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CURRENT EVENTS

Mar 16 09:50

Patriot or crackpot? Seattle man's mission to prosecute Bush

Ask Bob Alexander how often he's heard the word "quixotic" recently. The approximate answer: all the time.

Of all the people who read Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's best-selling "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," this 57-year-old Seattle coffee merchant is the only one jolted to act on it in a substantial way. The SuperBeans proprietor has become a super-activist.

With the help of a handful of volunteers and donations, Alexander has sent 2,200 copies of Bugliosi's hardcover to prosecutors around the country.

Now he and his volunteers are following up with each one of them by phone and e-mail, as well as gathering signatures for petitions urging the prosecutors to indict the former president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bob is a long time contributor to this website and can be reached at http://www.superbeans.com/.

Yes, he carries the Kona coffee. :)

Mar 16 09:23

New Hampshire in uproar over US Administration

A group in the US State of New Hampshire is becoming more vocal in its fight for independence. They believe the federal government has overstepped its role and intruded upon their states' rights.

A group calling themselves the Free State Project says the only option is to let states govern themselves and set their own rules – much they already do on issues like firearm legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historical note: New Hampshire was the first state to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Mar 16 09:02

Group Smeared As Terror Cell By Feds Runs Soup Kitchens

A member of the Missouri Militia has contacted us to express his outrage that the organization, which routinely works with local law enforcement to help find missing children, sponsors blood donation campaigns and soup kitchens, is being smeared as a terrorist outfit by the federal government.

As we reported last week, a secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists militias, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.

Mar 16 06:39

Mexico,Pakistan and the so called "Failed State"

Mar 15 18:33

An Attempt at Sanity in Maryland

WHEREAS, Federal Reserve notes are unconstitutional, inflationary and at the heart of the present economic distress; and

Mar 15 15:29

ABC 20/20 Bailouts and Bull with John Stossel: The Economy

John Stossel discusses how government spends/waste taxpayer money and the consequence of intervention in the economy 3-13-2009.

Mar 15 09:27

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

Mar 15 09:21

Apocalypse Never

There’s a whole bunch of guys out there (mostly guys, a few butch girls here and there) who sulk online for years waiting for somebody to bring up the Omega Man/I Am Legend scenario: what are you going to do when civilization collapses?

Mar 15 08:18

Labour 'double standards' as smoking ban is lifted for G20 world leaders

Labour has been accused of double standards for amending legislation to allow world leaders to use smoking rooms during the G20 economic conference.

Dozens of heads of state, politicians and diplomats will be meeting at the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands, London, next month.

It is believed that laws have been changed to get around the smoking ban and provide specialist rooms that the visiting dignitaries can use.

Smoking in all enclosed public spaces and places of work was banned under the Health Act 2006, and came into force in England in 2007.

It is not clear which Government department has amended the law for the venue or whether is only a temporary measure.

Mar 15 07:48

Harnessing the Sun, With Help From Cities - The Credit Economy to Claims Share of the Sun

The New York Times Leslie Kaufman But late last year, Mr. Clark decided to install a $62,000 solar power system because of a new municipal financing program that lent him the money and allows him to pay it back with interest over 20 years as part of his property taxes.

The idea of public financing for home solar systems began two years ago in Berkeley.

Mar 14 17:48

A.I.G. to Pay $100 Million in Bonuses After $180 billion Bailout

The New York Times EDMUND L. ANDREWS and PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year.

Mar 14 08:49

“Where’s My Million Dollars?”

When I entered my friend Jason's house he was shouting into his telephone, “Where's my million dollars?” There was a pause, after which Jason insisted, “I want you to pay me the million dollars you promised me!” His face was red and he was angry.

To my shock, my senior friend, a former U.S. military intelligence officer, had been paying tens of thousands of dollars in “processing fees” to con artists that initially contacted him by mail with the “good news” of his fantastic winnings. After he mailed them checks for a few dollars, they contacted him by phone and told him to wire hundreds, then thousands, of dollars, to win his big prize, which he did. But the prize money never came. Now Jason is out tens of thousands of dollars, money he intended to leave to his children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Military intelligence, eh?

That explains a very great deal!

Mar 14 08:05

The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal

In 2001, Portugal became the only EU-member state to decriminalize drugs, a distinction which continues through to the present. Last year, working with the Cato Institute, I went to that country in order to research the effects of the decriminalization law (which applies to all substances, including cocaine and heroin) and to interview both Portuguese and EU drug policy officials and analysts (the central EU drug policy monitoring agency is, by coincidence, based in Lisbon). Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense.

Mar 14 06:06

In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Understanding Is Non-Existent

The New York Times Peter Steinfels - In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Suasion Comes Up Short

To pursue this research is a moral choice. Not to pursue it is a moral choice. And moral choices of this nature properly wind up in the political arena.

