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August 9, 2009

Aug 09 08:38

The World Needs A Breather From The US

The Fed chief has committed $13 trillion to maintain the appearance of solvency. But the system is bankrupt. The commercial paper market, money markets, trillions of dollars of toxic debt instruments, and myriad shyster investment banks and insurance companies are now backed by the "full faith and credit" of the US Treasury. The financial system is now a ward of the state. The "free market" has deteriorated into state capitalism; a centralized system where all the levers of power are controlled by the Central Bank. If Bernanke's Politburo withdraws its loans--or even if he raises interest rates too soon-- the whole system will collapse.

Aug 09 08:37

7.1 Quake near Japan

Aug 09 08:32

Sen. Joe Lieberman advocating US strike against Iran

Speaking in the Senate Lieberman stated that "only through “crippling sanctions do we have a chance to convince the Iranians to stop this nuclear weapons program." he went on to say that "stiffer sanctions are necessary in order to “save ourselves” from having to make the most difficult choice, which he said was “doing nothing in regard to a nuclear Iran, and taking military action.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Joe (if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie, again) Lieberman:

1. Iran is perfectly within its legal rights as a signatory to the NPT, to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes, i.e., the building of a power plant, as it is doing at this time.

2. Israel, which has nuclear weapons, refuses to sign the NPT.

3. The IAEA, in rigorous inspections, has declared consistently that no nuclear material has gone missing from the program, and that the levels of enrichment are absolute consistent with that necessary for building a power plant, and not a bomb.

In his unbridled lust for US military action against Iran, Lieberman has apparently abandoned his allegiance to the United States for an allegiance with Israel.

Consistently it is Israel which wants the US to "neutralize" all of its perceived threats against its neighbors (and that includes, of course, doing all the fighting, getting maimed and dying in the process).

Russia has warned both Tel Aviv and Washington that an attack against Iran will start World War III.

I really wish, if Lieberman is so gung-ho about pushing the Israeli agenda, that he actually move there and run for the Knesset.

It is obvious that he has absolutely no respect left for the welfare of his fellow Americans by pushing this agenda, particularly those Americans serving in the military who would be sitting ducks in Iraq for an Iranian counter attack, should Washington make such an utterly bone-headed decision.

PS Senator Lieberman, if you still feel that an attack on Iran is necessary please have all the young people in your family fill out this form. Thanks you.

Aug 09 08:29

Sex Slavery and the DOD

Israel is second only to Saudi Arabia (another US ally) in the number of sex slaves. And these two countries have more US support than anyone else in the Middle East. Israel gets 1/3 of all US aid in the world and more than 7 times as much as the entire continent of Africa. But see it's not really "aid" in other countries its a LOAN meaning it has to be paid back with interest. But with Israel it's a gift. The US just gives them money.

Now we have reports of Blackwater pimping out young Iraqi girls for blow jobs of its men, and Haliburton employees gang raping both Iraqis and their own female employees who they drugged. Dyncor is just one of many involved in human trafficking and organized gang rape.



Taboola
Aug 09 08:09

HOWARD STERN - "Are you for Obama because he is pro-life or because he is for staying in Iraq?"

Aug 09 08:08

Georgia Parents Fight Military High School

The decision in Georgia comes as the military is taking an ever-increasing role in U.S. public education. The Associated Press reported June 28 that the Marine Corps is in discussion with at least six school districts — including locations in suburban Atlanta, Las Vegas and New Orleans. These schools will require students to wear a uniform, participate in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and take military classes.Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan championed military high schools during his seven-year tenure as CEO of the Chicago school district, helping to open five military-themed schools.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is how the military is attempting to obtain more recruits without this country re-instituting a draft.

The problem is, as muscular as the Obama administration's foreign policy appears to be, even this approach cannot begin to obtain the objective of adding the massive number of troops necessary to fight those current and future wars this administration has in mind without resorting to a draft.

Aug 09 07:54

Obama’s Embrace of a Bush Tactic Riles Congress

President Obama has issued signing statements claiming the authority to bypass dozens of provisions of bills enacted into law since he took office, provoking mounting criticism by lawmakers from both parties.

Other laws Mr. Obama has said he need not obey as written include format requirements for budget requests, limits on whom he may appoint to a commission, and a restriction on putting troops under United Nations command.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Change", this isn't; it's simply more of the same, thrown at us by an infinitely more telegenic pitchman than was his predecessor.



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Aug 09 07:45

Costly U.S. campaign expected in Afghanistan

Since the invasion of Afghanistan eight years ago, the United States has spent $223 billion on war-related funding for that country, according to the Congressional Research Service. Aid expenditures, excluding the cost of combat operations, have grown exponentially, from $982 million in 2003 to $9.3 billion last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder precisely where this administration thinks the money is coming from to continue to fund these wars without end.

