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May 25, 2009

May 25 22:06

Did Bibi Box Obama in?

Washing-machine centrifuges in uranium enrichment facilities disguised as barns and chicken coops! And Americans believed it. And so we were stampeded into war against a nation that did not threaten or attack us, to strip it of weapons it did not even have.

That war has cost 4,500 American dead and 35,000 wounded. It has brought death to perhaps a hundred thousand Iraqis. Four million people have been driven from their homes, 2 million, including half the Christians, into exile. Hundreds of thousands of fatherless Iraqi children are being raised by women widowed by that war.

Undaunted, the War Party has a new war planned for us.

Target: Tehran. And Obama may just have boxed himself in.

May 25 22:05

Breaking News: Algerian daily confirms Mossad training camps for al-Qaida???

Al-Fayçal summed up the report in a very short and succinct manner: 'Ennahar, the Algerian daily, asserted that the Jewish State is recruiting al-Qaeda Islamists in Europe who originated in the Maghreb (the Maghreb, or the Western part of Africa, is considered to encompass the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, Lybia and Algeria) and providing them with training in Israeli camps, in order to use them in terrorist attacks next summer.

May 25 19:34

How the FBI Misidentified a Suspected Terrorist Using Fingerprint Evidence

Implicating Mayfield, despite the insistence of the Spanish that his finger-prints were not those found on the detonator bag, gave the FBI potential jurisdiction in the Madrid bombings, which was of signal importance, as it became obvious that the Spanish would not continue to support Washington's and Israel's middle eastern agenda, moving to withdraw its troops from Iraq, even despite the Madrid train bombings. Jurisdiction was important to the FBI in its persistence to continue the serial bogus indictments of patsies by the FBI and the DOJ; concocted in their continued efforts to support and justify the "eternal war on terror".

May 25 18:43

European Cemeteries for US soldiers , Thousands of Crosses

MEMORIAL DAY - AND AN APOLOGY WITHDRAWN
By Marilyn M. Barnewall
May 25, 2009
[Pictures of cemeteries for US solders in this article. Notice the multitude of crosses. Not a Star of David is shown amongst them. Not that they aren't there, just not that many. And the Zionists keep claiming that nobody tried to help them]

http://www.jwv.org/docs/Jewish_War_Veterans_Timeline.pdf
Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Over a century of Patriotic Service
1896 to present
"1927, Star of David Markers JWV was successful in securing passage of
legislation requiring the American Battlefield Monument Commission to place Star of David Markers on the graves of Jewish soldiers buried in war cemeteries in France. Heretofore, the markers were Christian crosses."

May 25 18:36

A memorial day we can all get behind

Rather than show any respect for veterans, we should use this day to remember those who do deserve to be remembered: those who have been slaughtered by the troops, those whose lives have been permanently destroyed by the troops, those who refused to serve, those who deserted the troops in times of battle, and those who betrayed their own country in times of war.

Now that's a memorial day I could get behind.

May 25 16:26

Camera grid to log number plates

A national network of cameras and computers automatically logging car number plates will be in place within months, the BBC has learned.

Thousands of Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras are already operating on Britain's roads.

Police forces across England, Wales and Scotland will soon be able to share the information on one central computer.

Officers say it is a useful tool in fighting crime, but critics say the network is secretive and unregulated.

May 25 16:25

If Obama Cedes Ground on Torture to Cheney, We'll All Pay a Heavy Price

There is not one shred of evidence any intelligence obtained as a result of torture has been used to prevent further attacks. The best intelligence the Bush administration ever had was a month before 9/11, when it rec­eived a memo entitled "Bin Laden determined to attack inside the US" from the FBI, warning of "patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings". No torture was involved; no action was taken.


May 25 16:18

MPs' expenses: How ministers saved tax at taxpayers' expense

Three of the nine Cabinet ministers who have charged the taxpayer for accountancy advice are facing questions over claims that they avoided paying capital gains tax on their second homes.

May 25 16:17

Israel to ignite all-out regional war?

The Israeli military holds its most extensive nationwide drill, signaling its intentions for a possible attack on Iran which they admit can ignite an all-out war in the region.

The nationwide exercise "Turning Point 3" will begin on May 31 and will last five days, Ynetnews reported.

During the drill, Israeli forces and civilians will exercise a war against Hamas, Hezbollah, Syria and Iran and will also practice counterinsurgency tactics against Israeli Arabs.

May 25 15:53

Threats to Judges, Prosecutors Soaring

Threats against the nation's judges and prosecutors have sharply increased, prompting hundreds to get 24-hour protection from armed U.S. marshals. Many federal judges are altering their routes to work, installing security systems at home, shielding their addresses by paying bills at the courthouse or refraining from registering to vote. Some even pack weapons on the bench.

May 25 15:43

Israeli: Obama 'wasn't empathetic to our needs'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TEACH THE US A LESSON! STOP CASHING THE CHECKS!!!!!


May 25 15:41

Pirate Party on course for election triumph

The Pirate Party, a Swedish political party set up to promote internet piracy and reform copyright laws, is set to win several seats in the European parliament, according to reports.

The Times reported that the pro-file-sharing party is now Sweden’s third largest political party, according to a new poll which put support at eight per cent, enough to give the party a number of seats in Brussels.

May 25 15:29

YID With LID: Obama's New Buddy Chavez Helping Iran Get Uranium

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This same propaganda is getting poured all over the net today. And it is just a repeat of the "Niger Yellowcake" hoax perpetrated to kick off the war with Iraq.

