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April 17, 2009

Apr 17 11:02

READERS [CONTINUE TO] RESPOND TO JERUSALEM POST ATTACKS

Steve, that’s something that will draw attention on your blog and your commitment!

Stupid when this guy says you’re the wrong man for the job! You’re the man the democratic side of Israel was waiting since a long time!
So keep it up and be safe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as a side note, our server logs show a massive increase in international traffic since that JP article came out, so thanks for the ad revenue boost, guys!

Apr 17 10:39

Palestinian activists plan massive graffiti protest on West Bank fence

The separation barrier will receive its largest piece of graffiti yet when Dutch and Palestinian activists scrawl on it a 2,000-word letter by a South African scholar arguing that “Israeli apartheid” is “far more brutal” than Pretoria’s was.

Apr 17 10:38

Traders, Not Investors, Fueling This Stock Rally: NYSE Chief

Wall Street's stunning six-week rally has been fed more by traders looking to take advantage of quick swings in the market than investors with a long-term view, NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX - News) CEO Duncan Niederauer told CNBC.

Because of that, the rally likely is to run out of steam as low volume eventually comes back to the bite the market, he said.

Apr 17 10:33

WACO - Who Shot First?

Contrary to the image of a dangerous gun nut put out in the media in an effort to justify the burning of the church, official BATF records prove that David Koresch was rather harmless, so much so that the BATF agents invited him to go shooting with them just 9 days before they raided the church. Koresch supplied the ammunition. The BATF agents allowed Koresch to try out their weapons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sunday, April 19th, is the 16th Anniversary of the day the United States Government gassed a church full of women and children to death with a poison gas that is illegal to use in warfare.

The government claims the church members started the shooting. The photos prove otherwise.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Apr 17 10:09

Department of Waco Justice

This website is dedicated to the good people who tragically lost their lives at Mount Carmel 16 years ago
in Waco, Texas - February 28th through April 19th, 1993.

Apr 17 10:01

Do you approve or disapprove of US torture of prisoners?

APPROVE
3% (79 votes)
DISAPPROVE
96% (2508 votes)
NOT SURE
1% (34 votes)
Total votes: 2621
Apr 17 10:00

Rigged poll at Boston Channel??????

Recently released CIA memos show some al-Qaida terror suspects were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics. Do you approve or disapprove of U.S. methods in these cases?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us put those results to the test.

Apr 17 09:55

U.S. papers shed 5,900 journalists in 2008

American daily newspapers cut 5,900 newsroom jobs in 2008, according to a survey from the American Society of News Editors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The corporate media will whine and point fingers at the blogs, but the truth is that most political and news blogs would not exist if the media had done their job and reported the truth about what was going on with the government.

WRH would not exist if the corporate media had reported on the evidence I handed them proving that the FBI fraudulently manufactured Lisa Foster's recognition of the gun found with her husband's body. The evidence consisted of the FBI's own records and I handed this story, a story about a possible murder committed inside the White House itself, free of charge to NBC's Los Angeles News department, and was told (off the record) that anyone touching that story would be fired.

That was the reason I started my political web page which eventually became WRH, and frankly, it has been a huge cost and a pain in the ass most of the last 16 years.

But now time has caught up with the corporate media. As the general public comes to understand the extent of the US Government lies and the degree to which the corporate media aided and abetted those lies, people are turning to the blogs to get that which they cannot find at ABCNNBBCBS; the TRUTH!

So the liars are finally getting fired, and who will really mourn their fall?

Not me. I wish they had done their @#%ing job in the first place.



Apr 17 09:54

Top Ten Enemies of Not For Profit Health Care

They won't even put single payer on the table for discussion.
Why not? Because it will bring a harsh justice - the death penalty - to their buddies in the multi-billion dollar private health insurance industry.

The will of the American people is being held up by a handful of organizations and individuals who profit off the suffering of the masses.
And the will of the American people will not be done until this criminal elite is confronted and defeated.

Apr 17 09:38

Police think killer stalks women via Craigslist

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad, bad, Craiglist! Bad, bad, very bad, double-plus UNgood Internet!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Apr 17 09:34

Obama accused of "condoning torture"

US President Barack Obama has been accused of "condoning torture" following his announcement that CIA agents who used harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects will not be prosecuted.

Amnesty International has called on the US administration to initiate criminal investigations and prosecutions of those responsible for carrying out acts of torture, including waterboarding, in its "war on terror".

Apr 17 09:25

Michigan: 16-year-old dies after police Taser shooting

Last week, a 16-year-old Michigan boy died after police fired a Taser “stun gun” on him. Robert Mitchell fled police after a routine traffic stop Friday morning, in Warren, Michigan, an industrial suburb adjacent to Detroit. Although Mitchell posed no danger, police pursued him on foot to an abandoned building in Detroit, where they claim they Tasered him once. Mitchell was pronounced dead shortly afterward.



