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June 14, 2009

Jun 14 09:49

Wishful thinking from Tehran

Since the revolution, academics and pundits have predicted the collapse of the Iranian regime. This week, they did no better

Jun 14 09:45

The truth behind Depleted Uranium (DU) Contamination and its usage

So what now with Gaza? We have the UN War Crimes Investigation Team currently underway but what will they find? What will they choose not to find? What will be the final outcome? Could it again be a denial by the IDF that they did not use DU? Could it be a denial that the US did not export such weapons to Israel? And finally I believe that Israel itself is producing or modifying such weapons at its own nuclear facility. Is anyone brave enough to ask them to reveal their nuclear capability and exactly what is going on in such places as the Negev Desert Facility?

Jun 14 09:40

Bernanke’s Next Parlor Trick

Master illusionist Bernanke is just arranging the props for his next big trick. The fact is, Bernanke anticipated the current wave of deflation and set up a straw man (the banks) to deal with it so it wouldn’t look like he was simply printing more paper to finance the deficits. As soon as rates on 10 year notes hit 4 per cent, the banks (that are borrowing money at 0 per cent) will probably start to purchase Treasuries and keep the housing and retail markets from crashing even faster. It’s called “the old switcheroo” and no one does it better than the Fed.

Jun 14 09:37

Lilly Sold Drug for Dementia Knowing It Didn’t Help, Files Show

Eli Lilly & Co. urged doctors to prescribe Zyprexa for elderly patients with dementia, an unapproved use for the antipsychotic, even though the drugmaker had evidence the medicine didn’t work for such patients, according to unsealed internal company documents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable, but absolutely the kind of behavior we have come to expect from large pharmaceutical companies.

Jun 14 09:35

Iran moves to end 'Facebook revolution'

Supporters of Mir Hussein Moussavi, the presidential challenger whom President Ahmedinejad claims to have defeated with 63.4 per cent of the vote, have emulated the internet campaign techniques used by Barack Obama to appeal to the young generation of Iranians who make up the majority of his support base.

But reports from Tehran say that social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter, the micro-blogging website, were taken down after Mr Ahmadinejad claimed victory. SMS text messaging, a preferred medium of communication for young Iranians, has also been disabled. This is widely suspected to be the result of government interference, but could equally be caused by the poor quality of the network and the heavy demand it is experiencing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Iran has shut down Twitter, why are so many pro-Mousavi tweets flooding twitter right now?

Jun 14 09:28

The Coming Economic Collapse

This is no recession. We are already on our way to a Depression (a GDP contraction of 10%) possibly even another Great Depression. One in nine Americans are currently receiving food stamps. Real unemployment (without birth/death seasonal nonsense and all the other Federal gimmicks) stands at 20%.

So I don't buy the "green shoots" theory at all. Having things get horrendous at a slightly slower rate is NOT a sign of a recovery. Green shoots can pop up anywhere including the asphalt in the parking lot outside my office. That doesn't mean the parking lot is about to become a lush meadow.

Jun 14 09:22

BREAKING - President of election monitoring commission has declared the result invalid

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No translation available yet.


The "committee for the protection of the vote" is not the president's own commission or an official body, but a commission set up by the three opposition candidates.

Jun 14 09:16

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

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Jun 14 09:16

Imran Khan warns of Pakistan’s ‘suicide’

he 56-year-old leader of Pakistan’s Movement for Justice party has been branded pro-Taliban for speaking out against the military operation, which has driven 2.5m people from their homes.

“I’m not pro-Taliban,” he said. “But my point is: shouldn’t we have looked at other options? How do you justify using heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and F-16 fighter-jets in civilian areas? Who in the world does this? Meanwhile all the top Taliban leadership have escaped. It’s so inhuman, what they have done; it will backfire.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As in Afghanistan, what the people of Pakistan need is hope, a political infrastructure which actually listens to its people, redevelopment which actually works, and aid which gets to the people who really need it.

The indiscriminate bombing of civilians will do the same thing in Pakistan as it has in Afghanistan; reap a whirlwind of fury and resentment against the government and the military, causing more and more people to become radicalized against these institutions.

Jun 14 09:13

FBI: Michigan Man Planned Assault, Drove To Ohio

A church music director from Michigan has been arrested on suspicion of driving to Ohio with plans to assault two girls he met on MySpace.

FBI Special Agent Michael Brooks said 32-year-old David Zobel of Ann Arbor is charged with interstate travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

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Yeah, you gotta watch out for those choir directors! :)

Jun 14 09:10

Weapons makers look overseas as Pentagon cuts back

With the United States looking to cut defense costs and rethinking the way it fights wars, many defense companies are looking for international buyers to take the big, pricey weapons that the Pentagon no longer wants or needs fewer of. U.S. contractors are chasing some lucrative deals, but could also face some legal and political hurdles as they hawk weapons overseas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Weapons and weapons systems are about the only things this country makes people want to buy from us anymore.

And as to that statement about "...U.S. contractors are chasing some lucrative deals, but could also face some legal and political hurdles as they hawk weapons overseas."?!? Don't believe this for one flat second!

Funding, overt or covert, which is given in the millions to congressional representatives by these companies, will insure that there are absolutely no hurdles to deal with in the consummation of these deals.

Jun 14 09:01

No change: Obama ambassadorships still go to fundraisers, friends

President Barack Obama promised change, but he's following one time-honored tradition: doling out plum ambassadorships to friends and big-money party donors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is not longer a republic, but a closely held cronyocracy.

We also, for all practical purposes, don't really have two parties, one the democratic party, and the other, republican.

We only have one party now, and that's the war party.

Neither of these developments augur well for the future of this country, and peace on the planet.

Jun 14 08:53

Bush Lawyer Ordered to Testify

A federal judge has ruled that John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer who wrote crucial memorandums justifying harsh interrogation techniques, will have to answer in court to accusations that his work led to a prisoner’s being tortured and deprived of his constitutional rights.

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It should be Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice right up there along with Yoo.

And if they refuse to testify, waterboard them all!

Jun 14 08:51

Afghan villagers slain as they took cover

Tears streaming down her face, the Afghan woman sat in a corner of a room with no roof and broken windows, mourning 19 of her closest and dearest relatives. “They were parts of my heart,” she said.

Six weeks after American warplanes bombed her village in Farah province, on Afghanistan’s remote western border, mistakenly killing dozens of innocent women and children, the terror of the moment when the bombs fell and the ground erupted, turning one mud-walled house after another into rubble, still lives in her mind.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This fallout from the continuous indiscriminate killing civilians is going to further poison the minds of Afghans against the US and NATO, and make the Taliban almost look like the good guys.

This is the absolute opposite outcome from what the US and NATO have declared they want to happen.

The answer here is not, nor has it ever been a "military victory". The old Soviet Union tried to pacify this country with 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground, and failed utterly.The total troop strength of the US and NATO is far smaller than that, even with Obama's much-vaunted "surge".

What the Afghan people need is hope, a responsible government which provides for them to some degree, infrastructure, reconstruction, and aid which actually helps the people for which it was intended.

But unless and until the US and NATO can actually come up to the plate on these issues, the military campaign is, for all intents and purposes, doomed.

Jun 14 08:47


Despite every zionist and American attempt to discredit the man, the Iranian people reelected Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a second term as President of their nation. From the HaAretz article above, Israel seems prepared to live with that. Hopefully the United States will as well. Perhaps this could be the beginning of the ‘Change’ we keep hearing about.

Jun 14 08:46


Jun 14 08:46

A 'Coup' in Iran? We Don't Know.

The official results claim Amadinejad has 65% of the votes while, immediately after the voting closed, Mousavi's side claimed 54% for itself. Obviously that does not add up and "western" sources suggest fraud by Ahmadinejad. I am not so sure. The numerical difference seems too high for simple fraud.

