self-centered view.

Aug 20 10:41

Israel's Dog in the fight in the Georgian War

Israel was considering last weekend to suspend all further military shipments to embattled Georgia, fearing possible retaliation with Russia which is on good terms with two of the Jewish state's arch enemies in the region, Syria and Iran.

Aug 20 10:38

US faces up to life without Musharraf

For Musharraf's erstwhile supporters in Washington, the search has already begun to find a replacement for the man who in 2001 dramatically reversed his country's alignment to make it a key player in the "war on terror" and made himself an indispensable component of the US's policies in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WANTED: Puppet for US branch office in Pakistan. Must obey orders and not give a rat's ass about their own people.

Aug 20 10:36

Syria test fires series of long-range missiles

Syria has recently test launched a series of surface to surface missiles and rockets, Channel 2 news reported Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh shiver! Oh shake! Poor little Israel, with its 600 nuclear warheads quakes with fear over Syria's antique scuds!!!!

Maybe.... just maybe... being friends is better than being enemies?

Aug 20 10:33

Why Bush Will Pardon AIPAC for Espionage

f President George W. Bush waits to pardon Weissman and Rosen until shortly before leaving office, it would be too late for AIPAC's most precious asset: its reputation as an entity engaged in lawful activities. The administration also has an overriding self-preservation interest in seeing this case vanish: it is the singular judicial process for determining whether AIPAC goes too far in agitating for wars – whether in Iraq, Lebanon, or Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people should be prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows; however, that most probably will never happen.

Aug 20 10:31

The Narrative Versus the News

The degeneration of journalism into "infotainment" has been bemoaned by the mandarins of the profession ever since the cable news revolution knocked the networks off their pedestal. Now the Internet is overtaking the cable channels as the place news consumers go to get their infotainment fix – or, alternatively, where they go to find out what the mainstream media isn't telling us.

Aug 20 10:30

79 Million Americans Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

Working-age Americans are facing mounting problems when it comes to affording health care, a result of what analysts are calling a "perfect storm" of economic woes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States has the most expensive medical care in the world. Sadly, it is also among the very worst in the industrialized nations. That is great news for the investors, but terrible news for patients.

Aug 20 10:27

Declassified Old Documents Shed New Light on AIPAC Espionage Prosecution

More than one thousand documents released under Freedom of Information Act filings reveal details of a secret battle that raged between founders of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and top US law enforcement officials. The new book "America's Defense Line: The Justice Department's Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government" reproduces and analyzes these files and their troubling implications for rule of law in the United States.

Aug 20 10:23

Double Standards in the Global War on Terror: Anthrax Department

Today, it's hard even to recall just how terrifying those anthrax attacks were. According to a LexisNexis search, between Oct. 4 and Dec. 4, 2001, 389 stories appeared in the New York Times with "anthrax" in the headline. In that same period, 238 such stories appeared in the Washington Post.

Aug 20 10:22

American Jews on Jerusalem: We’ll Probably Never Go There, But Palestinians Can’t Share It!

The new alternative Jewish lobby is proving its worth. Yesterday J Street released a detailed survey of American Jewish political opinion. J Street interprets this data in a favorable way to its own efforts, saying that overwhelmingly Jews vote Democratic, oppose Bush’s actions in the Middle East, and want a two-state solution– by 3 to 1. But you know me, I’m skeptical about progressive claims about Jewish opinion with respect to the Middle East, and I find support here. What the study shows is that when you get to brass tacks about Israel, American Jews are hawkish.

Aug 20 10:18

Man accused in deadly India bombing may be in Arizona

A U. S. national allegedly connected to a deadly bombing in India is believed to be somewhere in Arizona.

India media is reporting Kenneth Haywood sent a terrorist e-mail five minutes before a series of blasts ripped through Ahmedabad on July 26th, killing nearly 60 people.

Now there's big controversy in India over how Haywood slipped out of the country despite security warnings in all of the country's airports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And how he got INTO the United States despite all the TSA bozos supposedly guarding us from terrorists!

