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Mar 09 22:24

Wikipedia scrubs Obama eligibility

Wikipedia, the online "free encyclopedia" mega-site written and edited entirely by its users, has been deleting within minutes any mention of eligibility issues surrounding Barack Obama's presidency, with administrators kicking off anyone who writes about the subject, WND has learned.

UPDATE: This appears to have been a hoax story that WND and FOX fell for. -- Webmaster

Mar 09 21:18

Mossad linked to 9/11 attacks: Report

New found information has implicated the Israeli Intelligence agency Mossad in the staging of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

Mar 09 19:55

Can God Make Something Heavier Than He Can Lift?

Can God Make Something Heavier Than He Can Lift?
By Joe Bodolai © All rights reserved.

Mar 09 19:51

I'm Furious

I solidly detest the fact that I have to take responsibility for fighting these political thugs because they aren't responsible enough to act as good citizens themselves.

Mar 09 19:38

Mastro Auctions to handle sale of storied Cook County Gallows

All of this is to explain the gallows' years of non-usage, but what of its history of executions? Amazingly, the immense structure, with its sturdy crossbar and trapdoor platform, was originally built to accommodate the cinched necks and kicking feet of four men convicted in the 1886 bombing of Chicago's Haymarket Square.

Please note: Due to its size and current location, this lot will not be shipped and must be disassembled and picked up by the winning bidder in Union, Illinois.

Mar 09 19:36

Following the Money

It appears that we all work for Wall Street, in one way or another.

Mar 09 19:33

Responsible Banks Question Why They Should Pay More to Bail Out Irresponsible Subprime Lending Banks

“The regulators wrongly suggested we take it,” Cooper said. “Everybody who took the TARP money now is a crook and an evil character.”

Mar 09 19:20

The Bad News of This Recession that No One Wants To Talk About

As the current recession drags on into its 15th and 16th months there are a lot of predictions about when it will bottom out and when the recovery will begin. Optimistic estimates have the recovery beginning in the later half of 2009. Pessimistic estimates put it well into 2010. What no one seems to be asking is what engine is actually going to pull the economy out of this recession?

Mar 09 18:45

What the Citi Conversion Might Really Mean

The power grab will increase the Administration's and Fed's ability to direct bank lending, which can lead to an abrogation of the system of checks and balances that control our money supply.

Mar 09 18:33

Money for Nothing, Questions raised on Schering-Plough calls before deal

Reuters Doris Frankel CHICAGO, March 9 (Reuters) - The unusual buying of call options in Schering-Plough Corp (SGP.N) placed days before its pending acquisition deal with Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N) have some options players asking if the news was leaked in advance.

Some lucky option players appeared to have reaped a windfall with Schering-Plough call options rocketing after Merck on Monday announced a proposed $41.1 billion takeover of the drugmaker.

Mar 09 17:49

Israel to demolish a mosque, six homes near Nablus

Israel plans to demolish six homes and a mosque in the villages of A’qraba and Kherbet At-Taweel, both south of the West Bank city of Nablus, residents said on Sunday.

Mar 09 17:42

Whale Oil Lamp Makers Dismiss Electric Light as Passing Fad!

Obama is dissing economic blogs, saying they are unreliable.

The editor of the Aurora Sentinel says that there is "very little real news on blogs".

Time magazine asks "Does the News Industry Deserve a Bailout?", and trumpets the heroic work of mainstream newspapers:

Politicians have every reason to want to see print media fail . . . too many governors and congressmen have lost jobs after newspaper investigations to make the relationship between Fourth Estate and politicians a comfortable one. A neutered press would benefit a number of elected officials.

But the whole debate about blogs versus mainstream media is nonsense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Mar 09 13:58

You Can't Be a Christian and Tolerate Torture

I've run into a number of self-proclaimed Christians (both Catholic and Protestant) who openly proclaim they favor torture of detainees in the "war on terror." I've always thought that's a strange thing for a person whose Savior was tortured to death to say.

Mar 09 13:56

Illegal immigrants might get stimulus jobs, experts say

Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants, particularly in big states such as California where undocumented workers are heavily represented in construction, experts on both sides of the issue say.

