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June 16, 2010

Jun 16 12:05

Regime Change 2.0

The US Department of The Treasury has kindly decided to relax export controls related to technology for Iranian web users. The amendments will allow Internet users in Iran to download software related to communications, such as instant messaging and chat clients, and tools related to social networking. They will also permit the export of the same types of software to Iran.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin opines that this is “consistent with the administration’s deep commitment to the universal rights of all the world’s citizens”. How touching, but apparently this noble respect for individual freedom doesn’t apply to the administration’s own citizens.

Jun 16 11:56

Israeli Panel Goal Is To Minimize Direct Damage Caused By Flotilla Massacre

After rejecting all calls for an international investigation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved Monday the committee elected to investigate the deadly Israeli navy raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Yet, the Israeli leadership is convinced that the Freedom flotilla massacre has isolated the Zionist state internationally; however the political level remains in defiance and denial.

Jun 16 11:55

UN calls for impartial probe of Israeli Freedom Flotilla raid

Jun 16 11:51

Gaza still waiting for relief

However, the easing of the siege has yet to materialize, and if and when it does it will not address the underlying issues which have reduced Gaza's population of 1.5 million, most of whom are civilians, to abject poverty and turned the enclave into a humanitarian basket-case.

"Permitting mayonnaise and potato chips [two of the items Israel is now considering allowing] into Gaza is really irrelevant in dealing with the root causes of the crisis," says Maxwell Gaylard, United Nations deputy special and humanitarian coordinator for the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the flotillas need to keep on coming, because until the siege of Gaza is broken once and for all, the situation in Gaza will never improve for its citizens, particularly for its kids; according to UNICEF figures, 14% of all Gazan children are malnourished.

Jun 16 11:44

Sect members charged with abusing children to 'protect them'

According to the indictment, sect leader, Shay Abramov instructed members to physically abuse their children, in what he called a "treatment" against accidents and illnesses, so to save their lives and prevent their souls from going to hell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics.

Jun 16 11:43

Tension in S.F. over anti-Israel resolution

The legislation, sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Sophie Maxwell, has more than two dozen "whereas" clauses.

It attempts to localize the attack that took place a half-a-world away by noting San Francisco's "recognition and understanding of our population's unique relationship to international struggles and the overall principle that human life, whether here or abroad, has value and dignity."

After more than four hours of public testimony that lasted until nearly midnight, the Board of Supervisors didn't vote on the resolution. Instead, the supervisors sent it to committee, where critics hoped it would die.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Because of the attack on a US-flagged ship and 12 Americans in international waters, including the shooting death of a 19-year old boy from New York, it is no longer possible to be both Israeli and American. The debate over the last two weeks has made it clear that Israelis view the acts of war against Americans as justified. So the time has come to choose whether one is an American or not and to be prepared to live with that choice for the rest of your life.

You cannot be an American and advocate attacks by a foreign government on Americans.

Jun 16 11:41

Haredim plan mass protest following Emanuel ruling

Ultra-Orthodox public seeks police approval for rally in Jerusalem's Yirmiyahu bridge in order to escort to prison parents from Emanuel who refuse to obey High Court ruling and send daughters to school with Sephardic students

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not that the these Ultra-Orthodox Jewish families are behaving like vicious little racists against Sephardic Jewish families, or anything like that, of course!

Jun 16 11:38

You know all those "Nigerian Scam" emails you got? Guess where they came from!

Jun 16 11:37

Haredim hurl racial slurs at Ethiopian officers

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox who rioted in Jaffa Wednesday hurled racial epithets at police officers of Ethiopian descent and called others "Nazis."

Five officers were injured from cinder blocks thrown at them by the haredim, who also lit garbage bins on fire and blocked main traffic arteries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes, Israeli, land of racial and ethnic tolerance, even among its Jewish population!

Jun 16 11:35


Jun 16 11:35


Jun 16 11:34

National Guard Training For Riot Control, Mass Detentions

In a previous story we noted that Reports Surfacing of Multi-State National Guard Mobilizations.

