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Bill Maher lashes out at ‘Teabaggers’ identification with ‘Founding Fathers’

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/bill-maher-lashes-teabaggers-misconception-founding-fathers/

Comedian Bill Maher took issue with the Tea party's identification with America's "Founding Fathers' at the end of the season premiere of his cable show Friday night. “I think it's pretty clear that the Founding Fathers would have hated your guts, and what’s more, you would have hated them," he said, seemingly speaking directly to the followers of the right-wing astroturf group.

Pentagon Official: Martin Luther King Would Support Iraq, Afghan Wars

January 15th, 2011
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War, Politics, Police State, Iraq

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27267.htm

January 15, 2011 "Raw Story" -- An Obama administration official said that nonviolent icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would "understand" and "recognize" the need for the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if he were alive today." Johnson said. Johnson claimed US service members are helping the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, noting that Dr. King spoke out in favor of acts of kindness. 500 lb. depleted uranium acts of kindness, Abu Ghraib tortur prison acts of kindness, raping, mass murdering, looting acts of kindness. Oh yea, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have approved...

US Pressure Triggers Collapse of Lebanese Gov.

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.geopoliticalmonitor.com/us-pressure-triggers-collapse-of-lebanese-gov-4268/

Lebanon’s misnamed “national unity” government fell Wednesday after the political bloc led by Hezbollah withdrew over the failure to reach an agreement on policy toward a United Nations probe into the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. Underlying the government’s collapse are the growing social and political tensions in Lebanon, which have been stoked by outside intervention, most powerfully from Washington. The opening up of a new period of political turmoil in the country carries with it the threat of renewed internal sectarian strife and even war in the region.

Tucson Shooting Survivor: "It Looks Like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the Rest Got Their First Target"

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/1/14/tucson_shooting_survivor_it_looks_like

We speak with Tucson shooting survivor Eric Fuller. A 63-year-old disabled veteran, Fuller had campaigned for Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in her reelection campaign and was at the supermarket in Tucson on Saturday to meet with her. He was shot in the knee and also wounded in the back. "It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target," Fuller says. "Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled."

The Anti-Regulators Are the 'Job Killers'

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/14-14

The new mantra of the Republican Party is the old mantra -- regulation is a "job killer." It is certainly possible to have regulations kill jobs, and when I was a financial regulator I was a leader in cutting away many dumb requirements. But we have just experienced the epic ability of the anti-regulators to kill well over ten million jobs. Why then is there not a single word from the new House leadership about investigations to determine how the anti-regulators did their damage?

Report: Austerity Policies Worsen Racial Economic Inequalities, Hit Blacks and Latinos Hardest

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/14

United for a Fair Economy Releases State of the Dream 2011: Austerity for Whom? for MLK Day. The official unemployment rate is 15.8 percent among Blacks and 13 percent among Latinos; Blacks earn only 57 cents for each dollar of White family income, Latinos earn 59 cents; and Blacks have only 10 cents of net wealth while Latinos have 12 cents to every dollar of net wealth that Whites have. As documented in the "State of the Dream 2011: Austerity for Whom?," this is the precarious state in which Blacks and Latinos find themselves as the nation, still struggling amidst the Great Recession, remembers the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was gunned down while leading the Poor People's Campaign in 1968.

Is This the End of Sarah Palin As We Know Her?

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/149522/is_this_the_end_of_sarah_palin_as_we_know_her/

The heat on Palin began almost immediately after the horrific Giffords shooting, when social media users, bloggers and journalists by the hundreds made the immediate connection between Giffords’ Arizona district and Palin’s infamous “reload” crosshairs map, which put a target over that district. This map from Palin's camp had bothered onlookers at the time: Giffords herself had warned about it having consequences. So it was natural that the map came back to mind. She is the darling of the Zionists.

Toxins found in pregnant U.S. women in UCSF study

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/14/MNN41GL1NQ.DTL&tsp=1

Multiple chemicals, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in items such as nonstick cookware, furniture, processed foods and beauty products, were found in the blood and urine of pregnant U.S. women, according to a UCSF study being released today. This is what happens when a country lets corporations make the laws.

Berlusconi faces prostitution probe

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/01/2011114124929346350.html

Summons issued to Italian prime minister for "improperly assisting" 17-year-old nightclub dancer. Berlusconi is already facing charges of fraud and corruption. Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, is facing a prostitution investigation over allegations that he improperly assisted a teenaged nightclub dancer who attended parties at his private residence, prosecutors have said. The announcement comes a day after Italy's constitutional court partially struck down legislation that gave Berlusconi blanket immunity from prosecution. The embattled politician is already facing fraud and corruption charges, while he struggles to shore up his government's position in the parliament.

Beyond Tucson: The Violent Rhetoric of the US Media

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/14-5

The discussion of violent and paranoid rhetoric in the media is long overdue, whether or not it is ever determined that accused Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner was somehow influenced or motivated by such rhetoric. Before the shooting, there had been a remarkable surge of politically motivated violence (FAIR Blog, 1/12/11). Despite media efforts to suggest this is a problem coming from "both sides" (FAIR Blog, 1/10/11), any disinterested analysis would conclude that the rhetoric coming from the right is both far more virulent and is given a much higher profile by nationally syndicated talk radio and the Fox News Channel. [Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested WikiLeaks' Julian Assange should be made to fear for his life, saying "it would be nice if people like Assange were made to worry every time they go out in the rain." (Fox News)]Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested WikiLeaks' Julian Assange should be made to fear for his life, saying "it would be nice if people like Assange were made to worry every time they go out in the rain." (Fox News)

10 Awesome Things MLK Said That You Won't Hear This Weekend - Video

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/438591/10_awesome_things_mlk_said_that_you_won%27t_hear_this_weekend/

Right-wingers, after attacking, mocking and marginalizing Martin Luther King Jr. during his lifetime, and then assassinating him, have posthumously adopted him as one of their own.

The Stakes Are Huge: There's Another Bank Crash Looming, and We Must Prevent Another Bailout

January 14th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/149543/the_stakes_are_huge%3A_there%27s_another_bank_crash_looming%2C_and_we_must_prevent_another_bailout/

The housing bubble plus the worst recession since the Great Depression has created a foreclosure crisis of gargantuan proportions. Everything I am reading these days on financial issues points to some serious reckoning soon to come, especially because of -- as the folks at Third Way are calling it -- foreclosure-gate. The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling in the Ibanez case, along with a growing body of cases where the banks and/or their servicers have been ruled against in foreclosure cases, and even the banks' lawyers are being castigated in court by judges for bringing in made-up paperwork, is causing a growing sense of panic among the biggest banks that hold the most mortgages.