Take a moment to email the author and tell him "BULL SHIT!"

May 25 15:26

New research paper tells the story of brothels and prostitutes in Nazi concentration camps

The National Socialists ran brothels in the concentration camps. The work of the forced prostitutes was ment to increase the productivity of the inmates. A study shows the little known side of the Nazi terror.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, if the Nazis even let them have some fun to "releave the pressure" and make them work better, it kind of makes you wonder how that fits into the picture of them runnig pure death camps. Question, do prisoners in America right now have brothels in the prisons or the "enemy combatants " in Guantanamo? Don't think so.

May 25 15:23

Questions to Niels Harrit concerning the study "Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe".

We gave sceptical gulli users the chance to ask their questions directly to Dr. Niels Harrit, one of the scientists. The gulli users asked really tough questions and didn't censor anything. We gave all those questions to Mr. Harrit and were really curious how he would respond. He answered. So now, here's the promised interview.


May 25 15:21

Mass layoffs hit some areas worse than others in 2009.

When Alex Hill and 40 of his colleagues were corralled into a conference room at Dell's Austin, Texas, headquarters last November, he was a little nervous. "I started cracking jokes that gas was going to start coming down in James Bond fashion or something," he said.

Close. Everyone in the room was fired, their jobs shipped overseas. While Hill understands the business reasons behind what happened, the 38-year-old Web designer still feels betrayed. "It kind of felt like I’d made a deal with my company that if I did a good job they wouldn’t fire me," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Everyone who works for a large corporation now has become expendable, and a potential victim of a bottom line which is way out of line with expectations.

May 25 15:20

Israel: Ties to South America aiding Iran's nuclear program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Would you believe it? Venezuela is supplying Iran with uranium!"

"No, I would not believe it."

"Would you believe Venezuela is supplying Iran with dual use technology?"

"No, I would not believe it."

"Would you believe Venezuela is supplying Iran with glow in the dark paint?"

May 25 15:17

Exclusive: Holocaust Faker Speaks Out

"It wasn't a lie," he told "GMA." "It was my imagination. And in my imagination, in my mind, I believed it. Even now, I believe it, that she was there and she threw the apple to me. ... In my imagination, it was true."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historians dealing with real facts are in jail and this admitted faker gets a book and movie deal.

May 25 15:15

Tent City Update! California raises Taxes and cuts Spending

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How come nobody is talking about the huge drain on the economy from the illegal aliens?

Remember that story from a couple weeks back where students were suing the University of California because legal residents had to pay MORE for their education than the illegal aliens!!!!


May 25 15:12

Secret document: Venezuela, Bolivia supplying Iran with uranium

Venezuela and Bolivia are supplying Iran with uranium for its nuclear program, according to a secret Israeli government report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Bovine Excrement Meter just resigned and ran out the door.

This is a repeat of the "Yellowcake from Niger" story used to sell war with Iraq.

It's not only a lie, it is the SAME EXACT lie.

There seems to be a lack of real creativity with these people (which may explain why Hollywood puts out so many remakes).

May 25 15:08

Obama calls for action after NKorea nuclear test

US President Barack Obama said the international community must act after North Korea's "reckless" nuclear and missile tests on Monday, as calls grew for tougher action against Pyongyang.

"North Korea's nuclear ballistic missile programs pose a great threat to the peace and security of the world and I strongly condemn their reckless action," Obama said ahead of a Memorial Day ceremony to honor war dead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The options the US have are very narrow indeed,and China is apt to veto any strong action at the UN security council level.

But the next time there is some agreement between the the US and North Korea, the US, this time, has got to keep its side of the bargain.

May 25 15:06

THE SIEGE IS OVER….. FOR REAL THIS TIME! ….. HOPE CONVOY ENTERS GAZA

Friends just rang as they crossed the border into Gaza!!!
OMG They are crossing the border RIGHT NOW!!!

SIEGE IS BROKEN

I’m so excited I can’t type right now

May 25 15:03

God’s debt cancellation’ donations help evangelist strike it rich

In a detailed investigation of South Carolina’s Inspiration Network, the Charlotte Observer reports that the network’s on-air promises that viewers can obtain prosperity and “God’s debt cancellation” by donating $200 or more have made its CEO David Cerullo a wealthy man and his cable network “one of the world’s fastest growing Christian broadcasters.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To promise his target demographic this kind of miracle, if they donate $200.00 or more, is defrauding his followers in the most cynical way possible.

Unfortunately, though, there's a seeker born every minute!


May 25 14:53

Torture Song

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE POST THIS LINK TO OTHER BLOGS!

May 25 14:41

Dollar Collapse Beginning Now?

May 25 14:38

Memorial Day: War Is Not Worth Celebrating

Of man’s achievements, there are many worth celebrating, worth memorializing. Warfare is not among them. Humanity has not been bettered by war, the spoils of which have been taken by the States, Churches, Tyrants, and Thieves who have convinced ordinary men to be extraordinarily evil.

May 25 14:18

Jewish War Veterans of the USA

Jewish War Veterans of the USA
Over a century of US [political takeover]
1896 to present


May 25 13:58

Rand, World’s Best Currency

South Africa’s rand, the world’s best-performing major currency this year, may rally another 4 percent if it breaks through 8.23 per dollar and stays there, based on technical analysis by Barclays Plc-owned Absa Capital.

May 25 13:50

Krugman: Raising Taxes in California will Cure Everything

According to Paul Krugman, who wrote in The Return of Depression Economics that governments can solve almost any crisis simply by printing money, declares that California easily could solve its present crisis by raising taxes.

