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May 15 06:50

Shahid Malik stands down as Justice Minister after PM orders inquiry into his expenses

Shahid Malik, the Justice Minister exposed as the biggest expenses claimant of all MPs, was forced to step down today to await the outcome of an inquiry into his living costs.

Downing Street said that Gordon Brown asked Sir Philip Mawer, the Prime Minister’s independent adviser on ministers’ interests, to investigate whether Mr Malik’s alleged benefit of a subsidised rent breached the ministerial code.

The announcement by No 10 came minutes after the Labour MP for Dewsbury had refused to apologise, offering instead to donate the cost of his 40ins flat-screen television to a local charity.

May 15 06:49

Fear and Censorship Rampant In "Patriot" Community

I post this as food for thought.The NWO boys use divide and conquer tactics to keep us all apart and ineffective. I do'nt know that the author is trying to stir up trouble.However he makes some valid points.
Being of Ashkenazi background myself,1/8 to be exact(I'm a real American mutt,ancestor wise) I do not like to see carte blanche attacks on "Jews".Zionism which I once supported is the problem along with the fractional reserve usurious banking system. I hope that Mike or Alex do'nt get mad at me. United we stand,divided we fall!

May 15 06:40

Equipment delays leave UK troops with outdated kit

Mismanagement in defence procurement has led to large cost overruns and long delays in delivery, leaving Britain's frontline troops with near-obsolete equipment, a parliamentary report concluded on Friday.

After examining 20 of Britain's largest defence projects, parliament's public accounts committee found that costs had risen more than 200 million pounds ($302.5 million) in the past year even as delays on some equipment had increased to up to 8 years.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 15 05:21

Each day the evidence piles up - highlighted by the unconvincing (and self-incriminating) rants of Dick Cheney.

Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said, "the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 -- well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion -- its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al-Qa'ida." [Washington Note, May 13, 2009]

Journalist Paul Krugman said of the mounting evidence: "Let's say this slowly: the Bush administration wanted to use 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. So it tortured people to make them confess to the nonexistent link.

"There's a word for this: it's evil." [Paul Krugman Blog, May 14, 2009]

May 15 04:16

The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney

First, more Americans were killed by terrorists on Cheney's watch than on any other leader's watch in US history.

Second, the fact no attack has occurred on U.S. soil since 9/11--much touted by Cheney--is due almost entirely to the nation's having deployed over 200,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and not to "the Cheney method of interrogation."

Third--and here comes the blistering fact--when Cheney claims that if President Obama stops "the Cheney method of interrogation and torture", the nation will be in danger, he is perverting the facts once again.

May 15 03:55

Congress and Waterboarding

Congress and Waterboarding

Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to 'torture.'
By KARL ROVE

(*and here we see why Murdoch acquired The Wall Street Journal)

May 15 03:39

Deconstructing Obama's Excuses

President Obama and his aides yesterday put forth six excuses for his about-face, one more flawed than the next.

First, there was the nothing-to-see-here excuse. Then there was the the-bad-apples-have-been-dealt-with excuse. Then there was the no-good-would-come-of-this excuse. Then there was the "protect-the-troops" excuse. Then there was the chilling-effect excuse.
And finally, there was the new-argument excuse.



May 15 03:28

Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's Secret Service Code Name

It's not "Rahmbo".

It doesn't even begin with an "R," like members of the first family (Renegade, Renaissance, Radiance, Rosebud.)

The Secret Service allows its protectees to choose the code name used by its agents, but Rahm's was assigned to him during the Democratic National Convention, and he decided not to change it.

All other code names are assigned by the White House Military Office (through the White House Communications Agency.

May 15 03:10

Torture Pictures: When a Flip-Flop Isn’t a Flip-Flop

Sure as shootin', the torture pictures will be released. The courts will authorize them or some exceptional leaker will free them. In the digital age, if you know a picture exists and it’s in hot demand—whether it’s a nude Miss California or a gruesome bit of aggressive interrogation—there’s little or no chance it won’t be found.

May 15 02:30

Is it time to stress-test the Federal Reserve?

While not quite in the same league as Tina Fey's take on Sarah Palin, Saturday Night Live's spoof on the banks' stress tests last Saturday was pretty funny.

Will Forte as Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner explained that the stress test went from being a graded test, to a pass/fail, to a pass/pass-with-an-asterisk, to a pass/pass system, and then he congratulated all the banks for passing. Watch the video.

Time will tell how useful the stress tests were, but few serious economists or analysts believe the banking problem is solved.

In the meantime, there's a groundswell in Congress for closer scrutiny of the stress tester - the Federal Reserve itself. America's central bank is a curious public-private sector hybrid, largely free from any governmental oversight or control.

May 15 01:49

Judge Condemns 'Mosaic' of Guantánamo Intelligence and Unreliable Witnesses

Judge Kessler ruled last Monday that the government had failed to establish, “by a preponderance of the evidence,” that Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed was “part of, or substantially supported, Taliban or al-Qaeda forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners,” and stated that the government “should take all necessary diplomatic steps to facilitate“ his release.



May 15 01:36

Will They Hate Us for the Secret Photographs?

