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June 15, 2010

Jun 15 10:20

'Uranium making Punjab kids retarded'

Confirming Punjab’s worst fear and The Times of India reports, a resounding document from Germany’s Microtrace Mineral Lab has revealed that hair samples of 80% of 149 neurologically disabled children, mainly from southern Malwa region, have high levels of uranium.

Presence of the radioactive element has strengthened doubts that depleted uranium (DU) used by American tanks in Iraq and Afghanistan travelled through air, reaching not just the region but Delhi as well. TOI was the first to report the suspected presence of uranium traces in the hair of kids undergoing treatment at Baba Farid Centre for Special Children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable; not only has the US's military's use of DU weapons poisoned Afghanistan and Iraq; it's hit India as well.

Jun 15 10:16

The Holocaust Denial Exception to the First Amendment

Or, how I lost a measure of respect for the otherwise very respectable Elie Weisel. As Orac reports, Weisel recently participated in a debate in Canada against Salman Rushdie during which he argued that there should be an exception to freedom of speech to outlaw Holocaust denial.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is Elie so afraid of?

Jun 15 10:05

Barack Obama turns the oil spill into his poor man's 9/11 to revive Cap-and-Trade climate legislation

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff, famously remarked. “And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” The extent to which his master has absorbed this maxim is demonstrated by Obama’s exploitation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama has not exaggerated "...the significance of the oil spill crisis to massive proportions..."

In fact, to date, he has been doing everything possible to protect BP from the inevitable financial implications of this disaster.

We do not actually have hard numbers on the extent of this catastrophe, not will we know the actual scope of its true size and impact for some time to come.

But to use this as the basis for ramming a carbon tax through Congress is utterly disgusting. It is simply a tax which will ultimately have no measurable effect on the environment, nor
prevent another oil spill like the one we have just experienced in the Gulf.

Jun 15 10:00

Iranian Aid Ships Headed Towards Gaza Has US Worried

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US economy is collapsing, the gulf is flooding with oil, the bridges are falling down, the roads crumbling, and the US Government is worried about ships full of food headed for starving people?

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

Memorize this list of Israel's whores in the US Government and vote them out of office before it is your children being murdered by Israel! There is no more important issue this election!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.



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Jun 15 09:51

Oil Executives Tell Committee That BP Spill Is an Aberration

The chief executives of the world’s largest oil companies faced a Congressional panel of inquisitors on Tuesday and tried to cast the BP spill as a rare event that their companies were not likely to repeat.

In their remarks, the executives said that continued offshore exploration and drilling were essential to American oil and gas supplies and to the health of their industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Corporations are entities which, by their very nature, have no conscience.

Therefore, it is up to Congress to enact legislation ensuring that the best possible "safe practices and standards" be observed at every stage of the drilling process, if in fact offshore drilling is allowed to continue, coupled with a rigorous, consistent inspection process.

Unfortunately, due to their large overt and covert contributions to US politicians' campaigns over the years, the oil industry has pretty much prevented that from happening to date.

One has to wonder if the economic and ecological disaster will generate enough fury, on the part of the people whose lives have been destroyed by the BP disaster, to remind politicians who they are really supposed to be working for.

Jun 15 09:41

The Helen Thomas' Resolution by Gilad Atzmon

Helen Thomas, the 89 years old doyenne of the White House press corps, sketched it in one sentence. When asked by a Rabbi holding a camera: "where should Israelis go", she said Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine”. When the Rabbi challenged her, she made it plainly clear: “they should go home to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere”

Thomas was quick to be reminded who runs Capitol Hill. A global war was declared against her. She had to resign and to apologise. However, her brief yet transparently clear solution is sound and should be elaborated upon.

Jun 15 09:37

Modern-Day Slavery on D.C.'s Embassy Row?

n Washington on Monday morning, June 14, Hillary Clinton unveiled the State Department's 10th annual report on modern-day slavery, which evaluates the efforts of every nation to combat the crime. For the first time, State ranked the antislavery efforts of the U.S. alongside those of 174 other countries. The U.S. rated itself as being in full compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). But the report appears to have ignored a new congressional mandate to identify specific cases of countries whose diplomats allegedly harbored slaves within a few miles of Clinton's remarks — even though it indicates that such cases exist.

Jun 15 09:36

The Case for an Impartial Turkish Inquiry

By Ahmed Amr

By now anyone paying attention understands the broad outlines of Israel’s notion of what constitutes an ‘impartial’ inquiry into the murder of nine activists on the Free Gaza Flotilla. Except for Netanyahu and the cabinet ministers who ordered the armed assault on the humanitarian convoy, no other witnesses will be called. The Israelis now say their inquiry will not even take testimony from the IDF commanders who planned and executed the assault or the seven hundred first hand witnesses who survived the carnage. Besides, the activists have already been deported.



Jun 15 09:36

EU ministers propose extra sanctions against Iran: diplomat

EU foreign ministers on Monday proposed new sanctions going further than UN restrictions, in a bid to pressure Iran over its nuclear programme.

The measures, which also cover the oil and gas industry, with transport and banking or insurance curbs, will now go forward to an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday for final approval.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, these EU sanctions are only a prelude to a military confrontation which will almost inevitably follow here.

Iran worked out a deal with Turkey and Brazil for the nuclear material swap; the only problem was that certain nations (read: the US and Israel) summarily rejected it because it was not the deal they wanted.

Jun 15 09:34

Israeli Chair of Gaza Flotilla Attack Investigation Doesn’t Believe It Should Exist

Netanyahu’s panel will have no powers, not even those of a government probe, and its proposed chairman does not believe in such a panel. In an interview to Army Radio, Tirkel said there is no choice but to establish a state committee of inquiry. He opposed bringing in foreign observers and made clear that he is not a devotee of drawing conclusions about individuals and dismissing those responsible for failures. When a Haaretz reporter confronted Tirkel about these remarks, the former justice evaded the question saying, “I don’t remember what I said.“

Jun 15 09:30

GORDON DUFF: FOX IN THE HENHOUSE, CAN WE TRUST ISRAELI SECURITY COMPANIES?

DID ISRAEL GIVE US THE DISEASE TO SELL US THE CURE?

“Would you go to a doctor who worked in a germ warfare lab? Would you hire a check forger to work in a bank? Would you hire a child molester to watch your kids? Well, we have hired Israel to watch our ports, our nuclear facilities, our airports and much more, a country we know for certain will give us a phony video, an altered container scan or a falsified radiation reading if it serves their purpose.”

Jun 15 09:30

Israel's commission decision does no way meet Turkey's demands, ministry says

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Israel's decision to set up a commission of Israeli members and two foreign observers to investigate the attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla did no way meet Turkey's demands.



Jun 15 09:29

Obama walk in sand is prelude to primetime speech

Speaking to troops at the base, Obama said the country faced an unprecedented environmental disaster and "we're going to continue to meet it with an unprecedented response."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Obama.

You sat in the Oval Office for over a year while the Minerals Management Service surfed internet porn, did drugs, and accepted hookers from the very oil companies they were supposed to keep an eye on. None of this was secret. MMS was a scandal-plagued mess on inauguration day. Yes, much of the problem was inherited from your predecessor, but you won your election with a promise that you were going to change the way the government operated; a promise you have failed to keep.

Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, "The Buck Stops Here!" It was never more true than in the present case. Many entities share the blame for this, the greatest environmental disaster in history, one which could have been prevented if you had remembered that your job is to take care of America, not Israel! Every blob of oil that washes ashore represents your failure to do your job for the American people. And all the posturing and bluffing that you will deal with the situation now that the disaster has happened will not conceal the fact that your job was to keep it from happening in the first place by making sure the existing agencies, precautions and regulations were being followed.

Instead, you allowed the MMS to go on playing their sex and drug games, while your administration handed out waivers and exemptions to the rules like they were party favors.

And this disaster is the result.

The Deepwater Horizon is America's Chernobyl.

Jun 15 09:28

Bush admin lawyer urges court to toss torture suit

A senior Bush administration lawyer is urging a federal appeals court to dismiss a convicted terrorist's lawsuit over legal memos authorizing harsh interrogation tactics.

John Yoo wrote the memos as a Department of Justice lawyer. His lawyer argued Monday before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing such lawsuits to proceed will open other presidential counsel to dangerous judicial second-guessing during wartime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yoo's attorney has made a significant error in the way he has presented Yoo's case to the Federal Appeals Court.

When he makes the argument that "...allowing such lawsuits to proceed will open other presidential counsel to dangerous judicial second-guessing during wartime", he has obviously forgotten that there was never a declaration of war by Congress against Afghanistan or Iraq: only Congress can declare war, and that never happened in either case here.

However, it is the institutionalization of torture by the US government which presents a number of fundamental problems for the US.

When the US tortures, this for all practical intents and purposes removes the US from any human rights organization to which it has been a signatory by treaty, including the Geneva accords.

Torture, as we know from the times of the Catholic Inquisition, does not produce the truth; torture ultimately gets the tortured person to say what the torturer wants to hear, but not the truth.

We, as a country and a people, can no longer talk about American values of human rights and human dignity with a straight face, when we torture.

People around the world understand clearly that we practice those values in the breach, not the observance, when we torture.

And when we torture, we can expect hostile countries to do precisely the same to our citizens and soldiers.

This lawsuit should go forward: torture should never be used by Americans as an interrogation tool, nor be allowed to be used by foreign countries to whom we have "outsourced" this procedure in the past.

Jun 15 09:19

Israeli flotilla inquiry inadequate, Turkey and others say

Israel on Monday announced a limited internal inquiry into its deadly raid on a Gaza -bound aid flotilla, a move the Obama administration welcomed but one that Turkey , the Palestinian Authority and other countries denounced as falling far short of the independent international probe they're seeking.

Jun 15 09:15

College Grads taking manual labor jobs.




Jun 15 09:14

Democratic Party Defends Israeli Attack

To rationalize what virtually the entire international legal community recognizes as an act of war, congressional Democrats have engaged in a series of falsifications and radical reinterpretations of international law.

The Free Gaza campaign had made clear that the cargo was exclusively humanitarian. Indeed, all of its previous eight voyages over the past two years were completely free of any weaponry or weapon parts. The plethora of peace and human rights groups participating in the flotilla would have never taken part were there any hint of arms being on board. Most crucially, customs officials rigorously inspected all the ships at their disembarkation points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this points out to thinking Americans is that when their politicians get "acquired" by Israel, they stay acquired, even to the detriment of of the welfare and reputation of this country.

Jun 15 09:11

Obama’s contempt for international standards

One of the two internationals is David Trimble, former First Minister of Northern Ireland. Are his the eyes that can ensure this commission conducts “a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent investigation”?

On the day of the Israeli assault, the Jerusalem Post reported on the launch of the “Friends of Israel Initiative,” a new project in defense of Israel’s right to exist, led by Spain’s former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar. This group of international leaders includes none other than, David Trimble.

Jun 15 09:10

State Dept Wants Own ‘Combat Force’ for Iraq

Tenuous though it may be, the Obama Administration maintains that it still intends to complete the Iraq military pullout by the end of December 2011. Even that won’t be the end of combat operations, however.

