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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 19:25

Ron Paul: We Need More Earmarks

Mar 10 19:15

What do cars and cows have in common? No, not horns

Proposals to tax the flatulence of cows and other livestock have been denounced by farming groups in the Irish Republic and Denmark.

A cow tax of €13 per animal has been mooted in Ireland, while Denmark is discussing a levy as high as €80 per cow to offset the potential penalties each country faces from European Union legislation aimed at combating global warming.

See also: The Global Warming Scam

Mar 10 19:06

Officials: Iran does not have key nuclear material

Iran does not yet have any highly enriched uranium, the fuel needed to make a nuclear warhead, two top U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday, disputing a claim by an Israeli official.

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That doesn't matter, you must attack them with nukes before they get a chance - The World Zionist Movement

Mar 10 18:11

How much of AIG’s bailout/handout is financing Israeli mortgages in Jerusalem & the West Bank?

On March 3, 2009, this exchange took place in the august and hallowed halls of what used to be known as the Congress of a Constitutional Republic:

With One Word, Bernanke Reveals Who Actually Runs the Country:

Senator Sanders: “Will you tell the American people to whom you lent $2.2 trillion of their dollars?”

Ben Bernanke: “No.”

One can only surmise Bernanke’s reasoning. He claims he doesn’t want to spook the banks and the markets or some such claptrap. I have another possible reason: Bernanke, being an Orthodox Jew, doesn’t want the American public to get any inkling of Israel’s share of the various bailouts.

Mar 10 17:35

The Federal Reserve is Bankrupt

The only issue is the extent of the damage to the global economy and how long it will take for the world to recover from this fiasco – a financial madness that has no precedent. The great depression is "Mary Poppins" in comparison!

Mar 10 17:27

Freeman speaks out on his exit

The libels on me and their easily traceable email trails show conclusively that there is a powerful lobby determined to prevent any view other than its own from being aired, still less to factor in American understanding of trends and events in the Middle East. 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 10 17:23

Creepy commercial for Israel's missile sales to India

Note the line [India]"I believe in you" [Israel]"You believe in me."

Was that an oversight? LOL! That sums it up.

Meanwhile, we give US tax dollars to these parasites?

Mar 10 17:11

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Mar 10 17:01

Russia may scrap Iran missile delivery: report

Russia may shelve the delivery of its advanced S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, amid mounting tensions between Tehran and the West.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what Russia expects to receive in return from both the US and Israel, should this story prove true.

Mar 10 16:49

ACLU demands Obama administration release prisoner abuse photos

Despite a unanimous federal appeals court panel ruling last year that ordered the Bush administration to do just that, the outgoing administration asked the full court to rehear the case. But the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has yet to do so, according to a statement released Tuesday by the ACLU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As horrendous and hideous this behavior was on the part of the interrogators, the bottom line is this: we the taxpayers bought this, and deserve to know just what we got for our our money.

I would like to believe that when Americans really see what has been done in their name, and with their tax dollars, they will hold politicians completely responsible in having allowed this to happen. At that point, we could see some legislation - with teeth - forbidding Americans to torture, ever, or to outsource torture.

Mar 10 16:46

Madoff to plead guilty, could face up to 150 years

In a courtroom surprise, it was revealed Tuesday that Bernard Madoff will plead guilty Thursday to securities fraud, perjury and other crimes, knowing that he could face up to 150 years in prison for one of the largest frauds in history. The revelation came as prosecutors unveiled an 11-count charging document against the 70-year-old former Nasdaq chairman, and as his lawyer, Ira Sorkin, told a judge that Madoff planned to plead guilty this week without a plea deal.

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So, how does that make your gaping butt hole feel? Bet it has no effect at all.

Mar 10 16:04

Intel nominee Freeman drops out of running

"Critics have seized on retired ambassador Charles 'Chas' Freeman's ties to Saudi Arabia and views on human rights in China to argue against his appointment as chairman of the National Intelligence Council (NIC), but Freeman's defenders charge that their real aim is to impose an ideological litmus test on top government officials and ensure a continued policy of reflexive US support for Israel," reported the Asia Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

America needs leaders who put America first, second, and third.