Taxpayers are broke, many jobless and homeless, with countries like China taking a critical look as to whether the US is ever going to be able to repay money already borrowed, and not many other countries internationally are very keen about loaning the US money either.

No thinking person in the US is in favor of this war. They know, as well as do the Afghans, what the real objective is; the installation of pipelines to control the world's flow of oil, and protection of the drug trade, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Aug 09 07:31

Attacks on Homeless Bring Push on Hate Crime Laws

With economic troubles pushing more people onto the streets in the last few years, law enforcement officials and researchers are seeing a surge in unprovoked attacks against the homeless, and a number of states are considering legislation to treat such assaults as hate crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

States and municipalities are impotent to really help the homeless, so what do legislators do? Create laws to stiffen penalties against abuse of the homeless.

It makes the legislators feel somewhat better about themselves, as though they have "done something"; but it does absolutely nothing to fix the problem.

Aug 09 07:24

Drug Industry to Run Ads Favoring White House Plan

The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama’s health care overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Big Pharma is shilling for this program, we already know who the losers will be: We the People.

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Aug 09 06:03

10 indicted in $35 million tax fraud scheme

A federal tax fraud ring stretching from Chicago to Israel sought to bring in more than $35 million in tax refunds using the identities of thousands of federal prisoners, authorities here announced today.

A total of 10 people were named in indictments unsealed Monday, the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago announced, including the alleged leader of the ring, Marvin Berkowitz. One of his sons and a son-in-law were expected to appear in court in Chicago this afternoon.

Authorities said the ring submitted fraudulent claims using the stolen identities, causing $4 million in refunds to be issued. Berkowitz, who was arrested in Jerusalem, allegedly directed $800,000 to be paid to family members.


Aug 09 05:39

Preparing for Martial Law: International Swine Flu Conference to Be Held in Washington

On his show today, Alex Jones read an email sent by a listener. “I work at the National Institutes of Health and we received an email about the upcoming International Swine Flu Conference that will be occurring in Washington, D.C. Aug 19 – Aug 21, 2009,” the listener writes. “They’re talking about mass fatality management and continuity of government. They’re going to hit us with a massive biological false flag attack.”

Aug 09 03:06

Honduras: Military Coup Engineered By Two US Companies?

I recently visited Central America. Everyone I talked with there was convinced that the military coup that had overthrown the democratically-elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, had been engineered by two US companies, with CIA support. And that the US and its new president were not standing up for democracy.

Earlier in the year Chiquita Brands International Inc. (formerly United Fruit) and Dole Food Co had severely criticized Zelaya for advocating an increase of 60% in Honduras’s minimum wage, claiming that the policy would cut into corporate profits. They were joined by a coalition of textile manufacturers and exporters, companies that rely on cheap labor to work in their sweatshops.

Aug 09 02:58

57 Trillion Reasons To Murder 100 Million Americans With Poisonous Vaccinations

The U.S. debt of $57 trillion in unfunded liabilities, according to common sense, is compelling reason for federal governors conspiring with special interests to murder 100 million Americans this fall using poisonous vaccinations.

According to federal deficit calculators at USDebtClock.org, more than $57 trillion is currently owed, including $39 trillion(T) in medicaid/medicare debt, $10T in social security payables, plus $8T in prescription drug liabilities, levying$189,210.00 in servitude upon every American citizen.

The mafia kills people for a lot less. Do you really think your debt collection is proceeding differently?


Aug 09 02:42

Job Title: Corrections Officer – Internment/Resettlement Specialist

As an Internment/Resettlement Specialist for the Army National Guard, you will ensure the smooth running of military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility, similar to those duties conducted by civilian Corrections Officers. This will require you to know proper procedures and military law; and have the ability to think quickly in high-stress situations. Specific duties may include assisting with supervision and management operations; providing facility security; providing custody, control, supervision, and escort; and counseling individual prisoners in rehabilitative programs.

By joining this specialty, you will develop the skills that will prepare you for a rewarding career with law enforcement agencies or in the private security field.

August 8, 2009

Aug 08 23:09

Throwing punches at Obamacare opposition

Why is is that whenever the current US regime finds opposition to statist policies, it is always the work of some “conspiracy?”

Aug 08 21:57

Health Care BS

Aug 08 20:09

Emergency Containment Areas?


Aug 08 19:42

Resistance to Oppression and Slavery is Hatemongering

This guy, Frank Schaeffer, is mentally ill. But then again, the desire to control and rule over others, and micro-manage their lives through government central planning, is indeed a despicable illness. According to your wannabee controllers, you are a hatemonger and a racist for wanting to be free.

Aug 08 19:24

Truther Toys! - Collect The Entire Set!!!!!!!

Aug 08 19:10

Is Somalia the new Afghanistan?

