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May 24, 2009

May 24 09:23

New York Times Falsifies Obama-Netanyahu Meeting

The New York Times assigned to the story a campaign-trail reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, whose political perceptions are bland and whose knowledge of Israeli-American relations is an antiseptic zero. At the newspaper of record, a thing like that does not happen by accident. They took the most anxiously awaited meeting with a foreign leader of President Obama's term thus far, and buried it on page 12. The coverage of a major event, which the same newspaper had greeted only the day before by running an oversize attack-Iran op-ed by Jeffrey Goldberg, has officially now shrunk to the scale of a smaller op-ed.

May 24 09:22

Shell board told to pay back bonuses

The backlash against executive pay took a dramatic new turn this weekend when shareholder activists demanded that Royal Dutch Shell directors return their bonuses.

May 24 09:21

Spain's Judges Cross Borders In Rights Cases

Spanish judges are boldly declaring their authority to prosecute high-ranking government officials in the United States, China and Israel, among other places, delighting human rights activists but enraging officials in the countries they target and triggering a political backlash in a nation uncomfortable acting as the world's conscience.

May 24 09:17

Brown calls Blair in to No 10 for secret talks as crisis mounts

Gordon Brown has called Tony Blair into Downing Street as he desperately tries to rescue his leadership from a series of crises. The meeting on Thursday lasted more than an hour, coming amid the continuing outcry over MPs' expenses and warnings from ministers that Labour faces its worst performance in decades at next month's local and European elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Either declare war on Iran or call Diebold. Otherwise you've stuffed it!" -- Phony Tony

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
May 24 09:16

Double dipping MPs in another dodgy deal

THE husband and wife Tory MPs who have been "double-dipping" expenses so the taxpayer funds BOTH their homes were last night caught up in a new scandal.

Julie Kirkbride and Andrew Mackay are letting her brother live rent-free in their mansion flat that WE pay for, the News of the World can reveal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:15

Fraud challenge to home secretary

A man has appeared in court to try to start a private prosecution against the home secretary over her expense claims.

Anthony Weaver, from Holborn in London, applied for a summons before a district judge in Jacqui Smith's constituency in Redditch, Worcestershire.

He alleges she defrauded the public purse of between £116,000 and £200,000 by claiming her main residence was her sister's London house.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:14

I attended Andrew MacKay's meeting and I think his position is now untenable

The meeting got off to a shaky start when the Chairmen of the proceedings (David Osborn, former Rector of Bracknell) stated that we could of course expect "transparent honesty" from Mr MacKay and large parts of the audience broke out into derisive laughter. This must have been very embarrassing for a Member of Parliament of 25 years standing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:14

Feingold: Prolonged detention would ’set the stage for future Guantanamos’

Feingold announces in the letter that he plans to hold a hearing on the matter next month and asks for top Justice Department officials to testify.

“While I appreciate your good faith desire to at least enact a statutory basis for such a regime,” Feingold writes, “any system that permits the government to indefinitely detain individuals without charge or without a meaningful opportunity to have accusations against them adjudicated by an impartial arbiter violates basic American values and is likely unconstitutional.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this be put into effect, the entire system of American jurisprudence will have been pushed off a cliff.

Apparently, this is precisely the outcome Obama wants.

May 24 09:11

Parliament in crisis: When will MPs start to listen to the people?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When they are standing on the gallows with the rope around their neck, and the executioner's hand on the lever?

Meanwhile, we need to start taking a close look at Congress' expense accounts, because if the MPs are doing it, so are the congresscritters.

May 24 09:09

Taliban might launch retaliatory attacks across Pakistan, says Gilani

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday that terrorists might carry out retaliatory attacks in the country as they have suffered heavy losses in the wake of the military offensives in North West Frontier Province (NWFP).

"There are intelligence reports that terrorists can carry out attacks in any part of the country as reaction," Gilani told reporters in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If history has taught us anything, it has taught us that the remedies to radicalization cannot be sought solely through military suppression; social and political changes have to be part of the process.

Does a person who's able to go to work at a meaningful job at a decent wage, who can take care of himself (or herself) and the family, and who sees hope in the political process and the future suddenly wake up and say "I think I'm going to start shooting at government and military personnel!?!"

People become radicalized because they have no voice in what is going on with them, and not one whole heck of a lot to lose by becoming violent. In fact, under those circumstances, many think they may have everything to gain.

Gilani just doesn't get it, or doesn't care. Unfortunately, that does not bode well for the future of the Pakistani people.

May 24 09:06

U.S. may loan Nissan ¥100 billion

Nissan Motor Co. is likely to receive more than ¥100 billion in low-interest loans set up by the U.S. government to promote the development of and transition to electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient cars, sources said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the same money we could start a new auto company here in the US, providing jobs for Americans, that makes electric vehicles and other fuel-efficient cars.

Why are we not doing that?

May 24 09:04

Dubya, Condi, Paul, Rummy and Colin: where are they now?