Aug 20 10:14

White House lifts curtain on Bush's Katrina speech, avoids stepping on terrorism address

Marking the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush is planning several stops Wednesday along the Gulf Coast.

Aug 20 10:05

Gulf 'dead zone' suffocating fish and livelihoods

So why is oxygen disappearing from fishing waters in the Gulf of Mexico? The answer, scientists say, is found hundreds of miles to the north, up the Mississippi River in corn country.

Farmers in Iowa and across the Midwest use tons of nitrogen and phosphorous to make their cornfields more productive, which allows the farmers to take advantage of high corn prices resulting from growing demand from ethanol factories and developing countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let us recap.

Ethanol is sold to us on the claim that it is "carbon neutral" (which it isn't when you add in the emissions form the processing itself), and therefore a way to deal with the crisis-de-jour, human-caused global warming (at a time when the Earth's temperature is actually in decline). Since ethanol contains less energy than an equivalent amount of gasoline, drivers must buy and burn more of it to drive the same distance, which means it is actually more expensive per mile than gasoline. Plus, Germany has just banned ethanol because they discovered it actually damages the fuel system on cars designed to run on gasoline, thereby driving up the cost of car repairs (and the carbon output from the factories that make those spare hoses and gaskets).

As a side effect of turning corn into ethanol, food prices went through the roof. Crop surpluses vanished, and as a consequence, weather and flood-induced food shortages occurred right here in the United States.

And now we find out that the run-off from all this intensified corn farming is creating oxygen-free dead zones, killing off another source of food, deep ocean fish.

So what we have here is a media hoax used to sell us a product that we did not really need that costs more and does more harm to the world than the non-existent crisis supposedly did.

It sounds good in Al Gore's TV Commercials, but it has not been thought out very well. It may be good public relations, but it is not good science.

But then, snake oil never is.

Aug 20 09:56

Activists determined to break Gaza blockade despite threats

Activists said Wednesday they were determined to break the Israeli blockade of the poverty-stricken Gaza Strip by boat despite receiving death threats.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish this group every possible success.

But Israel has a track record of creating mayhem and destruction for any group which dares to focus attention to the plight of the Gazan people.

I would like to hope that the world will say, with one voice, that creating martyrs in this situation would be the most completely stupid thing for Israel to do, and will have repercussions.

Aug 20 09:52

Rice signs missile defense deal with Poland

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart signed a deal Wednesday to build a U.S. missile defense base in Poland, an agreement that prompted an infuriated Russia to warn of a possible attack against the former Soviet satellite.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meanwhile, in response to US aggression, Russia has started sending arms, some of them nuclear-capable, into Syria and Iran.

Aug 20 09:51

American launches in-flight Internet on 3 routes

One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer, nonstop flights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Internet-free havens?"

Who IS this luddite?!?

Aug 20 09:49

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac shares plummet

Shares of mortgage finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continued their plunge Wednesday as investors became increasingly convinced that the stocks will drop to zero if the government bails out the troubled companies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As will your bank account, since the bailouts involve your tax dollars.

Aug 20 09:47

U.S. tracking citizens' border crossings

The U.S. government has been using its border checkpoints to collect information on citizens that will be stored for 15 years, raising concern among privacy advocates, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Your papers, ple... I mean, your chip, please?"

Aug 20 09:46

US: Russia must return any US equipment

The White House on Tuesday demanded that Moscow return any US equipment its forces seized in Georgia, amid reports Russian troops grabbed some US military vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me get this straight. The US arms Georgia, which attacks Russia, loses the equipment, and the US expects Russia to hand it all back?

I understand the captured equipment is in almost-new condition ("never fired and only dropped once") but asking the Russians to return it is the height of Chutzpah!

Aug 20 09:43

Olmert warns Israelis next war will hit their cities

Olmert warned that now that Hizbullah is the "dominant" force in Lebanon, Israel will hit back "harder than before." Olmert added that the Jewish state did not use all means to respond in 2006, but "if Lebanon becomes a Hizbullah state, then we won't have any restrictions in this regard."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel is itching to get back into Lebanon, any which way it can.

