Apr 17 05:56

Obama Adviser Said to Be Tied to Pension Deal - Fox found inside hen house sitting on eggs trying to hatch them

The New York Times - D Hakim - L Story - The man leading the Obama administration’s efforts to restructure the auto industry has been described in Securities and Exchange Commission documents as having arranged for his investment firm to pay more than $1 million to obtain New York State pension business.

Apr 17 05:09

Gunman kills 2 and takes own life at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

A pharmacy technician showed up for work at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Thursday brandishing two handguns, killed his boss and another manager and then fatally shot himself, witnesses said.

Apr 17 04:48

In China Crooked Financiers Get the Death Penalty - Chinese woman in $57m fraud trial

BBC - Chris Hogg - Shanghai - A Chinese woman who turned her beauty business into a multi-million dollar property empire could be executed after being put on trial for financial fraud.

Wu Ying, 28, who comes from a family of poor farmers, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she ran a pyramid scheme.

She is accused of defrauding investors of $57m (£38m) by promising returns of up to 10% but failing to invest their money properly, state media reports.

Apr 17 04:34

Obama's reality check

Clearly President Obama could use some better advice on Latin America. It was a mistake to initiate verbal hostilities with Venezuela at the beginning of his presidency; a mistake to continue the Bush administration's policies toward Bolivia; a mistake to think that he can ignore the call of President Lula da Silva of Brazil and other presidents for an end to the embargo on Cuba. Nothing would be easier than for this administration to break with the past and establish normal relations with the entire hemisphere, which was excited about his election and expected no less. But Obama's advisors show little interest in doing this.

Apr 17 03:40

Obama pledges solidarity with Mexico in drug cartel fight

Obama's rhetorical endorsement of Mexican policy is the culmination of a series of similarly supportive visits from high-level members of his administration, beginning with secretary of state Hillary Clinton last month.

The trips were hastily organised after Calderón began to react angrily in public at the growing number of voices in Washington that had started comparing the situation in Mexico to instability in Pakistan.

Apr 16 21:30

Low-Path Bird Flu Confirmed in Kentucky

Low-pathogenic avian influenza has been found on a broiler breeder farm in western Kentucky belonging to Perdue Farms.

Apr 16 20:41

Illinois jobless rate rises to 9.1% Under Squirming Quinn as The Taxing Governor

The Chicago Tribune James P. Miller | Tribune reporter A worsening U.S. economy pushed Illinois joblessness half a percentage point higher in March, to 9.1 percent—a rate the state hasn't seen since November 1985.

The state's unemployment rate surpasses the nation's 8.5 percent , but Illinois remains below the levels of Michigan (at 12.0 percent) and a handful of others.

Apr 16 10:13

Navy Takes Next Step Towards Laser 'Holy Grail'

U.S. Navy ships could one day knock down incoming missiles with energy weapons that never run out of shots, and tune themselves to slice through the ocean air.

Apr 16 09:55

Screwed. Blued and Tattooed under the Hairline.

Well, if King and Gandhi were both assets financed by the omnipresent, Illuminati/Elite, Communist and or Capitalist or… pick anything really… guys in black sunglasses ...then it stands to reason that the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus were too. They didn’t even try to hide it with Santa Claus; red suit and all, come to think of it. There’s a guy who’s got a white beard AND works to dispense presents among the masses. He might be the real heavyweight we’ve all been looking to identify.

Apr 16 09:50

Wells Fargo’s Profit Looks Too Good to Be True: Jonathan Weil

Dig below the surface of Wells’s numbers, though, and there are reasons to be wary. Here are four gimmicks to look out for when the company releases its first-quarter results on April 22:

Apr 16 09:41

Vanishing Employment Map

The economic crisis, which has claimed more than 5 million jobs since the recession began, did not strike the entire country at once. A map of employment gains or losses by county tells the story of how those job losses first struck in the most vulnerable regions and then spread rapidly to the rest of the country

Apr 16 09:27

IAEA inspectors start leaving North Korea - Japanese media

North Korea announced on Tuesday it was ceasing all cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog and pledged to restart work at its Yongbyon reactor. The move, and Pyongyang's withdrawal from six-party talks on its nuclear program, came in response to UN condemnation of its launch of a rocket on April 5.

Apr 16 09:07

Texas could bid for independence, says Governor as fury over Obama's spending rises

The governor of Texas has suggested that his state could secede from the Union after accusing the federal government of strangling Americans with taxation and debt.

