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CURRENT EVENTS

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 08:53

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

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 08:30

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 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

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 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.

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 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 08:15

Oath Keepers: Orders We Will Not Obey

Such a time is near at hand again. The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this Army - and this Marine Corps, This Air Force, This Navy and the National Guard units of these sovereign states.

Oath Keepers is a non-partisan association of currently serving military, reserves, National Guard, peace officers, and veterans who swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic … and meant it.

Mar 19 04:26

’07 U.S. Births Break Baby Boom Record

The New York Times Erik Eckholm More babies were born in the United States in 2007 than in any other year in American history, according to preliminary data reported Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Mar 18 19:13

Of Patriots and Assassins

Realizing the assaults would not end, Freeman last week withdrew, saying, "I do not believe the National Intelligence Council could function effectively while its chair was under constant attack by unscrupulous people with a passionate attachment to the views of a political faction of a foreign country."

The foreign country is Israel; the political faction Likud.

Nor did Freeman shrink at naming the source of the noxious campaign of slander against him.

"The tactics of the Israel lobby plumb the depths of dishonor and indecency and include character assassination, selective misquotation, the willful distortion of the record, the fabrication of falsehoods and an utter disregard for the truth."

Mar 18 09:40

Popular state sovereignty bills draw comparison to Civil War posturing

The threat is only implied in more than two-dozen state sovereignty bills making the rounds in legislatures across the country, except for a New Hampshire bill where the authors didn't hold back. Any law infringing on the state's right to self govern would trigger the dissolution of the nation: "All powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution ... shall revert to the several states individually."

Mar 18 08:50

Shuttle-Riding Bat Dies The Most Glorious Death Imaginable

Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his little mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream—a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.

Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern to us. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.

Mar 18 08:24

Madoff's Accountant Charged With Securities Fraud

Bernard Madoff's longtime accountant was arrested on fraud charges Wednesday, accused of aiding the man who has admitted cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars in the past two decades.

Mar 18 07:52

5 Horrifying Tales Of 911 Incompetence

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When 911 doesn't work, try .357

Mar 17 17:40

South Central Farm Destruction

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At a time when people are going hungry, a community garden gets bulldozed.

Maybe now they understand how the Palestinians feel.

Mar 17 12:36

Rise of the Recessionista

SomethingCool.ca - A caller into CBC’s Sunday afternoon talk-radio show, Cross-Country Checkup, said that men like Stewart were doing the job the media should have done before the financial meltdown. “This is just like the war in Iraq,” the caller complained. “The media were asleep at the wheel and didn’t do their job.

Yes, leave it to MSN/Sympatico Finance to give us the crucial facts about how image plays a part in these troubling times. “What does appearance have to do with personal finance?” this outlet asked in a recent article entitled Why It Pays to be a ‘Recessionista. “At first glance - nothing. After all, what do hemlines have to do with home equity loans?”

The answer? “More than you think.” Oh man, this oughta be good.

Mar 17 08:58

Google Filters “The Give Act” - Mandatory Volunteerism

Does anyone know anything about HR 1388 and exactly what it is?? It will create a Uniformed Force of 250,000 members, that’s a force greater than the number of troops we now have in Iraq, a virtual army. A force of 5,000 per state if evenly divided, more realistically the force will be deployed according to the size and population of each state. It talks about a volunteer force, yet speaks of 3 year obligations as in a Draft, and a pay scale of from $17,000 to $22,000.

Mar 17 08:22

Texas jail was an Animal House, authorities say

For months, perhaps longer, the Montague County Jail was "Animal House" meets Mayberry. Inside the small brick building across from the courthouse, inmates had the run of the place, having sex with their jailer girlfriends, bringing in recliners, taking drugs and chatting on cell phones supplied by friends or guards, according to authorities. They also disabled some of the surveillance cameras and made weapons out of nails.

The doors to two groups of cells didn't lock, but apparently no one tried to escape — perhaps because they had everything they needed inside.

Mar 17 08:02

Has The Obama Administration Repeated A Shameful Sin From The Past?

As Treaty with Germany is Signed, giving German Scientists Access to Highly Secret US Laboratories, Sins from the Past Come to Light

Mar 17 07:52

Monsanto and Corporate, Jail-House, Gang Rape.

