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September 5, 2008

Sep 05 07:44

John McCain GOP convention speech. "Nothing is inevitable here"

"Today -- today, the prospect of a better world remains within our reach. But we must see the threats to peace and liberty in our time clearly and face them, as Americans before us did, with confidence, wisdom and resolve."

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Sep 05 07:42

Trying to Avoid Pain, Americans Have Only Delayed the Invevitable and Allowed the Cancer to Spread

I understand that people are afraid to face the fact that 9/11 and the anthrax attacks were inside jobs, because that would be painful. It would challenge their assumptions of benign father figures running our government, and would mean that there is no Santa Claus and governments sometimes do horrible things to their own people to justify power-grabs.

Sep 05 07:41

Ron Paul Delegate: 'The Republicans Are Nazis'

Writes a person from Texas: "I was a delegate to the Texas Republican Convention this year. If any delegate was known to be sympathetic to Dr. Paul, they were not allowed to speak to the convention. If they approached a microphone, the microphone would be turned off. If a delegate began to speak and attempted to mention Ron's name, the mic would be cutoff. Anyone sympathetic to the Paul delegates or even those for fair and open discussion were threatened with arrest. Houston police were evrywhere and all they needed was a nod from the powerbrokers to haul someone off without offense.

Sep 05 07:39

Paul supporters wonder: What happened to our votes?

A flurry of emails is circulating among Ron Paul supporters wondering what happened to the Ron Paul votes during the GOP presidential role call last night. Five Paul votes announced from Alaska (Gov. Sarah Palin's home state) were greeted with boos from the convention floor. But some 18-25 Paul votes went unacknowledged, including six Paul votes from Minnesota.



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Sep 05 07:37

'Black hats' keep lookout for troublemakers

Identified by their black baseball caps emblazoned with a white star, squad members keep an eye on delegates they fear might cause a scene. The squad is empowered by the convention managers to take delegates' credentials and kick them off the convention floor -- a step one convention official said would be unprecedented.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Cheer for Palin or else!"

Sep 05 07:36

Historian Demands Action on Powerful Doomsday Cults

historian Wolfgang Eggert, 46, has launched an Internet petition to demand action on powerful Jewish and Christian cults that want to instigate a nuclear holocaust to fulfill Biblical prophesy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If'n we start WW3 and blow up the world, Jesus gonna come down and invite us up to the big house!"

Sep 05 07:33

Republican 911 "Tribute" Video is INNAPROPRIATE

The Republicans have no shame. I am outraged that they would stoop to this level. I'm practically speechless.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch Keith Olbermann at about 4:26. He calls the GOP on exploiting 9-11 for campaign purposes.

Sep 05 07:30

Poll: Half Say Palin Doesn’t Have Experience to Be President

When asked if the veep candidate has the right experience to serve effectively as president, 42% of respondents say yes, 50% say no.

When asked the same question about Biden, 66% say yes, 21% no.



September 4, 2008

Sep 04 22:36

September Surprise

Remember, the Israelis have been threatening to strike on their own for months: what's changed is that now, apparently, the U.S. has caved in to what is a blatant case of blackmail and has agreed to do the job for them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So here we are, the 21st Century equivalent of the Nazis, invading country after country that has done nothing wrong to us.

Sep 04 19:56

Are McCain's handlers playing the wrong card?

In an attempt to find out exactly what the man did to earn these many hero awards, I asked his Senate office three times to provide copies of the narratives for each medal. I'm still waiting.

I next went to the Pentagon. Within a week, I received a recap of his medals and many of the narratives that give the details of what he did.

None of the awards, less the DFC, were for heroism over the battlefield where he spent no more than 20 hours. Two Naval officers described the awards as "boilerplate" and "part of an SOP medal package given to repatriated (Vietnamera) POWs."

Sep 04 19:54

Secret Service confiscates books & buttons from Ron Paul delegates

Today at the Republican National Convention, as the Ron Paul Delegates were taking a picture in front of the model White House inside the Convention Center, they were surrounded by Secret Service which proceeded to search the bags of all the delegates. They took any and everything related to Ron Paul including signs, buttons, videos, slim jims, cards, even books.

Sep 04 18:43

My convention is bigger than your convention

Ron Paul draws more people and more excitement than John McCain's show across town -- but he also attracts some scary "old friends."



Sep 04 18:17

Palin's Convention Speech Brings in Cash for Obama

Barack Obama reported raising at least $10 million from more than 130,000 donors today after Palin, the Alaska governor, addressed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, and criticized the Democratic presidential nominee.

Sep 04 17:53

Sarah Palin Mingles With a Pro-Choice Crowd

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been documented in this space and elsewhere as being as ardently pro-life as they come. She's also extremely conservative on other issues: bringing God into government, the right to bear arms and hunt, cutting government spending and so on. So answer this for me: why would she have allowed a picture of herself smiling widely while in the midst of a large group of pro-choice women to be placed on an extremely pro-choice website, The Alliance for Reproductive Justice based in Anchorage.

Sep 04 17:49

GM, Ford, Chrysler on Sales Collapse Risk Bankruptcy

Sep 04 17:49

US invades Pakistan — but no complaints from the ‘international community’




Sep 04 17:48

Georgia linked to Nato early warning system

Nato's early-warning surveillance system has been plugged into Georgia's air-defence network in the first evidence that the US-led alliance is shoring up the country's shattered military.

Alliance officials said that the arrangement enabled Nato radar specialists to be linked up to the Georgian radar systems. “It means Nato can now see what the Georgians are seeing through their radars, effectively allowing the alliance to monitor what is going on over Georgian airspace without having military assets in place,” one official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War with Russia, anyone?!?

It appears that both NATO and the US are hell-bent on provoking Russia into some kind of military confrontation.

And folks, Russia does have nukes.

This is truly a lose/lose situation.

Sep 04 17:43

Banks borrow more from Fed; Wall Street takes pass

Banks borrowed more over the past week from the Federal Reserve's emergency lending program, while Wall Street firms took a pass for the fifth week in a row.

A Fed report released Thursday said commercial banks averaged $18.98 billion in daily borrowing over the past week. That compared with a daily average of $18.47 billion in the previous week.

Sep 04 17:33

Flashback: Going on an Imperial Bender

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military "sites" abroad.

Sep 04 17:30

Army: Soldier suicide rate may set record again

Soldier suicides this year could surpass the record rate of last year, Army officials said Thursday, urging military leaders at all levels to redouble prevention efforts for a force strained by two wars.

"Army leaders are fully aware that repeated deployments have led to increased distress and anxiety for both soldiers and their families," Army Secretary Pete Geren said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is basically an extension of foreign policy through organized violence: it possible that some of those who committed suicide no longer saw themselves as the champions of democracy, but as instruments of a geopolitical agenda only attainable at the point of a gun?



Sep 04 17:25

Bush intends to punish Moscow for invading Georgia

President Bush is poised to punish Moscow for its invasion of Georgia by canceling a once-celebrated deal for civilian nuclear cooperation between the U.S. and Russia.

Withdrawing the agreement from Capitol Hill would have little actual impact, as the deal very likely would not gain approval during Bush's presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This can - in no way - hurt Russia.

From a global geopolitical perspective, however, it does make US foreign policy makers look like very spoiled kids,indulging in a collective tantrum.

They miscalculated horrendously regarding Georgia, and so now they're trying to blame Russia for its reaction to Georgian aggression.

It appears we are starting to see some evidence of Georgian war crimes in South Ossetia.

The US is now a champion of countries which commit war crimes and practice ethnic cleansing. Is that how this white house defines "freedom and democracy these days??

Sep 04 17:18

McCain campaign: Palin won't do any interviews, she's just going to read speeches from now on

And, if reading speeches off a teleprompter were the only requirement for being commander in chief of the US armed forces, then yes Sarah Palin reading a series of speeches written for her would be enough. But it's not enough, and it suggests that McCain thinks Palin is an idiot who can't even answer a simple question from the media, or the American public (or worse, she she's so tainted by scandal, they refuse to put her out there at all).

Sep 04 17:13

'Community organizer' slams attract support for Obama

Some of the loudest roars at the Republican convention this week came when vice presidential pick Sarah Palin and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani made fun of Democrat Barack Obama's experience as a community organizer. Hours later, the Obama campaign started raising money off the jokes.