May 25 13:41

Pay No Attention to This Day

Memorial Day, when we pretend that we live in a free country because of all the people who were killed in the government’s senseless wars.

May 25 13:39

The Dangers of Printing Money

The Fed's doing it. The Bank of England says it plans to do it, too. With printing money (or as they say today, "quantitative easing") back in fashion, TIME reflects on Germany's efforts in the 1920s — and the crisis that followed.



Lockerdome
May 25 12:24

The BEST argument AGAINST invading Baghdad - EVER! VIDEO

They got it right he says...

May 25 12:10

911 Shock Opera: The Grand Finale That Wasn't

"In a crime of this magnitude, with so much on the line, not just lives and careers and vast sums of wealth, but this was their one shot - the conspirators one chance to justify multiple illegal wars, a new doctrine of "pre-emptive aggression", the establishment of the "unitary executive" model, the passing of the Patriot Act, the creation of the Trans Afghan Pipeline, wholesale privatization of public assets and wealth, military contracts, and just basically complete and total world domination based really on the successful completion of one act of treasonous terrorism that would galvanize the American people long enough that they would allow all of these things to take place in their name without so much as a whimper - with all that one the line, risk management became of the highest pri

May 25 12:05

Ahmadinejad Wants To Debate Obama

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed today that United States President Barack Obama contend to a face-to-face debate with him at the United Nations if he is re-elected next month as Iran’s president.

“Of course this time, if I am elected as president by the great nation of Iran, I will extend that invitation [to President Obama] one more time for a debate at the UN headquarters,” President Ahmadinejad said on Monday.
During his previous visit to the United Nations headquarters he invited former US President George W. Bush to join him in a debate on global issues.

Obama debate live with no teleprompter?! HAHAHAHA...

May 25 11:55

Tampa woman stops armed carjacker with her own gun

A Tampa woman refused to be a carjacking victim when she was approached by an armed man who jumped into her car on Thursday.

The woman, who only wants to be identified as Adrianna, pulled out her own gun. "I just leaned forward and punched him in the forehead with my gun," she said. The man "screamed like a girl and almost dropped his gun" as he ran away, she added.


May 25 11:52

Israel's war effort gains religious imperative

During the Gaza war this year, Schmuel Kaufman, a military rabbi from a West Bank settlement, used to stride between the Israeli soldiers’ tents and urge them to fight what he deemed an “obligatory war” ordained by ancient scripture.

“It’s a holy war to protect women and children from the south of the country after a long period of endurance on our side,” he told The Times. “The commander of the battalion asked me to blow the shofar [a ram’s horn] every time before going into the fighting. I’m blowing the shofar while 500 soldiers stand behind me praying. They went in wrapped in holiness.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Rabbi Kaufman: there is no such thing as a "holy war", period, end of discussion. War is simply a means of achieving a geopolitical end through military action: that's it, short and sweet.

The phrase is simply used to inoculate soldiers into a mental state wherein all the death, destruction, and mayhem they create is justified, because "God (whatever god is being invoked) is absolutely on their side."

In this blissful "spiritual right and might" state of consciousness, normal, moral reflection about what one has actually done to fellow human beings (whose humanity is negated to utterly nothing) just doesn't happen.

And in a nuclear-armed age, that is what makes the addition of religiously sanctioned destruction such a dangerous, and intellectually dishonest, component of warcraft.

May 25 11:51

#6 VICTORY FOR HOPE CONVOY

Obviously it is 8:30PM now in Egypt and getting dark and late, so I assume the 20 and the aid vehicles will cross in the morning, although I will get confirmation of that later, I forgot to ask LOL!!

Lastly, as soon as they get inside and have internet access I will have loads of photos to post here as well.

May 25 11:31

Palestinian internal strife drags on

"The picture in Palestine today is worthy of a surreal masterpiece: dialogue between factions in Cairo has come to nil, though it may well have been their last chance; there is an old government in Gaza, usually referred to as dissolved; then there is a new government in the West Bank, ordered by Mahmoud Abbas, which predictably piqued Hamas and spurred, for the first time ever, opposition from within Fatah itself," wrote Mamdouh al Sheikh in an opinion piece for the Emirati daily Al Bayane.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless some adults in the room in Fatah and Hamas gently knock some heads together here, by the time there is a Palestinian state, it won't be any larger than a postage stamp.

And by the way, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanan_Ashrawi

where the blazes are you right now?!? Your logic, intellectual honesty, and calm presence are desperately needed at this critical moment.

May 25 11:28

A Katrina of foreclosures hits New York

“Across the street in this black middle-class neighborhood, Patrick Nicholas, a surgical technician in blue scrubs, shakes his dreadlocks and shrugs. He rents but is moving out. ‘The owner got foreclosed and told us to leave,’ he said. Six doors away, past two foreclosed and boarded-up homes, a burly man in a blue union jacket declines to give his name but his problem is evident. A foreclosure notice is pasted to the door of his house. His tone is mournful. ‘Tough times, man,’ he says, ‘Tough, tough times.’”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But Obama can pour trillions of borrowed dollars (you are expected to repay) onto Wall Street.


May 25 11:26

HOPE CONVOY NOW PART OF THE GAZA SIEGE

I know people are anxious for news, I don’t have that much, but here’s all I have so far this morning. People had a comfortable night, the Egyptian security people supplied convoy members with mattresses and bedding, also food and water and kettles for tea making (Important necessities for Irish people LOL)

But there is not really anything to say today except that negotiations continue this morning to get in to Gaza today. I expect an answer in a few hours time as to what the next steps will be.

