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May 9, 2009

May 09 11:45

Media Bias About Guns

People are very surprised to learn that survey data show that guns are used defensively by private citizens in the U.S. anywhere from 1.5 to 3.4 million times a year. A question I hear repeatedly is: "If defensive gun use occurs so often, why haven’t I ever heard of even one story?"

May 09 11:05

THE ECONOMY ...

IS HEADED BACK UP
3% (76 votes)
HAS HIT THE BOTTOM BUT NOT STARTED TO IMPROVE
5% (128 votes)
STILL HEADING LOWER
92% (2419 votes)
Total votes: 2623
May 09 11:02

NEWSWEEK: Recovery? What Recovery?

Don't tell me that the economy is getting better, or has even hit rock bottom. My faith in an imminent recovery deserted me on May 5, when one of our customers, Salyer American Foods, based in Monterey, Calif., suddenly fell into receivership. There had been little to no indication that the company was so close to financial ruin. As it turns out, the company's lenders say Salyer owes them over $34 million, a debt equal to almost half its sales. A company attorney told local media that tight credit markets and the economic recession had pushed Salyer over the edge. If the receiver doesn't find some way to revive the company's fortunes, our bag manufacturing company stands to lose nearly $1.5 million in revenue, about 2 percent of our $60 million in sales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The economy is recovering if you happen to be getting taxpayer-funded bailouts, but for small businesses, things are bad and getting worse.

I have clients going out of business without being able to pay invoices, other clients insisting they have to have lower fees or cancel outright; a big project I was counting on for this year just lost their funding, etc. etc. etc.

I don't see any recovery. I see a lot of posturing and pretense.

May 09 10:37

Obama Readies Troops as Afghans Pile Up Body Parts

As rage spreads in Afghanistan after US bombing that killed up to 130 people, unnamed Pentagon officials are spinning another cover-up. Defiant Obama moves ahead with troop increase.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point in Afghanistan which will be the point of no return.

The possibility of a true military "victory" in this theatre does not exist. The old Soviet Union couldn't make that happen with over 500,000 pairs of boots on the ground.

When a guy can get up in the morning, go to work at decent wages, and he's able to take care of his family; when the kids are getting an education leading to a future where their dreams might be realized; when people's medical requirements can get taken care of; when there is a real participatory government without a whole lot of rampant, rancid corruption, is that guy suddenly going to pick up a gun, and start shooting governmental and military personnel?? Chances are, no.

When there is really a chance for people to do well, they are most generally going to want to go along with the process.

When that chance doesn't seem to exist, people become hopeless, and then angry, and then they become radicalized.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 09 10:30

FLASHBACK - Ben Stein: “Do Jews run Hollywood? You bet they do - and what of it?”

May 09 10:25

Netanyahu: Israel will never withdraw from Golan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a group of Russian-language reporters Thursday that Israel will never withdraw from the Golan Heights.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for any substantive dialogue with Syria!

May 09 10:24

Obama ends well-liked program for border security

The SCAAP program reimburses states and counties for jailers' salaries for holding illegal immigrants who have at least one felony and two misdemeanor convictions. But the Obama administration says the reimbursements also can be used for bonuses, consultants and buying vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There would be a way to stop the flow of illegal immigration, if this was really a priority on the part of successive American governments.

However, this will not happen, because large corporations love the cheap labor made possible by illegal immigration.

The US should be charging foreign governments for the repatriation of all illegal immigrants. Should those governments balk, the US should delete the foreign aid given to that country by double that amount.

Legal immigration?!? Absolutely. Illegal immigration? No more; we just cannot afford it.

May 09 10:16

Ugly Chapter in Yahoo!'s History Revisited

The bill would prevent companies like Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft from helping such governments find, convict and torture citizens for engaging in democracy promotion and human rights advocacy on the internet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD! If this is passed, let's hope that this also applies to citizens of the US promoting democracy and human rights! :-)



May 09 10:10

US balks at demand to end Afghan airstrikes

An end to air strikes in Afghanistan, demanded by President Hamid Karzai after scores of civilians were allegedly killed this week, would deprive Afghan troops of vital protection, a US official said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These airstrikes are not enhancing US or Afghani military security; they are doing just the converse.

And by continuing these airstrikes, the US and NATO are collectively slouching toward their very own "Saigon Moment" in Afghanistan.

May 09 10:09

Canada reports first flu death as U.S. cases climb

The new H1N1 flu killed its first patient in Canada, making it the third country after Mexico and the United States to report a death from the virus that has made more than 3,400 people in 28 countries ill.

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If you are one of those people that only read the headlines or the first paragraph, you will get the wrong impression from this article. And that's exactly what THEY are hoping for.

Read the comments to get a more objective opinion....

May 09 10:03

New York Charges Rent for Working Homeless

The new policy is based on a 1997 state law that was not enforced until last week, when shelter operators across the city began requiring residents to pay a certain portion of their income. The amount varies based on factors that include family size and what shelter is being used, but should not exceed 50 percent of a family’s income, a state official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These fees absolutely guarantee that the people using homeless shelters will never be able to get out of them.

