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May 30, 2009

May 30 13:13

Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan

WASHINGTON — President Obama declared Friday that the country’s disparate efforts to “deter, prevent, detect and defend” against cyberattacks would now be run out of the White House,
GRRRrrreat !

May 30 11:46

FBI planning to build big new headquarters for Honolulu division

The U.S. Department of Justice is expanding its presence in the Islands by building a new headquarters for the FBI's Honolulu division on 10 acres of land in Kalaeloa.

May 30 11:19

Terrorist Pianos of Doom!

Shortly after Sept. 11, his instrument was confiscated at JFK Airport when he landed in New York to give a recital at Carnegie Hall. Thinking the glue smelled funny, the Transportation Security Administration decided to take no chances and destroyed the piano. Since then he has shipped his pianos in parts, which he reassembles by hand after he lands. To get from city to city within the U.S., he hires a driver to take the shell of the piano, and he drives another car that holds the precious custom-designed keys and hammers.

May 30 11:17

THE JERUSALEM POST ACTUALLY PUBLISHED SOMETHING WORTH READING

The last time I even mentioned the Jerusalem Post on this site was about a month ago. It was in relation to a moron of a ‘journalist’ that had problems with my Blog and that of Michael Rivero’s.

This weekend, they actually published a piece worth reading. Just one quote from the article gives you a pretty good idea of what it’s all about…. a definite must read. While we Jews are celebrating what the War of Independence did for us, can’t we show a bit of magnanimity to the Arab citizens who are mourning what it did to them?

May 30 10:47

Can America be Fixed?

May 30 10:45

FLASHBACK - Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks

Clues about worse photos and videos of abuse may be found in Israeli files about similar abuse of Palestinian and other Arab prisoners. In March 2000, a lawyer for a Lebanese prisoner kidnapped in 1994 by the Israelis in Lebanon claimed that his client had been subjected to torture, including rape.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

May 30 10:41

Death and devastation in Gaza neatly filed and documented

Like exhibits in a museum, every house, school and hospital that has been turned to rubble is noted in a book of destruction

May 30 10:33

Aid expert says only pennies of foreign aid reaching Afghans

Vicenzino, who is a strategic adviser for the Afghanistan World Foundation and a former official with the World Bank, said about 80 cents of every dollar goes back to donor countries, largely through the contractors doing the work.

"You have 20 cents left for Afghanistan and those 20 cents have to go through their layers of corruption. By the time any money reaches the ordinary citizen, you're lucky if you even have five cents ...."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the "reconstruction" of Afghanistan is going just about as well as has the "reconstruction" in Iraq.

May 30 10:27

Arab League of Cowards

The Arab League,a pathetic confederacy of individuals, has called for an immediate halt to the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

The Arab League is nothing more of an impotent faction of puppets being used and using others for nothing more than monetary goods. Nothing sustainable has come as a result of the current Arab League assembly,nor shall it ever.

May 30 10:15

Obama Out-Bushes Bush on Preventive Detention

If George Bush had had the gall to propose changing the laws of the United States to allow people to be detained for long periods without even the intention of putting them on trial, progressives across the nation would be howling that the fascist hordes were at the gates. And they would be right. Even the do-nothing, scared-of-nearly-everything Congressional Black Caucus would be up in arms. George Bush and Dick Cheney empowered to imprison people without trial? Progressives everywhere would be justified in crying out against the threat to civilization as we know it. But when Barack Obama last week proposed the very same thing, preventive detention without trial, there was relative silence. People pretended it was just another Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This country is sliding into dictatorship, but most Americans cannot or will not see it.

And why??

The "pitchman" for this agenda is amazingly telegenic beyond belief, and that alone is a quality we put above the critical thinking necessary for an evaluation of what is being proposed by this administration..

Unfortunately, the agenda Obama's preaching is still the same time-released poison were were getting from Bush & Company; the only "change" has been that of appearance, not substance.

May 30 09:58

Boosting levels of vitamin D 'could cut cancer by up to 25%'

Giving everyone higher levels of vitamin D as part of a public health drive could cut the incidence of breast cancer by a quarter and bowel cancer by a third, scientists say.

The finding is based on a review of 2,750 research studies involving vitamin D - which show that taking daily supplements could play a key role in cancer prevention.

May 30 09:55

Dubai to get back gold reserves from London banks

All the gold of Dubai that is held in the vaults of various banks in London is coming back to the City of Gold.

The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has opened new vaults to store the gold reserves in Dubai, currently being looked after by central banks in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what the economic policy makers in Dubai see coming, to be making that move right now.

