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"'Congress shall make no law respecting an institution of religion.' -- The First Amendment to the Constitution

A Nativity scene (or a Menorah for that matter) is not a law, it is a decoration. And on that basis, even though I myself am an atheist, I do not have a problem with Nativity scenes on government property, other than they are a reminder that those are the people we are bombing to steal their oil.

I do draw the line at the Ten Commandments being on display on government buildings with its prohibitions against lying, theft, and killing, as that clearly is a case of false advertising!" -- Michael Rivero

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March 15, 2009

Mar 15 09:52

Barack Obama, Meet Team B

President Obama received a lesson in international gamesmanship last week, when his secret offer to trade the deployment of a controversial missile defense system in Eastern Europe for Russian assistance in getting Iran to back down from its nuclear program was publicly rebuffed. The lesson? You don’t get something for nothing, especially when the something you’re looking for is, itself, nothing.

Mar 15 09:51

Why We Shouldn't Be in Afghanistan

It seems that we're seeing more and more ramp ceremonies at Kandahar airfield. At least once a week we hear those somber bagpipes playing, marking a final salute to yet another dead Canadian soldier before his remains are flown back to Canada. In light of this, I want to repost my podcast about why Western countries should not be in Afghanistan, and why we will not be able to defeat the Taliban militarily.

Why We Shouldn't Be in Afghanistan Click to Listen

The clip is a 12 minute long MP3, the file size is 2.8M

Mar 15 09:35

Illegal to Grow Own Food

Congress is about to make it illegal to grow your own food, or for any farm not to purchase and use government mandated chemicals, additives, and pesticides on all food consumed in the United States, violations are subject to a $1,000,000 dollar fine.

Mar 15 09:34

It's All Good: Media Reports for Duty as Militarists Plan More Wars

Surely there is no one who still needs to be apprised of the fact that the New York Times is one of the chief organs of the American Empire, operating in a semi-official fashion to disseminate the intentions and wishes of our rulers. The fact that the paper also publishes some excellent reporting -- and can even, on occasion, assume an adversarial stance against one faction of the elite or another -- in no way undermines its essential function in the imperial power structure. After all, Pravda and Izvestia did the same under the Soviets.



Taboola
Mar 15 09:31

Alabama Shootings: Just Another Battle In America’s Thirty Years’ Class War

Whenever I hear about a rampage massacre like the one that just took place in southern Alabama a few hours ago, so far leaving 11 dead and untold wounded (casualty numbers seem to tick up every hour), the first thing I look for is how the company treated the shooter or the workforce as a whole: did they recently fire him in the usual callous manner that companies do it these days, leaving him desperate and devastated? Has the company been following the typical post-Reagan management model in which workers are squeezed with endless downsizings, slashed benefits, and more time at the job for less pay, all in order to fatten the filthy-rich executives’ already-obscene bonuses?

The answer in the case of today’s Alabama shootings already appears to be yes.

Mar 15 09:29

MADOFF MADNESS EXPLAINED ON SESAME STREET

Mar 15 09:27

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

Mar 15 09:27

MR. OBAMA: DON’T LET ISRAEL DESTROY AMERICA

Two inseparable characters have identified Israeli behavior ever since the very inception of its existence in occupied Palestine: Criminality and mendacity.



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Finco Bayano
Mar 15 09:27

How to Spot Atheists and Report Them to the FBI

In any case, it's important for you to report any anti-Christian behavior (whether it comes from Catholics or full-blown Atheists) to your local police department as soon as possible. Since the President of the United States doesn't even consider Atheists as citizens, and even acknowledges that they are a threat to our country, it should be no problem getting these so called "people" deported to France (The Home of Atheism). Please use the list below as a guide to spot an Atheist in your community.

Mar 15 09:24

Jews ask pope for Holocaust studies in schools

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the Pope thought that caving on on Bishop Williamson would quiet things down, he was sorely mistaken.

Mar 15 09:24

As travel declines, aircraft 'boneyard' in Victorville fills up

With the economy in a tailspin, aircraft "boneyards" across the country are filling up with Boeing 747s and other jetliners no longer needed to ferry passengers. Call it airline limbo.

Air carriers are grounding planes at a rate not seen since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and industry experts say this year is likely to set a record for planes sitting on the ground.

Mar 15 09:01

Real news

Newspapers? Television newscasts? So-called "news magazines?" All garbage. I get most of my news from the Internet. Long live the Internet.