Now the US State Department is looking to get into the war fighting business in its own right, saying it needs its own combat force to meet the “extreme security challenges in Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: we are never completely going to leave Iraq militarily!

Jun 15 09:08

Israel Investigates Israel for Murder and Surprise, Israel finds Israel Innocent

The promised Israeli 'investigation' of the savage, brutal and unprovoked Israeli attack against the Gaza Aid Convoy Humanitarians (which the Zionist hasbara agents called "Operation Sea Breeze,") will find Israel innocent of any and all charges. We'll hear sob stories about how heavily armed IOF Goons were forced to defend themselves against 80 yo grannies wielding their dentures and threatening to slit the throats of the IOF Storm Troopers of the 'world's most moral army.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Letting Israel investigate the attack on the aid flotilla is like letting Charlie Manson investigate the Sharon Tate murders!



Jun 15 09:06

King David and His Howling Commandos

Be on the alert for Joe Lieberman or some other congressional concubine of the warmongery to introduce legislation that cancels the parts of Title 10 of U.S. Code that require SOCOM forces to conduct missions under the “command of the commander of the unified combatant command in whose geographic area the activity or mission is to be conducted” unless “otherwise directed by the president or the secretary of defense.”

Yeah, the snake eaters and frogmen have a good thing going now, what with their buddy Petraeus in charge of CENTCOM, and a pushover president, and bureaucratic twit Bob Gates for a SECDEF. But they’d like to get their civilian chain of command neutered in writing in case somebody with a pair of baby-makers ever gets elected president (you never know, it might happen).

Jun 15 09:06

THE MUNDIAL SOOTHES THE SAVAGE ZIONIST

If this is what it takes to achieve Peace in the Middle East I am going to advocate that these competitions take place more often….. Anything is worth a try.

Jun 15 09:05

MUCH ADO ABOUT YOUTUBE AND ‘WE CON THE WORLD’

So, bottom line is…. did these zionists try to ‘Con the World’ as their ‘song’ suggests or are they trying to once again show all of us that they have no regard for International Laws, including those covered by the Copyright Commission.

Jun 15 09:01

Largest Ever Flotilla And Land Convoy To Reach Gaza ’After Ramadan’

Spokesman had previously suggested different methods might be employed such as “the timing of the boarding”, but warned “we will prepare as if it were a war”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's inability to admit error has led them into a trap. If they attack the next aid fleet and war breaks out, the issue that it is somehow Iran's fault for having a power station will vanish and the war will be about Israel's war crimes in Gaza.



Jun 15 09:00

U.S. to object to China-Pakistan nuclear reactor deal

The Obama administration has decided to object to a lucrative deal in which state-owned Chinese companies would supply Pakistan with two nuclear reactors, U.S. officials said.

The deal is expected to be discussed next week at a meeting in New Zealand of the 46-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which monitors such transactions. Experts had said it appears to be a violation of international guidelines forbidding nuclear exports to countries that have not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or do not have international safeguards on reactors. Pakistan has not signed the treaty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And yet, the US turns a completely blind eye to the reality that Israel is a nuclear armed country which refuses to sign the NNPT, or allow its nuclear sites to be inspected!

You've just got to love that hypocracy!

And at this juncture, just what can the US do to "punish" China if it inks this deal?!? Pretty darn close to absolutely nothing.

Jun 15 09:00

Iran to cut mineral exports to sanction supporters-paper

Iran will curb its mineral exports to countries that supported a new round of United Nations sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, an official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops!

Jun 15 08:59

Israel 'blocks' Jordan nuclear bid

Jun 15 08:55

Egypt in awkward position on Gaza following Israeli attack on aid flotilla

Amid domestic outrage following the flotilla deaths, Egypt announced it was indefinitely opening its crossing with Gaza at Rafah. But of the 8,000 Gazans who tried to cross through Rafah in the past two weeks, 1,500 were turned back. Seven trucks of goods have crossed into Gaza via Rafah, said Ghazi Hamad, the Palestinian coordinator of all crossings into and out of Gaza. In the same period, hundreds have entered from Israel. The only Gazans who can travel via Rafah are those seeking medical care, students and holders of international visas or passports. Hamas leaders are prohibited from leaving via Rafah, and several were denied passage in the past two weeks, Hamad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The siege should not be "eased", as Tony Blair assured the world after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: it should be lifted, period, end of discussion.



Jun 15 08:48

The New McCarthyism

Once again vast sums of money are being spent on a war, this time a hot one and getting hotter. Once again parties with a vested interest are out to smear and destroy anyone who dares ask if the wars are worth the sacrifice of our young people (not to mention the money), indeed if there really is any point at all to the wars aside from justifying the flow of money to defense contractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was looking in on the comments posted after my letter was published in the Star-Advertiser. Mostly I was checking to see if a follow-up by myself that included links to support the arguments being made was allowed by the moderator (it wasn't). But I could not help but notice that Israel's defenders, the "Megaphonies" had piled into the discussion and unable to come up with substantive arguments to support Israel's right to commit murder in international waters had fallen back on the old standard of screaming "Nazi" and "Anti-Semite."

So I am reposting this story about how "Anti-Semite" is just a repeat of "communist" used to silence critics of government policy in times past and I ask you repost this everywhere you see Israel's minions screaming about Nazis and anti-Semites.

Jun 15 08:48

BP ignored warnings on Gulf well: investigators

BP knew its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was a "nightmare" in the days leading up to its fatal April 20 blowout, congressional investigators said yesterday, but the company "appears to have made multiple decisions for economic reasons that increased the danger of a catastrophic well failure."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if BP execs thought that, having been such a major contributor to the Obama campaign, they could get away with anything, and there would be absolutely no consequences.

As reported in:

http://theneweditor.com/index.php?/archives/11312-Obama-biggest-recipient-of-British-Petroleum-cash.html

"While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they've taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
...

"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records."

And remember: this is what we know about, to date.

It's always comforting to know how completely "acquired" US officials and congressional representatives are by corporations which have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility whatsoever.

Jun 15 08:22

Marshall Islands, Not U.S., Had Main Responsibility For Blown Oil Well's Safety Inspections

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico was built in South Korea. It was operated by a Swiss company under contract to a British oil firm. Primary responsibility for safety and other inspections rested not with the U.S. government but with the Republic of the Marshall Islands — a tiny, impoverished nation in the Pacific Ocean.

Now, as the government tries to figure out what went wrong in the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history, this international patchwork of divided authority and sometimes conflicting priorities is emerging as a crucial underlying factor in the explosion of the rig.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Current US law allows this kind of corporations to indulge in these kinds of practices with impunity.

These laws should be changed, with inspections done here in the US according to the most rigorous safety standards and practices.

Jun 15 08:21

Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government

Osama bin Laden is dead. The news first came from sources in Afghanistan and Pakistan almost six months ago: the fugitive died in December [2001] and was buried in the mountains of southeast Afghanistan. Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, echoed the information. The remnants of Osama's gang, however, have mostly stayed silent, either to keep Osama's ghost alive or because they have no means of communication.

With an ego the size of Mount Everest, Osama bin Laden would not have, could not have, remained silent for so long if he were still alive. He always liked to take credit even for things he had nothing to do with. Would he remain silent for nine months and not trumpet his own survival? [New York Times. July 11, 2002]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Relinked because ABCNNBBCBS are waving Osama at us again, which means someone is considering a false flag attack to distract you from the crashing economy, collapsing bridges and coal mines, exploding oil wells, and the government's treasonous defense of a foreign nation that attacked Americans in international waters.



Jun 15 08:14

U.S. Financial Aid To Israel: Figures, Facts, and Impact

Since 1992, the U.S. has offered Israel an additional $2 billion annually in loan guarantees. Congressional researchers have disclosed that between 1974 and 1989, $16.4 billion in U.S. military loans were converted to grants and that this was the understanding from the beginning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the scam is that the US "Loans" your money to Israel (over and above the outright gifts) then quietly forgives the loans when they think nobody is looking. Because of the Cranston Amendment, the US Government is committed to always give Israel enough of your money to repay all their loans!

Jun 15 08:14

Ireland Expels Israeli Diplomat Over Forged Passports

Ireland announced Tuesday it's expelling an Israeli embassy official in punishment for the alleged Mossad use of forged Irish passports to assassinate a top Hamas militant in Dubai, further damaging strained Irish-Israeli relations.

"The misuse of Irish passports by a state with which Ireland enjoys friendly, if sometimes frank, bilateral relations is clearly unacceptable and requires a firm response," Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said as he announced the expulsion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Ireland!

Jun 15 08:09

Food prices to rise by up to 40% over next decade, UN report warns

Food prices are set to rise as much as 40% over the coming decade amid growing demand from emerging markets and for biofuel production, according to a United Nations report today which warns of rising hunger and food insecurity.

Jun 15 08:08

Flotilla attackers to feast in Italy

The leader of the Jewish community in Rome has arranged a recreational trip to Italy for two Israeli forces involved a deadly attack on a Gaza aid convoy.

Riccardo Pacifici, chief of Rome’s Jewish community, invited the Israeli navy troops to Italy during his visit to Israel, where he praised and lionized them as “heroes,” IRNA reported on Monday.



Jun 15 08:06

BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’

If they had hired Blackwater, the firm would have had a particularly appropriate sounding name for the job: guarding tar-stained beaches.

In their latest eyebrow-raising PR move, multinational oil giant BP has enlisted private security contractors to keep onlookers away from oil cleanup sites. While the firm they hired apparently isn't Blackwater (the private security firm Blackwater changed their name to Xe Services after a spate of killings in Baghdad, and has now put itself up for sale), they certainly seem to have 'black water' in their sights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If BP has gone to these extraordinary lengths to keep people away from the cleanup sites, this catastrophe is far worse than either BP or the Federal government is willing to divulge.

Jun 15 08:03

General Petraeus collapses during hearing

McCain was responding when the senator stopped talking suddenly and aides began crowding around Petraeus.

Jun 15 08:02

Israel under fire after unveiling Gaza inquiry panel

Israel's cabinet on Monday backed the creation of an internal committee to probe its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, in a move swiftly dismissed by both Turkey and the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a homework assignment for all of you. Anywhere you see articles about Israel's investigation of the attack on the aid flotilla, sign in for comments ans simply type this. "Letting Israel investigate the attack on the aid flotilla is like letting Charlie Manson investigate the Sharon Tate killings." Let's make the ludicrousness of this situation go viral!

Jun 15 08:01

SEC: Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options

Indeed, the 9/11 Commissioners themselves are disturbed:

* The Commission's co-chairs said that the CIA (and likely the White House) "obstructed our investigation"

* 9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey said that "There are ample reasons to suspect that there may be some alternative to what we outlined in our version . . . We didn't have access . . . ."

