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CURRENT EVENTS

Jul 09 11:10

‘Fun to Shoot People’ General Named as New CENTCOM Commander

The Pentagon has announced its selection of a replacement for General David Petraeus as Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander today, and it will be the controversial Gen. James Mattis that goes to Congress for final approval.

In 2005, then Lt. Gen. Mattis spoke of his “fun” experience in Afghanistan at a forum in San Diego, describing it as “a hell of a hoot.” After laughter from soldiers in the audience Mattis went on to declare “it’s fun to shoot some people.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And this is the best the Pentagon could possibly come up with as a replacement for Petraeus?!?

Jul 09 11:06

Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures

Our political leaders, the media, and the military interpret enduring war as a measure of our national fitness, our global power, our grit in the face of eternal danger, and our seriousness. A desire to de-escalate and withdraw, on the other hand, is invariably seen as cut-and-run appeasement and discounted as weakness. Withdrawal options are, in a pet phrase of Washington elites, invariably "off the table" when global policy is at stake, as was true during the Obama administration’s full-scale reconsideration of the Afghan war in the fall of 2009. Viewed in this light, the president’s ultimate decision to surge in Afghanistan was not only predictable, but the only course considered suitable for an American war leader. Rather than the tough choice, it was the path of least resistance.

Jul 09 09:37

Will America Free Omar Khadr From Gitmo?

BY DEBBIE MENON

Come August, a military commission in Guantánamo will try Omar Khadr, a Canadian national captured outside Kabul in 2002. He was a boy, aged 15 then. Now a burly, bearded 23-year-old who has spent one-third of his life at Guantanamo. He bears scant resemblance to the fresh-faced, teen, who had survived multiple gunshots wounds and several major surgeries. There must be some reason why this lad did not die from his wounds. A shotgun blast to the back with sufficient force to exit the chest is a pretty fatal event. Perhaps the Power that kept him alive this long will reveal His purpose in time.

Jul 08 22:49

California transit cop guilty of manslaughter

A white former transit police officer was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday in the videotaped shooting death of an unarmed black man last year that triggered riots in Oakland, California.

Jul 08 20:10

The Israeli stranglehold on CNN

The decision by the CNN administration to fire Octavia Nasr, a secular and thoroughly westernize woman, underscores the ethical bankruptcy of the leading American media, especially its harsh intolerance of non-conformist perceptions and convictions.

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Jul 08 19:21

GRITtv: Norman Finkelstein: Results, Not Rhetoric

Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussing their countries’ foreign relations resembles two lovers discussing their future together. Though they have squabbled in the past over trivial things (things like settlement expansion that most other countries deem flagrant violations of international law), their July 6th meeting at the White House showed that their “unbreakable bond” cannot be shaken.

Jul 08 15:50

Massive Amounts Of Tar Balls on Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches

Massive Amounts Of Tar balls Cover Cocoa Beach And Cape Canaveral On The East Coast Of Central Florida
Posted by Alexander Higgins - July 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm -
Massive amounts of tarballs are now hammering the Atlantic Coast of Florida and have left a large portion of Cocoa Beach in Central Florida literally covered in tarballs.
Meanwhile local Government officials have taken a move straight from the Pensacola Beach playbook and are already misleading the public into thinking that the beaches are safe.
Mellisa Cones, director of the the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce, attempts to assure the public that the tarballs are not from the BP Gulf Oil Spill by saying “it’s just to thick to be coming from the west coast”.

Jul 08 15:16

The American People are Under Occupation

The American People are Under Occupation
by By Johnny Punish*, June 11, 2010
Well, answer these 2 very important questions:
1. Are we, the American people, willing to revolt against our Zionist Occupied Government in Washington and put in a government that is fighting for our interests?
2. Are you ready to takeover and throw everyone out of power who sells out to foreign interests and tell anyone else we put in that if they sell us out again, they will be dragged from the halls of power and hung by their feet in public shamed forever as a traitor to the people of the United States of America?

Jul 08 14:28

FBI Expands Probe In Fraud At Holocaust Claims Conference

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has widened its probe into allegedly fraudulent Holocaust-era claims that could have bilked the German government out of millions of dollars, The Jewish Week has learned.

Jul 08 13:03

Israeli judge: Learn from Nazis

??Retired Judge Hadassa Ben-Itto says as part of PR war, Israel should adopt tactics used to distribute Protocols of Elders of Zion??.

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Jul 08 10:29

Omar Khadr axes U.S. lawyers ahead of hearing

Accused war-criminal Omar Khadr has fired his American lawyers less than a week before his military-commission pre-trial hearings are slated to resume in Guantanamo Bay, one of his despondent attorneys said Wednesday.

Khadr, via a motion terminating his U.S. counsel and filed by his lawyers with the commission, said that he would either represent himself or boycott his trial.

"We have worked our hearts out on the case and were just eagerly looking forward to what we had planned to do," one of the lawyers, Barry Coburn, told The Canadian Press.

Prosecutors allege Khadr threw a hand grenade that killed Sgt. Chris Speer in Afghanistan in July 2002 when he was 15 years old. He faces a maximum life sentence on conviction.

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Jul 08 09:26

Nasa space shuttle firm to cut 1,000 jobs

The US's leading space contractor is to cut the jobs of more than 1,000 of the world's leading scientists and technicians after Nasa ended its space shuttle programme.