Mar 10 16:03

We are being spoon-fed stupid again...

How did 5 alleged Al Qaeda members come together to form this statement, given that they are being held each in isolation at Gitmo? Are they allowed to meet and discuss various topics, including their alleged joy at bombing the United States? Somehow I don't think so. We know that some of their own attorneys were not even aware of this filing or what it said. So was this done telepathically?

2. And how is it that this filing was accepted by the court when some of the attorneys for the 5 men were not even aware that such a thing was going to be filed?

Mar 10 15:46

Mayor Bloomberg's Latest Stab at New Yorkers' 2nd Amendment Rights Backfires

In what most 2nd Amendment backers would call a "small victory", the Supreme Court today declined a nine-year lawsuit filed by Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York , accusing gun makers of flooding the illicit markets with firearms.

According to an article posted on the New York Times' website Monday evening, "without comment, the justices decided not to review a ruling by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which declared on April 30 that federal law protected the manufacturers from such suits."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If gun makers are responsible for crime in the streets, then are Americans not responsible for the crimes in Gaza?

Mar 10 15:08

And Finally Tonight, Jesus

This is a montage of news anchors reporting on people finding images of Jesus in everyday objects or unusual places. Interestingly enough, it seems most of these stories are the final one of the broadcast. It may be a coincidence but it's funny.

It's interesting how so many people can spot Jesus everywhere but they can't see the truth in front of their faces.

The link to the video is here:

http://gawker.com/5167568/finally-jesus?autoplay=true

Mar 10 13:53

FLASHBACK - Airport to tag passengers

People will be told to wear radio tags round their necks when they get to the airport. The tag would notify a computer system of their identity and whereabouts. The system would then track their activities in the airport using a network of high definition cameras.

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Even in the bathroom????????????

Mar 10 13:22

The Case for Giving Eli Lilly the Corporate Death Penalty

If Americans are ever going to revoke the publicly granted charters of reckless, giant corporations -- well within our rights -- we might want to get the ball rolling with Lilly, whose recent actions appalled even the mainstream media. And with Lilly's chums, the Bush family, out of power, now might be the right time.

On January 15, 2009, Lilly pled guilty to charges that it had illegally marketed its blockbuster drug Zyprexa for unapproved uses to children and the elderly, two populations especially vulnerable to its dangerous side effect. Lilly plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and agreed to pay $1.42 billion, which included $615 million to end the criminal investigation and approximately $800 million to settle the civil case.

Mar 10 13:18

The Good Food Revolution

The island of Kaua‘i is one of the most beautiful and fragile places on earth. From above, it looks like a vibrant green flower, lush and pulsing with life, floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Hawaiian tourist industry calls it “The Garden Isle,” comparing it to the Garden of Eden. The image of Hawai‘i has always been sold as a “paradise.” But there is another side to life on this island, one that visitors rarely see.

Mar 10 13:17

283 US firms at high risk of default: Moody's

A total of 283 publicly traded US companies including many high-profile firms are at high risk of defaulting on their debt payments, Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday.

Moody's newly created "Bottom Rung" includes companies known to be in distress including automakers General Motors and Chrysler, but also corporate icons such as Eastman Kodak and American Airlines parent AMR Corp.

Mar 10 13:16

Belief and the brain's 'God spot'

Scientists searching for the neural "God spot", which is supposed to control religious belief, believe that there is not just one but several areas of the brain that form the biological foundations of religious belief.

The researchers said their findings support the idea that the brain has evolved to be sensitive to any form of belief that improves the chances of survival, which could explain why a belief in God and the supernatural became so widespread in human evolutionary history.

Mar 10 13:12

53% Say It’s Likely the U.S. Will Enter a Depression Similar to 1930’s

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And the rest think the entire government will collapse.