Mar 15 09:00

AT LAST! THE IDEA THAT TALKING TO PEOPLE MIGHT BE A BETTER IDEA THAN KILLING THEM IS BEGINNING TO SINK IN.

Though it might be hard to believe in the light of the recent warcrimes committed by Israel in the Gaza and the continued violence in both Afghanistan and Iraq what with the neocons calling for a massive increase in violence in Afghanistan, there is a definite tend away from thinking war all of the time and some consideration is now actually being given to talking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No talk. Just kill!" -- Tel Aviv.

Mar 15 08:59

Partial list of corporate lickspittles who are allowed to know what s in the secret copyright treaty the Obama administration claims is a matter of "national security"

Mar 15 08:58

THE OFFICIAL GOD FAQ

Mar 15 08:55

Global Cooling Continues

Continuing a decade-long trend of declining global temperatures, the year 2008 was significantly colder than 2007, and global temperatures for the year were below the average over the past 30 years.

The global temperature data, reported by NASA satellite-based temperature measurements, refuted predictions 2008 would be one of the warmest on record.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here in Hawaii the average low temperature for March is 67. So far the low temperatures have been 55 to 58.


Mar 15 08:55

The Global Warming Scam

NASA's press office "marginalized or mischaracterized" studies on global warming between 2004 and 2006, the agency's own internal watchdog concluded. In a report released Monday [4/4/2008], NASA's inspector general office called it "inappropriate political interference" by political appointees in the press office. [PhysOrg]

A simple method of manipulating surface temperature data which does not involve rocket science is to
place temperature monitors in areas prone to heating or next to heat outlets.

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Mar 15 08:38

GM mosquito bred to destroy malaria

Scientists in America have engineered a species of mosquito which is resistant to the malaria infection. Its ability to block the infection suggests that it could come to dominate mosquito populations if released into the wild.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ummmmm, doesn't that mean that the mosquito population will INCREASE? And that means we will be bitten more often?

Which means people will use MORE pesticides (because these cheap bug zappers the hardware stores carry now don't work), good for the profits of the pesticide companies but not to good for the environment.

And given some of the evidence that GM creations have unexpected side effects not tested for in the labs. I think it is very reckless to release a frankenbug into the wild that by design is injecting its saliva into humans.

Mar 15 08:32

Man arrested after 'stabbing to death teenage boy who was trying to burgle his house'

A man stabbed to death a teenage boy who was trying to burgle his house, sources said today.

The man, who is in his early twenties, was arrested after he attacked the 17-year-old boy, who was said to have been breaking in to the house with two other youths.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the man was arrested by the police to save them the embarrassment of once more being shown to be totally ineffective.

I mean, this proves yet again that the police never arrive in time to PREVENT a crime. They only arrive afterwards and stand around in their spiffy uniforms looking stern and promising justice revenge.

More crimes are prevented by private citizens then by the police, so the police, in order not to have to stand around looking totally useless, arrest the guy who was the VICTIM of the original crime.

Mar 15 08:26

Now Coca-Cola feels force of Chavez' colourful revolution

It happens to be Coca-Cola's colour, but the red banners draped outside a distribution plant in west Caracas offer the company no comfort. That red belongs to President Hugo Chávez and Venezuela's socialist revolution.

Nor can the company feel sheltered by the high walls surrounding the site. Every inch has been painted with murals depicting historic scenes of indigenous tribes and patriots expelling foreign interlopers with axes and swords.


Mar 15 08:26

DOLLAR CRISIS IN THE MAKING

Increasingly ominous clouds are gathering in what could soon be the perfect storm against the United States dollar and against the present dollar-centric global financial order.

This is not shaping up to be a storm that anyone is trying to initiate, not even those who are actively driving for a new global financial order that is no longer centered on the dollar. Instead, it will result from a correlation of forces arising out of the deepening global financial and economic crises, coupled with recurring and conspicuous miscalculation on the part of some of the world's political, financial and economic leaders.