Governor Rick Perry whipped his 'patriotic' supporters into a frenzy during tax protests yesterday, with many waving flags and shouting 'Secede!'

Apr 16 08:38

Splitting The Sky vs War Criminal George W. Bush et al

Apr 16 05:29

Video Prank at Domino’s Pizza Taints Brand - Draws Felony Charges - "Defaming a Pizza Franchise"

The New York Times - Stephanie Clifford -When two Domino’s Pizza employees [Kristy Hammonds and Michael Setzer] filmed a prank in the restaurant’s kitchen, they decided to post it online. In a few days, thanks to the power of social media, they ended up with felony charges [...]

[Expressing their solidarity with Hammonds and Setzer, Domino's Pizza employees nationwide promised to defecate in every pizza they make for the next five weeks, or until the two young pop-culture Youtube celebrities are exonerated of the spurious felony charge of defaming a pizza franchise. BOYCOTT DOMINO PIZZA! FREE HAMMOND AND SETZER!]

Apr 16 04:28

What is really happening - Human Beings Are Like a Plague of Locusts

BBC - Richard Black - Pet trade puts orangutans at risk The trade in Sumatran orangutans for pets -shows little sign of decline and is taking the species to the brink of extinction, a report concludes.

Apr 16 00:58

Economic survivalists take root

When the economy started to squeeze the Wojtowicz family, they gave up vacation cruises, restaurant meals, new clothes and high-tech toys to become 21st-century homesteaders.

Now Patrick Wojtowicz, 36, his wife Melissa, 37, and daughter Gabrielle, 15, raise pigs and chickens for food on 40 acres near Alma, Mich. They're planning a garden and installing a wood furnace. They disconnected the satellite TV and radio, ditched their dishwasher and a big truck and started buying clothes at resale shops.

Apr 15 20:45

State Sovereignty Movement Keeps Growing

As more governors declare their opposition to the Stimulus Bill — which is now estimated to include more than $1 trillion in unfunded mandates for the states above and beyond the initial $800 billion cost — more and more state legislators across the nation have been introducing bills to assert state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment in an effort to assert the rights of their citizens and the authoirity of state governments against unwarranted interference by the federal government.

Apr 15 20:29

Current Economic And Political Climate Fueling Resurgence In Radicalization And Recruitment

I've said time and time again that the government (think Eric Holder's hate speech) is trying to fan the flames of a race war in this country. And they are trying to set it up so that they can blame peoples' rebellion on the fact that Obama is (half) black and not the fact that the government, under Bush and now Obama, has stepped up its totalitarian, Communist, Fascist, Socialist agenda faster than ever.

Apr 15 15:59

The police should take note: little brother's watching you

The assault on Tomlinson will not spark off a riot, but nobody should underestimate the outrage it has generated. And from the instant the video footage - shot by an American bystander using his digital still camera - appeared on the Guardian website, it was clear that we had reached a pivotal moment. Consumer technology had given citizens a serious tool for recording how policemen behave.

See also: Taking photos of police officers could be considered a crime

Apr 15 14:07

Oklahoma Senate Passes 10th Amendment Resolution

Apr 15 14:05


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Apr 15 10:58

Song of the Somali Pirate

Four Somalis on a cargo freight

Yo ho ho and a tanker of scum

Overfishing and dumping brought 'em their fate

Yo ho ho and a tanker of scum

Apr 15 10:18

It's Always Darkest just before it goes Black.

I’ve been noticing signs of revolt at all levels of the social spectrum and it’s surprising me. I realize that I’ve been pretty tough on the mainstream fish caught in the nets and not giving enough credit to what looks like a revolution catching fire all around the world. I’m starting to think that some indefinable force is moving through the people of the world and they are starting to react as if they really were capable of independent thought and then I ponder what I hear from so many sources which tell me that the mysterious elite have all of the situations and circumstances programmed and that no matter what I see it is all part of ‘their plan’. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Apr 15 10:13

Obama and the Pirates

The administration of President Barack Obama is certainly owning the successful rescue of Americans held hostage by pirates in the seas off Somalia, holding it up as the epitome of what our rulers would like us to believe is a pragmatic, tough-minded, and decisive administration, and touting it as the Obamaites first overseas military success. Yet, barely a few hours after the dramatic rescue was made – complete with a display of sharp-shooting skills surpassed by none, and a tale of derring-do that featured a self-sacrificial captain and a crew determined to see him safely home – the problem with this sort of grandstanding was and is all too clear: the pirates are back, and with a vengeance, hijacking four more ships in 24 hours.