Recall that immediately after 9/11, U.S. officials put out the official version of what had motivated the terrorists. “They hate America for its freedom and values,” they cried. The anger and hatred that had motivated the attackers had nothing to do with U.S. foreign policy, U.S. officials claimed.

Yet, today we have President Obama, on the extreme urging of the Pentagon, reneging not only on his campaign promise of “transparency” but also on the commitment U.S. officials made to release the latest batch of torture photos that the Pentagon has kept hidden for some five years.

May 15 01:27

Does Obama Want 'Hitler' To Win Reelection?

In case you haven’t heard, the Iranian "Hitler," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is up for reelection in June. And you would think that nothing could possibly be more important on the international front than defeating "Hitler" at the ballot box. Isn’t he "Hitler," after all? And not just any old "Hitler" – the way, say, Muammar al-Gaddafi and Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein were seen as "Hitlers" in their day. No, Ahmadinejad is treated as the worst of all the "Hitlers." Namely, a "Hitler" who has openly, sort of, said that he wants to "wipe Israel off the map" (or so the gross misquotation goes) as soon as his mad Muslim minions can develop a nuclear warhead and a missile to deliver it.

May 15 01:12

Tucker Confirms Geithner Presence at Bilderberg Meeting

Intrepid Bilderberg investigator and reporter Jim Tucker of the American Free Press confirms that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will attend this year’s Bilderberg meeting in Athens, Greece.

Geithner’s presence will be in violation of the Logan Act, intended to prohibit American citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United States and foreign governments. Congress established the Logan Act in 1799. The only Logan Act indictment occurred in 1803. It involved a Kentucky newspaper article that argued for the formation in the western United States of a separate nation allied to France. No prosecution followed.

May 14, 2009

May 14 22:51

U.S. Will Pay $2.6 Million to Train Chinese Prostitutes to Drink Responsibly on the Job

The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will pay $2.6 million in U.S. tax dollars to train Chinese prostitutes to drink responsibly on the job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hiring any trainers?



May 14 19:41

US 'sham' bank bail-outs enrich speculators

The US Treasury’s effort to stabilise the banking system through the TARP programme is a hopelessly ill-conceived policy that enriches speculators at public expense, according to the buy-out firm supposed to be pioneering the joint public-private bank rescues.

May 14 19:33

What a Horrible Weapon the Taser Is ...

After using the state's favorite instrument of electro-shock torture to disable Art Van Weerdhuizen, the proprietor of Capital Coin, the robbers covered up the store windows and plundered the shop at leisure, taking a half-hour to scoop up hundreds of pounds of rare coins and bullion. The police, as is usually the case, materialized just minutes after the criminals had fled.

May 14 19:27

Sovereign states......

Can't seem to post the image - may not allow hotlinking.....

Worth the cut and paste (or Mike may know how to fix this)

http://api.ning.com/files/RBUw-2P1PYVg708RtJN6zWUMAmDhhy-gCy6ktrBnrhD3...



May 14 18:50

Thriving Norway Provides an Economics Lesson

With a quirky contrariness as deeply etched in the national character as the fjords carved into its rugged landscape, Norway has thrived by going its own way. When others splurged, it saved. When others sought to limit the role of government, Norway strengthened its cradle-to-grave welfare state.

And in the midst of the worst global downturn since the Depression, Norway’s economy grew last year by just under 3 percent. The government enjoys a budget surplus of 11 percent and its ledger is entirely free of debt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These folks are obviously doing something right, and the US can learn from them.

And to the best of my understand, Norway hasn't invaded any other country for quite some time.

All monies going to wars without end are already dead-ended, which is a big part of the reason the US government is broke, and it looks like the US's financial shape is getting worse rather than better.

May 14 18:43

Is Obama dancing with disaster?

No, what’s scary is how often — and in such a short time — he’s simply been wrong — dead wrong. And what’s even more disconcerting is how often this wrongness has been the result of his growing tendency to default to inside the Beltway status quo thinking. Time after time, faced with a choice between new directions and conventional wisdom, Obama has been taking the conventional route.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama is simply an infinitely more telegenic and intellectually gifted "pitch man" for precisely the same agenda we got from the Bush Republicans; nothing more, nothing less.

Which is why I wouldn't bet against Obama re-instituting the draft before the end of his first term in office. The military requirements for the campaigns he's signed up for cannot possibly be met with an all-volunteer army, and draft boards have already been set up, very quietly, across this country.

May 14 18:30

Inside Guantánamo Bay: Desperate prisoners ask ‘where is freedom?’

The man’s bearded face appeared at the narrow cell window, eyes dark and raging, his arms gesticulating wildly. From the confines of the 12ft by 8ft cell at Guantánamo Bay’s Camp V — the maximum security unit for the “least compliant” inmates — he made violent slashing motions across his wrists, pounded the side of his head, and jammed imaginary feeding tubes up his nose. “Alpha-3,” he kept mouthing as he tried to tell us that the inmate in Alpha-3 cell was suicidal and on hunger strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The truth of the business is, because so many of these people were simply "sold" to the Americans for a bounty, a fair number of them actually did nothing worse than to be at the most absolutely wrong place at the most absolutely wrong time.