In the last election Ahmadinejad also won with some 60+% against the very rich and corrupt Rafsanshani but the turnout then was low and Mousavi is perceived to not be corrupt. But two days ago Rafsanshani wrote an open letter against Ahmadinejad and that may well have been bad for Mousavi.

Jun 14 08:41

Ibanez, Donaghy cases refuel the debate about blogging

"They [bloggers] are doing some great things," said Mike Hoyt, the executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review. "In many ways, they're helping the conversation get bigger. But the optimist in me hopes that at some point some of the time-tested old-media standards will rub off on them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, like repeating government talking points as holy writ!"

You know, like THIS EXAMPLE!

Jun 14 08:38

Gonzales Memo Advised Bush How to Avoid War Crimes Charges

In the book, the authors use the documents to show that the torture policies enacted by the White House began on Jan. 25, 2002, when then-White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales advised Bush in a memo to deny al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners protections under the Geneva Conventions. Gonzales’s memorandum says that by denying Geneva Conventions protections to al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners it “substantially reduces the threat of domestic criminal prosecution under the War Crimes Act” and “provide a solid defense to any future prosecution.”

Jun 14 08:33

One year on, Guantanamo cases stall in courts

One year after the Supreme Court granted prisoners at Guantanamo Bay the right to challenge their detention in US federal courts, few have benefited from the ruling due to political concerns.

It was exactly one year ago Friday that the high court, in a landmark five-to-four majority ruling titled Boumediene v. Bush, granted the writ of habeas corpus to the "war on terror" detainees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the reason that most of these guys haven't been sprung yet?

American embarrassment.

Had these trials gone forward according to real American law, most of these cases would have been thrown out of court almost instantly, and most of these men would have walked away free.

The US didn't - and doesn't - want this to happen, because these men would start to talk about how they were captured - many for bounty - and what the true nature of their incarceration was like at Gitmo.

That's why some people, like Cheney, would like to have them all executed, without trial, so that no one will know precisely what happened to them at the hands of a country which preaches freedom, human rights, and human dignity, and is allegedly still a signatory to the Geneva Accords.

Owl 1
Jun 14 08:26

US Media Campaign to Discredit Iranian Election

Was the Iranian election a fraud?

That’s what our great western media sources want us to believe. While scanning through the coverage, I could not find one mainstream news article which covered the election results in an objective, unbiased manner. Either prominently displayed in the title or first paragraph, each of the articles suggest the election was a fraud.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is interesting. Israel wanted Ahmadinejad to remain in power in order to continue the ramp up to having the US invade. Clearly, those in the US who wanted to avoid way saw a way out of the morass if Ahmadinejad's defeat.

So, Israeli vote riggers at war with American vote-riggers?

And will Israel strike at Iran's power station during the turmoil?

Jun 14 08:25

800,000 Callers Phone Digital TV Hot Line

That people are calling the FCC hotline about the issue of analog to digital television conversion, but not calling their congressional representatives to protest loudly about the funding for these wars without end, coupled with all of the corporate bailouts taxing them to death, is telling indeed.

Jun 14 08:19

Report: Shell ‘co-opted Nigerian military’

In its efforts to contain protests over its environmentally devastating operations in Nigeria, Shell Oil systematically co-opted the country’s military to suppress opposition to its operations.

That Shell was so actively involved in the violent suppression of the Ogoni people comes as no surprise to environmental and social justice activists, who have alleged misdeeds by Shell in Nigeria for decades. But the documents obtained by The Independent, if accurate, would provide a historical record of the situation for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can almost bet that SHELL was not alone in these kinds of practices.

The recently settled lawsuit involving the family of Ken Saro-Wiwa was an attempt at damage control.

Jun 14 08:18

Ex-Bush attorney Yoo ordered to testify in Padllia case

Former Bush administration attorney John Yoo was ordered on Friday by a federal judge in San Francisco to testify in an appeal brought by Jose Padilla, an American citizen who was held for more than three years and allegedly tortured while in U.S. military custody.

Jun 14 07:44

What Christians Don’t Know About Israel

American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. This being the case, is there any hope of ever changing U.S. policy? American Presidents as well as most members of Congress support Israel — and they know why. U.S. Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers.

The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. This group is the vast majority of Americans. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood.

Jun 14 07:41

Alex Jones Calls Glenn Beck Out

Jun 14 07:22

The 18th Brumaire of Barack Obama

When I announce that I am a socialist, I guess it is no surprise because we are all socialists now. We just bought General Motors … The fact is that we now have Marxism realized. We own the means of production and we did not have to fire a single shot. It is really quite phenomenal what went on today.

– Pat Martin, NDP MP for Winnipeg Centre, in the House of Commons, Monday, June 1, 2009

Jun 14 06:59

Who Will Pay for Health Care?

There’s a jumbled, increasingly hysterical tone to the health care debate going on in Washington. On each side of the uproar lie powerful and opposing interests: on one side the giant corporations who make billions of dollars via the status quo; and on the other, the majority of working people who suffer immensely from it.

Creating a health care “compromise” between these two interests is of course impossible, but seeing the politicians in Congress attempt one is at least good entertainment.

Jun 14 06:57

I'm Beginning To Think This Whole Thing About James Von Brunn is a Hoax

Okay, I now believe that the holocaust museum shooting was a hoax - like most of these stories, it's already beginning to fall apart. They identified this guy way too quickly, and then identified him as a so-called "White supremacist," within a few minutes of finding out his name. This story appears to have been choreographed and rehearsed by the ADL/SPLC and the media. This guy is being tied in with ALL the enemies of the Jews, i.e. 9-11 truthers, the USS Liberty folk, pro-lifers, White nationalists, so-called neo-Nazis, North Idaho, etc... etc...."




Jun 14 06:20

Why Ahmadinejad Won the Iranian Elections

But there is more to it than just rich against poor. It seems that the “reformers”, when they had their chance of governing, had their hands far too deep in the public pockets. And the majority of the Iranian people are just sick and tired of a culture of corruption something that is still a leftover of the Shah Reza Pahlavi regime, which was as corrupt as it was brutal.

Jun 14 03:36

By way of destabilization, thou shalt do war

Ahmadinejad won, in accordance with the polls and the general consensus in Iran about what was going to happen (and almost certainly because he spread the oil wealth around more equitably, and his honest speech to Durban II didn't hurt him either).. .but losers often are sore losers, and there appears to be a clear class conflict being displayed here (rich urbanites versus everybody else).

Owl 2

June 13, 2009

Jun 13 23:56

Psychologists Weigh In On 9/11

An article published in U.S. News & World Report (originally written by the Society for Science and the Public) quotes a couple of psychologists, one sociologist and one historian to argue that people who question the government's version of 9/11 are prone to false thinking.

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"You're all FRUIT LOOPS if you don't trust the government!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 13 23:55

American al Qaeda member acknowledges Jewish ancestry

In a new anti-Israel, anti-U.S. video, an American al Qaeda member makes reference to his Jewish ancestry for the first time in an official al Qaeda message.

Jun 13 23:52

Kids attend prom from 'sexual hell'

Family advocates are outraged by a prom held at Boston City Hall that was open to children apparently as young as 12 featuring crossdressers, homosexual heavy petting, suspected drug use and a leather-clad doorman who teaches sexual bondage classes.

Jun 13 23:43

FBI swarms NY auction house in anthrax false alarm

FBI agents created a stir in Schenectady when they swarmed an auction house wearing hazardous materials suits, reportedly to check out a suspicion that there might be anthrax in the trash at the building.

But the episode Friday turned out to be a false alarm.