United Space Alliance, which manages the shuttle fleet and handles Nasa's International Space Station, said most jobs would go in Florida and Texas.

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Jul 08 08:22

Kenny's Sideshow Tidbits

Mike Rivero possibly puts his guest spot on the Alex Jones show in jeopardy by a WRH front page post of AJ ranting and raving about the 'feeble minded, mentally defective, nazi, klan, Hal Turner followers' who are anti-Israel. As Rivero says ....
"Me?!?!?!?"

Jul 08 00:30

Obama's "Fundamental Transformation" means Total Annihilation

Obama's "Fundamental Transformation" means Total Annihilation
By Sher Zieve
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 9:12:44 AM ET
Defined as “betrayal of country--violation of the allegiance owed by somebody to his or her own country, e.g. by aiding an enemy,” virtually everything The Obama has done and is doing is called treason. And, as Obama still maintains he is a natural-born US citizen, what he has effected is also High Treason--defined as “treason perpetrated by somebody against his or her own country.” In order to gain some semblance of what the Dictator-and-Destroyer-in-Chief has done and is continuing to do in his “fundamental transformation” of the United States of America, a partial and I believe actionable list includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Jul 08 00:24

While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!

Published: July 07, 2010
While Big Easy Takes on Oil, Obama Sues Arizona!
By John Lillpop
While the worst environmental disaster in history spreads to Big Easy and all of the Gulf States, Barack Hussein Obama, in a snit of poor judgment and political fraud, has unleashed the vast powers and resources of the U.S. Government against the state of Arizona for its tough, and long overdue, anti-illegal alien bill.
Call Obama's hideous meddling what you wish, pandering to illegal aliens, or trolling for votes among those who oppose secure borders and the rule of law, the fact is that Barack Obama has taken his eye off the tar balls long enough to attack a sovereign entity of the United States.
Which is either incredibly poor judgment, or out and out treason, or, most probably, both.

Jul 07 22:44

Dr. Franklin Lamb: Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah - (11/16/1935—7/4/2010)


“Throughout my life, I have always supported the human being in his humanism and I have supported the oppressed. I think it is the person’s right to live his freedom and it is her and his right to face the injustice imposed on each by revolting against it. Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

Jul 07 22:13

IRAQ IS AMERICA’S GAZA

Iraq is America’s Gaza and, like Gaza, it cries for justice to a world which would rather ignore its plight as well as America and Great Britain’s role in this murderous error of judgement . Our karmic debt, like Israels with Gaza , is immeasurable:

Jul 07 13:40

The World of Most People and the Power of the Unseen

The situation in the Gulf of Mexico is off the charts and a number of police and enforcement agents are in operation to hinder the access of people seeking to study and report on what is happening. It appears that it has been made a felony to approach locations within a certain distance for the purpose of taking photos. This is in violation of laws that allow citizens to have access to public beaches and other locations. Workers involved in the cleanup are forbidden to speak to anyone about what they are doing.

Jul 07 13:38

Wondering What's Going on Behind the Curtain

One thing no one can doubt is the increasing presence of more and more officials with uniforms and weapons. There’s also been a major decrease in legislation that protects individual rights of movement and expression. There’s also been more and more evidence of provocateurs at major protests and… there have been increasing displays of local police abusing and injuring really old people. Why would they be attacking so many people in their 80’s and so many prepubescent children? Is it just the press that is calling attention to what might only be anomalies within a public composed of hundreds of millions of people in many locations?

Jul 07 12:59

Helium balloons float propaganda into North Korea

Helium balloons float propaganda into North Korea
By Kyung Lah, CNN
May 31, 2010 --
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Park Sang Hak and his family jammed 150,000 sheets of paper, dollar bills, DVDs and tiny AM/FM radios inside bags attached to giant inflatable helium balloons.
They launched them into the sky where they floated 200 km (124 miles) across the border to North Korea.
The message: Kim Jong Il is lying to you.
"The balloons are the weapons in breaking Kim Jong Il's spell, say the Fighters for Free North Korea. The group, made up primarily of North Korean defectors, says if North Korea can't get any messages from the outside world, then outside world must deliver those messages in."

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Jul 07 10:41

Costa Rican Govt Approves US Occupation

In another example of the growing militarization of the war on drugs, the Costa Rican government has given the US permission to launch an invasion of up to 7,000 Marines, ostensibly to “fight drugs.”

Indeed, it appears that the only reason the nation is in America’s sights at all is because it is geographically so narrow, and an occupation of it could provide a convenient choke-point for blocking drugs from South America reaching Mexico and eventually, the United States, by land.

Under the terms of the agreement, US troops “will enjoy freedom of movement and the right to carry out any activities needed to fulfill their mission.” In addition to the ground troops, the US will be deploying 46 warships and hundreds of helicopters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US is deploying 7,000 Marines, 46 warships, and hundreds of helicopters to....Costa Rica?!? To allegedly "fight drugs"?!?

Meanwhile, thousands of illegal aliens, "muleing" drugs, walk across our southern border every day with the blessing and protection of the Obama administration.

This is not about drugs: this is about having a full-fledged US expeditionary force prepositioned to send against some South American leader who is not behaving as he has been told to behave by the US.