May 30 09:54

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

May 30 09:51

Israeli army targeted civilians, rules UN report

In a number of incidents “too numerous to list” the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) “recklessly and intentionally” put Palestinian children, civilians and aid workers in danger during their 22-day onslaught on Gaza, that is the scathing verdict of a 43-paged UN report.

The UN Secretary General also accused Israel of lying about attacks on UN schools and other facilities during the Gaza military campaign - including one reported to have killed more than 40 people, and demanded compensation. Ban Ki-moon also said a UN investigation found conclusively that Israeli weaponry, some containing white phosphorus, was “the indisputed cause” of attacks on several schools, a health clinic and the world body’s Gaza headquarters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, this is standard operating procedure on the part of the IDF.

That horrendous tee-shirt we saw being worn by members of the IDF says it all: "one shot, two kills", referring to killing pregnant Palestinian women.

The question is, what is the world prepared to do to stop this kind of Israeli behavior?

If this kind of wanton killing, wounding and maiming were being perpetrated by any other government in the world, there would be an international outcry, sanctions, etc..

But because it's Israel against the Palestinians, all we hear is a deafening outpouring..... of silence.

And that is inexcusable.

May 30 09:51

Why the Pentagon Is Probably Lying About its Supressed Sodomy and Rape Photos

The Telegraph of London broke the news -- because the U.S. press is in a drugged stupor - -- that the photos President Barack Obama is refusing to release of detainee abuse depict, among other sexual tortures, an American soldier raping a female detainee and a male translator raping a male prisoner.

The paper claims the photos also show anal rape of prisoners with foreign objects such as wires and lightsticks. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba calls the images "horrific" and "indecent" (but absurdly agrees that Obama should not release them -- proving once again that the definition of hypocrisy is the assertion that the truth is in poor taste).

May 30 09:40

Bank Mistakenly Deposits $6M In Couple's Account

Two New Zealanders whose bank mistakenly deposited 10 million New Zealand dollars ($6.1 million) into their account took some of the money and ran, police said.

Authorities launched an international search for the couple, who operated a gas station in the northern city of Rotorua, and their Westpac Bank said Thursday it considered the money stolen.

The two applied to Westpac for a NZ$10,000 ($6,000) overdraft, but 1,000 times that amount was paid into their account. The two then withdrew some of the money and disappeared, Detective Senior Sgt. David Harvey said.

May 30 09:38

Life in Vichy America

"You can only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power – he's free again."

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

May 30 09:37

CNN's "Climate Change" Dishonesty

How do they know what is caused by normal weather patterns and by "global warming"? Well, they don't. They just transfer deaths by storms and other things to the "global warming" category with the full knowledge that news organizations will pick up this stuff and declare the report to be ex cathedra.

I especially find the malaria deaths statistic interesting as we know that the main reason that so many people die each year of malaria in the Third World is because environmental groups have fought any use at all of DDT being sprayed in the homes of people (not in mass sprayings, as used to be the case).

May 30 09:36

Pressure Grows Over Torture Pics, Obama Turns to SCOTUS

First, President Obama said he would agree to the release of 21 photos of prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel (and 23 additional photos "identified as responsive"), as ordered by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in response to a suit filed by the ACLU. Then Obama changed his mind, and on Thursday, went to back to the Circuit Court and asked it, according to the Washington Post, "to recall its order requiring the release of photographs held by the Pentagon."
But, there was a new wrinkle. The UK Telegraph released a story saying the photos that could be released included horrific pictures from Abu Ghraib that "show torture, abuse, rape and every indecency."

May 30 09:34

Israel to hold massive military exercise

Surrounded by enemies on every side as well as inside their country, Israel will Sunday launch a massive military exercise to help ready the nation for a full-scale war.

Operation 'Turning Point 3' is set to last for five days, and will simulate a simultaneous war against the Hamas in Gaza, the Hizb'allah in Lebanon, the Syrian army, the Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria and Israel's Arab citizens, who are expected to riot and in other ways assist Israel's enemies in the case of such a war.

May 30 09:33

U.S. man evades jail time in 'mysterious' case of spying for Israel

An 85-year-old former civilian employee of the U.S. Army was fined but avoided prison time on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to giving classified documents to Israel in the 1980s, in a case the sentencing judge said was "shrouded in mystery."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's no mystery here: the guy was spying for Israel, so he got let off relatively easy, with a fine and no jail time.

Had he been spying for any other country on earth, he would be spending his last days cooling his heels in a jail cell, or perhaps executed for treason.

May 30 09:30

Gates: N. Korea should weigh moves carefully

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies.

"We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region — or on us," Gates told an annual international meeting of defense and security officials from Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Our options here are very limited. China is North Korea's largest trading partner, and its diplomacy is probably the best remedy in terms of persuading North Korea to cool its rhetoric, if this can at all be done.