Apr 17 09:24

18 FBI agents came barging through our front door, stormed up steps and awakened my kids

A REAL American patriot and hero, former DOJ attorney Thomas Tamm speaks out about illegal spying on Americans.

Yes, a real danger to our "democratic republic" that required 18 gun wielding FBI goons to bust in his house, wake up their kids and scare the hell out of his family. Gotta grab those Christmas card lists, no telling how many "al Qaeda" types were lurking behind "Merry Christmas" cards.

Apr 17 09:23

Bozo the Clown says Depression is Over!!

Jim Cramer, who gave out such sage advice as "don't sell Bear Stearns stock" right before it sunk deeper than Amelia Everhart's plane in the Marianas Trench, is now proclaiming the recession/depression over!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Didn't Jim tells us all that we should buy Bear Stearns?

Apr 17 09:21

Bush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Bush Administration memos released by the White House on Thursday provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

In the memos, released Thursday, the Bush Administration White House Office of Legal Counsel offered its endorsement of CIA torture methods that involved placing an insect in a cramped, confined box with detainees. Jay S. Bybee, then-director of the OLC, wrote that insects could be used to capitalize on detainees’ fears.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trust me, it's more than just one insect, because you can always kill just one.

So even now, they are concealing the true nature of this form of torture.

Think about the opening scenes of the 1999 movie "The Mummy". The part where Imhotep gets locked alive in a coffin along with a whole pot full of insects?

Yeah, kinda like that.

Now, imagine doing that to a child.

THAT is the United States of America!

Apr 17 09:11

Why There will be no other Bubble to Save us from this 40 Year Financial Bubble: From Manufacturing, Technology, and Financial Services. Real Estate Bubble. Drop in Corporate Tax Receipts.

This recession is already the longest since the Great Depression. Now merely saying that this recession is the longest does not expose the magnitude and depth of the economic damage inflicted on the market. $11.2 trillion has been wiped off the balance sheet of American households.



Apr 17 09:11

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Apr 17 09:06

911 Truth Rescue Me

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am going to have to start watching this show!

Apr 17 08:58

First Kepler Spacecraft images

This image zooms into a small portion of Kepler's full field of view. At the center of the field is a star with a known "hot Jupiter" planet, named "TrES-2," zipping closely around it every 2.5 days.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

2.5 days, huh? "Hot Jupiter?"

From Wikipedia: "TrES-2 is an extrasolar planet orbiting the star GSC 03549-02811 located 750 light years away. The planet's mass and radius indicate that it is a gas giant with a similar bulk composition to Jupiter."

I don't think so.

At that speed tidal forces would tear apart a gas giant. And the intense solar wind that close to the star would scrub the planet down to its rocky surface (as is the case with Mercury in our own solar system).

So, once again I am going to toss a monkey wrench into the works and state that my conclusion is all of the current extra-solar planets are being vastly overestimated in size.

And the reason is that a simple phenomenon is being overlooked.

Let us start with the method by which the size of the discovered planets is being deduced, since direct imaging and measurements are still impossible.

You first start with the size of the star, calculated using it's distance from the red shift and it's apparent brightness, then obtaining its actual magnitude from the Hertzsprung and Russell charts.

The size of the occulting planet is then calculated based on how much the light from the star is dimmed during transit. It is a tiny percentage, of course, but that is the current state.

The aspect which does not seem to be included in the current calculations is gravitational lensing.

Gravitational lensing is the phenomenon by which the gravity field of a nearby galaxy distorts the light coming from a much more distant object, and has been documented many times.

But EVERY object with a gravity field is capable of acting as a gravitational lens, and indeed one of the early proofs for Einstein's Theory of Relativity was that the gravity of our Sun bends the light of distant stars seen near the solar disk during a total eclipse.

So, light from a distant star not blocked by an orbiting planet but passing near to its edge will be deflected a tiny amount, but over the vast distance between that star and instruments here on Earth, that deflection is enough to cause the light to miss us entirely. From Earth this would make a small dense planet look like a gas giant when measured by occultation, even though a gas giant should in theory not exist that close to the star.

If any readers know an astronomer engaged in extra-solar planet research, kindly pass this along.

Apr 17 08:38

Gallup: Views of Income Taxes Among Most Positive Since 1956

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Repeat after me: "I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes! I love my taxes!"



Apr 17 08:35

Police delete London tourists' photos 'to prevent terrorism'

Austrian tourist who photographed bus and Tube stations says 'nasty incident' has put him off returning to London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Great Britain is off the list of places to visit on vacation!