Further information made available after our report, much of which was published in the comment section by contributors who scoured the web for more information on the subject, suggests that the report was true and that national guard units had indeed been called up for training and possible deployment for domestic emergencies.

Jun 16 11:32

Ramat Shlomo Clears Hurdle, 'More Jerusalem Projects Under Way'

The Israeli government has approved another “technical” step in the long bureaucratic process for the Ramat Shlomo housing project that infuriated the United States last March. This time, there has been no reaction because the United States “is too busy with the oil spill” to worry about other issues, Ambassador Michael Oren said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Ambassador to the US, Michel Oren: this catastrophe is not the reason the US government isn't expressing upset at the brisk pace of Israeli annexation of Jerusalem.

Obama has demonstrated consistently that he is impotent to stop Israel from doing anything it pleases, including forced expulsions of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the West Bank. He knows this, and Tel Aviv knows this.

Israel's complete annexation of Jerusalem is a non-issue for this administration, and always has been.

Jun 16 11:32

BP starts burning oil from leaking ruptured well

BP began burning oil siphoned from a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico early Wednesday as part of its plans to more than triple the amount of crude it can stop from reaching the sea, the company said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... while totally ignoring the contaminants and pollutants pouring into the atmosphere from the fires.

Jun 16 11:21

Cuba braces to contend with BP oil spill

Cuba is steadying itself for an ecological and tourism crisis as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill appears to be heading towards its pristine northern coast.

Patches of oil were reportedly spotted 100 miles north-west of the island, prompting concern that gulf currents will add Cuba to the list of casualties from the April 20 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This spill and damage to the ocean floor will be impacting the region for decades, possibly longer.

And it is painfully apparent that neither Obama, nor BP, have a clue as to how to deal with this.

Jun 16 11:17

It Begins... Obama Gives Major Swath of Arizona Back to Mexico

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US Federal Government can send billions of dollars worth of weapons every year to Israel with which to attack not only their neighbors but American ships and people in international waters, but Mexicans, and more to the point Mexican DRUG CRIMINALS get a chunk of Arizona just handed to them????

This is your government.

This is drugs.

This is your government on drugs.

Any questions?

Jun 16 11:14

Abbas wants Israel to open all Gaza crossings

Israel should open all seven of its crossings to Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday, as Israel said it was considering ways to ease its blockade of the coastal strip.

Jun 16 11:10

Pundits boo President Obama speech

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address on the Gulf Coast catastrophe is being greeted with a barrage of criticism from commentators and political analysts across the ideological spectrum—the most intense negative reaction to any major public appearance he has given as president.

If the goal was to change the widespread Washington storyline that Obama is not rising to the occasion for the BP debacle, it became clear within moments that the 18-minute speech was an emphatic failure—and not just among conservatives who predictably root for the president’s failure.

“Junk Shot,” blared the headline at Huffington Post. Salon took a similar theme: “Just words: Oval Office speech fizzles.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear President Obama. You do not kowtow to Israel, defending the nation that attacked Americans in international waters, then expect those same Americans to fall for another BS sales pitch about the disaster the US Government itself allowed to happen. Your presidency is finished, and you will go down in history as the most treasonous head-of-state since Charles I.

Jun 16 11:06

Ex-Nazi camp official did not remember Demjanjuk

A former administrator in a Nazi SS training camp told investigators that a camp ID card being used as evidence against John Demjanjuk appeared genuine, but that he did not remember Demjanjuk himself from the facility, according to evidence presented Wednesday.

Helmut Leonhardt, a former Cologne police officer who was sent to work in Trawniki training camp's personnel office in 1942, told Israeli investigators in 1987 that he recognized the SS officers' signatures on the Trawniki ID card that prosecutors say belonged to Demjanjuk and allegedly shows he has served time in the Sobibor death camp.

Demjanjuk denies having been in either camp, saying he is the victim of mistaken identity. His defense team has argued that the ID card is a Soviet fake.

Jun 16 11:05

New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with actual cybersecurity, and everything to do with making dead certain that the only information characterized as "news" by the corporate media is the only thing Us citizens will be able to read or hear about what is going on in the world.

