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May 31, 2009

May 31 09:09

Waxman Didn't Read His Own Bill

Here are the Waxman bites. This was May 20th. This was nine days ago. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Joe Barton from Texas and Henry Waxman have this exchange about the climate bill.

BARTON: Before I ask the question in counsel, did you know that was in this bill?

WAXMAN: You asking me?

BARTON: Yes, sir.

WAXMAN: Well...

BARTON: Did you read it?

May 31 07:05

Demand that Obama Actually Fix the Economy By Taking the Power to Create Money Away from Private Bankers

Ellen Brown - trial attorney and the author of the book Web of Debt - has launched an initiative to urge Obama to save the economy by taking the power to create money away from the bankers, and give it back to the government as the Founding Fathers intended.

Brown's ideas have been endorsed by many very smart and independent financial experts.

Click here and vote Brown's proposal up.

This is a brief introduction to Brown's idea. See this for more information.

May 31 06:41

Israel Tests 'Doomsday' Response

Israel has begun its largest-ever defence drill, testing the response of its emergency services to a "doomsday scenario" of missile attacks, bombings and natural disasters.

The five-day national exercise got under way on Sunday, with defence officials playing down any connection to recent and growing tensions with Iran.

The drill simulates simultaneous rocket strikes from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon and missile attacks from Iran and Syria.

It will test the way rescue services deal with attacks, including conventional, chemical and biological strikes against large population centres.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 31 05:22

Gen. Petraeus: US violated Geneva Convention, the court of law could try terrorists: we made mistakes after 9/11: Close Gitmo

Gen. Petraeus joined FOX News and Martha MacCallum today and gave a blockbuster interview, but probably not the one Fox expected. Once again, he called for the responsible closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. He also said that mistakes were made after 9/11 and that the Army Field Manual is all that we need to use to interrogate prisoners. In addition, he said that we have to have faith in our judicial system and we should try the Khalid Sheikh Muhammads in a court of law.

May 31 05:07

Convergence and Continuity: The American-Backed Terror Campaign in Iran

Thus the attack this week in Zahedan is an integral part of a wide-ranging campaign of American-supported terrorism inside Iran -- even if the "darksiders" in the U.S. security organs had no direct involvement or knowledge of this particular attack. When you are in the business of fomenting terror (see here and here), there's no need for micro-management. You co-opt the armed extremists who best serve your political agenda of the moment; you slip them guns, money, intelligence, guidance -- and then you turn them loose on the local populace.

May 31 05:05

George Bush and Bill Clinton Do Toronto: Pepsi versus Coke meets Republican versus Democrat

Left versus Right as a Substitute for Law versus Criminality, Peace with Justice versus War Without End

The role of corporate media as enablers and sugar coaters of the highest order of international crime could not be made clearer than in the sponsorship by the Globe and Mail of the Toronto encounter between Clinton and Bush. What credibility does the Globe and Mail retain after the Toronto event in its coverage of the fast breaking story of the global movement to enforce the rule of law on credibly accused war criminal George W. Bush? How likely is it that the journalists at the Globe and Mail will report fairly and objectively on the intervention of Lawyers Against War.

May 30, 2009

May 30 22:15

FLASHBACK - California, New York Agree to Explore Linking Greenhouse Gas Emission Credit Trading Markets; Gov. Schwarzenegger Tours Carbon Trading Floor

"This morning I went to a trading floor where they were helping companies buy and sell emissions credits because I wanted to learn about this marketplace and how it will work in California," said Gov. Schwarzenegger.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you that this whole global warming thing is a SCAM to create a new "product" out of thin air (literally) called the "Carbon Credit", which will be bought and sold and "Enronized" by Al Gore (who was assisted by no less a personage than Ken Lay in setting up these trading floors). It was Ken Lay's previous trading concern, ENRON, that bankrupted California.

Fool me once...


May 30 22:13

Stop one of the many US torture ships, USS Bataan

Stop the US torture ship
Friday 29 May 2009
by Adrian Roberts
The notorious USS Bataan, which has held prisoners including John Walker Lindh, David Hicks and Ibn Al-Sheikh Al-Libi, docking in Mallorca on Thursday morning.
British human rights campaigners Reprieve have urged the Spanish authorities to board and search US torture ship USS Bataan after it moored at the Palma de Mallorca holiday resort.
Reprieve said on Friday that the USS Bataan is one of the US government's most infamous "floating prisons" and will remain at the island until Saturday.

http://es.noticias.yahoo.com/5/20090528/tlc-uno-de-los-buques-de-la-us...
Uno de los buques de la US Navy acusados de ser 'cárceles flotantes' recala desde ayer en el Puerto de Palma
jueves, 28 de mayo, 10.57

May 30 19:12

Man in sodomy case sues NYC, police for $220 million

A New York City man who says police beat and sodomized him on a subway station platform sued the city, the police department and the accused officers for $220 million on Thursday for civil rights violations.