* 9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer said "We were extremely frustrated with the false statements we were getting"

* 9/11 Commissioner Max Cleland resigned from the Commission, stating: "It is a national scandal"; "This investigation is now compromised"; and "One of these days we will have to get the full story because the 9-11 issue is so important to America. But this White House wants to cover it up"



Jun 15 07:52

On the demonization of Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega

An excerpt from the recently published book The Mother of All Battles: The Endless U.S.-Iraq War by Malcom Lagauche:

In December 2003, we all saw the photos of a disheveled Saddam Hussein after he was pulled out of a “spider hole” in a town near Tikrit. The administration laughed and the U.S. public made jokes about him and his hiding place.

The room was dirty. There was an empty can of Spam. The story was that he was holed up there and was totally irrelevant to Iraq. His day was done and he was now in the hands of Iraq’s liberators. What you saw wasn’t real. Nothing of this scenario was true.

Jun 15 07:49

SEC’s Senior Senior Staff/Inmates Are Running the Asylum

Just how egregious are some of the findings made by the OIG? Let’s navigate and review the report from POGO highlighting 18 separate instances in which the OIG recommended disciplinary action and in which ‘no action’ was taken. I found the following six to be the most outrageous. The OIG’s findings include (I recommend you take a deep breath first!!):

4. Misuse of government computer resources to assist Ponzi scheme and violations of standards of ethical conduct. (Are you kidding me? This is not a major front page story? A Supervisor in the SEC’s Office of Administrative Services is found by the OIG to have engaged in these behaviors and is allowed to retire without disciplinary action being taken?? What a joke!!)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the SEC, in addition to surfing internet porn while Bernie Madoff-with-the-loot was screwing American investors, was actually their taxpayer funded computers to participate in Ponzi schemes themselves?!?!?!?

Jun 15 07:47

One ton tarball recovered south of Perdido Pass, Fla.

Now all we need are feathers.

Jun 15 07:45

ZIONIST DOMINANCE IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY

The chiefs of staff for Barack and Michele Obama are both Ashkenazim from Chicago, long a center of foreign espionage. That fact was recently reconfirmed by Federal Bureau of Investigation translator Sibel Edmonds when, from FBI wiretaps, she documented the close working relationship between the Israel Lobby and U.S. officials with power over policy making in the Middle East, including Richard Perle, Wolfowitz understudy Douglas Feith and key members of Congress



Jun 15 07:41

Howard Stern on Helen Thomas

If you have a strong stomach, take a second of your precious time and read Howard Stern on Helen Thomas.

Typical tribal behavior.

Jun 15 07:37

We Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

What does the state-bank-military complex plan next? As the second stage of the financial crisis hits, says Gerald Celente, we can expect them to start another war to divert people’s attention from the wholesale robbery of the productive. He also fears that WWIII will start when Israel or the US attacks Iran. It could go nuclear, or involve biological WMD. But that won’t prevent the default of the UK, Spain, Ireland, and the rest, and the continued rip-off the people by the “Harvard-Princeton-Yale-Bullets-Bombs-Banks” regime. The result, says Gerald, will be worldwide civil unrest. This is, after all, a bunch that can’t stop an oil leak.

Jun 15 07:29

The Gaza Flotilla How Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Fakes Photos of Seized Weapons

UN says people of Gaza are in desperate need of basic food and medicine. 60% of babies in Gaza have anemia. Hundreds of patients in Gaza Died because of lack of medicine and equipments. And Israel says there is “No Humanitarian Crises In Gaza” But UN says there is a Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza. Israel doesn’t permit access of things such as Pasta, Tea, Cement, Toys, Medicine, School Books and Paper,,, to go in Gaza… Just imagine If Iran Had Done Something Like That..!



Jun 15 07:29

ICRC: Israel’s Blockade Breaks the Law Free Gaza: Send More Ships

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) issued a statement yesterday stating unequivocally that Israel's closure of the Gaza Strip constitutes collective punishment, an act prohibited under the Geneva Conventions.

Jun 15 07:16

BP Gets OK To Burn Off Captured Oil, Gas At Sea

BP won permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal authorities gave permission late Monday for BP PLC to use a new method that involves pumping oil from the busted wellhead to a special ship on the surface, were it would be burned off rather than collected.

"Global warming! Global warm ... aw forget it."

Jun 15 07:03

Oil Disaster, The End of Life As We Know It?

“The media coverage of the BP oil disaster to date has focused largely on the threats to wildlife, but the latest evaluation of air monitoring data shows a serious threat to human health from airborne chemicals emitted by the ongoing deepwater gusher,” the Institute for Southern Studies blog reported on May 10.

Any one of these chemicals in these concentrations would be lethal. Mixed together it's truly unthinkable.



Jun 15 06:23

Water on Fire: Controlled Burns of Spilled Oil

BP Controlled Burn Crews Have Burned About 4 Million Gallons of Oil, or About Three Days Worth of the Spill

Jun 15 06:16

Irish to expel Israeli diplomat over Hamas killing

Jun 15 06:05

Does al-Qaeda’s Air Force Plan to Bomb the G-8 and G-20 Summits?

“No amount of righteous government bluster about living in post-9/11 protection paranoia, last week’s bank firebombing in Ottawa or the precedent of hosting two back-to-back summits can explain how an $18-million security tab for the G20 in Pittsburgh last September, which involved 4,000 police, must balloon to a billion dollars in Toronto requiring 10,000 cops on the ground,” the National Post opined last month.

Not unless the government has a message to send — not to al-Qaeda or its phantom air force but to the people of Canada: welcome to the Maple Leaf Police State.

Jun 15 05:58

America leaves Iraq a toxic legacy of dumped hazardous materials

American troops going home from Iraq after seven painful years are leaving behind a legacy that is literally toxic.

An investigation by The Times in five Iraqi provinces has found that hazardous material from US bases is being dumped locally rather than sent back to America, in clear breach of Pentagon rules.



Jun 15 05:50

Nightmare vision for Europe as EU chief warns 'democracy could disappear' in Greece, Spain and Portugal

Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

In an extraordinary briefing to trade union chiefs last week, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso set out an ‘apocalyptic’ vision in which crisis-hit countries in southern Europe could fall victim to military coups or popular uprisings as interest rates soar and public services collapse because their governments run out of money.

Jun 15 05:41

WPost, NYT Show Tough-Guy Swagger

When Americans wonder how their country has ended up in so many pointless and seemingly endless conflicts around the world, like the meandering Afghan War and the bloody mess in Iraq, a good place to start would be the “prestige” newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Jun 15 05:25

Moon Has 100 Times More Water, New Study Suggests

The moon's interior may harbor 100 times more water than previous estimates, according to a new study that took a fresh look at samples of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts nearly 40 years ago.

The researchers determined that the lunar water likely originated early in the moon's formation history, suggesting that it is, in fact, native to the moon.

Jun 15 05:21

Dual Loyalty Revisited

April 28, 2010 by Jeff Gates

Four-fifths of the U.S. House and Senate recently declared in correspondence to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. must reaffirm its “unbreakable bond” with Israel. What persuaded our Congress to proclaim their loyalty to Israel while our military is waging war in the Middle East based on fabricated intelligence?

Any sober assessment of this bond must concede a need to reappraise its cost in blood and treasure. Yet the Congress—our Congress—opposed that reassessment even as our commander-in-chief seeks to end a brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine that has provoked worldwide outrage for more than six decades.

Jun 15 03:24

Bailing Out Politicians Now?

Obama calls it an "emergency" measure to prevent "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters." Yet, none of the 20 million state, county or municipal workers can lose their job unless an elected legislature and a chief executive agree that they should go.

Obama is calling for a taxpayer rescue of the political class to which he belongs, to spare it the painful duty tens of thousands of business executives have had to perform. Private employees – 25 million of whom are out of work, underemployed or have given up looking for jobs – may be expendable, but government workers are not.

Jun 15 01:19

Afghanistan Mineral Riches: Beware the Hype

That this story has gotten front page placement in the country's top newspaper has Mother Jones' Kevin Drum, OTB's Doug Mataconis, and others questioning the timing. Ambinder, noting the on-the-record quotes from the highest levels of the U.S. military, goes so far as to characterize this as "a massive information operation."

Aside from the fact that the news isn't actually new and that there's good reason to believe that the potential benefits are being wildly exaggerated for political reasons, we should also be skeptical of the idea that Afghanistan is going to suddenly leap forward several centuries into modernity by virtue of a natural resource find

Jun 15 00:27

The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider

The IPCC consensus on climate change was phoney, says IPCC insider

Lawrence Solomon June 13, 2010 – 8:50 am
The National Post

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change misled the press and public into believing that thousands of scientists backed its claims on manmade global warming, according to Mike Hulme, a prominent climate scientist and IPCC insider. The actual number of scientists who backed that claim was “only a few dozen experts,” he states in a paper for Progress in Physical Geography, co-authored with student Martin Mahony.

June 14, 2010

Jun 14 22:58

Human Rights Advocate Sentenced to Six Months in Federal Prison for Civil Disobedience at the School of the Americas

Ken Hayes, Father Louis Vitale and Nancy Gwin, the three human rights advocates who were arrested together with Michael Walli, were each sentenced in January 2010 to six months in prison as well - the maximum allowed for the charge of tresspass. The extremely harsh sentences are intended to deter others from following the example of the 'SOAW 4.'

"Those who speak out for justice are facing prison time while SOA-trained torturers and assassins are operating with impunity," said SOA Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois.

Jun 14 22:17

BP Hires Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs To Defend Itself Against Takeover Attempts

BP has hired two banks to defer any kind of takeover attempt a rival company (like ExxonMobil, perhaps) would make.

Similarly, Dow Jones newswires claim that the aforementioned banks could be Goldman Sachs and Blackstone Group, the same guys who took Nalco public, you know, that company that manufactures the lethal and controversial Corexit 9500 dispersant.

Jun 14 22:13

Florida Keys Residents Plan Their Own Oil Spill Cleanup

"We cannot wait. We have to be prepared," says Dan Robey, whose website KeysSpill.com has gathered 4,000 volunteers, including 300 boat captains, who have offered to help before and after any potential arrival of oil. As Patrick Rice, dean of marine science and technology at Florida Keys Community College, puts it, "We will not allow the inept responses that have been happening up north to happen here."

Jun 14 20:46

Church Makes Girl Apologize for Being Raped

Like many victims of rape, she felt shame and was afraid she would be blamed. After she realized she was pregnant, she told her rapist, Ernest Willis. Willis offered to drive her out of state for an abortion or to punch her in the stomach to force a miscarriage. At that point, Tina thought she should tell her mother, who advised her to tell her Pastor, Chuck Phelps.

It turns out, Tina was right. She was blamed. Phelps reacted by telling her to go before the congregation and apologize for her sins. He said that while Willis might have been 99% responsible, Tina needed to be punished by admitting to her 1%.

"He told me that I should be happy that I didn't live in Old Testament times because I would have been stoned."

Jun 14 19:56

Time for law abiding American citizens to stop paying taxes, start a new government? 13 of 13

*hyperlinks and video live at source*

David Degraw has written an outstanding comprehensive explanation of what’s really happening in the US economy. He’s given me permission to reprint it here. I also recommend his site "For Our Economy" for citizen grass-roots activism for economic justice.