The slick video showing the last moments of a suicide bomber, entitled “Message to those who stay behind”, is part of the latest recruitment propaganda to emerge on English-language websites directed at young wannabe jihadis.

Its origins were not, however, in Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan, the usual bases of jihadi recruiters, but Somalia, the war-torn east African state.

The site has been traced to Al-Shabaab, a radicalised Islamist militia group led by Somalis trained in Afghanistan and aligned with Al-Qaeda. The group is fighting against Somalia’s fragile transitional government, which is backed by the West and the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia is cursed to be sitting on such national resources as: uranium, iron ore, tin, gypsum bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, and likely oil reserves.

And it's the oil which has the West's (and definitely Washington's) attention.

As reported by Global Research, May 27, 2006:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2524

"“Washington’s choice of Somalia and Yemen is a matched pair, as a look at a Middle East/Horn of Africa map will confirm. Yemen sits at the oil transit chokepoint of Bab el-Mandap, the narrow point controlling oil flow connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. Yemen also has oil, although no one yet knows just how much. It could be huge. A US firm, Hunt Oil Co. is pumping 200, 000 barrels a day from there but that is likely only the tip of the find."

“A new US cleansing of Somalian ‘tyranny’ would open the door for these US oil companies to map and develop the possibly huge oil potential in Somalia. Yemen and Somalia are two flanks of the same geological configuration, which holds large potential petroleum deposits, as well as being the flanks of the oil chokepoint from the Red Sea.”

Aug 08 19:01

73 Lebanese Knights,Riding Past Israel

During a religious celebration,mostly comemmorated by the Shi’a in Lebanon a group of men on horses were seen racing past the Lebanese border with Israel.

Since the Israel army withdrew from most of Southern Lebanon after its 2006 war with the Lebanese resistance group of Hezb’Allah, Lebanon and the international community have been waiting for Israeli forces to leave northern Ghajar, a border village divided into Israeli and Lebanese sectors by the United Nations in 2000.

The Israeli flag is clearly visible in the pictures,which were taken yesterday


Aug 08 19:00

Honduras or US, Using strategy to defy corrupt power

Toppling a Coup, Part I: Dilemmas for the Honduras Regime
Posted by Al Giordano - August 7, 2009 at 9:56 am
Q. How can we cause a headache for the dictatorship?
That is a very good question because now we’re getting down to the dynamics of popular resistance.
During our struggle, every morning when we would get together we would ask ourselves the same question: how can we give the regime a headache today?
What matters now is who is going to make the next move.
If the regime makes the next move, you have to react.
If you make the first move, then they have to react.
The whole game is to calculate the next steps, to put the adversary in a position where he can’t react well.

Aug 08 18:54

Karzai family's wealth 'fuelling insurgency'

Persistent allegations of corruption aimed at Hamid Karzai's family are undermining Western efforts in Afghanistan and feeding the Taliban-led insurgency, Washington policy-makers have warned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Most Afghans believe that their leadership is so collectively crooked, they have to screw their socks on in the morning.

Aug 08 18:40

South Florida doctors paid thousands by Eli Lilly

In the first revelation about how much drug makers are paying doctors, Eli Lilly has created an online registry detailing payments to 3,400 healthcare providers -- including more than two dozen in South Florida in the first three months of this year.

Top on the South Florida list -- and No. 3 in the nation -- was internist Manuel Suarez-Barcelo, who told The Miami Herald that he earned $65,000 by traveling through 11 states, making 41 presentations, mostly to nursing home staff, about the advantages of the Lilly drug Forteo, used to treat osteoporosis.

The payments are not illegal, but Washington policymakers question whether they raise the potential for conflicts of interest.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shilling for Eli Lilly, these doctors are most likely never going to talk much about the potential adverse reactions to the drug.

Aug 08 18:06

Sibel Edmonds' testimony ,Brad's Live Blog

By Brad Friedman on 8/8/2009 8:51AM
LIVE BLOG: Deposition of Sibel Edmonds Completed, DoJ a 'No Show', Bombshells Under Oath
UPDATES INCLUDE: CONGRESS MEMBERS NAMED IN ESPIONAGE, BRIBERY, SEXUAL BLACKMAIL SCHEMES; NEW BREWSTER JENNINGS / VALERIE PLAME DISCLOSURE...
'State Secrets' privilege NOT asserted by DoJ; FBI whistleblower answered ALL questions under oath on Turkish infiltration of U.S. Government...
Live blogging coverage of the Sibel Edmonds deposition at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington D.C. For background see previous coverage:


Aug 08 18:06

Fans urged to drink whisky to ward off swine flu

"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whisky as a form of disinfection

Aug 08 18:03

Pentagon Takes Aim at Jets for Congressional Travel

The dispute over the jets is one element of a struggle between powerful members of Congress and the Obama administration over how to trim the federal budget in the face of ballooning deficits.