Three New York City police officers pleaded innocent in December to criminal charges that one of them sodomized Michael Mineo on October 15 with a police baton on a subway platform and two others helped cover up the crime.

"When you distill it, it was a male on male rape," Kevin Mosley, a lawyer for Mineo, said on Thursday.

May 30 19:01

Ron Paul on North Korea

May 30 18:26

Investigation f the Merrill Lynch/Bank of America merger

Webmaster's Commentary: 

New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo reports that Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke illegally suppressed adverse financial data on the merger and threatened to replace the Bank of America CEO and board of directors if the company backed out of the Merrill Lynch merger.


May 30 18:26

New Warning on Hormone Replacement

Hormone therapy taken by women to counter the effects of menopause can increase the risk of dying from lung cancer, researchers reported here on Saturday.

The findings represent the latest black mark against a therapy already being used much more sparingly than it once was. But researchers said the new data should serve as a caution to women who did continue to take hormones not to smoke.

May 30 18:24

Labour faces drubbing in EU vote

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Labour Party faces being pushed into third place in next week's European Parliament elections, a poll published Saturday showed.

The Populus survey for The Times newspaper found Labour was bearing the brunt of a general loss of support for mainstream parties following three weeks of revelations of lawmakers' expenses.

May 30 18:21

Leap in U.S. debt hits taxpayers with 12% more red ink

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Govt owes record $63.8 trillion - $546,668 per household...

They are borrowing and spending it faster than WE THE PEOPLE can ever pay it back!

May 30 17:39

Col. Peters - Kill All Gitmo Prisoners

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Col. Peters starts the discussion from the position that everyone in Guantanamo is a proven terrorist because, well, they are IN Guantanamo, and we would never lock up innocent people, right? If they are IN Guantanamo, then they MUST be guilty and should be killed.


May 30 17:38

Hidden City in Los Angeles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course the CNN commentator had to badmouth the homeless by pointing out the "porn", the needles (ever think some homeless might be diabetic?) and the smell.

May 30 17:33

Gore tells GOP deniers they’re victims of ‘the Bernie Madoffs of global warming.’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not even the pretense of science in the discussion.

May 30 17:32

Gore compares global warming deniers to flat earthers

Former Vice President Al Gore is about to launch a major advertising campaign to raise awareness of global warming and will appear on 60 Minutes this Sunday to promote it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Human-Caused global warming were real, why would al need to spend so much money to promote it?

Does anyone mount an ad campaign to convince you the sun is real? Are there billboards proclaiming the existence of the moon and stars?

Al Gore is selling you a carbon tax, from which he and his investors will make tons of money brokering the carbon credits.

May 30 16:33

LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE US DOLLAR

As a businessman and world adventurer, I listen to the opinions of many people outside of the United States. My overall conclusion of their general consensus is that the majority of the people feel that the United States is failing and the American dollar is going to continue to depreciate in value. Therefore, the US Dollar is no longer the world standard of value that all other countries use to judge their currency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, he is a relative.


May 30 15:21

THE US DEBT CLOCK

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does NOT include state debt and unfunded liabilities, nor does it include the $12.8 trillion allocated to the bailouts in the last 8 months.

May 30 14:51

FLASHBACK - ABC News Exclusive: The Secret War Against Iran

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

May 30 14:50

Gov't refuses to release secret documents

The Obama administration insists it has no obligation to provide access to a top secret document in a wiretapping case, setting up a showdown next week with the judge who ordered it released.

May 30 14:50

FLASHBACK - Halliburton gave troops foul water, workers say

A Halliburton Co. subsidiary provided water to U.S. troops at a camp in Iraq that was twice as contaminated as water from the Euphrates River, former employees of the company said on Monday.

The subsidiary, Kellogg Brown and Root, also blocked employees' attempts to inform the U.S. military at Camp Junction City in Ramadi that the water was foul or tell them that water tanks should immediately be chlorinated, the workers said.

They cited KBR's failure to test or treat the water in the latest in a series of hearings Senate Democrats have held on Halliburton, which was once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney and has huge contracts to provide services to the U.S. military in Iraq.