By saying that the armistice no longer applies, it could well be that Kim Jong Il is looking for a permanent peace treaty with South Korea, coupled with aid and trade opportunities with the West.

May 30 09:18

Los Angeles Official Cancels Most Summer School

Most summer school programs for students from elementary through high school will be canceled this year, the latest casualty of California’s widening budget gap, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District said Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Who needs summer school? Most of these kids will be in uniform, carrying a rifle and roughing up some third world folks for resources which are really ours in the next couple of years anyway!" -Official Sacramento Souse.

May 30 09:16

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS CONTINUE THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST TORTURE

Scores of people met on the corner of 42nd St. & Lexington Ave. Half of them put on orange jumpsuits with black hoods over their faces and held their hands behind their back while the others carried signs and photos of acts of torture and handed out leaflets.

May 30 09:16

THE DEATH WAIT OF A CHILD IN GAZA

Inquiring about his condition out of curiosity, I asked him “How are you Yasser?” In a very tiny voice full of sadness he replied “I have no chance to live as I am bedridden since two years ago, and nothing changed”. His condition is severe, due to paralysis he’s unable to do anything without assistance. Moving closer to him, I can see his body keeps shaking. Yasser requires moment to moment care from his parents. The medical device which enables him to breath is powered by electricity. He and his family live in constant fear of power cuts.

May 30 09:15

FATAH AT FAULT

National dialogue remains stalled as accusations rise within Fatah itself against the Ramallah leadership, writes Khalid Amayreh in the West Bank

May 30 09:13

Katrina victims to be evicted — again

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided to enforce a June 1 date — originally established by the Bush administration — for the eviction of several thousand victims of Hurricane Katrina who are still living in temporary trailers after nearly four years.

In a Friday press release, the US Human Rights Network stated that this decision “not only lacks basic compassion but is also a derogation of the government’s responsibilities to uphold fundamental human rights.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FEMA just wants these people, whose lives got destroyed by this hurricane, and then by the unmitigated bungling of relocation and rebuilding plans to just vanish, go away, and never come back.

The problem is, with all that has happened to them these people have no where to go to. Many are as the article states, ".....are among the Gulf Coast’s most vulnerable residents — the poor, the ill and the elderly,”

The Federal government response to Katrina is the reason why many people are now stocking up on staples (and firearms) because the lesson of Katrina was, if you don't already have a lot of money, the government isn't all that interested in helping you survive.

May 30 09:13

Bankruptcies soaring in Tampa-Fort Myers corridor

Bankruptcy filings in the Tampa-Fort Myers district are soaring.

According to Bay News 9's partner paper, the St. Petersburg Times, last week court clerks logged the 11,000th case filed since January 1 - a near-record pace of filings.

At the current rate, the area will see more than 27,000 bankruptcies filed by the end of 2009.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

BRING BACK THE JOBS!!!

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May 30 09:11

The appeal of 'Live free or die'

Antigovernment activists putting down roots in N.H.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am proud to be from the Granite State!

May 30 09:11

FLASHBACK - Federal cybersecurity director quits, complains of NSA role

In a move that highlights differences over who should be in charge of national cybersecurity efforts, the director of a federal office set up to protect civilian, military and intelligence networks has submitted his resignation after less than a year in the job.

May 30 09:09

Court document: Republican election judge bought votes with OxyContin

According to court documents, some worked at polling places, making sure people voted for candidates they were supposed to and then giving them stickers or tickets, which the voters then showed at other locations to get cash from others involved in the conspiracy.

The indictment said Bishop, a Republican election officer in the Manchester precinct in 2002 and 2004, hosted meetings at his house where candidates for office pooled money to use in buying votes.

He also bought votes at the polling place, giving voters a mark or ticket so they could get paid later, the indictment says.

May 30 09:07

Now hiring, your Uncle Sam

In some ways, the economic decline has been a boon to the federal government. Agencies are seeing a dramatic increase in applicants, including some with blockbuster resumes who are willing to work for lower salaries. Many say they will trade a smaller paycheck in exchange for job security and good benefits...

May 30 09:06

Dutch liberal leader: Holocaust denial should not be a crime

Mark Rutte, head of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), said Dutch law should only prosecute those inciting to violence, not hatred. Claiming the Holocaust did not occur "should be possible," Rutte added.

May 30 09:05

Levin: Memos don't show what Cheney says they do

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says former Vice President Dick Cheney's claims -- that classified CIA memos show enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding worked -- are wrong.

Levin, speaking at the Foreign Policy Association's annual dinner in New York on Wednesday, said an investigation by his committee into detainee abuse charges over the use of the techniques -- now deemed torture by the Obama administration -- "gives the lie to Mr. Cheney's claims."