Jun 13 21:13

Flashback: Gov't Illusions, Frame-ups, No "Lone nuts"

Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
Part I: The Grand Illusion, By Lisa Pease
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy is also a carefully constructed illusion, designed to confuse and obfuscate. Imagine what the eyewitnesses in the crowded pantry saw. Robert Kennedy had obviously been shot, and Sirhan was firing a weapon. Sirhan must have killed Kennedy. And yet, the physical evidence does not support this conclusion.
BOBBY, I DIDN'T KNOW!, by Michael Ruppert

Jun 13 20:58

Man sues over 55-hour erection

FORMER prison inmate, Dawud Yaduallah is suing a nurse in the United States, claiming that he suffered an erection that lasted 55 hours as a side effect of medication he had been given.

Yaduallah, 43, said he had to wait more than two days before being taken from the New York prison to hospital for treatment, reported The New York Post on Monday.

According to media reports, Yaduallah said that his daily dosage of anti-psychotic medication was increased by 25 per cent by nurse Judith Lovelace and as a side effect he had a persistent and painful erection.

Jun 13 20:34

This is not how you do it… T-Mobile Hacked

Wow. That’s all I can say. T-Mobile is hacked BIGTIME and from the looks of things, I’d say they knew about it. Typically in these sorts of situations, the hackers will contact the company they just owned and try to buy their silence. Now, if the company refuses, then that data gets shopped around.


Let’s think about this for just one second, here’s a bit of info T-Mobile has on you…

» Full Name
» Home Address
» Phone Number
» Answers to private security questions (commonly reused by people from site to site)
» Social Security Number
» Birthdate
» Credit Card Number
» Credit Card Expiration Date
» Credit Card CCV Value (possibly, vendors aren’t supposed to store, but you never know)
» Billing address if it differs from your Main acct address.

Jun 13 20:29

Get a 6-foot HDMI cable for $3.19 shipped

As regular Cheapskate readers know, HDMI cables are insanely overpriced. Pity the uninformed consumer who walks into, say, Best Buy, and walks out $40 to $90 poorer. Happens all the time.

But it doesn't have to. Help me spread the word: Eforcity (via Amazon) has a 6-foot HDMI cable for just $3.19 shipped. (Actually, the cable's only 21 cents, shipping costs $2.98. That drives me nuts, so I stayed focused on the total price. Which is awesome.)

Jun 13 20:25

Google Is Top Tracker of Surfers in Study

Google showed up as the most conspicuous tracker on third-party sites. Google Analytics, a free product that allows online publishers to gather statistics about visitors to their sites, was used on 81 of the top 100 sites. Cookies from the advertising company DoubleClick, which is owned by Google, were present on 70 of those sites. When combining trackers from those two services, Google had a presence on 92 of the top 100 sites. Others weren’t far behind. Cookies from Atlas, Microsoft’s DoubleClick rival, appeared on 60 sites, and trackers from two other analytics companies, Quantcast and Omniture, showed up on 54 sites.

Jun 13 20:21

Israeli military develops robot snake for battlefield, children's nightmares

While this is by no means the first time we've seen a robotic snake prototype, it isn't every day that we find one so close to deployment. This self-propelling, two feet long robot can crawl along the ground, climb through debris, and even stand erect to give the operator a better view. The Israeli Defense Force is will use this thing for routine surveillance and reconnaissance, broadcasting video and sound to a monitor and control station. And if this is not enough? In that case, the prototype can be wired with explosives -- making it, according to the Jerusalem Post, a "suicide snake." Fun! And rather upsetting.

Jun 13 13:31

Anti-Abortion Blogger Admits Hoax

In just a few short months, hundreds of thousands of readers driven to the site from other anti-abortion and religious sites praised the mother for her strength and her devout Christian faith.

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There is a seeker born every minute!

Jun 13 13:27

State Department official tells how much Fox paid him

President Obama's special envoy to the Persian Gulf region, Dennis Ross, was paid $106,000 last year for appearing on Fox News TV programs, according to his amended disclosure, filed thanks to the persistence of USA TODAY reporter Ken Dilanian.

Owl 3
Jun 13 13:24


May I start by quoting a South African who emphatically stated as far back as 1961 that “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel like South Africa, is an apartheid state” (Rand Daily Mail, 23 Novemeber 1961). Those were not the words of Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Tutu or Ruth First, but were uttered by none other than the architect of apartheid itself, racist Prime Minister, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd.

Jun 13 13:21

Judgment day: broke California faces shutdown at Arnie Schwarzenegger ’s hands

Jun 13 11:49

Now Playing at the "Holocaust Museum" - The Lone Nut

Today another "lone nut"has changed the course of history. Like "lone nut" James Earl Ray and "lone nut" Sirhan Sirhan, as well as "lone nuts" Arthur Bremer and Ted Kaczynski, James von Brunn now joins the ranks of the Cryptocracy's hit parade. What a "coincidence"!

Jun 13 11:45

Seven Civil War stories your teacher never told you

The island was owned by land developer Bernard Kock, who claimed he had approved a black American colony with the Haitian government.

No one bothered to call him on that claim.

Following a smallpox outbreak on the boat ride down, hundreds of black colonizers were abandoned on the island with no housing prepared for them, as Kock had promised.

To make matters worse, the soil on Cow Island was too poor for any serious agriculture. In January 1864, the Navy rescued the survivors from the ripoff colony.

Jun 13 11:43

FLASHBACK - Joe Biden: Oct. 19, 2008 - Obama Will Be "Tested"

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One more month to go.

Jun 13 11:41


Jun 13 11:38

Security Guard Shot at Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.;

MARIA: Well, we were in the "Remember the Children" exhibit. We were
just exiting and we heard shooting.

I ran towards the glass doors to see what was going on. I thought it
was a joke or something. And there I could see a security man pull out
his gun and shoot towards the shooter.

I also saw another security man on his belly. There was blood
everywhere. So I didn't actually see him get shot, but I saw that he
was badly hurt and he did get shot.

HENRY: And then you saw some of the return fire from the security personnel?

MARIA: Yes, it hit the security man. I am not sure where, but he was
flat on his back.

HENRY: Do you remember what floor -- is that the second floor?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I was wondering how James Von Brunn, using a .22 rifle made almost a century ago, could kill a guard.

Sounds like the guard was also hit by friendly fire.

Jun 13 10:52

Local military, civilian police training builds skills

Security forces Airmen kicking in doors were only part of the action during a joint training exercise, where 21st Security Forces Squadron Airmen teamed with members of the Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, among other police agencies.

The training combined classroom instruction with field training exercises where agencies practiced various special weapons and tactics techniques, explosive entry techniques and tactical movement. Explosives were incorporated to add to the realistic nature of the scenarios.

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Why is this "training" important for civilian law enforcement officers?!?

Take a good, hard look at the picture in the upper right: this is a manifestation of just how terrified this government is of its population; all of it.

Jun 13 10:49

US Media Campaign to Discredit Iranian Election

Was the Iranian election a fraud? That’s what our great western media sources want us to believe. While scanning through the coverage, I could not find one mainstream news article which covered the election results in an objective, unbiased manner. Either prominently displayed in the title or first paragraph, each of the articles suggest the election was a fraud. The obvious question arises - If their electoral system can’t be trusted, why were they watching the results so “closely” in the first place?

Jun 13 10:30


Around 280,000 Jewish settlers live in 121 settlements — almost 200,000 more live in East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli-based Peace Now group, which wants settlements in the West Bank evacuated so that a two-state solution can be pursued.

But this is land the Palestinians want as a future state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Critics – both within and beyond Israel – say the settlements are nothing more than a land grab that only complicates the task of achieving a lasting peace; but many settlers say the West Bank is Jewish land and if Palestinians want to live there they must abide by Israeli law.

Jun 13 10:20

American Cops Steal Money From Drivers To Take Trips To Hawaii

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This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "to protect and serve", emblazoned on the doors of so many police vehicles!

The audio is somewhat munged, but you very clearly get the point.