May 25 11:25

EGYPTIAN COLLABORATION WITH ISRAEL IS STRANGLING GAGA

Egyptian Authorities blocked the entry of “Hope” into Gaza

May 25 11:25

FATAH FACING DEEPEST CRISIS EVER

Fatah leaders have accused Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his allies of seeking the “dismantling” and “disintegration” of the movement in order to facilitate “the liquidation” of the Palestinian cause.

Some of these leaders have charged that the Fatah organization Abbas is trying reconstruct is “closer to Netanyahu than it is to the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and independence.”

May 25 11:24

Terrorism and the origins of Israel

Last month the National Archives, formerly known as the Public Record Office, released MI5 Security Service files showing that Zionist terror groups planned to set up cells in London and assassinate the post-war Labour government’s British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin.


May 25 11:23

Assassin boss also Israeli hero

YEHOSHUA Zettler, the commander in Jerusalem of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, or Lehi — known to the British as the Stern Gang — who planned and supervised the assassination of the United Nations mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in 1948, has died in Israel. He was 91.

May 25 11:23

Pre-state Jewish underground leader dies at 91

Yehoshua Zettler, one of the founding members of a violent pre-state Jewish movement and mastermind of the assassination of a top U.N. envoy in 1948, has died in Israel. He was 91.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pretty much everyone else would consider this guy a terrorist.

May 25 11:23

Rethinking the Costs of Peace

By asking earlier this month for $2.775 billion in military aid to Israel in his FY2010 budget request, it would seem that on this important policy issue President Obama?s commitment is more rhetorical than substantive. Since 1949, according to the Congressional Research Service, the United States has provided to Israel more than $100 billion in military and economic assistance. In 2007, the United States and Israel signed an agreement for $30 billion in additional military aid through FY2018.

May 25 11:21

A family lost in white phosphorous shelling

By the time Ghada's husband reached the house, his brother Ahmad and some relatives had only minutes ago rushed into the house, carrying away the dead sons and their father on a cart, seeking for an ambulance help. Ahmad (Umm Muhammad's son) said: "By the time we heard the blast, my relatives and I took my father and brothers on a cart, thinking we could save their lives. I didn't know that they all were dead by the time we arrived! We were looking for an ambulance but an Israeli tank appeared in front of us; the Israeli soldier who got out of it ordered us to leave the bodies and run for our lives ... while running away I looked back to see him pouring down sand on them."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So this is the kind of taken by the IDF in the 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza, the same IDF characterized in March of this year by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as "... the most moral army in the world."?!?!?!?


May 25 11:12

Mullen to Israel: Don’t bomb Iran now

As Israel seeks to win Washington’s support for waging war on Iran, the top US military officer warns of serious unintended consequences of military strikes on the country at the present time.

“I think the unintended consequence of a strike against Iran right now would be incredibly serious, as well as the unintended consequences of their achieving a weapon,” Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a Sunday interview with ABC television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Admiral Mullen:

A: Iran is developing a power plant only. You - and your science advisors - understand, without question, that the level of enrichment of the uranium is far lower for running a power plant than what is needed to build a nuclear weapon. The enrichment the Iranians are doing , as inspected by the IAEA, is completely consistent with that which is necessary for a power plant, not building a weapon.

B. There is no good time for the Israelis (supported, or course, by the US) to go to war with Iran.

And sir, you very well know the reason for this. In terms of strike by anyone on Iran, this issue is the 6,000 lb gorilla, sitting on the Steinway in the living room.

That factor, sir, is Russia.

What precisely are Medvedev, Putin, and the Duma going to do when they see their 7th largest trading partner attacked? Nothing?

Sir, I am not a betting person; but I wouldn't bet, for one second, that the Russian reaction to just such a scenario would be "nothing".

May 25 11:04

World Bank warns of social unrest

The head of the World Bank has warned that the global economic crisis could lead to serious social upheaval.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 25 11:03

US investigator exposes Iran's nuclear weapons 'shopping list'

Robert Morgenthau, the New York district attorney who is heading a long-term investigation into the Islamic regime's complex web of illicit overseas financial operations, told US senators there was little time left to halt Tehran's atomic weapons programme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that when you get right down to Morganthau's actual list, 15,000 kgs of aluminium, 1,700 kgs of graphite, 30,000 kgs of tungsten-copper, 19,000 kgs of tungsten metal powder and 24,500 kgs of maraging steel rods; what you have are materials used in any industrialized nation.

The article goes onto admit that all these materials have benign legitimate uses, but takes the position that Iran should not have any materials that might in any way make Israel nervous. This is akin to banning kitchen matches, because after all, arsonists might be able to use them!

Folks, just keep in mind that we saw the exact same claims made about Iraq.

Like the professional witch hunters of another age, Morgenthau has done very well financially seeing WMDs even where they are not.

May 25 11:03

Video: Cop Slams Innocent Man Head First Into A Coma

Video was released late last week of an innocent man being slammed head first into a wall by a Seattle police officer, in an exchange that has left the victim in a coma.

Mr Harris had been pursued by deputies after a witness wrongly identified him as a suspect in an assault.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess this is what "...to protect and serve" looks like for Seattle cops.


May 25 10:55

Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for riots in California and other states if these kinds of proposal are passed, coupled with the establishment of a "national emergency" to give state and federal authorities sweeping policing powers.