The Michigan Democrat told the crowd that the two CIA documents that Cheney wants released "say nothing about numbers of lives saved, nor do the documents connect acquisition of valuable intelligence to the use of abusive techniques."

May 30 09:04

Treasury Bonds: In the Eye of the Storm

In normal environments — when the global economy is stable, the financial system is stable and advanced economies are growing — higher rates are a recipe for a stronger currency. That means the U.S. dollar would benefit from such an aggressive move in interest rates, as investors seeking higher yields flock to the Treasury market and the U.S. dollar. The climb in interest rates would typically be associated with a central bank that is attempting to cool off inflationary pressures from an expanding economy.

That’s certainly not the case now …

May 30 09:03

Iran blames US for preelection violence

"The hands of America and Israel were undoubtedly involved in this incident," prayer leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told supporters in Tehran, referring to the bombing Thursday. "Although Wahhabis and the infidel and evil Salafists were an accomplice to the crime, they were being led from somewhere else."

May 30 09:02

Iranian cleric says US, Israel behind mosque blast

Tehran’s Substitute Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami said clues of the involvement of the US and Israel in Thursday's bombing of a mosque in Zahedan were discernable.

May 30 09:01

PATHETIC ATTEMPT TO DERAIL THE TAX PROTEST MOVEMENT BY LINKING IT WITH KKK AND WHITE SUPREMICISTS.

May 30 09:00

U.S. mortgage rate rise threatens housing recovery

A dizzying rise in U.S. mortgage rates this week has left homeowners worried about the government's ability to revive the housing market as a means to economic recovery.

May 30 08:59

6 Ways the Financial Bailout Scams Taxpayers, Subsidizes Wall Street, and Props Up Our Broken Financial System

What cannot be disputed, however, is the financial bailout's biggest loser: the American taxpayer. The U.S. government, led by the Treasury Department, has done little, if anything, to maximize returns on its trillion-dollar, taxpayer-funded investment. So far, the bailout has favored rescued financial institutions by subsidizing their losses to the tune of $356 billion, shying away from much-needed management changes and -- with the exception of the automakers -- letting companies take taxpayer money without a coherent plan for how they might return to viability.

May 30 08:57

Handy Anti-Politics Poster to Display on Lamp Posts

May 30 08:57

FRANCE: 'Defying Rules on Arms Sales to Israel'

French arms sales to Israel are "in total contradiction" of European Union rules on the defence industry, the author of a new study has said.

Between 2003 and 2007 France issued licences worth more than 446 million euros (623 million dollars) for arms exports to Israel. This made France by far the largest supplier of weapons to Israel in the EU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess Israel has found a replacement host for after the US collapses.

May 30 08:56

Gun Advocates See Reason to Be Wary of Nominee

Gun-rights advocates are using Judge Sonia Sotomayor's involvement in two Second Amendment cases as ammunition to challenge her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, threatening to draw the Obama administration into a debate over firearms laws that it has tried hard to avoid.

May 30 08:55

How to Make Terrorists Talk

The most successful interrogation of an Al-Qaeda operative by U.S. officials required no sleep deprivation, no slapping or "walling" and no waterboarding. All it took to soften up Abu Jandal, who had been closer to Osama bin Laden than any other terrorist ever captured, was a handful of sugar-free cookies.

May 30 08:41

Congressional investigation into Bush-era torture?

Support
98% (1151 votes)
Oppose
2% (21 votes)
Total votes: 1172
May 30 08:29

Virus attacks U.S. Marshal's Computers

An attack or was somebody surfing porn?

May 30 08:22

Life in Vichy America

Resistance is not futile!

May 30 08:12

Weekend Book Review - Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story

Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story by Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould is a must read book for anyone who wants to understand world geopolitics since the Vietnam war and even before. It might be surprising what an important part the small country Afghanistan played in the politics of the cold war. This was a difficult review simply because there is so much information. Some of it contains information I knew nothing about. In some cases I had little knowledge but most striking was how much of what I thought I knew was wrong. (*...)
I repeat, Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, is a must read for anyone trying to understand AF/PAK policy. I have not even scratched the surface of what you will find in this book.

May 30 07:42

Emanuel Works Over Lawmakers to Push Obama's Plan

Known for his tough tactics and profanity, Emanuel, 49, is “doing what he’s always done,” said Representative Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York. “He’s whipping us” referring to Emanuel’s skill at rounding up votes.
Emanuel came to his White House job with a “big reputation for being a little rough around the edges,”
“If you’re going to whip somebody, you’ve got to find out why they are being hesitant,” said Representative Ed Pastor, an Arizona Democrat.
“His job is not to be the head of congressional affairs,” said John Podesta, Bill Clinton’s last chief of staff. “He can’t spend all his time on Capitol Hill. He’s got to give direction to the government.”