Mar 09 13:55

The $700 trillion elephant

Try as we might to salvage the residential real estate market, it's at best worth $23 trillion in the U.S. We're struggling to save the stock market, but that's valued at less than $15 trillion. And we hope to keep the entire U.S. economy from collapsing, yet gross domestic product stands at $14.2 trillion.
Compare any of these to the derivatives market and you can easily see that we are just closing the windows as a tsunami crashes to shore.

Mar 09 13:54

Naysayers gather to shower criticism on global warming theory

Entitled Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis? and featuring some of the most prominent naysayers in the climate change debate, this week’s conference in New York sets out to escalate its confrontation with the scientific establishment, the vast majority of whose members subscribe to the view that humans are the principal cause of climate change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then how do you explain all that climate change that occurred before humans came around?

Mar 09 13:52

Attorneys angered over lack of IRS aid

"It's absolutely the most abusive unit within the IRS in the way in which they treat taxpayers," said W. Calvin Bomar, a partner at Atlanta's Bomar & Phipps and a former attorney in the IRS' office of chief counsel, referring to centralized IRS units that review offers made by taxpayers to settle their tax liability for less than the amount owed. "Under no circumstance do they want to approve an offer in compromise. I'm talking about people who are destitute and entitled to relief under that program."

Mar 09 13:52

'They used a scalpel... I was crying in agony': Guantanamo victim Binyam Mohamed speaks

'They took the scalpel... One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction.

'I was in agony, crying, trying desperately to suppress myself, but I was screaming. They must have done this 20 to 30 times in maybe two hours.'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But remember, the terrorists only hate us because we are free!!

On a more serious note, this is just one man. It is clear that the reason Barack Obama is refusing to allow any more Guantanamo prisoners to be released is that their stories likely equal, even possibly exceed this victim's story in terms of sheer barbarity of treatment.

These prisoners, many of whom have done no wrong at all, are going to be kept prisoners, possibly until they die, for no other crime than being an embarrassment to the state.

Mar 09 13:45

Poll: Should Geithner, Summers and Bernanke Be Fired?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How come "drawn and quartered" never gets into the poll choices?

Mar 09 13:31

UPDATED WRH ONLINE STORE

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are putting some new designs in, taking old designs out. Even if you don't buy something (in this economy, we really do understand) let us know which items you like or do not like.

Mar 09 13:30

5.5 quake near the Big Island, Hawaii

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UPDATE: Downgraded to a 4.0

Mar 09 13:15

Maine's, New Hampshire's and Vermont's RBOC Appears Headed into Bankruptcy.

Yahoo! Finance AP - FairPoint posts 4Q loss amid higher costs FairPoint posts 4th-quarter loss as expenses weigh on results, company suspends dividend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Communications service provider FairPoint Communications Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Thursday as higher expenses weighed on results. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend to preserve cash and bolster its balance sheet.

For the full year, FairPoint posted a loss of $68.5 million, or 85 cents per share, on sales of $1.27 billion.

Mar 09 12:15

American Nuclear Dumbing Down? Why Not Ask Dimona for help?

Apparently, we've forgotten how to make a key widget for our arsenal of flying nuclear death penises.

My question: Why not just ask Dimona technicians?

Heck we gave them the tech, the money, the weapons and the greenlight. And we're very regular with out foreign aid check to Tel Aviv for impoverished Israelis. Might as well get some payback in some form, eh?

Mar 09 10:54

Can you survive economic crisis?

Booming preparedness industry says Americans are stockpiling

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Canned foods and shotguns!

Mar 09 10:53

Ron Paul Calls Out Neocons By Name

This is obviously pre-Obama but still relevant. Neo-cons are out of the far left and are not conservative.

Mar 09 10:53

Black Hole - Retraining For What?

But here's the new problem: In our day, all those employment sectors are filled (a job as a rapper is scarce in NH) and in fact most or all, to some extent, are now laying off or firing certain numbers, for good, due to revenue shortages.

My question remains? For what other jobs are people to be RETRAINED?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The "We will retrain you" crowd misses a major point. Most people who had good jobs trained for those because they WANTED those jobs, indeed in many cases went into debt to achieve that position in life. Simply offering to retrain them as hole fillers and cable TV installers shows a serious lack of empathy to what these people are feeling.