Jun 14 18:59

GORDON DUFF: “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM STUDIOS PRESENT: FAKED ATTACK VIDEOS

ANOTHER “DANCING ISRAELI” FILM PRODUCTION

..SEE PEOPLE WALK THROUGH STEEL LIKE GHOSTS

BUSTED! I didn’t believe they would be that stupid. You could see the cursor moving in the picture. I saw a man handed a metal bar. Then he walked through, just like a ghost, a solid steel protrusion from the deck, the size of an ashcan. This thing would have stopped a truck but the Fox News “fighters” on the Mavi Marmara were like ghosts. In fact, the “steel bar thugs” were exactly that, or more appropriately, cartoons.

Jun 14 18:55

61% Underfunded Illinois Teachers Pension Fund Goes For Broke, Becomes Next AIG-In-Waiting By Selling Billions In CDS

"TRS is largely on the risky side of the contracts, selling and writing OTC derivatives, including credit default swaps, insurance-like contracts that guarantee payment in the event of a default, that were blamed in part for the 2008 collapse of Lehman Bros. and bailout of insurance giant American International Group Inc., or AIG." Demonstrating just how far the fund is willing to go in the "for broke" category, knowing full well that if it repeats AIG's implosion, the government will likely bail it out, is the disclosure that a stunning 81.5% of the fund's investments are considered risky - this means it is the fourth-riskiest investment portfolio for a pension fund in the U.S!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would disagree with the writer on one issue, which is we have just blown by socialism on the way to a fascist economic system, where profits are privatized, and losses are born by the public.

One has to wonder just how many other teacher's retirement programs are in this kind of mess right now.

One has to wonder; with a US government deficit running at 13 trillion dollars, how is the US going to bail out either this fund, or any similar fund experiencing this kind of risk.

Jun 14 18:49

Preacher who claimed to be an ex-Muslim exposed as fake

Recent reports show that he and his family had moved to Ohio when he was just a child — before being able to receive terrorist training — and that some “Arabic” phrases he had uttered in some of his speeches were actual gibberish.

Jun 14 18:43

Moody's Latest To Downgrade Greek Debt To Junk

Moody's Investors Service slashed Greece's credit rating to junk status on Monday in a new blow to the debt-ridden country that is under intense international scrutiny after narrowly avoiding default last month.

A Moody's statement said it was cutting Greece's government bond ratings by four notches to Ba1 from A3, with a stable outlook for the next 12-18 months. It was the second of the three major agencies to accord Greek bonds junk status. Standard & Poor's did the same in late April.

The downgrades reflect concern that the country could fail to meet its obligations to cut its deficit and pay down its debt - which the Greek government says is out of the question.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government may well find itself in the same situation in the not too distant future, looking at the current ballooning deficit.

Jun 14 18:40

Discovery’ of Afghan riches a pro-war PR scam?

The ‘discovery’ of Afghanistan’s minerals will sound pretty silly to old timers,” a "retired former senior US official" tells Politico's Laura Rosen. “When I was living in Kabul in the early 1970’s the [US government], the Russians, the World Bank, the UN and others were all highly focused on the wide range of Afghan mineral deposits. Cheap ways of moving the ore to ocean ports has always been the limiting factor.”

So why is this news now? To many, the story's timing suggests a Pentagon public relations campaign designed to extend public support for the war with the hope that, in time, Afghanistan may be able to raise itself out of abject poverty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This smells like a campaign to try to give the US public a reason to believe that prolonging this war has any kind of an upside for the US, which it does not.

At the end of the day, the money will be going to private corporations with Afghans seeing precious little of it, while more of our troops come home maimed for life, or in body bags, for perhaps years to come.

Jun 14 18:40

Democratic congressman apologizes for grabbing videographer

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too late, asshole.

Jun 14 18:33

California GOP Senate candidates show support for Israel in flotilla incident

The Republican U.S. Senate race focused Sunday on relations with Israel, with both Irvine Assemblyman Chuck DeVore and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina defending the actions of Israeli troops who killed nine people after boarding a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

DeVore fired up several hundred pro-Israel demonstrators Sunday afternoon who gathered on Wilshire Boulevard in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also spoke.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No government can serve two masters, and a government that serves Israel cannot serve the American people. A friend to Israel is no friend of America.

Memorize this list of Israel's whores in the US Government and vote them out of office before it is your children being murdered by Israel! There is no more important issue this election!

America needs leaders who will put America first, second, and third.

Jun 14 18:28

ISRAEL: iPhone is ANTI-SEMITIC!!!! (No, really, it is!)

Jun 14 18:24

BP E-mail: Doomed Rig a "Nightmare Well"

BP May HaveTaken Risks with Deepwater Horizon in Order to Save Money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

AND WHERE WAS THE US GOVERNMENT'S MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE, THE FEDERAL AGENCY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP AN EYE ON ALL THIS ACTIVITY, WHEN THESE SHORT CUTS WERE BEING TAKEN?

Jun 14 18:18

North Idaho attorney charged in murder-for-hire plot

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This article spends more time bashing Steele for his political views than discussing the actual proofs that he committed a crime. It almost feels like this was a setup, but I reserve judgment until I see the evidence. I find it troubling that his location is being withheld from the public.

Jun 14 17:16

Oil Leak in Red Butte Area in Utah

Chevron says a leak that sent thousands of gallons of oil into Red Butte Creek over the weekend came from a hole in a pipeline that was caused by an electrical arc. At a mid-morning news conference Monday, Chevron refinery manager Mark Sullivan said crews dug up the pipeline Sunday night and discovered the hole in it was the size of a quarter.

Maybe, maybe not.

Jun 14 17:06

The ties that bind

The ties that bind. Remember Rahm Emanuel's rent-free D.C. apartment? The owner: A BP adviser

We already knew that BP and its folks were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign.

Now, we learn the details of a connection of Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer.

Jun 14 16:40

Russia peers into Kyrgyz void

This is an internal conflict, and Russia does not see the conditions for participation in its settlement," a Kremlin spokesperson told reporters in Moscow on Saturday. Russia was providing emergency humanitarian support, she said.

However, she made a hugely significant revelation: "In his capacity as chairman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization [CSTO] council, [Russian President Dmitry] Medvedev has ordered consultations to be held among secretaries of the member states on Monday to work out a collective response." (The members are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a very measured, "adult in the room" stance from Medvedev, in behalf of both Russia and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Jun 14 16:31

Why is Obama refusing to waive the Jones Act? He's aiding in the destruction of the Gulf

Obama has refused to waive the Jones Act. His Administration keeps putting the blame on the Coast Guard who puts the blame on others for not requesting the Jones Act be waived. Yet a simple Executive Order signed by Obama could waive the Jones Act in about 3 minutes, less time than it takes Obama to set up a tee on the golf course. The Gulf is in dire need of all the help it can get. When foreign entities with better expertise and equipment in oil spills offer to help, why is Obama refusing? While Obama dithers in his bad leadership of the Oil Spill, the Gulf Coast dies more and more each day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense is that the Obama administration doesn't want foreign companies to actually assess the full extent of the damage to the Gulf Coast, and go public with that knowledge, because the damage is far worse than either the Administration, or BP, wants the American public to know.

Jun 14 16:30

HELEN THOMAS AND THE RITES OF RETURN

Israel has been in an uproar about the comments made by Helen Thomas. The reality is Israel has been doing exactly what was inferred in those comments…. sending Jews back to where they came from. The following is written by one of those Jews, Jared Malsin. He was the English editor for the Ma’an News Agency, deported to the USA for telling the truth! A crime unforgivable in the Holy Land.

Jun 14 16:30

No plan to escort Gaza-bound Ships: IRGC Commander

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
No plan to escort Gaza-bound Ships: Commander
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN - The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has no plan to escort humanitarian aid ships to Gaza, IRGC Deputy Commander Hossein Salami said on Monday.
On June 6th an official in the IRGC Navy announced that the IRGC Navy was totally prepared to escort Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ships to protect them against possible Israeli attacks.
Elsewhere, Salami added the IRGC is not concerned about the latest sanctions slapped against Iran as the country has experienced various kinds of sanctions since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

Jun 14 16:26

OBAMA DECLARES GULF SEAFOOD SAFE TO EAT

He declared Gulf seafood safe to eat...

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So we can assume that Gulf Sea Food will be served at the White House from now on?

Jun 14 16:25

Former Mossad chief says Israel and Turkey have common interests to rebuild ties

"There is an effort hat has to be made on both sides, also on the Israeli side, to do whatever is possible to preserve these relations which have served both countries over a long period of time," he said"

Jun 14 16:08

Israel’s “friends” still shamelessly swinging from chandeliers at Westminster

Stuart Littlewood views the continuing activities of Israel lobbyists in the UK Parliament, at least one of whom – Ulster Orangeman David Trimble – has recently joined forces with US neo-conservative John Bolton and former far-right Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar, to protect Israel’s international image.

Jun 14 16:04

US wants South Korean boat’s sinking as they tell it but Russia and China don’t agree

Christopher King questions the US-South Korean accusation that North Korea sank the South Korean corvette the Cheonan in March this year. He says the lack of evidence linking Pyongyang to the sinking, coupled with the history of US deceptions in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, makes it more likely that the Cheonan was sank by the US or South Koreans, accidentally or deliberately.

Jun 14 16:04

TIMELINE OF JEWISH PERSECUTIONS

Jun 14 15:41

Security of U.S. Passports Called Into Question

The U.S. government agency that prints passports has for years failed to resolve persistent concerns about the security risks involved in outsourcing production to foreign factories, a joint investigation by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity has found.

Jun 14 15:01

Government Takes On Journalism’s Next Chapter

The Federal Trade Commission has set out on the somewhat quixotic journey of trying to identify ways to save journalism as we know it from possible extinction.

Jun 14 14:58

NC congressman apologizes for behavior on video

"I deeply and profoundly regret my reaction an I apologize to all involved," Rep. Bob Etheridge said in a statement. "No matter how intrusive and partisan our politics can become, this does not justify a poor response."

Jun 14 14:11

Iranian aid ships head for Gaza

Jun 14 14:06

Going After the Wrong People

What does it say about the the American government, its president, and its military today, that the the largest military/intelligence organization in the history of mankind has launched a global manhunt for Julian Assange, head of the Wikileaks organization? And what does it say about corporate American journalists that they attack the only real journalist in the White House press corps, when she alone has shown the guts to speak truth?

Jun 14 14:05

FAKE VIDEOS OF ISRAEL ABOUT THE FREEDOM FLOTILLA ATTACK EXPOSED (MUST SEE!!!)

Jun 14 14:01

Defend Freedom

Jun 14 14:01

BP Death Clouds Already Onshore! Benzene-3400ppb & Hyrdrogen Sulfide-1200ppb TOXIC AIR ALERT

Jun 14 13:59

NASA Ends Plan To Put Man Back On Moon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trillions for war.
Trillions for corporations.
Billions for Israel.

Nothing for space exploration.