Apr 15 08:59

The True Haters

On Good Friday, John Demjanjuk, 89 and gravely ill, was ordered deported to Germany to stand trial as an accessory to the murder of 29,000 Jews — at Sobibor camp in Poland.

Sound familiar? It should. It is a re-enactment of the 1986 extradition of John Demjanjuk to Israel to be tried for the murder of 870,000 Jews — at Treblinka camp in Poland.

How many men in the history of this country have been so relentlessly pursued and remorselessly persecuted?

The ordeal of this American Dreyfus began 30 years ago.

Apr 15 07:44

Man bites snake in epic struggle

A Kenyan man bit a python who wrapped him in its coils and dragged him up a tree during a fierce three-hour struggle, police have told the BBC.

The serpent seized farm worker Ben Nyaumbe in the Malindi area of Kenya's Indian Ocean coast at the weekend.

Mr Nyaumbe bit the snake on the tip of the tail during the exhausting battle in the village of Sabaki.

Police rescued Mr Nyaumbe and captured the 13ft (4m) reptile, before taking it to a sanctuary, but it later escaped.

Apr 15 04:27

Real, and threatened, terrorism boosts self-esteem

Progressives have often accused conservatives of playing on the politics of fear by over-emphasizing threats of terrorism. Given this research, this seems to be a misunderstanding of what conservatives actually accomplish with such hyperbole. Rather than scaring people, the over-emphasis actually aims to increase the general population's sense of value in belonging to the "American" identity group. It is actually a form of flag-waving, and what I like to call "glorifying the identity group," not fear-mongering.

Apr 15 04:13

With Guilty Plea Pension Fund Thefts Peer out from behind Closed Doors - Hedge Fund Executive Pleads Guilty of Securities Fraud

The New York Times - Danny Hakim - ALBANY — A hedge fund executive has pleaded guilty to securities fraud and is cooperating with New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s investigation of corruption at the state pension fund, according to court records unsealed in Manhattan on Tuesday.

Hank Morris [...] -New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s top political consultant, was accused of selling access to the state’s $122 billion pension fund and reaping millions of dollars.

Apr 14 19:22

The FBI is AWOL on 911 Forensics - Too busy, not interested, just not the kind of thing the FBI does

American's Journey The FBI: cast on TV as a legendary law enforcement agency. The best of the best - at least we are told. Heck they can solve any crime, even if there are only traces of evidence left, like hair, saliva, fingerprints - they are the ones we Americans turn to when all we have are straws to grasp for evidence...well ... that is ... as long as the evidence discussed has nothing to do with the 911 attacks on America!

In the case of 911 the FBI is blind, and even if they could see, their actions demonstrate that they have no interest in the evidence remaining from the attacks - they have better things to do [...]

Apr 14 16:17

Son says accused Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk has been released from federal custody.

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FREE ADVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT: Drop this. If you lock the guy up and he dies before he gets his day in court, you're only going to look the worse for it.

Whupping on an 89-year old guy for war crimes committed in Germany in the first half of the last century only underscores your refusal to prosecute the war crimes committed in the last 8 years in this country.

Quit while you are ahead!

Apr 14 14:58

John Demjanjuk out of his home, but court halts deportation

"If we want to prevent future genocides, then we must prosecute those who commit the crime until their last dying day,'' said Jonathan Drimmer, a former federal prosecutor who handled Demjanjuk's case for years.

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Okay, prove it. Charge Israel with genocide for their crimes in Gaza!

Apr 14 14:07

Port Authority paying Larry Silverstein $21.5 million but has yet to seek 'development' tips

The Port Authority is paying Larry Silverstein $21.5 million to develop the Freedom Tower - even though he has absolutely no role in building the 1,776-foot icon, the Daily News has learned.

Apr 14 13:49

US vying to 'hand-pick' Afghan president

Washington is using its political clout to influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan, a report says.

The US embassy in Kabul has urged Afghanistan's leading presidential hopefuls to withdraw from the race in favor of Ali Ahmad Jalali -- a candidate that is more preferred by Washington, reported Pakistan's Ummat daily.

Apr 14 13:48

Helen Gurley Brown: "How to be a Whore"

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Except for blaming it all on satanist Illuminati, Makov nails how and why militant gender feminism wrecked the lives of both men and women throughout the 90s.

Apr 14 13:38

Georgian opposition starts round-the-clock protests at TV station

The Georgian opposition launched on Tuesday a "new front" outside the state television headquarters as street protests demanding President Mikheil Saakashvili's resignation continued for a sixth day.