May 30 07:00

Geithner wields little leverage in China talks

Timothy Geithner's first trip to China as treasury secretary comes at an especially vulnerable time for the Obama administration.

Mired in a brutal recession, the United States needs Beijing to boost its purchases of U.S. goods, let China's currency rise and take other steps to narrow an enormous trade gap. And it needs China's help to combat any military threat from North Korea.

The problem is Washington's leverage has waned just as China's power over the U.S. has grown.

(*He was basically told "YOU GO NOW !")

May 30 06:32

Poll: 57 percent oppose torture investigation

A majority of Americans — by a healthy 57-percent-to-42-percent margin — oppose a congressional investigation into Bush-era torture allegations, according to a new CNN/ORD poll of 2,000 adults (+/- 2 percent).

The breakout questions are even more telling:

May 30 06:12

The Obama Card


Obama's solution to all economic and financial problems.

May 30 00:17

TAKE BACK THE POWER TO CREATE MONEY FROM THE PRIVATE BANKING INDUSTRY

Yesterday was the last day to submit entries to the President’s Open Government Brainstorm page. Ellen Hodgson Brown, author of "Web of Debt," submitted one called "Take Back the Power to Create Money from the Private Banking Industry." The website has a place to vote (”Looks Promising!” “Not So Sure.”) If you feel like voting, the link is here —

May 29, 2009

May 29 23:23

Couple Ordered to Stop Holding Bible Study at Home Without Permit

Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a Bible study — unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County.

"On Good Friday we had an employee from San Diego County come to our house, and inform us that the Bible study that we were having was a religious assembly, and in violation of the code in the county." David Jones told FOX News.

"We told them this is not really a religious assembly — this is just a Bible study with friends. We have a meal, we pray, that was all," Jones said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This one is thorny. It all comes down to whether a collection is taken up by the pastor, or if any prayer or actual service is performed by the pastor. That makes it a religious assembly and subject to the zoning laws. Otherwise, if they are just reading and discussing the bible, then the First Amendment has to apply and the pastor and his friends are within their rights to study their bibles in his home.

May 29 22:18

Dollar Is Dirt, Treasuries Are Toast, AAA Is Gone

The odds on the dollar, Treasury bonds and the U.S. government’s AAA grade all heading for the dumpster are shortening.

May 29 21:51

Flashback: Iraq Vets Come Home Physically, Mentally Butchered

January 4, 2007
Iraq Vets Come Home Physically, Mentally Butchered
by Aaron Glantz
"Dr. Imbascini just returned from a four-month deployment to Germany, where he treated the worst of the U.S. war wounded. He said that an extremely high number of wounded soldiers are coming home with their arms or legs amputated. Imbascini said he amputated the genitals of one or two men every day."
"New guidelines released by the Pentagon released last month allow commanders to redeploy soldiers suffering from traumatic stress disorders."

May 29 21:47

I Wish the Earth Were Warming – It Would Save a Lot of Lives

Meantime, can someone explain again why Barack Obama gets to play “commander-in-chief of the auto industry,” wave his magic wand, and declare that an industry already in bankruptcy will have to charge an extra $1,500 per vehicle to limit CARBON DIOXIDE emissions to “fight global warming” … when it turns out global warming would save human lives?

May 29 21:42

CNN's "Climate Change" Dishonesty

How do they know what is caused by normal weather patterns and by "global warming"? Well, they don't. They just transfer deaths by storms and other things to the "global warming" category with the full knowledge that news organizations will pick up this stuff and declare the report to be ex cathedra.

May 29 21:38

US Soldiers, routinely drugged, become homicidal /psychotic

U.S. military: Heavily armed and medicated
Prescription pill dependency among American troops is on the rise
By Melody Petersen, Tues., May 19, 2009
"Sending a person back to combat duty still under the influence of psychoactive drugs may be dangerous," he wrote."
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/11079
U.S. troops in Iraq taking drugs to cope with stress, trauma
Steve Hammons, June 30, 2006
"In addition to psychotropic drugs, most troops are given the anti-malaria drug Lariam, which is known to cause severe psychiatric problems including suicidal and homicidal behavior."
"Like the scourge of methamphetamine use in the U.S. population, military personnel taking amphetamines risk impaired judgment, psychotic reactions, paranoia and homicidal behavior."

