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June 16, 2010

Jun 16 09:08

The NYT and the Flotilla Inquiry

The New York Times, whose regional bureau chief has a son in the Israeli military, reports that Israel has just appointed a panel charged with investigating its attack on an aid flotilla that killed nine aid volunteers, including a 19-year-old American.

Isabel Kershner, who is an Israeli citizen and has refused to answer questions about her possible family ties to the Israeli military, writes the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the New York Times wonders why their readership continues to decline.

When you suck up to just 2% of the population, the other 98% are going to leave!

Jun 16 09:05

Waking America From the BP Nightmare

What we found was that Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Shell and BP have response plans that are virtually identical. The plans cite identical response capabilities and tout identical ineffective equipment. In some cases, they use the exact same words and made the exact same assurances.

The covers of the five response plans are different colors, but the content is ninety percent identical.

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Unflipping believable.

But this is precisely what happens when the oil industry and the governmental agency which is supposed to regulate it are way too cozy, which is what happened here.

Jun 16 09:05

Helen Thomas: an Appreciation

The propagandists for the Israel Lobby, who occupy the Wall Street Journal editorial page while pretending to be journalists, are determined to remove Helen Thomas from the annals of journalism. In case you have already forgotten, a few days ago the distinguished career of Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old doyen of the White House Press Corps, was ended by the Israel Lobby, which made an issue about her opinion that immigrant Jews should leave Palestine and go back to their home countries.

Jun 16 09:04

Allegations of credit card fraud by county employees referred to prosecutors [Updated]

The head of Los Angeles County’s beleaguered Probation Department said late Tuesday that he has referred allegations of credit card fraud by his employees -- who county auditors said made numerous unauthorized purchases with store credit cards issued in the department’s name -- to the district attorney’s office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Government cannot fix the economic problem. Government is the economic problem!


Jun 16 09:03

Pervert Massachusetts Town Official Plants Camera in Women’s Bathroom

As if the camera in the women’s bathroom wasn’t bad enough, this pervert allegedly planted bugging devices in his secretary’s flower pot and perpetrated an anything-but-prankish panty raid.

And that’s not the half of what they’re trying to make sense of in Shirley, Massachusetts.

Jun 16 08:54

BP engineer called doomed rig a 'nightmare well'

"Time after time, it appears that BP made decisions that increased the risk of a blowout to save the company time or expense," the lawmakers wrote in the 14-page letter to Hayward. "If this is what happened, BP's carelessness and complacency have inflicted a heavy toll on the Gulf, its inhabitants, and the workers on the rig."

Jun 16 08:50

How the West Is Losing Turkey

A frustrated Ankara is turning away from the West and looking east toward Hamas and Iran. For decades, the Turkish people served as a strong ally of the Jewish state and pursued membership in the European Union as chief foreign policy goal. Now, Turkey is economically strong, enjoys considerable regional power and can call its own shots. Will this be the end of Ataturk's legacy?

Jun 16 08:47

Ralph Nader: Cashiering Helen Thomas

The termination of Helen Thomas' 62-year long career as a pioneering, no-nonsense newswoman was swift and intriguingly merciless.

Jun 16 08:44

Death Rain? Blackberry Plants Dying In Panama City, FL

Is evaporated light oil mixing with the rainwater? Someone needs to do a molecular mass spectrometer on these plants before the contaminants degrade.

Jun 16 08:36

What's wrong with the sun?

SUNSPOTS come and go, but recently they have mostly gone. For centuries, astronomers have recorded when these dark blemishes on the solar surface emerge, only for them to fade away again after a few days, weeks or months. Thanks to their efforts, we know that sunspot numbers ebb and flow in cycles lasting about 11 years.

But for the past two years, the sunspots have mostly been missing. Their absence, the most prolonged for nearly a hundred years, has taken even seasoned sun watchers by surprise. “This is solar behaviour we haven’t seen in living memory,” says David Hathaway, a physicist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Jun 16 08:35

BP Admits That - If It Tries to Cap the Leak - the Whole Well May Blow

Specifically, BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told CNN last Thursday that BP's data indicates that BP can't cap the leaking oil, or it might cause the well casing to blow out:

Jun 16 08:34

Fears that BP oil spill may reach Irish coastline

Fears have been expressed that the BP oil spill will eventually make its way to the Irish coast because of being carried on the Gulf stream currents.

Jun 16 08:33

Federal panel of scientists sharply increase estimate of leaking oil - finally the truth?

Jun 16 08:29

420,000 Scam E-Mails Sent To Britons Each Hour

A recent study conducted by life assistance company CPP has revealed that Britons are targeted with more than 420,000 scam emails every hour.

The study reports that the rise of online baking and credit card frauds have led to £285 being stolen from someone every seven seconds.

CPP informs that out of the 3.7 billion scam emails sent to Britons in the last 12 months, more than half were from perpetrators impersonating a known bank or financial services agency.

Jun 16 08:25

Israel cannot be its own judge and jury

Once again, the White House has set aside right in favor of Israel’s self-interest.

The United Nations and the majority of its member countries seek an international inquiry into the killing of eight Turkish activists and one American of Turkish origin who tried to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza. Turkey is adamant that an independent, transparent process should take place and demands that the siege be lifted.

Jun 16 08:23


The International Committee of the Red Cross has described Israel’s blockade of Gaza as a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

That conclusion rests on the Israeli government’ status as an occupying power in Gaza, which assigns it certain obligations to the people of Gaza.

Those obligations are spelt out in detail by the Fourth Geneva Convention. At their most basic, though, they require Israel to provide for the basic needs of the people, particularly food and medical care.