Mar 15 08:25

Bolivia passes land from rich to poor

Emboldened by a new leftist constitution, Bolivia President Evo Morales on Saturday handed over ownership of farmland seized by the state from wealthy estate holders to poor indigenous people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no; that's all WRONG! You take from the poor to give to the RICH! THAT'S how it is supposed to work!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 15 08:23

Golden Gate Economics

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 08:17

Riding out the tsunami in paradise

I think the best action for the United States and the rest of the world would be a massive act of peaceful civil disobedience. Stop paying mortgages. Stop paying credit card bills and student loans. It's over. The money you spend now will be money that you wish you had saved (or converted into land, gold, or something of value) Stop paying taxes. And don't give back your keys. Take your homes back and stop funding the government. Take care of yourselves. Do what you have to do to survive because this is your right as a human being. You are not responsible for Wall Street. You are not responsible for any of this. It's collapsing. Don't let them control the outcome. Don't give away your power. Don't give away what few resources you have left to those who created this.

Mar 15 08:14

Living in U.S., rejecting its laws, targeted as terrorists

For the past couple of years, the back room of Sami V’s Signs has been home to the “Sovereign People’s Court for the United States,” the main local gathering place for the sovereign citizens movement. Nationwide, tens of thousands of Americans have declared themselves sovereign citizens, above the government’s jurisdiction and not obligated to pay taxes.

The sovereign citizens movement, which has its roots in the notorious anti-tax group Posse Comitatus of the 1970s, has been rising in popularity the past couple of years, fueled in part by the declining economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it hilarious that the same US Government that lied to us all about Saddam's "nookular" bombs accuses these people of fraud.

And frankly, I do not see any difference between these people and the Founding Fathers just before they kicked out the last government that thought it was okay to tax the people into poverty to pay for foreign wars.

Mar 15 08:11

Militants torch NATO trucks in Pakistan

Taliban militants in north-western Pakistan have torched eight trucks carrying supplies for NATO forces in neighbouring Afghanistan in a pre-dawn attack, police said.

Mar 15 08:11

Pakistan ex-PM ignores 'arrest'

Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has defied an apparent house arrest order to head for a protest in Lahore.

Describing the order - denied by the government - as "illegal" he left his Lahore home urging people to join him.


Mar 15 08:11

Pakistan teeters on the brink of chaos

Washington and London are leaning heavily on Pakistan's squabbling political leaders as the nuclear-armed nation totters on the brink of chaos.

Mar 15 08:10

Pakistan clamps down on protests amid fresh fears of a military coup

Pakistan's army was put on stand-by yesterday to deal with growing demonstrations against the government, which are due to reach a climax in the capital, Islamabad, tomorrow. Divisions within President Asif Ali Zardari's administration were underlined by the abrupt resignation of a senior minister.

Mar 15 08:08

NSA offering 'billions' for Skype eavesdrop solution

News of a possible viable business model for P2P VoIP network Skype emerged today, at the Counter Terror Expo in London. An industry source disclosed that America's supersecret National Security Agency (NSA) is offering "billions" to any firm which can offer reliable eavesdropping on Skype IM and voice traffic.

The spybiz exec, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed that Skype continues to be a major problem for government listening agencies, spooks and police. This was already thought to be the case, following requests from German authorities for special intercept/bugging powers to help them deal with Skype-loving malefactors. Britain's GCHQ has also stated that it has severe problems intercepting VoIP and internet communication in general.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only thing I use Skype for is my radio shows, and you can tune into those at GCN and LNR and listen all you want!

Where's my billion?

Mar 15 08:07

As US Economy Continues To Tank, More Bonuses Planned For Bankers

It's no secret...The economy in the United States is in shambles. With unemployment at an all-time high and everyone struggling to make ends meet while living paycheck to paycheck, it would unimaginable that bankers, most which have net worth's in the billions, would receive even more multi-million dollar bonuses, courtesy of taxpayer dollars. But, according to an article posted on the New York Times website early Sunday morning, that is precisely what AIG executives are going to receive.


Mar 15 08:02

Stewart exposes Cramer (pardon the commercials)

Mar 15 07:57

U.S. activist Tristan Anderson 'hanging by a thread' after being injured in protest on Israel border

An American activist critically wounded by an Israeli gas canister in the West Bank is "hanging from a thread" after brain surgery Saturday, friends said.

Tristan Anderson, 38, a "tree-sitter" from Oakland, Calif., was hit in the forehead when troops shot tear gas during a protest of the separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank village of Naalin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Finally starting to get a little coverage in the US corporate media.

Mar 15 07:55

Hawaii Soldier Charged With Stealing $400K In Afghanistan

A former dispersing officer for Schofield Barracks units in Afghanistan pleaded not guilty to stealing $400,000 from the government while on deployment in a finance battalion.

