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March 20, 2009

Mar 20 13:11

Fake Outrage in Washington

If you see a camera or microphone, be careful not to be trampled by a politician rushing to shout their "outrage" at AIG, and its brazen scheme to pay $165 million in bonuses to employees at the company unit responsible for driving the company to the edge of insolvency.

Mar 20 13:02

Ter·ror·ist (adjective): Anyone Who Disagrees with the Government

The Department of Homeland Security and police forces label anyone who they disagree with - or who disagrees with government policies - as "terrorists".

Don't believe me?

Well, according to a law school professor, pursuant to the Military Commissions Act, "Anyone who ... speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an 'unlawful enemy combatant' and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens."

Mar 20 12:59

Bernie Madoff Denied Bail

Webmaster's Commentary: 

After the screams of outrage, I am not surprised.

Mar 20 12:57

Racist and sexist Israeli military shirts show the mindset that led to war crimes in Gaza



Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Mar 20 12:45

Who owns Colorado's rainwater?

Who owns Colorado's rainwater?
Environmentalists and others like to gather it in containers for use in drier times. But state law says it belongs to those who bought the rights to waterways.
By Nicholas Riccardi
March 18, 2009
Reporting from Denver -- Every time it rains here, Kris Holstrom knowingly breaks the law.

Mar 20 12:01

Ron Paul on CNN's American Morning - 3/20/2009

Ron Paul on the AIG bailouts, "Outrageous and we are on the verge of crisis."

Mar 20 10:51

KY Election Officials Arrested, Charged With 'Changing Votes at E-Voting Machines'

The Kentucky officials arrested and indicted today, "including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers" of Clay County, have been charged with "chang[ing] votes at the voting machine" and showing others how to do it!

Mar 20 09:33

Hang the Bastards - Or At Least Bring Fraud Charges

The American nation, from the President down, is outraged over the continuing multi-million dollar bonuses to AIG executives and traders after $180 billion in public funds have gone to shore up this massive insurance firm. At AIG, especially in its London operation, massive numbers and amounts of insurance policies were written to ensure risky trades by customers. Policies that largely did not have any reserve set aside to cover payouts.


Mar 20 09:13

Blacklisted actress Betsy Blair dies in London

Beginning in the late 1940s, Blair took parts in "The Guilt of Janet Ames," and "A Double Life." But her movie career stalled after her enthusiasm for leftist causes landed her on Hollywood's blacklist.

"To be very left-wing in Hollywood was to work for the unions, to work for the blacks, the ordinary things that are social democratic principles," Blair told Britain's The Guardian newspaper in an interview in 2001.

Mar 20 09:09

Case Against Gun-Store Owner Dismissed

An Arizona court on Wednesday dismissed the case against a gun-store owner accused of looking the other way while front men purchased weapons to deliver to Mexico's drug cartels.

The trial, which began earlier this month, had been heralded as an example of U.S. authorities working to stanch the flow of weapons to Mexico, where a recent war among drug gangs is believed to have killed more than 6,000 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another taxpayer-funded frame-up collapses.

Mar 20 09:08

Obama and Israeli Leader Make Video Appeals to Iran

Invoking art, history and “the common humanity that binds us,” President Obama offered a “new day” in America’s relationship with Iran, using a videotaped message to make an unusual appeal directly to Iranians for a shift away from decades of confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: USreal will stop trying to start a new war if Iran will agree to pretend the whole thing was their fault all along.

Mar 20 09:06

Judge Orders Michigan Couple To Testify Against Themselves

Judge Edmunds (described by The Ann Arbor News and The Grand Rapids Press as guilty of perverting justice in another recent case, as well) granted a DOJ- and IRS-requested “summary judgment” in a lawsuit attempting to force the Hendricksons to change sworn testimony on their tax returns in order to give the federal government a pretext for claiming the couple owed income taxes in 2002 and 2003.

Edmunds’ "order" is purely for the consumption of a gullible public and press. Forcing someone to change sworn testimony is not only outside the authority of any court (or anyone else) but attempting to do so is a violation of several different criminal statutes.


Mar 20 09:02

Missouri Governor Stands Behind MIAC Smear Report

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has defended a report issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center that smears Ron Paul supporters, people who have knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, and people who display political bumper stickers as potential domestic terrorists.

