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Sep 04 14:26

Rangel-ing: Charlie Pays 'Angels' In Ethics Probe

CBS 2 HD has learned of more alleged back-door dealings and political power peddling by Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel.

The reigning member of Congress' top tax committee is apparently "wrangling" other politicos to get him out of his own financial and tax troubles.

Here's a look at Charlie's so-called "angels" involved in his ethics investigation.

Congressman Rangel has been arrogant in refusing to discuss how, as the man who writes this country's tax laws, he failed to report over $1 million in outside income and $3 million in business transactions as required by the House, lapses under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

Sep 04 13:42

Lingle says government needs to be reworked

HONOLULU - Gov. Linda Lingle on Thursday warned Hawaii residents of a ''fundamental restructuring'' of state government, including layoffs and cuts to public assistance benefits, because of the state's continuing budget woes.

The governor said in a webcast that she plans to decrease payments to social service program beneficiaries and eliminate programs that can effectively be provided by federal or local agencies, or by volunteers.

Lingle said some state offices must be closed and some administrative duties consolidated in areas of government she oversees, which include health and welfare, business and economic development, transportation, and land and natural resources.

Sep 04 13:21

Laney: Bottom reached

KAHULUI - The recession is probably over, and the recovery probably has begun, although you'd hardly notice.

The message from Thursday's First Hawaiian Bank Maui Economic Outlook Forum at the Maui Beach Hotel was encouraging, tepidly.

Hawaii Pacific University professor Leroy Laney presented his 20th annual review on behalf of the bank, and it was better than last year.

"The year 2010 may be a relatively flat year," he told about 120 invited guests of the bank at a breakfast meeting. "It will not be a snapback, but just modest growth."

However, tourism is still the main economic factor in the county's economic vitality, and it was clobbered directly by the worldwide recession.

Sep 04 13:17

The inherent problem with socialized health care

Yet another case in which people with good intentions do far more harm than good.

Sep 04 12:41

“No One Should Die Because They Can’t Afford Health Care”

Financial circumstances are a scapegoat, because at nearly any time and place where the individual isn’t DOA, a change in financial circumstances might forestall death for a few hours, days, weeks, or months.

Sep 04 12:28

YouTube Yanks "CyberSecurity" Video, Citing "Inappropriate Content"

Funny... My Cyber Security video is disabled for "Inappropriate Content," yet the dude who regularly posts videos asking me to give him a BJ is totally fine!

Sep 04 11:53

The IMF Destroys Iceland and Latvia

The International Monetary Fund operates primarily as a banker bailout machine. They cajole and tempt and confuse and threaten the leaders of governments worldwide to pay off the failed bets of the big bankers using the taxpayer funds of their countries. This has been going on a long time, at least since the early 1980s.

Sep 04 11:27

42% of Parents Don't Want their Children Watching Obama Speech

Larger concern revolves around what the full agenda is in all this? In April, president Obama signed into law the "Serve America Act." The law uses 1.1 billion dollars to increase the membership in AmeriCorp from 75,000 to 250,000 children by the year 2017.

What is the role of AmeriCorp? If the idea were to create a civilian stasi type security force, Van Jones reminds us that it would be done in incremental steps. Evidence already points towards these civilian security forces being used for law enforcement duties

Sep 04 10:51

News Reporter Under Attack in Israel!

In the video you can hear Rowland cry out “oh F^&$” as a tear gas canister is sent careening towards her,causing her eyes to go puffy and begin watering – the crew was hit over 2 times which causes Mrs.Rowland to exclaim that the Israeli soldiers were not targeting the non-violent protesters anymore but were instead assaulting the media who were witnesses to their “draconian” style attacks.

Sep 04 10:46

Proposed Power Corridor Raises Eminent Domain Concerns in Six States

Construction of a $1.2 billion high-power electricity corridor could allow private companies to invoke Federal eminent domain powers.

The corridor is planned for parts of Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Virginia. The 500-kilovolt transmission lines are anticipated to be 150 feet high and 70 feet wide, requiring a 200-foot wide swath of land to be cleared.

In my Maryland county, this amounts to 640 acres of land seized - the bulk of which cuts through working farmland and 200-year-old forests. According to the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC), Pepco Holdings, Inc (PHI) has stated that they do not anticipate the project will bring jobs to local counties, nor do they anticipate utilizing local contractors to do the work.

Sep 04 10:14

Pot Pirates

Drug traffickers are planting millions of marijuana plants on U.S. public lands ever closer to tourist sites, guarding their plots with heavy weaponry, federal authorities say.