More evidence of right-wing links to Tucson attack

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/ariz-j13.shtml

While right-wing pundits and politicians continue to claim that it is illegitimate to hold them morally or politically responsible for the massacre carried out in Tucson, Arizona last Saturday, more evidence has emerged that the gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, drew inspiration from the political language and invective of the ultra-right.

Obama Orders Military To Prepare For Spring Food Riots

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1439.htm

A grim report prepared by France’s General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) obtained by Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) states that president’s Obama and Sarkozy have “agreed in principal” to create a joint US-European military force to deal exclusively with a Global uprising expected this spring as our World runs out of food.

Tucson tea party founder says Giffords to blame for getting shot

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/tucson-tea-party-founder-giffords-blame-shot/

One tea party leader says that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) has herself to blame for getting shot in the head Saturday. The Arizona congresswoman shouldn't have attended an event "in full view of the public" if she had security concerns, according to Tucson Tea Party co-founder Trent Humphries.

The Class War Launched by America's Wealthiest Is Getting More Savage

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/149531/the_class_war_launched_by_america%27s_wealthiest_is_getting_more_savage/

Countries with wide income inequality are unstable: they have large underclasses, high rates of crime and little opportunity. We’re in a class war. It’s the corporations and the very wealthiest against all the rest of us. We’re losing. In 1962 the wealthiest 1 percent of American households had 125 times the wealth of the median household. Now it’s 190 times as much. Is that a case of a rising tide lifting all boats, just a few of them a little bit higher? No.

Energy companies accused of 'profiteering'

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/8255259/Energy-companies-accused-of-profiteering.html

Energy companies were last night accused of "profiteering" after new figures revealed the price of average household bills has soared by 37 per cent over the last three years - as wholesale prices for energy has fallen substantially. It's a feeding frenzy of corporate looter sharks. Good by America, your corrupt incompetent government won't save you.

Foreclosures Exceed 1 Million Last Year, Expected to Grow in 2011

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/13-7

Foreclosures are expected to peak while prices bottom out in 2011 as the nation's housing crisis trudges into its fifth year. [Lenders repossessed more than 1 million homes in 2010, and foreclosures could rise by 20 percent this year. (photo by Flickr user BasicGov)]Lenders repossessed more than 1 million homes in 2010, and foreclosures could rise by 20 percent this year. (photo by Flickr user BasicGov) Lenders repossessed more than 1 million homes in 2010, up 14 percent from the previous year and the most since 2005, according to a report released Thursday by RealtyTrac, a California-based company that tracks the foreclosure market.

Let's Get This Straight: There Is No Progressive Equivalent to the Right's Violent Rhetoric

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/teaparty/149470/let%27s_get_this_straight%3A_there_is_no_progressive_equivalent_to_the_right%27s_violent_rhetoric/

The shooting in Tucson was not an anomaly. It was an inevitability, and as long as we play this foolish game of "both sides are just as bad," it will be inevitable again. Both sides are, in fact, not "just as bad," when it comes to institutionally sanctioned violent and eliminationist rhetoric. An anonymous commenter at Daily Kos and the last Republican vice presidential nominee are not equivalent, no matter how many ridiculously irresponsible members of the media would have us believe otherwise.

See Something, Say Something: Loughner Bought Bullets at Walmart

January 13th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.infowars.com/see-something-say-something-loughner-bought-bullets-at-walmart/

In December of last year, DHS boss Janet Napolitano announced a government program with the participation of the slave goods trader Walmart to report terrorists and other miscreants.

Silent Surge: A Shocking Act of Political Violence

January 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2011/01/12/silent-surge-a-shocking-act-of-political

Americans showed their remarkable collective wisdom once again last week, when a shocking act of violence was met with a steady calm across the political spectrum. Indeed, it seemed the entire country was united in a steadfast effort to downplay any disturbing implications of the despicable act and to keep doggedly to business as usual.

Tea party financier says the ‘rank and file’ are like him

January 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/tea-party-financier-thinks-rank-file/

Koch: 'best grassroots uprising since 1776' DavidKochhead Tea party financier says the rank and file are like him The American billionaire who inherited his father's oil wealth seems to believe that the followers of the movement that he self-financed are people just like him. "There are some extremists there, but the rank and file are just normal people like us," David Koch of Koch Industries told Lee Fang of ThinkProgress in a recent interview. As Palen discovered, after you become rich in America nobody can call you a terrorist no matter what you say.

Blame the billionaires, not government workers

January 12th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/12/dont-blame-government-workers

After looting the Treasury to bail out the banks, Corporate America and the politicians want to blame the budget deficit on public-sector workers. TURNS OUT that the bankers who scored trillions of dollars in government bailout money aren't responsible for the federal budget deficit in any way. Neither are the super-rich who will continue to enjoy an immensely lucrative tax breaks enacted during the Bush administration thanks to a bipartisan deal brokered late last year.

Supreme Court ruling hints of difficulty for Obama insurance law foes

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-court-commerce-20110111,0,6767451.story

Rejection of a challenge to a federal law on body armor for felons suggests a reluctance to rein in Congress' powers under the Constitution's commerce clause. The Supreme Court may not be so anxious to rein in Congress' broad power to pass regulatory laws under the Constitution's commerce clause, the key point of dispute in the pending court battles over President Obama's health insurance law.

Wage Drop Has Been Worst In Decades

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27241.htm

January 11, 2011 "Huffington Post" -- Wages for American workers have fallen dramatically since the financial crisis, in what will likely turn out to be the worst such plunge since the Great Depression, the Wall Street Journal reports. When hard times hit, employers typically are reluctant to reduce wages. But this downturn has been different: More than half the workers who found new work by early 2010 after losing jobs between 2007 and 2009 said their pay had dropped, according to Labor Department data cited in the WSJ. A full 36 percent said the new job paid 20 percent less than their former one.

'Our savings have vanished – we've lost everything'

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/our-savings-have-vanished-ndash-weve-lost-everything-2181132.html

Angry investors take to streets as Dhaka's stock exchange crashes. Andrew Buncombe reports.
Police in Bangladesh used tear gas and water canons to disperse angry protests by crowds of small investors after a dramatic free-fall plunge on the country's stock market caused the authorities to suspend trading.

