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Dec 06 04:44

Bush reported to be drinking heavily

by Wayne Madsen

(WMR) -- With less than two months remaining in office, George W. Bush, witnessing a devastating defeat for the Republican Party, worse favorability ratings than those of Richard Nixon at the height of the Watergate scandal, and the most devastating economic situation since the Great Depression, is reported by a number of well-placed sources in Washington as drinking heavily.

After having tried to explain away the collapse of several Wall Street brokerage houses by saying, “Wall Street got drunk,” it appears that it is Bush who is suffering from bouts of drunkenness.

Dec 05 22:28

Another Cop Feels 'Threatened' and Kills Family Dog

The family says two children were watching, including a 2-year-old who was a foot away from the dog when it was shot.

Dec 05 22:11

U.S. Troops May Be Deployed In Arizona

U.S. Defense Department plans to deploy as many 20,000 U.S. troops within the U.S. for homeland security and anti-terrorism efforts could result in a significant number being placed or having some kind of presence in Arizona and the Southwest, according to security experts.

Dec 05 21:35

Rahm Emanuel, ANY civil office appointment illegal?

"When Barack Obama asked Congressman Rahm Emanuel to be his White House chief-of-staff, few political insiders were surprised."
White House pay raises lift the ceiling
Posted July 30, 2007 10:03 AM
The Swamp
by Mark Silva

Congress may still be debating its own pay raises, but the White House pressed ahead with a 2.8 percent "cost-of-living" raise for staffers last year, according to a new accounting that posts the top pay for the most senior aides to the president at $168,000 per year.

Dec 05 21:32

Safety Deposit Boxes Confiscated

For my friends that are keeping their heirlooms, wills, gold/silver/colored diamonds etc in a bank safety deposit box: please be careful. ABC News reported on a number of states that confiscate the contents of boxes to help fund their budget.

Dec 05 19:25

Lost Votes on Diebold System Discovered by New 'Transparency Project' in CA

Humboldt County's First-of-Its-Kind Citizen Oversight Program Finds 197 Ballots Dropped, Miscounted by Voting System in One Precinct

Company Knew About Software Flaw, Failed to Notify County...

Dec 05 19:22

Taxpayers Shouldn't Have to Give their Money to Companies whose Products They Choose Not to Buy

Americans are cutting back on their spending. The federal government, allergic to responsibility, is trying hard to not to let us get away with such prudence. The government has already got hard-working taxpayers, and their children, and their grand-children on the hook for two bail-outs, which, by the way, don't seem to be working very well. Now they're contemplating picking our pockets for a third bail-out, this one for auto companies, forcing Americans to hand their hard-earned money over anyway to businesses whose products they've decided not to buy.

Dec 05 19:21

17 judges, one ruling - and 857,000 records must be now wiped clear

The fingerprints and DNA samples of more than 857,000 innocent citizens who have been arrested or charged but never convicted of a criminal offence now face deletion from the national DNA database after a landmark ruling by the European court of human rights in Strasbourg.

Dec 05 19:09

Nuclear Power Plant Data Leaked Via Virus-Infected PC, Posted on Net

Data on safety inspections of four Japanese nuclear power plants have been posted on the Internet, having apparently been leaked from a virus-infected personal computer of an employee of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the agency said Friday.

The leaked data include reports on inspections between 2000 and 2002 and data on the operational status of nuclear plants in Fukui, Niigata, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures, according to the agency, a unit under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Dec 05 15:41

Buy and Hold Debunked: What You’re Broker Isn’t Telling You

I’m amazed at the amount of optimistic propaganda peddled by the mainstream media as well as major investment houses. Countless are their graphs and comparisons which claim that buying and holding stocks is the best way to grow capital. They tell you that the average return of the stock market is 10% and if you just wait things out, you’ll be OK.

Dec 05 14:51

Red Alert: Gold Backwardation!!!

December 2 is a landmark, because before that date the monetary system could have been saved by opening the U.S. Mint to gold. Now, given the fact of gold backwardation, it is too late. The last chance to avoid disaster has been missed. The proverbial last straw has broken the back of the camel.

