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"Our public credit is good, but the abundance of paper has produced a spirit of gambling in the funds, which has laid up our ships at the wharves as too slow instruments of profit, and has even disarmed the hand of the tailor of his needle and thimble. They say the evil will cure itself. I wish it may; but I have rarely seen a gamester cured, even by the disasters of his vocation." -- Thomas Jefferson to Gouverneur Morris, 1791.


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February 26, 2009

Feb 26 08:33

Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, the Second Amendment is not about hunting and it is not about sport shooting. The phrase "Security of a free state" clearly indicates that the arms under discussion are military arms, of necessity equal to power and effectiveness of those that might be used by an invader, whether that invader is a foreign nation or an abusive central government.

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." (Thomas Jefferson Papers p. 334, 1950)

"While the people have property, arms in their hands, and only a spark of noble spirit, the most corrupt Congress must be mad to form any project of tyranny." -- Rev. Nicholas Collin, Fayetteville Gazette (N.C.), October 12, 1789

"[I]f circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens." -- The Federalist, No. 29 -- Alexander Hamilton

We live today in the very circumstances Jefferson and Hamilton spoke of; a large central government, broke, in debt, that even now seeks to remove our liberties that we may not resist their looting of our lives to fund their excesses.

The government is already planning how to make you a slave. You must plan how to be free.

Feb 26 08:23

Obama to spend $200b on war in 2009

According to the US defense officials, Obama needs USD 75.5 billion for 2009 to cover the cost of the additional troops deployed in to Afghanistan this year and an another USD 130 billion for the rest of fiscal 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is just the cost of the operations in Afghanistan and Iraq and does not include other Pentagon spending, which is far more costly (when they don't lose it outright).

Feb 26 08:18

Democrats Introduce Public National Service Bills

A Democratic Senator from Connecticut has introduced four bills aimed at establishing a groundwork for a system of comprehensive national service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime where of the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." -- 13th Amendment to the US Constitution

Feb 26 08:16

Jews Are Guilty of Anti-Gentilism, Aren't They ? It Has to Stop !

As a Gentile, I believe I'm being subjected to Anti-Gentilism

As a result of suffering this persecution lifelong, I am traumatised and believe I'm deserving of compensaying for my pain and loss

Where do I lodge my claim .. Israel ?

My solicitors have said I should claim for 300 million dollars at minimum

Emigrate While You Still Can - Finca Bayano In Panama!

Finco Bayano
Feb 26 05:25

The CIA Beyond Redemption and Should be Terminated

The Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) has confirmed the worst fears of its creator President Harry Truman that it might degenerate into “an American Gestapo.” It has been just that for so long it is beyond redemption. It represents 60 years of failure and fascism utterly at odds with the spirit of a democracy and needs to be closed, permanently.

Feb 26 04:57

The Deep Politics of Hollywood. In the Parents` Best Interests

GE/Universal’s Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg’s exploration of Israeli vengeance following the Palestinian terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympics – raises similar suspicions. Although the Zionist Organisation of American called for a boycott of the film because they felt it equated Israel with terrorists, such a reading is less than convincing. Indeed, by the time Munich’s credits begin to roll its overriding messages have been stamped indelibly into the brain by the film’s Israeli Special Forces characters: “Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values,” “We kill for our future, we kill for peace,” and “Don't f*ck with the Jews.” Predictably, Israel is one of GE’s most loyal customers, buying Hellfire II laser missiles as well as propulsion systems for the F-16 Falcon fighter, the F-4 Phantom fighter, the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, and the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. In Munich’s 167 minute running time the voice of the Palestinian cause is restricted to two and a half minutes of simplistic dialogue. Rather than being an “evenhanded cry for peace,” as the Los Angeles Times hailed it, General Electric’s Munich is more easily interpreted as a subtle corporate endorsement of the policies of a loyal customer.

Feb 26 04:15

The US Economy - Designed To Fail

But neither President Obama, nor his Democratic supporters or Republican antagonists, should feel badly about what is happening. This is because the system they have been given to work with was designed to fail. The U.S. was saddled long ago with a debt-based monetary system, whereby the only way money can be introduced into circulation is through bank lending. It was the system that was instituted in 1913 when Congress gave away its constitutional power over money creation to the private banking industry by passing the Federal Reserve Act.

Feb 26 04:15

Asswipe--The Environmentalist Contribution to a Better World

The New York Times LESLIE KAUFMAN Feb 25, 2009

Mr. Whipple Left It Out: Soft Is Rough on Forests

The national obsession with soft [toilet] paper comes at a price: millions of trees harvested in North America and in Latin American countries, including some percentage of trees from rare old-growth forests in Canada. Although toilet tissue can be made at similar cost from recycled material [...]