And I will make a prediction here. In the next couple years, all digital cameras will be required by law to have a remotely operated locking system so that the authorities (celebrities, owners of copyrighted works, concerts, etc.) will be able to broadcast a signal that disables the cameras in certain locations.

Of course, that won't stop the real terrorists any more than erasing tourists' memory cards, but it will still be made mandatory.

"Hey, if you want a picture of the Grand Canyon, you have to buy it from US, dammit!"

Apr 17 08:29

Former US interrogator recounts torture cases in Afghanistan and Iraq

... which means there are more torture methods still not revealed to the public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The strangulation method shown in this video is NOT in the list of approved methods in the recently released torture memos. Therefore, we can conclude that there are still torture methods being used that are not yet known by the public.

The worst is yet to come.

Apr 17 08:22

Abuse of Iraqi prisoners

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From October of last year, proving that the abuses still go on.

Apr 17 08:20

General Electric net off 35%; Goomba Immelt sounds terrifically upbeat -almost giddy!

MarketWatch Christopher Hinton -- NEW YORK -- General Electric Co. said Friday its first-quarter earnings fell 35% on a sharp drop in financial-services related profit and revenue.

Cancellations in the quarter totaled about $500 million.

[...] the company stressed it can absorb nearly $40 billion in cumulative losses over the next three years [...]



Apr 17 08:18

Mumbai Attacks Suspect Withdraws Confession

The only surviving suspected gunman in the Mumbai terror attacks has retracted his confession after claiming it was extracted by torture, his defence lawyer says.

Apr 17 08:17

Economy Booming Again? Seriously?

It’s hard to find anyone who’s still bearish on the economy or the market these days. Listen to the average pundit on CNBC and this is what you’ll hear:

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The credit crisis? It’s over! Quit worrying.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The real estate mess? Fixed! No problem.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The economy? Rebounding. The worst is behind us.

Economy Booming Again? Seriously? The markets? They’re headed to infinity and beyond! Better get on board.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, but they also told us to buy Bear Stearns, didn't they?

Apr 17 08:15

iBotnet: Researchers find signs of zombie Macs

Malware hunters at Symantec have discovered a direct link between a malicious file embedded in pirated copies of Apple’s iWork 09 software and what appears to be the first Mac OS X botnet launching denial-of-service attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Waiting for an iPology from all those sneering MAC owners.

Apr 17 08:14

Botetourt home intruder likely drunk, police say

Commonwealth's Attorney Joel Branscom and the sheriff's office reviewed the evidence, including the recording of a 911 call made by Hoover, and decided not to charge the homeowner, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.



Owl 1
Apr 17 08:13

Fredrick Töben after hand-down of 16 April 2009 Judgment at Adelaide, Australia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

People who think Elvis is still alive are not arrested.

People who claim to have seen Bigfoot do not have their careers ruined.

Nobody locks up people who claim to have had sex with space aliens on a UFO.

Only in this one area of inquiry is so much legal force and coercion brought to bear to enforce adherence to declared dogma.

More than anything else, it is the actions of the defenders of the orthodoxy that make it most obvious that something is being hidden from the people of the world.

And in the post "Saddam's nooks" world, in which we all know that the government and media lie to us all about very serious matters, prudence demands we all work to find what that something is!

Apr 17 08:06

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Netanyahu

It is one of the great paradoxes of the modern Middle East:

When peace with the Palestinians is in sight, Israel will turn violent.

This is quite understandable though, when one realizes that the entire raison d’être of the Jewish state is based on the principle of establishing “greater Israel.” That could not happen of course, were there to be a just peace. As the country’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion infamously proclaimed, “To maintain the status quo will not do. We have to set up a dynamic state bent upon expansion.”

Relinquishing conquered territory, ending occupation, halting further settlement activity (let alone dismantling existing ones), stopping home demolitions or anything deemed to conflict with this fundamental objective will never be (seriously) considered.

Apr 17 08:04

Bishop Takes Knight

Apr 17 08:02

Video Bloggers Fear “You” Being Phased Out Of YouTube

A new You Tube video getting a lot of attention highlights concerns that the “You” is being phased out of YouTube, as individual users are sidelined by regulation and censorship in favor of corporate domination of the popular video website, an eventuality that we first warned about years ago.

The clip makes the case that You Tube has all but eliminated the prominence of individual video channels and artificially suppressed their chances of topping the popular ranking charts.