Mar 13 20:22

Investigator uses phony documents to get passports

Yahoo! News WASHINGTON – Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report made public Friday.

_One investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver's license. He received a passport four days later.

_A second attempt had the investigator using a 5-year-old boy's information but identifying himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.

Mar 13 19:23

Madoffs were worth more than $823M, documents show

Bernard Madoff and his wife had $823 million in assets at the end of last year, including $22 million in properties stretching from New York to the French Riviera, a $7 million yacht and a $2.2 million boat named "Bull," according to a document his lawyers filed Friday.

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I think it is safe to say, that probably isn't everything.

Mar 13 14:36

Endless pursuit of John Demjanjuk is too much

Demjanjuk's story shows that he was serving in the Russian army when captured by Nazis and forced to be a guard at the camp.

Is it unthinkable that, if he had refused, the Nazis would have shot him? His act of obeying his masters was obviously not deliberate.

Mar 13 14:04

Bangladeshi High-Rise Mall Fire Hurts 50, Kills 4

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any second that baby is gonna fall right down into it's own footprint. Just like WTC-7... Any second now... Any second... Yessireebob, gonna come right down... Any second now... Any second... Any second now... Any second... I'm gonna go get a beer."

Mar 13 10:03

Tim Kretschmer's last moments before he dies

This is an odd video.The commentator says he is hit in the leg falls down then kills himself.What do you think?

Mar 13 07:39

THE PROVEN LINK BETWEEN SSRI DRUGS AND SHOOTING RAMPAGES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guns do not kill, pills do!

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Mar 13 06:06

Mystery of Madoff's rapid confession

Legal experts were flummoxed by the fraudster's willingness to admit every criminal charge laid before him, but was he trying to protect others who may have been implicated?

Mar 12 20:31

Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings - Warren Buffett a second tier borrower?

The Washington Post Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings Downgrades Reflect Impact of Recession

General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway yesterday lost their places on a prized short list of the healthiest corporations.

Mar 12 20:27

Kentucky lawmakers move to bar NEW payday lenders

Associated Press - ROGER ALFORD

Kentucky would be off limits to new payday lenders under legislation approved by lawmakers on Thursday.

Mar 12 17:49

DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE TO BE BOYCOTTED BY THE WORLD’S MOST RACIST NATIONS.

The UN Durban Review Conference, billed as a ‘World Conference against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance’, due to begin in Geneva on 20 April, is shaping up to be one that exposes who exactly the worlds most racist nations actually are – by them being conspicuous by their absence.

Naturally, Israel will not be there. Nor will the US be there. Nor Canada. And now it looks like Australia may not be there either. As one Ha’aretz reader points out; “What do the U.S., Canada, Australia and Israel all have in common? All were created through ethnic cleansing and apartheid. No wonder they all stick together.”

Mar 12 17:41

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush: lawyer

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Bush is scheduled to speak at the Telus Convention Centre March 17, but Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson says that because Bush has been “credibly accused” of supporting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Canada has a legal obligation to deny him entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The law says foreign nationals who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, including torture, are “inadmissible” to Canada.

Mar 12 13:51

US Sends Elderly Widow Back to Germany

A German woman named Elfriede Rinkel had led a quiet life in America for over 40 years -- with her Jewish husband. But now she's been deported for lying about her job as a dog handler at the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh my GAWD, she touched a Nazi DOG!!!!!!! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR OF IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

This obsession with events from the first half of the last century has gotten to the point of utter ridiculousness.

Mar 12 12:13

FREE THE HERO MUNTAZER AL-ZAIDI !

UPI.com Top News Shoe-thrower sentenced to three years

BAGHDAD, March 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes
at U.S. President George Bush was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday in an Iraqi court.

Muntazer al-Zaidi, hailed as a hero in some areas of the Middle East, threw two shoes at Bush in December to protest the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Mar 12 11:53

Army mulling Zardari’s ouster

With president Asif Ali Zardari on a trip to Iran, Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani has reportedly sided with Army Chief General Parvez Kayani to oust the widower of late Benazir Bhutto from power.

Mar 12 11:46

Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don;t you feel silly submitting to all those airport harrassments by TSA knowing that the whole Mexican border has been wide open all this time?

Mar 11 20:19

Where are the MADOFF Funds Now? Read On..............

In a rush? Read the fourth paragraph of the source.

Want to learn more? -- this is a damn good article.

If you're not ramping up your protection after reading this....my friend, you're simply not paying ample attention. I want you, the concerned readers of WRH, to make it through the collapse.

The question is: When the FIT hits the SHAN, will enough people know what really happened, where the money went, and who paved the road to our downfall?

Mar 11 19:12

China's exports in sharp decline - World demand for crap plummets

BBC News Chinese exports plunged by more than a quarter in February from a year ago as the world's third-largest economy was hit by a drop in demand for its goods.