Since leaving the White House and moving to Dallas, the former president has almost completely stepped out of public life. He has decided that, unlike Cheney, it is more dignified to maintain his silence about Barack Obama's presidency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the economy collapses, Obama may need to hold torture trials simply to save his own sorry ass, and Bus is perfectly happy for Dick Cheney to make himself a real target with his public appearances.

May 24 09:02

US politician floats torturing Bush officials for charity

An American politician says former US President George W. Bush and two close allies should be subjected to waterboarding -- a harsh interrogation technique -- for charity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


I have a couple questions to ask, if given the opportunity! :)

May 24 08:46

Should Obama Control the Internet?

A new bill would give the President emergency authority to halt web traffic and access private data.

May 24 08:45

Poll: Half of Israelis back strike on Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet it isn't the half that actually has to go and do it!

May 24 08:45

Tony Blair believed God wanted him to go to war to fight evil, claims his mentor

John Burton, Mr Blair's political agent in his Sedgefield constituency for 24 years, says that Labour's most successful ever leader – in terms of elections won – was driven by the belief that "good should triumph over evil".

"It's very simple to explain the idea of Blair the Warrior," he says. "It was part of Tony living out his faith."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder about a "faith" which requires the absolute destruction of a country which was never any real threat to the UK or the west.

What has been left in the wake of the invasion and occupation of Iraq is the utter devastation of that country, the infrastructure, with its medical systems and educational systems absolutely destroyed.

Oh, and let's not forget the dumping of tons of depleted uranium by coalition forces,, leaving large sections of the population mortally ill with cancer, and with huge numbers of birth defects in its wake.

Any god which demands those kinds of outcomes from their followers is a pretty spiritually evil deity.

May 24 08:34

Will Iraqi cities erupt as U.S. forces leave?

"When the Americans leave, everything will be looted because no one will be watching," an Iraqi army lieutenant newly deployed there said. "There will be a civil war -- without a doubt," predicted an Iraqi interpreter. Council members have asked about political asylum in the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't bet against this, if and when American forces leave.

May 24 08:32

Airstrike kills construction worker, wounds 18 others near Afghan capital

An airstrike of international troops on Friday night killed a road construction worker and wounded 18 others in Afghanistan's Wardak province, some 70 km west of the capital Kabul, an official said on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More of NATO's operations to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans, I suppose.

May 24 08:29

Israel furious over Russia FM's meeting with Hamas leader

Senior officials in the Foreign Ministry were furious on Sunday over the news that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshal in Damascus.

Lavrov said on Saturday that Russia believes in the need to maintain contacts with Hamas despite a cooling of ties between the two sides.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Netanyahu: the Russian Foreign Minister is entitled to meet with whomever he wants to meet, and all the "fury" in the world does not negate his right to do this.

Also, Russia's leadership understands that talking is always superior to dropping bombs (something which, in its short history, Israel has yet to figure out.)

May 24 08:24

Thousands of Israelis protest against U.S. Administration

Since inauguration early this year, President Barack Obama has expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state and the division of Jerusalem, which has aroused strong protests from the Israeli government and Israelis.

The Israeli protesters, shouted slogans "Keep Jerusalem undivided","Obama, Two State Solution will destroy Jewish country", passing by the US Consulate. Most of the protesters are teenageers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to President Obama: stop signing the checks and sending military aid to Israel right the flip now!

May 24 08:18

Federal judge threatens to sanction Obama administration over secrecy

U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco warned the Obama administration on Friday of severe sanctions if it does not comply with the court’s order to turn over a secret document an Islamic group says proves they were illegally spied upon.

The case, Al-Haramain v. Obama (see also: Al-Haramain V. Bush), springs out of a government mistake in which a secret document detailing the wiretapping of calls between attorneys and Saudi charity Al-Haramain was turned over to the charity’s counsel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

May 24 07:43

Memorial Day

This powerful music video is fresh, new and timely for this weekend.

May 24 07:33

Soybean Shortage Sets Time Frame For Dollar Collapse

Now there is a clear time frame for the dollars collapse: it will happen this summer.

May 24 07:12

Facebook - CIA Profile Database

May 24 06:07

Have I got an office tower for you

Loan defaults in the worst commercial real estate market in decades have created tens of billions worth of distressed properties across the nation, sometimes forcing cut-rate auctions of landmark skyscrapers. Developers are falling behind on mortgages as tenants leave and can find no financing to cover payments, analysts say.

So they are selling skyscrapers at a drastic discount, with the condition that the new buyer take on the enormous amounts of debt connected to the properties.

May 24 01:55

Credit Default Swaps; The Poison in the Financial System

In a little more than a decade, Credit Default Swaps (CDS) have ballooned into a multi-billion dollar industry which has changed the fundamental character of the financial system and increased systemic risk by many orders of magnitude. CDS, which were originally created to reduce potential losses from defaulting bonds, has turned into a cash cow for the big banks, generating mega-profits on, what amounts to, nothing more than legalized gambling. In the case of insurance giant AIG, losses from CDS transactions has already cost the American people $150 billion, and yet their still has been no serious effort in Congress to ban them once and for all.