US Federal Reserve makes $80.9bn profit

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/8251364/US-Federal-Reserve-makes-80.9bn-profit.html

It seems that being the lender of last resort in a financial crisis has its benefits. The US Federal Reserve recorded $80.9bn (£52bn) profit last year thanks to the interest payments on the vast amount of US government and private debt it now owns.

War for the People; Profit for the Bankers

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.henrymakow.com/the_federal_reserve_as_instrum.html

The Federal Reserve was set up in 1913 to finance both sides of two subsequent world wars. In other words, these wars were funded by the credit of the US taxpayer. Apart from profiting from it , the Illuminati bankers use war to enslave us with debt, enact social change and consolidate their power. The Federal Reserve has helped underwrite continued American military expenditures, even after the World Wars. As of 2009, "Defense" accounts for 23% of all American Federal spending. And therefore, the gargantuan size of the American Federal debt is related to the continuation of American military interventions abroad.
If we assume that such systems are primarily instruments of war, can we also infer that the World Wars could have been prevented in their absence.

Media whitewashes ultra-right in Arizona massacre

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/ariz-j11.shtml

As more information has emerged about the 22-year-old gunman who carried out a massacre Saturday outside a Tucson supermarket, the American media has sought to downplay the clear connection between his attempted assassination of a Democratic member of the House of Representatives and the politics of the ultra-right.

Obama's chief of making business happy

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/11/chief-of-making-business-happy

Lance Selfa Lance Selfa is the author of The Democrats: A Critical History, a socialist analysis of the Democratic Party, and editor of The Struggle for Palestine, a collection of essays by leading solidarity activists. He is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review. The latest occasion for good feelings was Obama's choice of William Daley as the new White House chief of staff, replacing Rahm Emanuel. Fred Malik, a long-time Republican fundraiser, called Daley "the first high-level Obama official who has held a real position in business. He understands the business community."

WikiLeaks chief: Charge Palin, Huckabee with ‘incitements to kill’

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/wikileaks-charge-palin-huckabee-incitements-kill/

Charge Palin, Huckabee with incitements to killThe editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks called on US authorities to seek charges against high-profile Republicans Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee for "incitements to kill" by the use of "violent rhetoric" against the anti- secrecy outlet.

Even Lost Wars Make Corporations Rich

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27242.htm

Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. It is not represented by the press. It is not arbitrated by a judiciary that protects us from predators. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. All polite appeals to the formal systems of power will not end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We must physically obstruct the war machine or accept a role as its accomplice.

Is the U.S harboring one of the worlds most infamous terrorists?

January 11th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.thehalsreport.com/2011/01/is-the-u-s-harboring-a-infamous-terrorist/

luis posada carrilesDid you know Florida is home to one of the most dangerous international terrorists in the world; Luis Posada-Carriles. Posada, a former CIA agent was convicted of being involved in several terrorist attacks and plots in the Americas.

The Tucson shootings: A warning to the American people

January 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/pers-j10.shtml

The shooting rampage on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona was clearly an act of right-wing terrorism. The gunman shot a total of 20 people, critically wounding Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing Federal Judge John M. Roll and five others. In his first statement to the press, Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik got it right when he placed the shootings in their political context. He denounced the "political vitriol" that animates the politics of the right and characterized Arizona as the national center of bigotry.

Body of Wife of Senior White House Official Found in Burning Car

January 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/01/body-of-wife-of-senior-white-house.html

Car was in a Capitol Hill garage. DC, Capitol police on the scene. Deceased identified as Ashley Turton, wife of White House liaison to the House of Representatives Dan Turton. Turton worked as a lobbyist for the Raleigh, N.C.-based utility giant Progress Energy.

Sarah Palin blamed by the US Secret Service over death threats against Barack Obama

January 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/sarah-palin/3405336/Sarah-Palin-blamed-by-the-US-Secret-Service-for-death-threats-against-Barack-Obama.html?sms_ss=facebook&at_xt=4d2a2a998935ffeb,0

Sarah Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's patriotism provoked a spike in death threats against the future president, Secret Service agents revealed during the final weeks of the campaign. How many people have to die before the American legal system shuts Palin up?

How the Republicans' Chickens Came Home to Roost in Tucson

January 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn01102011.html

Six dead and Gabrielle Giffords, a 40-year old congresswoman hanging to life by a thread. In the wake of the lethal fusillade in Tucson Republicans came close to confessing to complicity by reason of incitement. Sarah Palin pulled her cross-hair go-shoot‘em target pics of Democrats from her site. Republicans in Congress suspended their opening political onslaught for a week. The right-wing commenators settled down to a steady chorus about Loughner being a lone nut, maybe even a secret Commie. He had Orwell’s Animal Farm and Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest flagged on his site, next to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. A fusion nutball maybe.

Has The New York Times Gone Crazy?

January 10th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/10-3

New York Times writer Matt Bai’s article on the shooting of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others (“A Turning Point in the Discourse,” January 9, 2011) starts out as a sane and sober commentary on the relationship between the shootings and the recent political rhetoric suggesting that guns might be an appropriate response to perceived political differences. Just past its halfway point, however, Bai’s piece itself takes a staggering – and sickening turn.

Arizona shooting: 'Does she have any enemies?' 'Yeah. The whole Tea Party'

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/09/arizona-shootings-giffords-tea-party

Shock turns to anger as mourners blame vitriolic rightwing rhetoric for creating climate of violence in US politics. Paul Wellman laid his handwritten sign among the collection of candles, flowers and messages keeping vigil outside congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords's office. Then he stepped back and surveyed the scene. To the right, another sign said: "Hate speech = murder". But Wellman went further with his angry declaration in large black letters on white cardboard: "Blame Palin. Blame the Tea Party".

Fox News abruptly cuts away from Tucson vigil after mourner mentions Sarah Palin

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/fox-news-abruptly-cuts-tucson-vigil-mourner-mentions-sarah-palin/

The Fox News Channel abruptly cut to commercial after a mourner attending a Tuscon, Arizona vigil for those killed in Saturday's shootings mentioned Fox employee Sarah Palin as one of the culprits behind a rising tide of violent rhetoric in US politics and media. "Fair and balanced?"