There’s a war on and it is a different kind of a war than the usual wars that these same bloodthirsty Morlocks usually sponsor. It’s a war of corporation owned governments against the rights and freedoms of the individual. If you read the news listed at What Really Happened and The Truthseeker each day then you will see many examples of this each and every single day.

Mar 17 06:51

Citigroup CEO awarded $10.8 million

Citigroup Inc awarded Chief Executive Vikram Pandit $10.82 million of compensation in 2008, a year when the government propped up the bank with $45 billion of capital.

Mar 17 03:02

Saying, 'He's one of us,' prosecutor only seeks $100m of Madoff assets, $790million of the Madoff Estate Left Intact

BBC News - US seeks $100m of Madoff assets The US is trying to seize more than $100m (£71m) of property and assets belonging to disgraced US financier Bernard Madoff, prosecutors have said.

Some of the possessions are in the name of Mr Madoff's wife, Ruth.

While he said it only started in the early 1990s, prosecutors say it began in the 1980s.

Mar 17 02:51

The price of competing in the phony meritocracy is going up as Universities Push for Higher Fees

BBC - Sean Coughlan News education reporter Many universities in England and Wales want a sharp increase in tuition fees, a survey by BBC News has concluded.

Two thirds of vice-chancellors, speaking anonymously, said they needed to raise fees, suggesting levels of between £4,000 and £20,000 per year.

Mar 17 02:45

Leopard Reveals, Way Too Many People on the Planet

BBC Photo - Residents of Jyotikuchi near Gauhati, in Assam, India, chase a leopard that strayed looking for food.

Mar 17 02:13

Airlines 'lose one million bags' - Saying 'Never Again - Trust Us or It Will Result in the Collapse of the Airline Industry'

BBC News Airlines around the world 'mishandled' 42 million bags in 2007 and irretrievably lost more than a million of them, a pressure group has said.

The Air Transport Users Council report said the problem was the worst it had been in recent years.

Mar 16 22:43

Should The Government Forgive Student Loans?

an online petition that’s been making its way around Facebook (and other places), asking Papa Government to forgive billions of dollars of student loans.

Mar 16 17:49

Schulz in Texas Accident - He’s OK, Meetings Continue

The cause of the accident was apparently a vehicle towing a “makeshift” trailer that unexpectedly pulled onto the I-10 freeway and across traffic into Bob’s lane forcing Bob to brake. Bob’s vehicle was then hit from behind by a commercial tractor-trailer which failed to stop.

Mar 16 16:29

Shouldf the WRH 8PM CST show on Librety News Radio network shift to 7PM CST?

YES, earlier is easier to listen to.
56% (94 votes)
NO Leave it right where it is!
44% (73 votes)
Total votes: 167
Mar 16 10:55

CONFIRMED! German school shooter was taking anti-depressants!

Authorities late last week began to think they had something of an answer for the paper. Kretschmer, announced minister of justice Heribert Rech, had left a message on a chatroom the night before he launched his assault on Albertville. He said he was "fed up of his life" and added that "everyone laughs at me, no one recognises my potential". Chillingly, the post went on: "I have weapons here and tomorrow morning I will go to my former school and I will really administer a grilling."

Mar 16 09:50

Patriot or crackpot? Seattle man's mission to prosecute Bush

Ask Bob Alexander how often he's heard the word "quixotic" recently. The approximate answer: all the time.

Of all the people who read Charles Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's best-selling "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder," this 57-year-old Seattle coffee merchant is the only one jolted to act on it in a substantial way. The SuperBeans proprietor has become a super-activist.

With the help of a handful of volunteers and donations, Alexander has sent 2,200 copies of Bugliosi's hardcover to prosecutors around the country.

Now he and his volunteers are following up with each one of them by phone and e-mail, as well as gathering signatures for petitions urging the prosecutors to indict the former president.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bob is a long time contributor to this website and can be reached at http://www.superbeans.com/.

Yes, he carries the Kona coffee. :)

Mar 16 09:23

New Hampshire in uproar over US Administration

A group in the US State of New Hampshire is becoming more vocal in its fight for independence. They believe the federal government has overstepped its role and intruded upon their states' rights.

A group calling themselves the Free State Project says the only option is to let states govern themselves and set their own rules – much they already do on issues like firearm legislation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historical note: New Hampshire was the first state to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Mar 16 09:02

Group Smeared As Terror Cell By Feds Runs Soup Kitchens

A member of the Missouri Militia has contacted us to express his outrage that the organization, which routinely works with local law enforcement to help find missing children, sponsors blood donation campaigns and soup kitchens, is being smeared as a terrorist outfit by the federal government.