Aug 08 18:00

White House Move to Collect 'Fishy' Info May Be Illegal, Critics Say

"If the White House deletes anything, it violates one statute. If the White House collects data on the free speech, it violates another statute."

Aug 08 17:51

No Survivors Found as 2 Aircraft Collide

Helicopter and Small Plane Plunge Into Hudson; 9 Aboard

Caught on Film


Aug 08 17:32

Three British special forces troops killed in Afghanistan

and a fourth critically injured when their patrol came under attack.

Aug 08 16:45

Israel's war plans to get Lebanon's Litani River water

Israeli/Palestinian water only scarce in the West Bank
Calcutta News.Net
Saturday 1st August, 2009
An acute water shortage is taking place in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2009/me_israel0616_08_0...
Monday, August 3, 2009
TEL AVIV — The Israel Army has intensified training for another war with the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah. Officials said the army has formulated a training course that would prepare combat troops to rapidly cross into Lebanon and overcome Hizbullah's network of bunkers and tunnels south of the Litani River. They said the training was meant to significantly shorten any future war with Hizbullah, Middle East Newsline reporte

Aug 08 16:35

The European Union and Israel

Why does the European Union not simply cut it´s ties with this small country, one which openly breaks all the international rules, the European Union publicly stands for?

Aug 08 16:01

Elderly crippled cane-dependent knife-wielding menace stopped by heroic police!

Or should the title of this post say police used excessive force by slamming her against the ground resulting in a puddle of blood?



Lockerdome
Aug 08 14:37

Why They Really Want to Kill Off the Elderly and Disabled

What's really behind the push in the healthcare bill to limit, by government decree, healthcare options? It's because of the government's medicare Ponzi scheme that makes Bernie Madoff look like just a simple short-game grifter.

Aug 08 14:36

Congress Gets an Upgrade

Congress plans to spend $550 million to buy eight jets, a substantial upgrade to the fleet used by federal officials at a time when lawmakers have criticized the use of corporate jets by companies receiving taxpayer funds.

Aug 08 14:34

Physicians speak out on health care bill

“The bottom line is that doctors don't want socialized medicine — another flawed health care system like Medicare. They don't believe it will lower the costs or improve quality,” Brady said. “Medicare is already going bankrupt and not quality care. It also shifts medical costs onto other paying customers.

Aug 08 11:15

The Actual Text of the Health Care Reform Act of 2009

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please read this, eyes and brain wide open.

Particularly, page 431 regarding Item # 17, Initiate for End of Life Care.

Congress doesn't have to worry about any of these provisions, as they have platinum-plus medical coverage which will be with them for the rest of their lives; no medicare for them!


Aug 08 10:56

‘THEY’ SAY IT MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A HATE CRIME….. LOOKS LIKE ‘THEY’ ARE WRONG AGAIN

Two coordinators responsible for transportation to ceremony honoring victims of shooting attack on Tel Aviv gay youth center say get threatening phone calls by anonymous persons saying they will bring grenades to event …..

Aug 08 10:54

What If History Happened To Someone Else

What if history happened differently, the facts are the same but the people and places are different. Picture it...let me take you on a trip, a trip back in time. The names and groups I have used are only to show a point, in no way, shape or form do these groups actually have plans or beliefs that mirror image this written piece.

Aug 08 10:41

Breaking the Israeli water siege

International human rights activists together with Israelis and Palestinians escorted a convoy of water tankers, breaking the Israeli water siege of the village Qarawat Bani Zaid and delivering water to residents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people involved with this convoy are very, very brave to be doing what they are doing, understand what the IDF is capable of under these kinds of circumstances, and deserve the world's respect and support.

Aug 08 10:38

UN concerned over potential further evictions in East Jerusalem

In the wake of the evictions of dozens of Palestinian refugees in East Jerusalem earlier this week, the United Nations today voiced concern that more families could be forced out of their homes by Israel, causing further humanitarian suffering. Two families, comprising 53 people registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), were forced out by Israeli security forces last weekend from the Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, with Israeli settlers moving into their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The UN has shown itself completely, utterly impotent in stopping Israel from continuing with these evictions.

In defying countless UN resolutions, Israel has shown that it has an absolutely venal contempt for this organization, and what it is supposed to stand for.



Donate
Aug 08 10:34

Tons of Imperial Fun: Hellfire Hillary Pours Oil on Somalia's Fire

There is apparently no path blazed by George W. Bush that Barack Obama will not eagerly follow. Surges, assassinations, indefinite detention, defense of torture, senseless wars and rampant militarism -- in just a few short months, we've seen it all.

Aug 08 10:33

New York State August 2009 - 854,200 unemployed

Todays local newspaper headline reads - Obama in weekly address says 'worst may be behind us' on reccesion . . .