And there will be a time when it will find some (or create) some justification, declaring the attack completely based on "self defense".

However, the next attack against Lebanon will have everything to do with water.

Israel is running out of decent water, fast, and has its eyes on the Litani River, which in some areas of Israel, runs just 4 kilometers away from the Israeli border.

In the next attack against Lebanon, look for Israel to attempt to take the Litani River by any means necessary.

Aug 20 09:42

Bush Administration Rule on Pollution Struck Down

A federal appeals court yesterday struck down a Bush administration rule that prevented states and local governments from imposing stricter monitoring of pollution generated by power plants, factories and oil refineries than required by the federal government.

Aug 20 09:38

Moscow accuses Israel of arming Georgia - day before Assad arrives for big arms purchases

One plan on the table in Moscow to punish Israel, DEBKAfile's sources report, is the establishment of big Russian military, naval and air bases in Syria and the release of advanced weapons systems withheld until now from Iran (the S-300 air-missile defense system) and Syria (the nuclear-capable 200 km-range Iskandar surface missile).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The attempt to create a blockade across Georgia to keep Russia out of Iran has backfired. Badly.

When the Georgia situation blew up I called it potentially the biggest US foreign policy disaster of the last ten years.

I still think so.

Aug 20 09:30

Britain Warns Russia Over Military Operations in Georgia

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has warned Russia that its military operations in the former Soviet republic of Georgia undermine its relations with the West. Miliband made the comments after talks with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please take a moment to talk to the younger generation and educate them about the scam that was the cold war, where the west waved the USSR at their citizens to scare them into agreeing to higher taxes and small regional wars everywhere from Vietnam to the Bay of Pigs.

And now, as the US cl;early enters decline, they are trying to revive that cold-war recipe of waving Russians at us to manufacture our consent to a new militarism, and perpetuation of the half-century of wartime economy.

Aug 20 09:25

US Rep. Tubbs Jones hospitalized near Cleveland

Tubbs Jones is set to be a superdelegate at next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver. One of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's biggest boosters during the primaries, she threw her support to Barack Obama in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that this is the second "situation" to befall a super delegate who had publicly switched their allegiance from Clinton to Obama within a month.

She is very lucky to be alive, and apparently stabilized.

The first was the assassination of Bill Gwatney, the Democratic Party Chair for Arkansas on the 14th of this month.

Aug 20 09:24

Russia Never Wanted a War

THE acute phase of the crisis provoked by the Georgian forces’ assault on Tskhinvali, the capital of South Ossetia, is now behind us. But how can one erase from memory the horrifying scenes of the nighttime rocket attack on a peaceful town, the razing of entire city blocks, the deaths of people taking cover in basements, the destruction of ancient monuments and ancestral graves?

Aug 20 09:22

Syria: Time ripe for Russia military ties

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the conflict in the Caucasus underlines the need for Russia and Syria to expand military ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Once more US actions drive Mideast nations into the Russian sphere of influence.

Good planning, bozos.

Aug 20 09:18

Activists plan to break Israel blockade on Gaza

A Holocaust survivor, a Catholic nun and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's sister-in-law are set to sail to Gaza on Thursday to try to break an Israeli blockade on the territory.

The three are among some 46 activists from 16 countries who have gathered in Cyprus for the journey, which The Free Gaza Movement hopes will draw attention to the plight of 1.4 million Palestinians suffering shortages of everything from fuel to food since an Israeli crackdown began last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has already indicated they will try to stop them.

This could well turn into a PR disaster for Israel as interference with those boats will prove to the world that the starvation of the Palestinians is indeed a deliberate act of Israel, not unlike what the Nazis did to the Warsaw Ghetto.

Aug 20 09:16

Missile strike reported in northwest Pakistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With Musharraf out, it appears that the US and NATO are picking up the pace in bombing suspected Taliban safe havens.

This, is, of course, guaranteed to do two things: kill scores of civilians, and leave the Pakistani population even more radicalized against their government.