Dec 05 14:32

Hillary Clinton Constitutionally Ineligible to Serve as Secretary of State

Ineligibility Clause of Constitution Prohibits Clinton Appointment

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as Secretary of State in the Obama administration.

According to the Ineligibility Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 Executive Order signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton's current Senate term increased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering Senator Clinton ineligible for the position.

Specifically, Article I, section 6 of the U.S. Constitution provides "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time." The provision is seen by most as designed by our Founding Fathers to protect against corruption.

Former President Richard Nixon circumvented this constitutional provision after appointing former Ohio Senator William Saxbe to the position of Attorney General. The Nixon administration managed to force legislation through Congress to reduce the salary for the position of Attorney General to the level that existed prior to Senator Saxbe's appointment. This scheme, known thereafter as "The Saxbe Fix," was also used to allow Senator Lloyd Bentsen to assume the position of Treasury Secretary under President Clinton.

"The Saxbe Fix" may reduce the salary of Secretary of State to previous levels, but it does not affect what is a clear constitutional prohibition. It cannot change the fact that the salary had been increased while Senator Clinton served in Congress. (President Ronald Reagan reportedly did not appoint Senator Orrin Hatch to the Supreme Court because of this provision.) Simply put, the Constitution does not provide for a legislative remedy for the Ineligibility Clause.

"There's no getting around the Constitution's Ineligibility Clause, so Hillary Clinton is prohibited from serving in the Cabinet until at least 2013, when her current term expires," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Barack Obama should select someone who is eligible for the position of Secretary of State and save the country from a constitutional battle over Hillary Clinton's confirmation. No public official who has taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution should support this appointment. And aside from the constitutional issue, Hillary Clinton's long track record of corruption makes her a terrible choice to serve as the nation's top diplomat."

Dec 05 14:24

Reddit Israel Page

Interesting collection of links about Israel, with sometimes revealing commnetary.

Dec 05 14:22

Jail terms for Israeli neo-Nazis

One of those convicted was the grandson of a Holocaust survivor.

Dec 05 14:20

Senate vote will give Clinton legal remedy

US Senate prepares legal remedy to clear Hillary Clinton's nomination

"Washington, Dec.4 : The US Senate is reported to have come up with a legal remedy that will allow it to circumvent the Constitution and clear the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton as the country's next Secretary of State.

According to Politico, the Democrats are readying legislation that could be acted on as soon as next week to pave the way for Clinton's confirmation in Barack Obama's Cabinet. "

Dec 05 13:51

An impostor in the White House?

Dec. 5, 2008 / 8 Kislev 5769

An impostor in the White House?
By Wesley Pruden | The Supreme Court will get a first look Friday at a little bomb with the potential to make a big noise. The operative word is "potential." Almost nobody thinks the justices, who can read election returns as well as the law, will light the fuse.

Dec 05 13:48

Obama Power Play, Jumping the gun

Jumping the gun

Dec 4th 2008
From The Economist print edition
Barack Obama’s first 100 days have already begun

"One of the most striking things about Barack Obama is that his 100 days seem to have already begun. Mr Obama repeatedly insists that America only has “one president at a time”. But since election day that “one president” seems to have been the junior senator from Illinois rather than the former governor of Texas.

Dec 05 08:24

Paul Craig Roberts: "Washington Arrogance Has Fomented a Muslim Revolution."

"In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Justice Louis Brandeis

Is Pakistan responsible for the Mumbai attack in India? No.

Is India’s repression of its Muslim minority responsible? No.

Dec 05 08:02

A Loud Silence - That's the response from the "antiwar" wing of the Democratic party to Obama's Iraq sellout

By Justin Raimondo

Is it really possible that President-elect Barack Obama intends to break his campaign promise to "end the war" in Iraq, and keep US troops in that country well beyond the sixteen month timetable for withdrawal he advocated during the campaign?