Apr 17 08:01

Israeli settlers gun down Palestinian youth

Apr 17 08:00

Labor Department still lying about job loss numbers

Apr 17 07:59

A Bulletin From the Captain of the Titanic

The rally in the stock market will not fix the banking system, slow the crash in housing, patch-together tattered household balance sheets, repair failing industries or reverse the precipitous decline in consumer confidence. The rising stock market merely indicates that speculators are back in business taking advantage of the Fed's lavish capital injections which are propelling equities into the stratosphere.

Apr 17 07:51

Toben Down. Who’s Next?

When are the people going to wake up and smell the proverbial coffee? This same shit is coming down big time in the last bastion of free speech in the world, the USA as I write. Here in Canada I and others are fighting these Talmudic blowhards with all of our strength. Think about it. Where are you going to go to get some un-zionized news when Jeff Rense has his site shut down and Michael Rivero’s What Really Happened suddenly goes off the screen because the Jews who own and control the President and House and Congress of the USA have decided to throw the Constitution and the Bill of Rights down the shithole of history and substitute their Noahide Talmud ‘laws” instead?



Apr 17 07:43

Casa D' Ice Signs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Website of Casa d'ice, whose humorous marquee political commentary have become something of an internet phenomenon!

Apr 17 07:15

Domino’s Pizza’s (DPZ) Special Ingredients [Video]

Video footage of Domino’s Pizza employees adding their “Special Ingredients” to the sandwiches. This video led to the dismissal and arrest of the two employees along with a YouTube apology issued by Patrick Doyle, President, Domino’s U.S.A..

Apr 17 05:56

Obama Adviser Said to Be Tied to Pension Deal - Fox found inside hen house sitting on eggs trying to hatch them

The New York Times - D Hakim - L Story - The man leading the Obama administration’s efforts to restructure the auto industry has been described in Securities and Exchange Commission documents as having arranged for his investment firm to pay more than $1 million to obtain New York State pension business.

Apr 17 05:45

New Information on the Death of 911 Eyewitness Barry Jennings (WTC 7 whistleblower)

It seems that Dylan had hired a private investigator to look into Jennings death which remains shrouded in mystery. His motive was simply to bring some closure to the life of Barry Jennings, and in doing so to honor the memory of this brave American. The Investigator ended up referring the case to Law enforcement before refunding his pay, and told Dylan never to contact him again. Very unusual to say the least. Dylan also paid a visit to the Jennings home. He found it vacant and for sale.

Personally, something is really beginning to stink here. Why would a highly paid PI refuse to continue his investigation? Why did he refer the matter to police? He is not talking. What is he afraid of. Was he warned to cease and desist? If so by whom?



Lockerdome
Apr 17 05:40

George Herbert Walker Bush and his connection to the JFK assassination

In light of Russ Baker's new book, Family of Secrets, people are taking another look at Hankey's research, which by independent means touches upon some of the same themes, especially George Herbert Walker Bush's connection to the assassination of JFK.

I met Hankey at the 2006 COPA conference, where he did a presentation on his indy documentaries, "JFK II", and "The Assassination of JFK Jr." - I filmed his presentation, which you can see here (definitely lo-fi);

Apr 17 05:09

Gunman kills 2 and takes own life at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

A pharmacy technician showed up for work at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on Thursday brandishing two handguns, killed his boss and another manager and then fatally shot himself, witnesses said.

Apr 17 04:48

In China Crooked Financiers Get the Death Penalty - Chinese woman in $57m fraud trial

BBC - Chris Hogg - Shanghai - A Chinese woman who turned her beauty business into a multi-million dollar property empire could be executed after being put on trial for financial fraud.

Wu Ying, 28, who comes from a family of poor farmers, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she ran a pyramid scheme.

She is accused of defrauding investors of $57m (£38m) by promising returns of up to 10% but failing to invest their money properly, state media reports.

Apr 17 04:34

Obama's reality check

Clearly President Obama could use some better advice on Latin America. It was a mistake to initiate verbal hostilities with Venezuela at the beginning of his presidency; a mistake to continue the Bush administration's policies toward Bolivia; a mistake to think that he can ignore the call of President Lula da Silva of Brazil and other presidents for an end to the embargo on Cuba. Nothing would be easier than for this administration to break with the past and establish normal relations with the entire hemisphere, which was excited about his election and expected no less. But Obama's advisors show little interest in doing this.



Apr 17 03:40

Obama pledges solidarity with Mexico in drug cartel fight

Obama's rhetorical endorsement of Mexican policy is the culmination of a series of similarly supportive visits from high-level members of his administration, beginning with secretary of state Hillary Clinton last month.

The trips were hastily organised after Calderón began to react angrily in public at the growing number of voices in Washington that had started comparing the situation in Mexico to instability in Pakistan.