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 13:05

Violent Intruders Attack Brooklyn Synagogues

On Monday, according to Yeshiva World News, an Arab man in his mid-30s entered Boro Park's 'Sephardish Shul' and began making proclamations of jihad. Members of a Jewish volunteer security organization, the Shomrim, apprehended the threatening individual. They held him until police officers arrived at the scene, arresting the suspect. Detectives spoke with the "Middle Eastern man" at a station house near the synagogue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has "setup" written all over it. Yeshiva World News identifies the perp as Arab, but note that the Detectives would only identify him as "Middle Eastern" (which includes Israeli) and did not release his name.

And neither attack detailed in this report caused any injuries or damage, just headlines.

This smells just like the hate crime hoax seen in Venezuela not too long ago; a blatant attempt to regain the role of victim after Israel's brutal attack on Gaza.

Mar 10 12:59

U.S. pensioner accused of being Nazi guard who oversaw 29,000 murders is set to face trial

In 1988, Ukranian-born Demjanjuk was found guilty in Israel of being 'Ivan the Terrible', a guard who herded women and children into the gas chambers of the Treblinka extermination camp in Poland.

However, five years later he walked free from an appeal court after his conviction was overturned.

Prosecutors accepted that recently released KGB archives cast reasonable doubt that Ivan was in fact someone else.

But that case of mistaken identity led Nazi hunters to examine his background more closely. Now they are certain that he was in fact a guard at the equally infamous the extermination camp of Sobibor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: A charge of being a death camp guard is so serious that even innocence cannot be allowed to be an excuse!

Mar 10 12:56

Analysis: so much more than a naval water fight

No shots were fired, no one was injured, and the most potent weapon employed was a water hose. By the standards of modern war, Sunday's encounter between a US surveillance vessel and a group of Chinese naval ships, was a drop in the ocean — but 48 hours later the ripples were still spreading.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was the US hoping for a new USS Pueblo incident?

Mar 10 12:54

'Dozens dead' in Baghdad bombing

At least 33 people, including a local army chief, have died and 46 have been injured in a suicide attack on the western edge of Baghdad, officials say.

Mar 10 12:54

Who's Behind the War on Obama's Intelligence Pick

While AIPAC has attempted to avoid the appearance of being involved in any way in the attacks on Freeman, Rosen has taken a leading role. In assuming such a prominent part, he has violated his own rule: “A lobby is like a night flower,” Rosen once wrote in an internal AIPAC memo. “It thrives in the dark and dies in the sun.”

“The way it used to work in the case of someone like Freeman or people in Jewish community who broke from the consensus,” Rosenberg remarked, “you'd never know why he lost his job or didn't get the appointment. But now people focus on this and people know why it's happening. What did they think? That this wouldn't become a huge story?”

Mar 10 12:35

My Face-Off With a Federal Judge

"If 2/3 of the Congress decided in 1918 that they needed to amend the constitution in order to ban mere possession of a substance (in that case, prohibition of alcohol), where is the constitutional authorization today for the federal prohibition of mere possession of cocaine today?"

Mar 10 11:55

pastor was trying to flee gunman when he was fatally shot during sermon

Investigators said they still hadn't pinpointed why Sedlacek allegedly strolled into the church during its early service Sunday, carrying a .45-caliber Glock pistol and three magazines loaded with a total of 30 bullets.

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Other sources report that Sedlacek is Jewish and hurled religiously-based insults at Rev. Fred Winters before gunning him down.

Needless to say the media focus is on how bad guns are and that they should be banned, but it needs to be remembered that there was a similar shooting incident at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, in which shooter Rubin Murray entered the church with an AK-47 and 1000 rounds and would have probably killed 100 people had he not been stopped in his tracks by a woman with a legally owned pistol.

Mar 10 11:34

Sea rise 'to exceed projections'

The global sea level looks set to rise far higher than forecast because of changes in the polar ice-sheets, a team of researchers has suggested.

Really?

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/35266/Global-warming-It-s-the-cold...

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming. But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the “lost” ice has come back. Ice levels which had shrunk from 13million sq km in January 2007 to just four million in October, are almost back to their original levels. Figures show that there is nearly a third more ice in Antarctica than is usual for the time of year.