As we reported last week, a secret report distributed by the Missouri Information Analysis Center lists militias, Ron Paul supporters, libertarians, people who display bumper stickers, people who own gold, or even people who fly a U.S. flag and equates them with radical race hate groups and terrorists.

Mar 16 06:39

Mexico,Pakistan and the so called "Failed State"

Mar 15 18:33

An Attempt at Sanity in Maryland

WHEREAS, Federal Reserve notes are unconstitutional, inflationary and at the heart of the present economic distress; and

Mar 15 15:29

ABC 20/20 Bailouts and Bull with John Stossel: The Economy

John Stossel discusses how government spends/waste taxpayer money and the consequence of intervention in the economy 3-13-2009.

Mar 15 09:27

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ CAPITALIST EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN

Mar 15 09:21

Apocalypse Never

There’s a whole bunch of guys out there (mostly guys, a few butch girls here and there) who sulk online for years waiting for somebody to bring up the Omega Man/I Am Legend scenario: what are you going to do when civilization collapses?

Mar 15 08:18

Labour 'double standards' as smoking ban is lifted for G20 world leaders

Labour has been accused of double standards for amending legislation to allow world leaders to use smoking rooms during the G20 economic conference.

Dozens of heads of state, politicians and diplomats will be meeting at the Excel Exhibition Centre in Docklands, London, next month.

It is believed that laws have been changed to get around the smoking ban and provide specialist rooms that the visiting dignitaries can use.

Smoking in all enclosed public spaces and places of work was banned under the Health Act 2006, and came into force in England in 2007.

It is not clear which Government department has amended the law for the venue or whether is only a temporary measure.

Mar 15 07:48

Harnessing the Sun, With Help From Cities - The Credit Economy to Claims Share of the Sun

The New York Times Leslie Kaufman But late last year, Mr. Clark decided to install a $62,000 solar power system because of a new municipal financing program that lent him the money and allows him to pay it back with interest over 20 years as part of his property taxes.

The idea of public financing for home solar systems began two years ago in Berkeley.

Mar 14 17:48

A.I.G. to Pay $100 Million in Bonuses After $180 billion Bailout

The New York Times EDMUND L. ANDREWS and PETER BAKER

WASHINGTON — Despite being bailed out with more than $170 billion from the Treasury and Federal Reserve, the American International Group is preparing to pay about $100 million in bonuses to executives in the same business unit that brought the company to the brink of collapse last year.

Mar 14 08:49

“Where’s My Million Dollars?”

When I entered my friend Jason's house he was shouting into his telephone, “Where's my million dollars?” There was a pause, after which Jason insisted, “I want you to pay me the million dollars you promised me!” His face was red and he was angry.

To my shock, my senior friend, a former U.S. military intelligence officer, had been paying tens of thousands of dollars in “processing fees” to con artists that initially contacted him by mail with the “good news” of his fantastic winnings. After he mailed them checks for a few dollars, they contacted him by phone and told him to wire hundreds, then thousands, of dollars, to win his big prize, which he did. But the prize money never came. Now Jason is out tens of thousands of dollars, money he intended to leave to his children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Military intelligence, eh?

That explains a very great deal!

Mar 14 08:05

The success of drug decriminalization in Portugal

In 2001, Portugal became the only EU-member state to decriminalize drugs, a distinction which continues through to the present. Last year, working with the Cato Institute, I went to that country in order to research the effects of the decriminalization law (which applies to all substances, including cocaine and heroin) and to interview both Portuguese and EU drug policy officials and analysts (the central EU drug policy monitoring agency is, by coincidence, based in Lisbon). Evaluating the policy strictly from an empirical perspective, decriminalization has been an unquestionable success, leading to improvements in virtually every relevant category and enabling Portugal to manage drug-related problems (and drug usage rates) far better than most Western nations that continue to treat adult drug consumption as a criminal offense.

Mar 14 06:06

In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Understanding Is Non-Existent

The New York Times Peter Steinfels - In Stem Cell Debate, Moral Suasion Comes Up Short

To pursue this research is a moral choice. Not to pursue it is a moral choice. And moral choices of this nature properly wind up in the political arena.