Feb 26 03:40

It's Time to Break up the Big Banks

Timothy Geithner is putting the finishing touches on a plan that will dump $1 trillion of toxic assets onto the US taxpayer. The plan, which goes by the opaque moniker the "Public-Private Investment Fund" (PPIF), is designed to provide lavish incentives to hedge funds and private equity firms to purchase bad assets from failing banks. It is a sweetheart deal that provides government financing and guarantees for illiquid mortgage-backed junk for which there is currently no active market. What's got Geithner worried, is the fear that the public will see through this latest boondoggle and set off a political firestorm. If that happens, the markets will go into a swan-dive and Geithner's career at Treasury will come to an abrubt end.

February 25, 2009

Feb 25 21:58

Yes we are raging - against a Government that spies on its citizens while ignoring the crimes of greedy bankers

That the public is being watched by Big Brother at every turn is deeply alarming. That the innocent were being tracked going about their every day lives while a blind eye was being turned to a financial sector apparently hell-bent on destruction is unforgivable.

Feb 25 20:17

25+ Years After JFK: The Real Message

“No doubt we are dealing now with an international conspiracy. We must face that fact - and not waste any more time microanalyzing the evidence. That’s exactly what they want us to do.

“They have kept us busy for so long. And I will bet that is what will happen to you. They’ll keep you very, very busy and, eventually, they’ll wear you down.”

Feb 25 19:26

Peace negotiators urge change of attitude on Hamas

The United States and Israel must change policy towards Hamas and engage the Palestinian militant group if progress is to be made on peace in the Middle East, a group of former peace negotiators said on Thursday.

Writing in Britain's Times newspaper, 14 former foreign ministers and peace negotiators said the three-year policy under which Hamas has been ostracised by the international community had backfired and needed to be changed.

"There can be no meaningful peace process that involves negotiating with the representatives of one part of the Palestinians while simultaneously trying to destroy the other," wrote the signatories, who include Britain's Paddy Ashdown, a former negotiator in Bosnia, and Michael Ancram, who helped broker peace with the IRA in Northern Ireland.

Feb 25 18:46

Miles of Idled Boxcars Leave Towns Singing the Freight-Train Blues

Tens of thousands of boxcars are sitting idle all over the country, parked indefinitely by railroads whose freight volumes have plummeted along with the economy. And residents of the communities stuck with these newly immobile objects, like the people of New Castle, are hopping mad about it.

Feb 25 18:40

How Can the U.S. Economy Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity?

"The United States' lack of a manufacturing capacity makes it even less likely that anything resembling a lasting recovery can emerge from President Obama's approach to the economic crisis. The infrastructure projects that are supposed to be central to the recovery scheme are only valued at $150 billion - which is not much of a jolt, especially when much of what will have to be bought is only available in other countries, made by foreign workers. Barack Obama has put a huge emphasis on building a green economy. However, according to the New York Times , most of the sources of solar panels and wind turbines are located in Europe and Asia. There can be no green economy without a mass transit makeover of the United States, but the U.S. hasn't made subway and light rail cars in many years.

Feb 25 18:36

Ron Paul gives opening statement during HFSC hearing

Ron Paul essentially disagreed with all four facets of the Federal Reserve's program for the struggling economy. In his two-minute statement, he started by branding the financial system a failure, and then laid out the reasons why he didn't think Bernanke's plan was going to save the economy. “It is fundamental for us to understand...if we think we can patch up a system that has failed, it's not going to work,” he told the Reserve's chairman. “We have a total misunderstanding of what credit is, versus capital. Capital can't come from the thin-air creation by a Federal Reserve system, capital has to come from savings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These House Financial Services Committee hearings will go on as though nothing has happened, and as though this statement was never made.

The bottom line is this: the US government really has no way to fix this.

Some in power think that the "quick fix" should be another war, which is how the US got out of its economic depressions in the past. Unfortunately, this time, that is not going to work for a number of reasons.

Feb 25 17:00

Angry Taxpayers throw "BOSTON TEA PARTY" in St. Louis

Feb 25 16:56

Help for US Holocaust Survivors/families, NOT US WWII Vets

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Feb 25 16:41

FDA: Flawed Drug Approvals?

Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, says researcher Sanjay Kaul was removed from the panel after prasugrel’s manufacturer Eli Lilly complained about research papers in which he questioned the drug’s safety.

The drug ended up being approved by the panel by nine votes for versus none against.

Feb 25 16:06

Barak Says Israel will ‘Stop at Nothing’ to Deny Iran Nukes

“Time is running out fast and oozing between our fingers,” Barak said. “Robust and resolute sanctions against the Iranian regime are needed,” Barak said. “If these do not succeed in blocking the development, the necessary matters must be considered,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You just have to love the way members of the Israeli government studiously ignore the fact that everything coming out of the IAEA says that Iran is only enriching uranium enough for a power station, which is what Iran has been saying all along.

But this time, if Israel is planning to bomb Iran because they are an "existential threat", let's let the Israeli military do it all on its own.