‘Stop picking on Social Security,’ Reid declares

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/stop-picking-on-social-security-reid-declares/

harryreid1220 afp Stop picking on Social Security, Reid declaresAmerica's Social Security program is sound and should not have to change in order to pay down the national debt, according to a leading Democratic senator. "One of the things that always troubles me is when we start talking about the debt, the first thing people do is run to Social Security," Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) told NBC's David Gregory on "Meet The Press" Sunday. Reid continued, "Social Security is a program that works. And it's going to be -- it's fully funded for the next forty years. Stop picking on Social Security."

US Will Respond to Chinese Military Build-Up

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/09-2

The US said at the weekend it would respond to the rapidly-increasing military capabilities of China by building up its own strength in the region. Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, was speaking as he arrived in Beijing on Sunday for four days of talks aimed at renewing ties between the US and Chinese armed forces. However his visit has been overshadowed by a series of announcements by the Chinese about the growing strength of their missile technology, naval capabilities and other defence initiatives.

No Ordinary Cross Hairs

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/09-0

Tragedies do happen. Innocent people, even children, are caught in cross hairs every day in this country. But these were no ordinary cross hairs. These cross hairs appeared on the website of an immensely high-profile political leader, indeed that of a former U.S. Vice-presidential Candidate. Tea Party Spokesperson Sarah Palin. This map targeted, with the cross hairs of a gun barrel, Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). And to reinforce this map of "targets," Palin tweeted to conservatives last year "Don't Retreat...Reload."

Giffords warned in March of ‘consequences’ to Palin’s violent rhetoric

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/giffords-warned-march-consequences-palins-violent-rhetoric/

Giffords warned in March of consequences to Palins violent rhetoricFox News employee Sarah Palin's violent rhetoric caused concern back in March 2010, when she released a map of the United States with gun crosshairs over 20 congressional districts, including Arizona's eighth. The representative for that district, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), now lays in a hospital after a gunman put a bullet in her head, shooting 18 others before his violent eruption ended.

Arizona suspected shooter charged

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/01/201119223750828668.html

US federal prosecutors file five separate charges against Jared Loughner for murder and attempted murder in Tucson. The man suspected of killing six people and seriously wounding a US congresswoman in the state of Arizona has been charged with murder and attempted murder a day after a shooting rampage. Prosecutors filed five separate charges against Jared Loughner, 22, in the federal court in Phoenix on Sunday over the attack. The US justice department said Loughner, who is due to appear in court on Monday, is suspected of shooting more than a dozen people including Gabrielle Giffords, a US congresswoman, at a political event hosted by her in Tucson. Crazy Sarah Palin had put CROSSHAIRS - BULLSEYES, on Giffords state and Giffords name on her website. http://mmflint.me/fcHmJf If Palin was a Muslim she would have been charged with inciting terrorism, but obviously nothing will be done to her thus proving that America is a country of double standards.Elisabeth Hasselbeck calls out Sarah Palin - Video

GOP senator urges media not to talk about Palin’s violent rhetoric

January 9th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/gop-senator-urges-media-talk-palins-violent-rhetoric/

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) urged CNN's Candy Crowley Sunday not to mention Fox News' Sarah Palin in connection with the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). In a Sunday interview, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) noted that public figures have used violent rhetoric against Giffords, something Palin has done. Yes, don't speak the truth says the republican

Flashback: Conservatives mocked DHS report warning of ‘antigovernment’ violence

January 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/flashback-conservatives-mocked-dhs-report-warning-antigovernment-violence/

Conservatives derided and dismissed an April 2009 report by the Department of Homeland Security warning law enforcement officials of a spike in violence fueled in part by "antigovernment" sentiments, which in retrospect appears to have been a chilling omen for the tragic Arizona shooting Saturday.

IS THIS THE SHOOTER’S MYSTERIOUS YOUTUBE SUICIDE NOTE? - Video

January 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/01/08/is-this-the-shooters-mysterious-youtube-suicide-note/

jared-terrorist-arizona Jared Loughner is in custody after a shooting in Tucson today that killed 4 thus far including a small child and a Federal judge. Seriously wounded is a member of congress, Gabrielle Giffords, who is expected to survive. News reports from Fox and other networks that Loughner is a US Army combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan are false. That such information, easily verified in seconds, was released to the world, was extremely irresponsible and highly prejudicial to veterans. Veterans Today finds this type of journalism despicable. The weapon, reportedly a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with an extended “hi-capacity” magazine was recovered at the scene. Thus far 18 are reported wounded or dead.

What Would Einstein Say?

January 8th, 2011
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27223.htm

Today the leaders of the State of Israel practice genocide and are associating themselves with the most reactionary forces on the planet. In a Reflection published on August 25, 2010 under the title of “The Opinion of an Expert”, I mentioned a really unusual activity of the United States and its allies which, in my opinion, underlines the risk of a nuclear conflict with Iran. I was referring to a long article by the well-known journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, published in the US journal The Atlantic in September of that year, entitled “The Point of No Return”.

Obama picks Wall Street insider as White House chief of staff

January 8th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2011/jan2011/dale-j08.shtml

President Obama’s choice of William Daley for the post of White House chief of staff is a clear signal to corporate America that his administration will dedicate the next two years to accommodating the wishes of big business for reduced regulations and taxes for corporations and austerity measures for the working class.

The New Raid on Social Security - Heartless By HELEN THOMAS

January 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/thomas01072011.html

This year, 2011, marks the beginning of baby boomers receiving Social Security checks and they should be alerted of past perennial Republican attempts to partially privatize the program.

Here We Go Again: Obama Picks Big Bank, Big Telecom, and Big Pharma Lobbyist to Be Chief of Staff

January 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/story/149436/here_we_go_again%3A_obama_picks_big_bank%2C_big_telecom%2C_and_big_pharma_lobbyist_to_be_chief_of_staff/

Obama ushers a telecom lobbyist, chief architect of NAFTA and current Midwest chairman of JP Morgan Chase into the #2 job in the White House. Rahm Emanuel is off running for mayor of Chicago, but his ghost will soon be making a return to the White House in the form of fellow Chicagoan Bill Daley, who President Obama is naming as Rahm’s replacement today. The post is currently filled by low-key Obama aide Pete Rouse. Obama picked nobody, he is the chief executive slave over all of the lessor American slaves and he does exactly what he is told to do.

The rise and fall of the Republican Revolution

January 7th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/07/rise-and-fall-republican-revol

Elizabeth Schulte explains how Newt Gingrich and the Republican "revolutionaries" who took over Congress in 1994 rapidly became the most hated men in U.S. politics.