August 19, 2008

Aug 19 22:08

USA shows its meanness again as Russia mourns victims of genocide

Aug 19 22:04

A steady diet of trash 'news'

If I hear the name John Edwards used in the same sentence with "love child" again I think I am going to throw a TV set out of a third story window. Who really cares about this story that has captured the news for the last two weeks? Apparently somebody. Maybe a lot of bodies. But does it really affect any of us personally?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I know the feeling.

Aug 19 22:04

Medvedev Vies With Putin in Word War

The visit, his first to the region since the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Georgia over the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia on August 7, appeared to be aimed at projecting an image of him as the politician calling the shots in Moscow.

Aug 19 22:03

Russia closed the border with Georgia and Azerbaijan

The decree says that the measure has been introduced temporarily and does not concern only the segment of Russian border with Abkhazia. Limits for entrance of foreign citizens and their vehicles through Russian border with Azerbaijan and Georgia are explained by the necessity of “preventing the entrance of the members of foreign terroristic organizations, import of the weapon and diversion materials in Russia”.

Aug 19 22:02

Russia smashes Georgian army, sends NATO message

A roll of explosions at a Russian-occupied military base this week sent a clear Kremlin message to Georgia about the frailty of its infant military and its prospects for NATO membership.

The Russian army destroyed a hoard of Georgian arms and ammunition captured in a brief war that saw Georgian forces scattered, their bases seized and equipment carried off.

"Of course, there was a great symbolism to them doing this at the Senaki base," said Professor Tornike Sharashenidze of the Georgian Institute for Public Affairs.

Aug 19 21:58

Energy majors awash in money but not oil

Oil production has begun falling at all of the major Western oil companies, and they are finding it harder than ever to find new prospects even though they are awash in profits and eager to expand.

Aug 19 21:57

Staring Down the Russians

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bad Russians! Bad Russians!

Aug 19 18:46

Israeli Navy to confront Yvonne, friends

Israeli navy is ordered to turn back a group of foreign activists from their journey to break the long-running siege on the Gaza Strip.

Officials said the navy had a number of options in dealing with the boats which have departed Cyprus to Gaza via a stop-over in Cyprus, the Jpost reported on Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a HUGE public relations mistake for Israel to make!

Aug 19 17:59

Olympic medals more valuable than the metal

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am crushed. Those gold medals? They are PLATED!

Aug 19 17:57

VIDEO - The REAL John McCain: Less Jobs, More Wars.

Aug 19 17:37

Dead Somalian Canadian Man Found with Pound of Cyanide in Denver: Weeks from US Democratic Convention

My final assessment is after all the unanswered questions is this, the man or his associates who gave him a pound of cyanide had nefarious purposes in mind, and you don't need to be Sherlock Holmes, or even particularly bright to figure that one out!

Aug 19 17:31

Russia dismisses Nato's 'empty words' as it stands firm in Georgia

Nato united in the face of Russia’s failure to withdraw from Georgia yesterday, freezing regular contacts with Moscow and declaring that there could be “no business as usual under present circumstances”.

However, there will be no Nato troops rushing to Tbilisi to put military muscle behind the tough statement, which was issued at an emergency meeting of the 26 foreign ministers of the alliance in Brussels. Military assistance will be restricted to training exercises and talks about prospective membership of the alliance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NATO just blinked.

Aug 19 17:28

The FBI Admits It Has No Case Against Ivins

This is very telling.

The FBI could have said "we will prove to Congress, the scientific community and the public that only Ivins could have done it".

But they didn't.

Instead the FBI is trying to discredit the many top anthrax scientists who question the government's case against Ivins by using the "grassy knoll" conspiracy-theory smear.
If they had a case against Ivins, they would have presented it, instead of resorting to Bill O'Reilly style smear tactics.

Aug 19 17:26

Advisor to FBI in Anthrax Investigation Says Attack Was False Flag Terror

In other words, an FBI advisor himself believes that the anthrax attack was a false flag operation.