And, just for an education as to which world powers not to piss off right now, let Israel deal with the ire of Iran's 7th largest trading partner, Russia. That would be..... interesting.

Feb 25 15:58

Indiana Amish community helps in Texas cow country

Amish volunteers helping rebuild after Ike
By Cindy Horswell
Sunday, February 22, 2009

"That is why Fellowship of Christian Farmers organized the relief effort: "Building fences in Texas until the cows come home."
Among the volunteers answering the call have been groups of Amish who learned of the ranchers' plight from their community newsletter in Elkhart and LaGrange counties in Indiana. That's the area that President Barack Obama last week singled out as having the nation's highest unemployment rate.

Many of the 35 Amish volunteers helped out, though they are facing their own financial crises at home. Many have been laid off or had their hours slashed at factories that make recreational vehicles.

Feb 25 15:46

Richard Perle's Outrageous Lies

The general topic was Jewish power, but one point in particular stood out: Recently, a premier architect and promoter of the neocon war against Iraq, “Prince of Darkness” Richard Perle, has been escalating his campaign to deny the neocon role in American politics. Let me explain.

Feb 25 15:43

Stanford workers had ties to regulator FINRA

Two employees of Allen Stanford's financial business, which U.S. regulators have accused of massive fraud, held advisory roles at a watchdog group overseeing U.S. broker-dealers aimed at preventing abuses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And Obama Picked FINRA Head Mary Schapiro to Lead SEC!

Feb 25 15:37

Japan's boffins: Global warming isn't man-made

One of the five contributors compares computer climate modelling to ancient astrology. Others castigate the paucity of the US ground temperature data set used to support the hypothesis, and declare that the unambiguous warming trend from the mid-part of the 20th Century has ceased.

Feb 25 15:25

Comprehensive National Service Plan Detailed

Get ready to get rid of all your fancy clothes and make way for the drab gray uniform Comrades! Classic socialized tyranny with all the classic pretty propaganda wrappers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a violation of the 13th Amendment.

And just to make things perfectly clear, the people engineering this tyranny don’t intend to participate in the misery.

Feb 25 15:18

Ben Bernanke - LIAR

"We believe the effect of the troubles in the subprime sector on the broader housing market will likely be limited"

- Ben Bernanke, May 2007

"There is a reasonable prospect that the current recession will end in 2009"

- Ben Bernanke, February 2009

Feb 25 15:15

FBI raids Univ. of Florida nuclear power institute

Rhew would not comment on the target of the investigation, but University of Florida spokesman Steve Orlando says the FBI was in the office of professor Samim Anghaie, the Iranian-born director of the institute and a professor of nuclear and radiological engineering.

Rhew would not comment on the investigation but did say no arrest warrants have been issued. Neither the FBI nor the NASA Inspector General's Office would comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Meaning they raided him just because he was Iranian and they could get headlines out of it.

Feb 25 15:14

Cut the Military Budget

It is particularly inexplicable that so many self-styled moderates ignore the extraordinary increase in military spending. After all, George W. Bush himself has acknowledged its importance. As the December 20 Wall Street Journal notes, "The president remains adamant his budget troubles were the result of a ramp-up in defense spending." Bush then ends this rare burst of intellectual honesty by blaming all this "ramp-up" on the need to fight the war in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... which was based on a lie.

Feb 25 15:11

FDA Approves Shock Device To Treat Severe OCD Cases

The Food and Drug Administration Thursday approved an implantable device that jolts the brain in people with hard-to-treat symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You know, like people who compulsively prove the government is lying." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 25 15:04

Sandia National Laboratories Test Exonerates Ivins

While government apologists are still trying to pretend there is a case that Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer, tests by Sandia National Laboratories have exonerated him.

Feb 25 14:29

Exxon drags its feet for 20 years to avoid paying damages to struggling Alaskans, while making record profits

You'd be hard-pressed to find a newspaper in this country that didn't contain at least one heart-breaking story of financial woe on any given day. The recession has become part of our national narrative. But it's important to remember that there are communities that have been feeling the pinch for decades.

Such is the case with Cordova, AK. This small fishing town on the coast of Prince Williams Sound was devastated by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in March 1989. While environmental and social fallout persists -- something we'll be talking about tomorrow as part of this series -- Cordova has not been able to get back on its financial feet, despite promises from Exxon to make the community whole again.

Feb 25 14:25


Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sent in by a reader in reply to the video saying it is forbidden to take photographs of Federal Buildings.

(Most of which are butt-ugly anyway, so who would bother, but a principle is a principle.)

Feb 25 14:23

Israel lobbies for war on Iran

Feb 25 14:21

The Anchorwomen of Fox News

Conservative watchdog groups are giving Fox News flack for their gratuitously hot anchorwomen and their short skirts.