Even though the city commissioner of homeless services made the statement "Our objective is to move families back into their own homes and into the community,” this practice will not give these people the ability to come up with the extra cash for a first, last, and deposit for a place of their own, and is disingenuous, to say the least. He has to know better.

May 09 10:02

24,700,000 Unemployed or Underemployed Americans: Job Losses Accelerate with 6 million unemployed over last year. Real Unemployment rate now at 15.8 Percent.

It is hard to believe what is taken as good news. 539,000 jobs were lost in April yet this was taken as a positive because it wasn’t 600,000. Forget about the fact that the revised number for March was moved upward to 699,000 from an initial 663,000. So it may be the case when the final number for April is calculated in June, we might have another 600,000 job loss month. The market is continuing on its upward surge with the S&P 500 now nearing a 40% gain in 2 months.



May 09 10:00

Israel demands Pope Benedict XVI condemns Holocaust deniers

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I quit reading these things right after the words "Israel demands..."

May 09 09:45

MEXICAN FLU: THE OTHER WHITE MEAT

There’s not much that’s funny about swine flu, but ultra-Orthodox Knesset member Ya’akov Litzman, acting head of Israel’s health ministry, has given us some comic relief. Repeatedly referring to the disease at a press conference April 27 as the “Mexican flu,” Litzman studiously avoided all mention of “swine” as if the very word were nonkosher, thereby causing much merriment in secular Israel. A newspaper cartoon showed him wearing a sombrero and serape and holding a bottle of tequila, while using one foot to kick aside a little piglet.

May 09 08:52

Do The Jews Own Hollywood And The Media?

Recently, when a caller to a talk show on the Genesis Radio Network suggested that the Jews control the media, the host went wild. He raged on and on, playing the race card. He branded the surprised caller and others like him who are weary of Zionist influence "Nazis" and "anti-Semites." Angrily, he denied Jewish involvement in any conspiracies and ridiculed those who had the audacity to suggest that Jews run Hollywood or the media. Then, in a real fit of spewed venom, the talk show host demanded that the caller and all others who believe like him should go out and hang themselves to promote population reduction.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

On GCN?!?!?!?!?!?!

May 09 08:44

CRONYISM ALL THE WAY

Fatah’s internal problems continue as the current leadership tries to stuff the long-awaited Sixth Congress with its own cadre, writes Khalid Amayreh in Ramallah



May 09 08:42

SATURDAY’S TOONS ~~ WAITING FOR OBAMA TO SAVE THE WORLD

May 09 08:42

OPEN LETTER TO HIS HOLINESS, POPE BENEDICT XVI

Your visit to the Holy Land your Holiness comes, at a time when the indigenous people of this land, both Muslims and Christians are suffering under an extremely brutal military occupation. A great injustice has smothered this land over sixty years and the people, the victims, are Still suffering its ramifications today. Israel’s continuing military occupation of Palestinian territories Since1967, has furthered this injustice by separating and isolating, discriminating against, killing, incarcerating, prohibiting the movement and access to the Holy places for prayer, blockading, starving and denying medical treatment of millions of Palestinians.

May 09 08:36

Jewish settlers’ land claims were forged

Recently, Turkish land registry in Ankara opened its archives for the first time to the lawyers representing the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, an East Jerusalem neighbourhood - which showed that the title deeds produced by Jew settlers are forged. Now the lawyers have submitted those Ottoman documents to an Israeli court, which is expected to verify them in the coming weeks.

May 09 08:33

Letter to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is WHO acting as a sales agent for the vaccine manufacturers?



May 09 08:29

Elie Wiesel Stole Book & Identity Says Survivor

Elie Wiesel claims to have authored "Un di velt hot geshvign," in Yiddish and published it in Buenos Aires in Dec. 1955. In 1958 he published a French edition paring the original down from 800 pages. In the Preface to a new edition, Wiesel confessed he had been able "to correct and revise a number of important details." In the first English translation he is said to be "almost fifteen," while in the new edition he is fifteen when he arrived at Auschwitz.

One French professor has remarked that "La Nuit" is totally different from anything else that Elie Wiesel has written" and speculates that Francois Mauriac wrote it.

May 09 08:26

Auschwitz Survivor Claims Elie Wiesel is an Impostor

" I was very happy at the idea of meeting Lazar but when I confronted the so-caled "Eli Wiesel", I was stunned to see a man I didn`t recognize at all, who didn`t even speak Hungarian or Yiddish and instead he was speaking English in a strong French accent. Therefore our meeting was over in about ten minutes. As a goodbye gift, the man gave me his book entitled "Night" of which he claimed to be the author. I accepted the book I didn`t know at that time but told everyone there that this man was not the person he pretended to be!"