Though traffickers have been planting on public lands for years, figures from the U.S. Forest Service indicate the sheer volume of marijuana plants on public land has increased every year since 2005 — by millions. And those are just the plants that the government knows about and has destroyed.

Most pot farms are cultivated by low-level cartel workers, many who are working to pay off smugglers who helped them cross the border, officials have said. Campsites are sophisticated and well hidden, with foxholes and sniper nests, Arthur told CNN.

Sep 04 10:01

White House Slams Israeli Settlement Expansion

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That does it. I am going to ... going to ... going to stand here and scowl mightily!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 04 10:00

U.S. unemployment rate jumps to 26-year high of 9.7%

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The key part of the news is the 26 year high. We already know the official unemployment numbers grossly understate the magnitude of the problem.

Sep 04 09:57

Lockerbie: Megrahi Was Framed

The American satirist Larry David once addressed a voluble crony as "a babbling brook of bullsh*t." Such eloquence summarizes the circus of Megrahi’s release.

No one in authority has had the guts to state the truth about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish village of Lockerbie on 21 December 1988 in which 270 people were killed. The governments in England and Scotland in effect blackmailed Megrahi into dropping his appeal as a condition of his immediate release. Of course there were oil and arms deals under way with Libya; but had Megrahi proceeded with his appeal, some 600 pages of new and deliberately suppressed evidence would have set the seal on his innocence and given us more than a glimpse of how and why he was stitched up for the benefit of "strategic interests."

Sep 04 09:46

ES&S Acquires Premier Election Solutions. This is just wrong on so many levels.

Sep 04 09:44

Obama Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

Cass Sunstein, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has advocated a policy under which the government would “presume” someone has consented to having his or her organs removed for transplantation into someone else when they die unless that person has explicitly indicated that his or her organs should not be taken.

Under such a policy, hospitals would harvest organs from people who never gave permission for this to be done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, if it's good enough for Israel, it's good enough for us!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

(Ahem)

Now, I support organ donations to save lives. When I die I want you to recycle as much as you can and donate the rest to science because even medical students need a good laugh.

But, I agree that the right to choose the disposition of ones remains is a personal right into which the government may not intrude without explicit consent from the deceased or the immediate family.

For the government to presume the right to remove and re-use organs from a dead body implies government ownership of said body and government control and ownership of people is prohibited by the 13th and 14th Amendments.

Sep 04 09:38

Chinese police break up Urumqi protests with teargas

Chinese security forces used teargas to disperse protesters in Urumqi today, state media have reported, one day after tens of thousands took to the streets demanding improved security and the resignation of a top official following alleged syringe attacks.

The state news agency Xinhua said more than 1,000 demonstrators confronted armed police, blocking them from approaching government offices today, while a smaller group of around 100 gathered elsewhere in the capital of China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang. Reuters reported that hundreds of Han Chinese tried to push their way through security barriers to a Uighur neighbourhood earlier in the morning.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This area's meltdown between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese has got to have officials in Beijing sweating bullets.

Sep 04 09:37

Hidden in Olmert Indictment Are Charges That He Swindled U.S. Jews

The Israeli leader, prosecutors charge, bilked 17 prominent North American Jewish charities and pro-Israel advocacy groups for his own benefit.

American Jewish and pro-Israel organizations unwittingly ponied up tens of thousands of dollars in false travel expenses for Olmert that he then used as a personal travel fund for himself and for his friends and family, according to the indictment handed up in Israel.

In a three-year period, Olmert allegedly swindled American Jewish groups out of some $50,000 that they paid, at the request of his travel coordinator, in double and sometimes triple travel expenses. Olmert and his family allegedly used the extra funds for private travel and vacations.

Sep 04 09:26

NATO fireball kills 'small number' of Afghan children

Mahbubullah Sayedi, a spokesman for the local government, told AFP that around 90 people were killed -- most of them Taliban.

"A small number of the casualties are local civilians, including a few children who had come to take free fuel," Sayedi said.

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And we know they were Taliban because they had the official Taliban membership card on a chain around their neck for easy identification ... before they were killed.

This is what NATO really is - baby killers.

Sep 04 09:21

Tribunal declares Internet hate speech law unconstitutional

The Canadian Jewish Congress was quick to call for an appeal of the Hadjis ruling.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which tells you who the enemy of free speech really is.

Sep 04 09:20

Israel To Establish Military Court For Palestinian Children

At present there are 342 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, who are commonly held in inhumane conditions, with adult detainees and sometimes with Israeli prisoners who have committed criminal offences. Israeli courts never gave special consideration for underage Palestinian political prisoners, and disregarded the fact that the vast majority of the "confessions" were extracted under torture and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the real "crime" these children have committed is that of not appreciating the Israeli occupation.