Sep 04 17:11

VIDEO - HEROES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think I saw a WRH banner in there. Maybe. I think. It went by kinda fast. It was small.



Sep 04 17:04

ARM Resets: Tsunami Ahead

Last year, everyone was worried that the resets on subprime loans would force borrowers into higher interest rates and payments. This element of the housing slide and credit crunch has subsided a bit. Akiva Dickstein, Managing Director of Fixed Income Research at Merrill Lynch explained, "Subprime and ARMs have become less of a problem recently because short rates have come down so much. If the Fed decides to raise rates the issue will return. However, even without reset difficulties, subprime and Alt-A loans are slipping into default at very high rates.

Sep 04 17:04

Fake Soldiers Used In RNC Video

It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

But CBS News found that the footage of the ‘funeral’ and soldiers is what is called ‘stock’ footage. The soldiers were actors and the funeral scene was from a one-day film shoot, produced in June. No real soldiers were used during production.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Leni Riefenstahl would have been proud...

Sep 04 16:52

Ralph Nader On Israel And The Lobby

Ralph Nader gave a speech in which he covered what he thought about
Israel and its lobby AIPAC. For those enamored with mainstream media,
you might be shocked. For those who get their news from alternative
news sites, this will not be a shock.

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Sep 04 15:23

Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view

"I think it is very telling that she has a flag of the state of Israel in her office," said Matthews Brooks, executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition. "That was not inspired by domestic politics, since there is a very small Jewish population in Alaska.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that "God wills it, God will sit" is obsolete as a determinant of foreign policy.



Sep 04 15:22

Most US women voters 'unimpressed' by McCain's VP pick

Most US women are unimpressed by Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, and have thrown their weight behind the Democratic ticket in the race for the White House, a national poll showed Wednesday.

Sep 04 14:53

Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Westmoreland better watch his brass!

Sep 04 14:51

Palin’s Pitbull Problem.

Hoo. OK. Before I get out the mud boots and shovel my way through the steaming pile of speech that Sarah Palin deposited on the stage of the Republican Convention last night, let me mention one thing that might be lost to most Americans - a telling little footnote.

Sep 04 14:33

VP hopeful Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years

Federal privacy laws prohibit the schools from disclosing her grades, and none of the schools contacted by The Associated Press could say why she transferred. There was no indication any of them were contacted as part of the background investigation of Palin by presidential candidate John McCain's campaign.



Sep 04 14:29

Group Behavior in Elevator

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

"Sarah Palin made a great speech!"

Which way are you facing in the elevator?

Sep 04 14:25

Open and transparent government?

Reporter Lisa Demer talked today to the Palin administration about the use of private e-mail accounts in the governor's office. Palin's new communciations director, Bill McAllister, gave a surprising answer when pressed about how the public could get access to those e-mails, when they concern state business and aren't otherwise exempt from public disclosure.

Listen to what McAllister had to say about open and transparent government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently to Palin, "Open and Transparent" means "We'll tell you what we decided in private in an open and transparent manner."

Sep 04 14:19

Palin’s TelePrompTer Troubles

When her moment on the national stage arrived last night, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had more to contend with than just nerves. The TelePrompTer that fed her the speech malfunctioned, scrolling too quickly through applause, two senior Republican officials said today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Read those cue cards, BABY!

Sep 04 14:16

Maverick Republican steals McCain's thunder

Texas Congressman Ron Paul may not be the next US President. But the firey Republican, who failed to win the party's nomination this year, is still hugely popular with grass-roots supporters. He staged a rally in Minneapolis as an alternative to John McCain's Republican Convention in nearby St Paul, stealing much of the limelight from the party's official presidential candidate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ron Paul remains a vital factor in the November election. Republicans disillusioned with McCain/Palin may flock to him rather than desert the party for Obama. The GOP should have treated him a bit better at the convention, in hindsight.



Sep 04 14:11

The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John McCain talks a good talk about loyalty, but he doesn't really live it.

Sep 04 14:03

Fake Soldiers Used In RNC Video

It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

Sep 04 11:58

Tony Blair's Sister-in-Law Stuck in Gaza

According to Booth’s posting, “among the internationals currently stranded in Gaza” are Irish activist and former Hawaiian legislator Kenneth O’Keefe and Dr. William Dienst, an American physician.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Bill Dienst was a guest on our show before he and the Free Gaza boats left to go to Cypress, and from there to Gaza.

He is a humanitarian and rural American physician who volunteered his time to help the Gazan people, period end of discussion.

I would like to encourage Americans to immediately write, call, or fax the office of James B. Cunningham, the US Ambassador to Israel, and for Britons to immediately write, call or fax the British Ambassador to Israel, Tom Phillips, demanding the release of these Israeli-detained individuals immediately. Be pleasant and concise in your message. But let them know that this issue will not go away by ignoring it.

Here's the contact information:

For the British Embassy in Tel Aviv:
British Embassy
192 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv 63405
Tel Aviv
Telephone: (use international code)
Fax: Chancery +972 (0)3 527 1572
Consular +972 (0)3 510 1167

Embassy of the United States
Address:
71 Hayarkon St.
Tel-Aviv
63903
Tel: (international) -972-03-5197575, Fax:972-03-5102444
website: http://www.buyusa.gov/israel/en

Sep 04 11:46

WHO IS SENDING YOUR CHILDREN OFF TO DIE IN WAR WITH IRAN?



Sep 04 11:07

Ben Stein Rips Sarah Palin Economic Knowledge

Sep 04 10:57

New TIP Ad - A Nuclear Iran

Sep 04 10:54

Sarah Palin, A Wolf in Moose Clothing

No matter how desperately Sarah Palin tried last night to cast herself as the poor little victim, she only succeeded in sounding extremely arrogant and condescending. Could you just imagine the outcry if Hillary had delivered the hit-piece of a speech Palin did last night? The cat calls of “shrill!” would still be reverberating. Palin started last night by drawing a line in the sand and trying to intimidate the media that has correctly covered her since the surprise announcement of her vice presidential candidacy.

Sep 04 10:52

San Diego dorm director fired over hazing incident

A residence hall director at a private Christian college in San Diego has been fired over a hazing incident last month in which male first-year students were woken up by upperclassmen and told to swim in the ocean naked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Speaking of Christian values ...



Sep 04 10:51

An Invasion of Pakistan

For the first time (to my knowledge) U.S. troops made a significant ground attack on Pakistan territory. This will create a backlash either for the Pakistani government or for the occupation forces in Afghanistan:

The U.S. spokesperson in Afghanistan is playing dumb and denies any involvement of regular U.S. troops. NATO/ISAF also denied to know anything about the incident. That points again to U.S. special force and Afghan commandos units that 'work' independent of the regular line of command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for a major US/NATO military push into Pakistan if they don't get precisely the concessions they want regarding attacking the Pakistani Taliban in Pakistan.

The US and NATO are attempting to strong-arm the Pakistani government to do something completely stupid: solve a political and social problem with a military solution.

Yes, there may be a temporary lull in fighting after a military strike, but a military strike never addresses the fundamental problems which cause people to become radicalized in the first place.

Sep 04 10:46

Iraq said not to favor U.S. firms to develop oil fields

Iran is pressuring Iraqi authorities to exclude U.S. oil majors from contracts to develop the country’s massive oil fields, sources at the Oil Ministry said.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the authorities currently favor Chinese and Russian companies to those of the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this is the "victory" Sarah Palin declared we were close to in Iraq in her speech last night?

So in Palin's thought process (if one can characterize her as capable of such), the deaths of millions of Iraqis, and the death and maiming of thousands of US soldiers leads to the conclusion, favored by Iran, of Western companies not getting these oil development contracts, and this is how she defines "victory" in Iraq"???

Forgive me, but the logical mind reels here. If this is "victory" in Iraq, I would deeply appreciate her favoring the American public with her concept of "defeat" in Iraq.

Because with not getting these contracts, defeat of the entire military and political operation is just about what has happened, for all practical intents and purposes.

And the real winner in all of this?

Iran.

Sep 04 10:40

FBI Wanted Obama Plotters Charged, But A Rove Appointee Said No

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At the time these losers were arrested, I commented that they made very poor assassins but excellent patsies, and that a possible real assassination plot against Obama had been foiled when these meth-heads got arrested too soon.

Now, with a Rove appointee running interference for them, this issue has to resurface, and more to the point, if these guys were patsies for a real assassination attempt, then the real assassins are still out there.