May 24 01:23

The Climate-Industrial Complex

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.

The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the "military-industrial complex," cautioning that "the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." He worried that "there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties."

May 24 01:15

Test Your Perceptions: Aluminum vs. Thermite

Don't tell me 911 will ever go away. Time to wake up everybody! Drink a cup of coffee or two if you have to! This isn't kidding around time here. You've been spoon-fed a story - and - to use an expression of a past popular Prez - "Trust but Verify."

May 24 00:49

Israel, National Security State

My companion also told me that young people are recruited to careers in the Shin Bet or Mossad and consider it a badge of honor. Such a job is looked on as a great adventure by many. And every family seems to have at least one member working for the intelligence services. It’s an open secret.

I asked him what was the difference between this and the CIA. He said the CIA had overt and covert branches. One could work honorably for an open department within the CIA. In Israel, the Mossad and Shin Bet are entirely shrouded in secrecy. There is no such thing as a public face or overt action. Budget figures are never public information.

This is the price Israel pays for being a national security state, for which citizens sacrifice rights that Americans take for granted.

May 24 00:27

Be Careful With Whom You Associate ­ Your Friend Could Be An F.B.I. Informant

We are living in very strange times in the United States. The U.S. has become a bizarre police state in which all the dirty tricks and tactics developed in the Soviet Union, East Germany, and Israel are now used on the unwitting American population. As we discovered in suburban Hoffman Estates (N.W. Chicago) before I was assaulted by undercover police, several of the people who tried to be our friends were actually F.B.I. informants. I know of at least three.

May 23, 2009

May 23 21:38

Spain's Judges Prosecuting American's Who Tortured Gitmo Detainees

Spanish judges are boldly declaring their authority to prosecute high-ranking government officials in the United States, China and Israel, among other places, delighting human rights activists but enraging officials in the countries they target and triggering a political backlash in a nation uncomfortable acting as the world's conscience.

Judges at Spain's National Court, acting on complaints filed by human rights groups, are pursuing 16 international investigations into suspected cases of torture, genocide and crimes against humanity, according to prosecutors. Among them are two probes of Bush administration officials for allegedly approving the use of torture on terrorism suspects, including prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

May 23 20:36

Paging Dr. Mises! Dr. Mises to the ER, Stat!

There are reasons medical decisions are made on a case-by-case, individual basis, and why medical procedures are not treated as statistical abstractions or commodities. Humaneness is one of those reasons: Human lives ought never to be treated as mere inputs in an economic equation. Under a centrally planned system, it is necessary that they be treated so.

May 23 20:31

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

"The worst is yet to come with consumers and banks," he says. "This country is going into a 10-year decline. Living standards will never be the same."

May 23 17:58

Barack Obama is giving Iran the time it needs to build a nuclear bomb

Has President Obama inadvertently given Iran the green light to develop an atom bomb? I only ask because it appears to be the logical conclusion to be drawn from his announcement this week that he is giving Iran until the end of the year to decide whether or not to co-operate with the West over its controversial nuclear programme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's try a little science, and a few facts, shall we, Mr. Coughlin? You do remember what those are, don't you?

Fact: Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program; they are building a power station. They, as signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, are perfectly within their international right to do so.

Fact: the facilities are inspected regularly by the IAEA.

Fact: Israel is not a signatory to the NPT, and so there are no inspections of their nuclear arms (which have been acknowledged to exist by Ehud Olmert, and former US President Jimmy Carter)

Fact: the level of uranium enrichment necessary to create a weapon is far higher than it is to enrich uranium for a power plant. Were the enrichment signatures at the level necessary to create a weapon, the IAEA would find it and report it.

Fact: Low-enriched uranium cannot be made into a nuclear bomb. Only when that uranium is enriched to much higher levels can it be weaponized. Again, were that to happen, the IAEA would know that it had happened, and report it.

And sir, you might remember what the word "sourcing" means when you make the statement "Many experts argue that there is now sufficient evidence to suggest that the country has resumed its efforts since the hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidency in 2005."

Who, sir, is making those claims, and what is their evidence, please? If this were real, I would imagine you would be in a hurry to name names and have the info readily available, so the West would really be convinced this is true.

But obviously, you have not, which has to make one wonder what the real agenda here is, and that is very simple: "softening up" the West for an attack against Iran.

May 23 17:28

FCC’s Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts

You may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it.

That’s the upshot of the rules the agency has followed for years to monitor licensed television and radio stations, and to crack down on pirate radio broadcasters. And the commission maintains the same policy applies to any licensed or unlicensed radio-frequency device.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

May 23 17:13

U.S. Relies More on Allies in Questioning Terror Suspects

The United States is now relying heavily on foreign intelligence services to capture, interrogate and detain all but the highest-level terrorist suspects seized outside the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to current and former American government officials.

The change represents a significant loosening of the reins for the United States, which has worked closely with allies to combat violent extremism since the 9/11 attacks but is now pushing that cooperation to new limits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: if we are outsourcing "interrogation", you can bet your backside that we're outsourcing torture as well, just so Obama can say with a reasonably straight face that "The United States doesn't torture!!"