Jun 13 10:13

The Latest Torture Cover-Up Scam

Apparently, people who inflict torture under U.S government orders are entitled to their good name, regardless of how many innocent people they kill. It is ironic to see such solicitude for the rights of individuals who may have violated the Geneva Convention. Perhaps privacy rights are the only rights that government respects any more. But the only people who are entitled to privacy are those who followed orders and committed horrendous crimes.

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The US use of torture is completely antithetical to our American values as expressed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The US use of torture is only engineered to create confessions with which to achieve geopolitical outcomes: never to determine the truth.

As reported in

on 10 May, 2009:

"Prisoner Who Tied Iraq to Al-Qaeda Found Dead in Libyan Jail"
"Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, whose false tortured confession was used as basis for Bush's war, has reportedly committed suicide..."

It is very clear that this torture-induced confession was the lie with which Bush linked Iraq and Al-Quaeda, and was the pretext upon which Bush urged Congress to vote on the resolution authorizing the President to go to war against Iraq in 2002.

How convenient the timing of that "suicide" was for Washington, just when the issue of the torture scandal was beginning to get some traction!

The US use of torture has, for all practical purposes, withdrawn the US from any human rights treaty to which we have ever been a signatory. This includes the Geneva Conventions, and its very specific language about the treatment of prisoners.

The US use of torture has made this country a laughingstock around the world. For all of our talk about peace, human rights, and human dignity, the world knows we observe those values in the breach, not in the fulfillment, of those ideals.

We are seen, and rightly so, as hypocritical warmongers who talk about peace, but wage war to conquer other countries' natural resources.

Finally,having legitimized the use of torture on foreign prisoners, the US has just given carte blanche for other countries holding American civilians or military personnel precisely the same thing.

Chew on that for a while.

Jun 13 10:03


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayad has made a formal complaint to the Canadian government regarding the intention of Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum to collaborate with the Israel Antiquities Authority to host “Dead Sea Scrolls: Words that Changed the World” from June 27 to January 3, 2010.

Palestinian Archaeological Department Director-General, Hamdan Taha, explains, “The exhibition would entail exhibiting or displaying artifacts removed from the Palestinian territories. I think it is important that Canadian institutions would be ?responsible and act in accordance with Canada’s obligations.”

Jun 13 10:02

Sydney man says 'no evidence' of $1.5b scam

The South African businessman alleged to have swindled $1.5 billion from investors in a Ponzi scheme has challenged authorities to produce evidence against him.

It has been claimed Barry Tannenbaum, a South African who lives in Sydney, defrauded investors through his pharmaceutical imports business.

Jun 13 09:46

* Home * About Antiwar.com * Donate * Blog * US Casualties * Contact * Latest News * Letters As Gates Promises to Reduce Afghan Civilian Toll, NATO Kills More

During fighting in Afghanistan’s Kunar Province NATO forces fired artillery at civilians, killing two and wounding five others. NATO declined to provide further details about the killings, but said it was investigating the matter.

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Unflipping believable.

How long do the knuckleheads in Washington think that Karzai can keep a lid on the natural tendency of people to want to retaliate against those forces which are killing their kids, brothers, wives, and grandfathers?

Tyrants and their enablers are only tolerated for just so long in human history; then, something snaps.

Ask the people of Romania about that: they have a very clear understanding of how that worked when their dictator Chauchescu was killed by a furious populace.

Jun 13 09:39

CIA Secrecy on Drone Attacks Data Hides Abuses

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s refusal to share with other agencies even the most basic data on the bombing attacks by remote-controlled unmanned predator drones in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, combined with recent revelations that CIA operatives have been paying Pakistanis to identify the targets, suggests that managers of the drone attacks programs have been using the total secrecy surrounding the program to hide abuses and high civilian casualties.

In April, The News, a newspaper in Lahore, Pakistan, published figures provided by Pakistani officials indicating that 687 civilians have been killed along with 14 al-Qaeda leaders in some 60 drone strikes since January 2008 – just over 50 civilians killed for every al-Qaeda leader.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The CIA doesn't care about the heavy collateral damage, if they think they get one or two "bad guys" by killing 40 or 50 non-combatants (women, kids, the medically fragile, and the elderly) at a pop.

Unfortunately, this indiscriminate killing tends to radicalize the survivors to the point where suddenly, the Taliban start to look like the good guys.

If there was a US governmental agency which absolutely deserves a booby prize for creating completely unintended consequences, generating the absolute opposite outcomes from what had been the goals in these wars without end, the CIA is a brilliant contender!

Jun 13 09:30

Israeli officials: Iran vote shows growing threat

The apparent re-election of hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underscores the growing threat posed by Tehran and its nuclear ambitions, two senior Israeli politicians said Saturday, urging the world not to engage in dialogue with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely predictable, and right on time!

The comments on Ahmadinejad's win, covered in a previous article here, seems to have been validated by the issuing of these statements by Ayalon and Shalom, although characterized as "...personal views and not those of the Israeli government."

Had the Israeli government had any objections to these statements, they would not have been made.

Jun 13 09:24

Ahmadinejad enjoys second surprise triumph

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shook off accusations from moderate opponents of economic mis-management and criticism of his confrontational foreign policy with the West to win a second term as Iranian president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The neo-cons in Washington and the hawks in Tel Aviv are probably toasting this news with champagne, as bizarre as that may sound.

This means they won't have to "re-invent the wheel" in terms of having to demonize yet a new Iranian president, which would cause their timetable for a military attack against Iran to slip.

Jun 13 09:19

Six Flags Goes Under; Seeks Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Six Flags, the world’s largest regional amusement-park company, is seeking chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says it has to restructure and/or default on $1.8 billion of debt. Today’s bankruptcy filing came after a failed attempt to renegotiate with creditors.

Jun 13 09:17

Witnesses: Ethiopian troops enter Somalia

Somali residents say heavily-armed Ethiopian soldiers have crossed into central Somalia by entering a border town controlled by a pro-government militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia have previously been supported by the US government.

One might well assume that this situation is no different, and for precisely the same reason; who gets control of Somalia's natural resources, which include uranium, and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, and gypsum.

The Chinese have been making deals for natural resources in Africa; unfortunately, the US's response to needing other countries' resources is either to engineer a regime change, bomb, or having a proxy army doing our fighting for us.

It appears we are seeing that third option playing out here.

Jun 13 08:59


After Obama’s candid address in Cairo, Israel’s prime minister is gearing up to swamp hopes of peace in impossible conditions and demands

Jun 13 08:58

U.S. drug czar calls for end to "war on drugs"

The Obama administration's top drug cop plans to spend more money on treating addiction and scale down the "war on drugs" rhetoric as part of an overhaul of U.S. counternarcotics strategy.

But don't expect the White House to consider legalizing marijuana, drug czar Gil Kerlikowske said on Friday.

"The discussion about legalization is not a part of the president's vocabulary under any circumstances and it's not a part of mine," Kerlikowske said in a telephone interview.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, there will be no discussion of legalization of drugs; way too many people are making way too much money to let that happen!

Jun 13 08:58


Village sues Canada companies cashing in on occupation

Jun 13 08:56

Ousted AmeriCorps watchdog defends waste probe

An inspector general fired by President Barack Obama said Friday he acted "with the highest integrity" in investigating AmeriCorps and other government-funded national service programs. Gerald Walpin said in an interview with The Associated Press that he reported facts and conclusions "in an honest and full way" while serving as inspector general at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In a letter to Congress on Thursday, Obama said he had lost confidence in Walpin and was removing him from the position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving yet again that no matter which President of which party resides the White House, this is a government of the cronies, by the cronies, and for the cronies!