... which would explain why the GOP is so cavalier about Palin's VP nomination. After all, knowing he had a lock on power allowed the emperor Caligula to declare his horse a Roman Senator!

Sep 04 10:33

Mass arrests of protesters at Republican National Convention

A total of 295 people have been arrested, including 137 charged with felonies such as "conspiracy to commit riot." Many continued to be detained. The bulk of those arrested were seized during an antiwar march of 10,000 people on the Monday, the opening day of the convention. Demonstrators were forced to run the gauntlet of hundreds of riot-equipped and black-uniformed police, FBI agents and 150 National Guard troops carrying shields.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the New World Order, folks: now just bend over, spread 'em, and don't let your National Identity Card (which you must carry on your person at all times) fall out of your pockets in the process!



Sep 04 10:32

FLASHBACK: Monegan says he was pressured to fire cop

Former Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan on Friday said that since Gov. Sarah Palin took office, members of her administration and family pressured him to fire a Palmer Alaska State Trooper to whom her sister was involved in a bitter child custody battle.

Sep 04 10:31

Arctic Sees Massive Gain in Ice Coverage

Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has indicated a dramatic increase in sea ice extent in the Arctic regions. The growth over the past year covers an area of 700,000 square kilometers: an amount twice the size the nation of Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, forget the photos of ice melting in summer being bandied about by Al Gore and his $300 million dollar advertising budget.

The hard data is in. The Arctic ice sheet has GROWN by an area twice the size of Germany since this time last year.

No doubt Al and his investors, who already built the exchange where carbon-tax credits will be bought and sold once they can snooker you into agreeing to that tax, will now claim that your carbon dioxide is causing global warming cooling and that you are STILL on the hook!

I have been saying it all along and I will say it again. The politicians are trying to take what the Earth does naturally and turn it into a crisis for which they will sell you a bottle of snake-oil to cure.

Sep 04 10:31

Why Walt Monegan got fired: Palin's abuse of power

So why was Walt Monegan fired out of the blue? Why would Governor Palin send a surrogate to fire her Public Safety Commissioner and then not have a decent explanation for the public? And why would Monegan's replacement be telling people three days before Monegan got fired, that he was going to become the new Commissioner of Public Safety?

Walt Monegan got fired for all of the wrong reasons. Walt Monegan got fired because he had the audacity to tell Governor Palin no, when apparently nobody is allowed to say no to Governor Palin.

Sep 04 10:28

What the Violence Against Protesters at the Convention Really Means

A classified FBI intelligence memorandum gives police detailed instructions on how to target and monitor lawful political demonstrations under the rubric of fighting terrorism. And the Joint Terrorism Task Force was involved in infiltrating, tracking and disrupting every-day Americans who disagree with the current administration’s policies.

While Hoover’s FBI had its “enemies list”, and carried out numerous dirty tricks including Cointelpro, the current governmental actions are a lot worse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This administration has eviscerated the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the degree that life in the US is really beginning to feel like life in the old USSR.



Sep 04 10:13

Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick pleads guilty, resigns

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to felony charges Thursday in a sex scandal, forcing him out of office after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city. He was ordered jailed for four months and fined $1 million.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One down.

Sep 04 10:12

Stocks plunge after retail, unemployment data

Wall Street tumbled Thursday on more disappointing economic news — retailers posted sluggish back-to-school sales reports and the government said the number of workers seeking unemployment benefits spiked last week. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 250 points.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if the Palin factor was in play today, as the ultra-rich just realized they are about to lose those tax cuts for the rich Bush gave them.

Sep 04 10:11

Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view

"Historically, the Assemblies of God have been dispensationalists, which means they believe in 'the rapture' of Christians that takes them out of the world," said Mr. Matthews. "Central to that position is a very strong support for Israel. It's integral to their view of both prophecy and politics. Denying Israel is almost like denying the faith."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is perhaps political pragmatism driving Palin's support of Israel, rather than her faith alone.

She is keenly aware of the kinds of monetary and PR resources can flow to a campaign when the politicians vow their fealty for Israel.

Sep 04 09:56

US condemns Russia over Georgia

US Vice-President Dick Cheney has condemned what he described as Russia's "illegitimate" attempt to change Georgia's borders.

Georgia has been a significant troop contributor to US operations in Iraq, and it is a key link in the only energy export route from Central Asia westwards that does not pass through Russian territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cheney can say anything he wants.

The real question is, how will the US re-arm Georgia when Russian politicians have stated unequivocally that the re-arming of Georgia is tantamount to a declaration of war against Russia?



Sep 04 09:42

US, Russia standoff takes to the Black Sea

Washington's confrontation with Moscow has reached a new level now that Russia has withdrawn its troops from most of the Georgian territory it took during the war provoked by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Russian and US warships have been engaged in a standoff in the Black Sea in recent days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All it will take is one stupid mistake to move a stand-off into a shooting war.

Let us hope that cool heads in Washington and Moscow prevent this from happenening.

Sep 04 09:13

Palin Refuses to Testify

Well, that didn't take long!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One day after the acceptance speech. That's a new record, I think!

Sep 04 09:12

Leave Sarah Palin Alone!

A parody on the famous "Leave Britney Alone" video.

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Sep 04 09:09

A greeting of solidarity with Russia: an open letter to the Russian leadership.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oops!

Sep 04 09:07

Palin bombs with voters in Michigan: "I was completely underwhelmed. She was a Republican novelty act with a sophomoric script. "

The pundits were giddy about Sarah Palin last night. But, they were all in the convention hall with the frenzied GOPers. And, as noted below, they're all upset because McCain is mad at them, so they went overboard.

On the other hand, real Americans weren't so overwhelmed. Check out these comments from a focus group conducted by the Detroit Free Press (in that key swing state of Michigan):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The media "sell" of the speech is a trick to persuade the people who did NOT actually listen to Palin's speech that she did a great job.

Sep 04 09:06

Palin inspires women to vote for Democrats

MOST US women are unimpressed by Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, and have thrown their weight behind the Democratic ticket in the race for the White House, a national poll showed today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever thought an ex beauty queen who opposes birth control was going to resonate with mainstream American women seriously screwed up.

Sep 04 08:55

Congress is about to pour lighter fluid on Iran

The U.S. Congress may inadvertently lay the foundations for war against Iran when it reconvenes in Washington this month.

Two essentially identical nonbinding resolutions call upon President Bush to "immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is pretty obvious that McCain will not win this next election (although he will probably try and steal it).

So, if the Neocons want a new war in Iran (or anywhere else) they have to start it NOW so the US will be in too deep for an easy withdrawal after January 16th.

Sep 04 08:45

Why I Love Sarah Palin

Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin hit the RNC convention stage Wednesday night with the fiery intensity that Hurricane Gustav threatened but failed to wage on the Gulf Coast earlier in the week. Let's face it, she's beautiful, sexy, smart, funny, sarcastic, tough, oozes charisma and can deliver a rousing speech the same if not better than Sen. Barack Obama. She's the real deal. A true rock star. Pat Benatar with smart-girl glasses. That she's sounds like Frances McDormand in "Fargo" is a special little bonus. It's quite easy to see why Republicans are like high school boys with a mad crush.

Sep 04 08:44

Huge ice sheet breaks loose in Canadian arctic

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Horrors! We simply MUST charge the people a tax to stop the ice from melting in summer!!!!!

(ahem)

Now, stop and think for just a moment before you buy that bottle of snake oil... and there will be a quiz next period.

During the winter, ice sheets grow.

If, during the following summer, those ice sheets do NOT break off and melt in summer, then grow again next winter, do not melt in summer, then grow again next winter, then do not melt in summer, then we are headed into an ice age, aren't we? (Maybe we are; they are having ice storms in Kenya right now).

Sep 04 08:39

Dear Chris Matthews

I hold you responsible...for the lie that Sarah Palins speech was powerful..it was not...She competently read a speech written for her which had little substance and lots of venom..in front of her supporters..and you found that powerful?

Sep 04 08:38

In a More Diverse America, A Mostly White Convention

As the country rapidly diversifies, Republicans are presenting a convention that is almost entirely white.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, all those people who got Bush's special tax cuts and are terrified they will lose them if McCain doesn't win? THOSE people!

Sep 04 08:36

Jon Stewart mocks how O’Reilly’s opinion on teen pregnancy ‘gestated over a period of months.’