But we are still responsible for what happens to people rotting away at various so-called black sites.

May 23 16:52

Obama's Plan for Dictatorship, Americans' Nightmare

America's Nightmare: The Obama Dystopia
Manipulation, propaganda, imagery & PR wizardry
by Andrew Hughes, May 23, 2009
Never before had one witnessed such an accomplished use of manipulation, propaganda, imagery and public relations wizardry to sell the public a man who was to take the baton from Bush and run with it in the race to destroy the economy, the rights of the people and help birth a nation totally controlled by those who have always lurked in the shadows of power. "Change" was promised and was delivered in the form of a deepening of the already Dystopic nightmare.

May 23 16:49

you are a slave to the Government

May 23 16:46


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those are very good reasons for the government to want to attack Iran, but I question whether they would be convincing to ordinary Americans expected to fight the battles, and pay for the dead.

Of course the government has reasons to attack Iran or we would not be at this precipice.

But how will they convince the population to support them?

May 23 16:40


As they do every year, Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line that separates the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Israel have been commemorating the passage of 61 years since mainly East-European Zionist Jews created the Jewish state on 78 per cent of the Palestinian national homeland.

May 23 16:40

FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

The FBI timeline reveals that Al-Ghamdi, the alleged United hijacker, was booked onto several flights scheduled for after the 9/11 attacks, a piece of information not documented in the Commission’s final report. According to the FBI timeline, Al-Ghamdi was booked on another United Airlines flight on the very day of the attack.

May 23 16:33

Nice poster, but ...

... I could swear I have read that quote about the last official act somewhere before!

May 23 16:29


A slick FBI informant roped four Muslim converts into a horrific terror plot to blow up synagogues and military jets by handing them piles of cash and gifts and even bags of weed, relatives of the suspects said today.

"Brother whatever you need, I will get it for you," said the man who the four petty thieves knew as Maqsood, according to Kathleen Baynes, whose long-time boyfriend, James Cromitie is alleged to be the ringleader of the plot

May 23 16:20

Uncle Sam’s Human Lab Rats

Uncle Sam’s Human Lab Rats
May 23rd, 2009
Via: Mother Jones:
They say government scientists messed with their minds. Now, veterans of secret psychedelic tests want answers.

May 23 16:16

US forces seize drugs from narco cartel competitors

Afghanistan: U.S. Forces Seize Almost 15 Tonnes of Narcotics Including Opium, Heroin and Morphine
May 22nd, 2009
Via: Reuters:
Afghanistan produces more than 90 percent of the world’s opium, most of it in the Taliban’s southern heartland. U.S. military officials have estimated the opium trade provides between $80 million and $400 million a year to the Taliban.

[It can be assumed that these narcotics will still get to market for whichever cartel the US soldiers are representing. UK/US distributors no doubt, but transported by US military aircraft and personnel to the major drug hubs of Europe. This haul isn't going to be destroyed, for sure. ]

May 23 15:46

New World Order Documentary on Russia Today with Luke Rudkowski 05-23-09

“The New World Order is a crime syndicate, established by the ruling elite, the richest people in the world, the one percent that controls over 80 percent of the world’s wealth. These are the people who want to set up a one-world government so they can have more power in less people’s hands,” author Luke Rudkowski says.

May 23 15:46

Someone Find This And BURN IT

May 23 11:48

Revolution in the air

May 23 11:34

Suicide a 'free pass' for corrupt South Korean politicos (and their paymasters)

It is a shock that could have been predicted: former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun's opting to avoid prosecutors' questions by ending his life today, off a rock edge near his southern village home. His friends and supporters are left grieving, and the public will grant commensurate pity to his memory--as is humane and to be expected. A self-taught attorney, specializing in human rights and public sympathy, he doubtless passed bearing one last smile--knowing the Ministry of Justice will now close the case of his family's bribery; he was crafty to the end. And citizens of South Korea are the poorer for their misplaced Confucian ideals.

May 23 11:33

Hate To Say I Told You So, But...

Just a few months ago, while the world (but particularly the United States) was whipping up its collective enthusiasm for the soon-to-be elected candidate—Barack Obama—I wrote within a segment of my OfficialRant that I had voted for Ralph Nader and why I had ended my support for Obama.

I didn’t believe him then and I can’t believe him now.

May 23 10:50

'Israel won't yield to U.S. demands, won't halt settlement construction'

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya'alon spoke to Channel 2 on Saturday about the meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, held earlier this week, saying that Israel's government will not allow the U.S. to dictate its policy, and that "settlement construction will not be halted."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This would be a "when pigs fly" scenario, but upon hearing that from Moshe Ya'alon, President Obama should have phoned Netanyahu, and told him that all American aid, military and financial, stops, until the building of settlements stop.

Of course, that will never happen.

May 23 10:45

Public Asked to Write to Pollard

With the relationship between the new governments of Israel and the U.S. still not on a stable footing, and in the face of issues that divide rather than unite them, activists for long-time prisoner Jonathan Pollard ask both the government and citizenry of Israel not to forget him.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Johnathan: may you rot in hell for all eternity for betraying the country of your birth.