Mar 20 09:00

MP Galloway is banned from Canada

British media reported the decision was due to his views on Afghanistan and the presence of Canadian troops there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My formerly high opinion of Canada just cratered!

Mar 20 08:59

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS COMMEMORATE THE 6th ANNIVERSARY OF THE IRAQ INVASION

Yesterday, New Yorkers remembered the start of Dubya’s invasion of Iraq. Union Square, an historic site for mass protests was the scene of the demo, afterwards they marched off to the Times Square Military Recruiting Station to continue their protest.

Mar 20 08:58

GAZA BLITZKRIEG DIARY

From Gaza… The witness and the martyr…


Mar 20 08:57

THE ECONOMY IS SOOOOOOOOOOO BAD THAT…..

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. So, the guy that made $50 billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $750 billion disappear.

Mar 20 08:56

Police Attack Tristan Solidarity Demonstrators, San Francisco, 3/16/09: video

Within minutes of arriving back at the consulate just before 7pm, demonstrators were more or less milling around and chanting when one officer began to assault demonstrators who were standing near some barricades and newspaper stands. Within seconds, up to a dozen cops rushed in swinging their billy clubs wildly at anyone they could hit in the crowd -- swinging overhead, swinging to their sides, just swinging at everyone in front of them.

Mar 20 08:55

Shopkeepers say plainclothes cops barged in, looted stores & stole cash

When they later unlocked their store, the Nams allege, they discovered that a case of lighter fluid and handfuls of Zippo lighters were missing. The police said they seized $2,573 in the raid. The Nams say they actually had between $3,800 and $4,000 in the store.

The Nams' story is strikingly similar to those told by other mom-and-pop store owners, from Dominicans in Hunting Park to Jordanians in South Philadelphia.

Mar 20 08:53

Ohio Joins Call for Restoring State Sovereignty - H.C.R. 11 Introduced in House


Mar 20 08:53

Mr. Iran envisions 'major' war in coming months

The soon-to-be prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that "a national emergency" such as Israel's involvement in a major war would help him in his frantic attempts to form a new ruling coalition.

Mar 20 08:51

Suspected Burglar Gets Stuck In Exhaust System

Employees at the Blackjack Pizza at Quebec and 35th found the man when they got to work just before 7 a.m. Friday morning. They saw his leg hanging from the ceiling.

Mar 20 08:50

Billionaire

Mar 20 08:47

Soldier says rabbis pushed "religious war" in Gaza

Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January's Gaza offensive that they were fighting a "religious war" against gentiles, according to one army commander's account published on Friday.

"Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land," he said.


Mar 20 08:36

Madoff : the Story behind the Story

I won't try to summarize the intrigue that Madsen describes, aside from revealing the "cornerstone" of his charge: Judge Denny Chin, who has accepted Madoff's guilty plea and will be in charge of sentencing him, is a major investor in the Cornerstone project.

Mar 20 08:32

We Have Seen the Enemy...

How did a nation that took so much pride in lively debate and different opinions become a nation that questions the loyalty of people who have dared to disagree with the policymakers in Washington? When did political dissent become a reason to end up grounded at an airport because you found out at a most inconvenient time that your name had been mysteriously added to a “no-fly list”? When did the American government begin building FEMA camps and what exactly is their purpose? When did Congress become the rubber stamp for policies of reading the correspondence and listening in on the conversations of the American public?

Mar 20 08:30

Second Annual State of the Revolution

First, let me assure you that I am not advocating revolution. In fact, I am a strong anti-violence advocate. However, that does not mean I cannot urge you to shoot back when the time comes.

I think a true violent revolution in America now is inevitable. The dominos already are falling and the inexorable result lies directly ahead.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am an optimist. I expect that the fall of the USA will spill as little blood as the fall of the USSR.

Mar 20 08:24

Start YOUR offshore corporation TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!


Mar 20 08:22

40 Years Since RFK Assassination, Mounting Evidence of CIA Involvement

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years ago this month at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24 year old immigrant, is the alleged lone gunman and is presently serving a life sentence.

In a new book, An Open and Shut Case, Dr. Robert Joling and Philip Van Praag have joined a growing list of people who don’t believe that Sirhan acted alone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Mar 20 08:18

"Kicked out of Auschwitz because I was Too Sick to Die!"

