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Jul 02 13:32

Clinton campaign calls Benghazi panel a 'charade'

Democratic US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign has denounced the House Select Committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack as a “charade.”

In a video released on Wednesday, the Clinton campaign accuses the committee and its Republican chairman of wasting taxpayer money on politics.

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Jul 02 13:22

“A New Chapter”: After Half a Century, U.S. and Cuba Unveil Reopening of Embassies & Restored Ties

After half a century, the United States and Cuba have announced they will reopen embassies in each other’s capitals and formally re-establish diplomatic relations. Secretary of State John Kerry said he will travel to Havana to open the U.S. Embassy there. In a statement, the Cuban government said relations with the United States cannot be considered normalized until trade sanctions are lifted, the naval base at Guantánamo Bay is returned, and U.S.-backed programs aimed at "subversion and internal destabilization" are halted. But in a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Cuban President Raúl Castro acknowledged much progress has already been made, and confirmed the openings of permanent diplomatic missions later this month. We are joined by Peter Kornbluh, author of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana."

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Jul 02 13:11

Tory policies force Britain's poorest families to suffer the most

A newly released report has revealed, as many have suspected, that British taxes are currently weighted in such a way that hits the poorest families harder than the richest ones. With the Tories considering tax cuts for the rich, and reducing benefits plus tax credits for the poor that situation could get worse instead of better.

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Jul 02 12:14

Detroit braces for a flood of tax foreclosures

Wayne County to auction 30,000 homes in fall; a third of them are still occupied

Jul 02 12:10

The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. So it’s hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole superpower,” “the last superpower,” or even the global “hyperpower” and now, curiously, called nothing whatsoever, that the “decline” question should come up. Is the U.S. or isn’t it? Might it or might it not now be on the downhill side of imperial greatness?

Jul 02 12:06

“Untouchable” Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Stuart Littlewood highlights the British government’s ongoing rear-guard defence of Israel’s violations of international law, most recently its piracy against Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotillas, and its illegal blockade of Gaza.

Jul 02 12:03

BP Oil Spill: $18.7 Billion Fine a Mere 2% of It’s Enormous $929 Billion Revenue

Remember the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 people and dumped some 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf a few years ago?

Well now the company has been ordered to pay the largest environmental fine in the nation’s history at $18.7 billion dollars, the final settlement to be divvied up among the Gulf states who suffered most in the oil spill’s wake.

Sure, $18.7 billion sounds like a lot of money even these days, but check out this chart comparing it to the company's total revenue and gross profits...

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Jul 02 10:35

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 02 10:15

Federal judge erases Maui voters, bows to Monsanto

Federal Judge Susan Oki Mollway just told Maui voters: you’re canceled.

Last November, Maui County passed a ballot measure that would put a stop to all local Monsanto/Dow GMO experiments, until an independent investigation could assess the harm to health.

Promptly, Monsanto and Dow sued, the result of the vote was put on hold and never enforced…and now, all these months later, the ruling has come down.

Judge Mollway decided that state and federal laws governing agriculture trump county laws.

In other words, the people have no voice.

Jul 02 09:50

Admission of Hillary Clinton’s classified emails opens door for feds to seize her servers

The State Department on Wednesday conceded that two dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails did contain classified information, a fact that could trigger a U.S. policy that authorizes the government to take control of her private server and sanitize the contents.

A former senior intelligence official told The Washington Times the policy also requires the government to check other Internet paths her secret information could have taken.

Jul 02 09:31

Both Major U.S. Parties are Plagues on Humanity

The two corporate parties have collaborated in knocking off countries targeted for invasion and regime change. They have both nurtured the jihadist international network that was created under presidents Carter and Reagan. And presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama are complicit in the capital crime of genocide in the Congo, where six million people have died since 1996. The presidential nominee of either party must be a ghoul, a fiend, or a banshee.

Jul 02 09:24

How a Dogged L.A. DEA Agent Unraveled the CIA's Alleged Role in the Murder of Kiki Camarena

By the time Camarena's badly decomposed corpse turned up several weeks after his abduction, U.S. agents in Mexico had exposed the ballyhooed success of the drug war as a farce perpetrated by Mexican authorities in league with the traffickers. The Federal Security Directorate (DFS), a Mexican police agency modeled on the FBI and in part created by the CIA, dismissed a fifth of its personnel in the wake of the Camarena murder; 19 of the 31 state-level commanders were replaced.

Jul 02 09:16

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 02 09:07

Feminists upset over statue of man and woman talking

Scene: You're a woman, sitting on a bench reading a book. Your male friend sees you on the quad and comes over to say hello and talk. You put down your book, lean back against the bench and smile. He doesn't sit next to you; instead, he puts his foot on the bench and leans over his knee.