A Bizarro World where teachers are to blame

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://socialistworker.org/2011/01/06/anti-teacher-bizarro-world

Teacher and UTLA member Randy Childs explains why the supposedly pro-union LA mayor has jumped on the bandwagon in scapegoating teachers unions.

Obama Plan Aims to Ease Mexican Trucking Ban

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/07/business/07trade.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

The Obama administration offered a proposal on Thursday to allow long-haul Mexican trucks to move cargo in the United States. The proposal, which the Mexican government greeted as a positive step, was the latest sign of a new willingness by the Obama administration to support free-trade measures backed by Republicans and by businesses despite objections from labor unions and other liberal constituencies.

Obama chooses JPMorgan exec. William Daley as new chief of staff

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/obama-chooses-jpmorgan-exec-william-daley-chief-staff/

Obama chooses JPMorgan exec. William Daley as new chief of staff. JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive and former commerce secretary William Daley was chosen Thursday to be President Obama's new White House chief of staff, according to published reports.

A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/a-pledge-resistance-defend-social-security-and-defund-empire66591

For the third time in the last 20 years, establishment voices with high-profile slots in traditional media are trying to convince the public to accept cuts to Social Security by endlessly claiming such cuts are necessary, without giving coherent evidence to justify the claim.

Woman disrupts Congress as Rep. Frank Pallone reads from Constitution - Video

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/01/woman_disrupts_congress_as_rep.html

A woman interrupted U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) today as the congressman read a passage from the Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives. The exercise of reading the Constitution as the newly elected 112th Congress opened session for the year had been running smoothly for some time, with each congressperson reading a few lines from the document. But as Pallone took his turn, reading the line, "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President," a woman in the gallery shouted, "Except Obama, except Obama, help us Jesus!"

Emerging Bubble Alert:

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27206.htm

Deregulation allows the banks to create as much bogus money as they want in the form of credit. When a bank issues a loan to someone who can't repay the debt, it's counterfeiting, which is the same as stealing. This is what the banks did in the lead-up to the Market Meltdown of '08; they issued trillions of dollars of mortgages to people who had no job, no income, no collateral, and a bad credit history. The banks abandoned all the standard criteria for issuing loans, so they could increase the quantity of loans they produced. Why? Because bankers get paid on the front-end of the transaction, which means that when they make a loan, they mark it as a credit on their books so they can draw a hefty salary and a fat bonus at the end of the year. In other words, there are powerful incentives for bankers to do the wrong thing, which is why they act the way they do.

Privatizing Social Security Again?

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27208.htm

This year, 2011, marks the beginning of baby boomers receiving Social Security checks and they should be alerted of past perennial Republican attempts to partially privatize the program. Heaven forbid that plans prevail to invest a certain amount of those checks in the stock market, as many pension plans have taken a bath in the current meltdown. While there have been past GOP plans to partially privatize the program, fortunately they have all failed. So far the Social Security trust fund remains tempting for the gamblers and other risk takers on the market.

Will the New Assaults on Public Employee Unions Undermine All Workers?

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/06

Years of demonizing public employee unions as part of a right-wing assault against the labor movement now seems about to pay off. That's due in part to state budgets that have been driven near bankruptcy largely by the Wall Street-led crash, and the political cover provided by otherwise liberal Democrats such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is seeking a reasonable-sounding one-year pay freeze that adds a bipartisan patina to the growing union-bashing.

DEA uses drug war to spy worldwide - Video

January 6th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.infowars.com/alex-jones-dea-uses-drug-war-to-spy-worldwide/

The United States government allegedly infused drugs into our inner cities in order to keep minorities down and destabilize world governments. Radio host Alex Jones says it wasn’t just about destabilizing inner cities and financing revolutions overseas. It was also about the 100 of billions of dollars laundered in drugs through large western banks, they then lobbied Congress to expand prison complexes they own and sell stock in.

A "Pledge of Resistance" to Defend Social Security (and Defund the Empire)

January 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/05-9

For the third time in the last 20 years, establishment voices, with high-profile slots in traditional media, are trying to convince the public to accept cuts to Social Security by endlessly claiming such cuts are necessary without giving coherent evidence to justify the claim. America spends more than the entire world combined on the military and war and has tens of trillions of dollars to give to the corrupt banks but not enough for Social Security?

Why Is Jeff Sessions Blocking A Child Sex Trafficking Bill?

January 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truth-out.org/why-is-jeff-sessions-blocking-a-child-sex-trafficking-bill66608

In the waning days of the lame duck session, the Senate had the opportunity to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act. Aimed at creating “a comprehensive, victim-centered approach to addressing the sex trafficking of minors,” the bill is “the first of its kind to deal with young trafficking victims domestically” by providing $12 million in off-set funding for state and local law enforcement to shelter, rehabilitate, prevent, and protect child victims of the sex trade. Corrupt perverts of a feather flock together...

Obama’s reign of terror in Afghanistan

January 5th, 2011
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Politics

Link: http://www.opinion-maker.org/2011/01/obamas-reign-of-terror-in-afghanistan/

2010 was the bloodiest year of the now nine-year conflict in Afghanistan and the tribal border regions of Pakistan. Under the command of General David Petraeus, a massively expanded US and NATO force is waging a campaign of extermination against various ethnic Pashtun and Taliban-linked insurgent movements that have not accepted the foreign invasion of their country.

Drockton: 2011 Predictions and Beyond

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.moneyteachers.org/Drockton+Predictions.htm

The Satanic Psychopaths are positioning the world to fulfill their master's will. The dollar has lost 60% of its value since 2001. Through the use of complex put options called derivatives, they have drained every major pool of assets and Nationalized our most important industries. There are those that are looking for the next global currency. I am here to tell you that there will not be one. Here are my predictions for 2011 and beyond.

1. Expect the Banksters confiscation of assets program to affect Pension Plans and Insurance Companies in a big way. The money has already been replaced with worthless investments. Nationalization will occur to cover their multiple felonies and theft.

2. Inflation will explode and government checks like Social Security, Disability, Long-Term Unemployment etc will fail to respond. Dollars will become pennies and pennies will become worthless.

3. They will take back all the worthless trillions they have dumped into the stock market. I expect two major corrections. One this Spring and a collapse by this Fall.