Jun 16 08:23


Israeli authorities are pressing ahead with plans to build a courthouse complex on a large historic Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem that is already at the center of protest over plans to locate a “Museum of Tolerance” there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Spray paint a swastika on a Jewish grave and it is world headlines. Tear up a whole Muslim graveyard and Israel wonders why anybody should care!

Jun 16 08:21


Hind Awwad, national coordinator of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), recently toured Europe to support the growing worldwide campaign. The movement aims to end the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the discrimination against Palestinian citizens in Israel, and calls for respect for the rights of Palestine refugees. The Electronic Intifada contributor Adri Nieuwhof interviewed Hind Awwad in Bern, Switzerland.

Jun 16 08:20

WeAreChangeLA Organizer Faces Terrorist Charge

At first he was supposedly being detained for trespassing (which is a misdemeanor) but of course, you can’t trespass on public property so then they dropped trespassing and told him he was being detained for a public disturbance. About an hour later, when the supervisor actually placed Bruno under arrest, the original charge was changed to misdemeanor contempt of court. None of the witnesses present heard the judge mention anything about contempt when asking him to leave.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is to force them to act like one where everyone else can see it!

Jun 16 08:16

Rand Paul calls Obama's criticism of BP 'un-American'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rand is clearly not his father's son, politically. Maybe that is because Ron Paul did not start out to be a politician. But between this statement, in which Rand defends BP and totally ignores the failures of the MMS, and Rand's previous stated support for Israel, he has lost me.

Jun 16 08:13

White House Correspondent Helen Thomas—A Casualty of Zionist Duplicity

Zionist operatives ambushed veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, a friend and a great American. When they won, America lost.

Jun 16 08:11

Haaretz Claims Gaza Investigation Agreement Between Israel, U.S.

The fix is in, or almost in. Haaretz writes that Israel and the Obama administration have come up with a satisfactory (to them) formula for an Israeli investigation into the Mavi Marmara incident,. If the report is to be believed, approval of the plan was held up by a U.S. demand that the panel be chaired by someone of stature like a former Israeli Supreme Court justice:

Jun 16 08:09

Charity to sue Israel in Britain over flotilla raid

A UK-registered charity on Tuesday said it was planning legal action in Britain on behalf of activists who were detained by Israel after a deadly raid on their Gaza-bound aid flotilla last month.

Mary Nazzal Batayneh, president of the Palestine Legal Aid Fund (PLAF), will be joined by six internationally renowned lawyers.

The team "will launch a court case in the name of the hundreds of activists illegally abducted and imprisoned, many of whom were beaten and wounded and nearly all their belongings confiscated," as well as for the families of the Turkish activists killed, she said.

"A trial should be held in Britain based on the British legal system," Batayneh added.

Jun 16 08:08

Two Consequences of the Stimulus Programs Washington Wants You to Ignore!

As the Stimulus Fades the Economy Loses Steam

I’ve just given you some of the early, but usually reliable, signs of a deteriorating economy. But you shouldn’t be surprised about this sad development. The fact is, no matter how much money is thrown at the problem, the economy isn’t getting any traction. Nor has it entered a self-sustaining recovery.

The economic rebound we’ve seen in the past months is just the short-term reaction to the unprecedented stimulus programs. And as the stimulus money fades away, so does the economic recovery — and so does the stock market rally.

Jun 16 08:01

Video shows brutal killing of Turkish-American youth by Israeli commandos

In his report, Lindorff said: “This smuggled video, showing IDF commandos brutally kicking their captive, who is clearly posing no threat to them, and then firing four shots downward, shows these commandos were on the ship with intent to kill and injure, and that is what they did.

Jun 16 07:59

Fannie Mae Proposes Bulldozing U.S. Homes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the proof that the US financial systems are not interested in the lives of ordinary Americans. Fannie Mae, in order to increase profits for mortgage companies, wants to bulldoze foreclosed homes to take them off the market and create an artificial shortage. This will force prices higher, meaning that Americans are enslaved to the mortgage companies that much harder and deeper. Never mind the rampant homelessness that could be cured with lower housing prices and never mind that nobody in the financial sector or the government is even trying to bring back the high paying jobs that would allow Americans to make those high mortgage payments; keeping Americans in debt with high housing prices makes good business sense and thus it shall be so. Perfectly good houses will be destroyed to preserve profits!

Jun 16 07:58

16 Burning Questions About The Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill That We Deserve Some Answers To

The truth is that the American people deserve some answers about what in the world is going on down there in the Gulf. BP does not own the Gulf of Mexico and they have no right to keep the American people from seeing what is happening. There are some very serious health and environmental questions that have been raised in the media recently, but both BP and the U.S. government are not giving us any answers.

But we need some answers. People are getting sick. Crops are dying. Wildlife is being devastated. Birds are flocking north by the thousands.

But BP and the U.S. government continue to treat us as though we are on a "need to know" basis and that what we "need to know" is not much.

Jun 16 07:54

Haaretz: Officers Shot Palestinian Lying On Ground

The witnesses reported that the motorist, 39-year old Ziad Jilani, was lying prone on the ground when the officers shot him in the face at point-bank range after kicking him in the head.

The incident took place in the Wadi Joz neighborhood, an area of increased tension since Israeli authorities declared it to be part of a planned expansion of Jewish settlements in what has historically been a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Jun 16 07:52

BP Was Founding Member of ‘Cap-and-Trade’ Lobby

Expect BP to be public enemy No. 1 in the climate debate.