Feb 25 14:21

Fox News Anchor or Porn Star?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can you tell the difference?

(I flunked this one.)

Feb 25 13:50

Federal Reserve Cop Says You Can't Film Federal Buildings!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Man, they are getting PARANOID in DC!!!!!!!!

Feb 25 12:11

CNBC Anchors Upset at Ron Paul

Take a look at this longer clip of Ron's opening statement, at about 2:23. The CNBC anchors are so upset that, unlike in their schedule, Ron had the initial Republican statement. These shills for the Fed, the Treasury, and Wall Street are spitting mad that the truth was by mistake broadcast by CNBC.

Feb 25 11:04

Humans not causing climate change, look at Hitler, says Jensen

"Albert Einstein was very much criticised by Hitler, and Hitler actually had a group of 100 top scientists in Germany write a book called 100 scientists against Einstein," Dr Jensen said.

"Einstein was asked: 'Doesn't it bother you Dr Einstein that you've got so many scientists against you?'

"And he said: 'It doesn't take 100 scientists to prove me wrong, it takes a single fact'."

Feb 25 11:01

Majority Of U.S. States Join Sovereignty Movement, Assert 10th Amendment Rights

Majority Of U.S. States Join Sovereignty Movement, Assert 10th Amendment Rights

Feb 25 11:00

Bailout Bank Blows Millions Partying in L.A.

A bank that received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune last week in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with famous singers ... and TMZ cameras caught it all.

Feb 25 11:00

Get Ready for Mass Retail Closings

About 220,000 stores may close this year in America, says our guest, retail consultant Howard Davidowitz of Davidowitz & Associates. As more Americans save and spend less, it's clear there's too much retail space.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other factor is online sales. I prefer a retail environment where I can look at and hold a product before I buy it, but all too often stores carry what someone wants to sell me rather than what I actually want to buy, so more and more I have to go to the internet to find what I need. And usually, it is cheaper on the net anyway.

All of this reduces the need for retail stores.

Feb 25 10:52

Bank Stress Test…NOW?

Examiners should be constantly inspecting the solvency of all banks. When a banks capital ratio gets to low, the FDIC is obligated to step in and seize the assets to prevent the bank from taking undo risk in hopes of returning to normal capital ratio’s. Was the FDIC asleep for 2 years or is this just a government sponsored media campaign to ease the public into injecting even more taxpayer money into failing institutions?

Feb 25 10:48

Israeli Sabotage of U.S.-Iranian Detente

Since Israel’s recent election, people have begun to realize that the ruling Israeli elite from its major parties is trying to constrain Obama from fundamentally altering U.S.-Iran relations. Having concluded that it cannot immediately provoke a U.S.-Iran war for its own benefit, Israel is instead, according to this interpretation, resigned to seeing some U.S.-Iranian discussions and now hopes only to minimize the meaning and duration of those talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... or set off another false-flag attack.

Feb 25 10:47

Obama to end tax cuts for firms that outsource

In a message that may not be music to Indian outsourcing firms, US President Barack Obama has served notice that he would end the tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If he actually carries through with this, it will be the first thing he has done I agree with. But, it does not go far enough.
We need to lower taxes in this country to the point where we can be competitive with other nations' manufacturing.

The reason those foreign countries get by with paying their workers less is that it costs less to live there! The United States is one of the most expensive places to live and the reason is the constant uplifts to the cost of everything because of taxation, half of which goes to feed the wear machine.

If we gave up our psychotic need to kill brown people around the world, we could cut all Federal taxes IN HALF and not see any reductions on social service or infrastructure.

That means that Americans would not need to earn as much money to keep the same lifestyle, and could work for wages and salaries more consistent with other industrialized nations.

At bottom there is really only one difference between the economy of the United States and that of other nations and that is the vast sums of money spent by the US on things that kill other people, or sent to Israel so that they can kill other people.

Feb 25 10:24


While the west-backed Palestinian Authority is still clinging to the two-state solution as the only feasible strategy for ending the 40-year Israeli occupation, a growing number of Palestinian intellectuals and lay people are coming to the conclusion that the creation of a viable Palestinian state is no longer possible in light of the ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish settlements.

Feb 25 10:24

Israel in 1948: Poised for Expansion

“The Achilles’ heel of the Arab coalition is Lebanon. Muslim supremacy in this country is artificial and can easily be overthrown. A Christian State ought to be set up there, with its southern frontier on the river Litani. We should sign a treaty of alliance with this State. Then, when we have broken the strength of the Arab Legion and bombed Amman, we could wipe out Transjordan; after that Syria would fall. And if Egypt dared to make war on us, we would bomb Port Said, Alexandria and Cairo. We should thus end the war, and would have settled the account with Egypt, Assyria and Chaldea on behalf of our ancestors.”