Exports dropped by 25.7% to $64.9bn (£47.3bn) compared with the same month a year earlier, while imports fell by 24.1% to $60.1bn, figures showed.

Mar 11 18:26

Rich hit by economic crisis - Now it's getting serious!

BBC NEWS The financial crisis is taking its toll on the world's richest people, wiping 332 names off Forbes magazine's "rich list" of world billionaires.

Just 793 people can now lay claim to a place on the list, but on average they have lost 23% of their wealth.

The stock market collapse helped Microsoft founder Bill Gates regain the top spot, despite his wealth declining $18bn (£13.06bn) to $40bn.

Mar 11 13:53

Why are Tim Geithner and the Media Playing Dumb About What Happened to Our Money?

A formerly famous and now mostly forgotten poet of nonsense verse once said: "There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns....there are also unknown unknowns."

That was, of course, Donald Rumsfeld, but it doesn't sound too different from your average briefing/Congressional testimony/interview by Timothy Geithner. Besides being awash in toxic paper, credit default swaps, and collateralized debt obligations, we seem to be drowning in unknowns. Only, I get the sense that there are fewer unknowns than we're being told.

Mar 11 10:11

Quadruple Shooting in Northeast DC

Four people were shot while walking away from a vigil at a cemetery in Northeast Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I know we are all on edge with the economy, but this shooting of innocent parties simply must stop! It is a waste of ammunition we need for the bankers and politicians! :)

Mar 11 09:03

Motive unclear in Alabama shooting spree

Authorities grappled on Wednesday for the reason a 27-year-old Alabama man shot dead 10 people, including his mother, before killing himself after a gun battle with police and a car chase down a rural highway.

Michael McLendon, who lived with his mother, killed five of his victims in Tuesday's shooting spree at a mobile home in Samson, in southeastern Alabama, according to a local coroner and Wynnton Melton, mayor of nearby Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now as the gun-grabbers go into orgasm over the politically useful blood, I have another question. The description of the man we are hearing is that of someone under intense pressure. These are hard times.

So, I have to wonder if this guy (or the one in Germany) was on antidepressants.

Mar 11 08:37

VIDEO Regarding "Revolution"

Jesse Richard, founder of TvNewsLIES.org, comments on the current mood of the nation. He explains that many Americans feel that the nation is ripe for revolution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jesse may be a bit naive here. From the point of view of the current power structure which has grown rich on the backs of the American workers, restoration of the original Republic IS revolutionary in that it removes them from their positions of wealth and power which cannot exist under the original system of government.

Mar 11 07:55

Boy, have I got something to look at!

During earlier postings on this Blog I showed the plight of the Chagos Islanders. I have also researched the Kingdom of Hawaii. Shetland ~ off whose shores Forvik is situated ~ is another place where “imperialism” has ridden roughshod over the inhabitants without regard to them and their aspirations or even their welfare.

Mar 11 07:18

11 die in Alabama shooting rampage

Hell came to a rural Alabama on Tuesday in the form of a deranged gunman whose killing spree left 10 victims dead before he turned a gun on himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for Obama's anti-gun agenda. and no doubt that agenda will now be pushed in the media because of this shoting and the one in Germany.

But remember what might have happened if just ONE of those 11 victims had been carrying a firearm ... and that as usual, the police did not show up in time to prevent the crime, only clean up the mess.

Mar 10 23:42

The blog of Stephen M. Walt

Recommended reading:

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

Stephen M. Walt is Professor of International Relations at Harvard University and the co-auther of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy".

this post:
"Have they not a shred of decency?"
Sat, 02/28/2009 - 10:36pm
discusses the smear campaign against Charles Freeman’s appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Mar 10 13:11

Clarity should stop Holocaust references

Attorneys defending the former owners of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville have now played the Holocaust card in a trial that has become a bizarre chess game of strategy and counterstrategy.

According to the Iowa Independent, Jim Clarity, a defense attorney representing Agriprocessors, has “compared the plight of mounting a defense in the Northern District of Iowa to that of the Jews facing Nazi persecution in 1939 Poland.” Clarity has also referred to the pretrial publicity surrounding this case as “sickening,” and he wants the trial moved to either Minnesota or Chicago simply for his belief that “Iowa is poison.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last refuge of the scoundrel is the Holocaust!

Mar 10 11:02

Canada Follows America's Slide

by Richard Matthews

Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to align Canadian foreign policy with that of the U.S. If the newly minted President Obama continues with unlawful policies like extraordinary rendition, preventive imprisonment, and torture at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the rendition archipelago, then Harper will follow him down the seemingly inexorable slide toward Canada's further undermining of international human rights law.

Mar 10 10:36

Remembering The Alamo

March 6 marks the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo back in 1836. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna's seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.

Mar 10 09:58

Chuck Norris claims thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against U.S. government

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

Mar 10 09:56

Ex-lawmaker in child porn case free without bail

A former New Jersey lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Neil Cohen has admitted viewing child porn, but rejected a plea bargain.