This government is absolutely terrified of an independent blogosphere, which is getting the truth out there on many critical events taking place around the world and in this country, and wants total cyber control to prevent this from continuing to happening.

Jun 16 10:58

Dutch oil spill response team on standby for US oil disaster

Two Dutch companies are on stand-by to help the Americans tackle an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico. The two companies use huge booms to sweep and suck the oil from the surface of the sea. The US authorities, however, have difficulties with the method they use.

The Americans don’t have spill response vessels with skimmers because their environment regulations do not allow it. With the Dutch method seawater is sucked up with the oil by the skimmer. The oil is stored in the tanker and the superfluous water is pumped overboard. But the water does contain some oil residue, and that is too much according to US environment regulations.[media:factfile1]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is high time for this administration to get off their high horse, and get the American people in the Gulf some relief from this spill.

That the Dutch companies with intensive experience in dealing with large oil spills have not been called to help is infuriatingly absurd.

Jun 16 10:49

Mr. President, can BP arrest Our Journalists?

Mr. Obama, it would be disturbing enough if media censorship of a major event in this country were imposed by our own government. But for it to be imposed by a FOREIGN-owned corporation is unfathomable. I am not aware of any legal provision that gives standing to foreigners to authorize the arrest of American citizens for any reason, so the obvious question that follows is this: Under whose authority is the threat of arrest for photographing dead and dying animals being issued? Under whose authority, for but one example, was a reporter from WDSU in New Orleans turned away from seeing for himself the havoc being wreaked on his state?

Jun 16 10:46

Enough of This Crap

Know what I'd like to see happen? I would like to see a thousand people, ten thousand, a hundred thousand, just show the hell up down there and demand access. Citizens and reporters alike, just get down there, link arms, and walk to the beaches and the marshlands with digital cameras and cell phones for instantaneous blogging of what they see, hear and smell. Pile into as many rented, borrowed and begged boats as can be mustered and plow out there to the scene of the crime. Dare the gendarmes to stop us.

Jun 16 10:42

The Hidden Wealth of the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church in Germany, already struggling to cope with the sex abuse scandal, has been hit by revelations of theft, opaque accounting and extravagance. While the grassroots faithful are being forced to make cutbacks, some bishops enjoy the trappings of the church's considerable hidden wealth.

Jun 16 10:34

The Fed's Purchase of US Sovereign Debt: "The US Treasury is under the Control of the Fed’s Owners".

Were it not for the Federal Reserves purchase of Treasury and Agency bonds the US would already be unable to raise funds to service debt and issue new debt, and it would already have descended into national bankruptcy. It is no wonder the Fed does not want to be audited. Through various artifices the Fed has been purchasing US treasury paper. No one knows how much, because when asked the Fed says it is a state secret. That is what all Americans love. A country run in secrecy. A privately owned corporation operating under the cover of secrecy, and protected by a Treasury Department, that is under the control of the Fed’s owners. How is that for an incestuous relationship?

Jun 16 10:32

BP and Halliburton's Role in the Gulf Oil Disaster-- Well Casing Horror Story

Now, there is speculation from multiple sources that there were problems with the seal job.Washingtonblog.com reports, using multiple sources and videos, that there is concern that the casing may have been compromised, causing leaks far below the surface of the sea floor. They report that Cameron international, the manufacturer of the BOP at the top of the wellhead, that was supposed to shut the well, may have broken parts from the casing blocking the BOP from closing.

Jun 16 10:31

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turning his back on Americans to please Israel did not help!

Jun 16 10:28

SKorea holds civil defense drill amid tension

Although both Koreas have exchanged harsh rhetoric and increased their military vigilance in recent weeks, Seoul officials have said it is unlikely renewed tension would lead to all-out war.

The defense drill was the first on a nationwide scale for possible chemical, biological and radiological attacks since 1989, the National Emergency Management Agency said. It said the exercise was resumed in the aftermath of the ship sinking in March that South Korea blamed on North Korea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

North Korea, in spite of its rhetoric, doesn't want a war with the South, because it doesn't know what actual degree of military support it is likely to get from its benefactor state, China.