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez comes to mind.

The US is now fighting a war on two fronts, which makes it a world war.

Jul 07 10:31

Secret Document Affirms U.S.-Israel Nuclear Partnership

According to Army Radio, the U.S. has reportedly pledged to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as nuclear technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Jul 07 09:38

Defending Arizona

A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly mischaracterized by so many leaders on the left. From President Obama on down, they rushed to the microphone after it was enacted to hyperventilate about an impending police state in Arizona. Excitable bloggers invoked Jim Crow, apartheid, and the Nuremberg laws of Nazi Germany.

Jul 07 08:48

ME, GENERAL PETRAEUS & THE ISRAEL LOBBY

MJ Rosenberg

Some readers think I exaggerate the influence of the lobby. I don’t — I used to work at AIPAC and on its favorite stomping ground, Capitol Hill. The latest evidence of the fear and trembling produced by the Israel lobby was evidenced last week when it was revealed that General David Petraeus was upset and worried by a column I wrote in March.

The old adage “politics stops at the water’s edge” does not apply to the Middle East.

When it comes to all matters relating to Israel, foreign policy is politics. It is absolutely impossible to imagine US policy toward Israel not being intertwined with politics and political fund-raising.

Jul 07 07:57

Clinton vows support for Georgia, slams Russian 'occupation'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reassured Georgia on Monday with a pledge of continued support and criticised Russia's "occupation" of two breakaway Georgian regions.

But we support Israels occupation of lands they were never supposed to have! We support severe military attacks on civilian populations in Gaza, that's perfectly ok, but Russia steps into Georgia and that's condemned! I've not enough criticism for Hillary Clinton... Silence free speech on the internet, but allow this woman to spout off?

Jul 07 07:47

White House successfully plugs leaks -- of information

It's day 75 and oil in the Gulf of Mexico continues to flow.

But there's one thing the administration appears to have plugged: information flow related to the spill. The President, seemingly more concerned with his image than anything else, wants to suppress the graphic evidence of his bumbling response.

Is it really "bumbling"? Or is it a directed effort to further Obama's Carbon Tax program? Or is it just a distraction from activities in the middle east? Or is it in preparation for evacuating the gulf coast and instituting martial law nationwide? Is it just one of these things, or all of them? Or any of them? There's plenty of evidence that it was a planned disaster (false flag), but for what purpose? Keep aware.

Jul 07 07:14

FBI agents take down two North Idaho men making grenades

From KREM2 news in Spokane:

Two Idaho men are in jail accused of making grenades and keeping an illegal arsenal of guns and ammo.

Jul 07 07:00

Gulf Coast now a BP police state as law enforcement conspires with BP to intimidate journalists

Why this matters
This is scary stuff, folks. Now we have a police state in America. No one can deny it. You can't argue the point anymore. It is documented fact, and it's happening right now in the Gulf Coast.

If you pick up a professional camera and start snapping photos of a BP refinery, or a BP cleanup vessel, or a beach with an oil boom on it, you risk being followed, detained, questioned and intimidated. And if you don't surrender your own rights and consent to an illegal search of your photos or film footage, you will be hauled into a federal holding facility and held by the Department of Homeland Security until they feel like letting you go.

Jul 07 06:49

Study says smells sickening people come from oilpatch, but no source

Richard Langer was working on his farm just outside Peace River, Alta., one morning last spring when he saw the gas cloud drift through.

"It was sort of a blue-green cloud," he recalls.

The smell — a gassy, tarry reek like a hundred roofing crews working at once — was bad enough. Then a truck idling in the middle of the cloud suddenly revved as if someone stomped the pedal.

That's when Langer, 71, felt something bad.

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Just so Americans don't feel alone in their oil-related disaster.

Jul 07 06:44

Linamar to close Lasco plant in Britain and shift output elsewhere

Auto parts maker Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR) plans to shut down a British parts plant in Wales and transfer production elsewhere.

Canada's second-biggest auto parts company said Wednesday it's beginning consultations with the Unite trade union on the planned closing of the British plant.

Linamar said it did a review of the money-losing plant's operations and concluded it has no viable commercial future.

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Outsourcing - because locals don't need jobs.

Jul 07 06:41

Polish Troops Train To Take On American “Terrorists”

Military claim that foreign soldiers were merely “observers” in Vigilant Guard exercises disproved by Infowars film crew

Law enforcement and military officials were keen to play down the presence of Polish troops during the recent Operation Vigilant Guard exercises in Chicago, but claims that the foreign personnel were there merely as “observers” were proven incorrect after they were filmed participating in drills which revolved around terrorism and mass casualty disasters.

Infowars reporters Rob Dew and Jason Douglass traveled to Chicago to document the increasing integration of foreign troops with American military and civilian authorities.

Jul 07 05:40

US fighting ATK over defective military equipment

It's one of Utah's most prominent companies, embroiled in a high-stakes court battle against the U.S. government over allegedly defective military equipment. If the government wins, a whistleblower could get tens of millions of dollars.

The controversy swirls around nighttime combat. ATK sold the military thousands of high-powered illumination flares -- big ones -- that dangle from a parachute and light up a square mile.