Mar 13 20:22

Investigator uses phony documents to get passports

Yahoo! News WASHINGTON – Using phony documents and the identities of a dead man and a 5-year-old boy, a government investigator obtained U.S. passports in a test of post-9/11 security. Despite efforts to boost passport security since the 2001 terror attacks, the investigator fooled passport and postal service employees four out of four times, according to a new report made public Friday.

_One investigator used the Social Security number of a man who died in 1965, a fake New York birth certificate and a fake Florida driver's license. He received a passport four days later.

_A second attempt had the investigator using a 5-year-old boy's information but identifying himself as 53 years old on the passport application. He received that passport seven days later.

Mar 13 19:23

Madoffs were worth more than $823M, documents show

Bernard Madoff and his wife had $823 million in assets at the end of last year, including $22 million in properties stretching from New York to the French Riviera, a $7 million yacht and a $2.2 million boat named "Bull," according to a document his lawyers filed Friday.

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I think it is safe to say, that probably isn't everything.

Mar 13 14:36

Endless pursuit of John Demjanjuk is too much

Demjanjuk's story shows that he was serving in the Russian army when captured by Nazis and forced to be a guard at the camp.

Is it unthinkable that, if he had refused, the Nazis would have shot him? His act of obeying his masters was obviously not deliberate.

Mar 13 14:04

Bangladeshi High-Rise Mall Fire Hurts 50, Kills 4

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Any second that baby is gonna fall right down into it's own footprint. Just like WTC-7... Any second now... Any second... Yessireebob, gonna come right down... Any second now... Any second... Any second now... Any second... I'm gonna go get a beer."

Mar 13 10:03

Tim Kretschmer's last moments before he dies

This is an odd video.The commentator says he is hit in the leg falls down then kills himself.What do you think?

Mar 13 07:39

THE PROVEN LINK BETWEEN SSRI DRUGS AND SHOOTING RAMPAGES

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Guns do not kill, pills do!

n/a
Mar 13 06:06

Mystery of Madoff's rapid confession

Legal experts were flummoxed by the fraudster's willingness to admit every criminal charge laid before him, but was he trying to protect others who may have been implicated?

Mar 12 20:31

Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings - Warren Buffett a second tier borrower?

The Washington Post Berkshire, GE Lose Top Credit Ratings Downgrades Reflect Impact of Recession

General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway yesterday lost their places on a prized short list of the healthiest corporations.

Mar 12 20:27

Kentucky lawmakers move to bar NEW payday lenders

Associated Press - ROGER ALFORD

Kentucky would be off limits to new payday lenders under legislation approved by lawmakers on Thursday.

Mar 12 17:49

DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE TO BE BOYCOTTED BY THE WORLD’S MOST RACIST NATIONS.

The UN Durban Review Conference, billed as a ‘World Conference against Racism, Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance’, due to begin in Geneva on 20 April, is shaping up to be one that exposes who exactly the worlds most racist nations actually are – by them being conspicuous by their absence.

Naturally, Israel will not be there. Nor will the US be there. Nor Canada. And now it looks like Australia may not be there either. As one Ha’aretz reader points out; “What do the U.S., Canada, Australia and Israel all have in common? All were created through ethnic cleansing and apartheid. No wonder they all stick together.”

Mar 12 17:41

Canada should bar or prosecute Bush: lawyer

As George W. Bush’s St. Patrick’s Day visit to Calgary draws near, the federal government is facing pressure from activists and human rights lawyers to bar the former U.S. president from the country or prosecute him for war crimes and crimes against humanity once he steps on Canadian soil.

Bush is scheduled to speak at the Telus Convention Centre March 17, but Vancouver lawyer Gail Davidson says that because Bush has been “credibly accused” of supporting torture in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Canada has a legal obligation to deny him entry under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. The law says foreign nationals who have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, including torture, are “inadmissible” to Canada.

Mar 12 13:51

US Sends Elderly Widow Back to Germany

A German woman named Elfriede Rinkel had led a quiet life in America for over 40 years -- with her Jewish husband. But now she's been deported for lying about her job as a dog handler at the Nazi concentration camp at Ravensbrück.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh my GAWD, she touched a Nazi DOG!!!!!!! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR! OH THE HORROR OF IT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

This obsession with events from the first half of the last century has gotten to the point of utter ridiculousness.

Mar 12 12:13

FREE THE HERO MUNTAZER AL-ZAIDI !