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/obama_in_weekly_address...

Unemployment Insurance benefits are paid from New York's Unemployment Insurance Trust fund, which is funded by employer contributions. This fund has been in deficit since January as a record number of New Yorkers have and continue to file for unemployment benefits. As a result, New York has been forced to borrow from the federal government to replenish the fund; money that eventually will need to be repaid by employer payments.

source - http://www.recovery.ny.gov/news/press051409.htm

Aug 08 10:32

Barracks and Burger King: U.S. Builds a Supersized Base in Afghanistan

Anyone who thinks the Afghanistan troop "surge" is a temporary, one-time deal should watch the construction here of a vast new $17 million barracks building.

It's not temporary. It's three stories of concrete.

Eight years after American forces scattered the Taliban and effectively conquered Afghanistan, the United States is embarked on a frenzied $220 million building campaign at this sprawling and still expanding military air base. Just to meet the base's demand for fresh concrete, it has two of its own cement factories working full time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone thinking that the US will be out of Afghanistan any time soon has absolutely no connection with reality.

Aug 08 10:28

Backed by their army, settlers bid for expansion in three locations

Israeli settlers launched a series of actions on Friday in a bid to take over more West Bank land from Palestinians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama, the Netanyahu government continues to spit in your face and tell you it's raining on the settlement issue.

When will you stop signing the checks for Israeli government?


Aug 08 10:23

The Start Of The Second American Revolution?

The establishment is scared to death that Americans may see beyond the scope of their partisan divisions and come together to stand up in unison against the offshore bankers and corporations that run the White House, which is why the constant politicized drumbeat that the protesters are nothing more than astroturf Republicans is constantly echoed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo the Obama administration; please don't begin to characterize me as an "enemy" because I am a peaceful, thinking, caring person with some some acute differences of opinion with you on the direction this administration is taking this country.

The policies, both domestic, international, and financial, with their attendant taxation, are not putting this country on a path toward recovery; they are doing precisely the opposite.

The costs of these wars without end, for which this administration seems to have such an insatiable appetite, will be our undoing as a nation.

The tax money that has been spent, and the money borrowed from countries like China to pursue these wars, has caused this country to be carry a massive deficit from which it may never recover.

Yes, many of us are legitimately angry. We understand that we are experiencing the new version of "taxation without representation." Oh yes, we have that kabuki-esque spectacle of elections every so often, but this has become totally irrelevant to the direction of American policy.

Those people called congressional representatives no longer represent the will of their constituents; they have become "acquisitions" of the large corporations which fund their campaigns, overtly and covertly. So that's who gets represented and whose needs get met; not the needs of We the People.

We have stopped being a representative government, and have become, instead, a cronyocracy or more accurately a corporate-ocracy.

And that consistent, dull, thumping sound, echoing all across the country is being caused by the founding fathers, turning over in their graves at warp speed.

Aug 08 10:15

Israel will attack Iran by end of 2009: ‘JINSA John’ Bolton

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The fastest way to stop a dog from chasing cars is to let him catch one!

Aug 08 10:07

How does the financial system work

Who is on first?

Aug 08 10:01

Entering the Greatest Depression in History

While there is much talk of a recovery on the horizon, commentators are forgetting some crucial aspects of the financial crisis. The crisis is not simply composed of one bubble, the housing real estate bubble, which has already burst. The crisis has many bubbles, all of which dwarf the housing bubble burst of 2008. Indicators show that the next possible burst is the commercial real estate bubble. However, the main event on the horizon is the “bailout bubble” and the general world debt bubble, which will plunge the world into a Great Depression the likes of which have never before been seen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US government has tended, historically, to look to war as a solution for getting it out of economic hard times.

This is one of the many reasons why the drumbeats urging the US citizenry to support a potential war against Iran are beating so obnoxiously loudly, with increased tempo and volume... and absolutely zero logic behind it, as was the case with Iraq.


Aug 08 09:55

Behind The Clinton 'Rescue' In North Korea

One thing is for sure: The US gave NK some significant concession in return for the release of the reporters. My best guess would be that it involved loosening the financial and banking sanctions imposed on NK because these could be undone without the rest of the world knowing.

The reason for all the denials and secrecy is that Obama has made a big issue of the fact that the former US secret policy of rewarding NK for its continual violation of agreements would stop with his administration--though it clearly hasn't. So the administration has to go to extensive lengths to avoid the appearance of being permissive with NK.

Aug 08 09:49

Kurdish Party Threatens to Set Up Rival Provincial Govt

The split and the prospect of dueling governments in Nineveh is likely to be a new faultline in the already tense relationship between the KRG and the national government. KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani has cautioned that the tensions between the two could eventually lead to open military conflict, and control over oil-rich Mosul could provide the perfect justification for such a clash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will intensify and hasten the balkanization of Iraq, a process begun with the US attack and occupation.