Gilliam apparently brought about $400,000 in cash home in his luggage. The IRS got suspicious after he converted $254,000 into a First Hawaiian Bank cashiers check.

Gilliam is not the only soldier accused of stealing American cash from the war zone. Just last week a captain from Beaverton, Ore., was accused of sending home $700,000 from Iraq.

Mar 15 07:48

Sex claims against US Church rise

The number of new claims of sexual abuse made against US Roman Catholic priests rose by 16% to more than 800 last year, a Church report says.



Lockerdome
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 15 07:47

The far right is on the march again: the rise of fascism in Austria

In Austria's recent general election, nearly 30 per cent of voters backed extremist right-wing parties. Live visits the birthplace of Hitler to investigate how Fascism is once again threatening to erupt across Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like we don't have Fascism right here?

Because if there is one obvious characteristic of fascism, it is that profits are kept private while losses are socialized.

Mar 15 07:45

DOJ Watchdog Probed Yoo/Bybee Rendition Memo; Report May Criticize Opinion

Two weeks before U.S. intelligence agents captured a "high-value" terrorist detainee named Abu Zubaydah in Pakistan in March 2002 and whisked him off to a secret CIA "black site" prison in Thailand where he was allegedly tortured, the Department of Justice prepared a legal memorandum for George W. Bush stating he could ignore a law that prohibited the transfer of prisoners to countries that engage in torture.

Mar 15 07:44

‘Bridge to Microsoft’ Is One of Puget Sound Prizes in Stimulus

Microsoft Corp., which has $20 billion of cash in the bank, is among the first in the Puget Sound area to benefit from the investment in roads and bridges through President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan.

Local planners allotted $11 million of $214 million awarded to the region to help pay for a highway overpass in Redmond, Washington, connecting one part of Microsoft’s wooded campus with another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, We The People pay for the bridge so that Paul Allen can buy another yacht?

Could we maybe spend that $11 million taking the bugs out of VISTA instead, or jailing the hackers that make all that buggy DRM necessary?


Mar 15 07:41

Bilderbergers excite conspiracists

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your daily dose of dismissal and ridicule courtesy of the US corporate media.

Mar 15 07:40

America's Darth Vader / Dick Cheney

As I have said for years, Dick Cheney's fingerprints are on virtually every lie and abuse of power committed by the corrupt Cheney/Bush administration. Seymour Hersh's recent revelations about an 'executive assassination ring' that directly reported to Cheney is another strong indication of Cheney's shadow presidency ~ which will eventually be linked to the 9/11 conspiracy or cover up.

Mar 15 07:38

American citizen critically injured after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in Nilin

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Had Tristan Anderson been shot in the head by a Palestinian, it would be world headlines. But because the trigger is pulled by an Israeli, the corporate media had all but ignored this incident. Indeed as I type these words, MSNBC has just finished reporting on a fist fight that broke out among the women auditioning for "America's Next Top Model."

And they wonder why their audience is coming over to the blogs....

Mar 15 07:10

Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits

The New York Times Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits [...]


March 14, 2009

Mar 14 21:10

Let Me Chew My Coca Leaves - An Opinion Written by Evo Morales Ayma, the President of Bolivia.

The New York Times - Evo Morales Ayma - La Paz, Bolivia

In 1961, the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs placed the coca leaf in the same category with cocaine [...]

Why is Bolivia so concerned with the coca leaf? Because it is an important symbol of the history and identity of the indigenous cultures of the Andes.

The custom of chewing coca leaves has existed in the Andean region of South America since at least 3000 B.C.

Mar 14 19:27

All travel plans to be tracked by Government

The travel plans and personal details of every holidaymaker, business traveller and day-tripper who leaves Britain are to be tracked by the Government, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Anyone departing the UK by land, sea or air will have their trip recorded and stored on a database for a decade.

Passengers leaving every international sea port, station or airport will have to supply detailed personal information as well as their travel plans. So-called "booze crusiers" who cross the Channel for a couple of hours to stock up on wine, beer and cigarettes will be subject to the rules.

In addition, weekend sailors and sea fishermen will be caught by the system if they plan to travel to another country - or face the possibility of criminal prosecution.

Mar 14 19:23

Bailout money is flowing abroad

Much of the new money the Bank of England has "printed" to stimulate the UK economy is ending up abroad where it will be of no benefit to UK households and businesses, according to an analysis of the Bank's "quantitative easing" programme.