America has fallen. This nation can no longer do what we did 40 years ago. I can see no clearer sign of the decline of the American empire than this. Imagine Christopher Columbus returning from the new world and nobody bothers to follow his path to the New World ever again.

Jun 14 13:52

Obama to Gulf Coast Residents: Normal Will Return

President Barack Obama is promising Gulf Coast residents that the region will be left in better shape than it was before the massive BP oil spill that fouled the waters and threatened their way of life.

On a visit to the Alabama coast Monday, Obama said his administration will do everything it can, working all day every day, to make sure that coastal communities now suffering economically get back on their feet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is time to invoke the 25th Amendment because this man has gone totally insane.

First, one look at Prince William Sound, site of the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989, shows that "normal" never came back. Of course, what Obama may really be saying is, "Get used to it, because this is the NEW normal!"

Second, all the posturing about what Obama will do in the future, including his renewed push for a carbon tax and "mandated lifestyle behavior" is a smoke screen to conceal the fact that the US Government allowed this disaster to happen. Obama is tal,ing about new agencies and new procedures but the fact is that there were already agencies (the MMS) and procedures (drilling mud before capping, acoustic cutoffs, etc.) in place that did not work because they were allowed to be bypassed. Any new agencies and procedures put into place will also be bypassed in the name of profit if we first do not replace the government that taxes the people to add lifeboats to the Titanic, then leaves half of them on the dock at sailing time. Obama's posturing is an attempt to transfer the responsibility for this mess from himself and the corporations onto the general population, which is perfectly in accord with the theory of fascist economics.

Jun 14 13:27

The U.S. wins the right to abduct innocent people with impunity

The Supreme Court today denied a petition of review from Maher Arar, the Canadian and Syrian citizen who was abducted by the U.S. Government at a stopover at JFK Airport when returning to Canada in 2002, held incommunicado for two weeks, and then rendered to Syria, where he spent the next 10 months being tortured, even though — as everyone acknowledges — he was guilty of absolutely nothing. Arar sued the U.S. Government for what was done to him, and last November, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of his lawsuit on the ground that courts have no right to interfere in these decisions of the Executive Branch. That was the decision which the U.S. Supreme Court let stand today, ending Arar’s attempt to be compensated for what was done to him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the reason we HAVE a US Supreme Court is to serve as a check and balance on both the executive and legislative branches and in point of fact the US Supreme Court has intervened on the decisions of the executive branch, case in point when the US Supreme Court blocked Harry Truman's nationalization of the Steel Industry to forestall a strike.

In Marbury v. Madison, the US Supreme Court affirmed the Constitution as the supreme law of the land leading Chief Justice John Marshall to establish the power of judicial review: the power of the Court not only to interpret the constitutionality of a law or statute but also to carry out the process and enforce its decision. Inasmuch as the President is the President only so long as he enforces United States law, review of his decisions is the proper purview of the United States Supreme Court.

Jun 14 13:05

Mossad photographed Rachel Corrie before it left Dundalk

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mossad in Ireland!

Jun 14 13:04

Don't boycott Israel, you cultural terrorist

Boycotting Israel, politically, economically, culturally and intellectually has been a means of resistance for years, albeit with ebbs and tides in terms of its effectiveness. Palestinians boycotted Israeli products during the first Intifada in the last 1980s and the early 90s and international groups have been intellectually and culturally boycotting Israel for years, something which took on particular force after the creation of the Boycott and Divestment and Sanctions movement, which went global in 2005. Naturally, Israel was far from happy about those who dared to challenge Israel's image of democracy and freedom.

Jun 14 13:03

BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

Jun 14 12:55

The Case for an Impartial Turkish Inquiry

By now, anyone paying attention understands the broad outlines of Israel's notion of what constitutes an 'impartial' inquiry into the murder of nine activists on the Free Gaza Flotilla. Except for Netanyahu and the cabinet ministers who ordered the armed assault on the humanitarian convoy, no other witnesses will be called. The Israelis now say their inquiry will not even take testimony from the IDF commanders who planned and executed the assault or the seven hundred first hand witnesses who survived the carnage. Besides, the activists have already been deported.

Jun 14 12:53

Gaza: 95% of factories are closed, 93% of water is polluted

Most of Gaza's factories have closed and its water is polluted as a result of Israel's siege policy, according to a new report being released today by the Israeli Human Rights group – B'tselem.

The siege policy has "led to economic collapse in Gaza," B'tselem noted in a 44-page report (PDF) that looked at Gaza, the West Bank and east Jerusalem during the period from January 2009 to the end of April 2010.

Jun 14 12:49

Crimes By Israel, Sanctions For Iran

The Iranian nation is not unfamiliar with the double standards of the superpowers anymore. The history of Iran's relations with the western and eastern superpowers is filled with deceitfulness, dishonesty and fraudulence. The recent U.S.-proposed, Russia-backed United Nations Security Council resolution against Iran over its nuclear program is simply one example out of hundreds of instances which demonstrate that the big powers have not ever been honest and sincere with Iran.

Jun 14 12:25

Money Trail in Dubai Assassination Leads To Iowa

AN ONGOING investigation by the Dubai Police Force into the assassination there of a high-level Hamas official (see April 2010 Washington Report, p. 12) has revealed the contours of Israel's massive and ever-expanding operations in the United States.

The Jan. 19 murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his room at the Al Bustan Rotana, a 275-room five-star luxury hotel, has been widely perceived to be a Mossad operation involving, by the most recent count, 27 suspects traveling on fraudulently obtained and falsified European or Australian passports.

Jun 14 12:14

Footage proves indiscriminate Israeli live fire at Mavi Marmara passengers in Gaza Flotilla

The one hour long raw footage released by the Cultures of Resistance Foundation (CoR) of the 31 May Israeli attack aboard the Mavi Marmara shows clear evidence of indiscriminate Israeli fire aboard the ship. Nine people were killed and dozens injured when Israeli forces boarded and seized the vessel, the largest passenger vessel in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea about 80 miles west of the coast of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's crimes are not confined to just those 9 who were killed, but to everyone injured by gunfire and the 14 still unaccounted for.

Jun 14 11:51

Israel blasts Castro for calling swastika ‘new Israeli banner’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Castro thinks you are being a jerk, you KNOW you are in trouble!

Jun 14 11:30

GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI!

Scott Lee Kimball won his release from prison by promising to work as an FBI informant. Instead, he went on a multi-state killing spree which ended only when the victims' families put the pieces together.

Jun 14 11:26

Legal Firm Plans to Threaten up to 150,000 U.S. Citizens for Film Downloads

According to the USGS's claims, the organization is currently tracking 300 films each with 500 tracked file-sharers, making for a total of around 150,000 potential targets at risk of receiving a settlement letter. USGS suggests that it can send a "speculative invoice" to these individuals demanding between a $1,500 to $2,500 USD settlement. That means that taking the middle of the settlement figures ($2,000), the USGS could try to pull in as much as $300M USD in revenue from the scheme, and pocket $210M USD of that sum.

ACLU lawyer Rachel Myers argues that this scheme may be an abuse of the U.S. legal system. She writes:

Jun 14 11:18

Soon, drones will be able to hunt you down on Main Street, USA ~

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, the ones that kill 50-60 innocent bystanders for every one suspected evildoer blown away without a trial before a jury of their peers. Yeah, those things!

Jun 14 11:16

'WE CON THE WORLD': ISRAELI GOVERMENT DIRECTLY TIED TO VIDEO MOCKING FLOTILLA

The Israeli government's press division is apologizing for circulating a link to a video that mocks activists aboard a ship headed to Gaza earlier this week that was blocked by an Israeli raid.

"Due to a misunderstanding on our part, earlier (Friday) we inadvertently issued a video link that had been sent for our perusal," according to a statement from Israel's Government Press Office, which distributed the link to media outlets.

"It was not intended for general release," the statement said. "The contents of the video in no way represent the official policy of either the Government Press Office or of the State of Israel."

Jun 14 11:15

Israeli rabbi held for raping girls

An Israeli rabbi has been arrested on suspicion of raping underage girls who came to him for family counseling, a report says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for all those who claim I only pick on the Catholic molesters.

Jun 14 11:14

Congressman Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The congresscritter appears to be intoxicated!

Jun 14 11:12

Chris Matthews Defends Domestic Terrorists While Smearing Americans As Dangerous Radicals

Chris Matthews will this week smear millions of politically active Americans as dangerous and violent radicals when he hosts the MSNBC special, “The Rise of the New Right.” However, when terrorist bomber, leader of an organization that wanted to kill 25 million Americans, and the man who helped launch Barack Obama’s political career, Bill Ayers appeared on Matthews’ show, all he got was softball questions and platitudes.

Jun 14 11:07

Ex-prisoner: Administrative detention = mental slaughter

In Israel 2010, a person can vanish off the face of the earth without anyone knowing: The number of Palestinians held in administrative detention in Israel is now lowest since 2001, but according to a B'Tselem report on the situation of human rights in the West Bank and Gaza, 222 people are still being held in detention without being convicted of anything.

According to the report, the Israeli policy contradicts all the rules of international law regarding the use of administrative detention, while seriously infringing on the detainees' rights. B'Tselem says Israel is mocking the protection provided by the law, going against freedom and the right for a fair procedure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note: two US Senators, Mc Cain and Lieberman, want the US to copy this practice of Israel's. One could well characterize this is as an attempt toward the Israelification of American law.

The bill they have introduced into Congress is titled the "Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act. As reported in:

http://prorev.com/2010/03/mccain-lieberman-introduce-bill-to.html

This bill "...would empower the U.S. military to arrest anyone, U.S. citizen or otherwise, who is suspected of terrorist associations and detain them indefinitely, without right to a trial."

Should this legislation ever be passed (and remember, no one in their right minds ever believed that so draconian a piece of legislation as the Patriot Act would ever get through Congress until after 9/11), this country can say a fond farewell to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and anything remotely resembling due process.

Jun 14 10:55

Red Cross: Gaza closure: not another year!

The serious incidents that took place on 31 May between Israeli forces and activists on a flotilla heading for Gaza once again put the spotlight on the acute hardship faced by the population in the Gaza Strip.

As the ICRC has stressed repeatedly, the dire situation in Gaza cannot be resolved by providing humanitarian aid. The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development. Gazans continue to suffer from unemployment, poverty and warfare, while the quality of Gaza's health care system has reached an all-time low.

Jun 14 10:53

Iranian flotilla leaving for Gaza

wo Iranian cargoes of humanitarian aid for Gaza will leave next week and one of them will be shipped through Istanbul, the official Iranian news agency, IRNA reported Monday.

Bighash said that some 200 out of the 290 Iranian MPs had wanted to make the visit but the three-man team will go instead. He said that the Egyptians had expressed willingness to allow the Iranians to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This telegraphs that the Iranian ships are planning to dock in Egypt.