4. Social unrest will follow...

Step Away From the Corporations

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/darrell_issa_step_away_from_the_corporations_20110104/?ln

Remember “freedom fries”? That’s what the House Republicans, when they were last in the majority, renamed french fries, after France refused to support the invasion of Iraq. It seems like renaming fries might be just about the extent of food regulation that some in Congress are willing to support.

Gladio reprise: More False Flag Operations

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.infowars.com/gladio-reprise-more-false-flag-operations/

The corporatists and fascists who have steered Europe into bankruptcy are now using their media assets to morph their favorite threat over the last two decades — Islamist terrorism — to a combined menace of Islamist terrorists teamed up with an international network of anarchists. The change of threat was necessary with corporatists and fascist-led governments in Europe besieged by workers and students who are militantly opposed to severe cuts in social spending that were dictated from supranational institutions in order to financially bail out greedy bankers and their lackeys in governments.

'Lewd' videos shame US navy captain

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/01/201114202946311701.html

Naval officer is relieved of his command after producing 'inappropriate' films on board aircraft carrier. Two women in a shower are seen in a still image taken from one of the videos produced by Honors. The US Navy has stripped a naval captain of his command of an aircraft carrier over "inappropriate" videos he produced on board the vessel.

Israeli PM asks (tells) US to pardon spy - Video

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/01/20111417481206265.html

Netanyahu sends letter to Obama regarding American man given life sentence in 1987 for spying on US for Israel. Israel's prime minister has asked Barack Obama, the US president, to pardon an American who spied for Israel. The White House said on Tuesday it was reviewing the request from Binyamin Netanyahu. Pollard, a former analyst in the US navy, is serving a life sentence for passing thousands of secret documents about US spy activities in the Arab world to Israel between May 1984 and his arrest in November 1985. In this video they try to put forward the preposterous notion that relations between America and Israel are strained, and for the fake peace process to continue America should release this traitor. This is a completely contrived lie. America fully supports Israel with unlimited weapons shipments and billions of dollars in aid every year. America is a big puppet controlled by little Israel. Pollard was sacrificed intentionally to make it appear to the American people as though America is independent and not controlled by Israel. If Israel really wanted Pollard released he would be pardoned tomorrow.

Indian politician stabbed to death by school principal

January 4th, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/8238415/Indian-politician-stabbed-to-death-by-school-principal.html

A school principal fatally stabbed a Hindu nationalist lawmaker while he was meeting with some of his supporters on Tuesday at his residence in an eastern Indian state, police said. Rupan Pathak pulled out a knife hidden in her shawl and stabbed Raj Kishore Kesri, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker, in his stomach, killing him instantly, said Neelmani, the top police officer in Bihar state. Kesri's guards overpowered Pathak, who is in her early 40s, and beat her up, said Neelmani, who uses one name. She was taken from Kesri's home in Purnea town and hospitalised in critical condition, and has been charged with murder, he said. Purnea is 185 miles northeast of Patna, the state capital. Kesri, who was 51, had inaugurated Pathak's private school four years ago, Neelmani said. In newspaper interviews last year, Pathak accused Kesri of sexually harassing her over a three-year period, but Neelmani said she did not file a police complaint.

Why Aren't US Students Rioting Over Crazy Tuition Hikes Like College Kids in Europe?

January 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/149398/why_aren%27t_us_students_rioting_over_crazy_tuition_hikes_like_college_kids_in_europe/

While London has been rocked by student protests over proposed tuition hikes, United States college campuses have been largely quiet. Why? While London has been rocked by student protests over proposed tuition hikes, United States college campuses have been largely quiet. Tens of thousands of students in the UK have taken to the streets -- confronting police, storming the Conservative Party headquarters, even halting the motorcade of the British monarch Prince Charles. Because Americans are a product of the state and the corporate media. American school teachers don't even know how many stars are on the American flag. The corporate media has produced a completely docile dumbed down generation of consumer sheep trained to eat shit- genetic Monsanto food and chemical filled junk food, trained to buy, buy, buy, worthless junk. Their sole purpose in life is to fight endless wars for profit and die like all slaves die in abject poverty. Don't expect them to wake up it isn't possible. When the freight train of economic collapse and police state slams into them they won't even know what hit them.

WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us

January 3rd, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/149393/wikileaks%27_most_terrifying_revelation%3A_just_how_much_our_government_lies_to_us/

Wikileaks has shown that our government and military form a 'vast lying machine' that perpetrates mass murder in our name. "Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them."

Guantánamo is "A Piece of Hell that Kills Everything":

January 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27167.htm

A bleak New Year message from Yemeni prisoner Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. On Christmas Day, I wrote an article reminding readers of the plight of the remaining 174 prisoners in Guantánamo, and specifically focusing on the case of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, a mentally troubled Yemeni prisoner who has attempted to commit suicide on several occasions. Despite being cleared for release in 2007 by the Bush administration, and winning his habeas corpus petition in the District Court in Washington D.C. in July 2010, Latif remains in Guantánamo, as, distressingly, the Obama administration has chosen to appeal against his successful habeas petition. Remember when Obama promised to close Guantánamo during the presidential selection? Well, of course he lied about that and everything else but it doesn't matter because... President Obama still America’s ‘most admired’ man, poll finds

2011: Calling Time on Capitalism

January 1st, 2011
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/01-2

Recent decades have seen a massive redistribution of wealth, imposing the cost of successive crises on the poorest. Enough! The end of 2010 brought renewed Washington rhetoric, media hype and academic me-too declarations about the US economy "recovering". We've heard them before since the crisis hit in 2007. They always proved wrong. But recovery noises are useful for some. Republicans claim that government should do less since recovery is underway (of course, for them, government action is always counterproductive). Likewise, Republicans and many centrist Democrats claim that income redistribution policies are no longer needed because recovery means growth, which means everyone gets a bigger piece of an expanding economic pie. Recovery hype also helps the Obama administration to claim that its policies succeeded.

Which of the Six Big Banking Houses Was the Most Shameless Corporate Outlaw?

December 31st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/149375/which_of_the_six_big_6_banking_houses_was_the_most_shameless_corporate_outlaw/

These aren't nice folks; their collective rap sheet includes fraud, sex discrimination, collusion to bribe public officials... even laundering drug money for Mexican drug cartels. Bankers. The red carpet's still being rolled out for them in Washington, but if there's a stain on it they'll pout for days. Jason Linkins documents the latest set of cheap white whines from very wealthy white men. (Discrimination lawsuits are a routine part of their legal troubles, too.) This time they're upset because nobody from the six largest banks in America was invited to the president's CEO Roundtable.