Signed: a patriotic American.

May 23 10:33

Media Ignores Real Controversy Behind Torture Photos; They Show Prison Guards Raping Children

The real reason behind Obama’s reversal of a decision to release the torture photos has been almost completely ignored by the corporate media - the fact that the photos show both US and Iraqi soldiers raping teenage boys in front of their mothers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How does sodomy, with the mothers forced to watch, protect our national security?

May 23 10:31

FBI Blows It: Supposed Terror Plot Against NY Synagogues Is Bogus

By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the entire plot is revealed to have been cooked up by a scummy government agent-provocateur.

May 23 10:29

Talking head melts down on CNBC

Watch this unfold live, the other talking heads just pretend nothing is happening. Something has made this guy crack and see all the bull. Can anyone shed any more light on this?

May 23 10:27

Loud Paradigm Shift Rumblings

Numerous events have taken place of global importance. Alone, each story seems of some significance. Together, they paint a mosaic of extreme change in a very dangerous sequence of events that fit together. The greater aggregate story is that a tremendous paradigm shift is underway, with early steps and major moves by global players in clear view. The Western analysts and pundits and mavens are missing it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hell, they CREATED it; and they know that when it all falls apart the American people will put the blame right where it belongs.

May 23 10:27

As Israel rages, US plans for Iran war re-emerge

As Washington gets updates on Israeli plans to strike Iran, US President Barack Obama orders the Pentagon to rejuvenate contingency plans for the use of military in Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, here is the deal.

In the run-up to Iraq, many of you didn't want to look at the obvious signs of deception. or Israel's role in the lies, or the fact that it was Israel pushing us along to war, with Congress' bought and paid for assistance.

So those of you who did nothing to spot that last atrocity can delude yourselves into thinking that you just didn't know any better, and that in a way you are also a victim of that war (kins of, sort of, maybe).

But not this time.

This time, you KNOW the previous war(s) were started with lies; lies based on confessions extracted under torture.

This time you KNOW there really is no threat to the US justifying the invasion of Iran. Iran does not have nuclear weapons or delivery systems. The US (and Israel) have a great many.

This time you KNOW that innocent people will die.

Real Americans are not going to let the US Government commit yet more war crimes.

and if you are okay with yet another invasion (and from the WRH polls, about 4% of you are), then you need to take a good long look in a mirror to see what kind of sub-human you have been transformed into.

May 23 10:26

California Breakup?!

California's ballot results highlight a simple fact:
californians like electing big-spending state representatives but hate paying the bills when they come due.

Radical surgery is needed: Splitting the state into more accountable government units.

May 23 10:24

Death toll rises as bloody fighting rocks Somali capital

FIERCE clashes have left at least 29 people dead and about 200 wounded as Somali Government forces try to drive Islamist insurgents from the capital, Mogadishu.

With President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed holed up in his compound with a handful of supporters, his embattled forces have attacked insurgents in three positions they had lost over two weeks of fighting that has killed about 150 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the folks in Washington are not looking at any kind of US military intervention here: that would be the worst thing the US could do right now.

Of course, logic and US foreign policy have not always had a particularly meaningful on-going relationship in this country's history.

May 23 10:15

FLASHBACK - Awkward bedfellows

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Recently "suicided" Korean ex-President was not a willing US puppet.

May 23 10:14

Israel used depleted uranium in offensive on Gaza

Action of Citizens for the total Dismantling of Nukes (ACDN) said Saturday that it has just produced a 33-page report concluding that the presence of as much as 75 tons of depleted uranium in Gaza soil is highly probable to the Israeli "Operation Cast Lead" offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yet another aspect to Israel's "final solution" for Palestinian Gazans; dumping a toxic substance known to cause high rates of cancer and birth defects, just as has happened in Iraq, courtesy of the US bombing campaigns there.

May 23 10:13

Why Can't Americans Have a Leader Like This?

"Today we echo what our grandfathers called for. We want a state, but what kind of state? The state of taxes and fees? No. The state of real estate companies? No. We want a strong, capable, just, brave and responsible state. We want the state, with its army, security forces and political authority to defend south Lebanon and protect it... I would like to repeat the decisive sentence that we all believe in: The time of defeats has gone, and the time of victories has come.”

May 23 10:11

'Gender-bending' fear over plastic drinks bottles

A study found that participants who drank for a week from polycarbonate bottles showed a 69 per cent increase in their urine of BPA, which mimics the female sex hormone oestrogen.

The senior author of the latest study, Karin B. Michels, associate professor of epidemiology at HSPH and Harvard Medical School, said: ‘We found that drinking cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for just one week increased urinary BPA levels by more than two-thirds.