Uhh, excuse my ignorance, but if Auschwitz was truly a death camp, why would the Nazis release someone who had became seriously ill? Isn't dying part of the regimen at a "death camp?"

Mar 20 08:17

Brown warns Iran over nuclear plan

Gordon Brown, Britain's prime minister, has said Iran has the right to civil nuclear power, but could face tougher sanctions if it refuses to co-operate with the international community over its atomic programme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iran HAS been co-operating with the international community over its atomic program.

It is ISRAEL that refuses to allow inspections of their weapons factory.

Mar 20 08:16

US calls on Sweden s "Mr Fix It" Bo Lundgren

The Swedish financial chief known as "Mr Fix It" has been summoned to Washington to advise on how Sweden's model might avert a global banking meltdown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: $11 trillion of YOUR dollars have been poured onto the corporations that created this mess, and now they admit they don't know what they have been doing all this time.



Lockerdome
Mar 20 08:13

U.N. rights envoy sees Israeli war crimes in Gaza

A United Nations human rights investigator said on Thursday that Israel's military assault on densely populated Gaza appeared to constitute a grave war crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Call your congresscritters and tell them you will not be forced to pay for Israel's war crimes any longer. Enforce the Symington Amendment to the 1961 Foreign Appropriations Bill. No more money to Israel until they sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and submit to inspections.

Mar 20 08:08

Israel's dirty secrets in Gaza

Army veterans reveal how they gunned down innocent Palestinian families and destroyed homes and farms

Mar 20 08:08

Israeli troops admit abuse of Palestinians in Gaza (video)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israeli troops admit what we were telling you all along. War crimes were committed against the Palestinians.

If the Jewish state is justified as necessary for the safety of the Jewish people (even though the Nazis are dead and gone) then a Palestinian state is justified as necessary for the safety of the Palestinians ( who face a present-day genocidal threat from Israel).

Mar 20 08:02

Washington Post Shows Its Hand

The Washington Post is apparently losing lots of money and may close in the foreseeable future, barring a deus ex machina intervention by some foreign billionaire such as saved the New York Times. While the decline of newspapers worldwide is regrettable, the Post's troubles are really good news, and bankruptcy would be a richly deserved fate for a rag that has been an enabler of every neocon fantasy for the past 20 years.


Mar 20 08:02

Obama Does Leno. Here Are Some Other Shows Worthy of President Cool

President Barack Obama went on national television last night again. No, it wasn't a Town Hall meeting or a press conference or an address to Congress. It was to sit and whoop it up with Jay Leno, host of NBC's The Tonight Show. I alternate between thinking this was the most brilliant strategic move by perhaps America's most telegenic, media-savvy president ever, and, what the hell is the President of the United States doing on a friggin' talk show? What's next, Letterman's Stupid Human Tricks?

Mar 20 08:01

8 slightly hurt in French nursery school shooting

The shooting at the Harmony nursery school occurred just as parents were coming to collect their children in the late morning. The shots appeared to be aimed at the building.

Five of the injured received light wounds and the others suffered even less significant injuries, said Raphaelle Padovani, a spokesperson for the regional prefecture.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a staged incident intended to support a gun-grab, but it failed to produce the headline-grabbing dead children.

Mar 20 07:57

Al Qaeda Doesn't Exist

Part One of the Al Qaeda Doesn't Exist documentary from The Corbett Report, dealing with the founding and funding of what we know as Al Qaeda. This installment of the documentary goes into Zbigniew Brzezinski, Operation Cyclone, the ISI-CIA-MAK-US government funding circle and CIA connections to Osama Bin Laden.

Mar 20 07:55

Israeli soldiers report abuses in Gaza

The reports in a military institute's newsletter resembled accounts given by many Palestinians during and after the winter offensive. In gripping language cited by two Israeli newspapers, they appeared to support contentions by some human rights groups that Israel had violated the laws of war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And YOU were forced to pay for it all!


Mar 20 07:55

Study on a Possible Israeli Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Development Facilities

A military strike by Israel against Iranian Nuclear Facilities is possible and the optimum route would be along the Syrian-Turkish border then over a small portion of Iraq then into Iran, and back the same route. However, the number of aircraft required, refueling along the way and getting to the targets without being detected or intercepted would be complex and high risk and would lack any assurances that the overall mission will have a high success rate.