Helen Thomas: Thrown to the wolves

December 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2010/12/20101229124751864918.html

Helen Thomas: Thrown to the wolves? At a time of forgiveness, why is Helen Thomas still being ostracized? Helen Thomas, who once occupied a front-row seat in the White House briefing room, has been completely ostracized due to some inelegantly-put remarks about Israel captured on film by provocateurs. In recent years, my faith in the power of dialogue in politics has been severely tested - as, no doubt has hers - in an age where diatribes and deliberate demonization chills debate and exchanges of opposing views. Once you are labeled and stereotyped - especially if you are denounced as an anti-Semite - you are relegated to the fringes, pronounced a hater beyond redemption, and even beyond explanation. As the legendary Helen Thomas soon found out.

Why Corporate Capital and Finance Are Waging an All-Out Cyberwar Against Wikileaks

December 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.alternet.org/news/149360/why_corporate_capital_and_finance_are_waging_an_all-out_cyberwar_against_wikileaks/

Why Corporate Capital and Finance Are Waging an All-Out Cyberwar Against Wikileaks
The continuing assault by the corporate sector to undermine the most ambitious whistleblowing project in modern history has major political implications. Long famed for hiding money for everyone from Nazis and drug lords to spies and dictators, the Swiss government's banking arm has decided that WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are just too hot even for it to handle.

Wall St's 10 Biggest Lies of 2010

December 29th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://www.alternet.org/economy/149361/wall_st%27s_10_biggest_lies_of_2010/

What a great year for Wall Street: profits up, bonuses up and, best of all, criticism down, especially from Washington. Somehow Wall Street has much of America believing its lies and rationalizations. We're even beginning to forget that Wall Street is largely responsible for the economic mess we're in.

The media and Obama: Image and reality

December 28th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/dec2010/pers-d28.shtml

For the past two weeks the US media has been pumping out admiring commentaries on the “comeback” of Barack Obama. As if on signal, the man widely portrayed before and immediately after the November midterm elections as presiding over a failing presidency is being depicted as the protagonist of a political tour de force that has turned defeat at the polls into a triumph of reform legislation. President Obama still America’s ‘most admired’ man, poll finds Sad proof the American people are hopeless idiots.

President Obama still America’s ‘most admired’ man, poll finds

December 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/president-obama-americas-most-admired-man-poll-finds/

In spite of it all, more Americans admire President Barack Obama than any other man living or dead, a survey by the Gallup polling organization has found. Sad proof the American people are hopeless idiots.

Cable v Murdoch: a grim lesson from America

December 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/letters/letters-cable-v-murdoch-a-grim-lesson-from-america-2169768.html

Vince Cable vowed to wage "war" on Rupert Murdoch. Bravo to him! This whole affair reminds me of a conversation with a group of Americans that I had on a train recently. They were explaining that for many years a trip across the US was a "listener's paradise". You could tune and retune your radio and always pick up the most entertaining and quirky local stations. But now, they said, following a liberalisation of the media laws (by Bill Clinton) all you get are the same standard, monotone channels wherever you happened to be. Previously stations (and newspapers and TV channels) had been protected from the big chains by rules which forbade any one organisation from owning multiple channels of media in any one particular area. This left space for local offerings and even allowed newcomers to break into the field. The removal of these laws meant that local stations were quickly gobbled up and local media became standardised and boring, with local news and local adverts slotted in by computer. I find it both bizarre and highly disturbing that governments (including the EU) should trumpet the free market but then directly go ahead and allow commerce to be dominated by a few oligarchic corporations.

U.S. Can’t Account for Billions Spent in Afghanistan

December 27th, 2010
Categories: News, Afghanistan, Politics

Link: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Issues/Budget-Impact/2010/12/27/US-Cant-Account-for-Billions-Spent-in-Afghanistan.aspx

KANDAHAR CITY -- In its bid to win the hearts and minds of Afghanistan’s teeming population, the United States has spent more than $55 billion to rebuild and bolster the war-ravaged country. That money was meant to cover everything from the construction of government buildings and economic development projects to the salaries of U.S. government employees working closely with Afghans. Yet no one can say with any authority or precision how that money was spent and who profited from it.

Ending 43 Years Of Surrender To Israel

December 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.rense.com/general92/ending.htm

If Israeli's are so far above the rest of the Human Race; Why have they not been able to have or to hold their very own nation ever before? The answer is because they create nothing themselves because Israelis a parasitic cancer that must have host nations on which they can feed, like hyenas on a corpse. TheUnited States is only the most recent self-appointed victim that has given herself over to the savage lusts of Israel. We have been nothing in Israel's bloody claws except a blinded, formerly naïveté young thing that Israel has conscripted into global prostitution: We are addicted to the drugs of Money, & Power, and to the bloodlust of torture, theft and murder.

The 21st Century Decade Retrospective - Videos

December 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://batr.org/gulag/122610.html

Two earth-shattering catastrophes shaped the last ten years. The first 911, the staged terror event that provided the self-justification to wage an endless war against phantom enemies and the second a financial meltdown of the debt ridden international banking system. This has been a frightful decade for America.

America in Decline: Why Germans Think We're Insane

December 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Health

Link: http://www.alternet.org/world/149324/america_in_decline%3A_why_germans_think_we%27re_insane/

A look at our empire in decline through the eyes of the European media. As an American expat living in the European Union, I’ve started to see America from a different perspective. The European Union has a larger economy and more people than America does. Though it spends less -- right around 9 percent of GNP on medical, whereas we in the U.S. spend close to between 15 to 16 percent of GNP on medical -- the EU pretty much insures 100 percent of its population. Yes, but Europe doesn't have a corrupt lackey government controlled by corporate HMO thieves draining the life's blood from the country like America does.

Ending 43 Years Of Surrender To Israel

December 26th, 2010
Categories: News, Zionism, Politics

Link: http://www.rense.com/general92/ending.htm

If Israeli's are so far above the rest of the Human Race; Why have they not been able to have or to hold their very own nation ever before? The answer is because they create nothing themselves because Israelis a parasitic cancer that must have host nations on which they can feed, like hyenas on a corpse. TheUnited States is only the most recent self-appointed victim that has given herself over to the savage lusts of Israel. We have been nothing in Israel's bloody claws except a blinded, formerly naïveté young thing that Israel has conscripted into global prostitution: We are addicted to the drugs of Money, & Power, and to the bloodlust of torture, theft and murder.