May 30 14:49

FLASHBACK- Did Halliburton Sell Dirty Water?

Were thousands of troops and civilians stationed at a U.S. military base in Iraq exposed to contaminated water? The answer is yes, according to whistle-blowers testifying before Congress today.

May 30 14:48

FLASHBACK - Military Waste In Our Drinking Water

Today the U.S. military generates over one-third of our nation's toxic waste, which it disposes of very poorly. The military is one of the most widespread violators of environmental laws. People made ill by this toxic waste are, in effect, victims of war. But they are rarely acknowledged as such.

On Sept. 11, 2001, we were living together in New York City. In the months following the attack on the World Trade Center, the media and government routinely informed a fearful citizenry of the importance of clean drinking water. Terrorists, they warned, might contaminate public sources with arsenic. We were instructed to purchase Evian along with our duct tape.

May 30 14:44

POLISHING THE TURD!

Forget Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation - the new leader of the resistance is Dick Cheney. The former vice president, who this time has been sent from the past to save the future rather than the other way round, has had an astonishing week. He's dominated much of the news with his barnstorming defence of the previous administration's counter-terrorism strategy, and completely overshadowed President Obama's weak-kneed and exceedingly dull speech at the National Archives. He's even been getting a big boost in the polls even though he's not running for any kind of office. According to CNN, Cheney's up eight points since he left government, not bad for a figure the Left continues to demonize as the Antichrist.

May 30 14:37

"The Worst Is Yet to Come": If You're Not Petrified, You're Not Paying Attention

The green shoots story took a bit of hit this week between data on April retail sales, weekly jobless claims and foreclosures. But the whole concept of the economy finding its footing was "preposterous" to begin with, says Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates.

"We're in a complete mess and the consumer is smart enough to know it," says Davidowitz, whose firm does consulting for the retail industry. "If the consumer isn't petrified, he or she is a damn fool."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is from two weeks ago. Since then, did the "Green shooters" forecasts come about? No?


May 30 13:41

Charity Poker Game Raided By Police

Buxton police raided a building where people were trying to raise money to give free food to the needy.

May 30 12:38

Taguba denies he's seen abuse photos suppressed by Obama

The general told a U.K. paper about images he saw investigating Abu Ghraib -- not photos Obama wants kept secret.
The general told a U.K. paper about images he saw investigating Abu Ghraib -- not photos Obama wants kept secret.

But Taguba says he wasn't talking about the 44 photographs that are the subject of an ongoing ACLU lawsuit that Obama is fighting.

"The photographs in that lawsuit, I have not seen,"

May 30 12:22

Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at park

Police said they arrested 48-year-old Hamilton after he refused to stop mowing and charged him with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.

May 30 12:20

Homeland Security to scan fingerprints of travellers exiting the US

From June, US Customs and Border Patrol will take a fingerprint scan of international travellers exiting the United States from Detroit, while the US Transport Security Administration will take fingerprint scans of international travellers exiting the United States from Atlanta.



Lockerdome
May 30 12:13

Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan

WASHINGTON — President Obama declared Friday that the country’s disparate efforts to “deter, prevent, detect and defend” against cyberattacks would now be run out of the White House,
GRRRrrreat !

May 30 10:46

FBI planning to build big new headquarters for Honolulu division

The U.S. Department of Justice is expanding its presence in the Islands by building a new headquarters for the FBI's Honolulu division on 10 acres of land in Kalaeloa.

May 30 10:19

Terrorist Pianos of Doom!

Shortly after Sept. 11, his instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the Transportation Security Administration decided to take no chances and destroyed the piano. Since then he has shipped his pianos in parts, which he reassembles by hand after he lands. To get from city to city within the U.S., he hires a driver to take the shell of the piano, and he drives another car that holds the precious custom-designed keys and hammers.


May 30 10:17

THE JERUSALEM POST ACTUALLY PUBLISHED SOMETHING WORTH READING

The last time I even mentioned the Jerusalem Post on this site was about a month ago. It was in relation to a moron of a ‘journalist’ that had problems with my Blog and that of Michael Rivero’s.

This weekend, they actually published a piece worth reading. Just one quote from the article gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about…. a definite must read. While we Jews are celebrating what the War of Independence did for us, can’t we show a bit of magnanimity to the Arab citizens who are mourning what it did to them?

May 30 09:47

Can America be Fixed?