So the US is hard-pressed to release them, because it will be a grand embarrassment to the US as to how many of these folks were actually innocent of any real wrong doing, but have devolved into terrible psychological and physical states due to the nature of their incarceration.

The bottom line here is, many will simply be held "indefinitely", not because they are any real danger, but so that their true story can never be told.

May 14 18:17

The Curious Case of the Establishment Liberal: Condemning Torture, Condoning Mass Murder

A peculiar notion has arisen of late, maintaining that things like torture, domestic spying and illegal wars are all attributable to the Right -- namely, the administration of President George W. Bush -- and are in fact historical anomalies, not at all in keeping with the traditions of these great United States . The idea that war crimes and civil liberties violations are strictly conservative affairs is particularly comforting to wide-eyed Democrats in awe of America’s First Black President ™, and it affords the heirs to the same liberal establishment which brought us Vietnam and Hiroshima another opportunity to grandstand about their commitment to human rights even as the noble humanitarian Barack Obama continues to extra-judicially murder foreigners with unmanned drones.



May 14 18:14

House approves $96.7 billion to fund wars

“The president cannot wave a magic wand and end that war,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey, a Democratic critic of the two wars.

“I have a profound doubt that he can succeed, not because of any problem with his policy but because I am dubious that there are the tools available in that region for us to succeed using any policy,” said Obey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this is actually true, why did the House and Senate give Obama this money for more and more wars????

If this is true, passing of this appropriations bill was the absolute antithesis of what Congress should have been doing.

Taxation without representation? Is this what the American people want?? Go talk to them. Most of the people with whom I have spoken point to the crumbling infrastructure, the messes on their roads, and in their schools; imagine for one second what that amount of money could do in terms of making massive improvements in all those areas?!?

Of course, it appears that this Congress has never met a war it didn't love and didn't want to fund.

This has nothing to do will the well-being and/or safety of We the People; it has everything to do with those corporations which make billions from these wars without end.

And that .....just bites.

May 14 18:11

mouseland

Mouseland

the one American party ("the Uber Rich party")
dose not care for you

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqpFm7zAK90

May 14 17:45

US/Israel Want Genocide in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Mossad in Sri Lanka
Mossad has caused Sri Lanka’s fighting to become some of the bloodiest in human history. Entire villages are routinely wiped out. Massacres happen almost daily. Over 70,000 people have been killed.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/world-s-most-dangerous-collaboration
The World’s Most Dangerous Collaboration
By Zaheerul Hassan
December 24, 2008...8:21 pm
http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2008/12/24/the-world-most-dangerous-coll...

http://www.wordofmouthexperiment.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=993&view=pr...
SRI LANKA, MOSSAD and the CIA, DRUGS AND ARMS DEALERS
Sunday, August 14, 2005

May 14 17:31

AUSTRALIAN MURDOCH ISLAMOPHOBE COMPLAINS ABOUT ‘ISLAM DAY’ IN HAWAII BUT WILL HE COMPLAIN ABOUT ‘JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH’ IN THE WHOLE OF U.S.?

Last Tuesday I wrote of Australian Murdoch propagandist Andrew Bolt’s complaint about the Hawaiian senate creating an ‘Islam Day’ while only some 0.5% of Hawaiians are Muslims. I wondered if Bolt would be as quick to condemn such a move if had the Hawaiian senate created an ‘Israel Day’.

We’re about to find out. Yesterday, President Obama went one better by declaring that the month of May will be Jewish American Heritage Month for the whole of the US! Not just Hawaii. And the Jewish population in the US is only 1.78%.

I have no problems with Jewish Americans being recognised in this way so one has to wonder why Andrew Bolt has a problem with Islam getting the same recognition.

One doesn’t need to have it spelt out.



Owl 1
May 14 17:26

FDR vs. Obama

Is this a fair comparison? Why or why not?

May 14 17:12

I GOT YOUR "SPIN" RIGHT HERE !

Obama Administration to Cheney: Request Denied

The Obama administration has turned down former Vice President Dick Cheney’s request for the declassification of two CIA reports ...

AND it goes on and on (*unflipping believable)

May 14 17:03

Obama Justice Department continues to cover up Bush-Era crimes

Something very questionable is happening in Obama’s Department of Justice. I don’t know if it is simply institutional loyalty that is the reason for a once admired office of justice to simply abdicate from its official duty. Whatever the reason, there is one question that no one will answer and this question only grows more urgent as new developments are made public.

Why is no one being held accountable?

May 14 16:17

Paul Craig Roberts: Who Rules America?

How is it possible that “the world’s only superpower” is threatened by the likes of Iraq and Afghanistan? How can the US be a superpower if it is threatened by countries that have no military capability other than a guerilla capability to resist invaders?

These “wars” are a hoax designed to enrich the US armaments industry and to infuse the “security forces” with police powers over American citizenry.



May 14 15:51

The UK's New KGB/Stasi Style Snitch Posters

Odd looking photographer? Must be a terrorist!

The London Metropolitan police have just issued new measures in the fight against terrorism. During a five week campaign police officers are expected to stop and search more “odd” looking people and the public are being warned to report anything “suspicious”. But after just two weeks since its launch the public are starting to question whether it’s infringing on civil liberties. Photographers in particular are sick of being questioned by policemen and being told to move on. To voice their complaints, artists are creating their own versions of the campaign’s posters.