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 11:01

Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists' cash, cars

You can drive into this dusty fleck of a town near the Texas-Louisiana border if you're African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it—at least not with your car, your cash, your jewelry or other valuables.

That's because the police here allegedly have found a way to strip motorists, many of them black, of their property without ever charging them with a crime. Instead they offer out-of-towners a grim choice: voluntarily sign over your belongings to the town, or face felony charges of money laundering or other serious crimes.

Mar 10 10:44

Economic Crisis = USA Riots

Citizens of the US… Brace for IMPACT!

Mar 10 10:38

Pension Funds Broke Because They Sold Credit Default Swaps, Bought Risky Investments

You've probably heard that pension funds are in big trouble. As, Bloomberg notes:

With stock market losses this year, public pensions in the U.S. are now underfunded by more than $1 trillion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Retire" just became a four-letter word!!!!!!!

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 10:34

Fool Me Twice: Citigroup CEO Shouldn’t be Trusted

The markets jumped early in the trading day in a move led by a “Leaked” memo by Nationalized Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit which was sent to employees stating that the troubled bank was profitable in the first 2 months of 2009. He went on to describe their capital position as “Strong.”

The Marketwatch report regarding the memo left out an important piece of information. On November 14th 2008, Mr. Pandit made similar remarks at a town hall meeting. He assured investors and employees that the banks revenue was “Strong and Stable” and it’s capital was “Plentiful.” The following earnings report, of course, didn’t reflect his optimistic remarks. In January the company reported a net loss of $8 billion, with $12 billion in losses from continuing operations.

Mar 10 10:15

Report Burglary, Get Assaulted

When the officer was pushing me, I couldn't breathe. I kept trying to mouth the word 'air, air, air' over and over again," Pyles, who says he had neck surgery six days before his arrest, said through a sign-language interpreter. "Every time I see the police, I get chills. If something happens to my mom, who do I call? I can't call the cops."

Mar 10 10:05

Free Software Downloads to Optimize Windows XP

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Updated goodies for the I-HATE-VISTA crowd (of which I am one).

Mar 10 10:02

Israeli Settlers Terrorize Palestinian Villagers

Rabaye from the Palestinian Bedouin village of At Tuwani in the southern West Bank was grazing her sheep when she was assaulted by a security guard from the adjacent illegal Israeli settlement of Ma'on.

"We saw a group of masked Israeli settlers armed with sticks and chains heading towards us. The younger shepherds ran and managed to escape, leaving me with the flock of sheep," Rabaye told IPS.

"It was physically impossible for me to run, and I also didn't want the settlers to kill or steal my sheep. The security guard pushed me over, but I was not injured," recalled Rabaye, who was then seven months pregnant.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Attacking a pregnant woman? How "Sand Creek" of them!

Mar 10 10:00

Climate Skeptics Challenge Obama ‘Mainstream’ Science

President Barack Obama’s plan to charge for greenhouse-gas emissions and use the revenue to trim taxes might be wise if the planet were truly warming, economist Ross McKitrick told a group of climate-change skeptics today.

A “truth-based” system to limit heat-trapping gases only if warming is scientifically confirmed might satisfy both sides of the debate, the associate professor of economics at Canada´s University of Guelph said at a conference in New York. The U.S. president has proposed rolling back emissions to 1990 levels regardless of the extent of higher global temperatures.

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The problem is that once you link significant amounts of money to the outcome of the tests, you create a built-in bias. The testers will work, even at a subconscious level, to produce the outcome that results in the money.

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 09:57

Under the Cloak of Questionable Premise

In the annals of propaganda, big lies are landmarks. As part of propagating his own big lies, Hitler complained about them, writing that people “more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big.… even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt and waver ….”

Big lies create compliance by hoodwinking the population, which clears the path for despots. The War on “Terror” has replaced the War on Drugs as a broader, more nuanced rationale for anything and everything that abets social control.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Mar 10 09:53

Rep. Conyers wants science to be secret… or you will pay

Recently, government-sponsored agencies like NIH have moved toward open access of scientific findings. That is, the results are published where anyone can see them, and in fact (for the NIH) after 12 months the papers must be publicly accessible. This is, in my opinion (and that of a lot of others, including a pile of Nobel laureates) a good thing. Astronomers, for example, almost always post their papers on Astro-ph, a place where journal-accepted papers can be accessed before they are published.