Sep 04 09:19

Israeli Navy Terrorism: Destroying Boats and Lives

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This version has better pictures of the damage done to the fishing boats.

Sep 04 09:17

Experts warn of foreclosed homes that have been gutted

"About 90% of properties listed and showing today are missing appliances; some are as extreme as toilets, sinks, door fixtures, fittings, moldings and pool equipment."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It might not be the former owners. Those properties are left unguarded.
Many are stripped my metal thieves who take aluminum siding and copper wiring and pipes.

Sep 04 09:16

How Do These People Live With Themselves?

Sep 04 09:13

ISRAELI WALL

Sep 04 09:12

Why 'GQ' Doesn't Want Russians To Read Its Story

Yes, it would appear that the FSB and Putin perpetrated the Moscow apartment bombings to consolidate power and fight the "muslim insurgents" in Chechnya who are reportedly backed by the CIA and MOSSAD. Russia's 911.

The parallels between the Moscow apartment bombings and 911 are really amazing: both were "inside jobs", coups to propel, consolidate a cabal into power. In Russia Putin, and here in the United States and the west the Bush family and his erstwhile allies the Israelis and their bankers; both using the muslim "strawman" as the boogie man to divert attention away from what was really happening.

Sep 04 09:09

China and India Dispute Enclave on Edge of Tibet

Though little known to the outside world, Tawang is the biggest tinderbox in relations between the world’s two most populous nations. It is the focus of China’s most delicate land-border dispute, a conflict rooted in Chinese claims of sovereignty over all of historical Tibet.

Sep 04 09:05

MADONNA IN ISRAEL …. NOTHING BUT A HOLY HO

Sep 04 09:05

Israel keeping watch on northern border

IDF combat reconnaissance unit, Shahaf, finishes wide-scale exercise in north in preparation for potential disturbances on Lebanese border. 'We are preparing a target bank in case it's needed' says unit commander.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel's next move may well be to go back into Lebanon, no matter how flimsy the pretext, or wild the "false flag."

They are desperate for water, and if they do cross into Lebanon again, they will go all the way to the Litani river, and claim it for themselves.

Sep 04 09:05

ANOTHER DIVISION IN JERUSALEM: EDUCATION

Israeli officials admit there is a huge gap between education systems in the East and West of Jerusalem. They put it down to bureaucratic reasons and the fact that within the municipality few are lobbying on behalf of Palestinian residents.

Sep 04 09:02

Drunk israeli settler brags how jews killed Jesus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Time for a relink.

Sep 04 09:01

ISRAELIS CONTINUE TO DESTROY BOATS AND LIVES IN GAZA

Until Monday, Omar and Khaled Al-Habil were the owners of a 20m fishing trawler staffed by five or six fishermen at a time, but employing around 18 in cycles. But that morning the vessel came under heavy Israeli navy machine-gun fire, and then shelling. The trawler caught fire.

“It’s destroyed, completely destroyed,” says Al-Habil.

Sep 04 09:00

ZIONIST WEB OF DECEIT SPREADS

Zionist and pro-Zionist internet websites are resorting to manifestly malicious black propaganda to counter increasingly successful media efforts exposing the evilness of the Israeli occupation.

This week, a number of Zionist websites have been circulating a report from the Gaza Strip claiming that Hamas was marrying off female children below the age of ten years.

A video circulating on the net, titled “Hamas’ shocking mass wedding for 450 girls,” alleged that the little girls taking part in a mass ceremony in Gaza a few weeks ago were actually being married off.

Sep 04 08:59

Advert for saving Jewish yourth from "getting lost"

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, imagine a TV Commercial that tried to convince people to never allow whites to marry blacks.

Isn't this the same thing?

Sep 04 08:58

The looming political war over Afghanistan

There was a time, not all that long ago, when the U.S. pretended that it viewed war only as a "last resort," something to be used only when absolutely necessary to defend the country against imminent threats. In reality, at least since the creation of the National Security State in the wake of World War II, war for the U.S. has been everything but a "last resort." Constant war has been the normal state of affairs. In the 64 years since the end of WWII, we have started and fought far more wars and invaded and bombed more countries than any other nation in the world -- not even counting the numerous wars fought by our clients and proxies. Those are just facts. History will have no choice but to view the U.S. -- particularly in its late imperial stages -- as a war-fighting state.

Sep 04 08:55

Russia Threatens ‘Armed Incident’ Over Georgian Blockade of Abkhazia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry today warned that Georgia’s continued blockade of their mutual neighbor Abkhazia could end with “a serious armed incident.” Georgia’s Navy has been chasing cargo ships away from the Abkhaz Republic, and has recently captured two ships including an fuel tanker from Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why Georgia is attempting to "bait" Russia into a military confrontation makes no sense, except for one possibility.