May 14 15:02

CIA chief in secret Israel talks on Iran

CIA chief Leon Panetta has held secret talks in Israel with top officials who assured him the Jewish state would not launch a surprise strike on Iran, a report said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The plan is we knock down something really big inside the United States and then blame Iran for it, and let the Americans do the rest!"

May 14 14:12

ANOTHER FRAUDULENT FORECLOSURE?????

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A disturbing trend.

May 14 14:05

Last pickup truck has rolled off GM assembly line in Oshawa, Ont.

The union is calling it a dark day for thousands of autoworkers in Oshawa, Ont., where a GM truck plant is shutting down after 44 years.



May 14 14:00

White House drug czar calls for end to ‘war on drugs’

Obama officials have already said they’d stop federal authorities from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries. Thirteen states have legalized medical marijuana, which is still prohibited under federal law.

State lawmakers — including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — have recently signaled their openness to legalizing marijuana, seeing a tax on the substance as a way to potentially close massive state budget shortfalls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and forestall a revolt.

"Pot swept the neighborhood, and gang-fighting WENT AWAY! Kids in shop class went from making zip guns to hash pipes!" -- George Carlin

May 14 13:55

Obama declares May 'Jewish American Heritage Month'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bernie Madoff will be the keynote speaker at the festivities.

May 14 13:53

America's growing surveillance state

The Obama administration isn't just watching rightwing extremists. It's watching us all – and we should all be concerned

May 14 13:52

Lake swimmer could cost Suu Kyi her freedom

Hopes for the release of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi were dashed today with the announcement she has been arrested for violating the terms of her house arrest and could face up to five years' confinement after a bizarre intrusion by an American who swam across a lake to her home.

The news was greeted with anguish by supporters of the increasingly frail Nobel peace laureate: her most recent six-year term of house arrest was due to end in less than two weeks.

International reaction was swift, and appalled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if someone did not put this swimmer up to this for the express purpose of keeping Kyi locked up.



Lockerdome
May 14 13:45

FLASHBACK - Bush Seeks Immunity for Violating War Crimes Act

Thirty-two years ago, President Gerald Ford created a political firestorm by pardoning former President Richard Nixon of all crimes he may have committed in Watergate -- and lost his election as a result. Now, President Bush, to avoid a similar public outcry, is quietly trying to pardon himself of any crimes connected with the torture and mistreatment of U.S. detainees.

May 14 13:44

Students sue for tuition parity with California illegals

Students from 19 states yesterday filed a class-action lawsuit seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from California officials for charging them significantly more than illegal aliens pay to attend state-run colleges.

The 42 plaintiffs say California state lawmakers and the University of California board of regents knowingly violated a federal law enacted in 1996 that says any state that offers discounted in-state tuition to its illegal aliens must provide the same lower rates to all U.S. citizens.

May 14 12:38

@Thinking Digital: 'Newspapers are dead'

Newsweek writer Dan Lyons says that newspapers are in denial about their collapsing business and will never recover.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Digital has nothing to do with it. The major newspapers stood side by side with Bush and lied us all into a war with stories about Saddam's "nookular" bombs.

Now they are paying the price for that betrayal of the public trust, and they want to salve their guilt by blaming the digital revolution for their demise.

People want the truth, and if need be they will use smoke signals to get it.



May 14 12:36

Obama mulls 'indefinite detention' of terror suspects

As part of its plans to close Guantanamo Bay, the Obama administration is considering holding some of the detainees indefinitely and without trial on US soil, US media reported Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is no evidence on which to charge these prisoners, which makes sense because most of them are innocent of any wrongdoing.

But they cannot be released most likely because the scars on their bodies will proclaim to the world what monsters rule the once greatest nation on Earth.

May 14 12:36

Most of those tortured were innocent

Postscript: One commentator wrote:

Well, there you go. If most were innocent, that means some were guilty. That totally justifies the torture, right?

Is he right?

May 14 12:31

Chicago, 36 students killed, 2-3 Mill. illegals

IMMIGRATION: 36 CHICAGO STUDENTS KILLED SETS RECORD
By Frosty Wooldridge
May 14, 2009
NewsWithViews.com

It may be politically incorrect to mention that Chicago area hosts two to three million illegal aliens, mostly from third-world nations such as Mexico and Guatemala. It may be outrageous and unconscionable to mention that the U.S. DOJ-FBI reports that fully ten percent (400,000) of them are seasoned criminals.
Yet, the mayors and governors of those states fail to lift a finger or speak a word about what’s really happening in those areas.

May 14 12:25

Grandma Gets Raided for Paying Off Her Mortgage in Full

Dawn Welsh knows her house was paid off. She received paperwork from the original mortgage company showing it was paid off.
Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think we need a new term, "Mortgage Flipping", a scam to run up the amount owed on a mortgage to garner more profits for the "investors."