Last night on the Daily Show, host Jon Stewart skewered Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly for claiming Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is “a personal matter,” when last year he pointed the finger of blame at Jamie-Lynn Spears’ parents — “who obviously have little control over her” — and called Spears an “incredible pinhead” when she revealed she was expecting. Stewart joked, “You see what happens with opinions over teen pregnancy is that they gestate over a period of months.”

Sep 04 08:27

Senior Republicans in 'hot mike' gaffe over Sarah Palin

Their ‘hot mike’ moment, just hours before Mrs Palin’s vital nomination acceptance speech at the party’s convention, belies the public front put forward this week that virtual unknown mother of five is an inspired choice by Senator John McCain, the presidential nominee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the actual video

Sep 04 08:22

Palin Rap

Recently discovered footage of Sarah Palin rapping about the reasons she should be Vice President of the United States of America.

Sep 04 08:20

2 Wall St. brokers accused of $1B subprime fraud

A former Wall Street broker pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he and a colleague duped investors into purchasing more than $1 billion in high-risk securities by making it look as though the trades were protected by the federal government.

An indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn said because the securities actually were tied to subprime mortgages, Eric Butler and Julian Tzolov stood to pocket higher commissions. The scheme was exposed when the subprime market collapsed.

Sep 04 08:19

Attytood: Palin's speech to nowhere

It was a Speech to Nowhere because it made no mention of the men that Sarah Palin and John McCain are running to replace -- their names are Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, in case you've forgotten this week -- and no acknowledgment that as many 80 percent of Americans believe this country is on the wrong track, or that you can't solve a nation's problems when you deny they exist.

Sep 04 08:17

Israel of the Caucasus?

Georgia also had a special relationship with Israel that was mostly under the radar. Georgia's Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili is a former Israeli who moved things along by facilitating Israeli arms sales with U.S. aid. "We are now in a fight against the great Russia," he was quoted as saying, "and our hope is to receive assistance from the White House because Georgia cannot survive on its own."

Sep 04 08:11

Sarah Palin, Lemming Hunter

But in her new role as the GOP veep candidate Sarah Palin has crossed a line, even for a hunter. This time she has set her sights on a new and unfamiliar target. This time she is not aiming at a herd, or a bevy or a flock. This time she is going after a large group of intelligent, thinking Americans known as women voters.

And this time, as she hunts in uncharted territory, Sarah Palin has made a strategic error. For some distorted reason, Palin thinks she is hunting lemmings.

Sep 04 08:09

The Israel Lobby and Sarah Palin

Sep 04 08:06

McCain-Palin: The GI Joe-Barbie ticket

Few characters are as deeply ingrained into the cultural fabric of the United States as GI Joe and Barbie, those standard bearers of 1950's Americana.

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But this is the 21st Century we are living in, and it is time for cold-war relics (and governments) to fade into history.

Sep 04 08:05

Fears for Ukraine as pro-west coalition fails

Ukraine's pro-west coalition collapsed on Wednesday, plunging the country into political uncertainty, hitting financial markets and undermining recent efforts by western leaders to show their support for Kiev following Russia's intervention in Georgia.

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Notice how it's never considered that losing a pro-western government might actually be an improvement.

Sep 04 08:03

"Send A Shovel To The Media" Campaign

What would joey scars, mika the waitress, wolf blitzshit and the rest do when 500-1000 shovels show up in their mailbox at MSNBC and The Cheney News Network?

NBC News
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30348-5366
United States

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Well, I can afford to send a few of those myself! They will go out today.

Sep 04 08:02

Mythbuster busts his own tale of show's cowardly cave-in to RFID heavyweights

However, having spent 30 years in the news business, I'm not quite so sure that the funnyman Mythbuster simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed the day he spilled his guts to a roomful of geeks while a video camera rolled. Wouldn't surprise me in the least if the truth actually lies somewhere between Savage's moment of unguarded/ill-informed candor and subsequent change of tune.

It's exactly the kind of mystery that Mythbusters might ... uh, never mind.

Sep 04 08:00

Global Cooling? Unprecedented Ice Storms In Kenya

Evidence that the planet is tip-toeing towards the onset of a new mini ice age continues to present itself following unprecedented ice storms in Kenya as well as Sydney experiencing its coldest August for 60 years. But don’t worry because according to the World Wildlife Fund, global cooling can just as easily be blamed on CO2 emissions as can global warming.

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"No matter which way it goes, you gotta buy and sell carbon-tax credits, and I just happen to own the brokerage!" -- Al Bore.

Sep 04 07:57

Palin Fails by Her Own Standards

After several days of silence, Palin introduced herself to America as the newest GOP attack dog. She alternately wrapped herself in what she described as all-American small-town values and engaged in nasty smear tactics -- belittling Democrats, mischaracterizing Obama and insulting Americans, who she and her campaign speechwriters must think will not have enough sense to see past such a thin veil.

Sep 04 07:55

Mudflats on Sarah Palin's Abuse-of-Power Scandal

The word is that McCain and his staff knew absolutely none of this as of yesterday morning. The word is that the Lieberman people in McCain's camp insisted on anyone but Romney, the Romney people insisted on anyone but Lieberman, Pawlenty bubbled up--but then McCain decided that Pawlenty was too boring and picked Palin in spite of having only met her once in his life.

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The problem with the Palin choice isn't that her judgement is in question, (which it is), but that McCain's judgement is flawed. He makes hasty, impulsive, ill-considered choices.

Putin will eat McCain alive, if McCain wins steals this election.

Sep 04 07:50

THE EMPEROR'S SPEECH!

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ABCNNBBCBS tries to convince everyone who did not see Palin's speech that she did more than just read the teleprompter, pause for the queued applause tracks, and look like an aged beauty queen.

Sep 04 07:48

Finnish president rejects "stern" Baltic line on Russia

"It is for the benefit of the European Union as well to have countries that are free of those sorts of post-traumatic situations and a country that is relatively cool-headed, matter-or-fact and constructive," the president said

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One interpretation of this statement would be that now that the U.S.-Israeli arms dealers are instabilizing the Baltic countries, including Estonia, a brotherly nation belonging to the Fenno-Ugrian stock (as Finland), hoping to draw them into war and with that Finland, nothing will come out of it.

Sep 04 07:46

IS FURTHER EXAMINATION OF SARAH PALIN JUSTIFIED?

Yes: Her ability to be a VP is in doubt
100% (18 votes)
No: It's just an anti-woman anti-GOP smear
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 18
Sep 04 07:41

Soros and McCain's adviser Scheunemann are thinking about recognition of independence for Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya

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McCain/Palin: Starting a war with Russia ... because we can't think of anything else to do!

Sep 04 07:35

Pakistanis furious over U.S.-led border raid

Pakistan is determined to defend its territorial integrity, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday, as anger mounted over a raid by U.S.-led troops on a remote border village.

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Remember the cock-up in Cambodia and Laos?

Sep 04 07:34

Cheney says Russian credibility at doubt after war

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This from the government that told us all Saddam had 'nookular bombs'?

Sep 04 07:32

The Dumb, the Stupid, the Clueless and the Uninformed.

You believe that Russia attacked Georgia and not that the Israelis who control Georgia attacked South Ossetia which provoked a Russian response. You believe that Bin Laden is alive and masterminding world terror from a cave in Pakistan when world terror is being formulated in London, Tel Aviv and Washington D.C. You think it’s disgraceful that Sarah Palin has to endure scrutiny about hiding something from people who didn’t bother to look.

Sep 04 07:29

Ecuador Giving U.S. Air Base the Boot

Prevailing Nationalism, Investment From Elsewhere Make American Presence Obsolete

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The return of "Yankee go home"!

Sep 04 07:28

Cabinet Office ordered to release secret memos on Iraq dossier

Secret emails and memos showing how the Iraq war dossier was "sexed-up" must be released by the Cabinet Office, The Independent has learnt.

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Sep 04 07:26

Israeli navy arrests three Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters

The shooting and the detention of the fishermen violates a fragile ceasefire started from June between Israel and the Islamic Hamas movement which rules the Gaza Strip.

According to the deal, Israel has to ease the blockade it imposed on Gaza after Hamas took over the territory last year in exchange for calmness.

Sep 04 07:21

Spy satellites could analyse shadows from space to help identify terrorists

A computer programme has been developed to process the image of a shadow cast on the ground, and match it up with its owner.