May 23 10:11

Israel destroying Gaza's farmlands

Safadi says he was present when Israeli soldiers fired small bombs into his field, which soon after caught ablaze. He explained that "The Israeli soldiers fired from their jeeps, causing a fire to break out on the land. They burned the wheat, burned the pomegranate trees ... The fire spread across the valley. We called the fire brigades. They came to the area and put out the fire. But in some places the fire started again." According to Safadi, he lost 30,000 square meters to the blaze, including 300 pomegranate trees, 150 olive trees, and wheat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Deliberate starvation is a war crime.

May 23 10:10

Nasrallah: Israel may be preparing for war

Less than three weeks before Lebanon's hotly contested election, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned his people on Monday night that a five-day IDF exercise scheduled to start at the end of the month could mean the Jewish state is preparing for "a new and unexpected war."

While he said he had no information that indicated this was the case, he added that "it is a possibility that cannot be ignored." He spoke in a televised speech.

May 23 10:09

Obama orders Gates to update plan for Iran strike

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I challenge anyone to provide a convincing reason for the US to attack Iran (other than Israel has ordered us to).

Iran has not invaded anyone for the last 200 years.

Iran does not have nuclear weapons, and even if they did, they are not a threat to the US, which has thousands of nuclear warheads and delivery systems that can reach Tehran. Iran is not building nuclear weapons according to the IAEA.

Israel, the chief war-monger for an attack on Iran has a past track record of lying about Iraq's nuclear weapons to start a war. Israel is not in any danger from Iran because Israel has an estimated 200 nuclear weapons.

So, with our nation at the edge of collapse, and already mired in three disastrous wars, why go into Iran (other than Israel has ordered us to)?



May 23 10:05

Taiwan-China business ties grow as barriers fall

China and Taiwan are seeking new business ventures in each other's territories like never before as investment and travel barriers fall between the once bitter enemies amid warmer political ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is definitely win/win for both China and Taiwan.

May 23 10:05

Women 'mistreated by Mercy Ministries'

Three former ministry residents have blown the whistle on the program, claiming they were independent young women when they entered, but came out broken and suicidal, believing - as ministry staff had told them - that they were possessed by demons and that Satan controlled them.
These women have since been forced to undergo years of intense psychological and psychiatric care to overcome their treatment at the ministry.

May 23 10:03

SKorean ex-President Roh Moo-hyun dies in apparent suicide amid broadening corruption scandal

May 23 10:01

Generals Find Suicide a Frustrating Enemy

Such meetings are one piece of a broader effort to arrest the Army's rising suicide rate, which has surged to record levels in the past year. In 2008, 140 soldiers on active duty took their own lives, continuing a trend in which the number of suicides has increased more than 60 percent since 2003, surpassing the rate for the general U.S. population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US military is already massively understaffed for the tasks at hand.

Multiple rotations, coupled with commanders putting soldiers unfit to fight back on the front lines with all kinds of prescription drugs in their systems, cannot be helping.

But what may well have been the tipping point for at least some of these people was the very clear, inescapable understanding that this time, the US is not on the right side of history, in the pursuit of these wars without end.

May 23 09:59

Don't judge the chemo kid

But I would also like to turn down the volume on the talk-radio chatter and outraged editorials. That's because nobody seems to be talking about what it takes to beat Hodgkin's (or any other cancer). What it takes is a grueling regimen that can indeed give even a dying person pause. In fact, the Hausers didn't refuse chemotherapy outright. They defied doctors and a judge's ruling only after Daniel experienced some of its violent effects following one round. If you don't understand why, listen to my friend, Arun Ponnusamy, 36, who beat acute lymphocytic leukemia. "Surviving cancer is one thing," he says. "Surviving chemotherapy is another thing entirely."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I watched what chemo did to my mother, and to this date I still cannot decide if it was the cancer of chemo that finally killed her. But there is no question in my mind that she suffered horribly from the chemo for the last months of her life.

May 23 09:55

Iran to US: We reserve 'right' to bomb Israel

May 23 09:54

Cheney Corroborates His Early Arrival in the Bunker on 9/11

What Cheney said yesterday adds nothing to his first account on September 16, 2001, but clearly discredits his second conflicting account for Newsweek two months later.

May 23 09:52

US Doctors’ association calls for Moratorium on GMO Foods

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) has just issued a call for an immediate moratorium on Genetically Manipulated (GMO) Foods. In a just-released position paper on GMO foods, the AAEM states that ‘GM foods pose a serious health risk’ and calls for a moratorium on GMO foods.

May 23 09:51


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is just itching to find an excuse to attack Iran and what better way than to try what his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, tried in 2006 – provoke Hamas in the Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon by getting them to retaliate with minor incidents to Israeli border provocations and then use this as an excuse to launch massive attacks against both.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, what happens when collaborators working for Israel fire a soft-of-=looks-like-it-is-from-Iran rocket into an empty lot in Israel from inside Palestine?

May 23 09:50

The Humanitarian Face of the State, With Fangs

The state is driven by its own internal interests, which can only be fulfilled at the expense of society. The state operates according to the principle of violence. Violence is the ultimate bargaining tool of the state. This is true in domestic and foreign relations, whether running a health program or a prison camp.