Unfortunately, there are elements in the corridors of power in the US who are frantically looking for a war (any war, despite the fiascoes in Iraq and Afghanistan) to divert American fury away from the terrible government mismanagement of foreign and domestic policy, including our economy.

Jun 16 10:26

BP engineer's testimony contradicted by e-mail released by congressional investigators

Last month, Mark Hafle, BP's senior drilling engineer for the oil well that's now spewing millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, testified in Kenner that he and his team believed they had worked in concert with a contractor to come up with the safest possible design for encasing the well with cement and steel tubing so that "all the concerns had been addressed."
gulf_oil_vacuum_barataria_bay.JPGGerald Herbert/The Associated PressA cleanup worker vacuums oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill along the northern shore of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish on Tuesday.

But now, e-mail messages released by congressional investigators paint a different picture of Hafle's confidence in the troubled well.

Jun 16 10:22

Hoyer hints support for Afghanistan is slipping

The majority leader has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Barack Obama's handling of the war on terror and military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he noted things haven’t gone as smoothly as the party had hoped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Steny Hoyer: there is no support whatsoever on the part of the American people for this war in Afghanistan.

And Senator, please understand: thinking Americans have already had their moment of clarity about current US military misadventures around the planet, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The understand that what has been going on here is not a "war on terror", but a war on people sitting over geostrategically placed hunks of real estate with resources, or transport routes to and from those resources, which the US government wishes to claim for its own.

In Iraq, the issue was oil, and who was going to control it. After completely destroying the country's infrastructure, generating internecine civil war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, and showering the place with depleted uranium, the US still has no control of Iraq's vast oil wealth.

As reported Dec 14, 2009 at:


"Despite Sense of Entitlement, US Companies Lose Iraq Oil Auctions"

In October, oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens expressed annoyance at the fact that US oil corporations were being asked to compete with foreign companies for oil contracts in Iraq.

“They’re opening them up to other companies all over the world… we’re entitled to it,” Pickens insisted, warning that after six plus years of American occupation “we leave there with the Chinese getting the oil.”

And who now actually looks like they're going to be developing a lion's share of Iraqi oil?

As reported on 27 April, 2010 at:


The major oil companies are starting to move forward at a very high speed. Oil companies are tendering huge contracts and making commitments in the market," said Kjetil Tonstad, Statoil's vice-president for International Exploration and Production, Middle East. "Execution is going full speed ahead despite the political situation."

"Norway's Statoil and Russian partner LUKOIL would increase output to 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) at Iraq's West Qurna phase two oilfield in 2012, Tonstad said. That was the level set by Iraq for first commercial production at the field.
The consortium has already started issuing tenders for work at the field, he said. He declined to give further details.
Lukoil and Statoil sealed the 20-year deal to develop the West Qurna Phase Two, a 12.9 billion barrel oilfield in the south, in an auction in December."

And what about Afghanistan? The invasion and occupation of Afghanistan had two outcomes which were desired by both the Bush And Obama administrations. The first (completely unfulfilled, nearly 9 years on) was the "pacification" of the Afghan people in order to install the pipeline routes with which to control Eurasian oil.

Karzai, corrupt thug that he is (but no idiot) is talking about reconciling with the Taliban to begin a tentative peace process. The Taliban want US and NATO troops out now. So, we are left, 9 years on, at the point where we are ultimately going to have to negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the oil pipeline rights, just as the Bush administration was attempting - unsuccessfully - as late as August of 2001.

The Bush administration thought the Taliban government's asking price was "too high", but, to their way of thinking, an invasion and occupation's price, in blood and money, was not.

The second outcome, which can absolutely be characterized as "mission accomplished" is control of the drug trade, which the Taliban had almost completely exterminated. In fact, that bit has gone so magnificently well that Russia is publicly complaining about the cheap Afghan opium, flooding their streets, and addicting their kids. And when drug production is controlled, where the drugs wind up is also controlled. Pouring cheap drug into a country a method of destabilizing that country without firing a shot.

So in conclusion, Senator: pull the funding for these immoral, illegal wars, bring our troops home, and treat them the respect, practical necessities, and excellent medical services they deserve for having risked life and limb not for the security of their country, but ultimately for private oil or drug profits.