May 14 12:19

"Hate Crimes and Congressional Slime

Thursday, May 14, 2009
I See Right Through You
"Hate Crimes and Congressional Slime
by Visible
The whole idea of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech has nothing to do with what they are presented as. They are there to give cover and sanctuary to a pack of bad actors who want to inhibit the expression of others while they give free rein to their own.

May 14 12:17

Off Woodward, life hits a dead end

If you are feeling confused or overwhelmed by the circumstances of our times, if you need a place to consider where we've been and where we are, make a drive to West Robinwood Street.

It is a haunted, damnable portrait of what we've become. The neighborhood is a burned-down ghost town of 56 raped and looted houses east of Woodward and north of McNichols. It is empty save for five elderly families and a middle-age couple who live near Woodward and refuse to open their doors.

May 14 12:15

Baker: If the Stress Tests are Accurate and the Banks Are Solvent, then Get the Bankers’ Hands Out of Our Pockets

In short, we should take the stress test results as good news. Based on what Geithner has told [us], the bailouts should be over. It’s time for the banks to stand on their own two feet and to get their hands out of our pockets.

May 14 12:14

Pentagon Preparing For War With The Enemy: Russia

“Under the new realities, Georgia’s war against South Ossetia may easily turn into NATO’s war against Russia. This would be a third world war.”



May 14 12:13

Homeland Security Trains Scouts To Fight Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security is training teenage scouts how to conduct armed raids on terrorists and drug dealers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... and dissidents.

Just like the Hitler Youth.

May 14 12:11

Following al-Libi's 'Suicide,' What About the Other 'Ghost Detainees' in Libya, Elsewhere?

Al-Libi was, after all, the 'ghost detainee' who had offered a false link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, used loudly by the Bush Administration before the war as a key justification for it, after being tortured by the CIA and Egypt, where he'd been secretly renditioned from U.S. custody at Guantanamo. He would later recant his false 'confession,' explaining that it had come about only after 17 hours of 'mock burial,' and a session of brutal beatings by his captors which followed it.

Newsweek describes the al-Libi affair today as "one of the biggest intelligence fiascos of the run up to the Iraq War" and "a major embarrassment for the Bush administration."

May 14 12:10

HAS AMERICA FORGOTTEN THAT THE SOVIET UNION WAS DEFEATED IN AFGHANISTAN?

I am somewhat confused over the Obama administrations recent firing of the US Afghanistan Commander and replacing him with a General who knowingly and intentionally filed and forwarded false reports in the Tillman death.

What amazes me even more is Obama's claims that Afghanistan is where we need to be. Has America forgotten that Russia was engaged in a war with the Taliban in Afghanistan for 9 years and was beaten into withdrawing their forces?

May 14 12:04

Can Military Robots Commit War Crimes?

Can Military Robots Commit War Crimes?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

and in this case, is "I was only following my programming" a valid defense?



May 14 12:03

Russia warns of war within a decade over Arctic oil and gas riches

The Kremlin has insisted that it is not “militarising the Arctic” but its warnings of armed conflict suggest that it is willing to defend its interests by force if necessary as global warming makes exploitation of the region’s energy riches more feasible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then ... I guess we do not have to worry much about this.

May 14 11:55

Senator says CIA admitted making up dates of torture briefings

Graham’s pronouncement is startling in light of claims by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contesting the accuracy of the CIA report, and may call into question the veracity of the report as a whole.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The blame-shifting regatta gets underway!

Remember, when they call the roll in the US Senate, most of them can't remember if they are supposed to say "Present", or "Not guilty!"

May 14 11:45

72 virgins try 144,000 virgin men.

Ever hear the Christian claims that Muslims think they will receive 72 virgins in Heven after they die? Well time for Muslims or Atheist to fire back. Christians think Heaven has 144,000 singing virgin men. (of course many scholars agree that Paul was a homosexual). But how about that for converting the ladies, thousands of harp playing virgin men... sounds um...

May 14 11:42

“Sadistic . . . violent . . . inhuman.”

No, the release of the photos and videos in question would do more than "inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops." If we are to believe reports that began circulating four years ago, reports from investigative journalists such as Seymour Hersh, their release would unleash a wave of anti-American hatred that would endanger the lives of not just U.S. soldiers, but the lives of all Americans, civilians as well as military personnel. Hersh, who helped uncover the scandal, said in a speech before an ACLU convention: "Some of the worse that happened that you don’t know about, ok? Videos, there are women there. Some of you may have read they were passing letters, communications out to their men … .



Owl 2
May 14 11:41

Analysis of a (so-called) racist

The flagrant level of ignorance in his video production reminds one of a SITE - CIA creation.

A Hal Turner or even an Adam Gahan production from LA studios. A slick production level Manchurian candidate playing right in the hands of local zionist groups looking for a way to finally silence legitimate political critics of Israel.

This is posted in order to take a critical closer look at the things he said in this video and his motiviations. To review exactly what was said and ponder on to why he said those things. Was is to silence all debate how dangerous one person can be?

May 14 11:38

Obama reversing himself on Colombian trade pact?