Jun 13 08:47

N.Korea to build more nuclear bombs after UN vote

"It has become an absolutely impossible option for the DPRK (North Korea) to even think about giving up its nuclear weapons," the statement said, adding it would consider any blockade as an act of war and would retaliate militarily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US has given North Korea and the world a magnificent object lesson as to what happens to countries which do not have a nuclear deterrent, as in the case of Iraq.

The sanctions have driven North Korea even further away from any negotiations, no matter how much China would like to see them come back to the table.

China and North Korea have a mutual defense treaty.

The US and South Korea have a mutual defense treaty.

One really stupid move by anyone here (particularly in the case of a botched maritime interdiction) could conceivably spark a huge military confrontation, with China and the US with no option but to honor their respective treaty agreements to North and South Korea.

I would like to hope that some adults in the room in the corridors of power in Seoul,Washington, and Beijing are working 24/7 to prevent that from happening.

Jun 13 08:46

Officer gets 40 months after beating 60-year-old man in wheelchair

A Chicago police officer has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for beating a 60 year old man who was handcuffed and shackled to a hospital emergency room wheelchair.

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Jun 13 08:45

China sub collides with array towed by U.S. ship: report

A Chinese submarine accidentally collided with an underwater sonar array being towed by a U.S. military ship, CNN reported on Friday, quoting an unnamed military official.

The incident occurred on Thursday near Subic Bay off the coast of the Philippines, according to the CNN report.

The destroyer USS John S. McCain was towing the array, deployed to track underwater sounds.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not very well, apparently.

Jun 13 08:43

Senators held stock in bailed-out banks

Senators who oversee the $700 billion Wall Street rescue package held stocks in many of the banks bailed out towards the end of last year, according to financial disclosure reports released Friday.

Jun 13 08:42

Lebanon accuses Israel of election tampering

Lebanese Telecommunication Minister Gibran Bassil accused Israel on Tuesday of causing massive disruptions in cellular communication in the country ahead and on Election Day on Sunday.

Jun 13 08:40

Rifle used in museum shooting too old to trace, official says

It is not possible for authorities to trace the rifle used in this week's shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum to the original purchaser, a law enforcement source said Friday.

The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation, said the weapon is a Winchester Model 6, .22 caliber rifle -- a type of gun manufactured between 1908 and 1928 -- long before records were kept on gun purchases.

Jun 13 08:38

American Cops Steal Money From Drivers To Take Trips To Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cops using civil forfeiture laws to loot money from citizens to take trips to Hawaii.

Jun 13 08:33

Will torture probe target Bush officials? Top Dem says ’stand by’

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on MSNBC that while the Senate has indeed been examining finer details of CIA torture authorized by the Bush administration, there are “chain of command” issues still to come.

So, I guess, stand by,” he told Rachel Maddow on Thursday night.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whitehouse is grandstanding.

He knows that because Democrats were ultimately just as complicit as Republicans when it came to signing off on torture, these charges will never see the light of day.

And ultimately - and ironically - it will be President Obama who will prevent any kinds of trials for torture from happening.

Jun 13 08:32

US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama wants to create an artificial housing shortage in order to drive home prices back up again. Great for the bankers who issue the mortgages, not so great for those of you shackled to the payments for life.

Jun 13 08:30


Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.

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Jun 13 08:29

Pentagon Cyber Command seen as threat to civil liberties

Although the article’s conclusion that cybersecurity is nothing more than a “euphemism for keeping the rabble in line” is not widely shared, even the experts interviewed by the Times expressed unusually strong fears of a threat to civil liberties.

Peace activist Frida Berrigan — the daughter of renowned Vietnam War protester Philip Berrigan — told the Times of her concern that “if the Pentagon and the military services see cyberspace as a battlefield domain, then the lines protecting privacy and our civil liberties get blurred very, very quickly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And which people constitute this "rabble", as defined by this government?

1. People who employ logic, critical thinking, and have the capacity for research.

2. People with the willingness and courage to ask the desperately "need to be asked" questions which might "embarrass" the government

3. People who refuse to drink the koolaid of fear being pumped into our glass endlessly by corporate media.

4. People who understand that the moral backbone of this country is expressed and enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

5. People who share their logic-based conclusions with others, many times through the internet.

If you qualify here, understand that this government is very, very afraid of you.

Jun 13 08:23

Kerry defends Iran's right to enrich Uranium

US Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senator John Kerry supports Iran's legal right to enrich uranium under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

During an interview with the UK's Financial Times published on June 11, John Kerry, the Senior Democrat on foreign policy in the US Senate, called the longstanding demand that Iran stop enriching uranium as ”ridiculous.”

He reiterated that asking Iranians to give up their rights within the NPT was bombastic diplomacy and wasted energy.

Jun 13 08:22

Judge: Ex-Bush lawyer can be sued over torture

A prisoner who says he was tortured while being held for nearly four years as a suspected terrorist can sue former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo for coming up with the legal theories that justified his alleged treatment, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet Obama steps in to block this one, too.

Jun 13 08:21

Feds want secrecy over alleged torture flights

The Obama administration increased its defense Friday of secrecy surrounding an alleged CIA program of torture flights, asking a federal appeals court to set aside its ruling allowing foreign captives to sue a Bay Area company that reportedly helped plan the flights.

Jun 13 08:20

White House Browbeats Dem Freshmen On War Money: "You'll Never Hear From Us Again"

The White House is playing hardball with Democrats who intend to vote against the supplemental war spending bill, threatening freshmen who oppose it that they won't get help with reelection and will be cut off from the White House, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) said Friday.

"We're not going to help you. You'll never hear from us again," Woolsey said the White House is telling freshmen. She wouldn't say who is issuing the threats, and the White House didn't immediately return a call. [UPDATE: White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says Woolsey's charge is not true.]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you can't believe the White House ... never mind.

Jun 13 08:19

The Bush/Cheney Nightmare, Redux

But I'm no longer trying to persuade anyone of anything. Those people smart enough to have seen what went on during the Bush administration have figured things out a long time ago, and the remaining die-hards who have been sniping at Obama's attempts to clean up the mess will never see the truth of what happened to our nation during the Bush years. But in view of all the harm that's been done, most of us aren't nearly angry enough. We were screwed, blued, tattooed and lied to.

Jun 13 08:17

America's socialism for the rich

The US has a huge corporate safety net, allowing the banks to gamble with impunity, but offers little to struggling individuals

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not socialism, it is fascism. In a fascist economy, corporate profits are kept by the corporations, but losses are socialized. This makes it an even worse system than socialism for the people.

Jun 13 08:16

Jerusalem rail operator jumps ship, Tel Aviv group isn't even responding

The light rail projects for Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are both facing difficulties. In a body-blow to the future Jerusalem light rail, the French company Veolia, which was supposed to run the train system after its construction, is abandoning the project.

Jun 13 08:15


A riot erupted at a Brooklyn restaurant last week when Orthodox Jewish patrons discovered the "kosher" hot dogs on the menu were chicken franks that didn't answer to a higher authority.

What ensued was as unholy as the hot dogs. The eatery's frightened manager was punched in the face and fended off the angry mob with an electric carving knife until cops finally broke up the frankfurter fracas.

Jun 13 08:13

Why the hell should I feel sorry, says girl soldier who abused Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison

In this deeply disturbing interview, the trailer trash torturer who appalled the world by appearing in shocking 'souvenir' photographs remains utterly unrepentant and says she has 800 MORE torture photos that could rock the White House

Jun 13 08:12

The coming collapse of the American middle class

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American dream...

If you think things have changed for American
families in the last 30 to 40 years, you're right.

Saving rates have gone from nearly 10% to
less than zero.

Fixed costs like housing and medical care
have skyrocketed.

Income volatility has exploded as job
security has imploded.

One sign of the times is that Americans are going
bankrupt in record numbers.

But the full story is even bleaker than even these
numbers reveal.