The Bank is in the process of purchasing about £75bn of government securities, or gilts, over a three-month period, the first instalment of a massive £150bn programme. The Bank is effectively converting these government securities or gilts into cash and bank balances which, it is hoped, will be used to support lending and spending in the UK and boost the economy.

But City experts analysing the scheme for The Independent say large quantities of money will simply end up abroad because so many of the gilts are held by foreign investors.

Mar 14 19:22

NIreland riots after police arrest 3 over killings

Irish nationalist gangs hurled gasoline bombs at police Saturday after three alleged IRA dissidents were arrested on suspicion of killing two British soldiers in an attack designed to trigger wider violence in Northern Ireland.

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Who benefits if "The Troubles" start up again?


Mar 14 19:21

Biden On Hot Mic "Gimme A F ing Break"

"Gimme a f*&$#ing break," he said, apparently unaware that the microphone was on.

Mar 14 19:20

Volcanic smog shutting down some Hawaii farmers

Leafless monkey pod and browning Norfolk pine trees litter Ted Seaman's 3.5 acre nursery in the small town of Pahala on the southern edge of Hawaii's largest island.

His skill as a grower isn't to blame. It's the noxious fumes that have been pouring out of the Kilauea volcano in unprecedented volumes since last spring.

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Sometimes the Earth just does things all by itself!

Mar 14 19:19

Pakistan on edge as Zardari arouses rebellion

PAKISTAN’S president, Asif Ali Zardari, was facing a revolt from inside his party yesterday as negotiations to end a standoff with opposition leaders failed to make headway and the threat of turmoil in the nuclear-armed nation provoked increasing international concern.

Mar 14 19:19

Israel's new defence minister accused of war crime

A HAWKISH general, who cancelled a trip to London four years ago because he feared being arrested on war crime charges, is expected to become Israel’s new defence minister.

Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, 58, former chief of staff of the Israel Defence Forces, is reported to have accepted an invitation from Binyamin Netanyahu, the incoming prime minister, to serve in the new government.


Mar 14 18:09

We Told You So

Policymakers ignored the warnings. Good arguments could not compete with the combination of political influence and a reckless and fanatical zeal for deregulation. $5 billion -- the amount the financial sector invested in the political sector over the last decade -- buys a lot of friends.

Mar 14 18:09

Nobody listens to the real climate change experts

Considering how the fear of global warming is inspiring the world's politicians to put forward the most costly and economically damaging package of measures ever imposed on mankind, it is obviously important that we can trust the basis on which all this is being proposed. Last week two international conferences addressed this issue and the contrast between them could not have been starker.

The first in Copenhagen, billed as "an emergency summit on climate change" and attracting acres of worldwide media coverage, was explicitly designed to stoke up the fear of global warming to an unprecedented pitch. As one of the organisers put it, "this is not a regular scientific conference: this is a deliberate attempt to influence policy".

Mar 14 18:08

California Teachers Rally as 26,000 Job Cuts Loom

California teachers organized protests in more than a dozen cities today as about 26,000 may lose their jobs because of spending cuts the Legislature approved last month to keep the state from running out of money.

Mar 14 18:07

NEW ANTI ZIONIST PARTY LAUNCHED

In an attampt to rid it's country from the contol of Zionist Lobby Groups and organizations, France has launched it's new Anti Zionist Political Party called "Parti Anti Sioniste."


Mar 14 18:01

Obama Caves to Israel Lobby

Not one to mince words, Freeman spelled out the strange set of affairs surrounding the flip-flop and the implications of what had just happened. Borrowing the pointed warning from George Washington's Farewell Address against developing a "passionate attachment" to the strategic goals of another nation, Freeman made it clear that he was withdrawing his "previous acceptance" of Blair's invitation to chair the NIC because of the character assassination of him orchestrated by the Israel Lobby.

The implications? Freeman was clear:

Mar 14 18:01

NEOCON WARMONGERS ARE AT IT AGAIN – ‘YES WE CAN!!’ THEY SHOUT, ‘LET’S SURGE THE TALIBAN!!’

The neocon warmongers that believed the ‘surge’ in Iraq actually worked now think that, seven and a half years after invading Afghanistan, they are fighting a war they can win, despite all the evidence that suggests otherwise – if only, so they suggest, they could get say another couple of hundred thousand allied soldiers in to the place.

Mar 14 18:00

Which states are worst for personal freedom?

A new study indicates the states with the most freedom are South Dakota, New Hampshire and Colorado, while Americans see the most complete government control of their personal lives in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Maryland.