During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama parroted the Democratic Party line in opposing approval of the free-trade pact with Colombia. After the election, his administration hinted that they would continue opposing it, prompting an Inauguration Week retort from President Alvaro Uribe. After Obama met privately with Uribe at the Summit of the Americas, though, Obama will now press for its approval:

May 14 11:37

ACTUAL FOOTAGE Pastor Beaten & Tased by Border Patrol & DPS

Arizona DPS Officer J. Mitchell really enjoys his job

May 14 11:35

ACTUAL FOOTAGE Pastor Beaten & Tased by Border Patrol & DPS

This is the actual footage from Pastor Anderson's camcorder as well as from the surveillance cameras at the Border Patrol Checkpoint. Visit Pastor Anderson's wife's blog at http://www.stevenandersonfamily.blogs... for updates on the situation.


May 14 11:24

FLASHBACK - Fed's forecast: Sluggish economy, but no recession

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday said the U.S. central bank does not expect the USA to sink into recession, but the economy will be sluggish, perhaps requiring aggressive interest-rate action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Three possibilities:

1. Bernanke is an idiot.

2. Bernanke is a liar.

3. All of the above.

May 14 11:21

Missouri Anti-Real ID Bill Passes the Senate in a Landslide!

As votes were being taken on the floor this afternoon, one Senator had voted No, then decided to change his vote to Yes, for a final vote of 43 to 0!

May 14 11:13

FOIA Disclosure Busts Paulson, Geithner And Bair

The real question is how long will the population continue to tolerate this kind of bully approach by the key powers that be, especially since these same individuals lied and said that nobody had been forced to accede to any demands.

May 14 11:11

If They Knew the Truth, They'd Hate Us Even More

We Americans like to think of ourselves as civilized people. Historically, we have supported our government in war under the belief that our government and our soldiers are honorable and that we do not engage in unjust wars. Ugly things like genocide, torture, naked aggression, raping, pillaging, and scorched earth policies are things that others do, not us. Since we are so good and virginal in every sense, we reason that others hate us only because of our goodness and purity. If they knew the truth about us, we think, they would love us.



May 14 11:09

Ford's most advanced assembly plant operates in rural Brazil

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Sent in in response to "They are shutting Detroit down"

May 14 11:09

Paulson Told Bankers to Take U.S. Taxpayer Aid or Be ‘Exposed’

“If a capital infusion is not appealing, you should be aware that your regulator will require it in any circumstance,”

May 14 11:04

Electronic Police State

Most of us are aware that our governments monitor nearly every form of electronic communication. We are also aware of private companies doing the same [...]

May 14 10:53

US: Cuts in Social Security, Medicare to pay for bank bailouts

A government report made public Tuesday indicates that Social Security and Medicare will deplete their trust funds more quickly than previously forecast. This has sparked new demands from within the US financial elite for substantial cuts in the two entitlement programs, which pay retirement and medical benefits for tens of millions of working class Americans.

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Further proof that our society is NOT becoming socialist, but fascist.



Owl 3
May 14 10:52

Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

New research led by Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution relied on an armada of sophisticated floats to show that much of this water, originating in the sea between Newfoundland and Greenland, is diverted generally eastward by the time it flows as far south as Massachusetts. From there it disburses to the depths in complex ways that are difficult to follow.

A 50-year-old model of ocean currents had shown this southbound subsurface flow of cold water forming a continuous loop with the familiar northbound flow of warm water on the surface, called the Gulf Stream.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it a nutshell, the "conveyor-belt", as useful as it might have been for propaganda purposes, does not actually exist.

There is a lesson here. We still do not fully understand what is going on in the deep ocean. The currents do not flow where the cultists needed them to, and we still have not fully mapped out all the ocean floor volcanoes which pour intense amounts of heat into the water, creating hot spots leading to "among other things" The El Nino.

If we do not understand all the aspects of how Earth's climate operates, then we cannot build an accurate model with which to make forecasts. The models being created now make certain assumptions, and as seen with the collapse of the conveyor belt theory, the assumptions are not always accurate. Indeed long experience has shown that the assumptions are often made to validate a desired outcome. But in the end, the only thing a computer model is really able to predict is the outcome of the computer model itself. Measurements taken of the present ice cap show that the ice is twice as thick as the models used by the cult suggested it would be. Hence, the assumptions used in those models are flawed.

May 14 10:32

Stuff World and the Great Deception Machine.

If you want the truth then you have to be able to adjust to it when you hear or see it. The truth does not adjust to you. The attempt to achieve that adjusting is how lies are created. This is why you should approach the main stream media with the conscious awareness that they are lying to you all the time. The biggest hurdle… even for those who know better is… how could something so big and prosperous, so ubiquitous; successful and routine in its operations be one great big lie machine? Looking right at it, it tricks us and… it wears us down.

May 14 10:28

The Voice of the White House

It seems that sometime in late March of this year, one of the human test subjects for Teva developed a form of swine/bird flu that was not responsive to medical treatment but company officials in charge of the program (the development of a vaccine for several different forms of swine/bird flu) were unaware of this and allowed the test subject to leave their facilities and go into the public. When the test subject died, it took two weeks for the company to find out about this and as the infection was now spreading, instead of speaking out, they quickly burn reams of test documents and destroyed the records of their test subject.