Americans do not want new jobs. They want the jobs they had before, that they trained to do, PAID to learn how to do, and which were taken away by short-sighted US tax policy.

Mar 09 10:48

Japan market sinks to 26-year low

Stock markets in Asia have fallen with Japan's benchmark tumbling to a 26-year closing low amid the global economic slowdown.

Mar 09 10:38

Stop Robot Nudity Now

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here I was thinking pet costumes were an unnatural act!

Mar 09 10:32

Four largest TARP recipients spent billions on 'questionable transactions': memo Rachel Oswald

Rather than using federal bailout money to reinvigorate lending to consumers, some banks that received funds from TARP have spent it on questionable items that have done little to improve the health of the country’s financial sector but have certainly helped out foreign economies such as Dubai and China.

Mar 09 10:30

S.F. may crack down on 'flash mob' antics

San Francisco's pillow fight is part of an international fad, partly anarchistic, partly absurdist, in which a mob of participants suddenly materializes at a public place, engages in odd behavior and then disperses.

The events range from zombie marches to dances and pie fights, including a shaving-cream-on-paper-plate pie fight staged late Thursday afternoon at the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable.

Mar 09 10:29

Steeped in taxes and ready for tea

Protesters invoked tariff-weary Colonists, blasted Obama’s $787 billion stimulus plan at rally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I tagged this under Corporate Media because all morning I am getting these stories about major tax protests (I loved the "Off with his head" chant in Fullerton; made me proud to have gone to school there) over the internet and yet have not seen a single such protest reported on ABCNNBBCBS. MSNBC led off with a video tour of the home from where a young girl was kidnapped some time ago. Yeah, it's a shame, but the girl isn't there; just furniture and it doesn't actually affect my life directly.

Taxes affect my life. Taxes have wrecked my life, to be honest, and I find stories about my fellow Americans getting pissed off and chanting "Off with his head" far more relevant to my life than stories about the homes of missing girls, Chandra Levy, or Michael Jackson.

Mar 09 10:23

Madoff and the Sorkin Affair

Growing questions are being asked by legal scholars and Wall Street veterans over the background role that Bernard Madoff’s attorney, Ira Lee Sorkin, played in 1992 that may have resulted in Madoff looting investors for an additional 16 years. That question now takes on heightened urgency as Sorkin negotiates a plea deal for Madoff that would avoid the antiseptic sunshine of an open courtroom trial.

Mar 09 10:20

Poison on the Platter

Mahesh Bhatt says: Promotion of Genetically Modified Food is an Act of Bio-terrorism!!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Tech note: Your sound system is fine. This video only has sound on the left channel.

Mar 09 10:13

Murdoch: Europe is ‘poisoned’ by anti-Semitism

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch said Europe was “poisoned by an anti-Semitism we thought had been dispatched to history’s dustbin.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was, until Israel started pissing of the rest of the world yet again for the umpteenth time.

Mar 09 10:12

Prince Charles: 'We have less than 100 months to stop climate change disaster'

A dire climate-change warning will be issued by the Prince of Wales when he tells the world we have 'less than 100 months to act' before the damage caused by global warming becomes irreversible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Raising on a busted flush, your highnessness.

Mar 09 10:08

Auditors cite 'substantial doubt' about GM's survival

General Motors warned it could be liquidated through bankruptcy after its auditors voiced "substantial doubt" about the struggling automaker's ability to stay afloat in an annual report released Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You SUCKERS!!!!!!

You have been HAD!!!!!!!

GM is in trouble, and goes to get a "loan" from their pet congresscritters. The GM executives promptly write themselves huge bonuses and pad their golden parachutes with that taxpayer money.

Then GM crashes and YOU are stuck with the bill for the GM executives' retirements!!!!!

... repeat as necessary (for the other US Corporations)

Mar 09 10:02

Dow Could Hit 4,000

Even though the Dow appears oversold and could rally back to around 7,400, investors should consider limiting their exposure to equities, according to Stockmarket Cycles' Peter Eliades. Stacey Delo reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rally?

Not from where I am watching.

Mar 09 09:57

Bush, top aides apparently home free

Obama -- a former constitutional law professor-- has ruled out a look backward, claiming that any review of possible illegalities by Bush and his coterie would lead to "politics that have made Washington dysfunctional."