Mar 20 07:54

Gaza devastated by the israel war criminals

Marking from the USA war machine on the bullets and shells
The indiscriminate use of white phosphor is still making victims.
Children with out shoes are walking on it.
Just glimpse of the horror that israel imposes on the world.

Mar 20 07:52

Mortgage Rates May Fall to WWII Low on Fed Purchases

“It’s a big bullet the Fed’s firing here,” he said. “The Fed is kind of going all in.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... with YOUR money. Because whatever the Fed spends to buy up those assets is still a loan to the US Government at interest, which YOU will be required to pay. So while the mortgage rates themselves may fall to WW2 lows, you will still pay a high price through increased taxes for which you will receive no services at all.

Mar 20 07:50

Obama Tells Iran to Seek New Links With U.S., World

The U.S. and Iran are entangled in a dispute over the Persian Gulf nation’s nuclear program, which the U.S. contends is a cover for developing weapons. Iran denies that the program has military aims, saying it’s trying to produce more electricity for a growing population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given past history I would say that the burden of proof lies with the US.


Mar 20 07:48

U.S. Submarine, Naval Ship Collide in Hormuz Strait

Fifteen sailors were slightly injured aboard the submarine, the Hartford, and returned to duty, the Navy said in an e-mailed statement. No one serving on the amphibious vessel, the New Orleans, was hurt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is rare for a collision with a sub to be reported. Most such collisions are kept top secret.

Mar 20 07:44

Citigroup May Spend $10 Million for Executive Suite

Citigroup Inc. plans to spend about $10 million on new offices for Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit and his lieutenants, after the U.S. government injected $45 billion of cash into the bank.

Mar 20 07:40

Did Israeli soldiers kill unarmed civilians?

'The most moral army in the world' killed civilians without cause

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the obvious Israeli "Megaphonies" in the comments section.

Mar 20 07:09

Obama Meets with Schwarzenegger, Others on Stimulus Bill - Including Britney Spears, Josef Fritzl and Nancy Reagan's Astrologer

Voice of America The president will host New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and two governors, Pennsylvania's Ed Rendell and Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. They will discuss spending on transportation infrastructure projects as a means of creating jobs.

At a later appearance in Los Angeles, the president announced a new Web site (www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov) to help homeowners determine if they are eligible for his housing plan.

Mr. Obama assured the crowd there would "be brighter days ahead."


Mar 20 04:50

Rapid Declines in Manufacturing Spread Global Anxiety - Total Collapse

The New York Times World Business Nelson D. Schwartz Manufacturing has fallen off the cliff, and it’s certainly the biggest decline since the Second World War,” said Dirk Schumacher, senior European economist with Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt.

The pattern of manufacturing and trade ominously recalls how the financial crisis of 1929 grew into the Great Depression: tightening credit and consumer fear reduced demand for manufactured goods in one country after another, creating a downward spiral that reduced global trade.

Mar 20 02:43

U.S. Attorney General Reaffirms Administration's New Pot Policy Stance

Washington, DC: United States Attorney General Eric Holder reaffirmed yesterday that he will not authorize federal justice resources to target or prosecute medical cannabis users or providers that are compliant with state law

March 19, 2009

Mar 19 22:10

A.I.G. Sues U.S. for Return of $306 Million in Tax Payments, Some Involving Tax Deals in Offshore Havens - Uses Taxpayer Money to Pursue the Lawsuit

A.I.G. is effectively suing its majority owner, the government, which has an 80 percent stake .... The company is in effect asking for even more money, in the form of tax refunds. The suit also suggests that A.I.G. is spending taxpayer money to pursue its case....

Mar 19 22:02

EU aims to criminalise Holocaust denial

By Tobias Buck in Brussels

Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.

Offenders will face up to three years in jail under the proposed legislation, which will also apply to inciting violence against ethnic, religious or national groups.


Mar 19 21:59

Companies pout about the troubles of hiring foreign slave labor

The "temporary" program that is still in existence.....because it was never meant to end.....still admits foreigners to destroy the middle class wage earner even with record unemployment and the companies still aren't satisfied. Look at the comments of the article - another example of a huge disconnect between the elite rulers and the real Americans.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/031109-h1b.html?page=1

Mar 19 20:13

The Lobby Falters

Many people in Washington were surprised when the Obama administration tapped Charles Freeman to chair the National Intelligence Council, the body that oversees the production of National Intelligence Estimates: Freeman had a distinguished 30-year career as a diplomat and Defense Department official, but he has publicly criticised Israeli policy and America’s special relationship with Israel, saying, for example, in a speech in 2005, that ‘as long as the United States continues unconditionally to provide the subsidies and political protection that make the Israeli occupation and the high-handed and self-defeating policies it engenders possible, there is little, if any, reason to hope that anything resembling the former peace process can be resurrected.’ Words like these are rarely spoken i

Mar 19 19:38

Economy Saved by Ben Bernanke!