Mar 14 17:59

The Case Against Israel's "Right To Exist"

So let us examine this curious notion that Israel has some sort of inherent "right to exist," a claim that no other nation-state has ever felt it necessary to make. We would all agree that human beings have a right to exist, although there are many who would make an exception for those who commit murder. Some even go further and say that all sentient beings have a right to exist, but only in this one peculiar case is there this insistence that a particular nation-state has such an inalienable right. Why is that? Is it, perhaps, because in this particular case the contention is on particularly shaky ground? Sorry, but methinks the lady protesteth too much.



Pixfuture
Mar 14 17:56

Afghan police say victims of U.S. raid not militants

Afghan police disputed whether five men killed in a raid by U.S. and Afghan troops on Saturday were militants.

Mar 14 17:56

AIG Paying Millions in Bonuses Despite Receiving Federal Bailout

Despite receiving $170 billion in federal aid and recording a staggering loss for the last quarter, insurance giant American International Group is doling out tens of million of dollars in bonuses this week to senior employees.

Mar 14 17:55

The Obama Deception - the complete video

Mar 14 17:50

Plans for minimum alcohol price

The government's top medical adviser has drawn up plans for a minimum price for alcohol which would double the cost of some drinks in England.

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"Every last @#%ing penny they have, do you hear me? EVERY LAST @#$%ING PENNY THEY HAVE!!!!" -- Number 9 3/4


Mar 14 17:48

Spies, Spies Everywhere, and Not a Trial in Sight

Rosen, along with his slick defense lawyer Abbe Lowell and pro-AIPAC Judge T.S. Ellis III, constitute a formidable force against Washington’s efforts to curb AIPAC’s power, and in favor of Israel’s determination to subvert U.S. policy.

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 17:47

Obama’s Gun Ban List Is Out

Here it is, folks, and it is bad news. The framework for legislation is always laid, and the Democrats have the votes to pass anything they want to impose upon us. They really do not believe you need anything more than a brick to defend your home and family. Look at the list and see how many you own. Remember, it is registration, then confiscation. It has happened in the UK, in Australia, in Europe, in China, and what they have found is that for some reason the criminals do not turn in their weapons, but will know that you did.

Remember, the first step in establishing a dictatorship is to disarm the citizens.

Mar 14 17:46

The Rape of Washington

THE FULL meaning of this episode should not escape anyone.

It was the first test of strength of the lobby in the new Obama era. And in this test, the lobby came out with flying (blue-and-white) colors. The administration was publicly humiliated.



Xmas w/o borders
Mar 14 17:32

Cops Arrest Priest For Filming Them

A Roman Catholic priest who monitors law enforcement treatment of minorities with a video camera released footage that appears to contradict the police account of his own arrest.

A police report says the Rev. James Manship was confronted and arrested Feb. 19 because he was holding an "unknown shiny silver object" and struggled with an officer who was trying to take it from him. But a 15-second video released this week by Manship's attorneys shows East Haven police Officer David Cari asking Manship, "Is there a reason you have a camera on me?"

"I'm taking a video of what's going on here," Manship replies.

"Well, I'll tell you what, what I'm going to do with that camera," Cari says as he approaches the priest. The tape then goes blank.

Mar 14 15:45

Author of The Creature from Jekyll Island

I came to the conclusion that the Federal Reserve needed to be abolished for seven reasons. I'd like to read them to you now just so that you get an idea of where I'm coming from, as they say. I put these into the most concise phrasing that I can to make them somewhat shocking and maybe you'll remember them:

The Federal Reserve is incapable of accomplishing its stated objectives.
It is a cartel operating against the public interest.
It's the supreme instrument of usury.
It generates our most unfair tax.
It encourages war.
It destabilizes the economy.

Mar 14 11:54

Mexican drug lord makes Forbes' billionaire list

What do software mogul Bill Gates and banking investor Warren Buffett have in common with wanted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera?

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, pictured in 1993, ranks 701th on Forbes' yearly report on billionaires.

They are all featured in Forbes magazine's world's billionaires report as "self-made" billionaires.

Mar 14 11:53

Obama’s Budget: Where’s the Peace Dividend?

For those opposed to the Iraq War, the backsliding is bad news. But for deficit hawks, that should be good news. Right? After all, a reduction from the 140,000 troops now in Iraq to 50,000 should mean lower costs and less stress on the federal budget, which is already sinking under a sea of red ink. However, President Obama is increasing the total military budget over even the post-“surge” levels of the current year.