A judge says Cohen can remain free without bail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cohen admits viewing child porn, then pleads not guilty, and the judge gives him a free walk??????

Mar 10 08:34

GEORGE GALLOWAY: THE NOBLE MAN

Unlike many politicians who would rather stay on the safe side, even if that means betraying their conscience, George Galloway represents a rare breed of morally-guided politicians who are willing to call the spade a spade even in the face of danger and brutality.

Mar 09 19:36

Following the Money

It appears that we all work for Wall Street, in one way or another.

Mar 09 18:33

Money for Nothing, Questions raised on Schering-Plough calls before deal

Reuters Doris Frankel CHICAGO, March 9 (Reuters) - The unusual buying of call options in Schering-Plough Corp (SGP.N) placed days before its pending acquisition deal with Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) have some options players asking if the news was leaked in advance.

Some lucky option players appeared to have reaped a windfall with Schering-Plough call options rocketing after Merck on Monday announced a proposed $41.1 billion takeover of the drugmaker.

Mar 09 13:31

UPDATED WRH ONLINE STORE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are putting some new designs in, taking old designs out. Even if you don't buy something (in this economy, we really do understand) let us know which items you like or do not like.

Mar 09 13:15

Maine's, New Hampshire's and Vermont's RBOC Appears Headed into Bankruptcy.

Yahoo! Finance AP - FairPoint posts 4Q loss amid higher costs FairPoint posts 4th-quarter loss as expenses weigh on results, company suspends dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Communications service provider FairPoint Communications Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday as higher expenses weighed on results. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend to preserve cash and bolster its balance sheet.

For the full year, FairPoint posted a loss of $68.5 million, or 85 cents per share, on sales of $1.27 billion.

Mar 09 10:54

Can you survive economic crisis?

Booming preparedness industry says Americans are stockpiling

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canned foods and shotguns!

Mar 09 09:25

Steward of Forvik wins first round against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Stuart Hill is claiming victory in the first round of his fight to get the UK government to explain how it derives its authority in Shetland.

After refusing to send in self-assessment forms and incurring the consequent penalties, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs threatened legal action with a hearing before the Tax Commissioners. Mr. Hill continued to hold out, telling them to go ahead and arrange the hearing. Not having had notification of the date after two phone calls, he wrote asking when the hearing was to be. After a three-month delay, the reply came back that he did not need to complete self-assessment forms from 2006-2007 onwards and that all penalties are cancelled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This case is also a reminder that governments will demand taxes they know they do not have a legal right to in the hopes you will simply pay up without question.

Mar 09 08:02

Who's really winning the war on drugs.

Mar 09 06:56

Prominent Economist: Crisis Caused By Government Interventions

A prominent PhD economist has slammed the latest round of bank bailouts and argued that they will not work because the financial crisis was caused and prolonged by such activity in the first place.

Marc Faber, founder and managing director of Hong Kong-based Marc Faber Ltd., has argued that propping up weak companies with taxpayer money is foolhardy.

“The financial crisis has occurred because of government interventions,” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

Mar 09 06:33

Bankruptcy losing its shame More people filing for Chapter 7, walking away from homes

The Detroit News Jaclyn Trop Declaring personal bankruptcy may not carry the same stigma it once did.

As unemployment rates skyrocket and home values plummet, new attitudes toward debt may explain why more people are letting their homes and other assets go rather than working out a debt repayment plan in the nation's bankruptcy courts.

"It's not being looked at as a personal failure but a product of the times," said credit counselor Rachel Hood of Consumer Credit Management in Farmington Hills.

Mar 09 04:29

Transit Use Hit Five-Decade High in 2008 as Gas Prices Rose

The New York Times Michael Cooper

More people rode the nation’s public buses, subways and commuter trains last year than in any year since 1956, when the federal government created the Interstate highway system, according to a report by a transit association.

Americans took nearly 10.7 billion rides on public transportation in 2008, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to the report, by the American Public Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that represents transit systems. The report was to be released on Monday in Washington at the association’s annual conference.

Use of public transportation in the United States has risen 38 percent since 1995, the report said.

Mar 08 20:32

OK So What Do We Do Now?

When will an American President show this humility shown by Pericles himself?"

Mar 08 10:05

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. ANNUAL REPOST

Mar 08 09:25

Jailed for a MySpace parody, the student who exposed America's cash for kids scandal

Less than a minute into the hearing the gavel came down. "Adjudicated delinquent!" the judge proclaimed, and sentenced her to three months in a juvenile detention centre. Hillary, who hadn't even presented her side of the story, was handcuffed and led away. But her mother, Laurene, protested to the local law centre, setting in train a process that would uncover one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in US legal history.

Last month the judge involved, Mark Ciavarella, and the presiding judge of the juvenile court, Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty to having accepted $2.6m (£1.8m) from the co-owner and builder of a private detention centre where children aged from 10 to 17 were locked up.