May 30 09:45

FLASHBACK - Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks

Clues about worse photos and videos of abuse may be found in Israeli files about similar abuse of Palestinian and other Arab prisoners. In March 2000, a lawyer for a Lebanese prisoner kidnapped in 1994 by the Israelis in Lebanon claimed that his client had been subjected to torture, including rape.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 30 09:41

Death and devastation in Gaza neatly filed and documented

Like exhibits in a museum, every house, school and hospital that has been turned to rubble is noted in a book of destruction


May 30 09:33

Aid expert says only pennies of foreign aid reaching Afghans

Vicenzino, who is a strategic adviser for the Afghanistan World Foundation and a former official with the World Bank, said about 80 cents of every dollar goes back to donor countries, largely through the contractors doing the work.

"You have 20 cents left for Afghanistan and those 20 cents have to go through their layers of corruption. By the time any money reaches the ordinary citizen, you're lucky if you even have five cents ...."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan is going just about as well as has the "reconstruction" in Iraq.

May 30 09:27

Arab League of Cowards

The Arab League,a pathetic confederacy of individuals, has called for an immediate halt to the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Arab League is nothing more of an impotent faction of puppets being used and using others for nothing more than monetary goods. Nothing sustainable has come as a result of the current Arab League assembly,nor shall it ever.

May 30 09:15

Obama Out-Bushes Bush on Preventive Detention

If George Bush had had the gall to propose changing the laws of the United States to allow people to be detained for long periods without even the intention of putting them on trial, progressives across the nation would be howling that the fascist hordes were at the gates. And they would be right. Even the do-nothing, scared-of-nearly-everything Congressional Black Caucus would be up in arms. George Bush and Dick Cheney empowered to imprison people without trial? Progressives everywhere would be justified in crying out against the threat to civilization as we know it. But when Barack Obama last week proposed the very same thing, preventive detention without trial, there was relative silence. People pretended it was just another Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country is sliding into dictatorship, but most Americans cannot or will not see it.

And why??

The "pitchman" for this agenda is amazingly telegenic beyond belief, and that alone is a quality we put above the critical thinking necessary for an evaluation of what is being proposed by this administration..

Unfortunately, the agenda Obama's preaching is still the same time-released poison were were getting from Bush & Company; the only "change" has been that of appearance, not substance.

May 30 08:58

Boosting levels of vitamin D 'could cut cancer by up to 25%'

Giving everyone higher levels of vitamin D as part of a public health drive could cut the incidence of breast cancer by a quarter and bowel cancer by a third, scientists say.

The finding is based on a review of 2,750 research studies involving vitamin D - which show that taking daily supplements could play a key role in cancer prevention.


May 30 08:55

Dubai to get back gold reserves from London banks

All the gold of Dubai that is held in the vaults of various banks in London is coming back to the City of Gold.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has opened new vaults to store the gold reserves in Dubai, currently being looked after by central banks in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what the economic policy makers in Dubai see coming, to be making that move right now.

May 30 08:54

American capitalism gone with a whimper

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

May 30 08:51

Israeli army targeted civilians, rules UN report

In a number of incidents “too numerous to list” the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) “recklessly and intentionally” put Palestinian children, civilians and aid workers in danger during their 22-day onslaught on Gaza, that is the scathing verdict of a 43-paged UN report.

The UN Secretary General also accused Israel of lying about attacks on UN schools and other facilities during the Gaza military campaign - including one reported to have killed more than 40 people, and demanded compensation. Ban Ki-moon also said a UN investigation found conclusively that Israeli weaponry, some containing white phosphorus, was “the indisputed cause” of attacks on several schools, a health clinic and the world body’s Gaza headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this is standard operating procedure on the part of the IDF.

That horrendous tee-shirt we saw being worn by members of the IDF says it all: "one shot, two kills", referring to killing pregnant Palestinian women.

The question is, what is the world prepared to do to stop this kind of Israeli behavior?

If this kind of wanton killing, wounding and maiming were being perpetrated by any other government in the world, there would be an international outcry, sanctions, etc..

But because it's Israel against the Palestinians, all we hear is a deafening outpouring..... of silence.

And that is inexcusable.

May 30 08:51

Why the Pentagon Is Probably Lying About its Supressed Sodomy and Rape Photos

The Telegraph of London broke the news -- because the U.S. press is in a drugged stupor - -- that the photos President Barack Obama is refusing to release of detainee abuse depict, among other sexual tortures, an American soldier raping a female detainee and a male translator raping a male prisoner.