There’s a problem: BP was a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a lobby dedicated to passing a cap-and-trade bill. As the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, BP saw many ways to profit from climate legislation, notably by persuading Congress to provide subsidies to coal-fired power plants that switched to gas.

Jun 16 07:52

Neo-cons lead charge against Turkey

As the right-wing leadership of the organised US Jewish community defends Israel against international condemnation for its deadly seizure of a flotilla bearing humanitarian supplies for Gaza, a familiar clutch of neo-conservative hawks is going on the offensive against what they see as the flotilla's chief defender, Turkey.

Outraged by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's repeated denunciations of the May 31 Israeli raid, as well as his co-sponsorship with Brazil of an agreement with Iran designed to promote renewed negotiations with the West on Tehran's nuclear programme, some neo-conservatives are even demanding that the US try to expel Ankara from NATO as one among several suggested actions aimed at punishing Erdogan's AKP (Justice and Development Party) government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government has lost the right to decide for itself who its friends and enemies are. Israel presumes, rather arrogantly, that it alone has the right to decide for other nations, who is good and who is evil, what historical events to worship, and which to forget. Indeed the megaphony I have been using for target practice over at the StarAdvertiser has clearly acted as if he has the right to decide for others that they should hold the Holocaust in a state of religious reverence and adoration, while other events in history, such as the Nakba, Sabra & Shatilla, USS Liberty, Lavon affair, etc. are not to be paid attention to by all right thinking people.

Clearly this is part of Israel's cultural arrogance (and the reason we have so many taxpayer-funded museums to the Holocaust and none to the much worse Stalinist Purges in the US). Israel gets to decide for others who to love (Israel) and who to hate (pretty much everyone else).

Jun 16 07:46

Bank Run in Spain and Its Destabilizing Ramifications for the Entire EU

Bottom line: This is nothing but a sign of a run on Spanish banks. They can't get funding in the markets and there is a steady withdrawal of funds from the banks. For all practical purposes, the ECB is supporting the Spanish banking system with life support measures. This means that the ECB will have to drain funds from elsewhere in the system to sterilize this rescue operation. Without sterilization the effort becomes very inflationary, with sterilization the effort distorts the entire EU economy. It's all destabilizing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Put in simple terms, this pyramid called Reserve Banking has run its course and is collapsing. The time has come to tell the bankers with their legalized counterfeiting operation that the party is over; that they are rich enough, and it is time to go back to a monetary system that works for the people rather than against them.

This may require the repeated application of a two by four up against some noses, but eventually they will see the wisdom of this course of action.

Jun 16 07:43

8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote

The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating eight lawmakers who held fundraisers within 48 hours of a major House vote on a Wall Street reform bill or received substantial donations from business people with a financial stake in the bill, according to congressional sources and letters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooh; big shock there!

Jun 16 07:42

Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool

As BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig was sinking on April 22, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was on the phone with allies in his push for climate legislation, telling them he would soon roll out the Senate climate bill with the support of the utility industry and three oil companies — including BP, according to the Washington Post.

Kerry never got to have his photo op with BP chief executive Tony Hayward and other regulation-friendly corporate chieftains. Within days, Republican co-sponsor Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., repudiated the bill following a spat about immigration, and Democrats went back to the drawing board.

Jun 16 07:41

Calls for NDP MP to resign after Israel comments

Prime Minister Stephen Harper called on NDP MP Libby Davies to resign as her party's deputy leader after she suggested Israel has been occupying territory since the country came into existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is not the only nation whose government has been subverted by Israel, and here is a warning to Canadians. When parasites kill their hosts they simply jump to a new host, and as the United States edges closer to collapse, Israel will simply hop across the border and make Canadians their new cash cow. Obviously the groundwork has already been laid by Israel's subversives.

Note that Libby Davies stated a factual truth; that Israel has been occupying other peoples' lands all along, and the maps prove it! But Israel has hit the panic button and have launched a pogram to "cleanse" all media and government of anyone who would dare speak the truth to their power!

Jun 16 07:32

Middle Class Is Abandoning Obama: He Gets Majority Approval Rating Only From Americans Making Less Than $24,000 Per Year

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That headline should read, "Obama Is Abandoning Middle Class: All Americans Making Less Than $24,000 Per Year!

and, of course, Obama's treason in supporting and defending Israel after it attacked Americans in international waters is the darkest point of his (or any other President's) term in office.

Jun 16 07:30

New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Inte*^%*...[NO CONNECTION]

The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative “kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a Homeland Security directive.

Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.

Jun 16 07:25

BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Why the Flow Rates are Increasing

Jun 16 07:25

What's Really Happening In Grand Isle Louisiana - You Won't Believe This..

remember that sand used to be snow white...

and obama just said that it's just little tar balls we can easily pick them up and the beaches will be better than new..

fucking liars

Jun 16 07:22

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

Jun 16 07:21

James Petras: Afghanistan – The Longest Lost War


Despite almost a decade of warfare, including an invasion and occupation, the US military and its allies and client state armed forces are losing the war in Afghanistan. Outside of the central districts of a few cities and the military fortresses, the Afghan national resistance forces, in all of their complex local, regional and national alliances, are in control, of territory, people and administration.

Jun 16 07:19

"Lure People Into That Calm and Then Just Totally F--k 'Em": How All of Us Pay for the Derivatives Market

For the Wall Street reform package currently making its way through Congress to work, it has to accomplish two broad goals: It must take a huge bite out of banking profits and end the too-big-to-fail oligopoly that encourages megabanks to take megarisks and stick taxpayers with the tab. Neither of these goals can be accomplished without taking on derivatives -- the wild, unregulated market that brought down AIG. Right now, the U.S. government pays big banks for operating derivatives casinos. If we're going to clean up the derivatives mess, we have to move taxpayer money out of the market.