Mar 14 11:52

Atheists call for 'debaptism'

Now Mr Hunt has become the pioneer in a rejuvenated campaign for a way of cancelling baptisms given to children too young to decide for themselves whether they wanted this formal initiation into Christianity.

However, baptism is proving a difficult thing to undo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with a Sham-Wow??????

Mar 14 11:50

Illinois Gov. to Propose 50% Increase in State Income Tax

Gov. Pat Quinn today acknowledged he plans to raise income taxes in the wake of a Chicago Tribune story that he is considering a 50 percent increase on individuals.

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Okay Pat, here is the deal. We're going to stand you up on a soap box with a noose around your neck and give you a chance to explain to us all why this tax increase is necessary.

At the end of the speech, if you have convinced us, we'll remove the noose.

Otherwise we remove the box.

Mar 14 11:40

Police lose evidence in 'racist' professor probe

In January 2005, attorney Ala Khaider submitted a complaint to the attorney general against Dr. David Bukay, a lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa, on behalf of the Center Against Racism and Defamation.

The complaint quoted Dr. Bukay as telling his students, "The Arabs are after money, sex and alcohol. They cannot be trusted, they are stupid and they have contributed nothing to humanity."

And also, "All the Arabs have to be rounded up, a pistol held to their head and then shot. A building in which Arabs and Palestinians live must be destroyed."

Following the submission of the complaint by student Fadi Abu Yunis, an investigation was launched against Dr. Bukay.

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How convenient.

Mar 14 11:37

Is the RCMP's credibility gone?

The inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's death is on a two-week break. But the evidence so far has been devastating for the RCMP's credibility.

Three of the four officers involved have testified. Their actions seemed to me reckless and unnecessary; their response to the dying man unprofessional. But those are judgment calls the inquiry will make.

Mar 14 11:34

Washington Post to cut business section

The Washington Post will stop publishing a business section six days out of the week and move business news to the front section of the paper at a time when finance stories dominate world headlines.

The decision, which the Post's editors explained in a memo obtained by Reuters, means that the paper will save money on newsprint when newspaper advertising revenue is plunging.

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Maybe your readership and ad revenues would return if you didn't spend all your time sucking up to Israel.

Mar 14 11:33

'Washington Post' urges dismissal of AIPAC espionage case, asks for counter-argument, and promptly rejects same

The other day the Washington Post editorial page--which I am harping on because it has been on the pro-neocon track at least since declaring that the Iraq war was "essential to American security"-- ran an editorial urging the Justice Department to drop the "misguided" espionage case against former AIPAC staffers Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman.

The editorial was followed by this statement: "Do you have a different view of this issue? Debate a member of the editorial board in the Editorial Judgment discussion group."

Mar 14 11:30

MADOFF’S ‘VICTIMS’ SPEAK

What would be a fair punishment for Bernard Madoff?

Life in prison is considered probable for Madoff, who pleaded guilty Thursday to 11 criminal charges. But that’s just for starters. How about toilet-cleaning duty in the slammer, a job as a Wal-Mart greeter or simply oblivion?

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Take all his money and dump his ass in a tent city. Why should we guarantee a roof over his head and three meals a day when so many law-abiding Americans are homeless?

Mar 14 11:29

ISRAELI TROOPS NOW TARGETING AMERICAN PEACE ACTIVISTS

Almost to the date of the 6th anniversary of the murder of Rachel Corrie in Gaza, Israeli troops are on the rampage, it seems, targeting other American activists. Perhaps (hopefully) the new American Administration will not sit by silently as the previous one did. Perhaps they will consider stopping the shipments of arms to Israel which are being used not only against Palestinians…… but Americans as well….

Mar 14 11:28

BUILDING ON BOLD-FACED LIES

Leaked Israeli settlement expansion plans prove that interminable peace talks are but cover for the material destruction of Palestinian horizons, writes Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem.

Mar 14 09:31

Police Trained Nationwide That Informed Americans Are Domestic Terrorists

A secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists 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. This is merely the latest example in an alarming trend which confirms that law enforcement across the country is being trained that American citizens are a dangerous enemy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not a terrorist. At best I am an irritation.

Mar 14 09:04

All travel plans to be tracked by Government

The travel plans and personal details of every holidaymaker, business traveller and day-tripper who leaves Britain are to be tracked by the Government, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

Mar 14 09:02

Jim Cramer admits to manipulating the market.