The technique, called gait analysis, works on the premise that it is extremely difficult to disguise your walking style.

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... as long as it's a sunny day, the suspect is walking on flat ground, and not in a crowd.

Sep 04 07:20

'Stop smearing Sarah,' GOP women tell media

Hours before Gov. Sarah Palin's big speech here, six female Republican leaders denounced "the outrageous smear campaign" against the vice presidential nominee, scolding international media gathered at a news conference for employing a double standard that favors Democrats and portrays the Alaska governor as a "show horse."

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This seems to be the standard GOP excuse every time they put up a candidate whose skeletons keep falling out of the closet; it's the fault of the "LIberal" media.

But if the media really were biased in favor of the Democrats (most major media owners are Republican BTW), they would have gone after Palin's preacher for saying that terror attacks in Israel were god's punishment for the Jews refusing to convert to Christianity with the same fervor with which they plastered Barack Obama's pastor all over the media.

The GOP's stock excuse for everything seems to be, it's God's will or someone else's fault.

GOP: Party of avoidance of all personal responsibility.

I think the fact that they are taking this approach this early on is because they know they have a real problem here in Palin.

Sep 04 04:57

Arctic Sees Massive Gain in Ice Coverage

Data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has indicated a dramatic increase in sea ice extent in the Arctic regions. The growth over the past year covers an area of 700,000 square kilometers: an amount twice the size the nation of Germany. With the Arctic melting season over for 2008, ice cover will continue to increase until melting begins anew next spring.

September 3, 2008

Sep 03 19:51

Obama Might Pursue Criminal Charges Against Bush

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said yesterday that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November.

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Count me in!

Sep 03 19:50

McCain Camp Threatens Legal Action Against the National Enquirer

John McCain’s campaign threatened legal action against the National Enquirer today for running a story about McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband’s business partner.

Sep 03 19:49

Cold fusion success in Japan gets warm reception in India

Researchers in Japan have given a live public demonstration of their cold fusion device, a historic experiment that is likely to revive global interest in this controversial method of energy generation that was earlier debunked as nonsense.

A report in the California-based New Energy Times says the tabletop device built by Osaka University physicist Yoshiaki Arata and his associate Yue Chang Zhang continuously generated excess energy in the form of heat and also produced helium particles.

Sep 03 19:44

Russia: US needs Georgia to strike Iran

The US and Israel have long threatened to launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear installations under the pretext that Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans to develop nuclear weaponry.

This is while the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent - a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.

Sep 03 19:34

Reported US attack pushes Afghanistan war into Pakistan

The war in Afghanistan spilled over into Pakistani territory for the first time today when heavily armed commandoes, believed to be US special forces, landed by helicopter and attacked three houses in a village close to a known Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold.

The early morning attack on Jala Khel killed between seven and 20 people, according to a range of reports from the remote Angoor Adda region of South Waziristan. The village is situated less than a mile from the Afghanistan border.

Sep 03 19:25

Who Told Giuliani the WTC was Going to Collapse on 9/11?

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As long as he is speechifying about 9-11 ...

Sep 03 19:00

McCain says knows how to capture bin Laden

Sep 03 18:02

Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."

Sep 03 17:47

FLASHBACK: Palin: Monegan was pressured to fire Wooten

Wednesday brought a dramatic turn of events regarding an inquiry into Gov. Sarah Palin's termination of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

The governor hastily called a press conference to announce that her administration did in fact make calls regarding Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten.

Sep 03 17:29

Palin E-Mails Show Intense Interest in Trooper's Discipline

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct.

Sep 03 17:14

O’Hanlon: Bush deserves credit for Iraq being free of WMD.

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Ignoring the little fact that there were none to start with.

Sep 03 16:54

GOP CLAIMS PALIN’S TEEN DAUGHTER’S PREGNANCY IS ALL HILLARY’S FAULT

Key leaders of the Republican Party are going on the offensive to head off criticism of their new Vice Presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin due to the disclosure that her 17-year old unmarried daughter Bristol is pregnant. "If it wasn't for Hillary’s long time support of loose morals and whipping up women to think they can make decisions about their own bodies, none of this would have happened," said Grover Norquist, anti-tax activist and GOP leader.

Sep 03 16:53

McCain camp says media out to get Palin

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It's always God's will or someone else's fault, eh John?

Sep 03 16:44

NY SUN PRESSED FOR CASH

The sun appears to be setting on The New York Sun some 6½ years after it began.

Investors are said to have given founder and Editor Seth Lipsky until the end of the month to find new angel investors - or else the plug will be pulled.

Sep 03 16:41

Cache of Georgian arms found in Kodori Gorge

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Sure looks like American-style english on that packing label!

Sep 03 16:37

The Palin church video

“It's pretty uncomfortable stuff,” said the political operative, after watching the video online. “It's bad. It's really bad. … It's going to be interesting to see how this plays out.”

Sep 03 16:30

Alaska Judge: Palin's Family Showed Lack of "Good Judgment"

The divorce went to trial in the fall of 2005 while the state police internal investigation was pending. Anchorage Superior Court Judge John Suddock reviewed the complaints filed by Palin and her family. At trial on Oct. 27, 2005, the judge expressed puzzlement about why the family was trying to get Wooten fired, since depriving the trooper of a job would harm his ability to pay family support to Palin's sister.

Sep 03 16:13

The Early Reviews of Mrs. Sarah Palins speech.

Sep 03 16:12

Palin to take center stage as questions swirl

After two days of silence, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will step to center stage at the Republican National Convention to prove to delegates that she can help John McCain win the White House despite distracting questions about her family life and qualifications.

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RMS Palintic sets sail!

Sep 03 14:43

McBush Convention – Day Two – The Palin Pastoral Problem, Earmarks, and Troopergate...Oh My

As the GOP convention braces itself for Hurricane Sarah tonight, more and more revelations are coming out about how poorly vetted she was and whether she is fit to be on the ticket at all. The vetting question is essential because it speaks to the judgment of John McBush… err, I mean McCain. If he thinks the decision of who is second in line to the presidency is so cavalier, it does not bode well for his other appointments he would have to make as President of the United States.

Sep 03 14:27

Perfumes linked to infertility fear

Pregnant women are being urged to stop using perfumes or scented creams after research suggested the products could cause unborn boys to suffer infertility or cancer in later life.

Sep 03 14:14

What Noonan and Murphy Really Think Of Palin

Two conservative commentators on MSNBC, after they're off the air, say what they really think about the veep choice.

Sep 03 14:11

We all need a laugh. My take on Sarah Palin's Big Speech:

CNN, PBS, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, realizing the danger, break down the equipment in a flash and flee the building with cameras in hand before the mob can turn their wrath on the elitist press corps. Torches in hand, the well-heeled horde storms the Situation Room.

Gloria Borger loses a heel as she scrambles toward the exit. Campbell Brown barely makes it out of the building alive. Keith Olberman trips over a klieg light and is soon swallowed by the mob. Gone.

Sep 03 14:04

Worst summer for layoffs since 2002

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More of Bush's "true legacy".

Sep 03 13:15

McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin

Three times in recent years, McCain's catalogs of "objectionable" spending have included earmarks for this small Alaska town, requested by its mayor at the time -- Sarah Palin.

Sep 03 13:14

Anti-Jewish Terror is "God's Judgment"

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment — you can't miss it."

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Okay, no big deal; religious types say all kinds of nonsensical things, but I posted this here as an experiment to see if the corporate media types who gave Obama so much grief over Reverend Wright's extremist views are willing to do the same to Palin.

Sep 03 13:10

Stalling the Troopergate investigation?

Sep 03 13:09

Palin Aide Ducks State Probe

The deposition of one of Gov. Sarah Palin's staff members was canceled yesterday by the staffer's attorney, in what is yet another setback to the state legislature's investigation into claims that Palin fired the public safety commissioner after he refused to dismiss a trooper, Palin's former brother in-law.

Sep 03 13:05

Sarah Palin Bikini Pictures: Fake Photos Hit The Web

So here's my question: with all the real fodder on S. Pallin - Pregnancies! DUIs! Dead moose! Her energy policy! Her lack of international experience! (listed in order of importance, obviously) - why bother with badly Photoshopped pictures?

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This is an old tactic and it is called "poisoning the well." I will theorize that the bikini shot is put out by the Palin people, in order to use it to cast doubt on all the genuine damaging photos out there.