Apr 14 13:32

Spend More, Get Less: Obama's Mirage

Together, health care and energy constitute about a quarter of the U.S. economy. If their costs increase, they will crowd out other spending. The president's policies might, as he says, create high-paying "green" or medical jobs. But if so, they will destroy old jobs elsewhere. Think about it. If you spend more for gasoline or electricity -- or for health insurance premiums -- then you spend less on other things, from meals out to home repair. Jobs in those sectors suffer.

Apr 14 13:30

Demjanjuk removed from Ohio home in wheelchair

U.S. immigration officers took John Demjanjuk from his Ohio home in a wheelchair on Tuesday to deport him to Germany, where an arrest warrant alleges the frail 89-year-old was a Nazi death camp guard. Demjanjuk was placed in a waiting van as his sobbing wife and other family members watched. As he was taken from the home, Demjanjuk moaned and said "I love you" in Ukrainian to his family members, said former son-in-law Ed Nishnic.

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Israel must have its pound of flesh.

More to the point, Israel must be proven right even when they have clearly been so wrong.

The fact that Israel "acquired" Demjanjuk once before, tried him, sentenced him to death, and was about to execute him when evidence surfaced proving he was not "Ivan the Terrible" raises serious questions about all the other alleged war criminals persecuted by Israel. Were they really guilty? Did they deserve the punishments inflicted on them by Israel? If Israel made such a horrendous error with Demjanjuk, how can we assume all the other accused were actually guilty?

So, Israel must be proven right, after a fashion. Demjanjuk may not have been "Ivan the Terrible" but he fed the dogs at the slave labor camp and that by the good of Moses should be enough to convince anyone that Israel is right and just!

But of course, anyone outside the circle of fanatics who cannot stop living in the first half of the last century, the treatment of Demjanjuk only convinces us that the US and Israel have already fallen from their previous moral pinnacles and are just faded old husks of their former selves, reassuring themselves that they are still mighty warriors by publicly whipping a wheelchair-bound old man.

Apr 14 13:26

Is TARP Investigator on Collision Course With Treasury on Bank Assets?

This could get interesting. The Financial Times tells us that Neil Barofsky, the special investigator general for the TARP, is looking whether banks cooked their books by overvaluing assets to qualify for TARP funding, Remember, bank had to fall into this funny construct of being sick enough to need help, but not so sick as to be terminal.

Apr 14 12:46

Legion to DHS: Americans are not the enemy!

The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime. To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical "disgruntled military veteran" is as unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam.

Apr 14 12:31

Diana Palin indicted on break-in charges, pleads not guilty

Police say she broke into a home on West Mill Site Circle owned by Theodore Turcott to steal cash. Turcott told investigators he'd lost nearly $2,600 in two prior burglaries, so when he saw an unfamiliar car pull into his driveway, he waited in a bathroom for Palin and confronted her after she headed straight for a cabinet where he kept his money, according to a police affidavit filed by Officer Jentry Crain. Palin's 4-year-old daughter came into the home as her mother was being detained by Turcott, who was armed, police and prosecutors say.

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See mommy try to steal Ted's money...

See Ted with a gun....

See mommy on floor eating carpet...

See nice policeman finally arrive and put shiny bracelets on mommy...

The end.

Apr 14 11:57

Pentagon looks to move battle against pirates ashore

Mike called this one! Replace "Piracy" with "Terrorism" in the article and it all sounds strangely familiar...

"As the Defense Department weighs options to prevent a repeat of the drama that unfolded on the seas this weekend, those who patrol the waters say pirates must be rooted out before they leave land"

Apr 14 09:51


Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Apr 14 09:38

Celente Calls For 'Revolution' As The Only Solution

Taxed to death, angry at government bailouts, outraged by Wall Street greed, and bitterly resentful of a system that rewards the undeserving rich, the American public is ready to revolt.

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And Obama's speech wasn't a convincer. He said what he has already said before and said it very well, but the long list of things he wants to accomplish was devoid of the least mention of just how he plans to do any of it. Short version: We're going to go on doing what we are doing and hope for the best.

Apr 14 09:35

Guns, Drugs Seized From Homeland Security Officer

A Homeland Security employee at Orlando International Airport is in the Brevard County Detention Center on numerous drug trafficking and gun charges.

Monroe was caught with 40 grams of cocaine, 65 grams of marijuana bagged for sale, a shotgun, two pistols, close to 100 rounds of ammunition and more than $6,000 in cash.