May 29 21:19

More Americans Misusing Illicit Painkillers For The First Time Than Trying Pot, Study Says

Washington, DC: More Americans report misusing prescription opioids than trying pot, according to a study released last week by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

May 29 21:13

In which the president discovers an American intelligence agency at Five Guys

On his trip to get a burger with Brian Williams at Five Guys this afternoon, the President appears to have learned of the existence of a Defense Department intelligence arm, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, from an agency employee also at the burger restaurant.

"So explain to me exactly what this National Geospatial..." Obama said, after the worker mentioned his employer, according to a video of the event.

"We work with, uh, satellite imagery," the worker, Walter replied.

May 29 21:00

Mr. Obama, Bring Down the War Criminals!

The clock is ticking for Obama. The time for 'good faith' is running out! Unless Obama moves to close Guantanamo now and end the practice of torture while bringing war crimes charges against Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney et al., he risks being so charged himself!

May 29 20:35

Visiting Guantánamo in Second Life

Many so-called enemy combatants are still held at the US military run detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, most of them never charged of any crime. January 11, 2009 marked the seven-year anniversary of the arrival of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Having just blogged an obituary for Augusto Boal, I think he would have approved of such a project as Virtual Guantanamo, a simulation of the United States military detention center in Cuba within the virtual online world of Second Life. By exposing such institutions within the structures of the state apparatus, the possibilities for democracy are strengthened.

May 29 19:45

Eugenics in Israel: Did Jews try to improve the human race too?

In 1944, psychiatrist Kurt Levinstein gave a lecture at a Tel Aviv conference, where he advocated preventing people with various mental and neurological disorders - such as alcoholism, manic depression and epilepsy - from bringing children into the world.

The means he proposed - prohibition of marriage, contraception, abortion and sterilization - were acceptable in Europe and the United States in the first decades of the 20th century, within the framework of eugenics: the science aimed at improving the human race.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Improvement" implies a desired outcome or goal, which might be rather arbitrary or imposed by the rulers.

May 29 19:03

Einstein Revealed as an Opponent of the Jewish State

In reality, while Einstein was sympathetic to the Zionist cause, he repeatedly warned that a “narrow nationalism” may arise if a Jewish-only state was founded and peaceful co-existence with the Palestinians was not achieved. Instead, Einstein advocated Cultural Zionism — the creation of Jewish cultural and educational centers within a bi-national state with equal rights for both Arabs and Jews.

May 29 19:00

U.S. ‘Likely’ Could Intercept North Korean Missile

U.S. ground-based interceptor rockets would “likely” knock out a long-range North Korean missile before it could reach the American mainland, the Pentagon’s independent testing official said today.

“I believe we have a reasonable chance” of an intercept, Charles McQueary, director of operational test and evaluation, said in an interview as North Korea defied international condemnation of a nuclear test with another short-range missile launch.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Charles McQueary: the North Korean government is many things, but not suicidal. They understand that such an action would cause the US to react with the rage and devastation which could cause the entire country to be burnt to a cinder.

And if, for all the money having been spent on our US ground-based interceptor rockets, the best we can expect is a "likely" intercept, I want my portion of my tax dollars which have paid for this system, which seems to not be able to do its job, back

Americans deserve better than a "reasonable chance" of an intercept.

May 29 18:47

US Muslim charity leaders get 65 years in jail for Hamas support

Two leaders of what was once the largest Muslim charity in the United States were sentenced to 65 years in jail Wednesday for supporting Palestinian militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Judge Kangaroo, report to the court room. Judge Kangaroo..."

May 29 18:32

FLASHBACK - The General’s Report

Taguba said that he saw “a video of a male American soldier in uniform sodomizing a female detainee.” The video was not made public in any of the subsequent court proceedings, nor has there been any public government mention of it. Such images would have added an even more inflammatory element to the outcry over Abu Ghraib.

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Another confirmation that the photos and videos still being withheld by the US Government show sexual assaults.

May 29 18:20

Mainstream media outlet overwhelmed by "thank you" emails for interview questioning 9/11 OCT.

After a mainstream TV station in Fresno, California presented a "fair and balanced" interview with Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth (http://ae911truth.org), the public (no doubt in shock and awe that this presentation was not subjected to the usual mainstream media self-censorship on 9/11 anomalies and unanswered questions) has overwhelmed the station's email system with thank you emails.

UPDATE: from http://911Truth.org ;

PLEASE NOTE: Although supportive notes to the station are a kind thought, and many of us have now sent them, we have been asked by the KMPH Executive Producer to not send anymore. Apparently, they've been so overwhelmed with 'thank you notes' they're missing other important emails like press releases and news tips, necessary to the continuing excellent production of Great Day. We encourage you to mail a thank you, if you feel compelled to do so, to their street address: KMPH FOX 26, 5111 E. McKinley Ave., Fresno, CA 93727.