May 09 08:15

CBS announcer: Any U.S. soldier would shoot Pelosi, strangle Reid

CBS Sports commentator David Feherty "From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, (* which David Feherty is a 'member of ) if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there's a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death," Feherty wrote in an a D Magazine piece welcoming former President George W. Bush back to Dallas.WH

May 09 08:10

Christians’ acceptance of torture called sad, ironic



May 09 08:08

Police may use water cannon to control violent demonstrations

Scotland Yard is to review its policing of violent demonstrations after the G20 protests to see if London needs harsher, European-style methods that could include the use of water cannon.

Sir Paul Stephenson, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said that they would look at the more robust tactics used by other European police forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We have to keep those uppity serfs in their proper places, after all!"

May 09 08:04

Thick Arctic ice surprises scientific expedition

Ice in the Arctic is often twice as thick as expected, report surprised scientists who returned last week from a major scientific expedition. The scientists - a 20-member contingent from Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Italy - spent one month exploring the North Pole as well as never-before measured regions of the Arctic. Among their findings: Rather than finding newly formed ice to be two metres thick, "we measured ice thickness up to four metres," stated a spokesperson for the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Global Warming Glaciers will GETCHA and you will DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH if you don't pay me a carbon an ice tax!!!" -- Saint Al of the Gore

May 09 08:01

Obama White House Finds George W. Bush’s Bible

“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain:
and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are those who invade Iraq: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

May 09 07:46

Egypt to host Obama outreach to Muslims

As the first Arab and Muslim country to recognize Israel three decades ago, Egypt is mainly considered as Israel's right hand man against the Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is weird when you consider that Israel tried to frame Egypt twice with the Lavon Affair and the attack on the USS Liberty.



Owl 1
May 09 07:40

Russia warns against 'adventures'

The Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has issued a stern warning to any countries considering what he called "military adventures".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning to Georgia, or a warning to USreal?

May 09 07:35

Accountability is back!

(* HUH ?)

May 09 07:35

Maine Bishop Calls Gay Marriage ['Deliciously Provactive!']

Fox News - Maine Bishop Calls Gay Marriage ['Deliciously Provocative'] - PORTLAND, Maine -- The spiritual leader of Maine's 200,000 Roman Catholics is pledging the church's help in [legalizing forced man-child marriages, so the gay Catholic clergy do not feel persecuted by common sentiments of hatred in the community.]

Bishop Richard Malone also calls the law "[deliciously provocative sociological experiment"] that will have [a welcome liberating effect upon the clergy in] society.

Bishop Malone said, ["Oh! I feel -just so... Gay! I love you all. Especially the little boys, with cheeks so tan and bums so pink!"]

May 09 07:24

Why the Government's Attempt to Instill False Confidence Will Backfire

The government is doing its best to try to "restore confidence" in the economy. Indeed, Obama's top economics advisors believe they can fool people into believing that everything is fine, and then the economy will recover.

And for that reason, defenders of the status quo think that it is important for everyone to keep quiet about how severe the crisis really is.

Are they right?

No.



May 09 07:17

Pelosi: I was told it was legal to torture those people to death

Fox News - Pelosi: I Was Told Interrogation Methods Were Lawful - The House speaker's statement came after CIA records showed Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 on the interrogation methods and appeared to contradict her claim last month that she was never told that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques were being used.

"[...] The administration advised that legal counsel for both the CIA and the Department of Justice had concluded that the techniques were legal,'" she said.

May 09 06:40

Indian RAW funded Swat terrorists:$650 million to destabilize Pakistan

India intelligence: “‘the aim of RAW is to keep internal disturbances flaring up and the ISI preoccupied so that Pakistan can lend no worthwhile resistance to Indian designs in the region.”

Many moons ago We discussed the Indian involvement in terror activities in Pakistan.

India a secret player in Afghanistan: Bases—Lashkargarh, Qushila Jadid,Khahak,Hassan Killies

We have reported on Indian intelligence services from our columnists in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and USA. Now there are reports that Afghans have been captured admitting to the RAW activities.

May 09 05:34

Train Wreck Ahead?

Why the U.S. and Israel may be headed for a collision.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, in his own remarks to AIPAC delegates, sought to allay some concerns while laying down the new line. "Relations between Israel and the U.S. are unbreakable," Emanuel said. But he added: "This is the moment of truth for Israel and the Palestinians."

Something doesn't smell right , with this 'Train Wreck' scenario .

May 09 05:05

A word from Ronald Radosh

Ronald Radosh is the distinguished historian and author of books including The Rosenberg File, The Amerasia Spy Case, Spain Betrayed and, most recently, with Allis Radosh, Red Star Over Hollywood. The Radoshes' new book, officially published next Tuesday, is A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and The Founding of Israel We invited Ron to preview the new book for our readers. He has graciously accepted and forwarded the following message:
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It is our argument that had FDR lived and Truman not become President, Israel most likely would not exist today.