If Russia is involved in a major military altercation with Georgia, and Pakistan becomes even more destabilized than it currently is, Russia would be hard-pressed to supply Iran militarily by ground if there is a US/Israeli strike against Iran.

Sep 04 08:51

Maliki Points Finger at Syrian Government for Baghdad Bombings

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today formally asked the United Nations Security Council to launch an inquiry into last month’s Baghdad bombings, and in particular into “outside forces” who supported the attacks, an obvious reference to its publicly broadcast confessions implicating Syria in the attack.

Sep 04 08:48

Barack Obama's Indoctrination Plan

Sep 04 08:47

Deepening crisis surrounds Middle East talks

Any freeze, however temporary, is anathema to Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition partners and the ultranationalist and religious movements that are committed to an expansionary policy and opposed to any form of Palestinian state. The Palestinian Authority for its part views a total freeze on settlement construction as essential if talks on the establishment of a Palestinian state are to restart.

Obama has made clear that all that is on offer is a demilitarised and bifurcated state comprising Gaza and the West Bank, which would consist of several non-contiguous blocks, penned in by an eight-metre-high concrete wall and controlled by Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This offer is an absolute non-starter for the Palestinians, and Netanyahu knows it; that's why it's the only offer he'll put on the table.

Obama had better understand, and highly rapidly, that Israel has no interest in a lasting peace with Palestinians; what they want is more territory for Israel, acquired by any means necessary.

Sep 04 08:46

Flu scare a boon to body-bag sales

As concerns grow of a possible flu pandemic onslaught this autumn, alert authorities worldwide have been stockpiling emergency supplies. Masks, gloves and anti-viral medications are on the list. And body bags.

Sep 04 08:45

BRUTAL BROTHERS' SEX TORTURE OF YOUNG BOYS

They were beaten with bricks and sticks, branded with cigarettes and forced to perform a sex act on each other as one of the boys sobbed: “Leave me to die.” A sink was dropped on the head of one of them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A measure of the health of a society is the health of its children.

Sep 04 08:43

Dutch police in cannabis mix-up

Police on Wednesday announced they had discovered a plantation of some 47,000 illicit cannabis plants with a street value of 4.4m euros ($6.3m; £3.8m).

They had destroyed much of the crop when they were told the plants belonged to a respected school of agriculture.

They were a type of hemp, being grown as a fibre for use in textiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoopsie!

Sep 04 08:42

"Obama's war" has no end in sight

It's obvious that more troops and other resources are needed to help Obama's new strategy to work, but he is also confronting a growing anti-war public sentiment here at home, in the fear that the country will eventually be trapped into Afghanistan like all those military powers in history.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only folks who are "winning" in this war of choice are the defense contractors, and the drug dealers, period, end of discussion.

Sep 04 08:40

Israeli tanks invade Gaza, meet resistance

Israeli tanks and bulldozers have invaded the eastern border areas of the Gaza Strip, destroying cultivated agricultural Palestinian land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks: doesn't it make you feel proud?!?!?

Sep 04 08:35

Food stamp list soars past 35 million: USDA

More than 35 million Americans received food stamps in June, up 22 percent from June 2008 and a new record as the country continued to grapple with the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The food stamp program, which helps cover the cost of groceries for one in nine Americans, has grown in step with the U.S. unemployment rate which stood at 9.4 percent in July.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Over 10% of Americans are on food stamps?!?

Unflipping believable!

Sep 04 08:35

Power, Illusion, and America’s Last Taboo

“My orders”, said the Marine sergeant, “are to sell the American Way of Liberty as stated in the Pacification Handbook. This is designed to win the hearts and minds of folks as stated on page 86.” Page 86 was headed WHAM: Winning Hearts and Minds. The marine unit was a Combined Action Company which, explained the sergeant, “means that we attack these folks on Mondays and win their hearts and minds on Tuesdays”. He was joking, though not quite.

Sep 04 08:32

Obama runs into resistance over school speech

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Obama runs into resistance over everything!

Sep 04 08:30

1.3 million to lose jobless benefits by year's end

These are the most unfortunate of America’s 14.5 million jobless: the ones whose benefits are drying up — in some cases after a record 18 months of government support.

With savings depleted and job opportunities scarce, people who’ve run out of benefits are living with relatives and borrowing cash from friends. They are even skipping meals. Through it all, they are trying to stay positive through exercise and prayer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...exercise and prayer" aren't going to mean diddly-squat if there are no jobs for these people to go to, when the benefits run out.