Aug 08 09:49

Obama denies U.S. creating military bases in Colombia

Fri Aug 7, 2009 5:08pm ED

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday denied the United States is planning to set up military bases in Colombia as part of an upgraded security agreement with the South American nation.

"There have been those in the region who have been trying to play this up as part of a traditional anti-Yankee rhetoric. This is not accurate," Obama told Hispanic media reporters.

Leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez -- a persistent critic of Washington -- has said the enhanced U.S.-Colombian security plan could be a step toward war in South America. On Sunday, Chavez called on Obama not to increase the U.S. military presence in Colombia.

Obama said this was a myth.

Aug 08 09:49

IDF Officer Promotional Exam


Aug 08 09:48

US Still Paying Blackwater Millions

By Jeremy Scahill
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090817/scahill2
August 7, 2009

Just days before two former Blackwater employees alleged in sworn statements filed in federal court that the company's owner, Erik Prince, "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," the Obama administration extended a contract with Blackwater for more than $20 million for "security services" in Iraq, according to federal contract data obtained by The Nation. The State Department contract is scheduled to run through September 3. In May, the State Department announced it was not renewing Blackwater's Iraq contract, and the Iraqi government has refused to issue the company an operating license.

Aug 08 09:47

Veterans Call for New Legal System to Govern Contractors

By VoteVets.org | Press Release
PUBLISHED: August 06, 2009
http://www.votevets.org/news?id=0240

Veterans also call for immediate hearings to investigate the charges
WASHINGTON, DC - On behalf of its 105,000 veterans and civilian supporters, VoteVets.org today wrote to the Chairs and Ranking Members of key committees in Congress, calling for a new legal structure to be set up that would govern contractors, and for immediate hearings into the charges. The full letter is below.

Aug 08 09:46

Why 2024 Will Be Like Nineteen Eighty-Four

How Amazon’s remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning’s digital future.

Aug 08 09:45

Turning the US Army Against Americans

An antiwar activist has been accused of spying for the US army, raising legal questions the Obama administration must answer. It was an odd little story, tucked well inside the front section of this past Sunday’s New York Times.

An antiwar activist in the state of Washington had been exposed as an undercover informant for the US army, stationed at massive Fort Lewis, south of Tacoma. And in one of those Kafkaesque twists for which our government is renowned, the army is now investigating itself to determine how such an arrangement came to pass.



Pixfuture
Aug 08 09:45

Pentagon: No criminal charges filed in electrocution death of Green Beret soldier in Iraq

No criminal charges will be filed against military contractor KBR Inc. in connection with the electrocution of a Green Beret soldier who died while showering in his barracks in Iraq, the Defense Department said Friday.

On Friday, the Defense Department said that while both contractors and government employees "breached their respective duties of care" the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command determined that none of the breaches alone were "the proximate cause of his death." Army criminal investigators also concurred that the manner of death was accidental.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great: corporate greed and connections rule, while every American soldier on a tour of duty is completely expendable.

Aug 08 09:44

Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Afghan War: New Evidence

A classified German Army manual has thrown doubt over US and UK assurances that no depleted uranium munitions have been used in Afghanistan.

21 July 2009 – ICBUW = International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons

A military manual that was handed over to German campaigners has reignited allegations that the US used DU ammunition in Afghanistan. If true, it runs counter to repeated assurances given by the US military that no DU was used. The manual, a war-fighting guide for Bundeswehr contigents in Afghanistan is marked classified and for official NATO use only. It was written by the Bundeswehr’s Centre for Communication and published in late 2005.

Aug 08 09:44

A convergence of investigations: AIPAC and ATC (Wayne Madsen)

As
reported previously on WMR, federal investigators are poring over wiretap
transcripts and other intelligence that link the Larry
Franklin/Rosen/Weissman AIPAC investigation to the investigation of who in
the White House leaked the name of Valerie Plame Wilson and her Brewster
Jennings & Associates non-official cover company to journalists, including
Robert Novak. According to intelligence insiders, a new nexus of the
investigation is the intelligence relationship discovered between AIPAC
and the American Turkish Council (ATC). As with the AIPAC and Mossad
penetration of the Pentagon, a similar ATC and Turkish intelligence
penetration of the Defense Department was discovered and it reportedly
involved some of the same players involved in the AIPAC probe, including

Aug 08 09:38

Perpetual War for Perpetual War

According to Colonel Reese, chief of the Baghdad Operations Command Advisory Team, the surge’s real objectives still haven’t been met and never will be. In a recent memorandum, Reese asserts that “the ineffectiveness and corruption” of Iraq’s government ministries is “the stuff of legend.” The government is “failing to take rational steps to improve its electrical infrastructure and to improve their oil exploration, production and exports.” There is “no progress towards resolving the Kirkuk situation,” transition the Sons of Iraq into the Iraqi Security Forces “is not happening” and “the Kurdish situation continues to fester.” Violent political intimidation is “rampant.” Iraq’s security forces are a disaster. The officer corps is corrupt. Enlisted men are neglected and mistreated.