May 09 04:57

Singapore Air Force arrives in Mountain Home

The world outside Idaho got a little bit smaller Wednesday, as four F-15SG fighter jets flown from St. Louis by the Royal Singapore Air Force landed between rainstorms at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

May 09 04:54

Obama to Visit the Pyramids - WILL RIDE A CAMEL!

BBC News - Obama to address Muslims in Egypt - With so many events in so short a space of time, it is going to be a carefully choreographed trip, our correspondent says.

The White House press secretary explained that Mr Obama's great-uncle had helped liberate Buchenwald.

May 09 04:46

Not So Fast: Rethinking America's Decline

Have we really reached the end of American hegemony?

Does the financial crisis reveal America's relative weakness?

Is the world shifting from a unipolar to multipolar order?

Will rising powers soon surpass the U.S. and reshape the global balance of power?

Are we at the dawn of a new world order?

May 09 04:36

Karzai urges US to stop air strikes - Most Americans Agree <=> The Fictitious War on Terrorism Has Fallen on Hard Times

BBC News - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has called on the US to halt air strikes in his country [...] Mr Karzai, who is in Washington, told CNN air strikes were "not acceptable".



Lockerdome
May 09 03:23

Time To Stock Up the Bunker

In the 1950s and 1960s, bunkers were a feature of many American suburban homes, populated by families fearful of the prospect of nuclear war. That threat has subsided, but now many reasonable people are stocking up on essential supplies in preparation for a new cataclysm.

When you hear the word "survivalist", what image comes to mind?

Perhaps you think of a gun-toting loner in Mid-West America, who lives in a shack surrounded by tinned food and emergency water supplies.

Or maybe you think of end-of-the-world religionists retreating to a fortified camp with enough food and drink to last them until Judgement Day.

May 09 01:23

Torture is plain wrong

A decade ago, torture was understood to be such an unspeakably loathsome thing that merely possessing a depiction of an animal being tortured was made into a federal crime.

Now we find ourselves in the midst of a disgusting debate about whether it's acceptable, or, in the words of the Weekly Standard's Michael Goldfarb, "heroic," to actually torture human beings.

The debate is disgusting because arguing with someone about whether it's OK to torture people is like arguing about whether it's OK for a grown man to have sex with a 10-year-old child.

While in both cases one can give a long list of compelling reasons why it's not OK, in the end one is tempted to limit the response in such debates to seven words, to wit, "what the hell is wrong with you?"

May 09 01:20

Do The Jews Own Hollywood And The Media?

Do the Zionist Jews own Hollywood and the media? Are they using the media to mold and shape American opinion by constantly injecting Zionist propaganda and bias into news programs, movies, television shows, even children's cartoons and entertainment?

The answer is so blatantly "Yes!" that you wouldn't think these questions are even worth pursuing. But recently, the untoward comments of a patriot talk show host made me stop and rethink it. Are there people out there-even in the Patriot Movement-who really are that much in the dark, who deny Jewish influence in the media?

May 09 01:03

We Need More Dick Cheney

Former Vice President Cheney (that “former” part never gets old, does it?) has some excellent advice for the Republicans: don’t moderate. Don’t stand for change. Defend the status quo. Stay the Bush-Cheney course.

Listen to former Vice President Cheney. Don’t come up with new ideas. Don’t move to the center as America shifts to the center-left. Don’t appeal to young voters—you only lost them by 34 points! Don’t appeal to Hispanics—you only lost them by 36 points! Don’t appeal to African-Americans—you only lost them by 90 points! Women? Who cares, you only lost them by 14 points.

To be sure, the leftward movement is not uniform nor is it permanent. I recall laughing in 2004 when Karl Rove spoke of a Republican majority that would last 60 years. Karl was off by about 58 years.



May 09 00:47

Why We Fight .. U.S. Troops Die For Rapists

American soldiers serving in Vietnam wondered what they were fighting for. U.S. troops in Afghanistan don't have that problem. They know exactly what they're fighting for: rapists.

After President Obama's coming "Afghan surge" there will be 72,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. Their primary mission is to prevent Afghans from overthrowing the unpopular regime of Hamid Karzai, the former oil consultant installed by George W. Bush when the U.S. occupation began nearly eight years ago.

May 8, 2009

May 08 21:16

Cop Waits Six Minutes to Dispatch Emergency Help Because Girl Used F-Word on 911 Call

Lincoln Park cop waits six minutes to dispatch emergency help because girl used f-word on 911 call. He then arrests her for "abusing 911" -- for which no law actually exists.

May 08 20:52

The truth behind Ron Paul

May 08 17:33

Exodus of Pakistani civilians as battle against Taleban rages

With jet fighters screeching overhead, tens of thousands of people fled Pakistan’s once-idyllic Swat Valley yesterday, increasing a humanitarian crisis that threatens to undermine public support for the military campaign against the Taleban.