Jun 16 07:12

Interior's New Oil Industry Watchdog Has No Energy Experience

To overhaul federal oversight of offshore drilling, President Obama has turned to a Washington lawyer with a reputation for fixing broken government agencies, but little or no background with energy or environmental issues.

Jun 16 07:06

Fannie, Freddie to scrap NYSE stock listings

In another sign of the firms' financial disintegration, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the giant mortgage finance companies operating in government conservatorship, said Wednesday they are delisting their common and preferred stocks from the New York Stock Exchange.

Jun 16 06:44

Controversial energy economist: BP disaster could last for "years and years"

From The Market Oracle:

The Obama Administration and senior BP officials are frantically working not to stop the world’s worst oil disaster, but to hide the true extent of the actual ecological catastrophe.

Senior researchers tell us that the BP drilling hit one of the oil migration channels and that the leakage could continue for years unless decisive steps are undertaken, something that seems far from the present strategy.

Jun 16 06:10

Gulf of Mexico Deja Vu

Rachel Maddow talks about oil spills and how no new technology to stop them has been develped over the past 30 years. At least, it is not being used by BP in the Gulf now.

Jun 16 05:52

Charles Schumer’s Sippenhaftung* and the children of Gaza

By Juan Cole

“Gaza” is an abstraction to most Israelis, including [partisans of Israel like] Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. A majority of the 1.5 million Gazans is not even from Gaza, but rather is from what is now Israel.

Jun 16 05:47

Obama’s Oval Office speech: A cowardly cover-up of BP’s crimes

President Obama’s Oval Office speech Tuesday night on the Gulf oil disaster was a cowardly exercise in evasion and cover-up that could have been written by the publicity department of BP.

The 18-minute speech, coming on the 57th day of the worst environmental catastrophe in US history, provided no concrete assessment of the causes of the oil spill or the dimensions of the crisis—in terms of damage either to the ecosystem or the economy.

The speech represented a complete capitulation to BP and corporate power. Anyone who expected that Obama would use the occasion to provide the American people with an honest accounting of the disaster and the culpability of BP had to be sorely disappointed.

Jun 16 05:40

video bp does not want you to see

The look on these peoples faces say it all.

Jun 16 01:52

Simmons Says Nuclear Device Only Option to Stop Oil Flow

Bloomberg — Matthew Simmons, founder of the Ocean Energy Institute, talks with Bloomberg's Lori Rothman about BP Plc's oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and his view that the use of a "small-bore nuclear device" is now the "only option" to stop the flow of oil.

Jun 16 00:35

Lindsey Williams Talks with Alex Jones About Deadly Gases Leaking from BP Spill 1/9

Alex welcomes back to the show Lindsey Williams, author of The Energy Non-Crisis, who talks about Big Oil and the Gulf spill.

Jun 16 00:32

Palestinians Need a State: Loosening Blockade is not Enough

By Juan Cole

One problem with the focus the Israeli raid on the Gaza aid flotilla is that it may make it appear that the Israeli blockade of Gaza is the central issue. Then any Israeli loosening of the blockade would seem to be an advance.

June 15, 2010

Jun 15 23:26

Journalists aboard Flotilla Speak out

As Turkish Photographer is Buried, other Journalists aboard Flotilla Speak out
Date : 9/6/2010 Time : 18:47
PARIS, June 9, 2010 (WAFA- ...Turkish journalist Cevdet Kiliçlar, who was fatally shot at the start of the assault of the Mavi Marmara, one of vessels in the flotilla, was buried in Istanbul on June 4.
"Erhan Sevenler (Turkish journalist with the semi-official news agency Anatolia-AA):
“... As I rushed towards the bridge, people aboard our ship grabbed a soldier. Until that moment, I thought they were firing rubber bullets. That is when I realised they were firing live rounds. The windows of the bridge exploded under the impact of the bullets. The journalists then sought refuge in the office reserved for the press.”"

Jun 15 22:37

'Experts' Eye 100% Unverifiable E-Vote System in 'Win' of SC's Mystery U.S. Senate Nominee

But where some have suggested Greene was a "plant" in the race, experts now examining the actual election result data from both SC's unverifiable Election Day touch-screen machines and its electronically counted paper-ballot absentee voting system are noting "curious" and even "staggering" disparities, suggesting what some Election Integrity experts are describing at this hour as "clear signs of ELECTION FRAUD in South Carolina"...

In 25 precincts, Greene received more votes than were actually cast; and while Rawl won absentee ballots by a whopping 84-to-16 percentage point margin, the election-day results showed Greene winning by 18 percentage points.

Jun 15 22:18

Black Box Voting: Does the US want a back door into other nation's elections?

The United States has been cheerleading the concept of concealed vote counting round the world in a most unhealthy way, unless it is sham democracy we are really after.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before congress in glowing terms regarding India's e-voting system,[1] yet these opaque electronic voting machines conceal key election processes from the public, putting control into the hands of government insiders -- hardly democratic, and in India's corruption-prone environment, downright dangerous.

Jun 15 21:54

Big Butter Jesus

In honor of that huge Jesus statue that was struck by lightning and burned down...I give you...Heywood Banks.

Jun 15 20:58

Insuranceless Woman Shoots Self to Get Medical Care

Kathy Myers, a 41-year-old woman from the broke-ass wasteland known commonly as Michigan, recently shot herself in the shoulder hoping that emergency doctors would also have to fix a different shoulder injury while they were working on her. They didn't.