Jul 07 00:26

Exclusive Interview with Israeli Arab Member of Knesset Haneen Zoubi

No human being can accept the humiliation and the suffering of the Palestinians under siege and occupation. The Palestinian people have the right to resist and struggle in order to put an end to occupation.

Jul 07 00:20

Obama’s New Iran Sanctions: An Act of War

“The Obama administration is accelerating the deployment of new defenses against possible Iranian missile attacks in the Persian Gulf, placing special ships [war ships] off the Iranian coast and antimissile systems in at least four [surrounding] Arab countries, according to administration and military officials.”

Jul 06 20:35

Duel of the Machiavellians: Obama vs. Petraeus

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

While Obama is often portrayed as a political neophyte finding himself confronting situations that are way over his head, his choice of General David H. Petraeus to replace General Stanley A. McChrystal was in some ways a masterful political stroke, though it does not seem to have achieved all that might have been intended.

Jul 06 19:41

George Michael arrested after crashing car into shop

Methinks George should hire a chauffeur - it would save him a lot of trouble

Jul 06 16:55

NASA Chief: Next Frontier Better Relations With Muslim World

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

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SAY WHAT?!?!?

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME; THIS IS NOW DEFINED AS NASA'S "FOREMOST" MISSION?!?!?

I am sorry, and yes, good relationships among all people of the world is a wonderful and worthy goal.

But this is not what the National Aerospace and Space Administration was ever intended to do, period, end of discussion.

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Jul 06 14:07

The Lights Are Going Out For Free Speech On The Internet

Type the keywords “Internet censorship” into Google News and you will immediately understand to what degree the world wide web is under assault from attempts by governments globally to regulate and stifle free speech. From Australia to Belarus, from Turkey to Vietnam, from Pakistan to Egypt, from Afghanistan to Iran, huge chunks of the Internet are going dark as the Chinese model of Internet regulation is adopted worldwide.

But why should Americans concern themselves with countries halfway across the globe adopting Chinese-style net censorship? Because under Senator Joe Lieberman’s 197-page Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, the United States would formally mimic China’s “great firewall” of web censorship.

Jul 06 08:32

General Petraeus’s leaked emails about Israel

Blogger Philip Weiss has them, and they’re not pretty.

Jul 06 06:14

Obama and Netanyahu to hold fence-mending talks

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet on Tuesday seeking to show they have turned the page on an unusually rocky period in relations between Washington and its close ally.

Visiting the White House for fence-mending talks, Netanyahu will get a warmer welcome than in March when Obama kept him at arms' length in what was widely viewed as a snub over settlement policy seen by Washington as an obstacle to a Palestinian state.

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Their visible difference of opinion was meant for public consumption. This meeting is a planning and strategy session regarding Iran. They need to find a way to trick the ignorant masses into believing a war is justified. Otherwise they are just committing more acts of terrorism.

Jul 05 23:32

Bibi Back at the White House — The Consistency of Israeli Duplicity Comes Ever More Clearly into Focus

By Jeff Gates

With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting the White House July 6th, it’s time to recall how Tel Aviv deceived Washington throughout the entirety of the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

U.S. military leaders will be watching this meeting very closely, as will the veterans community.

For me, confirmation of Israel’s strategic duplicity came in a meeting with Harry McPherson who served as counsel and speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ entered the Senate in 1948 with Louisiana Senator Russell Long for whom I served as counsel and speechwriter.

At his law offices in Washington, Harry described his arrival in Tel Aviv the night that the 1967 War began. That war typifies the consistency of this ongoing deceit.

Jul 05 20:23

Pinal County Sheriff Receiving Death Threats

Pinal County Sheriff Receiving Death Threats
Published : Monday, 05 Jul 2010, 8:48 PM MDT
Outside law enforcements have been brought in to investigate the threats and have found them credible.
Sheriff Babeu declined personal security detail. He decided not to request funding for security detail at this time, because the county resources are already stretched.
"I understand this threat, yet I will not run in fear or change my support for SB1070 and my demands for President Obama to secure our border with 3,000 armed soldiers in Arizona and start building the fence again. I'm always armed and as every law enforcement member knows, we always have to be aware of our surroundings and possible threats," he said.

Jul 05 18:31

Is Petraeus McChrystal’s Replacement or Obama’s?

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

Our petulant president’s ego can’t handle a general letting off steam. Neither can any of the spoiled children who comprise “our” government in DC, the capital of the “superpower.”

Generals have to fight wars that civilians start, either from the incompetence of their diplomacy or the arrogance of their hubris. Generals have to get young troops killed because of the stupidity or ambition or corruption of civilian government officials.

All McChrystal did was to let off steam. A real president would have realized that and let it go.

Don’t get me wrong. McChrystal is a militarist, and I am pleased to see him gone.

However, McChrystal didn’t restart America’s aggression against Afghanistan. Obama did.

Jul 05 09:56

Tea party gatherings on the Fourth mix the educational and the patriotic

"Tea party" activists across the nation tried to put the "independence" back in Independence Day this weekend with festivals and other gatherings focused on the Constitution -- and how to use it for political gain.

Jul 05 06:56

World Leaders Accept Demise of Global Warming Alarmism

These leaders’ collective decisions in Toronto reflect their individual experiences at home, and a desire to avoid the fate that met their true-believing colleagues, all of whom have been hurt by the economic and political consequences of their global-warming advocacy.