The UN says that more than 200,000 people have left Swat in the past few days, and another 300,000 are on the move or trying to leave after the collapse of a three-month-old peace deal between the Government and the Islamists this week. They will join the estimated 555,000 who have fled other conflict zones in northwestern Pakistan since August, taking the total number of displaced people in the region to more than one million.

May 08 17:18

Obama renews sanctions on Syria

US President Barack Obama, citing continuing concern about Syria's support for militants, has renewed for one year economic sanctions on Damascus imposed by his predecessor George W. Bush in 2004.

Syria gave no immediate reaction to the decision announced here Friday as the Obama administration pursues cautious steps to engage diplomatically with Damascus as part of efforts to promote Arab-Israeli peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama and his administration: has anyone bothered to mention to you that sanctions and diplomatic engagement are mutually exclusive?!?!?

May 08 17:18

FLASHBACK - PROTEST PHOTOS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reminder that there are protests; it's just that the media won't cover them.

May 08 17:15

Group condemns FEMA move to evict thousands of Katrina survivors

“Though more than 4,000 Louisiana homeowners have received rebuilding money only in the last six months, or are struggling with inadequate grants or no money at all, FEMA is intent on taking away their trailers by the end of May,” writes Shaila Dewan for The New York Times. “The deadline, which ends temporary housing before permanent housing has replaced it, has become a stark example of recovery programs that seem almost to be working against one another.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These people have been deemed by both the Bush and Obama administrations as completely expendable; that's just the bottom line.



May 08 17:09

Democrats were routinely briefed on Bush ‘torture’ techniques, document shows

The document is explicit (PDF here). Most damningly, perhaps, is its description of a meeting held between CIA staff and then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss and now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which shows that Pelosi was briefed on the Bush Administration’s torture techniques in 2002 — even though she’s publicly said she was never told about the use of waterboarding.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why we will never see prosecution of anyone for war crimes; the Democrats are just as culpable as the Republicans in allowing the CIA to continue to torture.

And that's a damned shame.

Because until and unless these activities are investigated and prosecuted to the highest extent American law allows, this country will never again be able to represent itself as holding dear those values of human rights and human dignity, as embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

May 08 15:45

Ed Shultz Asks the Question: President Obama- Do you support excluding Single Payer from Discussion?

Let Baucus know(http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue) that we will not let single payer be "excluded" by him or anybody. He is obviously courting his financial insurance company backers. Thats where the money is for him. Will President Obama step up to the plate and demand the inclusion of Single Payer at the table?

May 08 15:27

Ron Paul on Stress Test Propaganda

May 08 14:43

Is Rupert Murdoch losing it?

Maybe he knows something the rest of the world doesn't. He often has. Or maybe he's just losing his touch. I was surprised also to read in Clark's piece about the jaw-dropping decline in News Corp profits. The newspaper division collapsed, and the television profits went up in smoke.

Hey, if Murdoch's right, he might introduce the rest of the world to the model that can save the newspaper once and for all. That'd be something to celebrate. Or it could be that we're getting to the end of the Murdoch era. In that case, I wouldn't cry.



May 08 14:28

MPs claimed for everything but the cuddly toy

Two elephant lamps, a CD player, a yucca tree, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, an illuminated make-up mirror, a Zanussi oven.

It has everything apart from a cuddly toy. The conveyor belt of what MPs put on their expenses goes on and on ... a subscription to Sky, a granite worktop, a pizza wheel, a wine rack, a cordless hammer drill, an LG washing machine, an ice cube tray, and even a packet of Maltesers.

In the Generation Game, if contestants could remember the goodies on the conveyor belt they got to keep them. The only difference for MPs, it seems, is that they needed to remember to keep the receipt.

And no matter how tacky, extravagant, or trivial, they did.

...

One item above all seems to sum up the system. A Tory MP's £10 claim for a bag of manure.

May 08 14:21

MPs' expenses: a flipping outrage

In response to this newspaper's disclosures about the routine abuse by MPs of their second home allowance, the House of Commons authorities last night asked the police to investigate – not the wrong-doing of Members of Parliament, but how the information exposing it was leaked. If evidence were needed that parliament simply fails to understand the deep anger felt in the country about the tawdry goings on at the Palace of Westminster, then this, surely, is it. MPs want to avoid a proper investigation; there are no resignations; there is not even contrition: merely excuses.

May 08 13:52

The Global Warming Hypothesis and Ocean Heat

Despite a consensus among scientists on the use of ocean heat as a robust metric for AGW, near-surface air temperature (referred to as “surface temperature”) is generally employed to gauge global warming. The media and popular culture have certainly equated the two. But this equation is not simply the product of a naïve misunderstanding. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), directed by James Hansen, and the British Hadley Centre for Climate Change, have consistently promoted the use of surface temperature as a metric for global warming. The highly publicized, monthly global surface temperature has become an icon of the AGW projections made by the IPCC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The global warming cult likes to pick and choose the data which most supports their screed for a carbon-tax, but as this article points out, localized surface temperatures are not a reliable indicator of the total heat content of the environment.