In addition to not getting her shoulder fixed — they took care of the bullet wound but not the other injury — Myers might face criminal charges for discharging a firearm within the city limits of Niles, MI.

Jun 15 20:51


Jun 15 20:49

WikiLeaks Founder Has Massacre Video

After several days underground, the founder of the secretive website WikiLeaks has gone public to disclose that he is preparing to release a classified Pentagon video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan last year that left as many as 140 civilians dead, most of them children and teenagers.

Jun 15 20:47

Call the Politburo, We’re in Trouble

In 1991, the Soviet Union suddenly evaporated. The Cold War was over. Like many wars, it seemed to have an obvious winner and an obvious loser. Nearly 20 years later, as the U.S. heads down the Soviet road to disaster -- even if the world can’t imagine what a bankrupt America might mean -- it’s far clearer that, in the titanic struggle of the two superpowers that we came to call the Cold War, there were actually two losers, and that, when the “second superpower” left the scene, the first was already heading for the exits, just ever so slowly and in a state of self-intoxicated self-congratulation.

Jun 15 20:40

How an Alabama fire chief risked jail to save town from Gulf oil spil

Jamie Hinton, the volunteer fire chief of tiny Magnolia Springs, Ala., has a plan to use a blockade of barges to stop the Gulf oil spill from entering the Magnolia River. For a time, he went ahead with the plan, even though it might have landed him in jail

Jun 15 20:34

Mr. President, can BP arrest Our Journalists?

Mr. President, can BP arrest Our Journalists?
by TexanJane
Daly Kos, June 15, 2010
Dear Mr. President,
Mr. Obama, it would be disturbing enough if media censorship of a major event in this country were imposed by our own government. But for it to be imposed by a FOREIGN-owned corporation is unfathomable. I am not aware of any legal provision that gives standing to foreigners to authorize the arrest of American citizens for any reason, so the obvious question that follows is this: Under whose authority is the threat of arrest for photographing dead and dying animals being issued?
"Think we can't handle the truth, Mr. President? Think again.
What we really can't handle is our own government's complicity in a coverup ordered by a foreign-owned corporation."

Jun 15 20:24

AUSTERITY ALERT* Bumbling gullible Greenie says oil spill is "OUR FAULT" calls for TAX on OIL


"The problem isn’t offshore drilling, it’s drilling. It’s not the process; the problem is that despite every single drawback that oil has – environmental, political and economic – we refuse to do what it takes to completely rid ourselves of it. Scientists, environmentalists and those of sound mind everywhere have been saying for years that we need to institute a crippling tax on oil that will drive down demand and we keep ignoring them. Let’s face facts, there is no more good oil left. We’ve exhausted our supply and now it’s time to curtail our demand."

Jun 15 18:21

General Petraeus briefly collapses during Senate hearing

General returns to Senate room after recess; hearing is then adjourned.

A spokesman says the top U.S. commander in the Mideast became dehydrated. He had been answering questions on plans to draw down troops in Afghanistan.
Reporting from Washington —

By Julian E. Barnes

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in the Mideast, appeared to faint Tuesday while testifying before the U.S. Senate.

As he was being questioned by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Petraeus slumped over, looked dazed and was assisted by aides who rushed to his side. A few seconds later, he quickly sat upright again and then left the room under his own power.

Jun 15 18:02

Israel's subs armed with 200 kiloton nuke warhead cruise missiles

Israeli Nuclear Missile Boats Off Iranian Coast
by James Dunnigan
June 14, 2010
Israel is stationing three of its five Dolphin class submarines in the Red Sea, and will keep one of them operating off the Iranian coast at all times. These subs will be armed with cruise missiles (equipped with nuclear warheads).
"The Israelis have developed a cruise missile, which is has a range of 1,500 kilometers and carries a 200 kiloton nuclear warhead. The objective of deploying nukes on subs is to further enhance deterrence to any nation launching a nuclear strike against Israel. If one of the Dolphins are always at sea, even a first strike against Israel would not prevent a nuclear strike by submarine launched nukes."

Jun 15 18:01

In First Oval Office Speech, Obama Seeks to Ease Political Damage of Gulf Crisis

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama's speech was an infinite deal of nothing and not even presented very well. Somewhere a White House aid suggested using his hands to emphasize sincerity. That failed miserably as Obama's hands were for the most totally in sync, which made the gesture look contrived and artificial, sort of like Jean Luc Picard on an indecisive day, or for those my age, Mitch Miller urging us all to follow the bouncing ball.

My wife commented that Obama looked to be trying for a Roosevelt Fireside Chat and failing miserably.

In summation (not hard; it was only an 18 minute speech) Obama stated what we already know; that there is a honking huge hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico leaking vast amounts of oil, BP/Transocean put it there and the Federal Government looked the other way while the safety systems/regulations were bypassed.

Then Obama stated what we also know; that nobody has a good idea how to stop this mess, that their best hope is to put down enough hoses to suck up the oil as fast as it leaks from the blown wellhead. Left unsaid is the growing field of seepage extending for thousands of feet around the wellhead. Nobody has a solution for that. Also left unsaid is that there were already ample safety regulations and a government oversight agency in place, but the Obama administration handed out exemptions and waivers to the oil companies like party favors!

And finally, Obama tried to exploit the Gulf Oil disaster to push through his carbon tax agenda, dead because the globe actually refused to get warmer but now resurrected to deprive Americans of more freedoms and tax money because BP screwed up while the Federal Government looked the other way.