Mar 10 09:38

Iran still lacks arms-grade nuclear material: U.S

Iran still lacks weapons-grade highly enriched uranium and has not yet made a decision on whether to produce any, U.S. intelligence officials told Congress on Tuesday.

The officials -- Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Michael Maples -- also said recent Iranian missile tests were not directly related to its nuclear activities.

Mar 10 09:31

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: 

In theory the FDA and USDA are already supposed to keep an eye on food safety. They don't of course, as the SBGH, Aspartame, and MSG in our foods prove, but rather than chastise the agencies that do not do their job, let's just create a new agency just as effective.

This bill is nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to drive small farms and farmers' markets out of business to protect the profits of the large agricultural corporations.

And it is DANGEROUS, because when the economy collapses those large corporations will cease to operate, and we will depend on those small farms and farmers' markets to keep America fed!

The USSR tried an experiment of banning small private farms from selling to their neighbors. Farmers were required to sell their produce to large collectives rather than to their neighbors, and the result was widespread famine. Worse, the USSR forced all farmers to adopt the methods of Trofim Denisovich Lysenko, a favorite of Stalin, and ultimately, a con-artist.

Lysenko's prize theory, which suited Stalin's political needs at the time, was that plants and animals could inherit traits acquired from the environment in a single generation. That is, if you used cooling to trick Winter wheat seeds to germinate and grow in the Spring ( a technique already used in the US at the time) the seeds from the chilled plants would go on germinating in the Spring in perpetuity.

There was very little science in Lysenko's science, but this "revolution" suited Stalin's desire to outdo the accomplishments in genetics which had occurred under Lenin. Honor upon Honor was heaped on Lysenko and real scientists who questioned his theories were shunned, vilified, and removed from their positions (not unlike the experiences of those who question the basic beliefs of the global warming cult). But Lysenko had no more real science training than Al Gore, and his theory that the environment could permanently alter the genetic structure of crops was completely wrong.

But for political reasons, the USSR mandated that all farmers had to use the Lysenko method, and the result was widespread famine when the following spring, the second generation wheat refused to germinate.

Which illustrates the problems which can result when the government thinks it understands how to farm.

Mar 10 09:12

Cashless society?

It will bring every transaction to scrutiny by a taxing authority. After all, if you can’t buy food and other necessities with cash there’s no sense in working for it. You will have to ask permission to live.

Mar 10 08:53

America becoming less Christian, survey finds

America is a less Christian nation than it was 20 years ago, and Christianity is not losing out to other religions, but primarily to a rejection of religion altogether, a survey published Monday found.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good.

A world armed with nuclear weapons needs a better guide to how to run itself than the myths and legends of primitive peoples huddled in fear around the campfires.

Religion worked when there was nothing better. But it has outlived its usefulness, and it is time to jail the molesters, and tar and feather any leaders who declare war because "God told them to."

Religion is the only known contagious psychosis.

See FROM THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO BROUGHT YOU THE INQUISITION!

Mar 10 08:47

Obama's Economic Train Wreck Gathers Speed

It's becoming increasingly clear to market players that Obama and his merry band of economic vandals are completely clueless about economics and the role of markets. These people are purely political. For them, economics is simply a matter of tax, spend and regulate. The thought that their economically and socially destructive policies could also rip the electoral ground from under them has yet to materialize.

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Folks, as much as I do not like or trust Barack Obama the fact is that he got elected Captain of the USS Titanic AFTER the previous commanders ran it into the iceberg. On the day Obama took the helm, the ship was holed, taking on water, and already down by the bow.

So, while I disagree with the manner in which Obama is handling the situation, the hard fact remains that Obama did not CREATE the situation; it was created for him, and the minions of those with ice on their hands (so to speak) are trying to dump the whole blame on him.