Jun 13 08:07

Aircraft maker Cessna to cut 1,300 more jobs

Cessna Aircraft Co., the nation’s largest builder of corporate jets, has announced an additional 1,300 layoffs. The cuts mean the company will have slashed its work force in half since the recession began. The recession has hurt demand for corporate jets.

Jun 13 08:03

Legalize “It”

Anyway, we here at Mantiq al-Tayr have declared June 13th, 2009 to be known henceforth as “Spying for Israel Day” and we demand that the U$ Congress pass a bill that makes legal what is going on anyway. Yes, we demand that the U$ Knesset pass a bill, maybe they could just attach it to the hate crimes bill, that proclaims officially that it is legal, indeed even encouraged, to spy for Israel against the United States.

What pray tell could have prompted the tuyuur at Mantiq al-Tayr to make such a momentous announcement? Well, as we have argued in the past, it looks like Righteous Gentile Larry Franklin never did spend a day in jail. In fact, he is not even in the US prison system according to Xymphora.

Jun 13 08:01

Blowing with the vomit-inducing wind

So as a Democratic member of the United States Congress you can first support a public health plan and then oppose it, or you can oppose it and then support it, or you can simultaneously sort of oppose it and sort of support it -- depending entirely on the hour of day, place, and audience.

Integrity. Always integrity. That's what sustains us through these troubled times.

Jun 13 07:59

"Terrorist" Threat to Keep Toxic Coal Ash Sites Secret?

Dozens of communities nationwide are at risk from a coal ash spill like the one that blanketed a Tennessee neighborhood last year, but the Obama administration has decided not to tell the public about it because of the danger of a terrorist attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a total scam. What is really going on here is that citizens concerned about life and health-threatening pollution will no longer be allowed to investigate, because "terrorists" might use that information.

Jun 13 07:57

How the spooks took over the news

........ The Pentagon has now designated "information operations" as its fifth "core competency" alongside land, sea, air and special forces. Since October 2006, every brigade, division and corps in the US military has had its own "psyop" element producing output for local media. This military activity is linked to the State Department's campaign of "public diplomacy" which includes funding radio stations and news websites. In Britain, the Directorate of Targeting and Information Operations in the Ministry of Defence works with specialists from 15 UK psyops, based at the Defence Intelligence and Security School at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.

In the case of British intelligence, you can see this combination of reckless propaganda and failure of oversight at work in the case of Operation Mass Appeal. This was exposed by the former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter, who describes in his book, Iraq Confidential, how, in London in June 1998, he was introduced to two "black propaganda specialists" from MI6 who wanted him to give them material which they could spread through "editors and writers who work with us from time to time".

Jun 13 07:56

US House to debate Ron Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ bill

After months of activism and lobbying by Congressman Ron Paul’s supporters, House Resolution 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, will move out of committee to be debated by the full House of Representatives.

In a show of cross-party unity, Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich became the bill’s 218th co-sponsor, pushing it over the threshold for debate in Congress.

The bill, which achieved its 222nd co-sponsorship on Thursday, has been in consideration by the House Financial Services Committee since Feb. 26.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the top story IMHO. And the Federal Reserve will fight this any way they can even to the point of threatening to crash the system itself rather than allow inspection of how it has swindled the American people all this last century.

Money knows no morality.

Jun 13 07:52

Fed Would Be Shut Down If It Were Audited, Expert Says

The Federal Reserve's balance sheet is so out of whack that the central bank would be shut down if subjected to a conventional audit, Jim Grant, editor of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, told CNBC.

With $45 billion in capital and $2.1 trillion in assets, the central bank would not withstand the scrutiny normally afforded other institutions, Grant said in a live interview.

"If the Fed examiners were set upon the Fed's own documents—unlabeled documents—to pass judgment on the Fed's capacity to survive the difficulties it faces in credit, it would shut this institution down," he said. "The Fed is undercapitalized in a way that Citicorp is undercapitalized."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Except that Citicorp is not allowed to just print up more money when they need it.

Jun 13 07:50

Cabinet papers to be exempt from Freedom of Information

Some Cabinet papers and information on the Royal Family are to be excluded from the Freedom of Information Act under new rules unveiled by Gordon Brown.

Jun 13 07:47

North Korea declares all-out push for nuclear weapons

North Korea has declared it will weaponise all its plutonium stocks and threatened military action against the United States and its allies after the UN security council imposed new sanctions to punish Pyongyang for last month's underground nuclear test.

A spokesman for the country's foreign ministry today acknowledged for the first time that North Korea is developing a uranium enrichment programme and said it would be "impossible" to abandon its nuclear ambitions.

Jun 13 07:44

Leniency for AIPAC leaker

A federal judge has virtually wiped out the prison sentence of more than 12 years he first imposed on a Pentagon analyst who pled guilty to leaking classified information to two pro-Israel lobbyists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The moral (and message) here is that you can commit any treason at all and get away with it so long as it is done for Israel!

Jun 13 06:46

Iran and the West: A History of Violence

Washington and London immediately began planning the overthrow of Iran’s new revolutionary Islamic government which directly threatened the Anglo-American domination of the Mideast – what I call in my new book, American Raj. The CIA sought to mount a number of military coups. Forty percent of Iran’s government leaders were assassinated by the Marxist "People’s Mujahidin."

Jun 13 06:28

The Rise of Single-Payer Health Care

Health care reform plans are being drafted and passed around on both sides of Capitol Hill, but the plan with the greatest number of Congress members behind it was first introduced as a bill six years ago. With two new co-sponsors having just signed on, Congressman John Conyers's single-payer health care plan, HR 676, now has 80 Congress members supporting it.

A House committee held a hearing on single-payer health coverage on Wednesday, and a Senate committee included single payer in a hearing on Thursday. Many opponents of single payer, including President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, say it would be the ideal solution if it were possible.

Jun 13 06:09

The Obama Enigma: Imperial Interventionism and Militarism

Those who thought that the election of Barack Obama as American President would mean a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy should have lost their illusions by now. Faces change but the system remains. When you want change, it's necessary to look beyond a single individual and evaluate the team he is working with ...or for. And the Obama team is what can be called a soft neoconservative team, all devoted to maintaining the military-industrial complex, [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090610/pl_nm/us_arms_boeing] and all sold out with the ideology of permanent wars rather than permanent human progress.

Jun 13 05:23

Canadian flag on your backpack not such a good idea in Colombia

It’s clear that Canadians hold values of human rights and democracy as a standard against which we should conduct ourselves in global affairs. But a perusal of the Canadian government’s position on CCFTA, or for that matter, its role in the occupation of Haiti, or its support for Israel’s ongoing violence towards Palestinians are indicative of the disconnect between what we as a nation hold as our fundamental values and what our government have done and continue to do globally. If we as citizens fail to hold our government accountable to these values, this disconnect will only widen. So the next time you are traveling with that Canadian flag on your backpack, be sure it’s not in country like Colombia where we are directly and indirectly complicit in oppression and exploitation.

Jun 13 02:11

Property Rights Take a Hit

“Crony capitalism” is a term often applied to foreign nations where government interference circumvents market forces. The practice is widely associated with tin-pot dictators and second-rate economies. In such a system, support for the ruling regime is the best and only path to economic success. Who you know supersedes what you know, and favoritism trumps the rule of law. Unfortunately, this week’s events demonstrate that the phrase now more aptly describes our own country.

Jun 13 01:44

New US Commander in Afghanistan Assembles Team of Assassins

Confirmed Wednesday as President Barack Obama’s new commander for the widening war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, General Stanley McChrystal has been given extraordinary powers to assemble his own staff.

According to press reports published Thursday, in forming a permanent war council-dubbed the Afghanistan-Pakistan Coordination Cell-McChrystal is drawing heavily from a super-secret assassination squad that he commanded under the Bush administration.