By the time this is all over, the Fed will own most of the real estate in the country. They are also expanding their purchases to credit card debt, automobile debt and anything else they can get their hands on. This no longer sounds like a free society to me.

Mar 19 19:34

USA has two options to save its economy: declare default or trigger off war

The United States is the largest borrower in the world. The US national debt has already exceeded the level of 11 trillion dollars as of the beginning of 2009 and continues to grow like an avalanche. Experts say that the USA has only two ways to solve the problem: to either declare default or trigger off a war.



Pixfuture
Mar 19 19:29

England’s Bankster Bailout v2.0

Privately, something close to desperation is starting to develop inside government. After watching the slide in bank shares on Friday, one cabinet minister did not altogether joke when he said: “The banks are f**cked, we’re f**cked, the country’s f**cked.”

Mar 19 19:26

Murdoch admits what we ALL knew all along

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1237392665709&pagename=JPos...

RUPERT MURDOCH admits his loyalty is with Israel. Big surprise.

Mar 19 18:18

Studies cast doubt on prostate cancer screenings

The tests rarely save lives, researchers say, and treatment can cause more harm than the potential tumor.

Mar 19 18:18

Plan to Buy Toxic Bank Assets Delayed Again

The Administration's long-awaited plan to save America's banks is being delayed again, government sources tell Time. Fears of an AIG-like backlash among potential private investors, and the difficulty of creating a model to price toxic assets on the banks' balance sheets, have both contributed to the delay, the sources say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, it's OUR fault. Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure.


Mar 19 17:34

Sarkozy under pressure as 'millions' take to streets

As many as three million people took to the streets across France today to protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's handling of the economic crisis and demand more help for struggling workers.

The protests, which polls show are backed by three quarters of the French public, reflect growing disillusion with Sarkozy's pledges of reform as the crisis has thrown tens of thousands out of work and left millions more worried about their jobs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Viva la' Revolution!

Mar 19 17:31

Sending electric signals into the brain could eliminate Parkinson's symptoms

A ground-breaking medical device that eliminates the symptoms of Parkinson's disease by electrically stimulating the brain could be tested in humans as early as next year, according to scientists working on the project.

Mar 19 17:30

US court postpones Madoff bail decision

A US court said Thursday it was delaying a decision on an appeal by jailed Wall Street fraudster Bernard Madoff to be granted bail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning they are searching for a time to let him out that will not attract public notice.

Mar 19 17:24

Cuomo Carlyle Group "Tainted" in Payoff Scam

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced the indictment of Henry (“Hank”) Morris and David Loglisci on 123 charges relating to a multi-mllon dollar payoff scam. They are charged with conspiring to sell access to billions of taxpayer dollars in exchange for millions of dollars in kickbacks and other payments for political and personal gain.



Taboola
Mar 19 17:22

Was the Bailout Itself a Scam?

Professor Michael Hudson (CounterPunch, March 18) is correct that the orchestrated outrage over the $165 million AIG bonuses is a diversion from the thousand times greater theft from taxpayers of the approximately $200 billion “bailout” of AIG. Nevertheless, it is a diversion that serves an important purpose. It has taught an inattentive American public that the elites run the government in their own private interests.

Americans are angry that AIG executives are paying themselves millions of dollars in bonuses after having cost the taxpayers an exorbitant sum. Senator Charles Grassley put a proper face on the anger when he suggested that the AIG executives “follow the Japanese example and resign or go commit suicide.”

Mar 19 17:21

13 firms receiving federal bailouts have unpaid taxes, congressman says

Thirteen firms receiving federal bailouts owe more than $220 million in unpaid federal taxes, a powerful House Democrat said Thursday.