May 25 10:48

Venezuela cooperates with Vietnam to explore oil

Under a decree published in the Venezuela’s official gazette on May 21, the joint venture, named PetroMacareo S.A., is also allowed to process heavy oil and extra heavy oil pumped from the 248 sq. km Junin block 2 in the Orinoco belt. The belt is considered to have the world’s largest oil reserves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Venezuela, like China and Russia, are making deals to get what they need.

The US, on the other hand, is dropping bombs in an attempt to get what they need.

And all that oil from Iraq which was supposed to completely pay for the cost of the war and occupation?

In the immortal words of Tony Soprano, "Fugettaboutit!"

All the cost of blood, and money and maimed veterans, and we are still no where closer to achievingthat objective than when the invasion of Iraq began.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a failed foreign policy, writ tragically large.

May 25 10:42

Israel Steals Palestinian Heritage, History

The Israeli exhibition violates international conventions or protocols that Canada has ratified and that protect cultural property during armed conflict. The State of Israel seized the Jordanian-owned Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem in 1967 to take possession of the scrolls and has continued to loot similar Palestinian cultural property from the Occupied Territories ever since. Under the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the 1954 Hague Convention along with its two associated protocols, Canada is legally obliged "to take appropriate steps to recover and return any such cultural property" at the request of the wronged party.

May 25 10:41

How Many Secret Prisons Does Israel Have?

The United Nation’s watchdog on torture has criticised Israel for refusing to allow inspections at a secret prison, dubbed by critics as “Israel’s Guantanamo Bay”, and demanded to know if more such clandestine detention camps are operating.

In a report published on Friday, the Committee Against Torture requested that Israel identify the location of the camp, officially referred to as “Facility 1391”, and allow access to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Findings from Israeli human rights groups show that the prison has in the past been used to hold Arab and Muslim prisoners, including Palestinians, and that routine torture and physical abuse were carried out by interrogators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the Red Cross were allowed access to the Nazi concentration camps at all times.



Pixfuture
May 25 10:39

WOMAN WHO CALLED 911 GETS ARRESTED AND STRIP SEARCHED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Think that what happened at Au Ghraib could not happen here?

Think again!

May 25 10:34

Dick Cheney, "Toy Soldier" on Memorial Day Parade

So it is of somewhat sickening irony, as the New York Daily News' Mike Lupica points out on this Memorial Day, that the draft-dodging, torture-endorsing, war-instigating "toy soldier" likes of a Dick Cheney -- "whose idea of a foxhole is Fox News" -- should now be dictating what kind of a person bodies forth a patriotic Republican in good standing.

Cheney of course does, and Gen. Powell doesn't.

May 25 10:33

Russia FM: Hamas taking more realistic path since Gaza war

Russia's foreign minister said Sunday that Hamas is following a more realistic path after Israel's crushing war against the militant Palestinian group controlling the Gaza Strip.

Sergei Lavrov, who met with the top Hamas political leader in Syria's capital on Saturday, urged the group to agree to a formal truce with Israel, noting that since the end of the war in mid-January there has been less rocket and mortar fire from Gaza into Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov understands that a true and honorable settlement of the Palestinian statehood issue is the only thing which will ultimately prevent a terrible, regional military catastrophe from overtaking the entire region, and possibly involving the entire world.

Israeli leadership, however, doesn't seem to.

And a small memo to the current Israeli leadership: ethnic cleansing no longer happen in the dark of night, with no witnesses; it happens in the full, blindingly bright, unblinking glare of a 24/7 news cycle in the blogosphere.

It's possible you just might want to consider that before dumping any more depleted uranium weapons (with all the horrendous health implications attached thereto) on Gaza in your next assault.

People no longer want to visit Israel as tourists; they no longer want to buy Israeli products, which is really hurting the Israeli economy right now, big time. And it is the link to global political understanding of what Israel has been doing to Palestinians which is, in large part, responsible for this.

Hubris has a way of coming back at both people - and countries - in some very unexpected ways.

May 25 10:33

EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT MANIPULATION OF THE STOCK MARKET - Dan Shaffer explains on Fox Business News (video and transcript)


May 25 10:32

THE PEOPLE FIGHT BACK

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The police abuse a protester and the crowd goes after the police.

Remember, the Romanian revolution began at a sporting event. Two weeks later, Cheacescu was machine-gunned to death on Romanian national television.

May 25 10:29

Peers claim thousands for mortgage-free homes

PEERS are claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses for staying overnight in London when they already own homes with no mortgages near the House of Lords.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

WHEN WILL THE US MEDIA START ASKING TO SEE THE EXPENSE ACCOUNTS OF THE US CONGRESS?????????

I for one do not believe that a congressman is any more honest than a member of parliament.

May 25 10:27

Early retirement claims increase dramatically

Instead of seeing older workers staying on the job longer as the economy has worsened, the Social Security system is reporting a major surge in early retirement claims that could have implications for the financial security of millions of baby boomers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS!

The Social Security system has been looted going back to the Clinton years to cover government budget shortfalls. Social Security's ability to cover the baby boomers was traded away for the Clinton "budget surplus", and now the government is going to blame "early retirees" as well as the economy for the collapse of Social Security which was brought about by the government itself.

May 25 10:22

Suu Kyi ‘likely to be jailed for years’

Ms Suu Kyi faces five years in prison if she is convicted of the charges that she broke the conditions of her current house arrest by allowing an uninvited visitor, a US citizen named John Yettaw, who swam across a lake to her back door this month, to stay and gave him food and drink. “I am not guilty because I have not committed any crime,” Ms Suu Kyi told the court on Friday, according to her lawyer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This so looks like a setup on the part of the Myanmar government to keep her in prison for what could be the rest of her life that it stinks to high heaven.