Jul 05 06:22

Joe Lieberman: From American Idol Finalist to TYRANNYsaurus Rex

Eric Blair
Activist Post

To borrow a phrase often used in Joe Lieberman’s failed presidential primary bid in 2004, America’s tyrannical campaign “is picking up Joe-mentum” thanks in large part due to legislation introduced by Deputy Dog himself.

Jul 04 21:41

Israel’s New Master Plan

The estimated 270,000 Arab East Jerusalemites are already confined to a mere 13 per cent of East Jerusalem while more than 85 per cent of the city has been seized by Jewish authorities since 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.

Jul 04 15:14

Black voice of sanity writes:The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster

The Obama Presidency: An Unfolding Disaster
Written by Larry Pinkney
Friday, 02 July 2010 04:35
Barack Obama is in fact, shrewdly facilitating and overseeing the dismantling, not of the U.S. corporate / military empire, but rather of the economic and political human rights and legitimate needs of everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow peoples in this nation. It is for this purpose that the corporate / military establishment and the corporate media ensured that Barack Obama was installed in the White House. This is an increasingly obvious disaster not for the wealthy elite who already have homes, villas, gated mansions, yachts, and cushioned financial holdings all over the world. It is however, a horrible disaster for everyday common folks in this nation and around this planet.

Jul 04 12:51

Activism in the Age of Tyranny and Terror - G20 Report

Michael Edwards
Activist Post

World tyranny is accelerating at a pace not seen since Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Mussolini converged on the world stage. Their regimes were history's prime examples, but there have been countless other dictators who have flourished, leading to the unfortunate conclusion that dictatorships are the rule, not the exception.

Jul 04 10:33

A New Declaration of Independence for a New Revolution

America is fast coming to a crossroads from which there will be no return if we take the wrong path. Do we take the road that leads away from America and toward a Euro-esque way of governing? Do we cast aside our American character and bury our great nation in a grave of socialist-styled authority? Do we damn our progeny to a failed superstate that violate every tenet of our original ideals?

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Do we allow our nation to continue being slaves to Israel?

Jul 04 07:57

4th of July: From Celebration of Independence to Acceptance of Slavery?

What we can do on this 4th of July is to reinforce the idea of independence. Many of our friends and neighbors need a little help. They are having a hard time seeing the enemy within for the distractions of the failing economy and the threat of 'events' such as the Gulf disaster and the brain numbing repetitive rhetoric of 'terrorism' and the false celebrity culture.

Perhaps over that burger and beer and the figurative 'bombs bursting in air' you can plant a seed of dissent towards the powers that be or as some call them the powers that think they be. Isn't it our duty to do so?

Jul 04 07:11

More than one-quarter don’t know who US gained independence from

Every Fourth of July, Americans gather to celebrate the country’s declaration of independence from … um, what country was that again?

If you answered the above question with the word “England” or “Britain,” you would be obviously correct. But a new Marist poll finds that more than a quarter — 26 percent — of Americans polled couldn’t bring to mind the name of the country from whom the original 13 colonies gained independence.

Results were especially poor among the young: Of respondents aged 18 to 29, only 60 percent correctly identified Great Britain. A full one-third were unsure.

Jul 04 05:24

Emergency S.O.S.: America Falling to Foreign Bank Takeover

This Fourth of July, the United States is indeed in peril; it is not only the Gulf Oil Spill, Russian spies and threats of war with Iran which Americans must worry about. Instead it is the quiet but deadly conquest by private, central banks, who lobbied Congress to once again vest new powers in the Federal Reserve and, by all indicators, further weaken the U.S. economy through its future actions.

The financial crisis has indeed been developed in such a way that no nation can ever repay all the debt, and control by global economic forces is all but inevitable.
“This is as big as World War I or World War II,” Alex Jones warns. “What is happening now is bigger than the banking takeover of 1913… it is a worldwide financial coup d’etat.”

Jul 04 05:13

Veterans Today Opposes U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

By Jeff Gates

What news outlets can our military trust? Fox News? CNN? The New York Times? For a nation dependent on informed consent, where can we as veterans turn for the real facts?

Weak on Defense and Bill of Rights, Not During War Time

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is untrustworthy, weak on defense and supports the Bill of Rights only with conditions. With our military imbedded in foreign conflicts on false premises, her wartime appointment must be rejected.

Jul 04 04:31

PHILIP GIRALDI: Executive Privilege

The removal of General Stanley McChrystal from command provided President Barack Obama with the perfect opportunity to review the entire Afghan war strategy and declare it a failure. That he did not do so means that the war now belongs fully to the president and he, in typical Washington fashion, will insist on something that he can describe as “mission accomplished.” The fighting will continue until Washington runs out of money and soldiers and is forced to craft together a phony peace settlement before leaving with its tail between its legs. The whole world knows that United States foreign policy has become little more than a pathetic joke, a fact that is also becoming increasingly clear to many Americans who do not live inside the Washington beltway bubble.