Sep 04 08:24

WATCH OUT!!! Senate plans to KILL WHISTLEBLOWER Protections in SEPT '09!!

The Senate is expected to act on the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 372) in September. The NWC is extremely concerned that this bill, although overall progressive legislation, has a number of provisions which if enacted would harm whistleblowers. The NWC is urging the Senate to fix these provisions and pass a bill that is consistent with the protections in the House version of the bill (H.R. 1507), which guarantees full access to juries for all federal employees and effective protections for national security whistleblowers.

To fully explain the weaknesses in the Senate bill the NWC is publishing a twelve part blog series entitled
"What's Wrong With the Senate Whistleblower Bill?" here: http://www.whistleblowersblog.org/tags/whats-wrong-with-the-senate-bi/

Sep 04 08:23

Russia warns Georgia against Abkhaz 'sea blockade'

A Russian official has warned Georgia that attempts to block ships from reaching a Moscow-aligned separatist region of Georgia could end in military intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mikheil Saakashvili wouldn't be doing this if he didn't believe for one second that he can rely on certain "promises" from the West in case there is real military confrontation with Russia.

One has to wonder just what those "promises" might be.

Sep 04 08:23

don't dodge the question

Why can't we cross state line to buy health insurance?
Sep 04 08:21

David Irving interview in El Mundo provokes Israeli anger

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It doesn't matter what you do or do not do, Israel is always in a rage about something, so better just to ignore them.

See my comments below regarding the First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

Sep 04 08:20

Barack Obama to Cindy Sheehan: Get Lost

While there is considerable enthusiasm for her anti-Obama protest on the part of the rank and file in the anti-war movement, a refusal of its "leaders" to notify their members far and wide, high and low, crippled the action.

Sep 04 08:18

MSNBC removes Buchanan column defending Hitler

MSNBC took down the Pat Buchanan column defending Hitler's actions hours after a Jewish group urged its removal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yes massa, yes massa, don't fire us all, massa, we'll be good, massa!" -- ABCNNBBCBS

Now, I don't agree with what Pat Buchanan wrote about Hitler. But I am a supporter and defender of the First amendment of the Constitution.

It is easy to support freedom of speech when the speaker is saying something you agree with. The real test of your commitment to principles comes when confronted with a speaker (or author) promoting ideas you find offensive.

In this test, ABCNNBBCBS has utterly failed, preferring to sell out the Constitution to Israeli influence. It is frightening to think of all those Americans who died defending that Constitution and Bill of Rights only to see it casually tossed into the trash bin by network executives currying favor with a foreign government.

Talk about subversive activity!

Sep 04 08:18

Wal-Mart Goes Paperless for Payments

Wal-Mart (WMT: 51.99, 0.25, 0.48%), the largest private employer in the U.S., has decided to go paperless when paying employees and is switching to direct deposit and debit cards. For employees who refuse direct deposit, their pay will be offered in the form of a debit card.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the beginning of a trend we will see happening all over the country, from larger to smaller employers.

Sep 04 08:16

Man leaps into river to escape wife's nagging

A MAN jumped into a fast-flowing river because he couldn't take his wife's nagging anymore.

The Chinese truck driver, known as Zhou, and his wife were on a ferry on the Yangtze River when it all became too much for him, the Chongqing Evening Post reports.

Members of the ship's crew saw the man suddenly run out of his cabin with his hands covering his ears, and shouting: "I can't stand it any longer."

They initially thought he was suffering from an ear injury and went to help him but found he was unhurt.

"While we were still puzzling over the this, his wife ran up and continued nagging him," said a crewmate.

"The husband covered his ears again and said: 'I need a break' before jumping over the side into the rushing river.

Sep 04 08:13

So we're not all going to die of swine flu after all: Chief medical officer reduces death estimates by two-thirds

Deaths from swine flu could be less than half the annual toll from the usual winter flu, it emerged last night.

The news came as an expert accused ministers of an 'alarmist' response to the outbreak.

England's chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson was forced to admit yesterday that the worst case scenario had been slashed by two thirds from 65,000 deaths to 19,000.

After millions were spent on antiviral drugs and telephone hotlines, he revealed the toll could be as low as 3,000 - less than half the number who die in an average flu season.

Sep 04 08:10

Taliban's Tank-Killing Bombs Came From US, Not Iran

In support of the official U.S. assertion that Iran is arming its sworn enemy, the Taliban, the head of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Dennis Blair, has cited a statement by a Taliban commander last year attributing military success against NATO forces to Iranian military assistance.