The international community can only do so much; ultimately, it will have to be the Myanmar people who must have the final say about the outcome here.

Political and military oppression can only work for so long before there's a backlash, if there are no real improvements in the lives of a country's citizenry.



Taboola
May 25 10:20

700,000 overcharged in the great council tax 'cover-up'

A million homeowners have paid the wrong council tax for years in a funding scandal ministers tried to cover up.

New documents have shown that more than 700,000 households may have been overcharged to the tune of tens of millions.

Ministers and officials have known since at least 2005 that many homes were in the wrong tax bands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an object lesson for those who insist that the entire US government would never go along with pretending that the 16th Amendment was ratified if in fact it was not.

As Judge James C. Fox implied in Sullivan Vs. United States, the government will go on using the unratified 16th Amendment as long as they can get away with it.

May 25 10:16

Like pigs to the slaughter

May 25 10:15

Gilad Atzmon - The Three-Legged Monster

“Zionism,” writes Philips, “is simply the movement for the self-determination of the Jewish people. And its significance is greater than any other movement of national liberation because Judaism itself rests upon three legs — the people, the religion and the land. If one is lopped off by having its legitimacy denied, the whole thing collapses. That is why anti-Zionism is far more than an unpleasant political position. It is a direct attack on Judaism itself.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Philips is just the latest propagandists to try to equate anti-Zionism with hatred of Jewish people.

It is about the only card Israel has left to play as world opinion of Israel starts to collapse.

May 25 10:13

Israel Report: Most Police Killed in Gaza War Were ‘Terrorists’

As the war went on the civilian toll in Gaza dwarfed the toll against the police working for the Hamas-run government. Still, criticism of the indiscriminate destruction of police stations and the killing of police en masse was enough of a thorn in then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s side to order an investigation into the background of the slain police. Now, roughly four months after the end of the siege, the report claims that the vast majority of those police, though indeed indiscriminately killed, happened to be “terrorists” of one stripe or another.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe that, I have a diamond mine in Topeka to sell you!!

May 25 10:10

Charles Lindbergh’s September 1941 Anti-War Speech

He gave this presentation at an America First rally a couple months prior to the December 7, 1941 “surprise attack” by Japan on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor.

May 25 10:10

Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden - navy

Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday.

Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, quoted by the ISNA news agency, made the announcement five days after Iran said it test-fired a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles), putting Israel and U.S. bases in the area within reach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran is reminding the world that if US and Israel attack Iran, this will affect all the world's oil supplies.

May 25 10:08

Healthy Skepticism Toward Memorial Day

The war of choice that is still Iraq---its utter devastation and inhumanity---brought into focus for my self what the Vietnam generation recognized decades ago. Not only is the current Iraq War brutalizing and tearing apart the lives of millions of Iraqis and squandering the lives of thousands of Americans but it is also an illegal war.

May 25 10:07

Nancy Pelosi dissembles to avoid taking responsibility

The CIA lied to her, she said on Thursday. She was not told about waterboarding in her briefings. Nor, for that matter, was she told directly about CIA interrogators using any enhanced interrogation techniques.

She was never briefed, she says, but was "told" about them by a staff member. As if there is a lick of difference between those split hairs.

And she raised no objections to what she learned because she was too busy trying to gain a majority for her party in Congress.

May 25 10:06

Israel drops warning pamphlets over Gaza

Israeli aircraft have scattered pamphlets over the Gaza Strip warning residents to stay away from the border.

The Arabic pamphlets warn Gazans to stay out of areas 300 meters to 500 meters (yards) from the border fence, saying they risk being shot.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gazan Palestinians may well be shot anyway, if this pamphlet-drop is potentially the prelude to another Israeli military assault on Gaza.

May 25 10:06

FBI stops supposed ‘Temple Plot’ in New York City

What is most interesting about this is not that we were protected from a supposed terrorist attack, but that the whole “plot” was invented by an FBI informant:

The defendants, in their efforts to acquire weapons, dealt with an informant acting under law enforcement supervision, authorities said. The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants, a federal complaint said.

In June 2008, the informant met Cromitie in Newburgh and Cromitie complained that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and he was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by U.S. military forces, officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess "they hate us for our freedoms" doesn't work any more.

May 25 10:03

Memorial Day Disaster

This would normally be my time for a quiet Memorial Day at home.

But even as we seek calm, investors overseas are doing precisely the opposite.

They’re dumping U.S. assets.

They’re driving those assets down in price.

And they’re threatening to sink our entire economy into a THIRD phase of this crisis.

May 25 10:03

'Israel will face terror, missiles in future war'

Vilnai made the comments during a session of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, in which he said the Home Front Command would simulate defending against such an assault as part of a large-scale drill to be held next week.

"This isn't an imaginary situation. This isn't detached from reality and if there is a war, it's very likely that this is what will happen," said the deputy minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai: what appears to be completely detached from reality is your lack of recognition that it is the issue of how the Palestinians are being treated, in Gaza, Jerusalem, and the West Bank, which is the crux of any possible rage against Israel that its neighbors might harbor.

How to cure the problem? Well, sir, let's chew on these for starters.

1. Declare your borders, period, end of discussion. (Invading Lebanon to steal the Litani River didn't do very well for Israel's reputation in the international community.)