Mar 09 09:55

The Woman Who Could Have Prevented This Financial Mess Was Silenced by Greenspan, Rubin and Summers

"Break the Glass" was the code-name high-level Treasury Department figures gave the $700 billion bailout; it was to be used only as a last-resort measure. Now millions have been sprayed and damaged by broken glass. But more than a decade ago, a woman you're likely never to have heard of, Brooksley Born, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission -- a federal agency that regulates options and futures trading -- was the oracle whose warnings about the dangerous boom in derivatives trading just might have averted the calamitous bust now engulfing the US and global markets. Instead she was met with scorn, condescension and outright anger by former Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan, former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and his deputy Lawrence Summers.

Mar 09 09:46

Climate 'denial' is now a mental disorder

Even Drayson is outbid, however, by the groupies in The Guardian, who now suggest that people like Christopher Booker should no longer be compared to "Holocaust deniers" but consigned to even more outer darkness by branding them as climate "Creationists", the dirtiest word they know. Meanwhile at the University of the West of England in Bristol this weekend, a conference of "eco-psychologists", led by a professor, are solemnly exploring the notion that "climate change denial" should be classified as a form of "mental disorder".

Mar 09 09:35

More Private Risk Transferred to Public; GE to Issue FDIC Backed Bonds

Private gains through public risk.

In the latest of public subsidies handed out to private corporations, GE Capital will sell debt this week under the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s (FDIC) Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. GE will enjoy a very low cost of borrowing as it issues bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America.

Mar 09 09:34

Obama's Bush league decision

The president's lawyers continue to block access to information that could expose warrantless wiretapping. Is this change we can believe in?

Mar 09 09:29

The Civilian Inmate Labor Program

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"13th Amendment? We don' need no stinkin' 13th amendment!!!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 09 09:27

Sen. Joe Lieberman now sings Obama's praises

Sen. Joe Lieberman has changed his tune on Barack Obama. After campaigning across the country for Republican John McCain in 2008 and attacking Obama as naive, untested and unwilling to take on powerful special interests, Lieberman now showers praise on the popular new Democratic president.

"He's shown real leadership," Lieberman told The Associated Press in an interview. "Bottom line: I think Barack Obama, president of the United States, is off to a very good start."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not that anyone trusts what Lieberman has to say after the way he has flip-flopped around these last few years.

Mar 09 09:25

Steward of Forvik wins first round against Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs

Stuart Hill is claiming victory in the first round of his fight to get the UK government to explain how it derives its authority in Shetland.

After refusing to send in self-assessment forms and incurring the consequent penalties, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs threatened legal action with a hearing before the Tax Commissioners. Mr. Hill continued to hold out, telling them to go ahead and arrange the hearing. Not having had notification of the date after two phone calls, he wrote asking when the hearing was to be. After a three-month delay, the reply came back that he did not need to complete self-assessment forms from 2006-2007 onwards and that all penalties are cancelled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This case is also a reminder that governments will demand taxes they know they do not have a legal right to in the hopes you will simply pay up without question.

Mar 09 09:18

WILL THE WORLD REJECT ISRAELI FASCISM?

One will never know as most seem to be silent on the appointment of Lieberman as Israel’s new Foreign Minister. It is now an established fact that one does not criticise anything that goes on in Israel for fear of being labeled an anti Semite….. So I guess it’s up to us Israelis ourselves to do the condemning….. WHICH WE WILL!

Mar 09 09:17

SIXTY MEMBER AID DELEGATION ALLOWED ENTRY TO GAZA (VIA EGYPT)

The delegation, which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, was allowed through the Rafah, Egypt crossing in time for International Women’s Day, March 8. The crossing has been closed by the Egyptian government almost continuously since July 2007. However, Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak, chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent (similar to the Red Cross) and president of the National Women´s Committee, communicated her “blessing” of the mission through the Red Crescent team that escorted the delegation through the crossing.

Mar 09 09:15

Obama says US is losing war in Afghanistan and hints at Taleban talks

President Obama conceded yesterday that America was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the way for negotiations with moderate elements of the Taleban, much as the US did with Sunni tribes in Iraq.