Aug 19 17:23

EXCLUSIVE NETWORK INTERVIEW OF SENATOR JOE BIDEN

"I am a Zionist," stated Senator Biden. "You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist."

Aug 19 17:19

Goodyear to close 92 U.S. stores, cut jobs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co said it would close 12 percent, or 92, of its company-owned U.S. stores and cut 600 full- and part-time jobs as the U.S. economic downturn put more pressure on the company.

Aug 19 17:15

Nader predicts Obama to pick Clinton

Count Ralph Nader as unimpressed by the crop of supposed finalists to be Barack Obama’s running mate.

“I don’t think he’s that dumb,” said Nader, commenting on widespread speculation that Obama’s choices are down to Sens. Joe Biden, Evan Bayh, or Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

The smart pick, according to Nader, is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Nader phoned into Politico Tuesday afternoon to offer his prediction that a surprise nod to Clinton is actually what Obama has in mind—never mind the talk of mistrust between the Clintons and Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary does not want VP.

Hillary wants that center seat.

She might take VP as a consolation prize, but Obama has to know he signs his own death warrant with Hillary in the #2 slot.

After all, look what happened to the guy who wanted that Senate seat Hillary sits in now!

Aug 19 17:12

When the bottom line overrides the Hippocratic oath

Indeed, this is what happened one night. With the child on the way, I paged the orthopedic surgeon on call.

When the surgeon, a partner in a private Beverly Hills orthopedic group, returned my call, I was naive enough to expect some further questions about the child's history, requests for some laboratory work or more X-rays, and instructions on how to prep the operating room. Instead, his first question was: "What's their insurance?"

When I called the surgeon back, he refused to come in. His group didn't cover "those kinds" of patients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A country that was able to put men on the moon, and bring them back safely, has to find a better way of providing good health care to its citizens; all of them.

Other countries, like France, have managed to do this, and have done this without destroying private medical practice, and at the same time maintaining patient choice and Doctors' control over medical decisions: why can't we???

Aug 19 16:55

Bill Clinton Praises McCain On Energy

Former President Bill Clinton on Monday praised Senator Barack Obama's energy policy at the opening of the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.

But Mr. Clinton also lauded Mr. Obama's rival, Senator John McCain, and said that either candidate would be progressive on the issue of climate change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for a divisive Democratic Convention.

Aug 19 16:53

Muslims, Jews and the free speech debate

Last year, a Spanish court found two cartoonists guilty of offending the royal family by drawing a caricature of the Spanish crown prince having sex with his wife. They were fined €3,000 each.

“I don’t see the world up in arms defending freedom of expression,” my editor told me after listening to the news on the radio.

Aug 19 16:51

Israel’s secret missile test goes out live on air

An Israeli TV channel has found out that anyone who has a satellite dish can watch live transmissions of the country’s Defence Ministry. No special passwords are needed and transmissions can be easily accessed not only in Israel but all across the Middle East, including countries with which Israel hardly has warm relations.

It’s not known how many people witnessed Israel’s secret missile test. A transmission from a camera at the control was apparently meant to interact with other control sites but became available for all those who were lucky enough to tune in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Harah!

Aug 19 16:49

Plenty of Pipeline Options. All Bad

Commentators have been quick to point out that Russia's defeat of Georgia has pretty much killed the chances that new oil and gas pipelines will be built to increase the security of supplies to Europe. It's clear that there is little to stop Russia from rolling its forces up to the existing pipeline or knocking it out of commission if it wanted to. The Washington Post's Steve Pearlstein even suggested that demonstrating the pipeline's vulnerability may have been one of the underlying motives for the Russian incursion.

Aug 19 16:40

So obvious abroad, so obscure in the USA... blind support for Israel is destroying America

I am about to question America's blind support for Israel. I am not anti-Jewish. I feel compelled to start this article with that disclaimer in fear of being called an anti-Semite. Oh my God what could be worse? You hate Jews! That's it! Blah blah blah blah. Try reading THIS (CLICK) or this (CLICK) fine article about the anti-Americanism of the Israeli-firsters.