2. Immediately sit down with all levels of Palestinian leadership to declare an iron-clad, absolute cease-fire, while a Palestinian state is established (and not, thank you very much, within the boundaries of Jordan.)
3. Invite countries from around the world to invest in a viable re-building/replanting program for Palestine (the IDF has done such a grand job of burning and otherwise destroying Palestinian crops, as you are well aware)
4. Prepare for a new era of peace, with unprecedented economic and social cooperation at all levels from all of your neighbors.

Or.... you can continue doing precisely what you have been doing, and be constantly on a war footing.

May 25 09:59

The New American Century

This film is astonishing, it goes in detail through the untold history of The Project for the New American Century with tons of archival footage and connects it right into the present.

This film exposes how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud with video of insiders themselves admitting it.

May 25 09:52

FDA takes issue with Cheerios claim

The Food and Drug Administration said in a warning letter to General Mills that language on the Cheerios box suggests the cereal is designed to prevent or treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol. Regulators say that only FDA-approved drugs are allowed to make such claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that FDA doesn't claim Cheerios does not actually lower cholesterol, only that they are not allowed to say it (which would annoy the pharmaceutical companies no end).

May 25 09:47

China warns Federal Reserve over 'printing money'

Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, said: "Senior officials of the Chinese government grilled me about whether or not we are going to monetise the actions of our legislature."

His recent trip to the Far East appears to have been a stark reminder that Asia's "Confucian" culture of right action does not look kindly on the insouciant policy of printing money by Anglo-Saxons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look at the fact that the Fed just keeps printing up money with absolutely nothing to back it up, the Chinese, who hold a great deal of their surpluses, have every reason to be concerned at what they see happening to the US economically right now.

May 25 09:46

Just what are we commemorating this Memorial Day?

While millions of Americans will go to national cemeteries today to visit departed loved ones and to cry their hearts out, one has to ask just what those brave souls died for.

America the Beautiful? Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Fighting and dying so the Fed can steal trillions and trillions of OUR money?

Or is it what former Secretary of State Kissinger said, referring pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy?

May 25 09:45

GE's Jeff Immelt: Global Warming 'Compelling'; Cap-and-Trade Most 'Effective' Way to Go

The General Electric CEO said he favored a cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon emissions versus a carbon tax.

"Look, I've said it - there's got to be a price for carbon," Immelt said. "I've come to the conclusion that cap-and-trade is the most effective way to create a market and go. There's going to be people that argue for taxes. But, I - I just think cap-and-trade is the more practical approach. But let's debate all that stuff, but let's get it done."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you; this cap and trade system creates a product/currency out of thin air, the "carbon credit" and Enronizes it to make the brokers rich.

May 25 09:44

Tent cities fill with 'economic homeless'

Elsewhere in the nation, tent cities and shelters from California to Massachusetts report growing demand from the newly homeless. The National Alliance to End Homelessness predicted in January that the recession would force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years. Already, "tens of thousands" have lost their homes, Alliance President Nan Roman says.

"We're hearing from shelter providers that the shelters are overflowing, filled to capacity," says Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Center on Family Homelessness.

May 25 09:42

Iran's Ahmadinejad rejects Western nuclear proposal

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday rejected a Western proposal for it to "freeze" its nuclear work in return for no new sanctions and ruled out any talks with major powers on the issue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq has shown the world that it does not matter what you agree to do with the USreal; the war will be on anyway and even if Iran froze its nuclear power station, the same media that has transformed that power station into a weapons lab in the public eye will simply claim that Iran continues the weapons work anyway.

Ahmadinejad understands that caving into the US will accomplish nothing except waste the investment in the power station. The war is on anyway.

Iran has a legal right to build that power station, and the US is acting illegally in trying to deprive Iran of its legal rights under the NNPT. Iran knows that, and more the the point, the rest of the world knows it.

Iran does not want a war, but it sees the US already at the bring of disaster with three ongoing wars and a crippled economy, and with Russia ready (indeed eager after Afghanistan) to logistically support Iran against the US, Iran knows that the outcome of this was may not be the foregone conclusion the US imagines.

May 25 09:41

US bonds sale faces market resistance

The interest yield on 10-year US Treasuries – the benchmark price of long-term credit for the global system – jumped 33 basis points last week to 3.45pc week on contagion effects after Standard & Poor's issued a warning on Britain's "AAA" credit rating.

The Obama administration needs to raise $2 trillion this year to cover the fiscal stimulus plan and the bank bail-outs. It has to fund $900bn by September.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US economic situation is about to get infintely more ugly than it already is.

May 25 09:37

U.S. appeals to China to help stabilize Pakistan

The Obama administration has appealed to China to provide training and even military equipment to help Pakistan counter a growing militant threat, U.S. officials said.

The proposal is part of a broad push by Washington to enlist key allies of Pakistan in the effort to stabilize the country. The U.S. is seeking to persuade Islamabad to step up its efforts against militants, while supporting the fragile civilian government and the nation's tottering economy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CHINA?!?!?!

Chinese officials are no fools: they know what the US is trying to do here, they know the geopolitical outcome the US wants to achieve, and they are absolutely right not to want any part of it, for many reasons.

May 25 09:32

Bush's Shocking Biblical Prophecy Emerges: God Wants to "Erase" Mid-East Enemies "Before a New Age Begins"

The story has now been confirmed by Chirac himself in a new book, published in France in March, by journalist Jean Claude Maurice. Chirac is said to have been stupefied and disturbed by Bush's invocation of Biblical prophesy to justify the war in Iraq and "wondered how someone could be so superficial and fanatical in their beliefs".