David Ben-Gurion, 1948

Feb 25 10:23


Feb 25 10:22


Interview with The Pakistani Spectator

Feb 25 10:22

Faulty collection notices tax residents' patience

Here's one way to make up a budget deficit - send out a bunch of fake tax collection notices.

Feb 25 10:21

The Credit Card Debt Crisis: The Next Economic Domino

Hot on the heels of the banking crisis, the employment crisis, and the mortgage/foreclosure crisis, the country is on the verge of experiencing a credit card crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

None of this would be happening if the US Government had not handed tax credits to corporations to encourage them to offshore high-paying manufacturing jobs.

For thirty years manufacturing has been driven from these shores by a government and a corporate culture that felt making products was beneath their dignity. Wise and prudent observers warned that this would mean the ultimate ruin for the US economy, but nobody who was making a fortune from the current system wanted to listen.

Feb 25 10:13

San Francisco Chronicle may shut down

San Francisco may lose its main newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, as owner Hearst Corp cuts a "significant" number of jobs and decides whether to shut or sell the money-losing daily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Corporate Media

I will make you a deal.

Start telling the people the truth about what is going on. Tell them the truth about 9-11, the truth about the lie of Saddam's "nookular" weapons, the truth about what went on an Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the truth about how FDR suckered the Japanese into the attack on Pearl Harbor, the truth about no torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin, the truth about USS Liberty. Tell the public the truth about MOCKINGBIRD and COINTELPRO and the 16th Amendment and the Federal Reserve. And I don't mean twenty years after the fact when it no longer matters, tell the people the truth when they need to hear it, like right now about how Iran does not have a clandestine weapons lab under their power station but Israel does.

You all start telling the public the truth and I will gladly shut this blog down and let your readers go back to you, because frankly after 16 years I am tired of doing your job for you for no money while listening to you whine about how your ad revenues have declined because of us mean old bloggers.





Feb 25 09:33

War Reporting and Propaganda in Iraq and Afghanistan

Feb 25 09:33

I.O.U.S.A. 30 minute version.

Feb 25 09:30

To Russia, With Hate

In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the Middle East [.pdf], America's name is mud, thanks to the Bush administration and its predecessors. During the Bush era, our international standing took a huge hit, with millions wondering what crazed act of aggression was going to come out of Washington next. Our militaristic foreign policy [.pdf] has alienated our friends while multiplying and emboldening our enemies.

To listen to Andrei Illarionov tell it, however, we don't have enough enemies. One more needs to be added to the list, and that is Russia.

Feb 25 09:28

Hollywood to make 30 anti-Iranian movies

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, has said that Hollywood film makers have thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing.

"Hollywood has thirty anti-Iranian movies in the offing with the subject of hostility towards Iran's historical and Islamic identity," Qashqavi told reporters at a weekly news conference in Tehran on Monday.

"The subject of making various movies has directly targeted not only Iran's religious and historical identity but also the country's social values including hospitality in an attempt to show hostility towards the Islamic Republic," he added.

"There are certain political objectives behind a number of movies under the pretext of creating art," he explained.

Feb 25 09:27

The Cleanser

Anthony H. Cordesman, a leading military analyst from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has published a “strategic analysis” of the Gaza massacre.(1) He reaches the remarkable conclusion that “Israel did not violate the laws of war.” The report is based on “briefings in Israeli [sic] during and immediately after the fighting made possible by a visit sponsored by Project Interchange, and using day-to-day reporting issued by the Israeli Defense Spokesman.” Cordesman omits mention that Project Interchange is funded by the American Jewish Committee.

Feb 25 09:24

Shock as 1,800 jobs vaporise

Pacific Brands will close seven manufacturing sites across Australia and axe 1,200 associated production jobs, as the company moves the remainder of its manufacturing workforce offshore to south Asia.

Feb 25 09:23

It seems the SEC "stood down" repeatedly for those in the Bush Family Circle.

That hearing focused on charges, by former Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Gary Aguirre, that an investigation into insider trading by one of the largest hedge funds was squelched by SEC officials. Aguirre had wanted to take testimony from a prominent Wall Street figure, who was also a major fundraiser for President Bush. When he pressed the point, he was not only prevented from doing so -- he was fired.

Feb 25 09:05

Israel's "Project Daniel" and the USS Liberty

Anytime some violent out of control thugs use religious imagery to back up and legitimize what they are doing, you know that they are truly whacked out... and that the violence they're espousing, usually in God's name, will be so brutal and deadly that it will shock society.

If that violent and out of control thug is Israel, backed up with one of the world's largest nuclear arsenals, then you know the entire world is in danger from being consumed in a radioactive ball of fire, all to please the God of Israel.

Feb 25 09:03

Daniel Ellsberg-Nixon/Bush wanted to Nuke Vietnam

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nixon wanted to use nuclear weapons on Vietnam.

The anti-war movement stopped it.

Remember that when you wonder if we peace activists are having any impact today.