But the Taliban commander's claim is contradicted by evidence from the U.S. Defence Department, Canadian forces in Afghanistan and the Taliban itself that the increased damage to NATO tanks by Taliban forces has come from anti-tank mines provided by the United States to the jihadi movement in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any statement right now designed to demonize Iran in the minds of the American public is considered "the right thing to do" by our corporate media; never mind if the charge is true or not!

Sep 04 08:07

Slash and Burn - Local TV stations slash their staffing.

As I understand it, only two anchors made the cut. Stephanie Lum and Mary Ella David will be continuing on with News 8. All other anchors, reporters, and the majority of the photography staff (save two) will be laid off. How many people that is, I’m not sure, but it’s most likely close to twenty, or twenty-five.

Sep 04 08:07

Israel To Build New Houses In Settlements: Prime Minister Netanyahu's Aides

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will approve hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before slowing settlement construction, two of his aides said Friday, in an apparent snub of Washington's public demand for a total settlement freeze.

The settlement suspension also would not include east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope to make their future capital.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, President Obama: Netanyahu's government has just, very publicly, smacked you in the face on the settlement issue.

So, now what?!?

Can you imagine, for one second, what you look like to heads of state around the world, particularly those coming from Arab countries?

Right now, in terms of any progress on the issue of Middle East peace, you're looking catastrophically incapable of delivering any forward movement in this area.

Sep 04 07:58

The Praxeology of The Drug War

There were no thugs or street gangs associated with drug use,then they made it all illegal.

Sep 04 07:57

Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison

Dozens of wrongly convicted former Texas inmates will soon become instant millionaires under a new state law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that makes it AAAAALL better, right?

I think a better law would include forcing the prosecutors and police who framed an innocent person to serve the original sentence, don't you?

Sep 04 07:57

About 90 killed as NATO hits Afghan fuel trucks

A NATO air strike on Friday destroyed two fuel tankers hijacked by the Taliban in Afghanistan, igniting a fireball that an Afghan official said killed about 90 people -- mostly insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people", I see!

Sep 04 07:45

How The Feds Got Into The Pot Prohibition Business

A nasty tale!

Sep 04 07:44

The Best Congress AIPAC Can Buy

Cantor and Hoyer are longtime enthusiasts for Israel and all its works. In January, when Israel was pounding Gaza to rubble and killing over a thousand civilians, Hoyer and Cantor wrote an op-ed entitled “A Defensive War,” which began with “During this difficult war in the Gaza Strip, we stand with Israel.” Why?

Sep 04 07:43

As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.

He based the forecast on classified data supplied to him by FAPSI analysts, he says. He predicts that economic, financial and demographic trends will provoke a political and social crisis in the U.S. When the going gets tough, he says, wealthier states will withhold funds from the federal government and effectively secede from the union. Social unrest up to and including a civil war will follow. The U.S. will then split along ethnic lines, and foreign powers will move in.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Hawaii will return to being an independent Republic.

Pearl Harbor will be available for rent, of course.

At full tourist rates.

And Little Mekena Beach will become a National park protected by (Republic of Hawaii version of) the First Amendment.

:)

Sep 04 07:39

Permit Revoked!

This gentleman got a permit to protest using sound amplification ie bullhorn. When he arrived and tried to use the bull horn he was confronted by the police. Told his permit had been revoked and he could not use amplification. This was after he went through the process, paid the fees and did it all on the up and up. The Mayors office revoked all sound permits except the ones issued to ACORN. Thus, this mans rights were trampled on. Thank you Mayor White.

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Sep 04 07:38

The Real Lincoln

The Dilorenzo archives and the truth about Abraham Lincoln.

Sep 04 07:37

Forget Van Jones, The Majority Of Americans Question 9/11

Controversial Fox News television host Glenn Beck along with a host of other establishment talking heads are again attempting to create the perception that questioning the official story behind 9/11 is a fringe belief, when in fact numerous polls show that the majority of Americans have questions about the attacks as the tragedy approaches its eighth anniversary.

Citing the fact that Obama’s green jobs czar Van Jones, who is increasingly and justifiably coming under fire from conservatives in light of his Communist rhetoric and his socialist ideals, signed a petition in 2004 calling for a proper investigation into whether the U.S. government allowed 9/11 to happen, Beck and others have used the “9/11 truther” label as a smear with which to further attack Van Jones’ credibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, at least I am a "Hollywood Personality" in their eyes! :)

Sep 04 07:32

WRH AROUND THE WORLD

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Some new items sent by the readership have been added to the online scrap book!