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And these are the guys fondling our wives and daughters in the airports?

Apr 14 08:15

Bernanke on economy -"The parachute came out of the bag, but it didn't open."

Yahoo! Finance - Robert Holmes, - Fed Officials Divided on Recovery - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that there are signs the rate of decline in economic activity appears to be slowing [...]

Apr 14 06:12

Banks rushing to dilute shareholders - Fidelity National To Offer 13.3M Shares

The Wall Street Journal - Fidelity National To Offer 13.3M Shares, May Pay Down Debt The deal's underwriters will have the option to buy an additional 15% of the total to cover overallotments.

Apr 13 18:09

Goldman Sachs Sucker-Punches Its Own Shareholders Issuing Stock by the Truckload

The Wall Street Journal Susanne Craig, Kate Kelly & Deborah Solomon - Goldman Pushes Stock Issue in Plan to Escape U.S. Grip - On Monday, Goldman [...] announced ...] that it plans to raise $5 billion by selling new common shares [...]

Apr 13 12:00

Above the Fold: Our Financial Follies

The bottom line here is that the government’s failure so far to investigate or indict any of the financial titans most responsible for destroying the economy is a much larger scandal that the bonuses being paid by AIG or anybody else.

Apr 13 11:47

The Imminent Disinformation Schism

With articles like this coming out of Time magazine, it is inevitable that in the immediate future, the United States will be split into two partisan camps. However, this will not be the traditional schism of republicans vs. democrats, contrary to Mr. Barney Frank's attempt to start ideological partisan warfare.

Apr 13 10:45

Georgian protests expand on 5th day of rallies to oust president

Thousands of Georgians moved their protests to the presidential residence on Monday to press on with demands for President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign.

Opposition leaders said protesters would stay in front of the residence in central Tbilisi day and night until Saakashvili, criticized for last August's war with Russia and authoritarian trends, stepped down.

Apr 13 03:50

Should Online Scofflaws Be Denied Web Access?

The New York Times - Eric Pfanner - PARIS — Is Internet access a fundamental human right? Or is it a privilege, carrying with it a responsibility for good behavior?

“If you put 200 VCRs in your garage and start making and selling copies of films, you will get a visit from the police,” he said. “If you do it from a Web site, everybody says, ‘Hey, freedom of information’ ”.

Apr 12 22:17

Independent UK: You are being lied to about pirates

In 1991, the government of Somalia collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country's food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Apr 12 18:37

Fort Lewis soldier accidentally killed by wife

A Fort Lewis soldier died instantly early Sunday when his wife accidentally shot him in the head as he was teaching her how to handle a handgun.

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BAN WIVES!!!!!!!!

Apr 12 18:36

Report: Pirates were out of ammo, sought to trade captain

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So, the "pirates" were out of gas, out of ammo, offered to release the Captain and the US said no, sending in the SEALS to gun these guys down so they could look heroic on TV?

Apr 12 16:27

FBI tied to S.A. escort service

Apr 12 15:54

US ship captain is freed when snipers kill pirates

U.S. Navy snipers opened fire and killed three pirates holding an American captain at gunpoint in a lifeboat, delivering the skipper unharmed and ending a five-day high-seas hostage drama on Easter Sunday.

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Crisis over! Call off the invasion!

Apr 12 10:52

Starting Tomorrow: The Second American Revolution

For many years, the millionaires and billionaires who run America’s banks, brokerages, insurers and car companies seduced millions of consumers into piling up unpayable debts and then invested their ill-gotten gains in risky, even insane investments.

Now, these companies are paying the piper — or rather, demanding that Washington force YOU to pay the piper for them.

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Apr 12 10:37


They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as "one of the great menace of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell -- and some justice on their side.

Apr 12 10:27

Retired NYPD officer fires at wife, her friend in jealous rage before killing himself on Long Island

A retired NYPD officer overcome with jealousy snapped Saturday in Long Island, opening fire on his wife and her male friend - both city cops - before killing himself, Suffolk County police said.

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Apr 12 09:18

US Navy Snookered in Pirate Hostage Drama

For Washington, the seizure of the Alabama serves as a powerful reminder that the world is full of different kinds of threats and that the U.S.’s military might alone is incapable of neutralizing them.

While the crew of the Alabama eventually retook the ship, some of the pirates escaped on a lifeboat with the ship’s captain, Richard Phillips of Vermont, as a hostage.