So sexist, right?

That scene is depicted in a statue at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, and despite no sign of distress or physical assertion, some women have decided it is a statue of "mansplaining" — a term used to describe men condescendingly explaining something to a woman.

Seriously. Here's the actual statue and the claim of misogyny:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary is counting on the "Vagina Vote" (her campaign's own term for it, so stop the hate emails) to win next year, and is trying to revive the militant male-bash feminism of the 1990s to push it through. But voters of my age remember how there never really was a rape crisis, and that women are not the helpless victims the feminists made them out to be (in the name of empowerment), so something new was needed. The good news; the opening salvo in Hillary's feminist gambit just looks plain silly!

Jul 02 07:45

CNN: Obama White House Lied ‘We Didn’t Know About Hillary’s Private Email’

On July 1st, CNN reported that “President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state,” and that, “Obama officials — including Axelrod — had said they were unaware Clinton was using a personal email address.” CNN provided no linked source for their allegation that Axelrod didn’t know (nor juxtaposed his statement which contradicted it); however, what CNN said there was indeed accurate, so far as it went, as one can tell simply by clicking onto this link:

Jul 02 07:08

Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 2)

In Part One, I dealt at length with America’s relationship with “Lesser” or “Third World” powers because that is where we have been most active since the Second World War. I now turn to America’s postwar rivalry with the other “Great” power, the Soviet Union, and offer some thoughts on our growing relationship with China.

Jul 02 05:25

Domestic slave camps authorized in government documents! This time it’s roundups of any opposition to their rule

Don’t fool yourself into believing that the Supreme Court will never again allow a wartime violation of civil rights like it did in allowing internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II, those are the powerful words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his address to law students at the University of Hawaii and they couldn’t portray a more honest truth about where we are headed in the near future.

Jul 01 21:03

‘Untouchable’ Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty.

Israel’s military thugs are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to prevent humanitarian aid reaching the 1.8 million souls in shattered Gaza.

Jul 01 17:55

Now Jordan Announces Plans To Invade Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Just one day after Turkey’s announcement of plans to invade Syria by implementing a “no-fly zone” or “buffer zone,” Jordan has now announced that it is considering doing the same...

Jul 01 17:01

Greece Surrenders its Sovereignty to Brussels

The Syriza government is backing down after the realization that Brussels will declare economic war on Greece by deliberately trying to plunge the country into total ruin, far worse than the sanctions imposed on Russia. This is a sad day for the entire world. It is a terrible example that the Troika is the new equivalent of a Roman Triumvirate – the death of democracy. Europeans will remember this day for it is when national sovereignty died.

Jul 01 16:22

The Final Link in the Chain Around Your Neck

How do you change the way people think? You start by changing the words they use.
In totalitarian regimes—a.k.a. police states—where conformity and compliance are enforced at the end of a loaded gun, the government dictates what words can and cannot be used.

Jul 01 16:11

Hillary Clinton’s Failed Libya ‘Doctrine’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fancied the violent 2011 “regime change” in Libya such a triumph that her aides discussed labeling it the start of a “Clinton Doctrine,” according to recently released emails that urged her to claim credit when longtime Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was deposed. And Clinton did celebrate when Gaddafi was captured and murdered.

Jul 01 15:46

US court approves resumption of NSA’s bulk data collection

A court in the United States has ruled that the National Security Agency can continue with the systematical collection of Americans’ domestic phone calls records.

Jul 01 15:29

Where Are Mayors Opposing Police Militarization?

In cities across the United States, we have seen how the militarized mold of policing and the supply of armored vehicles, assault weapons and the like have resulted in police forces who no longer see their role as one of protecting and serving, but as an occupying army.

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Jul 01 14:37

Crime and Punishment in the ‘Free World’

There’s much talk of reforming the criminal justice system: libertarian-ish GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul is making the unfairness of sentences that have a disparate impact on minorities a major theme of his campaign, which is all to the good.

Jul 01 14:08

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 01 13:57

Ukraine: Rogue State Deadbeat

Ukraine is Exhibit A for everything a nation shouldn't be. It's run by illegitimate, Nazi-infested putschists - lunatics risking war with Russia. It's a brutal dictatorship by any standard.

Its US-anointed president is an oligarch mega-crook war criminal. Its top officials look like an FBI most wanted list.

Corruption is the national pastime. So is police state ruthlessness and naked aggression on its own people.

Poroshenko finds new ways to disgrace himself. Earlier he claimed 10,000 Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory.