That unit, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), was formed in December 1980 in the wake of the military’s abortive operation to free US hostages in Iran. Comprised of the Army’s Delta Force and Navy SEALs, the command directs Special Mission Units that carry out classified operations, often in collaboration with CIA squads.

Jun 13 00:58

Pelosi Less Popular Than IRS

...29 percent who have a positive view of House Speaker House Nancy Pelosi and the 34 percent who view former Vice President Dick Cheney positively. Moreover, with a 49 percent favorable rating the Internal Revenue Service is more popular than Pelosi and Cheney.

Jun 13 00:48

Obama and Democrats Try To Sneak $100 Billion Stealth Bailout To European Banks

Apparently the $35 billion in AIG payouts to over-leveraged Euro banks wasn't enough for Obama who has championed borrowing the $100 billion from your kids and the Chinese in order to give it to the IMF, so that they will rescue European banks who invested unwisely in Eastern Europe.

June 12, 2009

Jun 12 18:34

Freedom Watch 18 - Part 1: Judge Napolitano, Ron Paul on HR 1207, Healthcare and more

Part 1 of Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano talking to Ron Paul about the Federal Reserve, Healthcare & more.

More info: http://FreedomWatchOnFox.com

Jun 12 18:03

Palau president: American aid in Guantánamo exchange just a coincidence

Palau’s president, Johnson Toribiong, said it was his two most senior tribal chiefs who persuaded him to agree to a US request to give the detainees a home, reminding him of the Palau tradition of helping those without hope.

"The economic package is not linked to the arrangement, it is just a coincidence," he said. "Palau is the United State's closest ally at this time," he said proudly, adding that just this week a young Palauan-born soldier died fighting for America in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Palau President Johnson Toribiong: the bovine excrement meter just exploded violently on that one.

Jun 12 17:53

China Warns Against Force in Carrying Out North Korea Sanctions

China warned about the dangers involved in inspecting North Korean cargo under United Nations Security Council sanctions approved yesterday, saying countries intercepting vessels should avoid armed action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What do they mean by the following statements?

"The U.S. is prepared to “confront” a vessel suspected of carrying an illegal shipment and attempt to board it “consensually,” Rice told reporters. If the crew refuses a boarding or to go to a nearby port for an inspection, the U.S. would make clear “whose vessel it is” and the likely cargo, “to shine a spotlight on it, to make it very difficult for that contraband to continue to be carried forward,” Rice added. "

And what is really going to happen if the US is forbidden to board "consensually"?!? How are they really going to be able to get at true registration and manifest issues without a true inspection?

The answer is, they can't

All it will take is for one maritime interdiction to go south, and North Korea will declare that an act of war.

The US is bound to defend South Korea, through the 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty.

China is bound to defend North Korea by its 1961 mutual defense treaty with North Korea.

The last thing adults in the room in the halls of power in Beijing, DC, and Seoul want is a military confrontation between North and South Korea, because of those treaties.

Jun 12 17:29

Tough sanctions may provoke NKorea: US envoy

Tough new UN sanctions against North Korea will have "teeth to bite" which could prompt Pyongyang to react with a "further provocation," the US envoy to the United Nations Susan Rice warned Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary Rice: what North Korea wants, after having chucked the armistice, is a peace and security treaty with both the US and South Korea.

What will fix the problem (using all the pressure China can bring to bear, coupled with the US keeping its promises this time) is for China to get North Korea back to the conference table, and make such a peace and security agreement possible.

However, that would be logical.

And as always, logic and American foreign policy have just about as much of a symbiotic relationship as does matter to anti-matter.

The sanctions appear to have been crafted to provoke an incendiary reaction from North Korea, making them absolutely opposite set of steps to those which would actually reduce tensions, and make good-will negotiations possible here.

Jun 12 17:18

Israel tacticians want Mahmoud Ahmadinejad win

A SENIOR Israeli official said yesterday the consensus among his colleagues in Jerusalem was that a victory for the hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Iranian elections would be in Israel's best interest.

"His extremism and his calls for Israel's destruction have pushed the international community to try to head off Iran's nuclear program," he said.

A victory by the relatively moderate Mir Hossein Mousavi would not stop the nuclear program, the official said, but it could lull the international community into thinking the threat was over.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I AM that good! :)

Jun 12 17:02

Mobile directory made legal threats to get personal details

The company behind a controversial new directory of private mobile phone numbers threatened O2 with legal action when it refused to provide its customers' personal details, The Register has learned.

Jun 12 16:51

Audit the Fed Update

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Jun 12 16:49

Peruvians protesting unabated

Indigenous people have occupied the airport in the city of Andahuaylas demanding an investigation of the violence which claimed the lives of 34 people.

Jun 12 16:05

US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

Dozens of US cities may have entire neighbourhoods bulldozed as part of drastic "shrink to survive" proposals being considered by the Obama administration to tackle economic decline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"All we need is a good plaque to kill off all the useless eaters that would live in those shanties and the whole world will be beautiful again!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 12 15:42

Iran's Election; Early Results Indicate Landslide for Ahmadinejad

Contrary to the claims of our own mainstream US media, the presidential election in Iran is shaping up to be a landslide victory for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Press TV, the state run Iranian news services, reports that preliminary results (20% counted) have Ahmadinejad leading by almost 70% of the vote followed by the western friendly Mir-Hossein Mousavi who has 28%

An interesting fact is that the election in Iran drew a 70% turnout, which is twice the normal turnout for our Presidential elections. Embarrassing statistic for us, the “Champions of Democracy.”

Jun 12 15:33

House Health-Care Proposal Adds $600 Billion in Taxes

Health-care overhaul legislation being drafted by House Democrats will include $600 billion in tax increases and $400 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if we stop bailing out Wall Street and cancel all those wars we can pay for it all, not have to cut Medicare and Medicaid, and still lower taxes!

Jun 12 15:19

ACLU hits Obama hard over torture controversies

The American Civil Liberties Union had strong words on Friday for the Obama administration’s efforts to block the release of torture photos and its attempts to end a lawsuit over extraordinary rendition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We am above the law! Do you hear me? We AM!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 12 15:00

Obama’s Afghan War

It is no secret that Obama has taken over the U.S peace movement.[xvi] For example, John Podesta’s ‘liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) strongly supports Obama’s escalation or surge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn.org today serves as a full-time cheerleader of Obama’s policy agenda and is at best silent on Obama’s Afghan surge. More importantly, the established corporate media is largely silent about the continuing devastation perpetrated upon Afghan civilians by the Obama Afghan war. Only when a thoroughly egregious attack takes place as in Farah in early May 2009 when 97-147 civilians perished under U.S. "precision" bombs, is mention made.

Jun 12 14:58

Peru: Blood Flows in the Amazon

García pushed through congressional legislation in line with the US-promoted ‘Free Trade Agreement of the Americas’ or ALCA. Peru was one of only three Latin American nations to support the US proposal. He opened Peru to the unprecedented plunder of its resources, labor, land and markets by the multinationals...
The Amazonian Indian communities responded by forming the Inter-Ethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP). They held public protests for over 7 weeks culminating in the blocking of two transnational highways...

Jun 12 14:43

Glenn Beck's School of Debunking 9/11 Conspiracies

Asshole shill traitor of the week, Glenn Beck, recommends his favorite training video for those wishing to mimic his techniques.

Jun 12 13:38

Obama’s Afghan War

It is no secret that Obama has taken over the U.S peace movement.[xvi] For example, John Podesta’s ‘liberal think tank the Center for American Progress (CAP) strongly supports Obama’s escalation or surge in Afghanistan and Pakistan. MoveOn.org today serves as a full-time cheerleader of Obama’s policy agenda and is at best silent on Obama’s Afghan surge. More importantly, the established corporate media is largely silent about the continuing devastation perpetrated upon Afghan civilians by the Obama Afghan war. Only when a thoroughly egregious attack takes place as in Farah in early May 2009 when 97-147 civilians perished under U.S. "precision" bombs, is mention made.