Sep 04 06:17

God's followers shafted as God stands by and does nothing (again)

Mormons Become Victims in $50 Million Scam to Sell Gold Bullion

Like those caught up in other get-rich scams -- from Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, which initially snared wealthy Jews, to an alleged $4.4 million fraud aimed at deaf people -- Tri Energy’s investors had something in common. Many were Mormons and born-again Christians who shared dreams and prayers on nightly conference calls. They vowed to use the profits for charitable works and kept raising funds, at times taking out second mortgages, draining retirement accounts and recruiting relatives.

While the delays and pleas for more money never stopped, the charade did.

Sep 04 05:57

The Siege, "a clear example of psychology warfare."

Recently I saw the motion picture The Siege (1998), starring Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis. For those who haven’t seen it. The movie is about a wave of terror attacks in New York by Islamic fundamentalist, and is lead by a Sheik called Ahmed Bin Talal. As the terror attacks continue, the US government responds by declaring martial law, sending US troops, into the streets of New York City.

Terror attacks, Islamic fundamentalist, New York and a Sheik with ‘Bin’ in the name. One can’t help start thinking about the tragic events of 9/11. So during the movie I began to wonder… who wrote the script of the movie? So I visited the Internet Movie Database website to find out.

Sep 04 02:34

US's 'arc of instability' just gets bigger

The New Great Game is not only focused on the face-off between the United States and strategic competitors Russia and China - with Pipelineistan as a defining element.

The full spectrum dominance doctrine requires the control of the Pentagon-coined "arc of instability" from the Horn of Africa to western China. The cover story is the former "global war on terror", now "overseas contingency operations" under the management of President Barack Obama's administration.

Sep 04 02:10

Don't Criticize Israel, You Anti-Semite

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, the definition of anti-Semitism is, "hostility towards or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic or racial group." This should strike everyone as odd, since Jews are hardly the only Semitic people roaming this earth. Most oddly enough, we Arabs are also a Semitic people who speak a Semitic language, unlike many Jews who do not.

Still, over the years, for whatever reason, the term "anti-Semitic" has been reserved exclusively for attacks on Jews, the range of which has become dangerously broad. While this is an age-old issue, so to speak, the recent Swedish-Israeli crisis has brought it back to the fore like never before.

Sep 04 01:58

Health care reform means more power for the IRS

There's been a lot of discussion about the new and powerful federal agencies that would be created by the passage of a national health care bill. The Health Choices Administration, the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, the Health Insurance Exchange — there are dozens in all.

September 3, 2009

Sep 03 22:16

Best video explaining Constitutional limits of power

The US Constitution was born from war against tyranny - the word of choice for unconstrained government that acted harmfully toward the public's political and economic interests. The Founding Fathers had much to say in defense of citizen vigilence for liberty, for only we can protect our freedom:

“A mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits (of government) is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.” - James Madison, Federalist Paper #48, 1788.

Sep 03 21:18

Abraham Lincoln on defending the US Constitution: his message to YOU today

What most people do not know is that Abraham Lincoln is also a hero for his acts as a freshman member of the House of Representatives in the Congress of 1847-1849. Lincoln demanded that the President of the US provide specific evidence justifying the US invading a foreign country, suspecting that the President’s claims of a defensive war were lies to propagandize an offensive war for territorial control against a weaker nation. He did so despite the lack of support from most of his own political party. He demanded the facts despite his being painted by political opponents and the press as “unpatriotic.” The propaganda defeated Lincoln at his next election; his name slurred as “spotty Lincoln.” Lincoln was correct that the US President had indeed lied about the cause of war.

Sep 03 20:13

Super Fast PCs Near As Chip Passes Maths Test

Super-fast and ultra-small computers have been brought one step closer to reality with the successful test of a new penny-sized chip.

The optical quantum chip does away with traditional circuitry and instead uses particles of "whizzing" light.

Scientists asked the "photonic" chip to find the prime factors of 15 and, although it took longer to work it out than a schoolchild could have, it produced the answer - 3 x 5.

The test is a massive breakthrough because it is the first time the chip's processing power has been condensed into such a small size.

Sep 03 19:35

Glenn "McShillin" Beck on 9/11 Truth and Van Jones

Sep 03 18:55

President Obama: no hope and no change from the plutocracy – oligarchy

note: hyperlinks and video live at source.

Oligarchs and plutocrats remove government policy from the public good to the greatest extent possible without causing revolution. David Swanson paints the Obama Administration as Bush’s Third Term with accuracy. His new book, Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union, is number 1 in three categories on Amazon’s bestselling lists as I just looked. David makes many of the same points as I do about Wars of Aggression and related policies (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).

Sep 03 18:40

Carbon scandal snares Australian

AN AUSTRALIAN company has been swept up in a $100 million carbon trading scandal in Papua New Guinea.