In a hyper-poignant example of the ineffectiveness of military force, a beefed up U.S. (and international) naval presence in pirate-infested waters has failed to prevent acts of piracy, and, in the case of the Alabama, proved virtually useless in resolving the standoff.

Apr 12 04:46

U.S. is weaker than France

Apr 11 17:04

Ex LAPD officer in Rampart scandal takes the 5th

One of the former police officers convicted in the Rampart corruption scandal said he will refuse to answer questions in a related upcoming lawsuit because he doesn't want to incriminate himself with more crimes

Apr 11 15:05

Hundreds of Illinois patients possibly exposed to TB

Hundreds of patients and staff at three Chicago-area hospitals may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a contagious health care worker, officials said Friday.

Apr 11 07:56

Sending a Brutal Message About Human Rights

Monterroso, a petite 52-year-old with dark brown eyes, teaches the law to university students in an almost lawless nation. But it is her personal life that made her a target. She is the wife of Sergio Morales, Guatemala's human rights ombudsman.

For 3 1/2 years, Morales has been scouring and digitizing an extraordinary trove of millions of documents discovered by chance in a rotting warehouse. The archive contains the secret files of Guatemala's notorious national police agency.

Assassins have tried to silence Morales with bombs. They have tried to silence him with bullets.

None of that has worked.

So last month, they came for his wife.

Apr 11 07:21

Police chief fired for using taser on wife

“The chief of a small Central Texas town’s police department has been fired and jailed for allegedly using a Taser gun on his wife after an argument.

Apr 11 07:03

Oil Companies Dividing and Conquering Nigeria - Nigeria oil unrest 'kills 1,000'

The New York Times - Violence in Nigeria's oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist.

Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008.

Apr 11 07:02

Freedom Rider: Phony Nuclear Disarmament

President Obama sent a near-declaration of war to Iran, all wrapped up in greetings for the Iranian New Year. The message may have looked like “a smiley faced video” in which the “president appeared to be very amiable and wished peace, love and harmony,” but was actually “nothing more than a well executed propaganda ploy intended to give him cover on the day he announces his true intentions.” Then he told Europeans, ''As long as the threat from Iran persists, we will go forward with a missile defense system that is cost-effective and proven.'' Beneath the charm, “Barack Obama repeats the worst, most untruthful and belligerent policies of the Bush administration.”

Apr 11 06:18

Are you a writer? Do you have a blog?

I would like to send a copy of my book The New Epistemology of Morality and Truth at my expense to a few writers who will consider publishing a book review online on their blog. This is about marketing.

The title might appear daunting to some, but don't be misled. This is a 212 page paperback. The book is philosophy, but written for a general readership. I am not an academic. This is not some dreary and foolish academic philosophy book.

This book tells a story, the story of the meaning of a new secular morality arising in the world that has solutions for the future. It is not a god-book. There are some humorous passages, as well as come insightful commentary on life made by an old guy well-past his physical prime.

Apr 11 05:39


Or consider the Jewish cigar makers in early 20th century New York City each contributing a small sum to hire a man to sit with them as they worked - reading aloud the classic works of Yiddish literature. The leader of the cigar-makers, Samuel Gompers, would later become the first president of the American Federation of Labor. And those like him would become part of a Jewish tradition that profoundly shaped the politics, social conscience, and cultural course of 20th century America. It is certainly impossible to imagine liberalism, the civil rights movement, or the Vietnam protests without the Jewish left.

Apr 11 04:47

With Legions of Two-Bit Nepotism Jobs at Stake - Municipalities Turn to Fees to Fill Budget Gaps

The New York Times - David Segal After her sport utility vehicle sideswiped a van in early February, Shirley Kimel was amazed at how quickly a handful of police officers and firefighters in Winter Haven, Fla., showed up. But a real shock came a week later, when a letter arrived from the city billing her $316 for the cost of responding to the accident.

Such cash-per-crash ordinances tend to infuriate motorists, and they often generate bad press, but a lot of cities are finding them hard to resist. With the economy flailing and budgets strained, state and local governments are being creative about ways to raise money. And the go-to idea is to invent a fee — or simply raise one.

Apr 10 16:23

LAPD officer allegedly forces himself on Texas motel employee

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested over the weekend in Travis County, Texas, for allegedly forcing himself on a motel employee while she was retrieving a crib for his child, authorities said Monday.

Apr 10 16:21

Ex-LAPD officer gets a year in jail for fabricating story

Anthony Razo, a 14-year veteran, pleaded guilty to insurance fraud for torching his car and filing a false report that he had been shot outside his home when he had wounded himself.