Maybe that's why McCain chose Sarah Palin to wreck his own candidacy. He was supposed to lose to Hillary anyway and he knows that the current occupant of the White House is going to go down in history as at the man at the helm when the ship of state breaks its keel and slips beneath the water. Who wants THAT on his resume?

Mar 10 08:37

Is the Future Going Down the Drain? Baby Boomers Going Bust

Millions of boomers born into the dawn of the largest economic expansion in history are being forced to re-imagine their retirement futures.

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 10 08:34

WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING IN GAZA

CODEPINK is a wonderful women’s organisation reminiscent of WOMEN’S STRIKE FOR PEACE. In both cases, militant action groups dedicated to bringing Peace and Justice to this world of ours.

Mar 10 08:33

Breaking the Taboo on Israel's Spying Efforts on the United States

Scratch a counterintelligence officer in the US government and they'll tell you that Israel is not a friend to the United States.

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"Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell
you about evidence that has been gathered. It's classified information."
--
US official quoted in Carl Cameron's Fox News report on the target="_blank">Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.

Mar 10 08:31

Toyota Puts Brakes on Construction of Mississippi Prius Plant

Toyota has invested more than $300 million in the Blue Springs, Mississippi, plant that is under construction. It was supposed to start making Prius hybrid cars (check out photos of the redesigned 2010 Prius here) in 2010, but "the automaker is delaying production there indefinitely because of the industrywide downturn."

Mar 10 08:30

Erroneous famine photos spark foul cries

“We established that some photos were taken from a US photo blog on the Great Depression of 1929-1930s. One of them made in 1935 in Arkansas, shot by Benjamin Shahn. Another one was taken in Oklahoma. Four out of six photos presented at the exhibition have nothing to do with Ukraine,” said city council deputy Andrey Merkulov.

Mar 10 08:18

Bolivia gives US diplomat 72 hours to leave

Bolivia ordered a senior US diplomat to leave the country within 72 hours after President Evo Morales accused him of participating in a "conspiracy" against Bolivia's far-left government.

Mar 10 08:18

Imagine - Essay by Congressman Ron Paul

Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.”

Mar 10 08:11

Apocalypse... Revealing... Disclosing and Unveiling.

I am guessing it is always the minority that wants to ‘really’ learn about hidden things and archetypal truths. A greater number just wants to expound on them once they’ve got some order to their collection of data. I note the extreme predominance in numbers of people collecting money in connection with these things and those who give it away for free. Of course nothing is free. You always pay; in experience, in effort, in personal transformation, in various disappointments and by having to discard what may seem valuable to others but proves only a burden to the sincere in heart.

Mar 10 08:09

Human trafficking ring busted

Israeli police say they have busted an international human trafficking ring that smuggled hundreds of eastern European women into Israel and forced them into prostitution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You know, we always hear feminists screaming about the abuse of women in Arab nations, but hardly a peep when we see one of these stories about sex-slavery in Israel.

Why is that?

Mar 10 08:06

Detainees Say They Planned Sept. 11

The five detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged with planning the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have filed a document with the military commission at the United States naval base there expressing pride at their accomplishment and accepting full responsibility for the killing of nearly 3,000 people.

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"And we only had to waterboard them all for an hour to get it, so it simply MUST be true!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

The New York Times: American for 'Pravda'!

Mar 10 08:05

Continuity IRA claims responsibility for Northern Ireland policeman killing

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This flare-up in violence coming just as Gordon Brown needs a distraction from the economy strikes me as just too coincidental to be believed. And given the revelation that many acts of terror blamed on the Irish were actually carried out by British I think some suspicion regarding whether Continuity IRA being a front group for MI5 or having been infiltrated is justified.

Mar 10 07:51

Rahm Emanuel: Barack Obama's Sarah Palin?

In sharp contrast to Obama's claim that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, Emanuel claims he would do it again today. As chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he directed party funds to pro-invasion candidates and recruited candidates to oppose anti-war Democrats.