Jun 16 10:20

UP girls become Gujaratis: Symbolic or Zionist mindset at work?

The entire ad controversy, reminds the famous broadcast made immediately after 9/11 terrorist attack on Twin Towers in New York. The broadcast was reportedly made by the ‘Pro-Zionist Media’ that showed Palestinians celebrating after the tragic event. It was only later that the world came to know the video was file footage of earlier date and had nothing to do with the terrorist attack. But, the advantage that the Zionists wanted to gain was accomplished and the propaganda that the Palestinians are TERRORISTS was well placed in the minds of the people already saddened and shocked by the attack. Later on it became easier to ignite the already palpitating anger against the Muslims world over.

Jun 16 10:07

Revoking Israel's UN Membership

Not once, during the past 60 years, has Israel shown any intention of living up to the requirements stipulated by the UN, in connection with the country’s membership in 1948, namely that the Palestinians who had been evicted from their homes should be allowed to return at the earliest possible opportunity. Moreover, Israel holds the hardly flattering world record of ignoring UN resolutions.

Jun 16 10:05

StarAdvertiser blocks my follow up comments

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I just tried to reply to yet another one of CurtOnTheRadio's endless smears against me and found I am blocked from posting. Everything I am entering is now subject to approval by a moderator and not one of my posts sent to the moderator has been posted.

Jun 16 09:44

Democrats demand flotilla "terrorists" be denied entry into U.S.

In case you thought a reasonable debate was still possible surrounding Israel's botched raid of a humanitarian flotilla, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York held a press event in Times Square today to prove you wrong. A half-dozen elected Democrats called on the State Department to ban every flotilla participant from entering the United States.

Well, only some of them called for everyone to be denied visas. Most of them just called for an "investigation" into the terrible terror ties of the activists aboard the flotilla, sponsored by a Turkish NGO called IHH that is not on any American watch list.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Proving yet again that when US politicians get bought by Israel, and are found consistently putting the dictates of the Israeli government ahead of the needs and concerns of the US citizens they allegedly represent they stay bought!!!

And not one word from these Israel-Firsters about the Israeli navy having gunned down, in cold blood, of a 19 year old American kid of Turkish ancestry who wound up with 4 bullet holes in his head and one in his abdomen?!?!?

Unflipping believable!!!

Jun 16 09:38

Entering the Soviet Era in America

Drunk on war as Washington may be, the U.S. is still not the Soviet Union in 1991 – not yet. But it’s not the triumphant “sole superpower” anymore either. Its global power is visibly waning, its ability to win wars distinctly in question, its economic viability open to doubt. It has been transformed from a can-do into a can’t-do nation, a fact only highlighted by the ongoing BP catastrophe and “rescue” in the Gulf of Mexico. Its airports are less shiny and more Third World-like every year. Unlike France or China, it has not a mile of high-speed rail. And when it comes to the future, especially the creation and support of innovative industries in alternative energy, it’s chasing the pack. It is increasingly a low-end service economy, losing good jobs that will never return.

Jun 16 09:35

Someone sending Charlie Sheen a message?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This it the second time since Charlie Sheen released this video that one of his cars has been stolen and simply pushed off the road to destroy it.

Jun 16 09:32

Gov't delays Gaza blockade decision

The security cabinet met Wednesday to discuss easing the Gaza blockade, but adjourned without drawing any conclusions, Reuters reported.

The cabinet will reconvene on Thursday to continue the blockade discussion, which covers potentially expanding the list of goods currently permitted to cross over into the Gaza strip.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Israel is doing is waiting to see if the announcement of the opening of the Gaza crossings will defuse world anger over the flotilla attack. If the story starts to fade by tomorrow, then expect little more than a token easing of the hardships imposed on Gaza by Israel (a direct violation of the 4th Geneva Protocol) and just as quickly rescinded when Israel feels nobody is looking.

For myself, I thin now is the time to let loose with all the pent-up anger with Israel. Israel is already on the defensive. They have lost the initiative and their mantle of permanent victim state has been destroyed by the exposure of their attempted sale of nuclear weapons to Apartheid South Africa.