Jun 14 10:52

Thou shall not speak ill of Jews and Israel lest you be cursed

Your comments that Jews came from Europe to settle a foreign nation, Palestine, is absolutely true and undeniable. Many courageous Israeli politicians, diplomats, academicians and journalists such as Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe, Benny Morris, Tom Segev, and Simha Flapan who used declassified Israeli documents to prove the creation of Israel by European Jews through ethnic cleansing (called then by Israeli politicians"transfer")

Jun 14 10:47

Iran: The next steps

The cause is just. Now more people must join it.

Though the new resolution might stop short of shutting down Iran’s financial links to the outside world, it does include a clause urging nations to block transactions that “could” help Teheran’s nuclear program.

Interpreted broadly, this is an invitation to take additional steps against Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

1. Israel, which has nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the NNPT, or allow its nuclear sites to be inspected.

2. Iran, which is a member of the NNPT, therefore allows regular inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA. Iran has no nuclear weapons program: they are building a power plant.

3. To date, no nuclear materials have been reported missing, nor has any nuclear material been found to be enriched for their power plant over and above that which is necessary to fuel a power plant.

4. The unilateral and multilateral sanctions this article is suggesting can most probably be best characterized as a prelude to war between the US and Iran.

5. We may well not win such a war, because the US government has, by design, allowed almost all of our manufacturing base to be offshored, and without the kind of manufacturing base we had during World War II, such a war will be unsustainable.

Any questions?!?!?

Jun 14 10:47

Barak cancels Paris trip over flotilla

Jun 14 10:44

SF Chronicle bosses Dumped Scheer For Criticism Of Israel

The San Francisco Chronicle bosses fired journalist Robert Scheer for criticism of Israel. This action was meant to silence those who criticize the racist and reactionary policies of the Israeli government which the US supports. Scheer says treat the Palestinians like Jews.

Jun 14 10:42

AMERICAN JEWS CHALLENGE ZIONISM

Jun 14 10:42

Netanyahu warns: Dark days ahead

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said there was "no escaping" the formation of the committee. "Some of the international community believes Israel cannot investigate itself," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other news, Jeffrey Dahmer has been asked to investigate if their are cannibals in Milwaukee!

Jun 14 10:39

happy 4th of july to all

Jun 14 10:37

Israel promises to ease its three year blockade of Gaza

Tony Blair announced today that Israel would agree to re-open crossings into Gaza for everyday goods within days, bringing to an end its strict three-year crackdown on supplies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: the siege should not just be "eased": it should be ended, and right now.

Jun 14 10:35

President Obama compares Gulf of Mexico oil leak to 9/11

On the eve of his fourth trip to the region and ahead of a national address from the Oval Office, Mr Obama vowed to seize the opportunity to push for “a visionary energy policy that we so vitally need and has been absent for so long”.

“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come,” Mr Obama told the influential news website Politico.

“One of the biggest leadership challenges for me going forward is going to be to make sure that we draw the right lessons from this disaster.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Obama is going to use this catastrophe to push through carbon taxes.

If this legislation passes (assuming Obama doesn't do it via Executive Order Fiat)this will absolutely crush any potential US economic recovery.

Jun 14 10:31

Why Do Jews Commit Massacres?

Terrorist Brothers in Arms - Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff of the Obama White House, spent a week in Israel just before Israel's attack on the Freedom Flotilla. Emanuel, an Israeli citizen and son of an Irgun terrorist, met with prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 26, 2010. The Obama administration refused to condemn Israel's criminal action on the high seas in which at least nine unarmed civilians were killed.

Jun 14 10:28

Iranian aid ships head for Gaza

Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, state radio said on Monday -- a move likely to be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers, Hamas.

One ship left port on Sunday and another will depart by Friday, loaded with food, construction material and toys, the report said. The boats would be part of international efforts to break Israel's isolation of the Gaza Strip.

"Until the end of the Gaza blockade, Iran will continue to ship aid," said an official at Iran's Society for the Defence of the Palestinian Nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ahmedinejad has played this like a chess master.

If Israel attacks Iran, it will be because Iran is attempting to break the siege of Gaza, and not because of a non-existent nuclear weapons program.

This gives Iran the moral high ground, and the initiative.

Jun 14 10:23

Netanyahu: Gaza flotilla probe will show the world Israel acted lawfully

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everything Hitler did was the letter of the law, but that didn't make him right, nor does it make Israel right!

Jun 14 10:20

Turkey dismisses Israeli probe into raid, warns it may revise ties

Turkey strongly dismissed Monday a commission established by Israel to investigate the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship and warned it may revise bilateral ties with Israel if a U.N.-led inquiry is not launched.

Jun 14 10:19

Netanyahu warns: Dark days ahead

"The flotilla to Gaza was not a one-time thing. We find ourselves in the midst of a difficult and continuous battle against the State of Israel. The flood of hate is being led by Israel's enemies all over the world," Netanyahu added.

"They are trying to pinch us with the metal pinchers of missiles and terror, and revoke Israel's right to defend itself as well as the rights of IDF soldiers to protect their own lives."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: your hubristic paranoia is showing here, sir, and it sounds like you are about to go off the deep end.

The world reaction to an Israeli hijacking and massacre on the high seas is (rightly and logically) that of outrage.

But the fundamental problem here is the continued Israeli siege of Gaza, which is causing malnutrition in 14% of Gazan children, according to UNICEF figures.

Even the normally geopolitically low-key Red Cross has come out with a statement that the siege of Gaza is illegal, under international law. When the Red Cross makes a statement like that, you know you have a problem.

The siege is not contributing anything to Israel's safety and security; it was simply put in place to cause the Hamas party (legally elected, I might add) to collapse. But if anything, the siege has made Hamas stronger in the eyes of Gazan Palestinians.

The siege of Gaza has failed, Mr. Prime Minister: it is high time to end it.

Jun 14 10:19

More Kosher crap exposed... a must watch new video

I wonder whether in Israel they remember what truth stands for..

Jun 14 10:17

GORDON DUFF: ISRAEL LEAVES TRAIL OF LIES IN AFGHANISTAN

The second time this week, the London Times has run articles submitted by Israeli intelligence, irresponsible, inaccurate and intended to bring chaos. The first article claimed that US sources had verified Saudi Arabia’s intention to allow Israeli planes to use their territory for an attack on Iran. The government of Saudi Arabia issued a strong denial in hours. Today’s Israeli press release, carried as a news article by the London Times is far more sinister but also leaves a trail. We are putting the London Times in for the Yellow Journalism Award of the Week, something usually reserved for Fox News.

Jun 14 10:16

Israel sets up ship raid inquiry, Turkey wants UN probe

Jun 14 10:13

Obama to let Charles Manson investigate the Sharon Tate murders

Jun 14 10:11

A better typing feel than the iPad!! :)

Jun 14 10:07

Kandahar? Kandahar? What's Kandahar?

Don’t look now, but President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is collapsing on his head.

The troops that Obama added to the war in 2009 were supposed to head south into Helmand and Kandahar. Instead, the whole war is going south. Fast.

Jun 14 10:04

Gaza: Time to end, not 'ease' the siege

The Israeli argument that the siege is necessary to undermine the Hamas movement, which has been in control of the Strip for three years this week, has been proven invalid.

Israel knows that it can secure an end to rocket attacks from Gaza through a mediated truce, such as the one brokered by Egypt in 2008. When Israel broke that truce - leading to a response from Hamas - it was as though it wanted an excuse to unleash its superior military arsenal on the Strip.

Israel's very insistence that it has the right to control the Gaza Strip and to use military power against Palestinians must not be accepted or even accommodated by the international community.

Jun 14 10:01

Daniel Rubin: Another flier's run-in with the TSA

Her knees have been replaced with titanium, and a metal plate supports her back. She's used to setting off alarms.

But she's not used to the sort of screening she experienced April 5 when a Transportation Security Administration worker motioned Phillips to the side for a secondary screening. Phillips says the screener's metal-detecting wand went north of the retirees knees and brushed against her crotch.

Phillips jumped, aghast.

And when she asked for a different female screener, she says, a standoff led to her being detained for nearly two hours - until a Philadelphia police sergeant sent her on her way.

Jun 14 10:01

Red Cross: Gaza blockade illegal

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as a violation of the Geneva Conventions and called on the Israeli government to lift it.

In a statement released on Monday, the organisation called the blockade "collective punishment", a crime under international law. It described Gaza as a territory plagued by frequent power cuts, a ruined economy, and a collapsed health care system.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great that the Red Cross appears to have managed a magnificent grasp of the obvious.

The question is, what is the Red Cross actually going to do to break the siege?!?

Jun 14 10:00

Int’l law expert Aral: Israel not as untouchable as before

“Israel now has committed new crimes and is not as untouchable as before. Almost all countries in the word have been critical of its latest attack in one way or another,” he told Today’s Zaman for Monday Talk regarding Israel’s attack on May 31 which killed nine people and wounded several dozen on an aid ship carrying activists from more than 30 countries.

Israel claims that it acted in self-defense while attacking the ship, which was in international waters and carrying humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.

The Turkish government said that it will implement several measures against Israel and will seek options to have the Israeli officials responsible for the tragedy tried in court.

Jun 14 09:58

Public Prosecutors in Germany: German Members of Parliament File War Crimes Complaints against Israel

Public prosecutors in Germany are looking into a war crimes complaint filed against Israel by two members of parliament with the Left Party and a human rights activist who were on board the Mavi Marmara when Israeli troops stormed it 11 days ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good!

Jun 14 09:57

Narcotics: The Best-Known Afghan Business

The US-led invasion of Afghanistan has bred unprecedentedly favorable conditions for the country's drug business which is presently flourishing in the NATO-controlled oasis. While the Taliban banned opium cultivation, the Western coalition brought unchecked freedom to Afghanistan, the result being that opium production in the country has grown more than 40 times over since 2001.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember; where there is control of the drug trade in a country, where those drugs wind up is also controlled.

Jun 14 09:54

PROPAGANDA ALERT - Iran 'definitely' building nuclear weapon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is a good lesson in media propaganda. First, the story headline...

"Iran 'definitely' building nuclear weapon "

Note the use of the word 'definitely'.

Now, the opening paragraph of the body of the story.

Due to concern over potentially harmful international political implications, U.S. officials will only say they "believe" Iran is engaged in a clandestine program that may yield a nuclear weapon.

Most readers will glance at the headline only and come away convinced that Iran is 'definitely' building a nuclear weapon even though the story is pure conjecture from the usual anonymous sources from the "US Ally", meaning Israel.

Jun 14 09:53

America leaves Iraq a toxic legacy of dumped hazardous materials

American troops going home from Iraq after seven painful years are leaving behind a legacy that is literally toxic.

An investigation by The Times in five Iraqi provinces has found that hazardous material from US bases is being dumped locally rather than sent back to America, in clear breach of Pentagon rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we're killing Iraqis with DU and toxic chemicals for their own good!" - official White House Souse.

Jun 14 09:50

Hoax: Video Showing Heavy Weapons Discovered on Mavi Marmara is a Fraud

A video has been racing around the Internet — purportedly showing heavy weapons discovered behind bags of flour on the Mavi Marmara. The find would serve to justify the lethal raid on the flotilla to Gaza and some posters have asked why no uproar? The answer is because the video is a fraud — it shows a boat that was actually searched in 2009.