Aug 08 09:27

Obama administration asks SCOTUS to block detainee photos

The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the public release of detainee abuse photos that were the subject of a high-profile reversal by President Barack Obama earlier this year.

On Friday afternoon, the Justice Department filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking it to overturn an appeals court decision requiring the Pentagon to disclose the photos, which depict alleged abuse of prisoners in U.S. military custody in Iraq and Afghanistan

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This request from the DOJ has absolutely nothing to do with the safety of American civilian and military personnel; it has everything to do with not letting the American people - and the world - see just what American tax dollars were buying in these incidents.

But the real, strategic problem with the institutionalization of torture by the US is that first, it has, for all practical intents and purposes, removed us as a signatory from any and every human rights treaty to which the US has ever been a signatory. That includes the Geneva Accords.

And secondly, now, when any American civilian or military personnel gets captured as a prisoner of war, they can expect no better treatment than what has been meted out at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.

Chew on that for a while.

Aug 08 09:18

Hiroshima Didn't Have to Happen

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and
raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom." - Thomas Paine, "Common Sense," 1776

Fifty-six years ago this month, we became the first and only nation to use nuclear weapons in
warfare. The world was told that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified in
order to bring a swift end to the war without a costly and bloody invasion of Japan's home islands.
This, to put it charitably, was a lie. No less an authority than General Dwight Eisenhower has
stated unequivocally: "It wasn't necessary to hit them with that awful thing."

Aug 08 09:17

Another Hurdle for the Jobless: Credit Inquiries

Out of work since December, Juan Ochoa was delighted when a staffing firm recently responded to his posting on Hotjobs.com with an opening for a data entry clerk. Before he could do much more, though, the firm checked his credit history.

The interest vanished. There were too many collections claims against him, the firm sai

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's a vicious circle, for many people in this country who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Aug 08 09:11

Health care opponent calls for town hall violence via Twitter

Brian Beutler reported at Talking Points Memo on Friday that a health care protester in New Mexico had been encouraging those following him on Twitter to bring their guns to town hall meetings — and use them if provoked.

“If ACORN/SEIU attends these meetings for disruptive purposes, and you have a license to carry….carry,” Scott Oskay wrote in one tweet. In another, he suggested, “Stop being peaceful, and hurt them. Badly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This smells so much like a set-up, to kookify and vilify all those with legitimate gripes against both the health care legislation and other issues, that it is about to make me vomit.

And a memo to members of congress; there is real anger brewing in the heartland, coming from both Democrats and Republicans, as to just how horrifically this economy, domestic, and foreign policy are being handled.

We the People no longer labor under the delusion that congress works for the people who elected them; we understand, with absolute, painful clarity, the degree to which you have become simply "acquisitions" of the large corporations who fund your campaigns, overtly and covertly.



Xmas w/o borders
Aug 08 08:52

NEW ITEMS AT THE CAFE PRESS STORE!

Admit it; you knew this was coming, right?

Text reads: "Turning coffee into radio shows since 2007"

Aug 08 08:33

SICK PHOTO OF THE WEEK ~~ SETTLER POSTER CHILD

Aug 08 08:33

DE-REVOLUTIONISING FATAH

Despite the show of rhetoric, Palestinians know that Fatah is in trouble having lost its fighting credibility as a force against occupation

Aug 08 08:32

ISRAELI OCCUPATION NOW CLOSED OFF TO PUBLIC VIEW

Reporters attempting to cover the plight of the East Jerusalem evicted families are meeting with stiff opposition from the local police…..
“These streets are closed to the public”!
“This is a special area”!

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Aug 08 08:23

COULD ISRAEL SURVIVE WITHOUT ‘ENEMIES’?

OY….. Perish the thought! Without enemies…
What would happen to the multi billion dollar defense funds it receives from the US government?
What would happen to zionist hate groups such as the ADL??
What would happen to AIPAC???

Zionism MUST maintain its ’status quo’ systems which keep Israel as it is, a hateful, racist state. They therefore continue to create ‘enemies’ to justify the whining that comes with the situation.

Aug 08 08:05

Geithner asks Congress to raise debt limit

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just throw a couple extra zeroes on the end of that puppy for me!"

Aug 08 07:54

Congressman wants government GPS in cars Proposes mileage-based gas tax that would monitor travels

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A mileage-based tax can be assessed using the car's odometer. Adding a GPS is intended to allow the government to track your every move in cases where you disable or leave behind your cell phone.