May 29 18:19

Army investigates nude photos at Fort Dix

The Army says it's investigating allegations that eight male soldiers took pictures and video of as many as 21 female soldiers in their unit showering at Fort Dix.

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So, we are going to give a free pass to those who tortured innocent people to death to find weapons of mass destruction that never existed, but we're going to bitch-slap some soldiers for nudie pictures to prove what a righteous and moral people we are.

May 29 18:00

Distraction about the Distraction

I see a little brouhaha brewing on memeorandum over the possibility that Erich Muller faked his waterboarding for publicity purposes.
It's just a little "splash of water in the face", after all. Kinda like swimming, right? All one has to do has hold their breath. No big deal.

There is also a consistent misconception about just what waterboarding is that helps the advocates for torture defend its use.
After all, waterboarding is only supposed to "simulate" drowning, isn't it?
Water going directly to the lungs? I think that under most common definitions of the word, that really is drowning.

May 29 17:56

Troubled Bank Loans Hit a Record High

OVERALL loan quality at American banks is the worst in at least a quarter century, and the quality of loans is deteriorating at the fastest pace ever, according to statistics released this week by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

May 29 17:44

Waterboarding is Torture… Period

There is No Debate Except for Torture Apologists

1. Waterboarding is a torture technique. Period. there is no way to gloss over it or sugarcoat it

2. Waterboarding is not a simulation. Unless you have been strapped down to the board, have endured the agonizing feeling of the water overpowering your gag reflex, and then feel your throat open and allow pint after pint of water to involuntarily fill your lungs, you will not know the meaning of the word.

3. If you support the use of waterboarding on enemy captives, you support the use of that torture on any future American captives.

May 29 16:45

Dollar sinks to multimonth lows vs euro, pound

Equities in Europe, Asia and the U.S. rose, with heavy buying in emerging markets. The dollar has tended to trade inversely with stocks as falling markets prompted a safety play for cash. When stocks rise across the board, the dollar tends to suffer as investors trade in their greenbacks for foreign equities and bonds.

May 29 15:55

U.S. man who gave secrets to Israel spared jail

An 85-year-old former civilian employee of the U.S. Army was fined but given no prison time on Friday after earlier pleading guilty to giving classified documents to Israel in the 1980s in a case the sentencing judge said was "shrouded in mystery."

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Betray your country?

Just fine ... if it is for Israel!

May 29 15:41

Baroness Tonge: "Israel stands accused of war crimes witnessed by the whole world"

Funny, I don't remember ever seeing this on the American Jews Media, hell, according to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and Faux News, the entire world is 100% behind Israel in all matters.

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May 29 14:53

9/11 Blueprint for Truth presented by Architect Richard Gage, AIA

ENTIRE 2 HR VIDEO: 9/11 Blueprint for Truth presented by Architect Richard Gage, AIA

9/11 Blueprint for Truth: The Architecture of Destruction Commercial architect Richard Gage (founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth) presents a watertight case for controlled demolition of the three steel-building collapses at the World Trade Center, New York on 9/11/01.

Includes physicist Steven Jones' updated evidence of thermite. Gage's website, www.ae911truth.org, is rapidly drawing building and engineering professionals to the 9/11 movement.

May 29 14:30

Adam Kokesh to STORM CAPITOL HILL!

May 29 14:06

Netanyahu: "What the hell do they want from me?"

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1. Define Israel's borders and then live within them.
2. Quit whining.
3. Ratify a constitution.
2. Quit whining.
5. Sign the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
6. Quit whining.
7. Shut down AIPAC.
8. Quit whining.
9. Stop sponging off the rest of the world.
10. Quit whining.
11. Stop obsessing about WW2.
12. Quit whining.

May 29 13:56

US violated Geneva Conventions, Bush Iraq commander says

The head of the US Central Command, General David Petraeus, said Friday that the US had violated the Geneva Conventions in a stunning admission from President Bush’s onetime top general in Iraq that the US may have violated international law.

“When we have taken steps that have violated the Geneva Conventions we rightly have been criticized, so as we move forward I think it’s important to again live our values, to live the agreements that we have made in the international justice arena and to practice those,” Gen. Petraeus said on Fox News Friday afternoon.

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Sincere repentance the rest of the world will believe can be found only in war crimes trials.

... followed by executions.

May 29 13:52

U.S. says North Korea test results "inconclusive"

Initial U.S. testing to determine whether North Korea fired a nuclear device on Monday proved "inconclusive," said a U.S. official on Friday.

"The first test results came in inconclusive. They did not find anything that could confirm a nuclear device was detonated," said the U.S. official, who declined to be named.

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"Oh well, back to Iran!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 29 13:51

READING IS NOW ILLEGAL IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

The action, on Thursday, prevented the closing event of an international literature festival from taking place.