If Obama thought this speech would reduce the political damage from the gulf disaster (and the speech did not seem to address any other issues in a substantive fashion), then he failed. The American people, already furious over Obama's treason in defending Israel following their attack on American aid workers in international waters, are not willing to accept that they must make do with less so that BP can have more.

Obama is a one term President, if indeed the Federal government as a whole is able to survive America's Chernobyl!

Jun 15 17:52

Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Full Text

Obama's Oil Spill Speech: Full Text
June 15, 2010 - 8:05 pm
Remarks of President Barack Obama-As Prepared for Delivery
Address to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Oval Office
As Prepared for Delivery—

Jun 15 17:52

The Role of “Mental Imagery”: Giving a “Human Face” to Racism, Genocide and War

An important tool in the activist’s arsenal is to go for the jugular. Call murder murder and genocide genocide. Call it displacement, extermination, and a war crime when that is what it is and name the exploiters and murderers. Find them and name them. Expose it in the broad society and flyer it in the gated community if you can.
... Expose expose expose and they will need to spend more resources than ever defending their image. And the more they spin the more obvious it becomes that they are spinning.

Jun 15 17:45

A decade too late: DNA test OK'd after Texan criminal's execution

For the second time in a year, the guilt of an inmate executed in Texas is in doubt after a judge ordered DNA testing on a strand of hair that was the only physical evidence linking a man to the murder for which he was killed 10 years ago.

Judge Paul C. Murphy ordered testing done on a 1-inch-long strand that helped prosecutors convict Claude Jones of capital murder in the 1989 shooting death of liquor store owner Allen Hilzendager near Point Blank, about 75 miles north of Houston.

"This is a DNA test that could prove someone was wrongly executed," said Barry Scheck, the co-director of the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center that helped ensure the preservation of the strand of hair.

Jun 15 17:05

Gulf of Mexico oil spill is flowing at a rate of up to 2.52 million gallons a day, scientists say

Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be leaking up to 2.52 million gallons of crude a day.

Jun 15 16:54

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help

WikiLeaks is Asking for Urgent Help
By David Heath
July 15, 2010 "iTWire" -- Following the arrest of the person suspected of leaking the “Collateral Murder” video, WikiLeaks feels that it is under attack and is seeking urgent support.
iTWire received the following message in the past few minutes, it’s meaning is very clear. We ask readers to assist where they can.
WikiLeaks may be under attack.

Jun 15 16:49

Should birth certificates be given to children of illegal immigrants?

It's possible a new immigration proposal in Arizona could come to Utah. This one deals with giving birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants. The Arizona politician who sponsored the new immigration measure now wants to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in this country to undocumented parents.

Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, says the 14th Amendment gives citizenship to people only if they are under the jurisdiction of the United States.

Jun 15 16:41

And its only getting bigger...

Jun 15 15:59

Possible Western Pennsylvania link to Israeli nukes boosted

A recently declassified federal report bolsters a long-simmering Cold War theory that uranium was illegally shipped from an Armstrong County plant in 1965 to Israel to support its nuclear arms efforts.

The once-secret report by the General Accounting Office reveals the FBI initially refused to investigate the disappearance of 206 pounds of weapons-grade uranium-235 from the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corp. -- known as NUMEC -- in Apollo.

Jun 15 15:51

Obama To Push Nightmare Carbon Tax In Oval Office Speech

President Barack Obama will tonight dispense with all restraint and fully exploit the BP oil spill to push the nightmare globalist agenda of a green economy, a carbon tax on human emissions, and an army of environmental enforcers to implement total big government tyranny.

Jun 15 15:17

This is the page at the StarAdvertiser where Israel's "Megaphonie" is screaming that I am a Nazi and a holocaust denier.

Jun 15 15:00

CONFIRMED: Destruction of 9-11 Options Trading Documents

Now, we have confirming evidence from the SEC itself of destruction of these type documents that they may have had in their possession. There is extremely heavy circumstantial evidence that the persons who bought these put options new in advance of the 9-11 attack.

Jun 15 14:59

Mayor Bloomberg Considering Turning New York City Over to Goldman Sachs

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering naming Robert K. Steel as Deputy Mayor of the city, according to NyPo.

Steel was a top lieutenant to former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, both at Goldman Sachs and after at Treasury once Paulson took that position. He was also CEO of Wachovia Corporation.

Jun 15 14:49

Since Spill, St. Joe's Gulf Presence Not a Plus

The tar balls and petroleum sheens from the wreckage of Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig haven't yet made landfall on the white-sand beaches of the eastern Florida Panhandle, but real-estate developer St. Joe Co. is feeling the heat already...

Jun 15 14:42

Independent journalists dismantling Israel's hold on media narrative

Meanwhile, Israel's campaign to spin the attack, distort the facts and quell an outraged public was already in full swing. Concurrently, activists and skeptical journalists began deconstructing the official story and assembling evidence to uncover the truth behind the violent deaths of activists on a humanitarian mission to the besieged Gaza Strip.

From the time the Israeli military apparently jammed the flotilla's communications, and for the next 48 hours as survivors were held incommunicado, their cameras and potentially incriminating footage seized, Israel's account of the raid dominated international headlines.

Jun 15 14:26

More Than 1 In 5 American Children Are Now Living Below The Poverty Line

The overall economic numbers are really bad, but when you examine the impact that this economy is having on children things get
really horrifying. Today, 1 in 5 American children live in poverty and 1 in 4 American children are on food stamps.

Jun 15 14:18

6-Story Jesus Statue in Ohio Struck by Lightning

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Latest word is that the insurance company refuses to pay for the ruined statue, calling it an act of God!