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"We had it down to a science in 1992: my wife would pick stocks that technically looked ready to go up, or she would keep track of merchandise to see what was down to tag ends. She would then generate a list of stocks that could move quickly on good news. Jeff would then go to work calling the companies to try to find anything good we could say about them. I would call the analysts to see I they were hearing anything. When we found a stock that looked ready technically to break out, or where the supply had been mopped up, and Jeff found something positive at the company, and I knew the analyst community didn’t know anything positive, we would load up with call options and common stock and then give the good news to our favorite analysts who liked the stock so they could go do their promotion. That would get the buzz going and we would then be able to liquidate the position into the buzz for a handsome profit." (Confessions of a Street Addict, page 61).

Mar 14 09:00

MSNBC producers told ‘not to incorporate’ Cramer’s Daily Show interview into their programming.

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Sour grapes...

Mar 14 08:55

House Bill will ensure future Presidents are qualified

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That would be nice. Most of these natural born clowns were not even remotely qualified to do the job! :)

Mar 14 08:53

Washington Post Columnist Gives Private AIPAC Talks

Journalists should be allowed to make money from speaking engagements, but I find Beinart's appearances unseemly. AIPAC is a "controversial" organization (the adjective routinely used for Walt and Mearsheimer's book in the mainstream media). Or anyway, it's an important advocacy group on a central issue in the election. I wonder what a Time and Washington Post columnist is advocating to advocates about.

More important, Beinart's 2006 book, The Good Fight, urged Americans to make their country great again by going to war against terror in Iraq and elsewhere and in doing so utterly suppressed the Israel/Palestine issue.

Mar 14 08:52

Explosives analysis concludes semtex theory "scientifically implausible" in Pan Am 103 explosion

"In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, researchers at the Centre of Explosives Technology Research in Socorro, New Mexico, estimated that up to thirty pounds of explosive was needed to destroy a Boeing 747, if the explosion had occurred in the container. We agree with that estimate," the report says.

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 08:39

I called it a corporate coup, they call it looting... either way, we got robbed...

Now, let me explain the Wall Street scam, subsequent crisis, and bailout in a very brief, but effective way for you:

A thief breaks into your house, steels everything, and leaves you nearly broke. Law enforcement responds by visiting with the thief and the resellers of the thief's stolen goods in a very friendly setting, perhaps lunch at the Four Seasons. Law enforcement then takes the information to government officials who respond by writing the thief and the resellers a check from what is left of your checking account. They decide this too over lunch, perhaps also at the Four Seasons and on your dime.

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Bailout: Taking a trillion from the people to give to the banks to loan back to the people at interest!

Mar 14 08:34

Bin Laden accuses moderate Arab leaders, urges jihad

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah in a recording aired by Al Jazeera television.

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That photo is more than 10 years old, and frankly, "Osama's" voice sounds more and more like Stephen Hawking's wheelchair these days!

Mar 14 08:31

Elie Wiesel Stole Book & Identity Says Survivor

Nikolaus Gruner, 81, says Elie Wiesel's book "Night" is " 87% a word-for-word plagiarism" of a Yiddish book by Gruner's friend Lazar Wiesel published in Paris in 1956 entitled "... Un di velt hot geshvign," ("The Silence of the World.")

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 14 03:29

American citizen critically injured after being shot in the head by Israeli forces in Ni’lin

13th Friday 2009, Ni’lin Village: An American citizen has been critically injured in the village of Ni’lin after Israeli forces shot him in the head with a tear-gas canister

March 13, 2009

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 17:46

US drops 'enemy combatant' term

Announcing the end of the term's use, the Justice Department said suspects would in future be held according to legal standards set by the international laws of war.

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... and the ones being held NOW????????

Mar 13 17:46

American Badly Hurt in Clash With Israeli Military

An American demonstrator was critically wounded Friday in a clash between protesters and Israeli troops over Israel's West Bank separation barrier.

Peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement said Tristan Anderson, of the Oakland, Calif., area, was struck in the head with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops. The military and the Tel Aviv hospital where Anderson was taken had no details on how he was hurt.

''He's in critical condition, anesthetized and on a ventilator and undergoing imaging tests,'' said Orly Levi, a spokeswoman at the Tel Hashomer hospital. She described Anderson's condition as ''life-threatening.''

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