Mar 19 17:20

Durban II: no-show is slap in face of victims of apartheid

More and more Western countries are either announcing their boycott or are threatening to boycott Durban II, a United Nations conference scheduled for April to review progress made since the World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) held in Durban, South Africa in 2001, nicknamed Durban I. Earlier this month, Italy became the first EU member to withdraw from the event, stating that it could not endorse a draft agenda that criticizes Israel. Italy followed in the footsteps of Israel, Canada and the United States. France and the Netherlands are threatening their own boycotts. Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch foreign minister, recently explained that "The Netherlands will not be party to a propaganda circus." In December 2008, Verhagen claimed that the 2001 summit was an "anti-Semitic witch-hunt."

Mar 19 17:19

Our South Africa Moment Has Arrived

As Israel shifts steadily to the fanatic, racist right, as the latest parliamentary election results have shown, Palestinians under its control are increasingly being brutalized by its escalating colonial and apartheid policies, designed to push them out of their homeland to make a self-fulfilling prophecy out of the old Zionist canard of "a land without a people." In parallel, international civil society, according to numerous indicators, is reaching a turning point in its view of Israel as a pariah state acting above the law of nations and in its effective action, accordingly, to penalize and ostracize it as it did to apartheid South Africa.

Mar 19 17:13

Groundbreaking National Service Legislation Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives Advocates Establishing September 11 as an Annually Observed National Day of Service

More than seven years after terrorist attacks on America left nearly 3,000 people dead, U.S. Congress took a major step today toward establishing 9/11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like Pearl Harbor day, a day to memorialize a national deception.

Also, the concept of mandatory national service is a direct violation of the 13th amendment. More to the point, the services we are ordered to "volunteer" are the ones we were told our taxes were paying for. So where did the money go? Why are we paying taxes for services we are not expected to do for ourselves?

Mar 19 17:10

In Israel, recession pressures boil over into looting

Isolated outbreaks have erupted after beleaguered business owners or managers defaulted on debts, stopped paying workers and went into hiding.

Mar 19 17:07

U.S. unemployment rate likely around 9.5 percent: think tank

The U.S. unemployment rate was probably around 9.5 percent, comparable to the jobless rate in 1982 if adjustments were made to factor in demographic changes and undercounting, a think tank said on Thursday.

Mar 19 17:06

Missouri Fusion Center Labels As Suspicious Supporters of Ron Paul and Bob Barr, and Income Tax Critics

The Missouri Information Analysis Center (”MIAC”) recently published a report, “The Modern Militia Movement” that cautioned police to look for certain signs that individuals are part of the militia movement and to be wary of such people. (1.7 MB pdf of report found at Infowars – note that I do not support all of the comments made in that posting, though I defend Infowars’ right to say them. News report here; another informative blog post here — including some statements I do not support.) There has been an uproar because it is clear the MIAC is creating a “dangerous person” profile that includes political affiliation and policies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am not a terrorist!

On my best days I am a minor irritation!

Mar 19 17:02

What do "We the People" do in the event of the collapse of the United States Government?

How do “We the People” plan ahead for the failure of the United States Government(trademark)?

1.Defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic.
2.Imprison all those who pushed the Bailout/TARP through the Congress using the unconstitutional process of Senate introduction of a spending bill since original bill was not passed by the House of Representatives.
3.Penalize all those who voted for this bill and consider charges of treason for those who, after censure, continue to disregard their oath to defend the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic.

Mar 19 16:32

Plan to Solve Crisis: Let Immigrants Buy Houses - Open the floodgates WIDER!

Yahoo! Finance Tech Ticker Aaron Task The Fed's actions to lower mortgage rates won't stop home prices from falling, because lower rates aren't enough to sop up the huge supply of excess housing inventory, says John Mauldin, president of Millennium Wave Advisors and author of the popular "Thoughts from the Frontline" e-letter.

Instead, Mauldin believes the U.S. government should pursue a controversial idea that's been floated a few times in the past year, including here by Gary Shilling, among others: give immigrants a pathway to citizenship if they buy a house.

Mar 19 15:10

Obama's Moment is Passing Quickly

The actions of Obama's Chief Financial Adviser Larry Summers and his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner in permitting the payment of $165 million in bonuses to AIG executives (Summers, according to the Wall Street Journal, actually pressed Sen. Chris Dodd, D-CT, to secretly remove a bar to the payment of such bonuses from the bailout bill) and storm of public outrage that has followed public disclosure of those payments, provides President Obama, whose administration is stumbling badly on many fronts, to turn things around and avoid political disaster.