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Jul 01 13:17

Survey: Over a Third of Americans Would Like to Expatriate

It’s been found that year after year, more Americans are leaving the United States and renouncing their citizenship. It’s a trend that, while small, has been seeing explosive growth. Just a few years ago only a couple of hundred Americans took that course of action. But last year, a record 3,415 Americans said goodbye to their citizenship.

Of course, that number is just a drop in the bucket compared to the rest of the population. However, moving to a new country is often a tedious an expensive process. If it were easier, how many people do you think would be willing to leave this country? A new survey conducted by the peer-to-peer money transfer service known as TransferWise, asked that question to 2000 American residents and citizens. They found that 35% of them would consider leaving the good old US of A.
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Jul 01 12:47

TSA Seizes $75,000 in Cash from Traveler, Tweets Picture of It, But Probably Won’t Give It Back

The gestapo continues to steal everything from us, including our money. Instead of “cops and robbers,” here’s a case of cops or robbers, because I can’t tell who is who here.

When a passenger simply tried to take a bag filled with $75,000 in cash onto a flight at Richmond International Airport, the TSA searched his “bulky” bag and found the money.

They quickly confiscated it.

The guy was not under suspicion for any real crime other than having that much cash on himself at an airport. Apparently just having large sums of cash these days automatically equals a crime that allows the government to steal from you?

Adding insult to theft injury, one of TSA’s spokespeople decided it would somehow make the agency look that much better to then Tweet a snarky photo of the guy’s money-filled bag.

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Jul 01 12:43

Growing momentum in US to Isolate Israel: Researcher

The growing movement in the United States to isolate Israel is an effective strategy to force the “fascist” regime to retreat from occupied Palestinian territories, according to a researcher in South Africa.

Jul 01 12:32

Rand Paul Makes History As First Major-Party POTUS Candidate to Seek Pot Industry Donors

On June 30, US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul attended the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Cannabis Business Summit at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO and held his own private, $2,700-per-ticket fundraiser. An invitation to the fundraiser, which was originally obtained by Yahoo News, can be seen below.

Jul 01 12:21

Blumenthal's State Dept. role went far beyond Libya

New emails released by the State Department late Tuesday reveal a controversial aide played a much larger role in advising Hillary Clinton than the former secretary of state originally suggested.

Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton confidante whose potential employment at the State Department was nixed by Obama administration officials, advised Clinton on the content of her speeches, on political developments in a number of countries and even on how her policies were playing in the international press.

The new records, all sent during Clinton's first year in office, indicate Blumenthal's advisory role went far beyond the informal intelligence memos he prepared for her about Libya. In fact, the emails suggest Blumenthal performed the duties of a full-time State Department staffer, despite being on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation during the same time period.

Jul 01 11:38

Donald Trump has some enthusiastic new admirers: White supremacists

While announcing his 2016 run for the presidency two weeks ago, billionaire and reality television mogul Donald Trump took the moment to say immigrants from Mexico are rapists and drug runners, While rejected by many, white supremacists say he’s speaking their language, according to Vocativ.

After a firestorm of criticism that saw his television shows – including Celebrity Apprentice and Miss America pageant – cancelled on NBC and Univision, he doubled down on the comments yesterday, calling them “totally accurate,” according to MSNBC.

And now he has some new fans.

“I do not believe he would solve all or even most of the problems we are facing, but he is absolutely the only candidate who is even talking about anything at all that matters,” gushed Andrew Anglin, blogger for the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer. Trump is “willing to call them out as criminal rapists, murderers and drug dealers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, certain Neo-Nazis may love Trump.

However, please don't discount the reality that there are enough thoroughly wounded Republican and Independents out there who would vote for him.

He panders to their most base, worse fears and concerns about EVERY immigrant, legal or illegal.

Democrats are betting that the amnesty issue will win scores of elections for them, both in state and national battles; however, they are forgetting one thing; many Latino immigrants have very conservative and church-centric values, and may be very uncomfortable with some issues in the Democratic platform, like abortion rights.

But what he did not choose to bring up is the reality that BOTH parties encourage illegal immigration, because the corporations which fund them love how illegal immigration brings down the cost of doing business.

Are there Mexican immigrants who rape and run drugs?!?

Yes, just like there are people of every ethnicity who do these abysmal acts.

But tarring all Mexicans and Latinos with a single brush, when the many of them have worked damn hard to graduate from college, find a good profession, and achieve the American dream, was one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid things the man could have possibly said,and this is why this man is unfit to be American's next President.

All Latinos who can vote in the 2016 election, please make your voices heard, both at the Conventions, and at the election.

Let us all work together to create a country of the people,by the people, and for the people, for all of us!!

And that means fixing what is broken, in a logical, intelligent way, working together.

Jul 01 11:32

The Emergence of Orwellian Newspeak and the Death of Free Speech

If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it….

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