Apr 10 12:13

2 killed in Michigan community college shooting

Police say two people have been killed in what they believe was a murder-suicide at a community college in Dearborn.

Apr 10 11:33

That Bow

Obama's been globe-trotting and claiming his youthful experience in a Muslim land has given him a greater understanding of Islam. Clearly, this is not true as it is STRICTLY forbidden to bow to anyone (or thing) but God in Islam. To top that off, he bowed to perhaps the least respected leader in the eyes of most Muslims/Arabs.

Apr 10 11:13

Defence contractor suspended over neo-Nazi link

Mat Henderson, a volunteer with Australian anti-racism group Fight dem back, said bad economic times were always a fertile recruitment ground for racist groups.

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Bad economic times were always a time when unethical people will use ANY means, including smears, to wreck competitors.

As for Fight Dem Back, it has a less than sterling reputation.

Apr 10 10:23

Germany denied help in bishop probe

In a criminal investigation against Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who denied that the Holocaust happened in an SVT interview broadcast in January, German prosecutors want to question the Swedish journalist who interviewed him. The Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern) has denied the request.

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The history of the first half of the last century, which cannot be undone and occurred before most of us were born, has to be de-prioritized. We have crimes against humanity happening right before our eyes that we can and should be dealing with.

Apr 10 10:14

Mother who smacked son, 8, with hairbrush in 'moment of madness' is forced to give him up to social services

A mother had her eight-year-old son taken into care after she smacked him with a hairbrush for refusing to get ready for school.

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When I was
an itty bitty baby
my mama used to
whop me in the head,
with an old
rotten seal backed comb!
-- sung to the tune of "Those old cotton fields back home"

Apr 10 07:54

Obama's New World Order

This article addresses Washington's financial coup d'etat in the context of discussing Michael Hudson's important, very lengthy and detailed April 5 Global one titled: "The Financial War Against Iceland - Being defeated by debt is as deadly as outright military warfare." It reviews its key information in advance of Hudson's April 14 scheduled appearance on The Global Research News Hour to discuss.

Apr 10 07:40

Banks aren't reselling many foreclosed homes

Observers say several factors are at work.

-- The "pig in the python": Digesting all those foreclosures takes awhile. It's time-consuming to get a home vacant, clean and ready for sale. "The system is overwhelmed by the volume," Sharga said. "In a normal market, there are 160,000 (foreclosures for sale nationwide) over the course of a year. Right now, there are about 80,000 every month."

-- Accounting sleight-of-hand: Lenders could be deferring sales to put off having to acknowledge the actual extent of their loss. "With banks in the stress they're in, I don't think they're anxious to show losses in assets on their balance sheets," O'Toole said.

Apr 10 07:25

Fed Said to Order Banks to Stay Mum on ‘Stress Test’ Results

The U.S. Federal Reserve has told Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and other banks to keep mum on the results of “stress tests” that will gauge their ability to weather the recession, people familiar with the matter said.

The Fed wants to ensure that the report cards don’t leak during earnings conference calls scheduled for this month. Such a scenario might push stock prices lower for banks perceived as weak and interfere with the government’s plan to release the results in an orderly fashion later this month.

Apr 10 07:16

Ethnic Kurds file class action in Baltimore against chemical makers

Five survivors of the 1988 poison gas attacks of ethnic Kurds in Iraq have filed a class action lawsuit in Maryland claiming three American companies and the government of Iraq violated the Geneva Convention by using mustard and nerve gasses to kill tens of thousands of people.

Filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, the lawsuit says the companies supplied the regime of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with the chemical precursors and compounds needed to make the poison gases used in the six-month long “Operation Anfal.”

Apr 10 07:12

Russia to test launch 14 ICBMs in 2009 - missile forces chief

Russia plans 14 test launches of ballistic missiles this year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said on Friday.

"Fourteen launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles of various types are planned for 2009," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.

He also said the SMF would have two mobile Topol-M missile regiments.

Apr 10 06:10

It's Not Funny

It's not funny when our President calls the Iraqi war 'an achievement'. It is a dishonorable atrocity and a lie.

It's not funny when our current administration openly ignores all the main figures of the former anti-Bush movement, when it does not care for the truth of 9/11 when Cindy Sheehan, Vincent Bugliosi, Ray McGovern, Scott Ritter and Greg Palast are not welcome, when the horrible shadow of lawlessness still hangs over us.