Mar 08 09:22

Maine Town Passes Ordinance Asserting Local Self-Governance and Stripping Corporate Personhood

Today the citizens of Shapleigh, Maine voted at a special town meeting to pass a groundbreaking Rights-Based Ordinance, 114 for and 66 against. This revolutionary ordinance give its citizens the right to local self-governance and gives rights to ecosystems but denies the rights of personhood to corporations. This ordinance allows the citizens to protect their groundwater resources, putting it in a common trust to be used for the benefit of its residents. Shapleigh is the first community in Maine to pass such an ordinance, which extends rights to nature, however, the Ordinance Review Committee in Wells, Maine is considering passing one in their town.

Mar 08 08:39

When Cops Are Thieves

If the County Sheriffs of Colorado has its way, law-enforcement agencies will soon be able to take your house, cars, cash and jewelry, sell it off and divvy up the proceeds quietly and privately among themselves. This organization, which lobbies for the interests of sheriffs across the state, is the force behind House Bill 1238, which rolls back a 2002 law guaranteeing Colorado residents reasonable protections against “asset forfeiture” — a fancy legal term for when the cops use the force of law to take your stuff.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The sheriff coming to take your stuff, huh?

Isn't this the part of the story where Robin Hood starts shooting arrows into the sheriff's ass?

Mar 08 06:33

Video - Prisons and profit motives: Jailing and drugging kids for profit

I'm speechless - almost

Two judges in Pennsylvania US took over $2.6 million in bribes from a privately owned prison company to put THOUSANDS of kids in jail for extended sentences for NOTHING!

This took place in broad daylight and scores of people in the justice system in Pennsylvania watched, stood by and did nothing.

Mar 08 04:14

Mixed Opinions of a Judge Accused of Misconduct - Nope, she's a murderer alright.

The New York Times GRETEL C. KOVACH DALLAS — If Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of Texas’ highest criminal court, has ever doubted her judgment, she has not shown it.

In 1998, Judge Keller wrote the opinion rejecting a new trial for Roy Criner, a mentally retarded man convicted of rape and murder, even though DNA tests after his trial showed that it was not his semen in the victim.

“We can’t give new trials to everyone who establishes, after conviction, that they might be innocent,” she later told the television news program “Frontline.” “We would have no finality in the criminal justice system, and finality is important.”

Sharon Keller, who was first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994, is now its presiding judge.

Mar 08 03:59

Discipline of Military Redirects Dropouts - Teaching kids to kill provides leadership skills!

New York Times ERIK ECKHOLM - FORT GORDON, Ga. — By his own account, Donte’ A. Dungey had no motivation in high school, sleeping through classes and sometimes showing up only for the free lunch to reduce the burden on his mother, who was struggling with nine other children. Held back three times and scheduled to enter the 10th grade at nearly 18, he knew that “high school just wasn’t going to work for me,” he said.

But he was also ready to change. More than five months ago, Mr. Dungey took up residence in a program for dropouts called Youth Challenge, run by the National Guard, that is proving effective at using military atmosphere and discipline to turn around at-risk teenagers.

Mar 08 03:35

You call THAT a College Degree? Colleges Sweat Out Admissions This Year

The New York Times Just as nervously, colleges — facing a financial landscape they have never seen before — are trying to figure out how many students to accept, and how many students will accept them.

“It’s a consumer confidence issue,” said Steven Syverson, vice president for enrollment at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. “Families are feeling like they can’t afford it even if they’re in the same financial position they were three months ago.”

Mar 08 03:18

Cycling, Like Baseball, is Bullshit - Schumacher banned for two years

BBC - Germany's Stefan Schumacher has been banned from cycling for two years after failing a drugs test during last year's Tour de France.

Schumacher tested positive for advanced blood doping product Cera (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator).

Mar 08 03:09

NY 'mafia cops' get life in jail - Say it ain't so! - New York, New York! It's a wonderful town!

BBC - Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of eight murders as well as other crimes while they were New York policemen.

Stephen Carapacca, 67, and Louis Eppolito, 61, had 44 years' police experience between them.

But they were also secretly on the payroll of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the second-in-command of New York's Lucchese mafia family, a court found.

Mar 07 08:51

"Access-A-Ride" Program Harming More Than Helping The Disabled in New York City

And as if it isn't enough to increase the fares on everyday train and bus commuters, it appears the MTA is going after the disabled and economically disadvantaged as well. In addition, disturbing incidents of blatant discrimination also appear to be on the rise, with two separate incidents occurring within the span of just two days in Queens aboard "Access-A-Ride" busses.