Mar 19 14:54

Arrogance Incompetence & Greed

One day shy of just two months in office, the abject failures of the Obamanation coup are already becoming clear. Obama needs to be called back from his favorite occupation of 'master of the campaign trail' to fire Timothy Geithner, along with Ben Bernanke who is the fraudulent head of the Federal Reserve System; along with everyone else in his "cabinet" and the White House that are attempting to serve two masters.
"The collusion to save this toxic company [AIG] in order to salvage the rogue financiers who conspired to enrich themselves by impoverishing millions is being revealed as the greatest financial scandal in U.S. history. Instead of taking bonuses, the culprits should be taking perp walks.

Mar 19 14:53

Ex-Bush admin official: Many at Gitmo are innocent

Many detainees locked up at Guantanamo were innocent men swept up by U.S. forces unable to distinguish enemies from noncombatants, a former Bush administration official said Thursday. "There are still innocent people there," Lawrence B. Wilkerson, a Republican who was chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, told The Associated Press. "Some have been there six or seven years."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has tortured innocent people.

Some of them to death.

Mar 19 14:41

Soldier suicides skyrocket

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If you woke up one morning and realized you were the bad guys, how would you handle it?

Mar 19 14:39

Undersea Tonga volcano erupts in Pacific ocean 18/03/2009

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cultists are going totally nuts; all that greenhouse gas and no way to blame humans for it!

Mar 19 14:38

“Perp Walks Instead of Bonuses”: Veteran Journalist Robert Scheer on AIG Bonuses, the “Backdoor Bailout” and Why Obama Should Fire Geithner, Summers

Appearing on Capitol Hill, AIG CEO Edward Liddy was repeatedly questioned over why the failed insurance giant is paying out over $165 million in bonuses after it received a $170 billion taxpayer bailout. While the Obama administration is expressing outrage, more details have come to light indicating that some officials have known about the bonuses for months.

Mar 19 14:37

Russia to deploy new warheads after START-1 treaty ends

Russia will deploy a new multiple-warhead, nuclear-capable missile after a key US-Russian arms control treaty expires in December, a top general said on Tuesday, quoted by news agencies. “After December 5, that is after the expiration of the START-1 treaty, a regiment with one command centre and one rocket division armed with RS-24 complexes with detachable warheads will be placed on a state of combat readiness,” General Nikolai Solovtsov was quoted as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My understanding is that these new warheads are able to maneuver during the re-entry phase, rather than simply follow a ballistic ark, rendering this highly expensive and already dubious US missile defense system obsolete before it is even completed.

Mar 19 14:33

IDF in Gaza: Killing civilians, vandalism, and lax rules of engagement

During Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians under permissive rules of engagement and intentionally destroyed their property, say soldiers who fought in the offensive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War crimes.

Mar 19 14:33

Consumer prices rise 0.4 percent in February

U.S. consumer prices rose in February by the largest amount in seven months as gasoline prices surged again and clothing costs jumped the most in nearly two decades.

Mar 19 14:32

U.S. jobless rolls swell to record 5.47 million

The number of U.S. workers drawing state unemployment benefits hit another record high early this month and factory activity in the Mid-Atlantic region shrank again as the economy battles a severe downturn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course this number does not include people who have run out of benefits and still cannot find a job, not to mention those that have lost all hope and simply quit looking.

Mar 19 14:31

Geithner: Treasury pushed for bonus loophole

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNN Thursday his department asked Sen. Chris Dodd to include a loophole in the stimulus bill that allowed bailed-out insurance giant American International Group to keep its bonuses.

Mar 19 14:31

Million French workers march against Sarkozy

More than a million angry French workers took to the streets Thursday in a nationwide strike to force President Nicolas Sarkozy to boost wages and protect jobs as the economic crisis deepens.

Mar 19 14:30

What the Pros Say: US Is Now 'Bankrupt'

Global stocks traded higher, as did the dollar against the euro, Thursday after the Federal Reserve's surprise announcement it would buy $300 billion in US Treasurys in order to help the ailing economy.

But experts tell CNBC they have concerns over the Fed's latest move and that the current national balance sheet is a disaster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where does the Federal Reserve get the money to buy the treasuries?

They just print it up!