Jun 14 09:48

Hawaii elections clerk hits YouTube - HOAX ALERT

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was being flooded with this nonsense over the last couple weeks. The logic behind my position remains unchanged. If there were anything to this birth certificate nonsense, both Hilary Clinton and John McCain would have used it to secure their victories.

That being said, the fact that this latest story emerged just as Orly Taitz was campaigning in California was grounds for suspicion, since Orly's sole claim to fame was the birther movement.

So now OpEdNews comes out with a story exposing the fact that the so-called expert from Hawaii is linked to known white supremacist groups and has a past history of dubious accuracy and credibility. So everyone who ran this story as unquestioned news fell into a trap, including WND. There "well is poisoned" and any further criticisms of Obama, however legitimate, can be dismissed as racist smear attacks.

Jun 14 09:47

Russia deploys hundreds of extra soldiers to Kyrgyz military base

Russia has deployed hundreds more soldiers to protect its military base in Kyrgyzstan, in the wake of fresh unrest that had left almost 100 people dead in the Central Asian country as of Sunday.

Three Ilyushin Il-96 military planes with a battalion of Russian paratroopers on board have landed at the base in Kant, the Interfax news agency reported. A Russian battalion typically ranges from 350 to 800 soldiers, depending on the situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an interesting development, in light of the fact that Russia had previously declared it was sending no troops to Kyrgyzstan to quell the rioting.

As reported last Saturday, 12 June, at

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/top/all/7050247.html

"Otunbayeva asked Russia early Saturday to send in troops, but the Kremlin said it would not meddle into what it described as Kyrgyzstan's internal conflict.

"It's a domestic conflict, and Russia now doesn't see conditions for taking part in its settlement," Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said in Moscow. She added that Russia will discuss with other members of a security pact of ex-Soviet nations about the possibility of sending a joint peacekeeping force to Kyrgyzstan.

Timakova said Russia would send a plane to Kyrgyzstan to deliver humanitarian supplies and help evacuate victims of the violence."

One has to wonder why Russia would believe that its base in Kyrgyzstan would come under any kind of attack.

Jun 14 09:36

Israeli policeman killed in ambush

The al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah political party, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Soooooo... if it is FATAH killing Israelis, why is Israel trying to bring down HAMAS?

Jun 14 09:32

Israel forced to defend 'Mossad spy' arrested in Poland

Israel has been forced to the defence of an alleged Mossad spy who has been arrested in Poland on charges of using a German passport in an operation to kill a Palestinian militant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations has always been a stock-in-trade for the Mossad; they just hate like hell when they get caught doing it, which appears to have been what happened in this case.

Jun 14 09:30

My response to Obama's “Lifestyle Behavior Modification” is ...

Go along like the good little pussy I am
5% (55 votes)
Refuse
15% (158 votes)
Rebell
5% (51 votes)
Tar and feathers
8% (84 votes)
Ropes and trees
7% (79 votes)
Guillotines
16% (169 votes)
A really nasty wedgie
4% (38 votes)
All of the above,slowly
40% (423 votes)
Total votes: 1057
Jun 14 09:27

Hoax: Video Showing Heavy Weapons Discovered on Mavi Marmara is a Fraud

A video has been racing around the Internet — purportedly showing heavy weapons discovered behind bags of flour on the Mavi Marmara. The find would serve to justify the lethal raid on the flotilla to Gaza and some posters have asked why no uproar? The answer is because the video is a fraud — it shows a boat that was actually searched in 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the world isn't going to believe one word of any kind kind of commission report coming from Israel as to why they murdered humanitarian aid workers on the high seas.

Jun 14 09:27

Obama Issues Executive Order Mandating “Lifestyle Behavior Modification”

You will "change" to my liking! Claiming the "authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America," President Obama has truly gone off the deep end this time in his most atrocious attempt to date to control every aspect of Americans? lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let's sum up here.

1. BP blows up a well and because the US Government has been asleep at the switch on safety and regulation, this results in the worst environmental disaster possibly in all history.

2. Israel attacks an aid fleet in international waters, hijacking one US-flagged ship, kidnapping 12 Americans and gunning down a boy from New York.

3. Obama's response to both of the above is to declare that the American taxpayers must further reduce our standard of living so that we may pay added taxes.

Did I miss anything here?

Jun 14 09:26

Tensions high, food runs low in prisons

HONOLULU (AP) - Prison officials said tensions in inmate populations rose last month because of inadequate meals caused by a low supply of food.

The Department of Public Safety told the state Procurement Office that if not addressed, the rising tensions could result in serious inmate disturbances.

Deputy Director for Corrections Tommy Johnson said the prisons that house 6,000 inmates were in danger of running out of food because not enough bids were received on a number of items.

Jun 14 09:24

Netanyahu: Gaza flotilla probe will show the world Israel acted lawfully

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Monday's cabinet meeting that the main goal of the Gaza flotilla probe is to prove to the world that the Israel Navy operation on the Gaza-bound aid ship was appropriate and met international standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One never ceases to be amazed at Netanyahu's Orwellian grasp of geopolitical language.

Preventing nutrition from getting Gazan kids to the point where 14% of Gaza's kids are malnourished is Israel's "great humanitarian aid" to them.

Preventing infants from getting out of Gaza for desperately needed medical care is denied for "security reasons".

And the slaughter of unarmed civilians in international waters is "self defense".

Unflipping believable; and trust me, Mr. Prime Minister, the world is not going to believe it either, particularly with the videos and eye-witness accounts from the survivors which have surfaced.

Jun 14 09:21

The Crude Truth

Two weeks ago the president and his advisors realized that they were headed for the rocks. The Great Reconciler of 2008 was being reclassified in the popular mind as the Wimp of the Year in 2010. The White House had allowed BP’s CEO, Tony Hayward, to grab headlines day after day with absurdly lowball estimates of how much oil was gushing out into the Gulf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pussying out when Israel attacked Americans in international waters did not help either!

Jun 14 09:19

DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE IN PALESTINE …. AS DOES THE OCCUPATION

Our demonstrations here continue as does the Israeli repression. On Friday, demonstrations in Al-Ma’sara, Wad Rahhal, Bil’in., Ni’lin and elsewhere. Injuries and arrests (including our dear friend Hassan Breijiya from Al-Ma’sara). On Sunday, at Beit Jala demonstration, Israeli occupation soldiers were acting crazy, hitting and shoving people. Local organizer Imad was detained and roughed up. I was arriving a bit late and was prevented from entering the site. I tried to go down through the hills and was spotted by an Israeli soldier who pointed his gun at me and said he would shoot if I do not go to him and then proceeded to abuse me physically and psychologically. He only released me after the end of the demonstration (45 minutes later).

Jun 14 09:18

BAD FOR THE GOOSE BUT GOOD FOR THE GANDER?

It soon might be a crime to boycott goods made in the illegal settlements controlled by Israel, BUT…. it’s OK to boycott goods produced in Turkey….

The ‘logic’ of zion’…..

Jun 14 09:17

SOLSTICE HUGS FROM JERUSALEM

…Ever since William Blake penned the poem and Edward Elgar scored the anthem, English men and women have sung of the mystic union of the Avalon and Jerusalem .

Jun 14 09:16

1.3 million flee as China flooding kills 155

Unusually heavy seasonal flooding in China has killed at least 155 people and forced more than 1 million to flee as water levels in some areas reached at their highest in more than a decade, the government reported Saturday.

Flooding strikes along the Yangtze almost every summer, although authorities had claimed that construction of the massive Three Gorges Dam along the river's upper reaches would help modulate water levels and prevent major losses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported on 7 June, 2010 in

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timcollard/100042402/china-cracks-in-the-three-gorges-dam-so-300000-people-can-wave-goodbye-to-their-homes/

"n China, cracks are appearing – in the neighbourhood of the massive Three Gorges Dam, the country’s great prestige project, and also in the Great Internet Firewall of China, enabling the ominous news to leak out. Three years ago stories were already emerging in the Chinese media about landslides, ecological deterioration and accumulation of algae further down the river. And less and less effort seems to be made to plug the leaks."

This combination of flooding, coupled with problems with the dam, could lead to an ecological disaster for the people living in this region, and beyond.

Jun 14 09:16

BP spill called 'biggest environmental crime'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And you, the American people, must be punished for this crime with a carbon tax and mandated lifestyle behavior!" -- Official White Horse Souse
If you think I am kidding, wait until you hear Obama's speech tomorrow. BP screws up, the US Government let them do it, they cannot fix it, so the only action the government can take is dump the blame and the costs on the taxpayers.

Jun 14 09:10

Hooters Booms: The Women of Hooters Step Forward To Clean Up Gulf Oil Spill

With a series of failures in the Gulf in dealing with the BP spill and complaints over the lack of action from the government, help has finally arrived by one of the most trusted groups in America: the Hooter girls. Hooters has announced that its employees will be donated their torn pantyhose to help absorb the oil — that is over 100,000 pairs pantyhose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted without comment

Jun 14 09:07

100,000 Uzbek Refugees Flee Deadly Chaos, Bound For Border

The United States, Russia and the United Nations worked on humanitarian aid airlifts while neighboring Uzbekistan hastily set up camps to handle the flood of hungry, frightened refugees. Most were women, children and the elderly, many of whom Uzbekistan said had gunshot wounds.

The interim government had planned a referendum to approve a new constitution on June 27, but it now appears unlikely the vote will take place. New parliamentary elections are scheduled for October, but the violence appears aimed at undermining the interim government before then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It looks as though the interim government of Kyrgyzstan is about to unravel.

Nature abhors a vacuum.

One has to wonder if Bakiyev, the former president, will be returned to power, under these circumstances.

Jun 14 09:05

IRAN MAY BE VERY SMART TO CHALLENGE GAZA FLOTILLA!

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza, as two aid ships and a military escort prepare to set sail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Contrary to the initial reaction of "Is he out of his mind" felt by most on hearing this news, I think Ahmadinejad, ever the chess player, has made a brilliant move.

Ahmadinejad knows war is coming no matter what he does. Just as Israel created the war in Iraq for Americans to die in, Israel is creating a new war in Iran for Americans to die in. Congress is owned by Israel, and as was the case with Iran, the media will repeat whatever lies are created to justify the invasion.

So, Ahmadinejad cannot change the reality of the coming invasion, but he can change the world's perception of what the war is about! If he just sits and waits and allow Israel to send the US to attack him on Israel's timetable and under Israel's justification, then Iran has already lost the war. But if Iran runs the Gaza blockade, and THAT is the opening salvo, then myths and legends about non-existent nuclear weapons vanish from the debate, and the war is about trying to save the Gazans from collective punishment, a war crime, by Israel. Iran will be seen as having the moral high ground, and the initiative!

Jun 14 09:01

Afghanistan's 'Vast Riches Of Minerals' Highlighted By Pentagon

"The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials," the New York Times' James Risen reported on Monday.