Apr 17 03:13

Former Mexican Intelligence Director: "We've Lost Half the Country" to Organized Crime

Ex-Intelligence Directors and Attorney General Medina Mora Contradict Clinton and Calderon on Drug War

Clinton and Calderon's have so vehemently argued that the Mexican government is in complete control of its national territory not simply because they wish to defend the Calderon administration's international reputation. They're also defending a drug war that is increasingly unpopular in the US, but also increasingly worrisome for US officials. As Mexico drug war headlines are splashed across US newspapers with increasing frequency, US officials are finding themselves constantly defending failed drug war policies such as the Merida Initiative and Plan Colombia.

April 16, 2009

Apr 16 22:06

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Apr 16 21:37

The Right Embraces Al Gore

un·ho·ly :en-ho-le
al·li·ance : e-li-en(t)s

1 the state of being allied : the action of allying: showing disregard for what is holy : wicked

2 : deserving of censure



Apr 16 21:30

Low-Path Bird Flu Confirmed in Kentucky

Low-pathogenic avian influenza has been found on a broiler breeder farm in western Kentucky belonging to Perdue Farms.

Apr 16 21:00

Police list Jedi as religion after finding force within

It may not be a galaxy far far away, but Strathclycde Police is clearly feeling a disturbance in the Force after eight officers listed their religion as Jedi.

Apr 16 20:57

Deliver Us From Evil

Apr 16 20:55

Wilkes-Barre PA Tea Party

Video clip from the Wilkes-Barre PA Tax Protest Tea Party



Apr 16 20:52

Obama lawyers set to defend Yoo

In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called torture memos that Barack Obama last week sought to nullify.

But now President Obama’s incoming crew of lawyers has a new and somewhat awkward job: defending Yoo in federal court.

Apr 16 20:41

Illinois jobless rate rises to 9.1% Under Squirming Quinn as The Taxing Governor

The Chicago Tribune James P. Miller | Tribune reporter A worsening U.S. economy pushed Illinois joblessness half a percentage point higher in March, to 9.1 percent—a rate the state hasn't seen since November 1985.

The state's unemployment rate surpasses the nation's 8.5 percent , but Illinois remains below the levels of Michigan (at 12.0 percent) and a handful of others.

Apr 16 20:33

Stiglitz Says White House Ties to Wall Street Doom Bank Rescue

April 16 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration’s plan to fix the U.S. banking system is destined to fail because the programs have been designed to help Wall Street rather than create a viable financial system, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said.

"All the ingredients they have so far are weak, and there are several missing ingredients," Stiglitz said in an interview. The people who designed the plans are "either in the pocket of the banks or they’re incompetent."

Speaking of "in the pocket of the banks", from the NY Times: Government Sachs

Apr 16 20:10

Canada's RBC takes $850-million hit

The Toronto-based bank said the charge covers a write-down of goodwill, which "reflects the impact of prolonged challenging economic conditions." It said the charge in particular reflects declines in the U.S. economy, the U.S. housing market and the market value of U.S. banks.

Translation: they aren't bold enough to go after the government for a bailout. They know the Canadian taxpayers will hunt them down and string them up.



Apr 16 19:46

While Tourists Search for Bargains, Budget Cuts Are Affecting State Parks

The dire economy could make it harder to enjoy the great outdoors.

Apr 16 19:41

Allen Texas Tea Party April 15th, 2009

Apr 16 19:29

Border Patrol Goons Beat Baptist Pastor

He was IN the United States!!! He had crossed no international border!!!

Apr 16 19:10

Baptist minister beaten by "police"



Owl 2
Apr 16 17:32

Obama consulted widely on memos

A former top official in the administration of President George W. Bush called the publication of the memos “unbelievable.”

“It's damaging because these are techniques that work, and by Obama's action today, we are telling the terrorists what they are,” the official said. “We have laid it all out for our enemies. This is totally unnecessary. … Publicizing the techniques does grave damage to our national security by ensuring they can never be used again — even in a ticking-time- bomb scenario where thousands or even millions of American lives are at stake."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that this "official" is never, actually sourced, and apparently doesn't have the courage to let this country - and the world - know just how much he loved torture (at least, vicariously, which does say something about his mental state), and how thoroughly disappointed he is that the chances are this country may not do this again.

The US should never have tortured in the first place, period, end of discussion. We, the People of the United States of America, should never torture, because it is completely antithetical to those principals upon which this country was founded, and makes us criminal hypocrites in the eyes of the rest of the world.

And one small remark for this "unidentified official" to chew on for a moment. We have known, absolutely, and without doubt, from the times of the Inquisition, that torture doesn't produce the truth; it simply gets the tortured person to say whatever they think they need to say to get the torture to stop.