Jul 04 00:43

GORDON DUFF: SURROGATE WARFARE, KILLING AMERICANS FOR FUN AND PROFIT

THE MYTH OF DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT BY ORGANIZED CRIME

Jul 04 00:17

Norman Finkelstein’s “This time we went too far” [VIDEO]

Eight months prior to its December 2008 Gaza invasion, Israel established a National Information Directorate with the aim coordinating a public relations strategy with a clear, unified message to the world’s press. Israel’s 2006 war against Lebanon was seen as a disaster to Israel’s image in the world. A contingent of diplomats, lobby groups, bloggers and other supporters of Israel were mobilized as a parallel, complementary track to the military efforts.

Continue reading:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/07/norman-finkelsteins-this-time-we-went...

Jul 04 00:12

PUPPET GOVERNMENT: NEW VIDEO, “SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR”

By GORDON DUFF

SIMPLE CARD TRICKS FOR WAR

By Puppet Government Productions

A hard hitting new video debunking the continuing puppet show in Washington DC, and the “doubletalk” complicity of President Obama in continuing the phony “war on terror.”

A Must Watch:

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2010/07/puppet-government-new-video-%e2%80%9c...

Jul 03 23:17

Thousands of new war vets mentally unstable with PTSD/TBI, drugged

Nearly 8,000 New Vets Suffer from PTSD, Over 7,000 Suffer from TBI, Over 4,000 Suffer from Both
07/01/2010
“After being redeployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan, thousands of New York veterans are suffering from PTSD and TBI and many are not even aware of it,”.... Additionally, Senator Gillibrand is expressing concerns over the increased reliance on psychotropic medication to treat TBI, which has nearly tripled, increasing from approximately 100,000 prescriptions to more than 300,000, with no clear evidence as to its effectiveness."

Jul 03 21:21

Chavez Regime Nationalizes U.S. Oil Rigs

Chavez Regime Nationalizes U.S. Oil Rigs | Print | E-mail
Written by Alex Newman
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 12:40
After socializing and devastating vast swaths of the Venezuelan economy, socialist “President” Hugo Chavez announced that his government was nationalizing a fleet of oil rigs owned by an American firm.

Oklahoma-based drilling company Helmerich & Payne stopped production with its 11 rigs after a conflict with Venezuela’s state-owned oil conglomerate PDVSA, which defaulted on its nearly $50 million bill after the collapse in oil prices. So rather than make payment, the Venezuelan regime decided to take over the equipment.

Jul 03 20:36

Obama’s Justice Dept's Racist Hostility Toward White Victims' Rights

Obama’s Justice Dept.’s Black Panther Case: RACISM and A Lawless Hostility Toward Equal Enforcement of the Law.
Monday, June 28th
Mr Adamas give us the the reason behind the rejection of the case, racism
Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.

Jul 03 16:07

Hey Hillary, Which ‘Intolerant Governments’ Are You Referring To?

Eric Blair
Activist Post

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech to the Community of Democracies in Poland Saturday for the 10th anniversary celebration of the founding of the organization, whose 16 members strive to “forge international consensus on ways to support and promote democracy.”

"We must be wary of the steel vise in which governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” Clinton was quoted in an Associated Press propaganda piece titled "Clinton: Activists Being Crushed By ‘Steel Vise’ Around the World."

“Intolerant governments across the globe are ‘slowly crushing’ activist and advocacy groups that play an essential role in the development of democracy,” she added.

Jul 03 15:43

Britain more interested in saving Israelis from garden shed rockets than British citizens from Israeli pirates

Stuart Littlewood explains why the hope that UK Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg’s presence in the governing coalition would have a moderating effect on the rabid Conservative Zionists is misplaced. Following a recent exchange with Clegg, he concludes that the junior coalition partner has fallen in with the Tory Zionists.

Jul 03 15:41

If Palestinians are granted the right to work, Lebanon wins

Franklin Lamb calls on Lebanon’s parliament and political elites to grant the Palestinian refugees living in the country the right to work, arguing that this is not only part of Lebanon’s obligation under international law, but also would benefit the Lebanese economy.

Jul 03 11:48

BP/ Gov't Lying To Public About Safety Of Florida Beaches

BP and Government Misleading Public About Safety Of Florida Beaches
Posted by Alexander Higgins - June 23, 2010
As a tide of tarballs from the BP Gulf Oil Spill assaults the Florida coast line local Florida residents, businesses and county officials are demanding action from BP, State, and Federal Government officials in charge of monitoring and responding to the spill.
"They are also demanding answers to other questions like why local beaches have been declared safe and remain open even though tarballs have been washing ashore for weeks in Florida and the DEP hasn’t tested the waters for hydrocarbons since May 1st."

Jul 03 10:44

When War Criminals are Rewarded for Killing People: Tony Blair Awarded the "Liberty Medal"

When war becomes peace.

When killing is presented as a humanitarian endeavor.

When war criminals are rewarded for killing people.

When killing is justified in the name of democracy. When killing people is equated with to "bringing liberty" to those you have killed.

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This prize has become just about as debased as has the alleged Nobel Peace Prize.

Jul 03 07:20

Britain More Interested in Saving Israelis from Garden Shed Rockets than British Citizens from Israeli Pirates

The British public are wising up. They are beginning to know the score. Prime minister Cameron is a self-declared Zionist. Foreign secretary Hague has been a Friend of Israel since the age of 15. Under-secretary of state Burt is not just a Friend of Israel but an OFFICER of the Conservative Friends of Israel organisation.