UPI.com Top News Shoe-thrower sentenced to three years

BAGHDAD, March 12 (UPI) -- The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes
at U.S. President George Bush was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday in an Iraqi court.

Muntazer al-Zaidi, hailed as a hero in some areas of the Middle East, threw two shoes at Bush in December to protest the U.S. presence in Iraq.

Mar 12 11:53

Army mulling Zardari’s ouster

With president Asif Ali Zardari on a trip to Iran, Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani has reportedly sided with Army Chief General Parvez Kayani to oust the widower of late Benazir Bhutto from power.

Mar 12 11:46

Obama: Troop move to Mexican border under consideration

President Obama weighed in Wednesday on the escalating drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that he was looking at possibly deploying National Guard troops to contain the violence but ruled out any immediate military move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don;t you feel silly submitting to all those airport harrassments by TSA knowing that the whole Mexican border has been wide open all this time?

Mar 11 20:19

Where are the MADOFF Funds Now? Read On..............

In a rush? Read the fourth paragraph of the source.

Want to learn more? -- this is a damn good article.

If you're not ramping up your protection after reading this....my friend, you're simply not paying ample attention. I want you, the concerned readers of WRH, to make it through the collapse.

The question is: When the FIT hits the SHAN, will enough people know what really happened, where the money went, and who paved the road to our downfall?

Mar 11 19:12

China's exports in sharp decline - World demand for crap plummets

BBC News Chinese exports plunged by more than a quarter in February from a year ago as the world's third-largest economy was hit by a drop in demand for its goods.

Exports dropped by 25.7% to $64.9bn (£47.3bn) compared with the same month a year earlier, while imports fell by 24.1% to $60.1bn, figures showed.

Mar 11 18:26

Rich hit by economic crisis - Now it's getting serious!

BBC NEWS The financial crisis is taking its toll on the world's richest people, wiping 332 names off Forbes magazine's "rich list" of world billionaires.

Just 793 people can now lay claim to a place on the list, but on average they have lost 23% of their wealth.

The stock market collapse helped Microsoft founder Bill Gates regain the top spot, despite his wealth declining $18bn (£13.06bn) to $40bn.

Mar 11 13:53

Why are Tim Geithner and the Media Playing Dumb About What Happened to Our Money?

A formerly famous and now mostly forgotten poet of nonsense verse once said: "There are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns....there are also unknown unknowns."

That was, of course, Donald Rumsfeld, but it doesn't sound too different from your average briefing/Congressional testimony/interview by Timothy Geithner. Besides being awash in toxic paper, credit default swaps, and collateralized debt obligations, we seem to be drowning in unknowns. Only, I get the sense that there are fewer unknowns than we're being told.

Mar 11 10:11

Quadruple Shooting in Northeast DC

Four people were shot while walking away from a vigil at a cemetery in Northeast Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I know we are all on edge with the economy, but this shooting of innocent parties simply must stop! It is a waste of ammunition we need for the bankers and politicians! :)

Mar 11 09:03

Motive unclear in Alabama shooting spree

Authorities grappled on Wednesday for the reason a 27-year-old Alabama man shot dead 10 people, including his mother, before killing himself after a gun battle with police and a car chase down a rural highway.

Michael McLendon, who lived with his mother, killed five of his victims in Tuesday's shooting spree at a mobile home in Samson, in southeastern Alabama, according to a local coroner and Wynnton Melton, mayor of nearby Geneva.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now as the gun-grabbers go into orgasm over the politically useful blood, I have another question. The description of the man we are hearing is that of someone under intense pressure. These are hard times.

So, I have to wonder if this guy (or the one in Germany) was on antidepressants.

Mar 11 08:37

VIDEO Regarding "Revolution"

Jesse Richard, founder of TvNewsLIES.org, comments on the current mood of the nation. He explains that many Americans feel that the nation is ripe for revolution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Jesse may be a bit naive here. From the point of view of the current power structure which has grown rich on the backs of the American workers, restoration of the original Republic IS revolutionary in that it removes them from their positions of wealth and power which cannot exist under the original system of government.

Mar 11 07:55

Boy, have I got something to look at!

During earlier postings on this Blog I showed the plight of the Chagos Islanders. I have also researched the Kingdom of Hawaii. Shetland ~ off whose shores Forvik is situated ~ is another place where “imperialism” has ridden roughshod over the inhabitants without regard to them and their aspirations or even their welfare.