Mar 07 07:32

What Battered Newsrooms Can Learn From Stewart's CNBC Takedown

The piece wasn't just the laugh-out-loud funniest thing on TV all week (and this was a week in which NBC rebroadcast the SNL "more cowbell" sketch, so that's saying a lot) but it was exquisitely reported, insightful, and it tapped into America's real anger about the financial crisis in a way that mainstream journalism has found so elusive all these months, in a time when we all need to be tearing down myths. As one commenter on the Romenesko blog noted, "it's simply pathetic that one has to watch a comedy show to see things like this."

But that's not all. The Stewart piece also got the kind of eyeballs that most newsrooms would kill for in this digital age -- planted atop many, many major political, media and business Web sites -- and the kind of water-cooler chatter that journalists would crave in any age. In a time when newspapers are flat-out dying if not dealing with bankruptcy or massive job losses, while other types of news orgs aren't faring much better, the journalistic success of a comedy show rant shouldn't be viewed as a stick in the eye -- but a teachable moment. Why be a curmudgeon about kids today getting all their news from a comedy show, when it's not really that hard to join Stewart in his own idol-smashing game?

Mar 07 07:25

Mr. Simmons' Mission: NATO Bases From Balkans To Chinese Border

In the summer of 1999 a BBC story, 'CIA ordered to topple Milosevic': US report, detailed the genesis and gestation period of Washington's new and refurbished coup design:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/387463.stm

Replete with sledgehammer-wielding toughs, rent-a-mobs attacking the parliament building, ballots in the contested election being burned by Western-controlled 'democracy advocates' and suitcases of domestic and foreign currency provided by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright smuggled in from Hungary, the 2000 Belgrade coup was the fons et origo of all subsequent 'regime change' campaigns in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, replicated in Georgia in 2003.

The scenario would be repeated in most every particular a year later in Ukraine, which readers will recall was one of Simmons' main bureaux at his new NATO post.

Mar 07 04:29

Afghanistan, the Gift that Keeps on Giving - Russia Is Top Heroin Consumer, Report Finds

The New York Times REUTERS World Briefing | Europe March 6, 2009

Moscow Russia has become the world’s biggest heroin consumer, and the flood of the drug from Afghanistan poses a threat to national security, Russia’s drug enforcement chief said Friday. “In recent years Russia has not just become massively hooked on Afghan opiates, it has also become the world’s absolute leader in the opiate trade and the number one heroin consumer,” Viktor Ivanov, head of the Federal Drug Control Service, said in a report made public on Friday.

Mar 07 02:29

Spin of the Day- Job Losses Hint at Vast Remaking of U.S. Economy - (No remaking, just more collapsing)

The New York Times Peter S Goodman - Jack Healy March 6, 2009

As government data revealed that 651,000 more jobs disappeared in February, a sense took hold that growing joblessness may reflect a wrenching restructuring of the American economy.

[...] a machine toolmaker [...] Unable to find another full-time job, he is subsisting on day labor and one-week stints for contractors. “Who’s going to put me to work?” he asked. “Where’s the work at? It’s just a great big black hole.”

Mar 06 21:06

Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta To Be Tried For International Crimes?

On the other hand by pointing its initial surge of juridical activism at the local criminality of individuals in those afflicted regions of Africa where resource cartels and their client regimes often dominate, the ICC has called attention to the West’s hypocrisy in shielding its own war lords and war profiteers in the military-industrial complex from any legal accountability for the violent acts its operatives, many of them in the so-called private sector, regularly plan, instigate, finance, arm, facilitate, commit and exploit.4 Indeed, the double standard promoted by the ICC in the choice of its targets for prosecution replicates in the international arena much of the duplicity of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Mar 06 20:46

Obama's War - Liberal interventionism in the age of Obama

Illusions die hard. Especially the ideological kind. When the illusion of Barack Obama, the peacemaker, is finally dispelled, we are going to wake up and find ourselves waist-deep in a war that will soon threaten to dwarf the disastrous invasion of Iraq, both in human and material cost.

We know this from what he has said he will do, and what he has already done. He's already announced he's sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, bringing the total to nearly 40,000. Not that this comes as any surprise: his entire critique of the Bushian foreign policy during the campaign was that we've been fighting the wrong war: that we had to get out of Iraq so we could occupy and pacify Afghanistan, and make a proper job of it. He advocated going into Pakistan, and outflanked the Republicans on the right.

Mar 06 13:47

Rachel Beck: Markets face 'irrational pessimism' - Including a picture of Ms Rachel.

Associated Press - Yahoo! News - Rachel Beck, AP Business Writer - Fri March 6, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- You've heard of "irrational exuberance," right? That's the expression Alan Greenspan coined more than a decade ago when he warned that investors could be bidding stock prices too high. His worry was that escalating asset values were trumping reality.

These days, the opposite seems to be the case. Call it "irrational pessimism," a fear that stock prices are headed in only one direction -- lower and lower -- because asset values and profits seem certain to fall.