May 23 09:46

US Threatens to Pull Lebanon Aid Depending on Election Outcome

Biden linked US aid to the nation with the outcome of the election, cheered the current ruling parties and cautioned the nation against electing what he called “the spoilers of peace,” presumably referring to Hezbollah.

Recent polls suggest that the Hezbollah-led opposition has a very good chance of winning the June 7 poll. Hezbollah opposition faction includes a significant portion of the nation’s Christian voters. Contrary to its international image as a hawkish, Shi’ite Islamist faction, Hezbollah’s campaign has emphasized support for Lebanon’s diverse religious character.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this is a free and fair election, the US should acknowledge the outcome, and see what concrete steps can be taken to intelligently partner with the government taking shape for the good of all the people of Lebanon.

Of course, Israel won't stand for that.

In fact, the Israeli military just concluded a huge, "pull out all the stops" war game, envisioning war against every one of their neighbors.

The timing, right before Lebanon's elections, was a belligerently crude warning, writ large, about a possible military Israeli response if the "right" parties did not win.

May 23 09:41

Seven Jewish Children: A Play

Israel's recent bombing and ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, Operation Cast Lead, killed 1,417 Palestinians; thirteen Israelis were killed, five by friendly fire. Thousands of Palestinians were seriously wounded and left without adequate medical care, shelter or food. Among the Palestinian dead, more than 400 were children. In response to this devastation, Caryl Churchill wrote a play: Seven Jewish Children.

Since its February debut, Jewish leaders have condemned “Seven Jewish Children” as anti-Semitic.

May 23 09:40

Bill to Audit Fed Gains Serious Momentum

It looks like the Federal Reserve may finally have something to worry about now that HR 1207 is finally gaining serious steam. If enacted, HR 1207 will amend title 31 of the United States Code and reform the manner in which the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is audited by the Comptroller General of the United States. In other words, for the first time since 1950, the criminals at the Federal Reserve will be forced by law to open their books.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It won't happen. Opening up the books would reveal to the ordinary American that the Federal Reserve just makes the money they loan at interest out of thin air! It's a legal counterfeiting operation.

May 23 09:38

Japanese firms line up for U.S. auto bailout

May 23 09:38

Viggo Mortensen Smacksdown Obama and Cheney

1) Afghanistan is not a “good” war.
2) The government and people of Israel ought not be held in higher esteem than those of any other nation.
3) Most importantly, you should not let Cheney, G.W. Bush, and other immoral, murderous criminals in their administration off the hook. You and your relatively new government are, it is hoped, better than Gerald Ford and his government, who unforgivably pardoned the wretched criminal Richard Nixon for somewhat less significant wrongdoings and betrayals of the people of this and other countries than Cheney and company are guilty of.

May 23 09:37

Obama Orders Update to Iran Attack Plan

On NBC’s Today Show this morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that President Obama has ordered him to update the plans for a US attack on Iran, plans which were last updating during the Bush Administration. Gates says the plans are “refreshed” and insists that “all options are on the table” with respect to the potential attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, "deja vu all over again!"

May 23 09:36

US Demands Royalties on Influenza A(H1N1) Mexican Swine Flu Vaccine

An intergovernmental meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO), has failed to reach an agreement on sharing influenza virus research material and access to vaccines, with the US placing profits ahead of the threat of wide-scale, world-wide deaths from the current influenza A(H1N1),
US Demands Royalties on Influenza A(H1N1) Mexican Swine Flu Vaccine
Date: May 17, 2009 or Mexican swine flu, pandemic.

May 23 09:36

Cheney Breaks the Taboo

But that’s also where Cheney slipped up. You didn’t notice? Well, Cheney couldn’t resist expanding on the complaints of the terrorists:

“They have never lacked for grievances against the United States. Our belief in freedom of speech and religion…our belief in equal rights for women…our support for Israel… — these are the true sources of resentment…”

“Our support for Israel.” Cheney got that part right.

May 23 09:36

Letters Did Bibi Box Obama In?

By setting a six-month deadline, Obama has given an incentive to Israel, AIPAC, the neocons, and even al-Qaeda, which wants Shia Iran bombed back to the Stone Age, to provoke collisions with Iran, until December, then demand that Obama keep his word, suspend talks, impose severe sanctions, and start us on the escalator to war.

And, already, the incidents are multiplying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There was never a question that Netanyahu wold get what he wanted from Obama.

The only question was timing, and how to sell yet another war of aggression to the American people to wipe out yet another one of Israel's "existential threats", with our kids, our blood, and our money.

However, there is one issue Buchanan leaves unaddressed, and it is one of real urgency to any adults in the room on foreign policy in Tel Aviv and Washington. And this issue is the 9,000 lb. gorilla, sitting on the Steinway in the living room.

That issue is Russia.

Just what do Obama and Netanyahu think Russia will do when it finds its 7th largest trading partner attacked, nothing?

If this doesn't keep some of the folks in the US government and the Pentagon awake at night, it should.

May 23 09:35

In the Absence of Proof

It’s bad enough that we still execute people in the United States. It’s absolutely chilling that we’re willing to do it when we’re not even sure we’ve got the right person in our clutches.