Jun 15 14:06

Fox in the henhouse: can we trust Israeli security companies? Did Israel give us the disease to sell us the cure?

Gordon Duff argues that recent evidence proving that Israel fabricated video scenes from the Freedom Flotilla attack should serve as a wake-up call to alert the world to the activities of Israeli agents worldwide – many of whom work in companies contracted to “guard” international airports – and the real possibility that they could use their positions to stage the next “terrorist” attack.

Jun 15 13:51

Seattle Police Officer Caught on Tape Punching Woman During Jaywalking Stop

Jun 15 13:07

Lebanese women sending aid ship to Gaza: organisers

An aid ship transporting medical supplies to Gaza will leave Lebanon in the coming days with dozens of women activists on board, one of the organisers told AFP on Tuesday.

"We are all independent women who believe in breaking the siege on Gaza and are committed to the enmity of the Zionist entity," said Samar Hajj, who is coordinating the trip.

Jun 15 13:05

Egypt has accepted to issue visa for Iran MPs to visit Gaza

An Iranian parliamentarian Mahmoud Ahmadi-Biqash said Egyptian government has accepted to issue visa for a number of Iranian parliament members to visit Gaza Strip.

Following Zionist regime's deadly attack on an aid flotilla heading to Gaza Strip, a number of Iranian lawmakers have called for visiting Gaza Strip.

Jun 15 13:05

Gaza crossing points opened as Israel bows to international pressure

Israel bowed to international pressure yesterday when it agreed to reopen crossing points into Gaza for everyday goods.

The decision was prompted by criticism of its bloody interception of an aid flotilla two weeks ago and condemnation of the Gaza blockade by the Red Cross.

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Jun 15 12:56

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili "Western claims over Iran ties ridiculous & exaggerated"

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili rejects Western concern over the increasing ties between Tehran and Tbilisi, calling it "ridiculous and exaggerated."

In a recent interview with French daily 20minutes, Saakashvili said his country enjoys the positive trend of cooperation with Iran in various fields of media, energy and economy.

Jun 15 12:12

World Pressure makes Israel Open Gaza Crossings

I figured something had to give, Otherwise it would have turned out Ugly. It still may, but Looks like the world is telling Israel to let the aid ships in.

Jun 15 12:08


Over the years many parallels have been drawn between the American Civil Rights Movement of the 6o’s and the Palestinian Struggle of today. It was the hope of many that one of the Changes promised would be in favour of the Palestinian Cause…. as in all other promises, nothing has changed.

President Obama should be aware of the former…. but he seems unable to make a connection with the latter.. perhaps these Headlines Click on them for report) will help… followed by a Freedom Song that he is singing along to…. but obviously doesn’t understand.

Jun 15 12:07


Jun 15 11:38

Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem

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How Israel feels towards the President that protected Israel after it attacked Americans in international waters.

Jun 15 11:31

Bachmann: Obama ‘Chose To Stand’ With Ahmadinejad And Hamas By Offering Humanitarian Aid To Gazans

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Dear President Obama.

Over the last two weeks you have worked to excuse Israel for the attack on 12 American in international waters, including the shooting death of a 19-year old born in New York. As can be seen by this article, even this treason against the American people is not enough to make Israel happy.

Insanity is defined as repeating the same behavior and expecting a different outcome. It is time to stop being crazy about Israel.

Feeling the Hate In Jerusalem

Jun 15 11:27

High Court to West Bank parents: Desegregate school or face jail time

The court's decision continues the ongoing saga in Immanuel, a settlement in the West Bank, where parents are attempting to segregate Ashkenazi and Sephardi girls.

"No court verdict requires the approval of any rabbi," said Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy on Tuesday during a court hearing on the segregation at the ultra-Orthodox Beit Yaakov girls' school in Immanuel.

The hearing revolved around the continued violation of a High Court of Justice ruling forbidding the segregation of Sephardi and Ashkenazi students. A compromise was supposedly achieved between the religious school board and the parents, but the Ashkenazi girls' parents rejected the compromise and refuse to allow their daughters to return to school.

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Not that the Ashkenzi Jewish families are being racist against the Sephardic Jewish kids and families in their community, or anything like that, right?!? :-)

Jun 15 11:22

Poll: 65% of Jewish Israelis say U.S. Jews should criticize Obama's Mideast policy

Sixty-five percent of Jewish Israelis believe U.S. Jews should criticize the Obama administration's policy toward Israel, according to a survey published in June that was conducted on behalf of the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.

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Memo to President Obama: you have allowed Israel to get away with murder - literally - on your watch, both in terms of supporting Israel's thoroughly vindictive policy against the Palestinians, and the cold-blooded murder of American humanitarian aid workers on the flotilla massacre.

You have done.... absolutely nothing about either situation, and frankly, Americans are tired and furious of this country forking over 3 billion dollars' worth of aid to Israel annually, while homeless Veterans sleep in our streets.

So, here's the deal, Mr. President: stop signing and sending the checks.

Disintegrate the US's military from that of Israel, which is right now is functioning at such an deep level that it has severely negative implications for America's own safety and security.

It is high time that the administration and Congress put the interests of the American people first, second, and third.

Israel is not going to change its attitude of collective hubristic paranoia toward the Palestinian people, and there is nothing you can do to change that. What we will see, very shortly, is a brisk annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank by Israel, with forced expulsions of Palestinians to Gaza.

So, stop writing the checks, and stop integrating our military with that of Israel: this is not working, and it never will.