[I'm from New York City! Listen to me! http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bsVe2H9nb1J4/340x.jpg ]

Mar 06 09:27

Somewhere a Wing, no Bird is Flying.

I read somewhere (wish I had saved it) that this April there’s a near exact configuration as existed at the start of one of the last World Wars and I’m getting this antsy thing and all sorts of premonitions about the period between April and June of this year. I don’t think it has anything to do with the birds on my lawn during either period or that dream I had last night which was mega powerful. I don’t think it has anything to do with my recent Jeremiads at that public toilet of a forum called The Best of the Fray. On the other hand, I don’t know.

Mar 06 08:36

Pictured: The credit crunch tent city which has returned to haunt America

A century and a half ago it was at the centre of the Californian gold rush, with hopeful prospectors pitching their tents along the banks of the American River.
Today, tents are once again springing up in the city of Sacramento. But this time it is for people with no hope and no prospects.
With America's economy in freefall and its housing market in crisis, California's state capital has become home to a tented city for the dispossessed.

Mar 06 08:28

The Judeo-Russian Mafia : From the Gulag to Brooklyn to World Dominion

The very fact that the Jewish mafia (often misnamed the “Russian” mafia) was capable of completely covering its tracks, being completely left out of all news reports surrounding the incident, while the common people (in Russia) were utterly convinced of their complicity, proves the immense strength of this rather new movement of organized crime. The Jewish mafia is nothing like their Irish or Italian predecessors in its American or European operations. They are richer, more international in scope and far more violent and ruthless. They kill children. They kill policemen and their families. They kill whomever they like.

There has been nothing like it before in the history of the globe. And they are just getting started.

Mar 06 08:00

Different name, same stink

I mention this now because the group just issued a piece aimed at the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide. Or that’s what it used to be called. The company founded by Michigan native Erik Prince has changed its name to Xe (pronounced Zee).

I got a good laugh out of a cartoon accompanying the story posted on the watchdog group’s Web site. It shows three bugs around a desk in a PR firm’s office, with one of the creepy-crawlers saying, “First of all, we want our name changed from ‘cockroach’ to ‘companion beetle.’”

That pretty much captures the rationale behind the name change.

Mar 06 07:27

Chart of the Day - Metropolitan Life Insurance Over One Year

Yahoo! Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=MET

This is that Snoopy Dog company. The chart is worth a peek.

Mar 06 07:05

Wells Fargo Slashes Dividend 85% to Preserve $5 Billion a Year

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Linda Shen March 6, 2009

Wells Fargo & Co., the fourth- largest U.S. bank, slashed its dividend 85 percent to save about $5 billion a year and said operating months for January and February were “strong.”

Mar 06 06:51

GE, Siemens Will Fight Obama Plan to Cut Costs of MRIs, X-Rays - Not On Our Watch!

Bloomberg Business Propaganda Alex Nussbaum March 6, 2009

General Electric Co. and Siemens AG, the biggest makers of medical imaging machines, say President Barack Obama’s plan to slash spending on the use of MRIs and X- rays threatens patients, and they’ll lobby Congress to block it.

Mar 06 06:28

Undisclosed Losses at Merrill Lynch Lead to a Trading Inquiry - But No One Ever Goes to Jail

The New York Times LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH March 6, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One Merrill Lynch trader apparently gambled away more than $120 million in the currency markets. Others seemingly lost hundreds of millions on tricky credit derivatives.

But somehow all this red ink did not spill into plain view until after Merrill earmarked billions for bonuses and staggered into the arms of Bank of America.

Merrill hemorrhaged $13.8 billion during the final three months of 2008 alone.

Mar 06 06:17

Calling a Spade a Spade - In Senate, Republicans Block Spending Measure

The New York Times DAVID M. HERSZENHORN March 5, 2009

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a $410 billion omnibus spending measure on Thursday night, forcing Congressional Democrats to prepare a stopgap budget resolution to keep the federal government from shutting down.

Although Republicans were glad to needle the Democrats by delaying the bill, there are reasons not to scuttle it. Doing so would result in a $8.4 million budget cut for Senate Republican committees, forcing staff layoffs.

Mar 06 06:02

Anatomy of Rapacious Greed - All Boarded Up

The New York Times Alex Kotlowitz March 4, 2009

Magazine Preview - All Boarded Up

And in December, just when local officials thought things couldn’t get worse, Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, posted a record number of foreclosure filings. The number of empty houses is so staggeringly high that no one has an accurate count. The city estimates that 10,000 houses, or 1 in 13, are vacant. The county treasurer says it’s more likely 15,000. Most of the vacant houses are owned by lenders who foreclosed on the properties and by the wholesalers who are now sweeping in to pick up houses in bulk, as if they were trading in baseball cards.

Mar 06 05:01

Video - Fox peddles doomsday - why?

Beck warms against "Bubba"
It's hard to tell what evil Fox is up to now.