Apr 16 17:14

Desperate veterans turn to suicide

Several branches of the military are reporting significant spikes in the number of suicides committed by both active-duty troops and veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Experts are calling the number of military-related suicides sweeping the country an "epidemic."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please make sure, if you know a young person, seriously contemplating joining the military, that they see this.

We can't know the mindset of these individuals, but perhaps one factor may stand out here.

It is, for many of these young men and women, the sure and certain realization that this time in history, the US is the bad guy in these wars of aggression.

And that's something that will never, ever go away.

Apr 16 17:09

Blind Amputee Has to Fight AIG for New Plastic Leg, Wheelchair

An Oklahoma man who lost an eye and a leg in Iraq says the giant insurance company AIG refused to provide him a new plastic leg and fought to keep from paying for a wheelchair or glasses for the eye in which he has 30 percent vision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, AIG: how about taking a little bit of that bailout money, or some of those huge bonuses, and actually taking care of your clients?

Your image, already mud in the eyes of most thinking Americans, has just sunk to the level of manure on this one.

Every one of our wounded vets deserves exactly the same kind of health care Dick Cheney will get for the rest of his life. That they are not getting it is an indictment of the total health care process for our vets.

Apr 16 16:55

Israel turns back 250 tons of truckloads of food

Israeli troops manning the land Al-Ojah checkpoint in Central Sinai sent back 13 truckloads of 250 tons of flour dispatched by the Egyptian Red Crescent to Gaza Strip on Thursday.

The official Egyptian news agency, the Middle East News Agency, quoted a source in the association as saying that the Israeli authorities have hampered dispatch of aid to the Palestinians in Gaza Strip through this checkpoint.



Apr 16 14:50

Think What We Think...Or Else: Thought Control on the American Campus

Apr 16 13:49

Montana Firearms Freedom Act

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All firearms, short barrel shotguns, short barrel rifles, silencers, and firearms with a bore under 1.5" are deemed exempt from the NFA if they're made in MT.

They're exempt from the 1968 GCA as well, which means no serial numbers and no NICS check either.

This means that you can make and sell armor piercing pistol rounds (9mm) as well as AP 5.56 and AP 7.62x39.

This will provoker a challenge over the Tenth Amendment.

Apr 16 13:44

TORTURE MEMOES RELEASED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A few redacted sections, but what is admitted to is that in addition to waterboarding, other tortures involved slamming prisoners heads into walls (which is proven to produce permanent neurological damage) and locking prisoners into small boxes filled with live insects.

This is the image of the United States of America in the 21st Century.

Apr 16 13:18

Holocaust museum: Sunday's opening in Skokie to have powerful message of hope amid the horrors

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every Holocaust museum is a monument to people who REFUSED TO STAND UP AND DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST TYRANNY IN GOVERNMENT and instead demanded the rest of the world step in to protect them!

Every Holocaust museum is a testimonial to people who chose to remain silent and inactive even as their neighbors were being rounded up and sent to slave labor camps.

Every Holocaust Museum is a reminder of all the Jewish people who could have stood up to stop Hitler and decided not to.

Is that an ideal we want to teach our children in museums? To knuckle under, to go along, to bow, to obey, even when you know the leadership of the nation is on a dangerous and destructive path?

Israel demands money and unconditional support from the rest of the world with the claim that "we" let it happen. But in truth, isn't it the people who were there in Germany, closest to the crimes that bear the blame for allowing "it", whatever "it" really was, to happen?

Every Holocaust museum is an attempt to re-write history, to transfer the blame for one people's inaction and cowardice onto the rest of the world.

Where are the museums in every American city to the American soldiers who DID step in, often at loss of life, to stop Hitler from completing whatever his plans were?

Why are we not seeing Museums to them in every American city?

Are the lives of Americans somehow less important?



Apr 16 12:58

9-11 Boston Tea Party in Milwaukee

Apr 16 12:48

Truth Action Ottawa - 9/11 Truth Action - April 11, 2009

Apr 16 12:32

CIA employees won't be tried for waterboarding

The Obama administration on Thursday informed CIA officials who used waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics on terror suspects that they will not be prosecuted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But we can't wait to roll John Demjanjuk and his wheelchair onto a plane for Germany!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 16 12:27

"Tea" protests flood America

Hundreds of anti-tax 'tea parties' have been held all over the US by protesters who think Obama's bank bailout and stimulus package are mortgaging the future for an easier present. >p>



Owl 3
Apr 16 12:20

CBO Report Says Ethanol Drive Food Prices Higher

Even if you subtract the $0.45 federal subsidy for ethanol from the $1.62 price, resulting in a cost to wholesalers of $1.17, ethanol is still more expensive than gasoline on a per-Btu basis. Why? Ethanol contains just two-thirds of the heat energy of gasoline. Therefore to match the energy content of 1 gallon of gasoline, you need 1.33 gallons of ethanol. And the total cost of that fuel would be $1.55. ($1.17 * 1.33 = $1.556). That’s $0.14 more than the listed cost of gasoline.