The answer, according to the New York Times, is a fairly certain yes:

"On the campaign trail, Senator Barack Obama offered a pledge that electrified and motivated his liberal base, vowing to "end the war" in Iraq.

Dec 05 07:51

KBR Sued for Giving Soldiers Ice with 'Traces of Body Fluids and Putrefied Remains'

The scandals for KBR just keep coming. The former Halliburton subsidiary responsible for the sexual assault of Jamie Leigh Jones and the accidental electrocution of a U.S. soldier is now subject of a class-action lawsuit for exposing employees to "unsafe water, food, and hazardous fumes" at the largest U.S. installation in Iraq.

Dec 05 07:48

Row over angry, penis-removing doctor

Doctors' unions in Romania have criticised a decision to make a surgeon pay £100,000 in damages after he lost his temper and hacked off a patient's penis during surgery.

Surgeon Naum Ciomu, who had been suffering from stress at the time, had been operating on patient Nelu Radonescu, 36, to correct a testicular malformation when he suddenly lost his temper.

Grabbing a scalpel, he sliced off the penis in front of shocked nursing staff, and then placed it on the operating table where he chopped it into small pieces before storming out of the operating theatre at Bucharest hospital.

Dec 05 07:35

Hundreds affected by cards scam

Two senior police officers are among hundreds of people in Edinburgh and West Lothian who have been victims of a card cloning scam.

Lothian and Borders Police and several banks are investigating the withdrawal of money from the accounts overseas.

It is believed that hand-held chip and pin card machines are being targeted by the criminals.

Police are warning retailers to watch for bogus workers who could be fitting the machines with skimming devices.

Dec 05 07:05

The Biggest Bubble of All: Long-term Treasuries?

I’m talking about long-term Treasuries — 10-year notes and 30-year bonds. They’re subject to all kinds of long-term risks — currency risk for foreign debt holders … inflation risk for domestic and foreign investors … and, if you believe the credit default swap market, even a wee bit of CREDIT risk.

Dec 05 07:04

Obama's War Cabinet

December 1 brought more disappointment but no surprises. Obama's national security appointees (like all his earlier ones) aren't "change to believe in" or what people expected for their votes. They're recycled establishment figures. Their agenda is business as usual, and they'll continue the same failed Bush administration policies at home and abroad. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan. Obama was chosen to lead it and is assembling a rogue team that's little different from the one it's replacing.

Dec 05 06:31

(Video/humor) Jon Stewart disects Bush performance in Charlie Gibson exit interview

Jon Stewart reviews President Bush's downright awful interview with Charlie Gibson and reflects on just how badly the man has ruined this country, and how he refuses to accept any responsibility for it all.

Dec 05 03:02

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

Survivalist business booms as economy flails

The Armchair Survivalist offers practical advice for surviving global economic meltdown

December 01, 2008: 12:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - The Armchair Survivalist believes the nation is falling into chaos, and he wants to help.

He offers practical advice for dealing with riots, wars, natural disasters and food shortages, which he says are imminent because of the worldwide economic meltdown and the incoming Obama administration.

Dec 05 02:06

Obama’s first problem is US war crimes

From The Sunday Times
November 30, 2008

Obama’s first problem is US war crimes

The president-elect has to take a stand on Bush’s dark legacy

Andrew Sullivan

A small and largely unnoticed spat among the transition planners for the president-elect, Barack Obama, broke out last week. It was the first genuinely passionate debate among the Obamaites and it centres on a terribly difficult and terribly important decision that will be among the first that Obama has to make.

Dec 04 21:13

Private-Sector Health Care Leads the Way

It is easy to criticize the US healthcare system, but we should be clear on one thing: it is not "free market" or "private" healthcare. A free market in healthcare would be more efficient and innovative, and offer better quality products and services, with lower prices than is currently the case.

Dec 04 20:13

Google as an Economic Indicator (It Ain't Pretty)

All Time High Search Volume for Food Stamps, Unemployment, Layoffs & Bankruptcy.

Dec 04 19:59