The paper claims the photos also show anal rape of prisoners with foreign objects such as wires and lightsticks. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba calls the images "horrific" and "indecent" (but absurdly agrees that Obama should not release them -- proving once again that the definition of hypocrisy is the assertion that the truth is in poor taste).


May 30 08:40

Bank Mistakenly Deposits $6M In Couple's Account

Two New Zealanders whose bank mistakenly deposited 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account took some of the money and ran, police said.

Authorities launched an international search for the couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua, and their Westpac Bank said Thursday it considered the money stolen.

The two applied to Westpac for a NZ$10,000 ($6,000) overdraft, but 1,000 times that amount was paid into their account. The two then withdrew some of the money and disappeared, Detective Senior Sgt. David Harvey said.

May 30 08:38

Life in Vichy America

"You can only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power – he's free again."

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

May 30 08:37

CNN's "Climate Change" Dishonesty

How do they know what is caused by normal weather patterns and by "global warming"? Well, they don't. They just transfer deaths by storms and other things to the "global warming" category with the full knowledge that news organizations will pick up this stuff and declare the report to be ex cathedra.

I especially find the malaria deaths statistic interesting as we know that the main reason that so many people die each year of malaria in the Third World is because environmental groups have fought any use at all of DDT being sprayed in the homes of people (not in mass sprayings, as used to be the case).

May 30 08:36

Pressure Grows Over Torture Pics, Obama Turns to SCOTUS

First, President Obama said he would agree to the release of 21 photos of prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel (and 23 additional photos "identified as responsive"), as ordered by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in response to a suit filed by the ACLU. Then Obama changed his mind, and on Thursday, went to back to the Circuit Court and asked it, according to the Washington Post, "to recall its order requiring the release of photographs held by the Pentagon."
But, there was a new wrinkle. The UK Telegraph released a story saying the photos that could be released included horrific pictures from Abu Ghraib that "show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."


May 30 08:34

Israel to hold massive military exercise

Surrounded by enemies on every side as well as inside their country, Israel will Sunday launch a massive military exercise to help ready the nation for a full-scale war.

Operation 'Turning Point 3' is set to last for five days, and will simulate a simultaneous war against the Hamas in Gaza, the Hizb'allah in Lebanon, the Syrian army, the Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Israel's Arab citizens, who are expected to riot and in other ways assist Israel's enemies in the case of such a war.

May 30 08:33

U.S. man evades jail time in 'mysterious' case of spying for Israel

An 85-year-old former civilian employee of the U.S. Army was fined but avoided prison time on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to giving classified documents to Israel in the 1980s, in a case the sentencing judge said was "shrouded in mystery."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's no mystery here: the guy was spying for Israel, so he got let off relatively easy, with a fine and no jail time.

Had he been spying for any other country on earth, he would be spending his last days cooling his heels in a jail cell, or perhaps executed for treason.

May 30 08:30

Gates: N. Korea should weigh moves carefully

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies.

"We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region — or on us," Gates told an annual international meeting of defense and security officials from Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our options here are very limited. China is North Korea's largest trading partner, and its diplomacy is probably the best remedy in terms of persuading North Korea to cool its rhetoric, if this can at all be done.

By saying that the armistice no longer applies, it could well be that Kim Jong Il is looking for a permanent peace treaty with South Korea, coupled with aid and trade opportunities with the West.

May 30 08:18

Los Angeles Official Cancels Most Summer School

Most summer school programs for students from elementary through high school will be canceled this year, the latest casualty of California’s widening budget gap, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Who needs summer school? Most of these kids will be in uniform, carrying a rifle and roughing up some third world folks for resources which are really ours in the next couple of years anyway!" -Official Sacramento Souse.



Pixfuture
May 30 08:16

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS CONTINUE THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST TORTURE

Scores of people met on the corner of 42nd St. & Lexington Ave. Half of them put on orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces and held their hands behind their back while the others carried signs and photos of acts of torture and handed out leaflets.

May 30 08:16

THE DEATH WAIT OF A CHILD IN GAZA

Inquiring about his condition out of curiosity, I asked him “How are you Yasser?” In a very tiny voice full of sadness he replied “I have no chance to live as I am bedridden since two years ago, and nothing changed”. His condition is severe, due to paralysis he’s unable to do anything without assistance. Moving closer to him, I can see his body keeps shaking. Yasser requires moment to moment care from his parents. The medical device which enables him to breath is powered by electricity. He and his family live in constant fear of power cuts.