Mar 11 07:18

11 die in Alabama shooting rampage

Hell came to a rural Alabama on Tuesday in the form of a deranged gunman whose killing spree left 10 victims dead before he turned a gun on himself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How convenient for Obama's anti-gun agenda. and no doubt that agenda will now be pushed in the media because of this shoting and the one in Germany.

But remember what might have happened if just ONE of those 11 victims had been carrying a firearm ... and that as usual, the police did not show up in time to prevent the crime, only clean up the mess.

Mar 10 23:42

The blog of Stephen M. Walt

Recommended reading:

http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/

Stephen M. Walt is Professor of International Relations at Harvard University and the co-auther of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy".

this post:
"Have they not a shred of decency?"
Sat, 02/28/2009 - 10:36pm
discusses the smear campaign against Charles Freeman’s appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Mar 10 13:11

Clarity should stop Holocaust references

Attorneys defending the former owners of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville have now played the Holocaust card in a trial that has become a bizarre chess game of strategy and counterstrategy.

According to the Iowa Independent, Jim Clarity, a defense attorney representing Agriprocessors, has “compared the plight of mounting a defense in the Northern District of Iowa to that of the Jews facing Nazi persecution in 1939 Poland.” Clarity has also referred to the pretrial publicity surrounding this case as “sickening,” and he wants the trial moved to either Minnesota or Chicago simply for his belief that “Iowa is poison.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The last refuge of the scoundrel is the Holocaust!

Mar 10 11:02

Canada Follows America's Slide

by Richard Matthews

Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to align Canadian foreign policy with that of the U.S. If the newly minted President Obama continues with unlawful policies like extraordinary rendition, preventive imprisonment, and torture at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the rendition archipelago, then Harper will follow him down the seemingly inexorable slide toward Canada's further undermining of international human rights law.

Mar 10 10:36

Remembering The Alamo

March 6 marks the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo back in 1836. For more than 13 days, 186 brave and determined patriots withstood Santa Anna's seasoned army of over 4,000 troops. To a man, the defenders of that mission fort knew they would never leave those ramparts alive. They had several opportunities to leave and live. Yet, they chose to fight and die. How foolish they must look to this generation of spoiled Americans.

Mar 10 09:58

Chuck Norris claims thousands of right wing cell groups exist and will rebel against U.S. government

The call by some right wing leaders for rebellion and for the military to refuse the commander in chief’s orders is joined by Chuck Norris who claims that thousands of right wing cell groups have organized and are ready for a second American Revolution. During an appearance on the Glen Beck radio show he promised that if things get any worse from his point of view he may “run for president of Texas.” The martial artist/actor/activist claims that Texas was never formally a part of the United States in the first place and that if rebellion is to come through secession Texas would lead the way.

Mar 10 09:56

Ex-lawmaker in child porn case free without bail

A former New Jersey lawmaker has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Neil Cohen has admitted viewing child porn, but rejected a plea bargain.

A judge says Cohen can remain free without bail.

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Cohen admits viewing child porn, then pleads not guilty, and the judge gives him a free walk??????

Mar 10 08:34

GEORGE GALLOWAY: THE NOBLE MAN

Unlike many politicians who would rather stay on the safe side, even if that means betraying their conscience, George Galloway represents a rare breed of morally-guided politicians who are willing to call the spade a spade even in the face of danger and brutality.

Mar 09 19:36

Following the Money

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

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 13:31

UPDATED WRH ONLINE STORE

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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 13:15

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 10:54

Can you survive economic crisis?

Booming preparedness industry says Americans are stockpiling

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Canned foods and shotguns!

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.

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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 08:02

Who's really winning the war on drugs.

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 06:33

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 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 08 20:32

OK So What Do We Do Now?

When will an American President show this humility shown by Pericles himself?"

Mar 08 10:05

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY…. ANNUAL REPOST

Mar 08 09:25

Jailed for a MySpace parody, the student who exposed America's cash for kids scandal

Less than a minute into the hearing the gavel came down. "Adjudicated delinquent!" the judge proclaimed, and sentenced her to three months in a juvenile detention centre. Hillary, who hadn't even presented her side of the story, was handcuffed and led away. But her mother, Laurene, protested to the local law centre, setting in train a process that would uncover one of the most egregious violations of children's rights in US legal history.

Last month the judge involved, Mark Ciavarella, and the presiding judge of the juvenile court, Michael Conahan, pleaded guilty to having accepted $2.6m (£1.8m) from the co-owner and builder of a private detention centre where children aged from 10 to 17 were locked up.