Jun 12 13:25

Freedom Rider Phony Terror and Black America

Freedom Rider Phony Terror and Black America (Part II)
by Margaret Kimberley on Wed, 05/27/2009
In these and other cases, Muslims and persons of African ancestry were targeted by FBI informants for the purpose of creating previously non-existent terror plots. Individuals were induced into swearing loyalty oaths to groups designated as terrorists, as in the Liberty Six case, or into planning crimes they had no ability or intention of committing until informants prompted them to. The effect of government officials and their media scribes loudly proclaiming that terror has been averted is very useful to the state. Citizens are kept in a state of fear, and will therefore accept endless war abroad and attacks on their liberties at home.

Jun 12 13:17

FBI's duped patsy, Von Brunn, COINTELPRO tactics ?

James Von Brunn Plays Right Into the Zionist’s Hands
Brandon Dean June 11th, 2009
Synagogue Bomb Plot -
Latest Zionist Publicity Coup
By Michael Hoffman 5-22-9
The round-up of patsies in the FBI/police-provoked "synagogue bomb plot" (the ersatz weapons and explosives were, as per usual, furnished by the cops themselves), is only the latest Zionist publicity coup,....
COINTELPRO:The Untold American Story

Jun 12 11:34

In Iran, Ahmadinejad opponent sees surge of enthusiasm

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Translation: "We've succeeded in rigging their voting systems!"

Jun 12 11:01

Russia Rejects the Notion of a Joint Missile System in Europe

Responding to remarks by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, a top Russian diplomat said Thursday that Russia would not collaborate with the United States on missile defense unless Washington scrapped plans to deploy elements of the shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Only the United States’ rejection of plans to base in Europe the so-called third position area of the missile-defense shield could mark the beginning of a full-fledged dialogue on the question of cooperation and reaction to likely missile risk,” Mr. Nesterenko said. He added that Russia expected “it will be possible to find a common denominator.”

Jun 12 10:44

Chinese official hacked to death in tea pavilion dispute

A Chinese government official was hacked to death by villagers when he tried to demolish a tea pavilion which was built without planning permission.

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I guess the Chinese are fed up with gratuitous interference from bureaucrats, too!

Jun 12 10:42

Low Impact Wood House

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Right out of The Hobbit!

Jun 12 10:41

Man Accused Of Shooting Museum Guard Vanishes From Internet

James von Brunn, the man accused of the Wednesday shooting of a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has vanished -- in a way.

"The Washington Post" has discovered nearly every sign of the man has disappeared from the Internet.

A Web site he'd hosted for years spewing hatred for all things Jewish can't be found today though it was easy to Google right after the shooting.

Jun 12 09:57

IRS Targets Employer-Provided Cell Phones

The use of company-issued mobile phones could trigger new federal income taxes on millions of Americans as a "fringe benefit."

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That does it. I cannot afford to continue filling out endless tax forms as it leaves me far too little time to actually get any work done.

I am shutting down by business, firing my staffers, and going on welfare!

If you need to reach me, tough. I have thrown away the cell phone (tax THAT, idiots) and gone fishing for my dinner.

Jun 12 09:52

9/11 Truth Activist Sues Glenn Beck and Fox News for Defamation

The complaint will note that - on October 22, 2007 - Beck suggested that those identifying themselves as associated with the 9/11 truth movement are "dangerous" "anarchists" who deny the Holocaust, and are "the kind of group that Timothy McVeigh would come from."

The suit will also note that during Beck’s June 10th broadcast Beck linked the murder of the Washington D.C. holocaust museum guard with "9/11 truthers."

As I have previously written, suing people for defamation who falsely claim that 9/11 activists are terrorists could be a good way to stand up to these bullies.

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Make it class-action and I will gladly join.

Jun 12 08:49

Former US diplomat hopeful for change after Iran election

Nicholas Burns, a former US diplomat and the point person on Iran under former President George W. Bush, on Thursday voiced cautious optimism that tomorrow’s election in Iran may bring about change.

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Mousavi's people are claiming 58% of the vote ..Quite an acheivment considering he garnered only 14% in independent polling taken on election eve..Mousavie has neocon ties.

Jun 12 08:48


As time went on, the ‘head honcho’ packed his bags and moved to Israel so the ‘real’ enemy can be confronted. My last personal confrontation with him was right here in Jerusalem…. he pointed his index finger in my face and said ” after I get rid of the Arabs you are next on my list!” My response was “I’ll pi.. on your grave before you get rid of anyone!” A few months later, in the middle of the night, I received a phonecall from a friend in London. He asked me how good my word was….. confused, I asked what he meant. His response was “you have a grave to pi. . on!”

Jun 12 08:44

FLASHBACK - DoD to 'augment civilian law' during pandemic or bioterror attack

Jun 12 08:40

Health officials may get extra powers on flu

And a ministerial authorisation, an epidemic notice issued under the Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006, or declaration of a state of emergency can give extra powers to regional medical officers of health.

These officials are public health specialists the director-general of health makes responsible for specific health districts.

Jun 12 08:39

Christian Nation? Think again

So I saw this email circulating about Obama ripping him for appeasing Europe and Muslims and apparently saying the US is not a Christian nation. I don't know if he even said that because before he said it was a Christian nation but anyway though I hate Obama, if he did say the US is not a Christian nation then he's right.

The US is not a Christian nation. The US is a Secular country. We have a constitution not a holy book.

Jun 12 08:38

Foreclosure Reality Check: 1.6 Million Foreclosure Filings with 5 Months of Data. California Notice of Defaults and Foreclosures Skyrocketing.

There is a wonderful smell of delusion in the air. As the state marches on to economic Armageddon, there is now a large portion of bottom callers jumping into the market. Many investors are now buying up homes in the Inland Empire and other depressed areas for 50, 60, and sometimes 70 percent off peak prices. A mentor once told me, “at times, things are cheap for a reason.” At the low end, we may be seeing signs of a bottom. But one thing people forget is that this does not necessitate that prices will bounce up. Since we have emulated Japan in everything concerning fiscal and monetary policy, we may have a stagnant decade of real estate ahead of us. So for those buying homes for $100,000 and collecting $800 in rent, you are a long way from cash flowing like a mogul.

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Jun 12 08:16

Obama's Czars!

This is a first-rate power grab by a power-hungry President. You see the great thing about czar's is that they operate with impunity and they are "under the radar" when it comes to making policy. They are accountable to nobody, except the administration.

Jun 12 08:13


SECTION 1. Chapter 134, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part III to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"§134? Pocket knives; sale prohibited; penalty. Any person who knowingly manufactures, sells, transfers, possesses, or transports a pocket knife in the State shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

As used in this section:

"Pocket knife" means a knife with a blade that folds into the handle and which is suitable for carrying in the pocket."

Jun 12 08:08

Civil Liberties and the Winds of ‘Change’

Times change, and so does the political landscape, but one universal principle always obtains: the guys in charge want to silence the opposition, or, at least, so cow them that they daren’t speak above a whisper...
Now, in recent weeks, the investment of the "progressives" in this "hate speech" concept is bearing a particularly ugly and vile-smelling fruit.

Jun 12 08:08

Olbermann Drags Dr.Pauls Name Into The von Brunn Picture

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Everyone is milking the museum shooter for their own agenda.

Jun 12 08:07

Gaza: No right to life

With the lack of medical services in Gaza, critically ill patients must travel into Israel for treatment. Many are asked to collaborate with Israeli intelligence services before they receive aid. It has been alleged that if they refuse to become informers they are refused medical treatment.

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This is the Israeli "final solution" for sick Palestinians who cannot possibly get adequate treatment in Gaza, because the medical infrastructure has been deliberately destroyed.