May 23 09:27

LaRouche: Obama Has Revived Hitler's Genocide Program

This monstrous program was initially sold as an economic measure: "The economic burden represented by people suffering from hereditary diseases is a danger for the State and society," Nazi Dr. Gerhard Wagner said at the Nazi party congress in 1934. The Nazis required all state institutions to report on patients who were chronically ill, and used those reports as the basis to decide which patients should be killed.

May 23 09:26

Israel admits Tube advert map 'mistake'

Israel's tourist ministry has admitted to a "mistake" over adverts on the London Underground after complaints that they "wipe Palestine off the map".

The ads include a map which campaigners say shows the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip - as well as Syria's Golan Heights - as integral parts of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mistake, my ASCII!!!!!

May 23 09:23

Federal regulators close Strategic Capital Bank

Champaign-based Strategic Capital Bank was closed Friday by state and federal banking regulators, becoming the fourth bank to fail in Illinois this year and the 35th nationally.

May 23 09:23

President’s Detention Plan Tests American Legal Tradition

President Obama’s proposal for a new legal system in which terrorism suspects could be held in “prolonged detention” inside the United States without trial would be a departure from the way this country sees itself, as a place where people in the grip of the government either face criminal charges or walk free.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

".....TESTS American legal tradition"???

This plan pushes that tradition off a cliff, and into the abyss of dictatorship! There is absolutely no grey area here.

May 23 09:21


It’s moving quickly now. Was just on the phone with one of my friends when the buses arrived to pick up the members and take them to the convoy vehicles at the port. So they will arrive at the port very soon and then the members will drive the vehicles loaded with the medical aid to the Rafah border.

The convoy will be accompanied by Egyptian security who will see them to the border. Once at the border they will have to clear inspection and passport control, then enter Gaza. This could take a bit of time as there are many others waiting for entry ahead of the convoy, or, the convoy could be put right through quickly. We will see what happens later today.

May 23 09:20


Apartheid is wrong. That is not a matter of opinion…. It is a fact! So, what is controversial about opposing it?

May 23 09:20

Barack Obama pledges to keep U.S. 'dominance'

“I will only send you into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary, and with the strategy, the well-defined goals, the equipment and the support you need to get the job done,” Obama said before an audience estimated at 30,000. “We will maintain America’s military dominance and keep you the finest fighting force the world has ever seen.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Obama can say this with a straight face in Annapolis, yet continue to do what he's doing in Afghanistan (and soon, Pakistan) is enough to make one's head spin.

May 23 09:19

Obama and Netanyahu: up close and personal

May 23 09:19

Big Pharma To Make Billions again, As U.S. Asks Firms to Make Swine Flu Vaccine

Although questions remain unanswered about the effectiveness of a swine flu vaccine, how many doses it will take to protect a person and who should get it, U.S. Health Department said, "we can't wait" for the answers before putting the manufacturing machinery in motion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, this is another looting of public funds to give to political contributors in big Pharma.

May 23 09:17

The Weimar Hyperinflation: Time to get out the wheelbarrows?

Some worried commentators are predicting a massive hyperinflation of the sort suffered by Weimar Germany in 1923, when a wheelbarrow full of paper money could barely buy a loaf of bread. An April 29 editorial in the San Francisco Examiner warned:

"With an unprecedented deficit that's approaching $2 trillion, [the President's 2010] budget proposal is a surefire prescription for hyperinflation. So every senator and representative who votes for this monster $3.6 trillion budget will be endorsing a spending spree that could very well turn America into the next Weimar Republic."1

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which makes sense if the real goal is to kick off the Fourth Reich and World War 3.

May 23 09:16

Cheney's new book: 'I'm right, you're wrong'

As expected, Cheney is now seeking to sign a lucrative book deal to tell all to the American people -- you know, the people he used to hide information from when he was vice president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you think Cheney's book is going to be anything other than a repeat of the existing lies, then I have a great deal for you! Cash only, and in small bills.

May 23 09:15

US pledges one billion dollars for swine flu vaccine

The United States will invest one billion dollars to develop key components for a swine flu vaccine and conduct clinical studies into its efficacy, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for the large pharmaceutical manufacturers in the US which are licensed to produce flu vaccine for antigens.

And remember;if these jabs are mandatory, if there is an adverse reaction, or even death, there is absolutely no legal remedy to be had.

A little clause in the US Patriot Act gives pharmaceutical manufacturers complete immunity to any possible litigation against them due to a bad reaction to their product, even death.

May 23 09:13

Satellites to Streamline U.S. Intelligence Agency Narcotics Trafficking Operations

That’s not a misleading headline for those of us who have been paying attention. But then again, how many people have ever of SEASPRAY? This looks like an updated version of SEASPRAY, which is part of how Barry Seal was able to move tons of drugs into the U.S.

It’s helpful to make sure that the Left hand knows what the Right hand is doing when it comes to Uncle $cam’s drug running operations. My guess is that the use of the satellites will make this much easier. The cops are there to bust the upstarts, not the others.