It is argued that calculating the heat content for the entire ocean is a more reliable way to gauge global temperatures, presuming no major sob-oceanic volcanic eruptions.

May 08 13:44

Afghanistan: DOD Makes Excuses, CNN Rushes to Repeat the Spin

Yesterday, while Sec. of State Clinton was expressing “deep regret” over Monday's civilian deaths in Bala Baluk, US military spokespeople were telling a different story. After similar incidents, one of the usual claims made is that the civilian casualties are inevitable since villagers are “used as human shields by the Taliban” but this time, DOD is spinning at a whole new level, claiming that the Taliban rounded up civilians and killed them with grenades – then loaded the bodies into trucks to use are an anti-American photo op. CNN quickly had Barbara Starr on air repeating the DOD version within hours of the Clinton apology.



Owl 2
May 08 13:42

U.N. experts prepare to investigate war crimes in Gaza

International human rights experts examining alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip said on Friday they planned to visit soon, and renewed a call for Israel to support their investigation.

An Israeli government official said last month that the Jewish state would not cooperate with the United Nations inquiry into violations by Israeli troops and Hamas militants during the December 27-January 18 offensive in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

May 08 13:30

Fannie Mae suffers $23.2 bln loss

May 08 13:22

RON PAUL - DO WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BOMB PAKISTAN?

May 08 13:11

Time Calls Geithner a "Con Man" and the Stress Tests a "Confidence Game"

Time Magazine assesses Geithner and the stress tests in a reasonably honest article entitled "Stress Tested: Has Geithner's Bank Confidence Game Worked?".

A "confidence game" is, of course, just the formal name for a con job.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The second syllable of "economy" is "con!"

:)



May 08 13:05

Take Your Guns to Church

Take Your Guns to Church -- Jesus Commanded Bearing Personal Arms
Failure to be armed violates a direct, pointed, and unequivocal commandment given by Jesus Christ.

May 08 13:02

Global Crisis ‘Vastly Worse’ Than 1930s, Taleb Says

The current global crisis is “vastly worse” than the 1930s because financial systems and economies worldwide have become more interdependent, “Black Swan” author Nassim Nicholas Taleb said.

May 08 12:48

Looking More Closely at “Good” NFP Data

-U6 Unemployment, the broadest measure of “labor underutilization” rose to 15.8%; This is up 77.5% (6.6 percentage points) from a year ago;

May 08 12:45

Unemployment to 8.9%; Broader to 15.8%



May 08 12:44

The Annihiliation Of The Dollar's Purchasing Power

This is the chart they don't want you to see

May 08 12:26

Watch Out for the Scam Double-Bluff!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And you thought Nigeria was where all the scammers were!

May 08 12:24

Is JamesMakesMoney a Scam

This scam is running rampant let me tell you exactly what happens with this B.S business Ok remember this lil man says get started for a dollar well i’ma let you see the terms and conditions for that supposed $1 this young man is talking about. if you purchased the program or your about to purchase the program read what I TOOK STRAIGHT OFF THIS mans website on the order form. A reminder to all y’all before signing up for anything read the terms and conditions ALWAYS READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS I GOT THIS READ BELOW.

May 08 12:12

Navy forces kidnap fishermen near Gaza City while jet fighters bombard open areas

Israeli naval forces kidnapped on Thursday midday Palestinian fishermen off the Gaza City shore while jet fighters shelled open areas in the city.

Local sources said five Palestinian fishermen were kidnapped by the Israeli navy, witnesses reported that troops sunk the boat after thy kidnapped the five men.

Also on Thursday midday Israeli jet fighters shelled open areas in Gaza Ctiy close to the Israeli borders.



Owl 3
May 08 12:06

Senate Will Move on Hate Crimes Bill; Critics Claim Bill Simply Unnecessary

Critics of the measure contend that, if the bill becomes law, it will force local and state law enforcement to prosecute and sentence individuals not only for the crimes they commit, but also for their beliefs—a slippery slope which will take the country down the road toward eventually criminalizing the thoughts of the American people.

Conservatives were quick to blast the bill for elevating a few in the eyes of the law.

May 08 11:51

AIG Misses Targets; Shares Slide

During the first quarter, the company continued to unwind its notorious financial products unit, widely considered one of the prime movers behind the financial crisis. Costs related to those actions contributed the most to AIG's loss in the just-ended quarter, the company said.

The New York-based insurer, which has remained in business only because of U.S. bailout money, reported a loss of $4.35 billion, or $1.98 a share, for the period ended March 31. That's narrower than the year-ago period, when AIG lost $7.81 billion, or $3.09 a share. And in the fourth quarter of 2008 AIG posted the biggest loss in corporate history: $61.7 billion.