Jul 03 06:04

The Destruction of U.S. Border States

While the 1980s and 1990s were dominated by optimistic reports and government statements on the contributions of illegal aliens, reality had to be faced soon. The three states—California, Texas and New York—harboring the most illegal aliens in America financially collapsed by the weight they chose to carry.

Jul 03 05:27

Insider Trading Inside the Beltway: In 1990's Senators beat the market by 12% per year. Average private citizen did -1.4% during same period. Businesses averaged 6%.

Under current law, it is unlikely that Members of Congress can be held liable for insider trading. The proposed Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act addresses that problem by instructing the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt rules intended to prohibit such trading.

Jul 03 01:38

LAMB : If Palestinians are granted the right to work Lebanon wins

“These are humanitarian, social and ethical duties, and the Lebanese state must assume the responsibility of providing them to our Palestinian brothers and sisters. Lebanon will not dodge these duties,which must be crystal-clear, and not be subject to any misinterpretation.

Jul 03 01:31

Fawwaz Traboulsi : Speaks about Palestinian Rights in Lebanon

Paul Jay Senior Editor of The Real News Network, in a recent interview asks Fawwaz Traboulsi, Professor of Political Science and History at the Lebanese-American University and American University in Beirut, to shet some light on the issue of Palestinina Civil Rights in Lebanon.

Jul 03 00:00

[Feds]/BP's Oil Spill Fouls Water, Land and Air

BP's Oil Spill Fouls Water, Land and Air
By Dennis Bernstein
June 29, 2010
...“I think we have to be suspicious of everything they’re saying to us. We have to assume they’re withholding the information, that they are possibly even falsifying information, so as not to cause a panic, because I think the last thing they want is an outraged, panicked public to face.”
She said the federal government and the Coast Guard are marching in lockstep with BP, adding: “Essentially, the government and BP are one and the same right now. And that’s a really frightening thing to say I realize that, but that’s what I see...."

Jul 02 23:03

The Political Whores of Washington

Congress does represent the core of political corruption in America where a few Jewish tycoons have thoroughly corrupted the American political discourse, by transforming most of America’s politicians into willing political whores without any modicum of moral conscience, readily bowing before Jewish money and Jewish pressure.

Jul 02 21:31

Rights Group Files FOIA Requests Regarding Israel Attack on Flotilla Delivering Aid to Gaza

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed eight Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the United States government’s knowledge of, and actions in relation to, the May 31, 2010 attack by Israel on a flotilla of six vessels in international waters seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, and U.S. policy towards the blockade of Gaza,

Jul 02 21:25

Report: US Warships Stationed off Iranian Coast

As unconfirmed reports of an imminent Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities pick up steam in the Middle Eastern media, a US-based strategic intelligence company has released a chart showing US naval carriers massing near Iranian waters.

Jul 02 16:33

Countdown: Dr.Riki Ott alleges BP engaged in massive cover-up

Countdown: Dr.Riki Ott alleges BP engaged in massive cover-up to hide Gulf Disaster damage
firedoglake
YouTube/MSNBC
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 21:07 EDT

Jul 02 16:30

US Billions for War/ Israel/Banks, None for Medicaid, Americans' Welfare

US Congress withholds billions from Medicaid, jobless benefits
Tom Eley
World Socialist Web Site
Thu, 01 Jul 2010 12:49 EDT
"A consensus has emerged in the ruling class, signaled by Obama's three-year freeze on discretionary social spending, that costs not related to the military and the ongoing bailout of the finance industry must be curtailed. In contrast, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has guaranteed passage of another $33 billion bill by summer recess - this one a short-term funding bill for the war in Afghanistan.
By last Friday, 1.2 million workers had lost unemployment benefits since the beginning of June. By this weekend, the figure will swell to 1.63 million, and by mid-July the number will reach two million. "

Jul 02 15:46

Anna Chapman (20 photos + video)

Translation from Russian

Anna Chapman (Anna Chapman) - one of the 11 arrested in U.S. on charges of spying for Russia - in 2007-2008 worked in the division of the Belgian bank Fortis - KIT Fortis Investments, said on Thursday, local media reported. - served as vice president of KIT Fortis Investments, established in 2006, and was responsible for sales in Russia of foreign securities.

Here are presented her photo spread in which she Soc. networks and the end of a brief version of the history for those too lazy to Google on this subject:)

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Are people so stupid to fall for the Russian spy claim? Probably. Mostly ... they are ignorant rednecks.

WARNING TO ANYONE IN THE US THAT IS ORIGINALLY FROM A FOREIGN NATION:

Jul 02 14:42

50 Random Facts That Make You Wonder What In The World Has Happened To America

On one level, the facts below may not seem related. However, what they all do have in common is that they show just how much the United States has fundamentally changed. Do you ever just sit back and wonder what in the world has happened to America?

Jul 02 10:46

US Ranks Last in Health Care vs AUS, CAN, GER, NETH, NZ, UK

The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analysess consistently show the United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. Among the seven nations studied—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States—the U.S. ranks last overall, as it did in the 2007, 2006, and 2004.