May 30 08:15

FATAH AT FAULT

National dialogue remains stalled as accusations rise within Fatah itself against the Ramallah leadership, writes Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

May 30 08:13

Katrina victims to be evicted — again

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to enforce a June 1 date — originally established by the Bush administration — for the eviction of several thousand victims of Hurricane Katrina who are still living in temporary trailers after nearly four years.

In a Friday press release, the US Human Rights Network stated that this decision “not only lacks basic compassion but is also a derogation of the government’s responsibilities to uphold fundamental human rights.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FEMA just wants these people, whose lives got destroyed by this hurricane, and then by the unmitigated bungling of relocation and rebuilding plans to just vanish, go away, and never come back.

The problem is, with all that has happened to them these people have no where to go to. Many are as the article states, ".....are among the Gulf Coast’s most vulnerable residents — the poor, the ill and the elderly,”

The Federal government response to Katrina is the reason why many people are now stocking up on staples (and firearms) because the lesson of Katrina was, if you don't already have a lot of money, the government isn't all that interested in helping you survive.


May 30 08:13

Bankruptcies soaring in Tampa-Fort Myers corridor

Bankruptcy filings in the Tampa-Fort Myers district are soaring.

According to Bay News 9's partner paper, the St. Petersburg Times, last week court clerks logged the 11,000th case filed since January 1 - a near-record pace of filings.

At the current rate, the area will see more than 27,000 bankruptcies filed by the end of 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

May 30 08:11

The appeal of 'Live free or die'

Antigovernment activists putting down roots in N.H.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am proud to be from the Granite State!

May 30 08:11

FLASHBACK - Federal cybersecurity director quits, complains of NSA role

In a move that highlights differences over who should be in charge of national cybersecurity efforts, the director of a federal office set up to protect civilian, military and intelligence networks has submitted his resignation after less than a year in the job.

May 30 08:09

Court document: Republican election judge bought votes with OxyContin

According to court documents, some worked at polling places, making sure people voted for candidates they were supposed to and then giving them stickers or tickets, which the voters then showed at other locations to get cash from others involved in the conspiracy.

The indictment said Bishop, a Republican election officer in the Manchester precinct in 2002 and 2004, hosted meetings at his house where candidates for office pooled money to use in buying votes.

He also bought votes at the polling place, giving voters a mark or ticket so they could get paid later, the indictment says.



Taboola
May 30 08:07

Now hiring, your Uncle Sam

In some ways, the economic decline has been a boon to the federal government. Agencies are seeing a dramatic increase in applicants, including some with blockbuster resumes who are willing to work for lower salaries. Many say they will trade a smaller paycheck in exchange for job security and good benefits...

May 30 08:06

Dutch liberal leader: Holocaust denial should not be a crime

Mark Rutte, head of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), said Dutch law should only prosecute those inciting to violence, not hatred. Claiming the Holocaust did not occur "should be possible," Rutte added.

May 30 08:05

Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims -- that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked -- are wrong.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association's annual dinner in New York on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques -- now deemed torture by the Obama administration -- "gives the lie to Mr. Cheney's claims."

The Michigan Democrat told the crowd that the two CIA documents that Cheney wants released "say nothing about numbers of lives saved, nor do the documents connect acquisition of valuable intelligence to the use of abusive techniques."

May 30 08:04

Treasury Bonds: In the Eye of the Storm

In normal environments — when the global economy is stable, the financial system is stable and advanced economies are growing — higher rates are a recipe for a stronger currency. That means the U.S. dollar would benefit from such an aggressive move in interest rates, as investors seeking higher yields flock to the Treasury market and the U.S. dollar. The climb in interest rates would typically be associated with a central bank that is attempting to cool off inflationary pressures from an expanding economy.

That’s certainly not the case now …

May 30 08:03

Iran blames US for preelection violence

"The hands of America and Israel were undoubtedly involved in this incident," prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told supporters in Tehran, referring to the bombing Thursday. "Although Wahhabis and the infidel and evil Salafists were an accomplice to the crime, they were being led from somewhere else."

May 30 08:02

Iranian cleric says US, Israel behind mosque blast

Tehran’s Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said clues of the involvement of the US and Israel in Thursday's bombing of a mosque in Zahedan were discernable.

May 30 08:01

PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO DERAIL THE TAX PROTEST MOVEMENT BY LINKING IT WITH KKK AND WHITE SUPREMICISTS.