May 08 11:39

Israel’s Bad-Faith Negotiating Position

Israel has set two conditions for new talks, both conflicting with U.S. policy. The first is Iran’s effective nuclear disarmament, which is impossible because of those Iranian facts on the ground, and because the U.S. has set itself against military action.

The second demand is also made for propaganda purposes, and is of transparent bad faith. It is that Israel be "recognized as a Jewish state" by all its interlocutors. This is impossible because Israel refuses to describe which "Israel" is to be recognized. The 1948 state recognized by the U.N.? Israel within the 1967 armistice borders (long ago violated by colonies and annexation of Palestinian lands)? Or an Israel with frontiers yet to be defined — since annexation and colonization continue today?

May 08 11:36

Afghans riot over air-strike atrocity

Shouting "Death to America" and "Death to the Government", thousands of Afghan villagers hurled stones at police yesterday as they vented their fury at American air strikes that local officials claim killed 147 civilians.



Taboola
May 08 11:31

Pentagon’s Black Budget Grows to More Than $50 Billion

The Pentagon wants to spend just over $50 billion on classified programs next year, newly-released Defense Department budget documents reveal. “That’s the largest-ever sum,” according to Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, a longtime black-budget seer — a three percent increase over last year’s total.

May 08 11:29

'Lieberman sees Europeans as cowards'

Basically, Lieberman told Europe that their mother dresses them funny unless they are willing to kill Iranians for Israel.

I don't think Europe is too impressed with Israel right now.

May 08 11:11

Thomas Jefferson on Banks

May 08 11:04

9/11: Controlled Demolition Comparison

May 08 10:47

Government will backstop all funds for stress-test banks

Geithner said that the government will backstop the funds raised from private investors used to meet the cash requirements called for by the stress tests. So already, we know that the stress test procedure is not a free market procedure.

Moreover, Rose asked what would happen if a bank couldn't raise the required funds within 6 months. Geithner said that, in that case, the government would just give the funds to the bank.

So not only is the methodology for the stress tests a joke, but the procedure going forward is as well.

May 08 10:12

U.S. Missile Defense Secrets, UK Medical Records Accidentally Sold on eBay

Accidentally! MY A.. (BUTT)!! If these people do not know what they are doing what business do they have making "Missile Defense Systems"

A hard drive has been carelessly released, but is fortunately in safe hands

(ISRAELI'S I'm sure! You can bet they had a look at this HD)

Hot off the heels of the of selling the B-2 stealth bomber's radar spectrum to a Russian national and intrusions by Chinese hackers, the U.S. Armed Forces have another leak on their hands. Researchers analyzing 300 hard drives bought at computer fairs and on the internet auction site eBay discovered a surprise -- a hard drive containing U.S. missile defense secrets that was not properly wiped by contractor Lockheed Martin.

May 08 10:06

THE NEW DISCOURSE ON ANTI-SEMITISM

Those who criticize Israel or those who interrogate Zionism (the ism that gave birth to Israel) are often labeled “anti-Semitic” by the Zionist lobby. This lobby, a world-wide movement, is seen to be most influential in the United States where it vigorously defends the interests of Israel.

To view Israel unsympathetically means vilification by this group: it avows political critique is something that threatens the existence of all Jews. Yet, ironically, some of the most ardent critics of Israel have been Jews – academics and political liberals who have not denigrated their Jewishness in any way because of their conscience.

May 08 10:03

FRIDAY’S TOONS …. ARE YOU ONE OF THESE?

May 08 10:03

PALESTINIAN THINK TANK; MANY VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS

Today is a special day on the calendar for those of us involved in the Palestinian struggle. The Palestinian Think Tank is one year old today. Against all odds and harassment from the zioenemy, they have survived and grown.

May 08 09:58

Iran invites Germans to participate in its oil, gas market

Iran has invited German companies and industries to participate in the country's gas and oil market, the official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

Iran's Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari asked the German owners of gas and oil industry to "easily enter Iran's market."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, sanctions against Iran demanded by Israel will result in Germany gaining access to Iran's oil?

May 08 09:57

Facebook urged to remove Holocaust-denial groups

"There is no First Amendment right to free speech in the private realm," Cuban said. "This isn't a freedom-of-speech issue. Facebook is free to set the standard that they wish."

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said his company is in agreement with Cuban that the Holocaust-denial pages are offensive and objectionable.

Where the two sides part, Schnitt said, is whether people have the right to discuss such ideas on Facebook.

"It's a difficult decision to make. We have a lot of internal debate and we bring in experts to talk about it," Schnitt said. "Just being offensive or objectionable doesn't get it taken off Facebook. We want it [the site] to be a place where people can discuss all kinds of ideas, including controversial ones."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Interesting that Cuban acknowledges that Facebook as a right to set the standards they wish, then proceeds to tell them what that standard ought to be.

But Cuban is actually wrong. Newspapers and magazines and TV are private companies, yet the courts have consistently ruled that First Amendment protections of free speech apply to them.