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Jul 02 09:34

Boy, Were You Ever Wrong

You knew your country was sick, didn’t you? Yes, you did. You can feel this sick degeneration down deep in your bones. It was a sixth sense you had. It spoke to you like a still small voice and it whispered ever so softly. It told you that the foundations were crumbling and the buffering institutions were being eroded. But you wanted to call it something else. You ranted about “liberalism”, “big government”, “high taxes”, “overregulation” and how bad those Democrats were. Perhaps you attended a few Tea Parties and whined to your friends about the dangers and wickedness of an Obama administration. You might have even dropped a few dollars in the coffers of yet another “conservative” group, thinking you were doing your due diligence. Sarah Palin is probably your girl in 2012.

Jul 02 08:49

Terrorism: Why They Want to Kill Us

Terrorism is not new. It was used against Russian Tsars, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and British colonial officials. Algerians employed terrorism against the French and later Algerian governments. Basque and Irish separatists freely relied on terrorism. Until Iraq, the most promiscuous suicide bombers were Tamils in Sri Lanka. In none of these cases did the killing occur in response to freedom, whether in America or elsewhere.

The moral issues are daunting enough even if the intelligence is faultless, and it rarely is. Americans should consider how they would react if a more powerful nation was slaughtering their relatives and friends--and even entire families--in an attempt to kill a few targeted individuals alleged to be terrorists.

Jul 02 08:27

The Spy Scare

If Hoekstra and Townsend are so worried about the alleged danger posed by Russian and Chinese espionage, then surely the considerable Mossad presence ought to concern them as well: after all, when Jonathan Pollard stole priceless secrets from the US on behalf of Tel Aviv, the Israelis traded the information to the Soviets in exchange for the release of tens of thousands of Russian Jews to be sent directly to Israel. According to a 1996 report by the Office of Naval Investigations, the Israelis sold stolen US military technology to the Chinese, and this came out in 2000, again, when Tel Aviv tried to sell China the ultra-secret Phalcon early warning detection system, created in the US.

Jul 02 07:49

Are the Russians Really Coming?

It sounds like Boris Badenov – or a very bad Ian Fleming knock-off. Apparently, the cabal – numbering eleven spies, at least so far as we know now – was told to infiltrate the US and blend into America just as if they were ordinary people. They would go about their ordinary jobs – consultant, real estate agent, housewife and mother, whatever – take out mortgages, have children, go to PTA meeting, and all the while they were really sinister Russian agents, plotting god-knows-what heinous schemes designed to steal our secrets, influence government policy, and undermine the very fabric of American life. No kidding….

Jul 02 06:29

Natives urge Stanley Park name change

Some B.C. politicians say officials should consider a native group's suggestion that Vancouver's Stanley Park revert to its original First Nations name, Xwayxway.

The chief of the Squamish First Nation, Ian Campbell, said Wednesday that the well-known downtown park should be renamed Xwayxway pronounced kwhy-kway as it was known for thousands of years.

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Canada's equivalent of Israel's Palestinians speak out. You can be quite certain politicians are eying up a potential money grab in this.

Jul 02 06:18

Report: Toxins found in whales bode ill for humans

Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood.

A report released Thursday noted high levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium in tissue samples taken by dart gun from nearly 1,000 whales over five years. From polar areas to equatorial waters, the whales ingested pollutants that may have been produced by humans thousands of miles away, the researchers said.

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Pass me another plate of those Gulf of Toxico shrimp.

Jul 02 06:16

Explosion at National Defence bldg in Quebec

An explosion has torn through a Canadian Armed Forces recruitment centre in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

No one appears to have been injured in the blast which occurred at about 3 a.m. ET.

The glass doors of the centre have been blown out and police have sent a bomb squad to the scene.

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Looks like someone is trying to tell the government and the military something.

Jul 02 05:04

Ralph Nader On 'Questions For Supreme Court Nominee Kagan'

Questions that should be asked by congress yet will not be. Our government is run by those that serve and obey corporate interests regardless of what party they may belong to. Ralph Nader will never be elected President, he would make a fine senator and should run for senator in NY.

Jul 02 00:32

Jobless Benefits Gone For 1.2 Million

It has begun, Let the Summer of Rage Begin

Jul 02 00:02

GORDON DUFF: BROKEN ARROW, THE MOST DANGEROUS WEAPONS OF ALL

THE HUNT FOR THE MISSING NUKES AND THOSE THAT COVERED IT UP

There are nuclear weapons out there, maybe in terrorists hands, two or five, as many as seven or more. Iran and North Korea didn’t build them. North Korea’s nuclear program is a sham and Iran may simply be a scapegoat. Iran is not building nuclear weapons, they don’t possess the necessary centrifuges to enrich uranium. Using their available technology, a nuclear weapon could not be produced in a century.

Jul 01 23:54

Review: Israeli Exceptionalism – The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism

By Stephen J. Sniegoski

M. Shahid Alam, Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism — New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

This is an excellent book that dares to transgress the regnant taboos and myths in the American mainstream on the issue of Israel. The author, M. Shahid Alam, a professor of economics at Northeastern University of Pakistani nationality, is a published writer on contemporary social and political topics that far transcend his academic field. Due to his proclivity to write on controversial and taboo topics, he has attained a place in ultra-Zionist David Horowitz’s book, “The Professors: The One Hundred and One Most Dangerous Academics in America (2006).”

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