Mar 08 09:22

Maine Town Passes Ordinance Asserting Local Self-Governance and Stripping Corporate Personhood

Today the citizens of Shapleigh, Maine voted at a special town meeting to pass a groundbreaking Rights-Based Ordinance, 114 for and 66 against. This revolutionary ordinance give its citizens the right to local self-governance and gives rights to ecosystems but denies the rights of personhood to corporations. This ordinance allows the citizens to protect their groundwater resources, putting it in a common trust to be used for the benefit of its residents. Shapleigh is the first community in Maine to pass such an ordinance, which extends rights to nature, however, the Ordinance Review Committee in Wells, Maine is considering passing one in their town.

Mar 08 08:39

When Cops Are Thieves

If the County Sheriffs of Colorado has its way, law-enforcement agencies will soon be able to take your house, cars, cash and jewelry, sell it off and divvy up the proceeds quietly and privately among themselves. This organization, which lobbies for the interests of sheriffs across the state, is the force behind House Bill 1238, which rolls back a 2002 law guaranteeing Colorado residents reasonable protections against “asset forfeiture” — a fancy legal term for when the cops use the force of law to take your stuff.

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The sheriff coming to take your stuff, huh?

Isn't this the part of the story where Robin Hood starts shooting arrows into the sheriff's ass?

Mar 08 06:33

Video - Prisons and profit motives: Jailing and drugging kids for profit

I'm speechless - almost

Two judges in Pennsylvania US took over $2.6 million in bribes from a privately owned prison company to put THOUSANDS of kids in jail for extended sentences for NOTHING!

This took place in broad daylight and scores of people in the justice system in Pennsylvania watched, stood by and did nothing.

Mar 08 04:14

Mixed Opinions of a Judge Accused of Misconduct - Nope, she's a murderer alright.

The New York Times GRETEL C. KOVACH DALLAS — If Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of Texas’ highest criminal court, has ever doubted her judgment, she has not shown it.

In 1998, Judge Keller wrote the opinion rejecting a new trial for Roy Criner, a mentally retarded man convicted of rape and murder, even though DNA tests after his trial showed that it was not his semen in the victim.

“We can’t give new trials to everyone who establishes, after conviction, that they might be innocent,” she later told the television news program “Frontline.” “We would have no finality in the criminal justice system, and finality is important.”

Sharon Keller, who was first elected to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 1994, is now its presiding judge.

Mar 08 03:59

Discipline of Military Redirects Dropouts - Teaching kids to kill provides leadership skills!

New York Times ERIK ECKHOLM - FORT GORDON, Ga. — By his own account, Donte’ A. Dungey had no motivation in high school, sleeping through classes and sometimes showing up only for the free lunch to reduce the burden on his mother, who was struggling with nine other children. Held back three times and scheduled to enter the 10th grade at nearly 18, he knew that “high school just wasn’t going to work for me,” he said.

But he was also ready to change. More than five months ago, Mr. Dungey took up residence in a program for dropouts called Youth Challenge, run by the National Guard, that is proving effective at using military atmosphere and discipline to turn around at-risk teenagers.

Mar 08 03:35

You call THAT a College Degree? Colleges Sweat Out Admissions This Year

The New York Times Just as nervously, colleges — facing a financial landscape they have never seen before — are trying to figure out how many students to accept, and how many students will accept them.

“It’s a consumer confidence issue,” said Steven Syverson, vice president for enrollment at Lawrence University in Wisconsin. “Families are feeling like they can’t afford it even if they’re in the same financial position they were three months ago.”

Mar 08 03:18

Cycling, Like Baseball, is Bullshit - Schumacher banned for two years

BBC - Germany's Stefan Schumacher has been banned from cycling for two years after failing a drugs test during last year's Tour de France.

Schumacher tested positive for advanced blood doping product Cera (Continuous Erythropoiesis Receptor Activator).

Mar 08 03:09

NY 'mafia cops' get life in jail - Say it ain't so! - New York, New York! It's a wonderful town!

BBC - Two men have been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of eight murders as well as other crimes while they were New York policemen.

Stephen Carapacca, 67, and Louis Eppolito, 61, had 44 years' police experience between them.

But they were also secretly on the payroll of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the second-in-command of New York's Lucchese mafia family, a court found.

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