Where does the US Government get those treasuries to sell?

They just print them up!

Mar 19 14:30

Baghdad's water still undrinkable 6 years after invasion

Baghdad's water network was due to be upgraded in 1984, but Saddam Hussein went to war with Iran instead. Then he invaded Kuwait . The U.S. bombing campaign that forced Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait damaged the water system and cut the resources needed to fix it.

A decade of international economic sanctions impoverished Iraq , and the water got worse. The U.S.-led invasion six years ago led to wide looting of offices and the abandonment of purification systems.

Mar 19 14:28

Baghdad's water still undrinkable 6 years after invasion

Everybody complains about the water in Baghdad , and few are willing to risk drinking it from the tap. Six years after the U.S. invaded Iraq , 36 percent of Baghdad's drinking water is unsafe, according to the Iraqi Environment Ministry — in a good month. In a bad month, it's 90 percent. Cholera broke out last summer, and officials fear another outbreak this year.

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"Iran did it!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 19 14:27

Israel's ex-president indicted for rape

Israel's ex-president Moshe Katsav was formally charged on Thursday with several counts of rape, sexual harassment and an indecent act, the justice ministry said.

"He has been indicted for rape and sexual harassment," a spokeswoman for the justice ministry told AFP.

Mar 19 14:25

U.N. panel says world should ditch dollar

A U.N. panel will next week recommend that the world ditch the dollar as its reserve currency in favor of a shared basket of currencies, a member of the panel said on Wednesday, adding to pressure on the dollar.

Mar 19 14:24

U.N. Environment Head Wants Global Warming Tax

You won’t find them calling it by that name, but the “New Green Deal” being proposed by the Obama administration, as well as U.N. environment agency head Achim Steiner, is nothing more than a global warming tax designed to further castrate U.S. sovereignty and geld Americans to accept increasingly centralized global regulations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those 36 underwater volcanoes near Tonga are putting out more heat per day than all the human activity on Earth in a month.

When you get those volcanoes to pay their fair share of the damages, I'll consider writing a check, but not before.

Mar 19 14:14

Undersea volcano erupts near Tonga

Spectacular columns are spewing out of the sea about 6 miles from the southwest coast off the main island of Tongatapu - an area where up to 36 undersea volcanoes are clustered, geologists said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obviously, with today's 7.9 quake, it appears Tonga is suffering a major geological event.

The 36 undersea volcanoes mentioned were only recently discovered and appear to be the source for the "El Nino" warm current that stretches from Tonga eastward across the south Pacific.

And I certainly hope it is 36 volcanoes and not 36 vents into a single supervolcano!!!!

Mar 19 14:07

Finlay s "Unannounced Liquidation" Spills Over to Zale s Balance Sheet

As Finlay methodically roles out its "unannounced" plan for liquidation, its problems begin to spill over to Zale's beleaguered balance sheet. Here's why Zale may be the fourth large jewelry to sink into financial obscurity over the next 24 months.

Mar 19 13:56

Magnitude 7.9 - TONGA REGION

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is a heck of a wallop!

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is saying we will not get a Tsunami here in Hawaii, but to expect higher than normal sea levels and strong offshore currents starting at 14:30 Hawaii time today.

Mar 19 13:26

Visionary President goes Back to the Future

Perhaps if enough of us know history we can prevent the recurrence of the bad parts.

Mar 19 13:24

Ice Water and Sweatboxes

In the 20th century, there were two main traditions of clean torture—the kind that doesn't leave marks, as modern torturers prefer. The first is French modern, a combination of water- and electro-torture. The second is Anglo-Saxon modern, a classic list of sleep deprivation, positional and restraint tortures, extremes of temperature, noise, and beatings.

Mar 19 11:48

AIG cartoons

Twenty of them.

Mar 19 10:45

UN $750 billion oil tax; "Green New Deal"

Steiner also said that the world urgently needed funds to jump start a U.N. deal to fight global warming, due to be agreed in Copenhagen in December to succeed the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

Mar 19 10:11

Secret Aussie blacklist leaked

The inevitable has happened - the secret Australian blacklist of banned websites has been published on the internet.

The list contains some 2,395 sites about half of which do not contain child sexual abuse images. It includes online poker sites, fetish, satanic and Christian sites, Wikipedia pages, gay and straight pornography, a travel operator and even the website for a Queensland dentist.

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