Aug 19 15:36

Antiwar Activists Win $2 Million Settlement from New York City in Major Victory for Free Speech Rights

A group of 52 local activists today announced a $2 million settlement in their lawsuit against the City of New York. The activists were illegally arrested on April 7, 2003 while protesting against the Iraq war in front of a military contractor's offices in midtown. The settlement in Kunstler et al v. New York City follows the dismissal in 2003 of all criminal charges brought against these individuals and four costly years of delays by the City in negotiating an end to the civil lawsuit.

Aug 19 13:28

Jackson Browne Sues McCain For Using His Song In An Ad Without Permission

What is it with politicians who position themselves being big pro-copyright supporters being caught potentially infringing on copyright themselves?

Aug 19 13:07

'Malvertizement' epidemic visits house of Newsweek.com

Newsweek.com is one of several high-profile websites suspected of running rogue banner advertisements that try to trick visitors into installing fraudulent anti-malware programs, security researchers warn.

Aug 19 12:55

Doubts over the anthrax case intensify -- except among much of the media

The more that is revealed about the FBI's still largely-secret case against Bruce Ivins, the more doubts that are raised about whether their accusations are true. A particularly vivid episode illustrating how shoddy the FBI's case seems to be occurred in the last several days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear FBI

You are raising on a busted flush.

Quit now. You are in violation of J. Edgar Hoover's first commandment; never embarrass the bureau.

Mike

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 19 12:51

Biden says Georgia needs our support

Sen. Joe Biden returned Monday from a quick fact-finding trip to the Republic of Georgia, calling for increased aid to the country and an independent, international peacekeeping force in its regions of conflict.

Aug 19 12:51

Scientist Predicts Ice Age Within 10 Years

As evidence builds of the earth entering a dramatic cooling trend, another scientist has gone public with his conviction that we are about to enter a new ice age, rendering warnings about global warming fraudulent and irrelevant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Okay, so here is the deal. You STILL have to pay a carbon tax, because whatever is going wrong with the Earth it's your fault anyway, right? Then we can STILL buy and sell those carbon tax credits through my brokerage, right? Cool!" -- Al Bore.

Aug 19 12:49

FBI had, then tossed anthrax type used in attacks

In a briefing for reporters, Majidi said the sample kept at the FBI lab was destroyed because the bureau believed it might not have been allowed as evidence at trial.

"Looking at hindsight, obviously we would do things differently today," Majidi said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure.

Aug 19 12:42

"The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable"

With so many instances of corruption and influence-peddling around him and whatever problems with the candidate that are keeping the campaign from letting reporters interview him anymore, John McCain is now again charging Obama with what amounts to soft treason -- wanting to lose the war in Iraq in order to make himself president. The lack of any consistent lines of attack against McCain is becoming palpable.

Aug 19 12:40

More Evidence of Sharp Contraction in Money Supply (Not for the Fainthearted)

Aug 19 12:32

The silly Americans at www.whatreallyhappened.com

Do you realize Bush is actively working to preserve your nice lifestyle?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Could have fooled me!

Aug 19 12:30

Reactor shut down after fire at Calif. nuke plant

Authorities are investigating a fire at a California nuclear plant that forced a reactor to be shut down.

Aug 19 12:29

Galt's golden girl

Brown-Trafton's opening heave of 212 feet, 5 inches (64.74 meters) at the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China held up for six rounds, giving Brown-Trafton a stunning and historic victory.

Brown-Trafton won the first gold for a U.S. woman in the discus since Lillian Copeland in 1932 and only the second medal of any color since then.

Aug 19 12:27

FLASHBACK - How smart was this bomb?

The US had scored a direct hit on the offices of the Qatar-based TV station Al-Jazeera, leading to speculation that the channel had been targeted deliberately because of its contacts with the Taliban and Osama bin Laden. If true, it opens up a worrying development for news organisations covering wars and conflicts: now they could be targeted simply for reporting a side of the story that one party wants suppressed.