Sep 03 13:01

The Republican Hypocrisy is Enough to Make You Sick

Let me make it simple: hypocrisy. No Democrat would be foolish enough to state that liberals are perfect. That we're scandal-free. Sinners come in both blue and red. The difference is, Democrats don't sanctimoniously lecture everyone else from the bully pulpit about ethics. About what's moral. About what constitutes "acceptable" family values. About how to live your life. About right and wrong. Good vs. evil. That's what Republicans do. It's conservatives who want to tell us all how to live, who to marry, who to sleep with, what to do with our bodies, when to let a sick loved one die.

Sep 03 13:00

Bush: Vote For McCain Because Of 9/11

Speaking from the White House via satellite, the president told Republicans at the national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota that voters must elect John McCain because of 9/11.

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Sep 03 12:55

U.S., Afghan Troops Kill 20 in Pakistan

At least 20 people were killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday after U.S. and Afghan troops crossed from Afghanistan to pursue Taliban insurgents in an early morning attack that marked the first known instance in which U.S. forces conducted an operation on Pakistani soil since the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan began, according to witnesses and a Pakistani official.

Sep 03 12:54

St. Paul Cop Dragging Protester Jumped, Sprays Crowd

A St. Paul police officer who was dragging an alleged protester down the street was jumped from behind by what I’m assuming is another protester. The officer quickly sprays the surrounding onlookers who are not involved in the incident and is forced to retreat and loses both men in the process.

Sep 03 12:53

The Voice of the White House

We also left behind all kinds of highly compromising documents, code machines, etc. to keep Russian military intelligence for days. They did capture Israeli intelligence people and by report, treated them very brutally. The Russians must have been reading Bush’s orders on torture!

Sep 03 12:52

Russia may eventually retrieve its military presence in Cuba and Vietnam

Russian army bases in Cuba may still become a reality. Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, the president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, stated Monday that the retrieval of the Russian military presence in Cuba may become a real response to the ongoing increase of the US military and political pressure on Russia.

Sep 03 12:52

McCain Has the Fix In - "He Knew" - BS!

The right wing talking heads are trying desperately to make this " a private matter' and put a positive spin on this surprise but if they read the blog comments they know Palin is done.

No matter what McCain says HE DID NOT KNOW! They had to know about "troopergate" superficially but NEVER would have chosen her with Bristol's pregnancy and I believe either "babygate" or "Water Breakgate"

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Or "exaggerated her background while running for Mayor"-gate.

Sep 03 12:51

Putin fires warning over Nato presence in Black Sea

russian prime minister ‘will act’ if west continues to support Georgia

Sep 03 12:50

Once in 100 Years Credit Crisis, World Heads for Deflationary Collapse

“The credit crunch of the past year has not followed the path of recent economically debilitating episodes characterized by a temporary freezing up of liquidity ? 1982, 1989, 1997-8 come to mind. This crisis is different ? a once or twice in a century event deeply rooted in fears of insolvency of major financial institutions.

Sep 03 12:50

Credit Crunch Cancer Metastasizing

Two prime examples: Integrity Bank of Alpharetta, Ga., which just failed Friday with nearly a billion in deposits ... plus an even larger bank in trouble: BankUnited Financial Corp.

BankUnited is Florida's largest bank with 85 branches in 13 counties and with total assets of $14.2 billion.

In the first three quarters of last year, it reaped a profit of $23.2 million. The first three quarters of 2008? $200 million in losses!

Why? Because a whopping 58% of the bank's "assets" are option ARMs.

Sep 03 11:46

Archives of Alaska Papers Reveal Disturbing -- And Goofy -- Details from Palin's Past

In 1997, Frontiersman columnist Paul Stuart wrote that after Palin had criticized her opponent for using City Hall resources for political gain, "when Palin was asked back then (by me) why the lodge where she claimed, in her campaign, to have gained her management experience, had no record of a borough business license or of paying any bed tax, she paused and said it might have been because the place had no clients for a year or so." In an article describing the possibility of recalling Palin, the Frontiersman wrote the "reasons include Palin's alleged falsification of her credentials during

Sep 03 11:43

Iraq said not to favor U.S. firms to develop oil fields

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the authorities currently favor Chinese and Russian companies to those of the United States.

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"Hey, that's MY oil! I lied, cheated, and killed a lot of people to get that!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 03 11:41

Palin's personal attorney on state payroll

A lawyer hired to defend Sarah Palin in an ethics investigation said Tuesday he is representing Palin both personally and in her official capacity as governor.

Sep 03 11:39

Sarah Palin Hot Pics Slideshow Beautiful XoxOxOXo

Sep 03 11:07

Saudi coup against King Abdullah fails

The motive behind the planned coup was, apparently, to overthrow the Saudi National Arabian Guard leader, who is loyal to King Abdullah and prevent the selection of another member of the family as crown prince.

Sep 03 11:05

Recall Palin screws up who wrote the Pledge of Allegiance? It's gone now. Here's the cached version.

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This reminds of of when Clinton claimed that "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people" was in the Declaration of Independence.

Sep 03 11:03

Ron Paul - Rally for the Republic Pt 1

Sep 03 11:01

Jesse Ventura Speech Rally for the Republic

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Part 2 LINK
Part 3 LINK

Sep 03 11:01

LIKE PALESTINIANS, HUMAN RIGHTS WORKERS DENIED EXIT THROUGH EREZ CHECKPOINT TO ISRAEL AND THROUGH RAFAH CROSSING TO EGYPT

Israel and Egypt continue to deny entry to some Free Gaza Movement members into Israel en route to their destinations abroad, after having spent several days in Gaza.

The Israeli occupation authorities confirmed the ban of travel of these internationals, claiming that such people entered via sea.

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Apparently, Israel government absolutely cannot help itself; it simply, pathologically, must create an international PR fiasco out of this event.

Memo to the Israeli government: the world is still watching what you are doing, and sees it for precisely what it is.

Sep 03 10:59

Sarah Palin - Troopergate: Special Counsel Has Email and Phone Records That PROVE Palin Pressured Commissioner Monegan

Special counsel Branchflower has revealed that there are more than 20 documented calls, emails and other communications from Palin’s office to employees at Monegan’s Department of Public Safety that implicates Palin and her staff of putting pressure on Monegan to fire her brother-in-law.

Sep 03 10:53

Police Terrorize Children, Reporters and Other Dangerous Criminals

“We have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do.”

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If you loved the way the police and federal officials have treated protesters in Minneapolis, you're really gonna love a McCain/Palin administration!

Sep 03 10:43

Palin to call for reform in convention speech

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You know, to "re form" you into thinking the way they do! God made everything 6000 years ago, war is good, birth control is bad, classical literature is icky-poo and needs to be removed from the libraries, etc.

Sep 03 10:42

N.Korea seen reassembling nuclear facility

North Korea has begun reassembling its Yongbyon reactor that can make material for atomic bombs in violation of U.S. conditions for improved diplomatic relations, Fox News reported on Tuesday.

North Korea said on August 26 it would cease disabling its nuclear facilities and accused the United States of violating a disarmament deal.

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Yet more of Bush's true geopolitical "legacy".

Sep 03 10:40

Palin Wants Independent Trooper-Gate Probe Called Off

In the latest sign that Sarah Palin's promised cooperation with the Trooper-Gate investigation is failing to materialize, her lawyer is now demanding that the entire case be taken out of the hands of the independent prosecutor hired by Alaska lawmakers, and given over to a state personnel board -- whose three members were appointed by the governor herself.

Sep 03 10:36

US Jewish radio personality: Republican Jews have a monopoly on wisdom

Speaking at the "Salute to GOP Governors" sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition Tuesday in Minneapolis, Jewish radio talk show host Dennis Prager said that though "Republican Jews don't have a monopoly on nice people, we have a monopoly on wisdom - to discern the difference between good and evil, and how to fight it.

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Not that we're being racist or anything tacky like that, of course!

Sep 03 10:32

September Surprise

We haven't heard much about Iran lately, at least compared to the scare headlines of a few months ago, when rumors of war were swirling fast and furious. The Russian "threat" seems to have replaced the Iranian "threat" as the War Party's bogeyman of choice. What we didn't know, however, is that the two focal points are intimately related.

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If this is true, and Mc Cain's chances look bad for the November election, this may very well be the scenario which plays out concerning Iran.