Feb 25 08:56

At least nine killed as Turkish Airlines plane crashes near Amsterdam

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now THIS is what it really looks like when an intact plane crashes into a field. Quite a contrast with the wreckage of flight 93 which was spread out over 8 miles.

Feb 25 08:55

Clinton warns Israel over delays in Gaza aid

Major General (res.) Amos Gilad, who heads the diplomatic-security bureau at the Defense Ministry, issued a statement yesterday denying European Union reports on the breadth of humanitarian aid being allowed to enter Gaza. "Contrary to EU reports, 116,400 tons of humanitarian aid was allowed into the Gaza Strip according to requests made by international organizations and private groups since the cease-fire went into effect on January 18. Any claim of food shortage [in Gaza] is false."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This shows how petty and vindictive Israel is.

Feb 25 08:51

Most U.S. Troops Out Of Iraq By August 2010, Officials Say

President Barack Obama plans to remove all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by August of next year, administration officials said Tuesday, ending the war that helped define his upstart presidential campaign — although a little more slowly than he promised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is 100% USDA Choice Bovine Excrement.

There is no way it takes 19 months to get out of a country it took only three weeks to invade.

This is a classic stall and as far as I am concerned violates the campaign promise Obama made.

All wars end eventually. Keeping his promise means ending this one right now.

Feb 25 08:49

Gmail phishing attack hits on heels of outage

The malicious message spread via the Google Talk instant messaging chat system, urging users to a video by clicking on a link connected via the TinyURL service. The link points to a website called ViddyHo, which invited users to submit their Gmail usernames and passwords.

Once extracted from marks these login credentials could be used for a variety of malign purposes ranging from impersonation to identity theft, or simply for sending spam. The motive for the attack is unclear.

Feb 25 08:47

'Holocaust bishop' arrives in UK

The 68-year-old ultra-traditionalist bishop has been at the centre of controversy after he denied the use of gas chambers on Swedish television in January.

"There was not one Jew killed by the gas chambers. It was all lies, lies, lies," he said.

Williamson also said he believes no more than 300,000 Jews died in Germany's Nazi concentration camps.

The number of those killed in the Holocaust that is widely accepted is six million people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note carefully that last sentence. The author stops short of saying that six million actually did die, only that this is the widely accepted value.

Which means doubt as to the veracity of the official story is starting to spread in this post "Saddam's nooks" age.

Feb 25 08:43

Stimulus bill gives $1 billion to Jewish social service providers

The economic stimulus bill enacted by President Obama will provide $1 billion to Jewish nursing homes and social service agencies, according to the United Jewish Communities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And how does this bring back manufacturing, or fix the infrastructure?

Feb 25 08:42

Judge refuses Iraq war 'torture death' probe

An Iraqi who claims his brother was arrested by British forces and tortured and killed during the Iraq war has failed in a High Court bid to win an inquiry into the death under human rights laws.

Feb 25 08:41

Smith & Wesson Recall

Feb 25 08:40

Guantanamo abuse has worsened since Obama

Abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has worsened sharply since President Barack Obama took office as prison guards “get their kicks in” before the camp is closed, according to a lawyer who represents detainees.

Feb 25 08:39

Perils of Criticising Israel

Michael O’Donnell thinks that the best way to blunt the effectiveness of orchestrated email campaigns is to expose them to public scrutiny. Jonathan Freedland suggests growing a thicker skin.

Feb 25 08:38

State sending $1 checks to Washington's needy

Sending out $1 checks cost the state $250,000. DSHS says that could bring the state an additional $43 million in federal funding.

Feb 25 08:33

How Can the U.S. Recover Without Manufacturing Capacity?

The strength of the federal economic stimulus package is seriously diluted by the fact that many of the manufactured goods that will be purchased for the attempted recovery must be imported from outside the United States. America simply doesn't make lots of things, anymore. That means many billions of dollars that folks assumed would go towards fueling an American economic comeback, will instead provide work and paychecks to employees in other countries, that still have manufacturing bases. That's fine with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is dominated by large multinational corporations - the same guys that began stripping the United States of manufacturing jobs decades ago.

Feb 25 08:27

Bill Maher - Hang the Bankers

Bill Maher is back with a Chinese answer to our financial problems...

Feb 25 08:24


Feb 25 08:19

On Transparency of the Fed

The Fed is now pledging to reveal to the public more about its economic predictions, and calls this greater transparency. This is little more than window-dressing, at best, utterly useless at worst. Many analysts, especially those familiar with the Austrian school of economics, saw the current economic crisis coming years ago when the Federal Reserve was still telling the American people their policies were as good as gold. So while it might be nice to know what fantasy-infused outlook the Fed has on the economy, I am much more interested in what they are doing as a result of their faulty, haphazard interpretation of data. For instance, what arrangements do they have with other foreign central banks?