Aug 19 12:25

FLASHBACK - British Court Proceedings Establish Bush Threatened to Bomb Al Jazeera

The British Government began an Official Secrets Act prosecution today against two public servants for leaking a secret minute of discussions held between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush on April 16, 2004. In the course of the discussion, Bush complained bitterly about Iraq war coverage by the Al Jazeera network and suggested that the Al Jazeera international broadcast headquarters in Qatar be bombed in order to silence its coverage of the Iraq war.

Aug 19 12:13

Kentucky Delegate Says Obama Nomination Not Official

In a formal rules challenge, Murphy and two dozen fellow Kentucky delegates complain that with too many Kentucky men picked under required gender equity, the state Democratic Party replaced pledged Hillary Clinton supporter Todd Hollenbach -- not with a required female Clinton supporter -- but with state representative and Obama activist Ruth Ann Palumbo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here it comes, folks. Here is the sales pitch to sell you on the idea that the will of the Democratic primary voters should be ignored and replaced with whoever can "game" the system the best!

Aug 19 11:11

WHICH MAJOR US BANK DO YOU THINK WILL SUCCUMB TO THE CREDIT CRUNCH?

Citicorp
30% (6 votes)
Bank of America
15% (3 votes)
JP Morgan Chase
10% (2 votes)
Wachovia
5% (1 vote)
Wells Fargo
0% (0 votes)
Washington Mutual
25% (5 votes)
HSBC Holding
0% (0 votes)
U.S. Bancorp
0% (0 votes)
Bank of New York
0% (0 votes)
SunTrust Bank
0% (0 votes)
Royal Bank of Scotland
0% (0 votes)
National City
0% (0 votes)
State Street Corp.
5% (1 vote)
Regions Financial
0% (0 votes)
BB&T Corporation
0% (0 votes)
Other
10% (2 votes)
Total votes: 20
Aug 19 11:06

Credit crunch may take out large US bank warns former IMF chief

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I decided to yank the poll about Russia being a scam because everyone agreed that it was, which makes for a boring poll. I replaced that poll with one that is, I think, more pertinent.

Which of the top 15 US Banks do you think the IMF chief is alluding to?

Aug 19 11:04

FLASHBACK - The Day Joe Biden Threatened to Kick My Ass

Thereafter, I posed the following question to the good senator:

"Rather than succumb to the influence of various lobbying groups in Washington, such as AIPAC, and the untold amounts of money it uses to dictate policy, wouldn't it be more prudent to examine the real effects that collective punishment, daily humiliation, and countless civilian causalities inflicted by the Israelis have on an occupied population, and use that understanding to formulate a more rational approach toward the Palestinians?"

Aug 19 10:57

Scanner being tested on cars taking ferry at Cherry Branch

The Transportation Security Administration and the N.C. Department of Transportation are collaborating on a four-week test of a vehicle screening program at the Cherry Branch ferry just outside Havelock.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The manufacturer just paid a hefty campaign contribution to make this thing mandatory for use even in places one is not likely to find Osama!

Aug 19 10:36

Some residents 'furious' over NYC terror checks

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If New York residents do not protest this surveillance to the point where the police department backs off, this will become the model for the entire country.

At that point, we'll be just as surveilled as are the people in the UK, which is just what the federal government wants to see happen.

Aug 19 10:34

You can't be serious: How a comedian became the most influential voice in American politics

For anyone who has missed the influential anchor, then his take on the way mainstream media peddles false rumours about Barack Obama is instructive. He calls it "Baracknophobia" and shows clips of blow-dried anchors and experts repeating widely-believed but baseless rumours – that the Democrat is actually a secret Muslim, a plagiarist, a misogynist etc. The purveyor of fake news lacerates the networks' talking heads as they blame the internet for rumour mongering about Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have often wondered if Stewart's writers cruise this site. :)

Aug 19 10:25

Wars and Rumors of War

The United States, and various other nations, have been in a war in Afghanistan for going on seven years now ….and we still have not been able to capture the 6’6” Arab who is so powerful that, while sitting on his backside in a cave in Afghanistan, he managed to get the USAF to stand down on 9/11; to change the laws of physics (so that jet fuel melts steel instead of burning at about half the necessary temperature), oh yeah, and is so loved that he raised a terror army of Arabs to follow an organization that in Arabic slang means “little toilet”.