In the same year he spoke to Chirac, Bush had reportedly said to the Palestinian foreign minister that he was on "a mission from God" in launching the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and was receiving commands from the Lord.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time to face facts, people; all those family members you mourn and remember today died because Bush was hearing voices in his head!

Don Robertson; please take note.

May 25 09:28

Israel's Barak to US next week for Iran talks

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak will fly to Washington next week for talks with his counterpart Robert Gates and senior officials set to focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions, an official said.

The defence minister was also planning to meet Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones and special Middle East envoy George Mitchell, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just to calibrate the fine points of a US-led military offensive against Iran; nothing more, nothing less.

Were I a betting person, I would bet that such an attack may well happen before the end of this year.

But what will be very interesting, after his conferences here, will see if Ehud Barak will be going to Russia next, because that is the great unknown in terms of how they would respond to such an attack against Iran.

Russia cannot be seen to just let its 7th largest trading partner go down to an Israeli/US invasion without a really good reason; Barak knows that he will have to give it to them, to prevent them from going to war on Iran's behalf.

May 25 09:22

3,800 UNION CARPENTERS OUT OF WORK IN HAWAII – almost half of local 745’s members are on the bench

May 25 09:19

Job Losses Push Safer Mortgages to Foreclosure

In the latest phase of the nation’s real estate disaster, the locus of trouble has shifted from subprime loans — those extended to home buyers with troubled credit — to the far more numerous prime loans issued to those with decent financial histories.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch for this trend to accelerate during the summer.

May 25 09:18

Special Tribunal Spokeswoman, Hezbollah Dismiss Spiegel’s Allegations

Hezbollah media relations’ bureau issued a statement on Sunday in which it dismissed allegations published by the German magazine Der Spiegel and broadcast by Al-Arabiyya Channel saying that it is nothing less than “police fabrications”.

Der Spiegel claimed on Saturday that the UN special Tribunal for Lebanon probing the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, had new evidence that Hezbollah special forces "planned and executed" the Beirut car bombing that killed the former premier and 22 others.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Originally, Syria was blamed for Hariri's death, which led to Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon ... whereupon Israel attacked Lebanon in an attempt to gain access to the Litani river whose water Israel covets.

But Hezbollah, even without Syrian assistance, stopped Israel and the consensus is that Israel lost the 2006 invasion.

So it comes as no surprise that the frame up for Hariri's assassination (thought to have actually been carried out by Israel) shifts to Hezbollah, as Israel needs to find a way to get them out of the way before the next attempt to steal the Litani River.

n/a
May 25 08:42

FOR MEMORIAL DAY - MAJESTIC MEMORIES

Looking back on that time, while the US Government declared political victory in the war, and the "Captains of Industry" grew rich turning looted war material into corporations that could hardly fail in competing with nations whose industrial bases had been bombed into rubble, I recognize that the town I grew up in had been defeated in that war. It had been eviscerated. It had had its very heart cut out of it; a gaping hole that never healed, but could only be forgotten.

May 25 08:41

MEMORIAL DAY - WALTER LEWIS SMITH

So, here is one veteran; not a glyph on a wall, but a man with a name, a face, and a history. To his friends and family he was a real human being, even though to the War Department he was just another statistic.

But as I think back on him, I know for a fact that he and the millions of others who served in all the various wars the United States became entangled in would be shocked and saddened to see that the government for which they sacrificed so much has become the very embodiment of all that they fought so hard against. No more First Amendment, warrantless spying on Americans, show trials, confessions extracted by torture; for this Walter gave up a lung?

n/a
May 25 08:36

Thai Govt Closes Dozens of Websites After Boy Commits Suicide Over Game Ban

Following the suicide of a 12-year-old boy on Thursday, Thailand's Criminal Court has ordered the closure of 72 websites.

The Bangkok Post reports that Pongsathorn Wattanabenjasopha leaped to his death from the sixth floor of his school building, after being banned from playing video games by his father.

Oddly enough, the 72 sites shuttered by the Thai government include both online game and gambling venues. The Post reports comments by a government official who said that game-addicted children were more likely to commit suicide.

May 25 07:31

Make Mine Freedom - 1948

This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.

May 25 07:30

Memorial Day - Map the Fallen in Google Earth

This is one of the most powerful poignant ways I´ve seen yet of showing who died where and when and where they lived.

This Memorial Day I would like to share with you a personal project of mine that uses Google Earth to honor the more than 5,700 American and Coalition servicemen and women that have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have created a map for Google Earth that will connect you with each of their stories—you can see photos, learn about how they died, visit memorial websites with comments from friends and families, and explore the places they called home and where they died.

http://www.mapthefallen.org/2009/05/for-past-two-years-ive-been-workin...

May 25 06:37

US must rein in Israel's nuclear arms

The surprise announcement by Rose Gottemoeller, a US assistant secretary of state, that America would like every nation – including Israel – to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) has sent shockwaves through Tel Aviv, confirming the fears (or hopes, depending on who you ask) that the Obama administration is initiating a major overhaul of its policy on nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

The Israeli government will certainly challenge the Obama administration on this issue, as Israel is not likely to co-operate, to put it mildly, with the state department's new logical, fair-minded approach to non-proliferation.

May 25 06:29

‘Clean’ Energy and Poisoned Water

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public toilets. It pays off politicians to ward off regulation and inspection. It uses the mechanisms of state control to repress an increasingly desperate and impoverished population.

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