Mar 09 09:14

Madoff Aide Allegedly Got Fake 'Tickets' of Trading

A longtime aide to disgraced financier Bernard Madoff instructed two assistants to generate trading tickets, now believed to be bogus, for Mr. Madoff's investing clients, according to information the assistants gave the government in the investigation.

Mar 09 09:13

House built from a kit!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My question is how durable is this house? Will it last as long as the mortgage required to pay for the land?

Mar 09 09:07

Obama to Force Israel to Allow Inspections of Dimona Nuclear Facility

That is, as soon as he gives up on life altogether and begins considering his options, which might include a dignified euthanasia, a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, announcing the abolition of the Federal Reserve, or as Haaretz has suggested, pressuring Israel to open the doors of Dimona to weapons inspectors.

Mar 09 09:04

Czech leader joins meeting of climate change deniers

It is billed as the largest ever gathering of climate change deniers, a convention that kicked off last night with a title suggesting global warming is a thing of the past, and a guest list that includes a hurricane forecaster, a retired astronaut and a sitting European president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the phrase "Climate change deniers", an apparent link to equate doubters with "Holocaust deniers."

But nobody denies climate changes. What is at issue is whether humans are being disproportionately blamed for the purposes of justifying new taxes and increased control over our lives.

Mar 09 09:02

Concerns over safety of cervical cancer vaccine after 1,300 girls experience adverse side-effects

More than 1,300 schoolgirls have experienced adverse reactions to the controversial cervical cancer jab.

Doctors have reported that girls aged just 12 and 13 have suffered paralysis, convulsions and sight problems after being given the vaccine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See my comments below about American corporations being perfectly willing to sell products that are harmful.

Mar 09 09:00

Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets? Say Hello to H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the “Food Safety Administration.” Even growers who only sell only fruit and/or vegetables at farmers markets would not only have to register, but they would be subject inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production. The frequency of these inspections will be determined by the whim of the Food Safety Administration. Mandatory “safety” records would have to be kept. Anyone who fails to register and comply with all of this nonsense could be facing a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FDA and USDA are already supposed to be making sure our food is safe (nice going on the SBGH bozos) so the only real purpose of creating yet another food agency is to impose so much paperwork and inspections on small farmers that they will not be able to sell their produce at farmer's markets and roadside stands. IN other words, this is intended to drive them small farmers out of business and grant agribusiness and supermarket chains a monopoly on food production and distribution.

This is all the more reckless and dangerous right now because it is the small dispersed farmers who will be best positioned to feed the nation through a total economic collapse during which farming corporations and supermarket distributors will collapse and cease to operate at all.

Mar 09 08:56

NO AUTISM In Never-Vaccinated Children

Homefirst's medical director, Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, told us he is not aware of any cases of autism in never-vaccinated children; the national rate is 1 in 175, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We have a fairly large practice," Eisenstein told us. "We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we've taken care of over the years, and I don't think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines. "We do have enough of a sample," Eisenstein said. "The numbers are too large to not see it. We would absolutely know. We're all family doctors. If I have a child with autism come in, there's no communication. It's frightening. You can't touch them. It's not something that anyone would miss."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have been flooded with emails insisting that there is no way there could be a link between Genetically Modified crops and Morgellon's Disease because the corporations would never, EVER, do anything that evil! (There is also the inevitable flood of emails insisting that Morgellon's patients are all psychosomatic or insisting that Morgellon's simply MUST be caused by chemtrails).

But as we saw with the Bayer Factor-8 scandal, American corporations do sell products that cause more harm than good as long as the laws and public awareness will let them get away with it.

The fact is that American children are the most vaccinated in the world, and the US has the highest per capita rate of Autism.

The US Government has declared that there is no link between the mercury-based preservative Thimerasol used in vaccines and autism, but since this is the same US Government that promised us there were nuclear weapons in Iraq, I think we can all agree that what the US Government says has nothing at all to do with reality.

Mar 09 08:52

Obama speech teleprompter goes out

Mar 09 08:47

The GOP's new message: Despair

As I listened to Graham's rehearsed shock and awe, then Gingrich's, then a bit later Sen. Richard Shelby's strikingly similar exasperation on ABC's "This Week," it occurred to me that what now underlies the conservative argument is the precise opposite of what conservatives have argued for decades: that given a big enough challenge, Americans can accomplish anything -- but first, the gauntlet must be thrown.