The "news" network was completely happy to provide daily - make that hourly - support to the first full blown American tyranny (Bush/Cheney & Co.)

Now they're devoting regular air time to spinning doomsday scenarios that involve the federal government morphing into a full blown tyranny including the military shooting at US civilians.

Mar 05 21:06

No Parking: a tree by any other name

Scientists who discovered a new species of tree standing beside a country road have named it "no parking" after a sign that was nailed to the trunk.

A team of botanists found the tree in a north Devon lay-by while working on a project in which 14 new species and hybrids across the British Isles were discovered.

It was known locally as the No Parking Tree and the nickname has stuck as it is listed in Watsonia, the scientific journal of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, as no parking whitebeam. The tree's Latin name is Sorbus admonitor, meaning to admonish or tell off, and it grows at Watersmeet, between the villages of Lynton and Lynmouth.

Mar 05 18:40

Republicans Object to Obama Tax Hikes

HumanEvents.com Connie Hair March 4, 2009

Estimates from places like the EPA say that gas could go up $1.70 [per gallon], that electricity rates will go up as high as eighty percent as a result of this ‘tax and trade’ energy tax.

John Boehner (R-Ohio) said of the energy tax increases in the Obama budget, “If you drive a car, or you have a job, or if you have the audacity to flip on a light switch, you’re going to pay higher taxes. They call this ‘cap and trade’ because people don’t quite understand it. It’s a bit of an illusion, but let’s just call it what it is: it’s a carbon tax.

Mar 05 10:58

HAS THE REVOLUTION BEGUN?

CNN - March 5, 2009

Blast damages businesses in Montana town

The blast occurred about 8:15 a.m. MT (10:15 a.m. ET) on the town's Main Street, said Fire Chief Jason Shrauger.

Mar 05 10:07

Car bomb hits Iraq cattle market

BBC March 5, 2009

Grim scene

Cattle merchants, farmers, butchers and buyers had been gathering for one of the busiest trading days of the week when the parked car exploded at around 0900 local time (0600 GMT).

One eyewitness described a grim scene of bodies and animal carcasses strewn around the area following the blast.

Mar 05 09:40

Daughter of Orthodox rabbi tells court of father's sexual abuse

And he repeatedly tried to show that religious Jews are not that different, once even parting his jacket and exposing leggings he said are similar to those worn by George Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At least he didn't blame it all on the Holocaust!

Mar 05 09:37

UPDATE 1-One in 8 US households late paying or in foreclosure

Reuters Thu Mar 5, 2009 Lynn Adler

A record 11.18 percent of loans on one-to-four unit residences were at least one payment past due or in the foreclosure process in 2008.

"In a recession like this, housing is never just about housing," said Jed Kolko [...]

Mar 05 07:56

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Mar 05 07:41

Condi Rice to face hostility at Stanford

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice will be returning to Stanford University with an office at the Hoover Institution.

She will face hostility from Iraq war opponents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's keep it simple. Who will she NOT face hostility from?

Mar 05 07:26

HILLARY, HAMAS AND HYPOCRISY

Earlier in the week, visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a ‘Two State Solution’ to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She made her statements when addressing the conference on Gaza held at the Egyptian border town of Sharma Sheikh.

Mar 05 06:07

Brown Comes To Town - Calls for Cattle Prods and Terrorism to Jolt the World Economy

The New York Times Brian Knowlton March 4, 2009

Brown Urges Bold Effort to Shape an Expansion

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain urged American leaders on Wednesday to “seize the moment,” [...]

Speaking to a joint session of Congress, Mr. Brown called for [...] cooperating closely to fight terrorism.

He has urged greater accountability and transparency, and stricter oversight, for banking and other financial institutions.

Mar 05 05:38

U.S. Bancorp Cuts Its Dividend by 88%

The New York Times Wed March 4, 2009

The dividend will be cut to 5 cents a common share, from 42.5 cents per common share.

Mar 05 05:17

Ford Seeks to Eliminate $10.4 Billion of Its Debt - They're offering 30 cents on the dollar in mostly stock.

The New York Times Bill Vlasic - Nick Bunkley March 4, 2009

DETROIT — The Ford Motor Company said on Wednesday that it hoped to eliminate as much as $10.4 billion in debt by giving cash and stock [...]

Ford said it would put up $2.2 billion in cash, including $1.8 billion from its lending arm, Ford Motor Credit, and 500 million shares of stock to persuade bondholders and other creditors to accept its restructuring offer. [That's 3.135 billion in cash and shares offered for 10.4 billion in debt excluding interest]

Mar 05 04:48

Markets: Your Odds of Winning Are Worse Than The Lottery Because We're Thieves

The New York Times Diana B. Henriques March 4, 2009

14 Trading Firms Settle Charges for $69 Million

More than a dozen Wall Street trading firms systematically cheated their customers of millions of dollars by improperly slicing bits of profit from countless trades, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

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