Known in Washington as an outspoken pro-Israel hardliner, he joins Speaker Nancy Pelosi in bringing to the Middle East peace process a record of support for Tel Aviv's targeted assassinations of Palestinian political leaders.

Mar 10 07:50

Former Cheney chief of staff can’t find a job

Addington isn’t the only senior Bush official who can’t find a job.

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Would anyone have hired Hitler's henchmen after it was all over (aside from the US Government under Operation PAPERCLIP)?

Mar 10 07:41

Citigroup Said to Pay $13 Million for Scrapped Trips

Citigroup Inc., the recipient of $45 billion in government rescue funds, doled out $13 million as compensation to employees whose trips to resorts the company was forced to scrap, two people familiar with the matter said.

Mar 10 07:35

Dow up 200 as Citi lifts stocks

Stocks rallied Tuesday morning after Citigroup said it was profitable in the first two months of the year...

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... not counting that $45 billion hole filled by the taxpayers.

Mar 10 07:15

Chimpanzee Shows What to Do With Wall Street, Washington D.C.

San Francisco Chronicle MALIN RISING, Associated Press Writer Study: Belligerent chimp proves animals make plans STOCKHOLM, (AP) -- A canny chimpanzee who calmly collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at zoo visitors in fits of rage has confirmed that apes can plan ahead just like humans, a Swedish study said Monday.

According to a report in the journal Current Biology, the 31-year-old alpha male started building his weapons cache in the morning before the zoo opened, collecting rocks and knocking out disks from concrete boulders inside his enclosure. He waited until around midday before he unleashed a "hailstorm" of rocks against visitors, the study said.

Mar 10 07:08

Symantec Warns of Worm's Return

A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable antivirus software and analysis tools, among other actions.

W32.Downadup.C is a modular component for machines currently infected with Downadup. This variant of Downadup, also called Conficker, is not attempting to self-replicate and appears to behave more like a Trojan than a worm, says Vincent Weafer, vice president of Symantec Security Response.

"Think of it as an updated module that's more aggressive, more robust in defending itself," Weafer says.

Mar 10 07:06

No hope for the recession ending in 2009 - Nouriel Roubini

The media spends too much time repeating the optimistic outlooks of economists and strategists who’ve been wrong for 3 years. I like to focus on those who clearly saw this recession/depression coming. Among those who correctly predicted this crisis was NYU professor Nouriel Roubini.

Professor Roubini Monday offered the opinion that the US recession could drag on for years without drastic action.

There is “no hope for the recession ending in 2009 and will more than likely last into 2010,” he said.

Mar 10 06:53

In pursuit of truth and lessons

Last week, the file cabinets at the Department of Justice rolled open. Out came the most brazen thinking imaginable: In the weeks after the 9/11 attacks, ultra-con lawyers said the military could blow up apartment buildings, eavesdrop on anyone and even suspend freedom of the press. All in the name of the war on terror.

Mar 10 05:37

Geithner, With Few Aides, Is Scrambling

The New York Times EDMUND L. ANDREWS and STEPHEN LABATON March 8, 2009 WASHINGTON — Rarely have so few people had so little time to prop up so many pillars of the economy as those in the Treasury Department under Timothy F. Geithner.

One of the few areas in which the Treasury has increased its staff is the all-important Office of Financial Stability, which ran the $700 billion financial rescue plan during the Bush administration. But that is because the Bush administration had hired almost 100 staff people by the time of Mr. Obama’s inauguration. Its director, Neel Kashkari, is a Bush holdover.

Mar 10 05:19

China Reports Falling Prices

The New York Times KEITH BRADSHER March 10, 2009 HONG KONG — Most economists still do not expect the Chinese economy to suffer a broad decline in prices this year, but statistics released on Tuesday did provide disturbing whiffs of possible deflation.

Consumer prices were 1.6 percent lower last month than a year earlier, the first decline since December, 2002, the National Bureau of Statistics announced in Beijing. February’s result represented a precipitous drop from an inflation rate of 8.7 percent in February of last year, when rising prices were a top priority for the Chinese government.

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