May 30 08:00

U.S. mortgage rate rise threatens housing recovery

A dizzying rise in U.S. mortgage rates this week has left homeowners worried about the government's ability to revive the housing market as a means to economic recovery.

May 30 07:59

6 Ways the Financial Bailout Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and Props Up Our Broken Financial System

What cannot be disputed, however, is the financial bailout's biggest loser: the American taxpayer. The U.S. government, led by the Treasury Department, has done little, if anything, to maximize returns on its trillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded investment. So far, the bailout has favored rescued financial institutions by subsidizing their losses to the tune of $356 billion, shying away from much-needed management changes and -- with the exception of the automakers -- letting companies take taxpayer money without a coherent plan for how they might return to viability.

May 30 07:57

Handy Anti-Politics Poster to Display on Lamp Posts

May 30 07:57

FRANCE: 'Defying Rules on Arms Sales to Israel'

French arms sales to Israel are "in total contradiction" of European Union rules on the defence industry, the author of a new study has said.

Between 2003 and 2007 France issued licences worth more than 446 million euros (623 million dollars) for arms exports to Israel. This made France by far the largest supplier of weapons to Israel in the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Israel has found a replacement host for after the US collapses.

May 30 07:56

Gun Advocates See Reason to Be Wary of Nominee

Gun-rights advocates are using Judge Sonia Sotomayor's involvement in two Second Amendment cases as ammunition to challenge her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, threatening to draw the Obama administration into a debate over firearms laws that it has tried hard to avoid.

May 30 07:55

How to Make Terrorists Talk

The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or "walling" and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.

May 30 07:41

Congressional investigation into Bush-era torture?

Support
98% (1151 votes)
Oppose
2% (21 votes)
Total votes: 1172
May 30 07:29

Virus attacks U.S. Marshal's Computers

An attack or was somebody surfing porn?

May 30 07:22

Life in Vichy America

Resistance is not futile!

May 30 07:12

Weekend Book Review - Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story

Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand world geopolitics since the Vietnam war and even before. It might be surprising what an important part the small country Afghanistan played in the politics of the cold war. This was a difficult review simply because there is so much information. Some of it contains information I knew nothing about. In some cases I had little knowledge but most striking was how much of what I thought I knew was wrong. (*...)
I repeat, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, is a must read for anyone trying to understand AF/PAK policy. I have not even scratched the surface of what you will find in this book.

May 30 06:42

Emanuel Works Over Lawmakers to Push Obama's Plan

Known for his tough tactics and profanity, Emanuel, 49, is “doing what he’s always done,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York. “He’s whipping us” referring to Emanuel’s skill at rounding up votes.
Emanuel came to his White House job with a “big reputation for being a little rough around the edges,”
“If you’re going to whip somebody, you’ve got to find out why they are being hesitant,” said Representative Ed Pastor, an Arizona Democrat.
“His job is not to be the head of congressional affairs,” said John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s last chief of staff. “He can’t spend all his time on Capitol Hill. He’s got to give direction to the government.”

May 30 06:00

Geithner wields little leverage in China talks

Timothy Geithner's first trip to China as treasury secretary comes at an especially vulnerable time for the Obama administration.

Mired in a brutal recession, the United States needs Beijing to boost its purchases of U.S. goods, let China's currency rise and take other steps to narrow an enormous trade gap. And it needs China's help to combat any military threat from North Korea.

The problem is Washington's leverage has waned just as China's power over the U.S. has grown.

(*He was basically told "YOU GO NOW !")

May 30 05:32

Poll: 57 percent oppose torture investigation

A majority of Americans — by a healthy 57-percent-to-42-percent margin — oppose a congressional investigation into Bush-era torture allegations, according to a new CNN/ORD poll of 2,000 adults (+/- 2 percent).

The breakout questions are even more telling:

May 30 05:12

The Obama Card


Obama's solution to all economic and financial problems.

May 29, 2009

May 29 23:17

TAKE BACK THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY FROM THE PRIVATE BANKING INDUSTRY

Yesterday was the last day to submit entries to the President’s Open Government Brainstorm page. Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "Web of Debt," submitted one called "Take Back the Power to Create Money from the Private Banking Industry." The website has a place to vote (”Looks Promising!” “Not So Sure.”) If you feel like voting, the link is here —

May 29 22:23

Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

"On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News.