Thus, the reality is that for buyers in Omaha and many other parts of the country, the real cost of ethanol remains higher than that of gasoline. Given that reality, it’s no wonder that companies like Aventine are going down the drain.

Apr 16 11:30

Surfing the Kill Chain

I was minding my own business reading the funny papers when the wife sits down, clicks on the devil box, and there sat an interviewed multi starred general and into my brain forever burned these words:
"We must always strive to have the latest technology to guarantee that we continuously have dominance of the kill chain." I find myself wondering what it must be like to live your entire life scheming to kill people. Laying awake at night worrying about the kill chain must be a real pisser.

Apr 16 11:28

Jewelry storeowner investigated in shooting of thief

Vancouver police are looking into a jewelry-store heist, but it's not just the suspected thieves they are investigating.The store owner is also under scrutiny for allegedly shooting one of the thieves, police say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, catching the crooks is OUR job, dammit. You're supposed to just sit and wait until we GET here and we will get here when we damn well feel like it and not one second SOONER!!!!" -- RCMP

Apr 16 11:25

Tea Parties Are Missing The Point

Where is Sam Adams and Patrick Henry when you need them!



Taboola
Apr 16 11:22

Schakowsky Calls Parties "Despicable' and "Shameful"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We really scared the hell out of them, didn't we!!!!

That is a good first step.

Apr 16 11:20

Government spending, taxes protested in Lodi

While waving American flags and holding up signs with the motto, "Taxed Enough Already," more than 200 people attended a tea party to protest taxes and government spending Wednesday.

"We work so hard and give so much to this country and government, and all we ask is that they listen to us," said Brandon Jones, who owns a local business.

Apr 16 11:18

China buys less U.S. debt as reserve growth slows

China bought more than $4.6 billion worth of U.S. Treasury securities in February, despite fears that the United States' top foreign lender may be growing nervous about its massive holdings of U.S. government debt.

"I don't think there's any real evidence of a turn away from U.S. securities, certainly no evidence of a turn away from Treasuries," says Brad Setser, a former Treasury Department economist now with the Council on Foreign Relations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That may change.

Yesterday WE THE PEOPLE sent a message to the world that we will no longer allow ourselves to be taxed into poverty to cover the losses of reckless business ventures.

Foreign investors had to notice.

Apr 16 11:15

Don’t Fall For the Old Divide And Conquer Trick

To my friends on both the left and the right, I urge you to remember that folks on the other side of the aisle are not the problem. As honest people on both the left and the right agree, the real problems are:

* Lack of honest disclosure about the shenanigans of the financial giants

* Failing to prosecute the criminal actions of those companies and their big wigs

* Failing to break up zombie insolvent companies

* Slipping trillions of dollars into the hands of the richest and most powerful companies under the table

* Gaming the numbers

* And continuing to pursue failed economic policies even after they’ve been proven counterproductive

Apr 16 11:12

The Pentagon's Monster in the Mirror

Without a hint of irony, the report expresses concern about, "the purposes to which China's current and future military power will be applied," and suggests that Beijing could even use its armed forces "to ensure access to resources or enforce claims to disputed territories."

Sound familiar? Well, Washington apparently needs to relearn the basic moral principle of universality: What is wrong for others to do, must also be wrong for us.

Apr 16 11:11

Overwhelmed Illinois Court Postpones Foreclosures Until September

Citing a backbreaking caseload of foreclosures, the court serving the nation’s second-most populous county has decided to postpone most foreclosures until September, while it attempts to work through tens of thousands of existing filings. Cook County, Illinois is home to Chicago and surrounding areas — and is also traditionally a foreclosure hotspot.

Apr 16 11:10

Geithner and Summers Want More Debt Bubbles: The Result Could Be Catastrophic

The Geithner/Summers plan seems to hinge on reinflating the debt bubble. The outcome will be inflation, a more serious crash, or both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when I described the bailout as taking a trillion from the people to give to the banks to loan back to the people?

Did I lie!

Apr 16 11:08

Pentagon Closes Office Accused of Issuing Propaganda Under Bush

A Pentagon office responsible for coordinating Defense Department information campaigns overseas has been abolished in an effort by the Obama administration to distance itself from past practices that some military officers called propaganda, senior officials said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The office closed, but that does not mean the activities have stopped, only that they (like the torture of prisoners) is being moved someplace it is harder to see.