Feb 25 07:45

Video - Daniel Ellsberg explains Nixon wanted to nuke Vietnam

What can you say?

This madman was President of the United States and Kissinger is still around peddling the world view he honed as a Rockefeller empire employee.

Feb 25 07:06

Jefferson County, AL Can't Make $636 million Debt Payment

Alabama's Jefferson County is unable to make a $636 million sewer debt payment due Friday. The county will hold an emergency meeting to vote on an extension request which they hope will buy some time.

The county was recently downgraded by the ratings agencies which resulted in accelerated principal and interest payments due to banks. The county is on the hook for an extra $53 million in accelerated payments since last spring last spring. Jefferson County is still reeling from the $600 million it lost in bad swap deals.

Feb 25 06:03

California lawmaker introduces pot legalization bill

If California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has his way, the Golden State might become known as the Green State to pot smokers around the country.

During a press conference Monday morning in San Francisco, Ammiano introduced "The Marijuana Control, regulation and education act." The far-reaching bill would go well beyond decriminalization of marijuana to actually legalize the cultivation, sale, purchase and possession of the plant.

Feb 25 05:10

Yoo's Memos Gave Retroactive Cover

A Justice Department inquiry has found that the Bush administration's legal opinions justifying the torture of "war on terror"- detainees were hastily drafted after one prisoner was already subjected to waterboarding, a practice that creates the sensation of drowning, according to several sources familiar with the still-classified report.

The implication of the finding is that John Yoo and other lawyers for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel violated ethical standards by collaborating with senior White House officials to create legal cover for violating anti-torture and other federal statutes after the fact, rather than providing objective advice for future actions.

Feb 25 05:01

A Modest Proposal - An Iraqi Vote on Troop Withdrawal

Over the years, we've seen various "exit strategies" proposed for withdrawal from Iraq. The best proposal was made by a Baghdad man on his way to a demonstration just a few days after that city fell. A U.S. reporter asked what should happen now. The man turned to the reporter and said, "Thank you for getting rid of Saddam. Now please leave our country."

Feb 25 04:24

Japan exports drop 46% in January

BBC Business News Feb 25, 2009

Japan's exports plunged 45.7% in January compared with a year ago to hit the lowest figure in 10 years, official figures have shown.

Imports exceeded exports by 952.6bn yen ($9.9bn; £6.8bn). It is the largest gap since records began in 1980.

"Japan is particularly vulnerable to this downturn because trade is so central to the economy," World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy told reporters on a visit to Tokyo.

February 24, 2009

Feb 24 20:31

Northern Trust: Bailed Out Bank Spends Millions on Lavish Party

Northern Trust, a bank that has received $1.6 billion in bailout money just spent a fortune in L.A. hosting a series of lavish parties and concerts with celebrity entertainers.

The Chicago based Northern Trust bank sponsored the Northern Trust Open event last week in LA. The bank flew hundreds of clients and employees to L.A. and put many of them up some of the best hotels money can buy. Guests stayed at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and the Ritz Carlton.

Feb 24 19:37

George Bush plans world tour

Soon after leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair eagerly launched himself onto the American lecture circuit. Now the international exchange programme for former leaders is entering its second, potentially more controversial phase: George Bush is coming to Europe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What boggles my mind is, what sane country on the planet would actually want his shoes soiling their sidewalks?

This is a petty, crass, sociopath, who has told the world - and the American people - an extraordinary pack of lies with which to generate two horrendous wars, both of which look as though they're about ready to boil over in South Asia.

These wars have so sapped this country, both in blood and in money, that the national economy is staggering like a punch-drunk fighter, claiming they're OK when they're about to keel over for the count.

And let's not forget the jewels in the crown of the Bush "Legacy"; the legitimizing of torture, the vivisection of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the destruction of American civil rights as we used to know them. We have devolved, under Bush's watch, from "The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave" to the "land of the surveilled, and the home of the cowed.

I cannot think of a country on this planet which wouldn't be painfully embarrassed to have this man, strutting like a popinjay, representing the US on the lecture circuit. Unless, that country was also run by sociopaths who believes that the sun rises and sets in their glory, and that all those people who work desperately longer and longer hours to pay their bills are simply just a never-ending source of tax dollars for the elites' amusement.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. To those who fanatically believed - and still clutch to the belief - that everything Bush has done is absolutely right, I would caution them to remember this.

Let's hope that some of these countries will have the courage to "Just Say NO" to a Bush lecture at one of their venues.

Perhaps the costs of security arrangements, (which will have to be vast, and probably well above what the Secret Service can really do to protect him) may well cause some countries, political, social, and educational entities to have cause to reconsider.

I sure as hell hope so: this venal, little man doesn't- and has never - represented me, or any of the American moral values I believe in.