War with Russia, anyone??? Russia will not allow an attack on Iran to happen without severe repercussions for both Israel and the US.

Of course, folks like Dick Cheney aren't concerned: they've got their bunkers, their medical help, and food for themselves and their families. Should such an event take place, the rest of the nation will simply be left on its own.

Sep 03 10:26

GOP Convention platform was drafted by AIPAC

Sources familiar with the formation of the platform say the language dealing with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism was drafted in consultation with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other Jewish groups.

Sep 03 10:25

Website with Speeches and Sermons from Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny

Website with Speeches and Sermons from Palin's Former Church Shuts Down as Religious Views of Candidate Face Scrutiny

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Palin's embarassing past is being "Orwellized"

Sep 03 10:19

Al-Arian released after 5 years to await 2nd trial

A former Florida professor once accused of being a leading Palestinian terrorist was released from custody Tuesday for the first time in more than five years.

Sep 03 10:15

Repeal Taft-Hartley

Last year I issued a Labor Day statement noting that the Taft-Hartley Act, one of the great blows to American democracy, had been in effect for 60 years. Well another year has come and gone and this law is still in place. Taft-Harley continues to: impede employees' right to join together in labor unions; undermine the power of unions to represent workers' interests effectively; and authorize an array of anti-union activities by employers.

Sep 03 10:14

US-led forces alleged involved in Pakistan attack

At least 15 people, including women and children, were killed in an attack involving U.S.-led forces in a remote Pakistani village near the border with Afghanistan, intelligence officials and a witness said Wednesday.

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"Winning the hearts and minds" of Pakistani civilians, I see.

Sep 03 10:13

Historical Flashback: JFK On The Danger Of Secret Societies

There are those that believe JFK may have been assassinated for
giving this speech. Spend the next 3 minutes of your life with
this amazing video clip of JFK blowing the whistle on secrecy,
security and ideals. Simply fantastic.

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Sep 03 10:08

Sarah Palin mesmerizes Israeli filmmaker

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So, elect her VP of Israel.

Sep 03 10:03

No Gort!! No "Klaatu Barada Nikto"!! Uncapie Goes Postal On THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Remake Script!!

Everyone has seen the stand alone, classic 1951 film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" directed by Robert Wise starring Michael Rennie as "Klaatu". It was based on Harry Bates' "Farewell To the Master" and is science fiction at its best.

Now they're remaking it in Vancouver. Keanu Reeves is in the lead role as the visitor from another planet with a warning for Earth.

Why?

What was wrong with the original that merits a remake?

After I read the script, I threw it against the wall.

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You thought I was kidding when I leaked this to you a few months back?

Sep 03 10:02

US sends the flagship of the United States Navy's 6th Fleet to Georgia

Sep 03 10:02

Lieberman Highlights His Kinship With McCain

Only last month, friends say, Mr. McCain wanted to reach beyond his base and ask Mr. Lieberman to be his running mate; in that instance, though, party influence proved too strong, with many Republican officials and delegates insisting they would reject Mr. Lieberman because of his support for abortion rights and some gay rights laws.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whereupon McCain threw a tantrum and chose Sarah "War is God's will" Palin!

Sep 03 10:00

Hannity’s Bullyboy Pique A Sure Sign Sarah Palin Is In Trouble

Sean Hannity seems to be getting it that Sarah Palin’s candidacy is in trouble. Hannity & Colmes was broadcasting from the Republican National Convention last night (9/2/08). Could there be any place Hannity should feel happier and more comfortable? But the exuberance of the night before was gone and replaced with a bullyboy pique. Even more telling was that Hannity spent more time talking about Barack Obama than about Palin and McCain.

Sep 03 09:59

Homeland seizures border on fascism

Business travelers and nonprofit groups have complained about having their property taken and returned months later, if ever. They are saying these searches are invasive and a violation of individual property rights.

I don't know about you, but this policy makes me fear something other than terrorists.

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is not just an ideal for school children. It's the law of the land. Read it. Remember it if your laptop is seized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to anyone contemplating traveling to - or within - the US by air right now: just please don't, until there is some degree of sanity in US security practices!

Sep 03 09:57

Sarah Palin: A Big Gamble for Religious Conservatives

"Too many evangelicals and religious conservative are too preoccupied with values and faith and pay no attention to competence. We don't apply this approach to anything else in life, including choosing a pastor." Imagine, he said, if a church was searching for a pastor and the leadership was brought a candidate with great values but little experience. "They've been a pastor for two years at a church with 150 people but he shares our values, so we hired him to be pastor of our 5,000 person church? It wouldn't happen! We don't say, 'He shares our values, so let's hire him.' That's absurd.

Sep 03 09:48

Chancellor Darling Pushes Crumbing British Economy Over the Edge

Sep 03 09:47

Rage show stopped by cops; march and tear gassing ensues

There have been rumors of tear gas along the march. I'm witnessing someone washing out his eyes right now, but didn't witness any tear gas myself. The person rinsing his eyes out is holding a camera and appears to be a photographer.

Sep 03 09:46

McCain Has the Fix In - "He Knew" - BS!

The right wing talking heads are trying desperately to make this " a private matter' and put a positive spin on this surprise but if they read the blog comments they know Palin is done.

No matter what McCain says HE DID NOT KNOW! They had to know about "troopergate" superficially but NEVER would have chosen her with Bristol's pregnancy and I believe either "babygate" or "Water Breakgate"

Sep 03 09:45

Campaign money hurts Palin's outsider image

GOP vice presidential pick Sarah Palin accepted at least $4,500 in campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens.

Sep 03 09:44

Paul: End U.S. Wars and Ramp up Trade and Domestic Energy Production

Former Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) staged a protest rally on the sidelines of the Republican convention on September 2 to try to reclaim what he says are the true traditional virtues of the GOP, including limited government and less involvement in military campaigns abroad.

Sep 03 09:44

US troops are committing war crimes

"According to our investigations, 98% of civilian casualties caused by the coalition forces in Afghanistan are intentional," the head of the AHRO, Lal Gul, said.

Sep 03 09:43

Israel Warplanes Break Sound Barrier over Lebanon

Israeli jets have repeatedly over-flown Lebanon in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The United Nations has called on Israel to stop violating Lebanese air space.

Sep 03 09:42

McCain Campaign Tries To Block Ron Paul From Convention Floor

Sep 03 09:42

US troops mistakenly kill 6 Iraqis

U.S. troops on boats in the Tigris river mistakenly killed six Iraqis Wednesday in an exchange of fire between the two sides north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The army that can't shoot straight.

Sep 03 09:41

Picture imperfect: German mag shows its true colours

A photographer with the German magazine Der Spiegel says images he took on an assignment in Tskhinval were censored by editors. However, the magazine did reproduce pictures showing the Georgian side of the story in an article called "Tragedy's Chronology".

Sep 03 09:35

Video Coverage of RNC Protest Police Raids

Sep 03 09:33

Israeli navy arrests three Palestinian fishermen in Gaza waters

Witnesses in northwestern Gaza Strip said Israeli marine vessels opened fire before and after the seizure of the three fishermen.

The fishermen were taken by the Israeli soldiers and forced to eat which breaks their fasting on the second day of Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the witnesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Israeli forces, this is a joke, no matter who gets wounded or killed in these kinds of maneuvers. The only thing they hate is getting caught at it.

And forcing these guys to eat on the 2nd day of Ramadan? Pretty damned disgusting.

Just how would these Israeli military folks feel if they were forced to eat pork on Yom Kippur??

Sep 03 09:31

Economic slowdown: Unemployment soars to a 16-year high

Sep 03 09:30

Michael Klare, The Bush Administration Checkmated in Georgia

It's now hard to remember that, when the Bush administration arrived in office in 2000, its hardcore members were all old Cold Warriors who hadn't given up the ghost. If the Soviet Union no longer existed, they were still quite intent on rolling back what was left of it, stripping off Russia's "near abroad," encircling it militarily, and linking various of its former Eastern European satellites and socialist republics to NATO, as well as further penetrating and, after 2001, deploying troops to the oil-rich former SSRs of Central Asia.

Sep 03 09:29

McCain Manager: 'This Election is Not About Issues'

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's why we picked the beauty queen chick for the VP slot!"

Sep 03 09:27

Police fire chemical agents, projectiles at RNC protesters

St. Paul police fired chemical agents and projectiles into a large crowd of protesters outside the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night.