"We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a Bible study with friends. We have a meal, we pray, that was all," Jones said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one is thorny. It all comes down to whether a collection is taken up by the pastor, or if any prayer or actual service is performed by the pastor. That makes it a religious assembly and subject to the zoning laws. Otherwise, if they are just reading and discussing the bible, then the First Amendment has to apply and the pastor and his friends are within their rights to study their bibles in his home.

May 29 21:18

Dollar Is Dirt, Treasuries Are Toast, AAA Is Gone

The odds on the dollar, Treasury bonds and the U.S. government’s AAA grade all heading for the dumpster are shortening.

May 29 20:51

Flashback: Iraq Vets Come Home Physically, Mentally Butchered

January 4, 2007
Iraq Vets Come Home Physically, Mentally Butchered
by Aaron Glantz
"Dr. Imbascini just returned from a four-month deployment to Germany, where he treated the worst of the U.S. war wounded. He said that an extremely high number of wounded soldiers are coming home with their arms or legs amputated. Imbascini said he amputated the genitals of one or two men every day."
"New guidelines released by the Pentagon released last month allow commanders to redeploy soldiers suffering from traumatic stress disorders."

May 29 20:47

I Wish the Earth Were Warming – It Would Save a Lot of Lives

Meantime, can someone explain again why Barack Obama gets to play “commander-in-chief of the auto industry,” wave his magic wand, and declare that an industry already in bankruptcy will have to charge an extra $1,500 per vehicle to limit CARBON DIOXIDE emissions to “fight global warming” … when it turns out global warming would save human lives?

May 29 20:42

CNN's "Climate Change" Dishonesty

How do they know what is caused by normal weather patterns and by "global warming"? Well, they don't. They just transfer deaths by storms and other things to the "global warming" category with the full knowledge that news organizations will pick up this stuff and declare the report to be ex cathedra.

May 29 20:38

US Soldiers, routinely drugged, become homicidal /psychotic

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated
Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise
By Melody Petersen, Tues., May 19, 2009
"Sending a person back to combat duty still under the influence of psychoactive drugs may be dangerous," he wrote."
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/11079
U.S. troops in Iraq taking drugs to cope with stress, trauma
Steve Hammons, June 30, 2006
"In addition to psychotropic drugs, most troops are given the anti-malaria drug Lariam, which is known to cause severe psychiatric problems including suicidal and homicidal behavior."
"Like the scourge of methamphetamine use in the U.S. population, military personnel taking amphetamines risk impaired judgment, psychotic reactions, paranoia and homicidal behavior."

May 29 20:19

More Americans Misusing Illicit Painkillers For The First Time Than Trying Pot, Study Says

Washington, DC: More Americans report misusing prescription opioids than trying pot, according to a study released last week by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

May 29 20:13

In which the president discovers an American intelligence agency at Five Guys

On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant.

"So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event.

"We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied.

May 29 20:00

Mr. Obama, Bring Down the War Criminals!

The clock is ticking for Obama. The time for 'good faith' is running out! Unless Obama moves to close Guantanamo now and end the practice of torture while bringing war crimes charges against Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney et al., he risks being so charged himself!

May 29 19:35

Visiting Guantánamo in Second Life

Many so-called enemy combatants are still held at the US military run detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, most of them never charged of any crime. January 11, 2009 marked the seven-year anniversary of the arrival of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Having just blogged an obituary for Augusto Boal, I think he would have approved of such a project as Virtual Guantanamo, a simulation of the United States military detention center in Cuba within the virtual online world of Second Life. By exposing such institutions within the structures of the state apparatus, the possibilities for democracy are strengthened.

May 29 18:45

Eugenics in Israel: Did Jews try to improve the human race too?

In 1944, psychiatrist Kurt Levinstein gave a lecture at a Tel Aviv conference, where he advocated preventing people with various mental and neurological disorders - such as alcoholism, manic depression and epilepsy - from bringing children into the world.

The means he proposed - prohibition of marriage, contraception, abortion and sterilization - were acceptable in Europe and the United States in the first decades of the 20th century, within the framework of eugenics: the science aimed at improving the human race.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Improvement" implies a desired outcome or goal, which might be rather arbitrary or imposed by the rulers.

May 29 18:03

Einstein Revealed as an Opponent of the Jewish State

In reality, while Einstein was sympathetic to the Zionist cause, he repeatedly warned that a “narrow nationalism” may arise if a Jewish-only state was founded and peaceful co-existence with the Palestinians was not achieved. Instead, Einstein advocated Cultural Zionism — the creation of Jewish cultural and educational centers within a bi-national state with equal rights for both Arabs and Jews.

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