Feb 24 19:02

Newly homeless Gazans lament otherwise valuable rainfall

Palestine’s long-awaited rainfall, called a blessing from heaven by Palestinians in the West Bank, was described as a curse for homeless families in the Gaza Strip.

Israel completely destroyed at least 2,000 Palestinian homes and left as a many as 12,000 damaged during its 22-day assault on Gaza.

46,000 people were displaced, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You're looking at a massive increase in water-borne diseases for these homeless people whose houses have been destroyed by the IDF. It will certainly affect children and the medically infirm.

Of course, Israeli politicians knew that this would be the ultimate outcome of destroying these homes right about rainy season. So this outcome must be precisely what Israel wanted to have happen.

Feb 24 17:51

A Map of WWII Europe - Something to ponder...

Given the fanatical efforts (almost 1 million men, 2,093 aircraft, 2,758 tanks) lost during Operation Barbarossa alone) by the Nazis - to take on anyone in their way - why was the country in the middle spared? Perhaps Hitler didn't want to destroy the factories making Swiss Army Knives?

Feb 24 16:03

FBI agent suspected of murdering couple

A former FBI agent is a suspect in the 2002 murders of a married couple shot to death in their BMW on the North Side while their 3-month-old child sat in the back unharmed, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Vo Duong "Ben" Tran, 41, was an FBI agent in 2002, when the victims, Timme and Vickie Le, were killed execution-style in West Rogers Park, court records show.

Feb 24 16:02

Study: Israel "retaliates" to Palestinian "provocation" in UK press

The study, the first to investigate this aspect of British press coverage of the conflict, examined a period from January to June 2008. It found that when the British press represents a party as retaliating or responding in the conflict, that party is Israel 72 percent of the time. The tabloid press showed a particularly marked bias, representing Israel as retaliating in 100 percent of all representations of "retaliation."

Feb 24 15:09

Iraq Museum Looted During US Invasion Reopens

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... minus some 7000 looted artifacts.

Feb 24 15:08

AIG May Restructure Rescue Package for Second Time

American International Group Inc., the insurer bailed out by the U.S., may restructure its $150 billion rescue package for a second time in four months as the recession and slumping stock market cut the value of its assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Short version; they cannot pay it back, which means YOU will get stuck with the bill.

Feb 24 15:05

Superficial calm follows rioting over lack of aid for Sichuan earthquake victims

Feb 24 14:42

Big Brother spy planes that track the Taliban may soon hover over your home

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The government turns those weapons you paid for against you!

Feb 24 14:41

Hillary Clinton said to be planning Middle East trip

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Israel and the West Bank next week for her first trip to the region as America's top diplomat, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Getting her marching orders from Netanyahu?

Feb 24 14:40

Stanford Had Links to a Fund Run by Bidens

A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden's family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.

Feb 24 14:39

B of A Heiress 'Disgusted' with the Bank

Now, as Bank of America faces a government stress test to see if it can hold up, Virginia Hammerness, heiress and Gianini's granddaughter, says both her father and grandfather are rolling over in their graves over how the business is being run.

"I think that what's happened is just nauseating, really," said Hammerness. "I feel so sorry for my children, and my grandchildren, for my great grandchildren, and everybody elses."

Feb 24 14:37

Georgia furloughs 25,000 workers

Georgia regulators confirmed Tuesday that 25,000 state workers at various agencies have been furloughed over the last six months as part of ongoing budget reduction requirements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I'll bet that those furloughed workers do not include very many tax collectors!

Feb 24 14:36

How the Economy was Lost

Chasing after shareholder return and “performance bonuses,” US corporations deserted their American workforce. The consequences can be seen everywhere. The loss of tax base has threatened the municipal bonds of cities and states and reduced the wealth of individuals who purchased the bonds. The lost jobs with good pay resulted in the expansion of consumer debt in order to maintain consumption. As the offshored goods and services are brought back to America to sell, the US trade deficit has exploded to unimaginable heights, calling into question the US dollar as reserve currency and America’s ability to finance its trade deficit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, this all sounds vaguely familiar for some strange reason.

Feb 24 14:16

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Feb 24 13:39

Thriving in the Age of Collapse

Feb 24 13:34

How to Be a Hobo

Feb 24 12:48

Sci-fi Raytheon riot control

There are growing signs that these predictions may turn true. Remember the Greek riots following the police shooting of a teenager? Recently, police confronted demonstrators protesting deteriorating economic conditions and political corruption in Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria. There have been smaller demonstrations in Spain, Turkey, Denmark and Italy.

'These disturbances are another consequence of the bursting of the speculative capitalist bubble and the illusion of unlimited prosperity that once sustained it,' says journalist Matthew Carr.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the government has bankrupted the people and now that the people are getting the tar and feathers ready the government will deploy these portable microwave ovens, just as "harmless" as as tasers, to keep us "uppity" slaves in our place.

Feb 24 12:45

Free Palestine