Opponents of the war have questioned whether Monday's Times story is the Pentagon's latest attempt to persuade an increasingly frustrated American public that Afghanistan is worth the costs in blood and treasure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to see the actual hard science here.

But if this is true (and that's one big if), these discoveries mean that the US and NATO will never leave Afghanistan, no matter how many soldiers are maimed for life or killed, again, in the pursuit of private profit.

Jun 14 08:56

BP presents oil containment plan: official

Energy giant BP has presented a new plan to contain more than 50,000 barrels a day of oil gushing from a ruptured Gulf of Mexico well by the end of June, an administration official said Monday.

he revised strategy would increase the capture of oil to a range of 40,000 to 53,000 barrels a day by the end of June, which would grow to 60,000 to 80,000 barrels a day by mid-July, according to the administration official.

However BP cautioned in its letter to Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Watson, "The quoted numbers represent installed design capacities and any unplanned events will impact actual delivery."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If BP had a working containment plan, it would have been working by now.

BP has had neither the engineering or scientific acumen to make this happen.

13 foreign nations who have companies with the expertise on this kind of disaster have offered to assist, but have been rebuffed, until now:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/13/AR2010061304232.html

"The State Department sent letters to some U.S. allies two weeks after the accident, and the Coast Guard initially sought to assess what supplies might be available overseas, but the administration's public posture on aid has been inconsistent. On May 5, Crowley announced that 13 international offers had been received and that decisions on what to accept would be made "in the next day or two." Two weeks later, the State Department said the government saw no reason to accept any of the offers. "

This is a man-made catastrophe, but it has been made far worse by Obama's administration not accepting desperately needed help in time.

Jun 14 08:40

As businesses collapse, claimants still waiting for checks from BP

Across the gulf, residents already shell-shocked by the tar balls, oil soup and dead sea life washing up on their beaches are getting hit with a second wave: the sudden collapse of their livelihoods, and the equally intimidating challenge of getting BP to pay for it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to destroy the entire region economically, then Obama will use this disaster to get the Congress to pass carbon taxes, which will destroy the national economy to an even larger extent.

Jun 14 08:08

Video reveals European, American weapons used in Israeli attack on Gaza Flotilla

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You paid for the weapons used to commit murder no the high seas!

Jun 14 07:54

FBI's Most Wanted: Wikileaks creator

Jun 14 07:41

Crony Healthcare in Action

It's all about politicians who have no idea of the impossibility of replacing the huge number of calculations made by individuals in a free market, by a central planning authority. It's about politicians who don't understand the incentive system. It's about politicians who fail to understand that the creation of power centers (new regulations and agencies) ultimately leads to those who will attempt to influence and capture the thinking in such power centers. It's about cronyism. In healthcare, it will mean crony healthcare--which will mean less care, care directed toward the treatments offered by those who have captured the regulators. It will mean higher prices for less, and ultimately more pain more suffering and earlier deaths for most of us.

Jun 14 07:38

BP Grasping At Strings

Struggling to halt the gargantuan flow of crude oil from the seabed of the Gulf of Mexico, BP CEO Tony Hayward took time out from his demanding schedule to discuss with Outside The (Cardboard) Box the effect the environmental disaster has had on his life, BP’s plans for the future and his inspiration for BP’s latest approach to stemming the flow.

Jun 14 07:21

Amnesty for the Banksters, Debtor's Prison for the Serfs

"Having been deadbeats and strategic defaulters of the first order," writes economic analyst Yves Smith, the major banks "continue to manifest their characteristic unmitigated gall [by] hectoring the public about honorable behavior." Smith predicts that ere long we will witness the return of debtor's prison, which was supposedly abolished in the 19th century.

Jun 14 07:13

A4 paper banned in Gaza for fear it will be used to make for paper airplanes

Here is a partial list of banned items from entering teh Gaza strip.

Jun 14 07:10

Jews Are NOT Prosecuted For Violating Canada's "Hate Laws"

For starters. the entire Jewish religion is, of course, based on a concept of racial supremacy. The Jews seriously believe they are better than the rest of humanity. Yet I very much doubt that any rabbis will be summoned before any Canadian Human Rights Tribunals any time soon for possession of the Babylonian Talmud.

Jun 14 07:09

With bra or without, attorney denied entry

An underwire bra kept a Miami lawyer from seeing her client, and when she removed it, prison dress codes meant she still couldn't see him, authorities said.

Jun 14 07:05

'Act two' of crisis begins: Soros

Billionaire investor George Soros says ''we have just entered Act II'' of the crisis as Europe’s fiscal woes worsen and governments are pressured to curb budget deficits that may push the global economy back into recession.

''The collapse of the financial system as we know it is real, and the crisis is far from over,'' Mr Soros said at a conference in Vienna. ''Indeed, we have just entered Act II of the drama.''

Jun 14 07:04

Japan and the US: Ad Hoc War, Ad Hoc "Recovery"

Even now, there is no strategy for "winning," and the word itself has been lost from the official vocabulary. It's not a "war," so there's no "winning." The sacrifice of the troops is not a consideration to the U.S. leadership, anymore than it was in the Imperial leadership. The trillions of dollars of national treasure squandered on an ad hoc war is also no consideration; every sacrifice will be demanded of the Military and civilians to avoid admitting the war was a tragic mistake, the result of hubris, heedless dogmatism, and a preference for domestically attractive fantasies rather than strategic imperatives and rigorous planning.

Jun 14 07:02

Fannie-Freddie Fix may cost $1 Trillion

The cost of fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage companies that last year bought or guaranteed three-quarters of all U.S. home loans, will be at least $160 billion and could grow to as much as $1 trillion after the biggest bailout in American history.

Fannie and Freddie, now 80 percent owned by U.S. taxpayers, already have drawn $145 billion from an unlimited line of government credit granted to ensure that home buyers can get loans while the private housing-finance industry is moribund.

Jun 14 06:56

Wheat harvest met with live ammunition in Gaza “buffer zone”

Israeli forces attacked women farmworkers and international human rights activists with heavy gunfire during three days’ wheat harvest in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israel-imposed “buffer zone” illegally claims over 30% of Gaza’s arable farmland. In Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, substantial wheat remains unharvested despite severe poverty and food shortages, as a result of the attacks.

Jun 14 06:52

Iraq's thirst for fresh water grows

According to government statistics cited by the ICRC, one in four of Iraq's 30 million people does not have access to safe drinking water, a persistent problem seven years after the U.S. invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Jun 14 06:50

Depleted Uranium from Afghanistan affecting mental health of children in India

Confirming Punjab's worst fears and TOI reports, a document from Germany's Microtrace Mineral Lab has revealed that hair samples of 80% of 149 neurologically-disabled children, mainly from Punjab's Malwa region, have high levels of uranium. The report also establishes the presence of dangerous heavy metals in water.

The presence of the radioactive element has strengthened doubts that depleted uranium used by US tanks in Iraq and Afghanistan was travelling through air, reaching not just Punjab but Delhi as well.

Jun 14 06:47

Congressman assaults student on Washington, D.C. sidewalk

The students were asking the Congressman (Democrat - North Carolina) if he supports the Obama agenda. Watch what happens.

If the situation had been reversed, these two students would be in federal lockdown.

Jun 14 06:42

US emboldens Israel to kill Americans

A recent Israeli attack on a convoy of ships in the Mediterranean Sea is another indication that Israel kills Americans with a sense of immunity from prosecution.

Ray McGovern, a former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in an interview with Press TV, reviewed some other incidents in which Israel "deliberately" had killed Americans without being held accountable by Washington afterwards.

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Jun 14 06:33

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

The Federal Aviation Administration has been asked to issue flying rights for a range of pilotless planes to carry out civilian and law-enforcement functions but has been hesitant to act. Officials are worried that they might plow into airliners, cargo planes and corporate jets that zoom around at high altitudes, or helicopters and hot air balloons that fly as low as a few hundred feet off the ground.

Jun 14 06:29

US taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers as young as nine

According to a report Monday, American taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers in Somalia, with some children as young as nine. Somalia, which the US AID agency considers a "failed state," employs juvenile soldiers in its Transitional Federal Government, according to the United Nations and human rights groups.

The US government is the largest donor to the Somali government.

Jun 14 06:23

WickedLasers Unveils "Lightsaber" Powerful Enough to Set People on Fire

The laser is built with a diode from Casio's new mercury-free Green Slim projectors which ironically have a somewhat blue tint. The laser is rated at 1 watt of power and retails for a mere $200 USD.

And here's the best (or worst) part -- it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people. The retailer warns:

Jun 14 06:21

Deflation? Try a Tale of Two Inflations

Despite the seemingly tame headline inflation numbers, consumers never seem to see price declines in certain categories like education and health. For instance, prescription drug inflation escalated to 5% from less than 3% in 2007 and 2008.

So, it is pretty obvious what we have here--biflation--instead of deflation. Biflation is a state of the economy where inflation and deflation occur simultaneously.

Jun 14 06:19

UK government spending cuts threaten over 700,000 jobs

Just days after the Conservative-Liberal coalition government outlined its plans to slash public spending, a report has estimated that this could push up unemployment in Britain to 3 million, more than 10 percent of the workforce.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) predicts that over 725,000 jobs in the public sector will be in danger from the coming cuts, 12 percent of the 6 million public sector workers across Britain.

Jun 14 06:18

Wheat harvest met with live ammunition in Gaza “buffer zone”

Israeli forces attacked women farmworkers and international human rights activists with heavy gunfire during three days’ wheat harvest in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israel-imposed “buffer zone” illegally claims over 30% of Gaza’s arable farmland. In Khoza’a village, east of Khan Yunis, substantial wheat remains unharvested despite severe poverty and food shortages, as a result of the attacks.

Jun 14 06:13

Obama To Use BP Oil Spill As An Opportunity To Push His Economy Killing Climate Change Bill

You see, to those obsessed with "climate change", just getting corporations around the globe to radically cut carbon emissions is not nearly going to be good enough. The truth is that they know that in order to get carbon emissions down to where they want them to be, they are going to have to do something about the growing world population.

To them, in the "war against climate change" anyone who breathes is the enemy. In fact, according to an official UN report, no human can ever truly be "carbon neutral".

So please understand that for those obsessed with climate change, "carbon taxes" and "cap and trade" are just the beginning. To truly achieve their goals, "one child policies" and "forced abortions" will also be necessary.

Jun 14 05:45

US discovers huge Afghan mineral wealth: report

Afghanistan has nearly one trillion dollars in mineral deposits, according to a US study, but there are doubts the war-torn and graft-prone country can manage the windfall offered by the untapped riches.

President Hamid Karzai said in January that the deposits could help the war-ravaged nation become one of the richest in the world, based on preliminary findings of the United States Geological Survey.

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"Finders keepers. Losers weepers.", O'Bummer's boss.

Jun 14 04:51

Humanitarian group calls for lifting of Gaza blockade

A report released Monday by the International Committee of the Red Cross is calling on Israel to lift a 3-year-old blockade against Gaza, saying "the closure is having a devastating impact on the 1.5 million people" who live in the Palestinian territory.

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