The scandal has led to the removal of the head of the country's Office of Climate Change and has prompted an investigation into claims that fake carbon trading certificates were used to persuade landowners to sign over the rights to their forests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I keep telling you this is all a huge scam!

Sep 03 18:17

Preemptive Arrest

"Taken to its logical conclusion, what it means is that the government now believes that they can come to our houses and arrest us because they think that we might do something wrong. Our constitution simply doesn't permit that."

Sep 03 18:13

Why Not Crippling Sanctions For Israel And The US?

The US is not a forever "superpower" that can indefinitely ignore its own laws and international law.

The US will eventually fall as a result of its hubris, arrogance, and imperial overreach.

When the American Empire collapses, will its enablers also be held accountable in the war crimes court?

Sep 03 18:08

NKorea says in final phase of uranium enrichment

North Korea said Friday it has entered the final phase of uranium enrichment for nuclear weapons and is also building more bombs with spent reactor fuel rods.

After the United Nations imposed tougher sanctions in June following its May 25 nuclear test, the North vowed to start such a programme and to extract plutonium from fuel rods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the US taught North Korea - and the world - a very compelling object lesson in what happens to countries without a nuclear deterrent by its invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq.

Sep 03 17:50

Diebold sells Premiere Election Solutions to competitor ES&S

Diebold, maker of touch-screen voting systems that have brought controversy after controversy upon the company, said Thursday that it will sell off most of it’s elections-related business, calling it a losing investment and a persistent “distraction.

“Perhaps the biggest loss was to the company’s image,” added the Canton Rep. “Key among its problems was a 2003 statement by then Chairman and CEO Walden O’Dell — a well-known Republican supporter and fundraiser — that he was committed to delivering the vote for President George W. Bush.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And well, gee: he did deliver, didn't he?!?!?

Sep 03 17:49

'For Liberty' How the Ron Paul Revolution Watered the Withered Tree of Liberty

'For Liberty' Grassroots Documentary ~ Trailers

DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR RON PAUL!

Sep 03 17:45

Revisiting the Rally for the Republic

Rally for the Republic DVD Trailer

DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR RON PAUL!

Sep 03 16:00

Russian cab driver admits spying for Georgia

Russia's Prosecutor General's Office said Alexander Khachirov was recruited while in Georgia, when he was approached by Georgian border authorities. Investigators said Khachirov's taxi was fitted with a hidden video camera which he used to secretly film Russian military movements and gather intelligence for Georgia.

Sep 03 14:43

James Traficant - Railroaded out of Congress

James Traficant's remarks to the House before the vote to expel him from Congress. He was railroaded out of the government because he was too out spoken, especially about the Chinese money donated to the Democratic Party and how Janet Reno would not investigate it. Beam me up! This video is from July 2002

Sep 03 14:40

Police draw guns on wrong student

Sep 03 14:30

Microsoft pushes for single global patent system

"In today's world of universal connectivity, global business and collaborative innovation, it is time for a world patent that is derived from a single patent application, examined and prosecuted by a single examining authority and litigated before a single judicial body," said Guiterrez. "A harmonized, global patent system would resolve many of the criticisms leveled at national patent systems over unmanageable backlogs and interminable pendency periods."

Sep 03 14:19

All government cost studies: sheltering the homeless is most cost-effective

The US Interagency Council on Homelessness has found that all cost-benefit analyses show that paying for the homeless to have minimal housing, food, health care, and job counseling costs less than public costs of their street life. The greatest savings come from decreased emergency room visits, police calls, and court time. What isn't counted, and significant, is the increase of business in areas where the homeless are vagrants. In addition, these studies show most of these participants find jobs and leave these programs.

As always, please share this with all who say they want to be responsible citizens.

Sep 03 13:45

Monetary reform would have prevented Los Angeles fires (and all other economic problems)

AP reported that federal funding ran out before thousands of highly flammable brush from Los Angeles mountains was cleared to prevent catastrophic fire. Monetary reform would have fully funded all needed public services and programs and prevented this disaster.

Sep 03 13:19

Who are Broderian anti-investigation journalists really protecting?

This is a vital reason -- I'd say the central reason -- why people like David Broder and his media colleagues don't want investigations and prosecutions: because they were complicit in most of it, and such proceedings would implicate them as much as the criminals themselves. Think about it: what would happen if Dick Cheney were "in the dock," if high-level American officials were adjudicated in formal proceedings as war criminals and felons? The question would naturally arise: how was that allowed to happen? What did the American media do about it while it happened? What was the Dean of the Washington Press Corps saying and doing to stop it and to alert the citizenry as to what was going on? And the answer, of course, is: nothing. They supported the war criminals and mocked and demonized those who objected.

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