Let's see what that 3 billion dollars can do to repair American infrastructure; roads, bridges, hospitals, etc..

Because, sir, what what we have in Israel is a pathologically intransigent government impervious to logic, which consistently condemns US foreign policy toward it while holding out its hand begging for more aid.

Jun 15 11:19

ROV films oil leak coming from rock cracks on seafloor.

Jun 15 11:18

66% of Voters Are Angry At The Media

Sixty-six percent (66%) of U.S. voters describe themselves as at least somewhat angry at the media, including 33% who are Very Angry.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% say they are not angry at the media, but that includes just nine percent (9%) who say they are not at all angry.

It’s important to note, however, that the question did not in any way define media or differentiate between media outlets such as CNN and Fox News.

Jun 15 11:03

Israel to EU: Stop your citizens from joining flotillas

Israel asked EU countries to prevent flotilla vessels from leaving from their ports and to prevent their citizens from taking part, turning its attention to the diplomatic front as the wave of boats aiming for Gaza's shores continues to grow.

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Memo to the EU: don't listen to Israel.

This is about getting desperately needed humanitarian aid to the Gazan people, and should have all the encouragement your collective governments can provide.

Jun 15 10:59

Number of vessels sailing to Gaza unclear

The recent deadly Navy raid on the Gaza-bound Marmara ship greatly damaged Israel's image in the world, the political echelon continues to insist that all flotillas attempting to reach the Strip must be stopped.

Nonetheless, the preparations for the next Navy operation – which include an examination of different methods – are being held under conditions of uncertainty.

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Flotilla organizers are obviously keeping their collective heads down regarding plans, and one would only expect that, given the massacre of humanitarian aid workers by the Israeli Navy which happened on 31 May.

Jun 15 10:52

Diskin: No aid crisis in Gaza

No humanitarian crisis exists in Gaza, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) chief Yuval Diskin told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) on Tuesday.

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Memo to Shin Bet Chief Diskin; if there is no humanitarian crisis exists in Gaza, why, according to UNICEF figures, are 14% of Palestinian Gazan children suffering from malnutrition?!?

I'd really love to hear your explanation!

Jun 15 10:47

Israeli Raid Coverage

No, you didn’t miss U.S. news media coverage of this IDF attack on 21-year-old Emily Henchowicz, a student at Cooper Union in New York City who was standing with a group of foreigners during that demonstration near a checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

You didn’t miss it because the mainstream media in the U.S. ignored it. Apparently news of Henchowicz’s maiming was not news deemed worthy enough for print in the New York Times or Washington Post or meriting broadcast network/cable news attention.

It’s no surprise that the avowedly right-wing FOX ignored this incident, but the liberal-leaning MSNBC ignored this story also.

Jun 15 10:47

Israel Media Watch: Beware B'Tselem's Reports

The anti-Zionist B’Tselem human rights organization publicized its annual report regarding Judea and Samaria on Tuesday. Israel Media Watch says it cannot be reported as news.

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Israel's response seems to be, when the facts bite, attempt to delegitimize and shoot the messenger!

B'Tselem's reputation for credibility is not the issue here; it is the consistent abuse of Palestinians by the Israeli authorities.

Jun 15 10:46

Malaysia Condemns the Gaza Attacks

There is good reason that nations from France to Brazil have leaped to condemn Israel for its May 31 attack in international waters on the flotilla which was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza ("Malaysia v. Israel," Review & Outlook, June 9). The widespread condemnation is a manifestation of the international community's grave concern toward the blatant violation of international law and the United Nations Charter. The attack resulted in the death of nine civilians and serious injuries to many others whose only mission was to provide necessities such as food and medicine to the Palestinian people.

Jun 15 10:45

Gaza Flotilla: Global Citizens Must Respond Where Governments Have Failed

Israel's illegal and immoral attack on the Freedom Flotilla humanitarian aid convoy, which left at least nine dead and dozens injured, has rightfully stunned the world. The all-civilian convoy of 6 ships carried over 10,000 tons of critically-needed humanitarian aid and nearly 700 citizens from 40 countries. The Flotilla was an ambitious attempt to break the siege imposed by Israel on the 1.5 million Palestinians of the occupied Gaza strip, since 2007. Carrying distinguished parliamentarians, religious leaders, authors, journalists, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a Holocaust survivor, the relief convoy aimed not only to provide relief supplies to Gaza; it sought to direct the international spotlight towards the humanitarian crisis imposed on Gaza's residents and the imperative to end it.

Jun 15 10:42

Why the oil spill is getting the Oval Office treatment

Perhaps the real crisis of the BP oil spill is that mid-term elections loom and Obama's failure to look as if he has any control over the situation is another threat to his grip on Congress.

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The people of the Gulf, whose lives have been literally destroyed, don't need another speech; they need concrete, reasonable action, and right the heck now!

Jun 15 10:28

Private Contractors and Covert Wars in Latin America

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) threatened to issue subpoenas against the U.S. Defense and State Departments last month if they continue to refuse to accurately account for billions of dollars spent on private contractors assisting Washington in the 'war on drugs' in Latin America. But McCaskill's concerns raise broader questions about oversight and transparency of a controversial industry and its ever expanding role in Washington's foreign policy.

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The "war on drugs" is a farce.

It is about making money for those with close US ties (anyone remember "Iran-Contra"?!?), and shutting down the competition.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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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



“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."

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.'

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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


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


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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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:


"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.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!)

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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


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




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!

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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

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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.

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Jun 14 18:18

North Idaho attorney charged in murder-for-hire plot

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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.)

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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.

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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


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.