Aug 19 10:24

Are you ready for Nuclear War?

Aug 19 09:55

US left isolated over Nato plans to maintain relations with Russia

The United States has been left diplomatically isolated after European members of NATO moved to reject an American proposal to scale back ties with Moscow following Russia's invasion of Georgia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thankfully, the other NATO member representatives are showing some real intelligence in their position of not isolating Russia.

Aug 19 09:50

How many more Iraqis can you put behind bars without trial?

Reports that U.S. and Iraqi government jails hold nearly 100,000 prisoners most of them languishing there without trial and proof of wrong doing are appalling.

The U.S. was most vociferous in its condemnation of the former regime for its arbitrary and summary arrests and inhuman conditions of its prisons.

But for many Iraqis this so-called 'beacon of democracy’ has even surpassed Saddam Hussein in human rights violations.

And to provide enough room for its Iraqi suspects, the U.S. has built numerous prisons in the country – perhaps its only post-war reconstruction feat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Aug 19 09:47

Missile defense: Washington and Poland just moved the world closer to war

Far from a defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack, as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The Russian government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush administration, in the wake of a humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the government of Poland to finally sign the pact.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When history judges this administration, what will be clear is how it exhibited a complete lack of understanding of geopolitical history which it coupled with a ham-fisted, knee-jerk, myopic foreign policy.

And then when things went horrendously wrong, as they inevitably did, the policy makers would shake their heads, and protest angrily that "...they never saw it coming!"

Aug 19 09:40

Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and old dead Osamas!

Aug 19 09:38

The Drive to Secede

In one swift blow, Putin thwarted Bush's clumsy attempt to further advance U.S. influence into the Caucasus. He delivered a stark warning to Ukraine and the Central Asian states: Don't get too close to Washington. Putin put the U.S. on the strategic defensive and showed that NATO's new eastern reaches - the Baltic, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Caucasus - are largely indefensible.

It's a good thing Georgia was not admitted to NATO. Is the West really ready to be dragged into a potential nuclear war for the sake of South Ossetia?

Georgia is a bridge too far for NATO.

Aug 19 09:38

Fire breaks out in Egypt's parliament

Fire has erupted in Egypt's parliament but there is no word on casualties or the cause.

Aug 19 09:34

Standing Up for Justice in the Middle East

In a few, short days, the Free Gaza Movement, a diverse group of international human rights activists from seventeen different countries, will set sail from Cyprus to Gaza in order to shatter the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. I’m proud to stand with them. Over 170 prominent individuals and organizations have endorsed our efforts, including the Carter Center, former British Cabinet member Clare Short, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire and Desmond Tutu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people who are doing this humanitarian mission are very brave human beings.

In looking at how the Israeli government is characterizing this, however, I really hope they have their Kevlar undies (and life vests) very close to hand.

Aug 19 09:22

Defense Official: Russia Has Short Range Missiles in South Ossetia

“Anything such as that, or any other military equipment that was moved in would be in violation of this cease-fire and should be removed immediately,” Pentagon Spokesman Bryan Whitman said. “The only forces that are permitted to remain under the cease fire agreement are the forces that were in there at the Aug. 6 time frame.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what can the US and NATO do, precisely, to counter this?

Not one heck of a lot, unless they feel the uncontrollable urge to go to war against Russia in behalf of Georgia.

Aug 19 09:22

Revealed: The CCTV cameras spying on hundreds of classrooms

CCTV monitors classrooms at one in 14 schools, according to a survey.

The poll of teachers also found that almost a quarter feared there might be more cameras hidden around the campus that they did not know about.

Most said their schools were fitted with surveillance cameras. Almost 80 per cent said there were cameras at the entrance and more than 7 per cent said there were some in classrooms.

Nearly 10 per cent of teachers polled by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers said there were cameras in the lavatories.

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