Police said they were acting on a court order, issued after intelligence indicated that the Palestinian Authority was involved in the event.

May 29 13:49

I was right to torture terror suspects - it saved lives, claims unrepentant George Bush

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As I recall, none of the Holy Inquisitors who tortured confessions of witchcraft from innocent women ever admitted they were wrong, either.

May 29 13:32

Obama Bobbleheads Stalled In US Customs

The West Virginia Power Class A baseball team said Thursday that 1,000 of the figures have been held up at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection warehouse in Los Angeles since May 20. A U.S. Customs spokeswoman in Los Angeles said she didn't have more information on why they were stalled.

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And about my laser pointer ...

May 29 13:30

Swine flu set to take off: expert

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"And this time, we really, really mean it!!"

May 29 13:27

Amnesty: Israel war brought Gaza to brink of disaster

Israel's recent war on Gaza brought enclave to verge of catastrophe, international rights organization says in its annual report, also criticizing Palestinian factions for human rights violations

May 29 13:22

Succumbing to the Dark Side

Torture is a violation of U.S. and international law. Yet George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate U.S. and international law.

The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those who abused their offices and broke the law.

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Making Obama an accessory after the fact.

May 29 13:21

Obama Demands Right to Recruit Minors for Military

While minors can't enlist without parental consent they can be signed up in the Delayed Entry Program, where they commit to enlistment after they turn eighteen. Those who have second thoughts are routinely misinformed about their right to rescind the commitment, in many instances the highly pressured recruiters resort to false threats of prosecution.

May 29 13:19

Chicago Purchasers’ May Index Shrinks at Faster Pace

Business Activity in U.S. Contracts at a Faster Pace, Chicago Index Shows

May 29 13:16

New report appears to directly contradict White House denial on abuse photos

In a posting Friday, an American reporter says he’s confirmed allegations printed in British newspapers that unreleased photographs of US servicemembers abusing prisoners include graphic images of rape, sexually explicit acts, sodomy and forced masturbation.

May 29 11:13

Banks Want Government Subsidies to Buy Assets from Themselves

Allowing banks to buy their own assets under the PPIP is a terrible idea. In short, it allows a bank to sell half of its toxic loans to Treasury – at a price set by the bank.

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Beyond the obvious double-shuffle flim-flam going on here is a larger issue. Recall the law of the hammer? If you give a small boy a hammer everything he encounters will need pounding. In other words, people use those skills they know about and so not see the value of skills they do not have. Because the government and the corporate culture is dominated by accounts and lawyers, every "solution" to the economic crisis offered by the banks and the government is a rule change or a bookkeeping trick. They literally cannot see, let alone fix, that the real problem is the loss of our manufacturing and the high-paying manufacturing jobs that it provided; jobs that paid for the mortgages, credit cards, cars and appliances.

Unless those jobs come back, this economy is doomed.

May 29 11:03

US and Russian warships line up in dispute over Georgia

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"How about here? Can we start a war here?" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 29 10:52

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED WEBSITE BLOCKED IN CHINA?

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UPDATE: I have been informed that my site is visible in China (and is translated into Chinese by Google.cn). It is the PROXY that was being used by the firewall tester that was blocked.

May 29 10:50

The Weeping Ahmadinejad

According to PressTV “A bomb planted in a Mosque in a southeastern Iranian city near the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan has reportedly caused civilian casualties.

At least twenty people have been killed in the bombing in the city of Zahedan while more than fifty five others have been injured.”

May 29 10:44

The Plot To Seize The White House

Ten days after this book was published in early 1973, the United States Government (CIA?) pulled this book off National bookshelves and seized every copy in print that they could find.

Net4Truth / Telson USA Web Enterprises has, through contacts made via our many affiliates, located several paperback copies of this book. Since the information contained within its pages is something that this corrupt, immoral, criminal, and treasonous government does not want you the people to see, our webmaster has taken the time to OCR-scan each of the pages in this book, reformat the text to fit the 6 x 9 - inch format it is published in, and reproduced it here to make it available to you the people, who have a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to read it.

May 29 10:42

Evil Riding Shotgun with the Apocalypse.

“Searching, I been searching… I been searching every way yay, yay.” Well look at that. It appears that Senator Lautenberg is saying that America won’t do anything but wag her tail if Israel attacks Iran. Well, that’s comforting. How could I imagine that Franky Boy is doing anything other than defending America’s right to applaud yet another Israeli inspired attack against yet another enemy? Dude, you know his heart belongs to New Jersey and you know that the Arabs want Secaucus and East Rutherford really, really bad. Frank’s just looking out for his constituency.

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