Now is the time to hold Israel to the condition sunder which it was allowed to join the United Nations.

Now is the time to demand that Israel finally draw its national borders and then live within them.

Now is the time for the Palestinians to be accorded the same right to exist and a state that Israel constantly demands for itself.

Jun 16 09:32

On Israel, Congress Still Obedient

Forget that "collective punishment" is illegal under international law. Forget that Turkey is a NATO ally to whom we are bound by treaty (an armed attack on Turkey is considered an attack on the United States). And definitely forget the admonition to have "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind...."

None of these come into play when the government of Israel requires the government of the United States to defend it from criticism (no matter what the provocation).

And, to be honest, the Obama administration behaves no differently in this regard than previous administrations. It's all "your wish is my command."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why, even when American politicians mention that they support "two state solution" which features a viable Palestinian state, what we are going to see, in terms of Israel's behaviour very soon, will be the following.

We will see a brisk Israeli annexation of Jerusalem and the West Bank, coupled with forcible expulsions of Palestinians to either Gaza, or just beyond the borders of Israel into stateless refugee status.

And the US Congress and administration will say nothing, and do nothing, to prevent this, because they have long-since "acquired" by a foreign power.

Jun 16 09:23

75 percent of board overseeing major study into effects of oil spill have ties to BP

some scientists accused BP of trying to control the research by selecting the research topics and the members of an advisory committee that would select the institutions to oversee the money and research.

Jun 16 09:19

Russia might send troops

As four days of ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan threatened to build into a major refugee crisis Monday, both sides of the conflict were calling on Russia to step in, saying third- party peacekeepers were needed to defuse standoffs between Uzbeks and Kyrgyz.

But an emergency meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a regional alliance dominated by Russia, ended Monday without a commitment to send in troops, although President Dmitry Medvedev called the situation "intolerable" and intimated that troops could be deployed if conditions worsened.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, it appears that only the presence of Russia peacekeeping troops on the ground can staunch the increasing violence here.

Jun 16 09:19

A Season in Hell: Life in Gaza

An ongoing 60+ year nightmare visited upon the indigenous Palestinians by eastern European and Russian land thieves, which got kicked into high gear after the 9/11 false-flag. While the world was nervously scanning the skies, looking for another MOSSAD hijacked plane slamming into a skyscraper, Israeli land thieves went on a stealing and killing spree in Occupied Palestine.

Jun 16 09:18


But Norman Finklestein, who fully understands the myth of Israeli exceptionalism, captures the true Israeli dilemma of being a self-proclaimed Victim State ~ " The holocaust has proven to be an indispensable ideological weapon through its deployment ( by Israel ). One of the world's most formidable military powers, with an horrendous human rights record, has cast itself as a ' Victim State ' and the most successful ethnic group in the US has likewise acquired victim status. Considerable dividends accrue from this specious victim hood ~ in particular, Immunity to Criticism, however justified. "

Jun 16 09:17

Huge Number of Disaster Drills Held Throughout America

From terrorist attacks and hurricane evacuations to submarine base and nuclear power plant mishaps; bomb blasts, plane crashes, dirty bombs, hazmat spills, earthquakes, medical disasters and train derailments, America is on high alert. Over the past several weeks to the present, more than 35 major disaster drills are taking place throughout America. It makes one wonder what's prompting all of these emergency exercises and planning venues. Was it confusion over Gov. Palin's oft-quoted "drill, baby, drill?" No, it's recognition that the Feds are leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves. States aren't happy about this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If anything, the BP oil spill in the Gulf, nearly two months on, clearly demonstrates that the Federal Government is impotent to really take care of American citizens, should a catastrophe hit.

Jun 16 09:16

Russia against unilateral Iran sanctions

A senior Russian parliament official has expressed opposition to unilateral sanctions against Iran after EU members made a decision to unilaterally impose additional embargos on Tehran.

Jun 16 09:15

Minuteman III test launch scheduled

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government shows they can still get it up!

Jun 16 09:12

Israel trying to prevent more flotillas

Israel has reportedly contacted some Western states, urging them to warn their citizens against joining Gaza-bound humanitarian convoys.