May 14 10:21

Leaked GM document shows automaker plans to sell China-built cars to U.S. consumers

Regardless of the quantity of vehicles coming in from China, union leaders are none too pleased with the development, says Automotive News. The 12-page document also showed increased production in Mexico, with annual units rising from 317,763 in 2010 to 501,316 in 2014. South Korea, which will likely make new vehicles like the Chevrolet Spark, will increase production from 36,967 in 2010 to 157,126 in 2014. In an open letter, UAW legislative director Alan Reuther has gone on record saying that GM "should not be taking taxpayers' money simply to finance the outsourcing of jobs to other countries."



Taboola
May 14 10:11

Congress Pushes Iran Sanctions

Critics say the divestments would cripple the already troubled Iranian economy, with the brunt of the impact coming down on the population.

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Just like was done on Iraq... before the US invaded on a flimsy pretext.

May 14 10:10

MPs' EXPENSES: Blair's £43,000 expenses were shredded 'by incompetence'

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As a result, Mr. Peter Incompetence has since been promoted to a rather lofty position.

May 14 10:06

CODEPINK Protesters Confront Rumsfeld

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I find it interesting not only that so many people applauded this woman (as she so richly deserves) but how obviously hard Rumsfeld's supporters worked to pretend she was not even there.

May 14 10:00

Lawrence Wilkerson Drops an Iraq-Torture Bombshell

what I have learned is that as the administration authorized harsh interrogation in April and May of 2002 -- well before the Justice Department had rendered any legal opinion -- its principal priority for intelligence was not aimed at pre-empting another terrorist attack on the U.S. but discovering a smoking gun linking Iraq and al-Qa'ida.

May 14 09:51

Scientist attempts to smuggle 22 vials of Ebola into US

May 14 09:48

'US strike killed 95 children in Afghanistan'

Afghan officials reveal that 95 children are among the civilians killed in a US-led strike that is surrounded with the controversy over use of white phosphorous.

Afghan lawmaker Obaidullah Helali who headed a delegation investigating the booming in the western province of Farah confirmed the children's massacre on such a large scale.

The delegation also delivered condolence payments to the victims, ordered by President Hamid Karzai.

Nearly 150 civilians were killed last Tuesday when US warplanes dropped bombs on two villages in the Bala Baluk district in the western province of Farah.

Human rights and medical officials also accused the US forces of using flesh-eating chemical white phosphorus during the lethal strikes.

May 14 09:48

The Immoral Majority

I'm going to cling to that hope and await another poll six months or a year from now. Because as a purely pragmatic matter it's about all I can do; to accept any immutability in the current findings is just too depressing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is, of course, the possibility that the same government and media that lied to us all about Saddam's nooks is lying to us about how many Americans approve of torture.

May 14 09:47

Chuck Schumer on interrogations: 2004 and 2009

Uncle Chuck certainly has a short memory ... or perhaps just a convenient one. In 2004, Schumer wanted "severe" torture if it saved American lives. In 2009, he wants prosecutions. Can these people make up their minds and stick with it?
Webmaster's Commentary: 

That "24" hypothetical never happened in real life. It's a plot device from a TV show.

May 14 09:44

Video: William Schaap: The Media, CIA, FBI & Disinformation

William Schaap gives expert, informed testimony on the US Government’s use of the media to disseminate disinformation via the FBI and CIA. William Schaap. Attorney. Graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1964. Has been a practicing lawyer since then. A member of the bar of the State of New York and of the District of Columbia. Specialized in the 1970’s in military law. Practiced military law in Asia and Europe. later became the editor in chief of the Military Law Reporter in Washington for a number of years. In the 70’s and 80’s he was a staff counsel of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York City. In the late 1980’s was an adjunct professor at John J.

May 14 09:43

NEW ISRAELI REALITY TV SHOW ~~ KILLING BABIES IN GAZA

Another Palestinian child died in a very dramatic scene documented on T.V. A baby aged 2 died today from a heart defect made worse by lack of medical care due to the Israeli imposed siege.

Aljazeera’s reporter, Tamer Al meshal, reveals one of the miseries resulting from the Israeli siege on Gaza . Feras As’ad Al Mazlom, an infant aged 2, was the only child of newly married couple As’ad and Amal.

Infant Feras who was born with a heart defect, he had to spend more time in a hospital bed rather than his loving parents’ arms. He never played nor enjoyed his innocent life like others.

May 14 09:42

POPE BENEDICT XVI IS A FRIEND OF PALESTINE AFTER ALL

Perhaps I was wrong in not helping to roll out the red carpet when the Pope arrived in the Holy Land. It seemed at the time that he was going to be silent on the plight of the Palestinian people. It seems I was wrong in making that assumption.

May 14 09:41

What global warming?

If we have much more "global warming," we'll all freeze.

May 14 09:40

Labor MP suspended, Conservative MP quit over fraudulent expenses claim

Thursday, two British MPs faced disciplinary action by their party over their involvement in the controversial fraudulent expenses claim.

Opposition leader David Cameron's parliamentary aide and Conservative MP, Andrew MacKay was forced to resign after the party said his expenses claim was "unacceptable."

Labor MP Elliot Morley was suspended from the ruling party after the Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed that he claimed £16,000 in mortgage interest payments over 18 months after the debt was paid off.