I heard none of that yesterday. What I did hear was rote defeatism -- that determined countermeasures to undo what the right has wrought are doomed as radical impossibilities.

Mar 09 08:44

Vatican promotes Islamic finance in face of global crisis

Vatican says Western banks should look at rules of Islamic finance to restore confidence amongst clients.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pope Benny better wear his Kevlar vestments now. Remember what happened to JFK when he pissed off the bankers!

Mar 09 08:42

Doing Hard Time In Manhattan...Why America's Most Prominent Fraudster Remains Under House Arrest

Gosh, Bernie looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Very relaxed for a guy who admitted he defrauded 50 billion from friends, acquaintances and a whole lot of others. Maybe Bernie knows something the rest of us don't. Maybe he's expecting the kind of justice available only to someone like him and certain other Zion special elitists. Like Scooter Libby, for example. He never did a day in jail. Or that old Zionist codger Ben Ami Kadish, who spent his whole treasonous life turning over America's nuclear secrets to Apartheid Israel. He's out on bail too. He's already been told he has no jail time in his future. Why shouldn't Bernie think he could beat this rap? It was only money that he stole. In fact it's probably reasonable for him to believe so.

Mar 09 08:39

Israeli Flagday on Wilshire 2008

Celebrate Israel raising it's flag over the citizens of Los Angeles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now imagine the media reaction if these were Iranians waving the flag of Iran like that on our streets.

Mar 09 08:33

The children who think that Auschwitz is a brand of beer

Some schoolchildren believe the Nazi death camp Auschwitz was a brand of beer, a religious festival or a kind of bread.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes indeed, let us totally forgo teaching the kids what they need to function on today's world in favor of yet another propagandization of events from the first half of the last century.

ONE MORE TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

Mar 09 08:29

U.S. warns it won't recognize PA unity gov't sans Fayyad

The United States will only recognize a future Palestinian unity government if Salem Fayyad is reappointed prime minister, according to a message relayed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to European and Arab leaders at last week's donor summit in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The same message was relayed to Hamas by the Norwegian government, in response to the organization's demand that Fatah replaces Fayyad with an independent candidate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL choose the leader we want you to have. No more of this silly 'will of the people' democratic elections crap!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 09 08:29

508 Chicago kids shot in just 16 months

A total of 508 Chicago school kids were shot from September 2007 through December 2008, according to data compiled by the school system and released to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Mar 09 08:27

Religious parties have billion-shekel fee for joining coalition

Shas and United Torah Judaism are demanding that a Likud-led government increase funding for yeshivas by hundreds of millions of shekels a year as one of their conditions for joining the coalition.

Mar 09 08:25

Israel must halt mining West Bank quarries, says rights group

Israel is violating international law by exploiting the West Bank's mineral resources for its own benefit, an Israeli human rights group charged in a court petition Monday.

In the petition filed to Israel's Supreme Court, the Yesh Din group charges that 75 percent of the rock and gravel removed from 11 West Bank rock quarries is transferred to Israel. The group is demanding a halt to all Israeli mining activity in the West Bank.

Mar 09 08:24

For love of a beach, surfers thwart bid to save it

Last week, they succeeded in blocking - at least temporarily, on environmental grounds - a strategy widely used against the beach erosion that threatens most of the U.S. coasts and is accelerating as global warming fuels the rise of sea levels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If they are screaming "global warming" then you know the whole project is bogus and indeed not too long ago there was a project here in Hawaii to "stabilize" the beaches with concrete baffles to prevent erosion which actually accelerated the loss of beach sand. Another one of these well-intentioned bozos spent thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to place plastic birds on an offshore island to lure endangered wild birds to nest there. After 2 years it was realized that the plastic birds were scaring the real birds away and the bird population had actually declined.

Mar 09 08:20

US Continues Military Encirclement Of Russia

Russia has permitted the US and its NATO allies transit rights for non-military goods to assist the West's expanding war in South Asia, though in the process is abetting the extension of the NATO military nexus from the Baltic to the Black to the Caspian Seas and hence tightening the noose around its own neck.