Tel Aviv has called on the nations to issue travel warnings against their country's activists, Israeli government officials told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, this demonstrates Israel's arrogance in presuming that they are empowered to tell other nations what to do and where their citizens are allowed to go in international waters.

Jun 16 09:11

Fed dodges bullet as House drops audit idea

The Federal Reserve scored a political victory on Wednesday as Democrats mulling financial reform backed off measures that would expose monetary policy to audits and make the head of the New York Fed a political appointee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my shock. One has to wonder; was it payoffs or blackmail which caused Democrats to run screaming from this bill, or an interesting cocktail of both?

And Democrats indicating "a willingness to live with a narrower Senate audit provision that does not cover monetary policy." does nothing to make the Fed truly transparent in any way.

Jun 16 09:08

Secretary General Gaza investigation gathers steam, as U.S. stays neutral

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that the secretary general remains “hopeful” that the world body will approve an international inquiry into the Gaza flotilla incident — on top of Israel’s own domestic investigation — after it received overwhelming support in a closed Security Council meeting Tuesday.

Jun 16 09:08

The NYT and the Flotilla Inquiry

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 16 09:05

Waking America From the BP Nightmare

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

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

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Unflipping believable.

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

Jun 16 09:05

Helen Thomas: an Appreciation

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

Jun 16 09:04

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 16 09:03

Pervert Massachusetts Town Official Plants Camera in Women’s Bathroom

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

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

Jun 16 08:54

BP engineer called doomed rig a 'nightmare well'

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

Jun 16 08:50

How the West Is Losing Turkey

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

Jun 16 08:47

Ralph Nader: Cashiering Helen Thomas

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

Jun 16 08:44

Death Rain? Blackberry Plants Dying In Panama City, FL

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

Jun 16 08:36

What's wrong with the sun?

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

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

Jun 16 08:35

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

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

Jun 16 08:34

Fears that BP oil spill may reach Irish coastline

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

Jun 16 08:33

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

Jun 16 08:29

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 08:25

Israel cannot be its own judge and jury

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

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

Jun 16 08:23


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

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

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

Jun 16 08:23


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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 16 08:21


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

Jun 16 08:20

WeAreChangeLA Organizer Faces Terrorist Charge

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 16 08:16

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 16 08:13

White House Correspondent Helen Thomas—A Casualty of Zionist Duplicity

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

Jun 16 08:11

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

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

Jun 16 08:09

Charity to sue Israel in Britain over flotilla raid

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 08:08

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

As the Stimulus Fades the Economy Loses Steam

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

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

Jun 16 08:01

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

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

Jun 16 07:59

Fannie Mae Proposes Bulldozing U.S. Homes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Jun 16 07:58

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 07:54

Haaretz: Officers Shot Palestinian Lying On Ground

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

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

Jun 16 07:52

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

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

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

Jun 16 07:52

Neo-cons lead charge against Turkey

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 16 07:46

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 16 07:43

8 House members investigated over fundraisers held near financial reform vote

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ooooh; big shock there!

Jun 16 07:42

Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool

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

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

Jun 16 07:41

Calls for NDP MP to resign after Israel comments

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 16 07:32

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Jun 16 07:30

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

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

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

Jun 16 07:25

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

Jun 16 07:25

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

remember that sand used to be snow white...

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

fucking liars

Jun 16 07:22

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

BP warns its new oil collection plan has safety risks

Jun 16 07:21

James Petras: Afghanistan – The Longest Lost War


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

Jun 16 07:19

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

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

Jun 16 07:12

Interior's New Oil Industry Watchdog Has No Energy Experience

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

Jun 16 07:06

Fannie, Freddie to scrap NYSE stock listings

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

Jun 16 06:44

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

From The Market Oracle:

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

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

Jun 16 06:10

Gulf of Mexico Deja Vu

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

Jun 16 05:52

Charles Schumer’s Sippenhaftung* and the children of Gaza

By Juan Cole

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

Jun 16 05:47

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

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

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

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

Jun 16 05:40

video bp does not want you to see

The look on these peoples faces say it all.