Apr 16 11:07

US Air Strikes in Iraq Kill Mostly Women, Children

In a report to be published in tomorrow’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have concluded that air strikes by US-led coalition forces have killed mostly women and children. 39 percent were children, while 46 percent were women.

Interestingly enough, though the high-tech weaponry used by the invading forces killed a disproportionately large number of (presumably mostly non-combatant) women and children, it showed that among victims of suicide bombings only 12 percent were children.

Apr 16 11:06

Napolitano stands by controversial report

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that she was briefed before the release of a controversial intelligence assessment and that she stands by the report, which lists returning veterans among terrorist risks to the U.S.

Apr 16 10:49

Photos from the Glendale 'Tea Party' Protest: Kids & Parents Get Angry

Apr 16 10:48

FLASHBACK: Two FBI Whistleblowers Confirm Illegal Wiretapping of Government Officials

The National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) has obtained a copy of an official complaint filed by a veteran FBI Special Agent, Gilbert Graham, with the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ-OIG). SA Graham’s protected disclosures report the violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in conducting electronic surveillance of high-profile U.S. public officials.

Apr 16 10:37

Tax day ‘tea-party’ protests reach Trenton, southern New Jersey

Apr 16 10:33

HOPE FOR GAZA CONVOY

“We have secured a number of trucks loaded by many aids and medical kits for Gaza children. We expect to have more people and Organizations with us in few days.”

Apr 16 10:32

WOMAN RECALLS “HORRIFIC” ISRAELI DETENTION

“We are talking about a country that sanctions murder of non-Jews, theft of their property and demolition of their homes. It is a state that uses every conceivable extenuating circumstances to exonerate Jewish murderers of Palestinians while concocting all sorts of pretexts to condemn and incriminate Palestinians.”

Apr 16 10:31

LIVE FROM GAZA ~~IDEAL ISRAELI SOLDIERS; NOT ONLY KILLERS BUT THIEVES

“The Israelis came and pointed their guns at us. they told us to get into the back room, where the shots had been fired, and to stay there, and they went on to the roof. They told us that if we moved, they would shoot us. They went upstairs, they stole my money, soiled the beds, left condoms everywhere. They fired holes in the bed - for what?’ While people were dying they were making love with each other in our bed, and then they destroyed it. All our money was in the mattress, everything for the whole family, and they took it all. then after 3 days, they left. Just left”

Apr 16 10:29

Robber gets surprise when pharmacist opens fire

A gunman walked into a CVS drugstore expecting to hold up the place. What he didn't expect was to find a pharmacist who had a gun and was not afraid to use it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

GOOD!

(And luckily there was a first aid kit nearby!)

Apr 16 10:26

US banks step up home foreclosures

One day after President Barack Obama defended the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks and pledged to funnel more taxpayer funds into their coffers, the Wall Street Journal published a front-page article headlined “Banks Ramp Up Foreclosures.”

Apr 16 10:25

Woman killed by laptop

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Goddamned VISTA!!!!! :)

Seriously, I wonder why they are going on about the laptop when it was the Tow Truck that is the obvious cause here.

Apr 16 10:21

WTC towers to be delayed for decades

The owners of ground zero, locked in a new round of heated talks with a private developer about how and when to build office towers at the World Trade Center site, have proposed indefinitely putting off two of three planned skyscrapers until the real estate market recovers, officials familiar with the negotiations say.

Apr 16 10:19

Georgetown Says It Covered Over Name of Jesus to Comply With White House Request

Georgetown University says it covered over the monogram “IHS”--symbolizing the name of Jesus Christ—because it was inscribed on a pediment on the stage where President Obama spoke at the university on Tuesday and the White House had asked Georgetown to cover up all signs and symbols there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It strikes me as odd that Obama would host a Seder at the White House and he is NOT Jewish. But he speaks at a Catholic University, he professes to be a christian, and they have to cover up the signage?

Apr 16 10:13

Navy Takes Next Step Towards Laser 'Holy Grail'

U.S. Navy ships could one day knock down incoming missiles with energy weapons that never run out of shots, and tune themselves to slice through the ocean air.

Apr 16 10:11

Jobless claims top 6M; housing starts plummet

Apr 16 10:11

Lending By Bailout Recipients Falls Again

Lending by the nation's largest banks fell 6 percent in February from the previous month, continuing a downward trend that began in October with the financial crisis, according to data published yesterday by the Treasury Department.

The 21 banks in the survey have received more than $211 billion in federal funding to support new lending with the aim of stimulating the economy. The money has not accomplished its purpose.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which is what the blog-o-sphere PREDICTED would be the case.

They never listen to us. I don't know why I bother any more!! :)

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