May 14 09:38

Ice at the North Pole in 1958 and 1959 – not so thick

Seadragon (SSN-584), foreground, and her sister Skate (SSN-578) during a rendezvous at the North Pole in August 1962. Note the open water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Bore (see below) is trying to scare everyone that the North Pole will be open water in 5 years. Too bad the North Pole has had periods of open water all along.

May 14 09:36

Blast-off for Herschel telescope on mission to uncover secrets of Universe

The largest and most powerful space telescope yet built has launched from French Guiana, on a tandem mission to investigate the origins of the Universe and the birth of its stars and galaxies.

The Herschel space observatory blasted off from Kourou at 2.12pm BST, on board a European Ariane-5 rocket that also carried the Planck spacecraft into orbit. Herschel separated successfully about 24 minutes after launch, followed by Planck four minutes later.

May 14 09:33

Two peers to be suspended over cash for amendments scandal

Two Labour peers are to be suspended from the House of Lords after an investigation into claims they took cash for influencing amendments to legislation.

Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott will be barred until the end of this session of Parliament - probably around six months - subject to a vote in the House next week.

The punishment would make them the first peers to be suspended since the time of Cromwell.

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Lord Taylor is a close political ally of Jack Straw, the justice secretary. Lord Truscott is a former Labour minister. The peers were secretly recorded making claims that they could assist in changing laws and discussing fees of up to £120,000.

May 14 09:32

Al Gore: "North Pole Will Disappear in 5 Years"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Santa will DROWN unless you submit to global government and pay a carbon tax!"

May 14 09:30

Why 'Global Warming' is Not a Global Crisis

How do we know the UN’s error was deliberate? The table, as it first appeared, said the units for sea-level rise were being changed. But the table was new. There was nothing to change from. I wrote to the UN that this misconduct was unacceptable. Two days later, the bureaucracy corrected, relabeled and moved the table, and quietly posted the new version on its Web site. The two ice sheets will contribute, between them, over 100 years, just two and a half inches to sea-level rise. Gore had exaggerated a hundredfold; the UN tenfold. Hawaii is not about to disappear beneath the waves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the United Nations is intentionally fudging the data on global warming, then there is indeed more than a monetary scam going on here; human-caused global warming is the boogieman used to sell us all on the necessity for a global governing body which will have the authority to tax us all, then tell us what cars we may drive, what to set our thermostats at, how much electricity we may use and when, what appliances we may buy, etc.

A political movement that lies to attain power means a government equally wiling to lie to the people they rule. Frankly, we have had enough of that, I think.

Do not forget that it was the globalists who created the current financial mess at the multi-national level. Think they will do any better in charge of the whole planet? Or is globalism simply a better way to loot and pillage the Earth to pay for pyramids built to the vanity of the rulers?

National borders serve the same function on Earth that fire doors do in buildings, or watertight doors do in a ship; contain accidents to preserve the whole structure. If you prop open the fireproof doors and weld open the watertight doors, yes things seem better since you can move people and cargo around more quickly. But the first accident becomes a disaster. Instead of a burned office you have a burned building. Instead of a flooded compartment you have a sunken ship. Instead of a US economy in trouble you have a global melt-down.

"Global Government?"

That's what Genghis Kahn wanted.

That's what Attila the Hun wanted.

That's what Alexander the Great wanted.

That's what Augustus the Great wanted.

That's what Charlemagne wanted.

That's what Persia wanted.

That's what the Ottomans wanted.

That's what the Hittites wanted.

That's what Napoleon wanted.

That's what Hitler wanted.

That's NOT what the people wanted.

Every attempt in history to create a one-world government left in its wake huge stone monuments to the vanity of the rulers and poverty and enslavement among the conquered peoples.

May 14 09:15

Penn & Teller on the 2nd Amendment

May 14 09:10

Geithner To Take Orders From Global Elite At Bilderberg

According to a London Times report, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will probably be in attendance at this week’s Bilderberg Group meeting, as top globalists meet to plot the financial future of the planet behind closed doors.

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May 14 09:08

NYPD Cop Charged in Drug Money Scheme

A veteran NYPD patrolman has been arrested on charges he plotted to steal a small fortune hidden in a former drug den.

Shawn Jenkins was jailed Wednesday on federal robbery charges. There was no immediate comment from his attorney.

May 14 09:03

Activists Champion Single Payer Cause

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It looks good, but somehow I do not think the government is really listening to the people any more, especially in a non-election year.

May 14 08:56

Israeli “Peace” discussion groups, common pitfalls and how to recognise them.

What they are "there to do" (in my view) can be divided into several branches:
1) Isolate opinions that are not to their liking, and in our case, ones that directly cite Israeli responsibility. These opinions are "imposed" as being off topic, irrelevant, beyond the pale, etc. The opinion is then discarded very rapidly and the gatekeeper cuts to a very routine "attack the person who did that", leading to point two:

May 14 08:49

Palin: Obama believes same thing as anti-gay beauty queen

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The beauty queens stick together. :)

I fail to see why this is an issue. The photos of Prejean are actually quite lovely. It's that stupid red star that makes them look like cheap soft-core porn from the 1950s.

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