Mar 09 08:14

Obama administration backs immunity for author of Bush torture memos

In legal arguments before a federal court in San Francisco Friday, the Obama administration stepped in to defend one of most notorious figures in the Bush administration, John Yoo, author of legal memoranda used to justify torture and indefinite detention without trial as part of the "war on terror."

The intervention makes clear that the Obama administration opposes any serious effort to shed light on the attacks against democratic rights carried out by its predecessor or to hold any officials of the previous administration accountable for their actions. Moreover, its court interventions amount to a defense of the Bush administration's assertions of quasi-dictatorial presidential powers.

Mar 09 08:14

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

The unconditional support of Israel’s expansionist agenda has made America fiscally and morally bankrupt. As a result of bowing to Israel’s pressures, March 2003 figures show that the US imposed sanctions on trade with Iran, Iraq, Libya and Syria, cost Americans more than 80,000-100,000 jobs a year

Mar 09 08:10

ohn & Ken Tax Revolt , Heads on a Stick , Fullerton Ca.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

"OFF WITH HIS HEAD!"

(Ahem)

Sorry. Got carried away there!

Mar 09 08:08

New York Protest (50,000) Tax Riots are starting

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, these are the government workers demanding MORE taxes ... on YOU ... so they can keep their jobs!

Mar 09 08:05

Bomb damages Citibank branch in Athens

A bomb has exploded outside a Citibank branch in Athens, causing damage but no injuries, police say.

Mar 09 07:58

March 9, 1945: Burning the Heart Out of the Enemy

The Tokyo raid, codenamed Operation Meetinghouse, began an aerial onslaught so effective that the American air command concluded by July 1945 that no viable targets remained on the Japanese mainland. But if the American objective was to shorten the war by demoralizing the Japanese population and breaking its will to resist, it didn't work. What had proven true in Germany proved equally true here: Morale was shaken by bombing, but once the shock passed, the war work went on.

The Americans began looking to incendiaries as their stockpiles of those weapons increased, and because the typically cloudy weather conditions that prevailed over Japan made precision bombing difficult at best.

Mar 09 07:51

The Right of We The People to Form Militias Part 1 of 2

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should be noted that it is this fear of a citizen's militia defying the fascistic government is the real reason behind all recent efforts to limits guns, the types of guns, and even ammunition sales by the government.

Mar 09 07:49

forget your rights!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with a perfectly legal right and permit to carry, woman hassled by Sheriff over her glock, then sues county and sheriff.

GOOD!

Mar 09 07:41

N. Korea Threatens War If Satellite Shot Down

The North also indicated it was pushing ahead with plans to send a communications satellite into space, a provocative launch neighboring governments believe could be a cover for a long-range missile capable of reaching Alaska.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Could be"???????

This is starting to sound suspiciously like the propaganda surrounding Ira and Iran.

Right now the US is desperate for a major war they can use as a distraction from the economy.

The focus in this article is on North Korea's threat of war, but they are RESPONDING to a threat to shoot down their test missile.

Would the US sit still for another nation threatening to shoot down their tests?

Mar 09 07:21

John Maynard Keynes and Economic Fascism

This is not surprising once you come to realize that fascism is and always has been largely about the control of private industry by way of inflation, taxation and regulation, all of which Keynes was a hardcore proponent of. Fascism, which includes socialism and communism (both are fascist ideologies based on corporate-state control), has always been about keeping the taxpayers at the bottom (the peasants) in perpetual bondage in order to keep the few at the top living in the utmost luxury.

Mar 09 06:56

Prominent Economist: Crisis Caused By Government Interventions

A prominent PhD economist has slammed the latest round of bank bailouts and argued that they will not work because the financial crisis was caused and prolonged by such activity in the first place.

Marc Faber, founder and managing director of Hong Kong-based Marc Faber Ltd., has argued that propping up weak companies with taxpayer money is foolhardy.

“The financial crisis has occurred because of government interventions,” Faber told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe.”

Mar 09 06:47

Britain 'nation of form fillers watched by quarter of world's CCTV cameras'

Britain has become a bureacratic and authoritarian state watched over by a quarter of the world’s CCTV cameras, a study of Labour’s decade in power claims.