It's not funny when Karl Rove spits on Congress and they.. say, 'Thank you.'

It's not funny when Nancy Pelosi, the queen of lying eyes writes and publishes a book to guide our daughters. God save us from harm.

It's not funny when our 'Defense' budget is an offense to decency and common sense, a monstrosity beyond belief.

Apr 10 04:51

The Case Against Shell

Apr 10 02:57


The New York Times - John Leland - More Squatters Are Calling Foreclosures Home - MIAMI — When the woman who calls herself Queen Omega moved into a three-bedroom house here last December, she introduced herself to the neighbors, signed contracts for electricity and water and ordered an Internet connection.

What she did not tell anyone was that she had no legal right to be in the home.

Michael Stoops, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said about a dozen advocacy groups around the country were actively moving homeless people into vacant homes — some working in secret, others, like Take Back the Land, operating openly.

Apr 09 19:43

Russian man survives five storey fall - twice

A Russian man survived after downing three bottles of vodka and leaping from a fifth floor balcony - twice.

Alexei Roskov says he jumped the second time because he couldn't take his wife's nagging about the first time.

Wife Yekaterina had watched in horror as her drunken hubsand opened the kitchen window of their Moscow apartment, and hurled himself out.

Astonishingly Mr Roskov, 22, survived and managed to stagger back upstairs with barely a scratch after the 50ft fall.

But while his wife called for an ambulance and began to scold him, he jumped again.

Apr 09 12:06

Ukraine's Yushchenko tells diplomats of plans to dismiss govt.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has told ambassadors of G8 countries that he plans to dismiss Yulia Tymoshenko's government, Kommersant-Ukraina business daily reported on Thursday.

At a meeting with the envoys on Wednesday, Yushchenko said he had drafted and submitted to parliament "a national anti-crisis plan" and disclosed solutions to extricate the country from the current political deadlock. All presidential proposals envisage Tymoshenko's dismissal, the paper said.

Apr 09 08:38

Man with flatulence problem gets stabbed

Five men from the Houston area were sharing a Waco motel room Tuesday night, and two were inside the room eating when one had a flatulence problem, Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said. One man was so upset about the gas that he threw a large knife at him, cutting his leg, and then stabbed him in the chest, Anderson said.

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Apr 09 08:35

U.S. indicts Cuban exile Luis Posada, links him to bombings

A federal grand jury in Texas has linked Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, viewed as a hero by some exiles, to tourist-site bombings in Cuba in 1997.

Apr 09 08:31

Mobster accidentally shot by FBI gets $150,000

Apr 09 08:00

Quebec dad sued by daughter after grounding loses his appeal

She had been living with her father after her parents split up when he grounded her in 2008 for defying his order to stay off the internet. The father caught her chatting on websites he had blocked, and alleged his daughter was posting "inappropriate pictures" of herself online.

Her punishment: she was banned from her Grade 6 graduation trip to Quebec City in June 2008, for which her mother had already granted permission.

The father — who had custody — withheld his written permission for the trip, prompting the school to refuse to let the girl go with her classmates.

That's when the girl asked for help from the lawyer who represented her in her parents' separation, and petitioned the court to intervene in her case.

Apr 09 07:46

Gambling probe rolls after death of suspect Samuel Nastasa

A probe into a reputed Bonanno gambling den in Brooklyn won't be derailed - even by the death of a 72-year-old suspect while in police custody.

Apr 09 07:45

FBI suspects link between truckers, serial killers

The FBI suspects that serial killers working as long-haul truckers are responsible for the slayings of hundreds of prostitutes, hitchhikers and stranded motorists whose bodies have been dumped near highways over the past three decades.

Apr 08 13:54

Policeman convicted over schoolgirl's crash death

A traffic officer who drove his patrol car at 94mph without blue lights or sirens moments before knocking down and killing a schoolgirl was convicted today of causing death by dangerous driving.

Apr 08 12:02

A declaration of separation

We do not seek to overthrow anything. We do not seek to control anything. We merely wish to be left alone.

Apr 08 12:01

Obama and the Reawakening of Corporatism

In 1970, General Motors was the largest and most profitable company in America. Today, of course, GM is neither. Instead, in 2009 America’s largest company is Wal-Mart, which was still only a regional, privately-held retailer in 1970. Wal-Mart’s rapid rise is not unique, however. Among the 100 largest firms today, a number—including FedEx, Microsoft, Cisco, and Home Depot--didn’t even exist in 1970. So profoundly has the landscape changed that 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies today are different from 1970.