May 08 09:37

Recap of 2009 AIPAC Policy Conference

May 08 09:33

it’s time to ask questions

I write to you as a Jewish woman who is both American and Israeli. I have lived in Israel for over 50 years, and I can tell you that I have had enough of wars and insecurity.

America keeps on sending us billions of dollars in weapons every year. And yet, Israel has become the least safe country for Jews to live in (except for war zones such as Afghanistan, where no one is safe).

May 08 09:16

FLASHBACK - Torture was taught by CIA; Declassified manual details the methods used in Honduras; Agency denials refuted

The 1983 manual was altered between 1984 and early 1985 to discourage torture after a furor was raised in Congress and the press about CIA training techniques being used in Central America. Those alterations and new instructions appear in the documents obtained by The Sun, support the conclusion that methods taught in the earlier version were illegal.

May 08 09:15

cia torture manual circa 1983

The Sun’s story noted the admonition on page 46 of the 1963 manual that when planning an interrogation room, “the electric current should be known in advance, so that transformers or other modifying devices will be on hand if needed.” The Sun reported that “...this referred to the application of electric shocks to interrogation suspects.”

May 08 09:14

U. S. Army Torture Manuals

May 08 09:13

FLASDHBACK - School of the Americas CIA Torture Manual

Manuals used by the U.S. Army's School of the Americas between 1982 and 1991 appeared to condone executions, beatings and other human rights abuses, the Pentagon said in a disclosure that prompted renewed calls for the school's closure.

The Pentagon on Friday disclosed English translations of portions of seven training manuals it said were pulled from use in 1991 by then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney. He determined that the language violated U.S. policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, back in 1996, Cheney was OPPOSED to torture?

May 08 08:55

Why torture questions must be answered

The idea that our country does not torture is based on World War II policies, but since 1950 the CIA has been studying torture techniques and has been exporting its knowledge abroad through the Office of Public Safety and the School of the Americas. However, torture was not our official policy, until the George W. Bush administration.

May 08 08:53

A Timeline of CIA Atrocities

Operation MOCKINGBIRD — The CIA begins recruiting American news organizations and journalists to become spies and disseminators of propaganda. The effort is headed by Frank Wisner, Allan Dulles, Richard Helms and Philip Graham. Graham is publisher of The Washington Post, which becomes a major CIA player. Eventually, the CIA?s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA?s own admission, at least 25 organizations and 400 journalists will become CIA assets.

May 08 08:41

Fed Inspector General Knows Roughly Nothing About The Fed

The inspector general tasked with overseeing and auditing the Federal Reserve knows pretty much nothing about what the Fed is doing. That's the conclusion that comes from watching the exchange Tuesday between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and inspector general Elizabeth A. Coleman.
May 08 08:40

UN Treaties Fail to Respect American Sovereignty and the Constitution

No one in government has been more consistent in their position regarding the UN and its continued threat to American sovereignty than Congressman Ron Paul. On February 24, he reintroduced H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act. If passed, it would effectively pull the U.S. out of the UN. Membership in the UN only serves to undermine American sovereignty. The UN is guilty of dictating environmental, labor, trade, gun and health laws. Through its system of international treaties, the U.S. finds itself increasingly bound by UN agreements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I cannot agree to surrender control over my life to a governing body that cannot control Israel.

May 08 08:35

U.S. Jobless Rate Hits 8.9%, but Pace of Losses Eases

The American economy lost another 539,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate leapt to 8.9 percent, yet the deterioration was slightly milder than expected, buoying hopes that better days are approaching.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As more jobs are lost over time, there are less and less jobs to lose, so of course the numbers are going to come down.

And these numbers are based on people filing for unemployment. Those whose benefits have run out are not included and of course these numbers do not show the large numbers of Americans who have lost high-paying jobs and are working for much lower-paying jobs today ... which means they are struggling to make their mortgage and credit card payments.

May 08 08:31

Right then, fall into line you 'orrible little pupils! Government wants the military to run state schools

The Armed Forces will be drafted in to run state schools under plans to drive up discipline and respect in classrooms.

Ministers are in talks with defence chiefs about taking over a handful of schools and turning them into military academies.

Alongside daily lessons, pupils would be expected to take part in activities such as drills, uniformed parades, weapons handling and adventure training.

May 08 08:29

A Full-Court Press for Pakistan War

This week brings yet another bumper crop of panic buttons and alarm bells from the powers-that-be, with ever-increasing emphasis on the "Taliban kooks with Muslim nukes" theme: one more variation on the old "mushroom clouds rising in American cities" ploy that has worked like a charm for our militarists lo these 60 years or more.

Some of the war-pushing powers-that-be are public figures in the Obama Administration (including Obama himself, who has dutifully taken on the Bushian mantle of Fearmonger-in-Chief), and some of them are shadowy, unnamed eminences in the military-security apparat, clearly aiming to act for Obama as those daggers of the mind did for Macbeth: "Thou marshall'st me the way that I was going."

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