Sep 03 09:27

911 at Seven

By age seven most children have begun the process of understanding. It’s basic stuff like reading, writing, right and wrong, and a myriad of other things that allow their little brains to make sense of the world. Our brat-child 911 however, seems to be suffering developmental delays, still clinging to the easter bunny and tooth fairy even though he saw mom slip the quarter under his pilliow that night he pretended to be asleep. Perhaps it’s that if he lets go of the childhood myths he’ll have to face the dreaded onset of adulthood and accountability.

Sep 03 09:11

Third US Navy ship heads for Georgia

A third U.S. Navy ship carrying humanitarian aid is crossing the Turkish Straits on its way to Georgia.

The USS Mount Whitney steamed through the Dardanelles early Wednesday and was expected to pass through the Bosporus later in the day. The two Turkish-controlled straits link the Mediterranean to the Black Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What will the consequences be if Russia demands to inspect this ship, or any of the others, and wants to pull a manifest?

If the cargo is other than humanitarian supplies, this could be a very serious embarrassment for the US, if not worse.

Sep 03 09:07

Palin: ‘Pray That’ Our Leaders Are Sending Our Troops to Iraq ‘On a Task From God’

“Pray for our military. He [Palin's son] is going to be deployed in September to Iraq – pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what is right for this country – that our leaders, our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God, that’s what he have to make sure we are praying for, that there is a plan and that it is God’s plan.”

Sep 03 09:06

Canadians searching for '9/11 truth'

"There's a need for another look at the whole attack," Michael Welch, a Winnipeg resident assisting the Vancouver group, said while pointing to a U.S. commission that investigated the fall of the Twin Towers.

Sep 03 09:05

Abstinence-only educators

What's galling is this: When the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, minority teenage mother growing up in some (presumably Democratic) urban area, that pregnancy becomes fodder for lectures from conservatives about bad parenting, the perils of welfare spending and so on. But when the subject is a pregnancy to an unwed, white teenager from some small town in a Republican state, that pregnancy is...a celebration of the wonders of God's magnificence--and choosing life!

Sep 03 09:01

US Plans Billion-Dollar Aid Package For Georgia

A U.S. Navy ship loaded with humanitarian aid steamed through the Dardanelles on its way to Georgia on Wednesday, as the Bush administration prepared to roll out a $1 billion economic aid package for the ex-Soviet republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... While our homeless vets sleep in our streets.

One has to wonder just how much of that "humanitarian aid" will be weaponry.

Sep 03 09:00

Ventura Voices 9/11 Truth At Rally For The Republic

During an impassioned speech in which he called for a revolution to take back the country, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura voiced 9/11 truth to the 10,000 in attendance and the millions watching on C-Span and You Tube at the Rally For The Republic yesterday.

Sep 03 08:59

Russia: US has shipped arms to Georgia

Russia says there are 'suppositions' that US ships which delivered humanitarian aid to Georgia have also brought weapons to the country.

Sep 03 08:57

Police Chief: Palin Fired Me For Campaign Contributors

After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin's campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association.

Stambaugh's lawyer, William Jermain, says the chief tried to move up the closing hours of local bars from 5 a.m. to two a.m. after a spurt of drunk driving accidents and arrests.

"His crackdown on that practice by the bars was not appreciated by her and that was one reason she terminated Irl," said Jermain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Taking care of one's friends and destroying those people who are perceived as "enemies"; is this the "change" the American people expect from the next administration?

Or will this ticket simply provide this country with more "cronyocracy", as has so been the case with the current administration?

Sep 03 08:55

McCain: No, really, we vetted her!

As revelations about Sarah Palin mount, the McCain team scrambles to dispel reports that they didn't know what they were getting into.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Either they did not know what they were getting into, or they think they can steal the election anyway and it doesn't matter.

Sep 03 08:54

Ron Paul holds GOP counter-convention

Former 'Libertarian' presidential candidate Ron Paul tells a full house of supporters that Republicans and Democrats are ruining America.

Sep 03 08:47

Israeli informer sparked U.S. probe of alleged mob boss Abergil

The 2003 testimony of Assi Vaknin, formerly one of the owners of the Roberto modeling agency, to agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency seemingly connects the Abergil crime family to alleged Ecstasy drug dealing in Los Angeles.

Sep 03 08:46

Georgia admits dropping cluster bombs

The M85 is the same weapon that was used extensively by Israel in its 2006 war with Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Sep 03 08:45

40 Year Old Man Shot by Israeli Soldiers

To date, fifteen Palestinians, ten of them minors, were killed while
protesting the wall.

Muhammad Fadel Hashem Rian, age 25

Zakaria Mahmoud ‘Eid Salem, age 28, Shot dead during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on February
26th, 2004.

Abdal Rahman Abu ‘Eid, age 62, died of a heart attack after teargas projectiles were shot into his home during a demonstration against the wall in Biddu on February
26th, 2004.

Muhammad Da’ud Saleh Badwan, age 21 Shot during a demonstration
against the wall in Biddu on February 26th, 2004, and died of his wounds March 3rd.

Sep 03 08:43

Biden: Israel will be more protected with Obama

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again with Israel!

This is an AMERICAN election, where AMERICANS vote for AMERICA'S leaders.

Yet the campaign is dominated with a debate over just which President will be better for the welfare of that one foreign nation! Sarah Palin, hiding from her scandals, has canceled all of her meetings EXCEPT WITH AIPAC!

Upon what meat doth this oh Israel feed that it hath grown so great!

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

Nothing less will do.

Sep 03 08:37

Buried statutes allow agencies to withhold requested records

The Watermelon Research and Promotion Act. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The National Historic Preservation Act and The Civil Rights Act.

These are all laws under which federal agencies withhold information from records requestors.

They do so using a special provision of the Freedom of Information Act that allows federal agencies to withhold information prohibited from disclosure by another federal statute.

Sep 03 08:36

A Cynical look at the RNC on C-SPAN: Fascist Flag-Waving

I'm watching the RNC on C-SPAN - turned it on at about 8:15 PM Eastern, just in time for Norm Coleman to finish some irrelevant ramblings - now the giant screen on the stage comes alive with super-huge and super-bright RED and WHITE stripes of an American flag waving - slowly and hypnotically - gigantic huge gargantuan American flag. More flags waving, kids holding flags, flags stuck in peoples hair, more flag worship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Me neither.

I find it amazing that in a nation that is as war-weary as this one, war is still the centerpiece of the GOP's presentation.

Sep 03 08:34

Palin meets with AIPAC leaders

Sarah Palin met with pro-Israel lobbyists to express her support for U.S.-Israel ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I will obey my master, Israel!"
"I will obey my master, Israel!"
"I will obey my master, Israel!"

(Ahem)

See also HEAD OF AIPAC BOASTED ABOUT
HIS CONTROL OF POLITICIANS IN 1992

Sep 03 08:32

McCain Goes Vindictive On CNN, Cancels Larry King Live Appearance

Remember how yesterday night, CNN's Campbell Brown asked McCain flack Tucker "Anchorman" Bounds a simple question, then chortled and smiled at the sight of Bounds struggling to not answer her? Well, John McCain remembers! And as punishment for CNN daring to impose some level of journalistic rigor, McCain has abruptly canceled a scheduled appearance on Larry King Live tonight.

Sep 03 08:30

The 2008 Republican Party: Abortion, Abortion, Abortion. Some Things Will Never Change

It's 2008. The country is mired in a deadly, costly war in Iraq. We are engaged in another critical war in Afghanistan, where the Bush administration, distracted by Iraq, has taken its eye off of a resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda. We live in an age of terrorist threats. Our economy is in recession, or at best, on the verge. Oil and gas prices are at record levels. We're saddled with record debt. Inflation is increasing. Consumer confidence declining. Unemployment up, real wages down. A tanking stock market. Our educational and health care systems trail the rest of the Western world.

Sep 03 08:30

New Evidence Contradicts Official Explanation for U.S. Spy Satellite Shoot-Down

When the Pentagon ordered a Navy ship to shoot down a crippled U.S. spy satellite last February, it claimed the operation was necessary to prevent a harmful fuel from being dispersed in the atmosphere. At the time, critics charged that the Bush administration was using the toxic fuel as an excuse to demonstrate missile-defense and antisatellite capabilities.

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