Christmas in America

December 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Economic, Politics

Link: http://wsws.org/articles/2010/dec2010/pers-d24.shtml

Christmas in America this year reveals two starkly different social realities. Three years since the onset of the recession in December 2007, the majority of the US population is facing staggering levels of unemployment, home foreclosures, hunger and poverty. For millions of working-class families, buying gifts this year required scraping together scarce dollars, borrowing from friends and relatives or adding more debt to their already overloaded credit cards. At the other pole of society, America’s ruling elite, which has presided over this economic catastrophe, is celebrating its good fortune. The recent deal by President Obama and the Congressional Republicans to extend tax cuts to the richest two percent of the population tops off a year of record corporate profits and an 85 percent surge on the S&P 500 stock index.

Making the Rich Happy

December 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn12242010.html

Nicely in time for the end-of-year job ratings, President Obama has crawled from the political graveyard, where only a month ago wreaths were being heaped around his sepulcher. The Commentariat now gravely applauds his recent victories in the US Congress: repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell inhibitions on gays in the military; Senate ratification of the new START treaty on nuclear weapons with the Russians; passage of a $4.3bn bill – previously blocked by Republicans - providing health benefits for emergency rescue workers in the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

Obama Gives 'Lump of Coal' to Polar Bears: Activists

December 24th, 2010
Categories: News, Nature, Environment, Politics

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/12/24-1

Environmental groups on Thursday accused US President Barack Obama's administration of failing to ensure the survival of polar bears after it stopped short of listing the animals as endangered. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, who has led legal efforts to protect the polar bear, said that the Obama administration "sacrificed sound science for political expediency."

Pentagon’s Christmas Present: Largest Military Budget Since World War II

December 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, War, Politics

Link: http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/pentagons-christmas-present-largest-military-budget-since-world-war-ii/

On December 22 both houses of the U.S. Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing $725 billion for next year’s Defense Department budget. The bill, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, was approved by all 100 senators as required and by a voice vote in the House.

With spending bill’s passage, Obama’s plan to close Gitmo dies

December 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/obamas-plan-close-gitmo-dies/

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers have effectively blocked President Barack Obama's efforts to close the controversial terror prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by approving a Pentagon budge that forbids spending money on the move. Hope and change?

December 23, 1310: Emperor Henry VII of Luxemburg, Supported by Dante, Arrived in Milan and Started the Process Leading to the Modern State – 700 Years Ago Today

December 23rd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://tarpley.net/2010/12/23/december-23-1310-emperor-henry-vii-of-luxemburg-supported-by-dante-arrived-in-milan-and-started-the-process-leading-to-the-modern-state-%E2%80%93-700-years-ago-today/

Today, December 23, 2010, marks one of the most important world-historical anniversaries of all time. Seven hundred years ago this evening, the Holy Roman Emperor Henry VII of Luxemburg passed through the city gates of Milan, Italy and set into motion the process leading to the most important political innovation of the past 2,000 years: the modern state.

President Obama’s Christmas Gift to AT&T (and Comcast and Verizon)

December 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/12/22-0

One of President Barack Obama’s signature campaign promises was to protect the freedom of the Internet. He said, in November 2007, “I will take a back seat to no one in my commitment to network neutrality, because once providers start to privilege some applications or websites over others, then the smaller voices get squeezed out and we all lose.” Jump ahead to December 2010, where Obama is clearly in the back seat, being driven by Internet giants like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. With him is his appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, his Harvard Law School classmate and basketball pal who just pushed through a rule on network neutrality that Internet activists consider disastrous. Free Press Managing Director Craig Aaron told me, “This proposal appears to be riddled with loopholes that would open the door to all kinds of future abuses, allowing companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, the big Internet service providers, to decide which websites are going to work, which aren’t, and which are going to be able to get special treatment.”

Indefinite Detention Possible for Suspects at Guantanamo Bay

December 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/12/22-5

The Obama administration is preparing an executive order that would formalize indefinite detention without trial for some detainees at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but allow those detainees and their lawyers to challenge the basis for continued incarceration, U.S. officials said.

Who Are They Really?

December 22nd, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.rense.com/general92/whor.htm

Who are these creatures that want to shut down the truth-telling side of the net? Who, What and Why are they attempting to do this. The 'WHO' is easy; "they" are the long-time enemies of freedom and self-rule. They are those, who believe that society must always be controlled because they believe that we are all just savages;

BEWARE: The Real Terrorists are Upping Their Chatter

December 21st, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://theintelhub.com/2010/12/21/beware-the-real-terrorists-are-upping-their-chatter/

Remember the buzzword chatter? When our criminal government kept the sheeple on the razor’s edge of fear because they’d say that chatter levels coming from Al-Qaeda were increasing? Well, today, in this article, I’m going to openly fear monger to you, because the chatter by the real terrorists, the ruling elite, is getting louder and more urgent — prompting me to warn you that it seems like a terror attack is coming soon.

Wikimania and the First Amendment

December 20th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State

Link: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/12/20-7

by Ralph Nader. Thomas Blanton, the esteemed director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University described Washington's hyper-reaction to Wikileaks' transmission of information to some major media in various countries as "Wikimania."

Obama is a "Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class"

December 20th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics

Link: http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/20/chris_hedges_obama_is_a_poster

The compromise tax-cut deal that President Obama signed into law on Friday has angered many of his supporters. In his new book, Death of the Liberal Class, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Chris Hedges argues that the failure of President Obama to represent the interests of his supporters is just another example of a quickly dying liberal class. In the book, Hedges explains how the five pillars of the liberal class—the press, universities, unions, liberal churches and the Democratic Party—have become corrupt.

Los Alamos Scientist: TSA Scanners Shred Human DNA

December 20th, 2010
Categories: News, Politics, Police State, Science, Health

Link: http://bellaciao.org/en/spip.php?article20404

This is Insane. Don’t ever get scanned by TSA. While the application of scientific knowledge creates technology, sometimes the technology is later redefined by science. Such is the case with terahertz (THz) radiation, the energy waves that drive the technology of the TSA: back scatter airport scanners. Emerging THz technological applications THz waves are found between microwaves and infrared on the electromagnetic spectrum. This type of radiation was chosen for security devices because it can penetrate matter such as clothing, wood, paper and other porous material that’s non-conducting.

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