National debt is running at £175,000 per household, five times more than thought, while each year the Government has passed 3,500 regulations, along with 100,000 pages of rules and explanation.

‘The Rotten State of Britain’ claims to be the first “deeply researched factual account” of Tony Blair’s and Gordon Brown’s time in office.

Mar 09 06:45

Revealed: police databank on thousands of protesters

Police are targeting thousands of political campaigners in surveillance operations and storing their details on a database for at least seven years, an investigation by the Guardian can reveal.

Photographs, names and video footage of people attending protests are ­routinely obtained by surveillance units and stored on an "intelligence system". The Metropolitan police, which has pioneered surveillance at demonstrations and advises other forces on the tactic, stores details of protesters on Crimint, the general database used daily by all police staff to catalogue criminal intelligence. It lists campaigners by name, allowing police to search which demonstrations or political meetings individuals have attended.

Mar 09 06:37

Gaza reconstruction aid fettered by political motives

A conference held this week in Cairo devoted to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip succeeded in raising more than 5 billion dollars from international donors. But some critics say the issue is being used as a means of isolating Gaza-based resistance faction Hamas.

"Reconstruction efforts are being exploited to further weaken Hamas and coerce it into changing its position vis-a-vis the Zionist occupation," Essam al-Arian, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition movement, told IPS.

Mar 09 06:33

Bankruptcy losing its shame More people filing for Chapter 7, walking away from homes

The Detroit News Jaclyn Trop Declaring personal bankruptcy may not carry the same stigma it once did.

As unemployment rates skyrocket and home values plummet, new attitudes toward debt may explain why more people are letting their homes and other assets go rather than working out a debt repayment plan in the nation's bankruptcy courts.

"It's not being looked at as a personal failure but a product of the times," said credit counselor Rachel Hood of Consumer Credit Management in Farmington Hills.

Mar 09 06:29

World Bank offers dire forecast for world economy

In a bleaker assessment than those of most private forecasters, the World Bank predicted Sunday that the global economy would shrink in 2009 for the first time since World War II.

The bank did not provide a specific estimate, but bank officials said its economists would be publishing one in the next several weeks.

Until now, even extremely pessimistic forecasters have predicted that the global economy would eke out a tiny expansion but had warned that even a growth rate of 5 percent in China would be a disastrous slowdown, given the enormous pressure there to create jobs for the country's rural population.

Mar 09 06:15

'The collapse of America is unavoidable'

America must work on starting a new economy and not restarting the old one or it will resemble the former Soviet Union, says author and blogger Dmitry Orlov.

An eight minute video

Mar 09 05:50

Your Hard-Earned Money is Being Shipped to France, Germany and China

Under the guise of "bailing out" AIG, your hard-earned money is actually being shipped by the U.S. government to:

* French banks Société Générale and Caylon

* Germany's Deutsche Bank AG ($6 Billion between mid-September and December 2008)

* Royal Bank of Scotland

* HSBC Holdings (England)

In addition, your money is probably being given directly to sovereign wealth funds (that is, the investment arms of foreign monarchies and tyrannical governments such as Saudi Arabia), since they were some of the biggest counterparties who bought credit default swaps from AIG. See this.

Mar 09 04:29

Transit Use Hit Five-Decade High in 2008 as Gas Prices Rose

The New York Times Michael Cooper

More people rode the nation’s public buses, subways and commuter trains last year than in any year since 1956, when the federal government created the Interstate highway system, according to a report by a transit association.

Americans took nearly 10.7 billion rides on public transportation in 2008, a 4 percent increase over the previous year, according to the report, by the American Public Transportation Association, a nonprofit organization that represents transit systems. The report was to be released on Monday in Washington at the association’s annual conference.

Use of public transportation in the United States has risen 38 percent since 1995, the report said.

Mar 09 04:14

Hepatitis C Infections Found in Clinic Patients

The New york Times RONI CARYN RABIN

At least nine kidney patients were infected with hepatitis C while being treated at a Manhattan dialysis center that was closed by state health officials last year, according to the results of an investigation published Thursday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the C.D.C. report, which appeared in the centers’ Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, still other patients may also have been infected at the clinic. But the investigation was confined to the 162 who were being treated as of July 2008.

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