Aug 08 07:52

Sibel Edmonds, the most gagged person in recent memory, reports her blog is under attack, she is filling in the blanks on twitter

Aug 08 07:51

Silence is betrayal

Aug 08 07:50

Meet the Tea Party Mob

Aug 08 07:50

FDIC Closes three more banks.

Aug 08 07:43

The Obama Deception HQ Full length version

Aug 08 07:39

evidence of economic collapse martial law preparations

Aug 08 07:34

A French Revelation, or The Burning Bush

Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible’s satanic agents of the Apocalypse.

Honest. This isn’t a joke. The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking Iraq as a mission from God.

Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”

Aug 08 07:33

The Expiring Economy

Amidst this worsening economic crisis, the House of Representatives just passed a $636 billion "defense" bill.

Who is the United States defending against? Americans have no enemies except those that the US government goes out of its way to create by bombing and invading countries that comprise no threat whatsoever to the US and by encircling others--Russia for example-- with threatening military bases.

America's wars are contrived affairs to serve the money laundering machine: from the taxpayers and money borrowed from foreign creditors to the armaments industry to the political contributions that ensure $636 billion "defense" bills.

Aug 08 07:31

The World Needs A Breather From The U.S.

And they will get it sooner than many think!

Aug 08 07:29

Banks take the blame as 33,000 are declared insolvent

More than 33,000 people were declared insolvent during the second quarter of the year, official statistics revealed yesterday, the highest number ever recorded.

The Insolvency Service said 33,073 people in England and Wales became insolvent over the three months to the end of June, a 27 per cent increase on the same period last year. The steep increase – the total was 9 per cent up on the first three months of the year – reflects continued rises in unemployment as the recession continues, as well as the reluctance of banks and other financial institutions to lend to individuals who are struggling with their finances.

Aug 08 07:27

Human organ trafficking investigator shunned

Albanian and Kosovan officials have refused to cooperate with a European official visiting the region this week to probe allegations of human organ trafficking, local media said on Friday. Swiss lawyer Dick Marty, an investigator from the human rights watchdog The Council of Europe, was in the region to investigate claims that guerrillas from the Kosovo Liberation Army sold organs on the black market.

Aug 08 07:24

Why Default On U.S. Treasuries Is Likely

Aug 08 07:15

White House Deal With Drug Industry Sparks Democratic Revolt

Congressional Democrats are challenging the Obama administration's deal with the pharmaceutical industry to limit how much it would cut prices to contribute to a health care overhaul.

Aug 08 07:08

DoJ Pressures Ohio Election Commission to Block Edmonds Testimony

The DoJ is now jumping into action, at least on behalf of covering the FBI's rear, if not yet to issue any "states secrets" claims to stop the scheduled testimony of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds in D.C. tomorrow morning in the Ohio Election Commission (OEC) case of Schmidt v. Krikorian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If both FBI and DoJ are trying to block her, there is more on the line than "Turkish Infiltration."

Aug 08 07:08

'Experts' Never Learn

There is an inexplicable, but somehow widely held, belief that stock market movements are predictive of economic conditions. As such, the current rally in U.S. stock prices has caused many people to conclude that the recession is nearing an end. The widespread optimism is not confined to Wall Street, as even Barack Obama has pointed to the bubbly markets to vindicate his economic policies. However, reality is clearly at odds with these optimistic assumptions.

In the first place, stock markets have been taken by surprise throughout history. In the current cycle, neither the market nor its cheerleaders saw this recession coming, so why should anyone believe that these fonts of wisdom have suddenly become clairvoyant?

Aug 08 07:05

Kitty porn: Florida man blames cat for illegal downloads

Griffin told police he had been downloading music, and that his cat jumped on the keyboard when he left the room. He said "strange things" appeared on the computer when he returned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kitten on the keys!

Aug 08 07:00

Illogical Optimisim

There is no recovery without jobs!

Aug 08 07:00

“Well What If There Is No Tomorrow…

So what goes into the making of a contemporary American revolutionary? What turns an ordinary law abiding, relatively sedate and insular, American Idol watching couch potato into an informed and committed citizen prepared to incur risk and make meaningful prolonged personal sacrifice aimed at reclaiming our country? Two things: truth and suffering.

Aug 08 06:56

White House Warns Critics: Nazi Talk Puts You On “Thin Ice”

The White House struck back hard on Friday against conservative pundits and town hall protesters who have compared the President to Hitler and his policies to Nazism, saying that the critics are “on thin ice” and should “take that temperature down a bit.”

Asked about the breakout of boisterous and occasionally violent protests at Democratic town hall events throughout the country, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declared that the demonstrators were showing less civility and manners than his six-year-old child.

“Behave yourselves like your mom would probably tell you to do,” Gibbs said when asked what piece of advice he would give to the demonstrators.

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