Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Shrinking Savage Nation

Michael Savage booted from Los Angeles station

"In the ongoing fallout from his screed against children with autism, right-wing radio host Michael Savage has been kicked off Los Angeles’ KGIL and will be replaced by conservative talker Lars Larson, according to a Larson press release. LA is the second largest radio market in the country. Already, radio stations in Ohio, Mississippi, and Virginia have dropped Savage, and a host of advertisers have done the same."

Animated Get Your War On

Weekly, at 23/6

Think They Don't Do This On Purpose?

Corporate media is in full mind control mode with the presidential campaign. If there were a free and fair election Obama would crush McCain at the polls, but of course there won't be a free and fair election; there hasn't been one in years. The job of the corporate media is to make you think that it's a real horserace, that half the country supports the fascists and their crimes and their likely successor. It's an all out propaganda con job to make you believe McCain' candidacy is more than a pathetic train wreck and opposition to our burgeoning police state is less than widespread.
In reality the gap between the candidates' support is huge and MSM is tasked to make it seem narrow, so rigging the "election" won't be such a daunting proposition this time around. Even with intense propaganda efforts and vote fraud, as things stand I predict that election day will be worthy of our new third world status, replete with many abnormalities and instances of criminal behavior. Meanwhile corporate media is well into it's 24/7 mindfuck.

Oopsie, we labeled Osama as Obama, again


What's that repug message, that he's an uppity rock star or something?

"Take this truly ridiculous WaPo item today.
In his closed door meeting with House Democrats Tuesday night, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger, according to a witness, suggesting that he was beginning to believe his own hype.
Obama was waxing lyrical about last week’s trip to Europe, when he concluded, according to the meeting attendee, “this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for.”
The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives. “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,” he said, according to the source.
The piece was written the WaPo’s Jonathan Weisman, perhaps best known for
recently telling Post readers, “The great irony is that [Obama] is much more white than black, beyond skin color,” whatever the hell that means.
Conservatives have gone
completely berserk over the notion that Obama described himself as “a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.” The Republican National Convention has been pushing the quote relentlessly all morning, as has the McCain campaign.
There’s just one small problem: the anonymous quote Weisman used actually had it backwards.A Democratic leadership aide — who, unlike the media, was in the room during Obama’s remarks — has been emailing reporters this morning:
“His entire point of that riff was that the campaign IS NOT about him. The Post left out the important first half of the sentence, which was something along the lines of: ‘It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol….”
In other words, this wasn’t an example of Obama being “arrogant” or “presumptuous”; it’s an example of humility. He was saying all of this excitement isn’t about him personally, because he’s just a symbol of something larger.
Of course, we’ve reached a point at which reality no longer matters."

Daily Show Examines McBush's Campaign Strategy

Applesauce avalanches and the Mr. Sniffles Ploy

No Pajamas

Beijingers get dress code advice for Olympics

"BEIJING - Polishing up Beijing for the Olympics has extended to telling residents what not wear, with the city government advising against too many colors, white socks with black shoes, and parading in pajamas.
The advice, on top of campaigns to cut out public spitting and promote orderly lining up, was handed out in booklets to 4 million households ahead of the Olympics, an official said Thursday.
The etiquette book giving advice on everything from shaking hands to how to stand is part of a slew of admonitions on manners, said Zheng Mojie, deputy director of the Office of Capital Spiritual Civilization Construction Commission.

There should be no more than three color groups in your clothing, the book published by Zheng's committee advises, and wearing pajamas and slippers to visit neighbors, as some elderly Beijing residents like to do, is also out. It recommends dark-colored socks, and says white socks should never be worn with black leather shoes.
In the last few years the government has educated people on how to prepare for the Olympics under the slogan: "I participate, I contribute, I enjoy."

Army Of Rapists

Sexual assault in military 'jaw-dropping,' lawmaker says

"A congresswoman said Thursday that her "jaw dropped" when military doctors told her that four in 10 women at a veterans hospital reported being sexually assaulted while in the military.
A government report indicates that the numbers could be even higher.
Rep. Jane Harman, D-California, spoke before a House panel investigating the way the military handles reports of sexual assault.
She said she recently visited a Veterans Affairs hospital in the Los Angeles area, where women told her horror stories of being raped in the military.
"My jaw dropped when the doctors told me that 41 percent of the female veterans seen there say they were victims of sexual assault while serving in the military," said Harman, who has long sought better protection of women in the military.
"Twenty-nine percent say they were raped during their military service. They spoke of their continued terror, feelings of helplessness and downward spirals many of their lives have taken since."

Why did it have to take the nitwit's execution approval for the corporate media to pay attention? This shit's been known for years.

"February 2, 2006 - (Alternet) - In a startling revelation, the former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior U.S.military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some female American soldiers serving in Iraq. Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark."

The Essence Of Projection

You knew it would happen.


In psychology, psychological projection (or projection bias) is a defense mechanism in which one attributes one’s own unacceptable or unwanted thoughts or/and emotions to others.

McCain camp accuses Obama of 'shameful' playing of the race card

"Thursday, July 31st 2008, 11:23 AM
The simmering issue of race boiled over on the presidential campaign trail today after John McCain's camp accused Barack Obama - the first African American with a real shot at the presidency - of playing the race card

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pelosi The Enabler

It's 'Groundhog Day' At The CIA

Al-Qaeda expert re-killed by CIA

"Abu Khabab al-Masri 'died' in January 2006 and again on Monday. Once again, the 'mainstream' media announces the re-killing of another 'key al-Qaeda operative' by a 'CIA-operated unpiloted drone!' These top al-Qaeda operatives - and their subsequent deaths - are more bountiful than poppy fields in Afghanistan and oil smuggling routes in Iraq. BTW, who keeps picking up the US $5 million reward?"

Officials: Al Qaeda's Mad Scientist Killed --CIA Drone Targeted Chemical Weapons Expert Abu Khabab Al-Masri On Afghanistan-Pakistan Border 29 Jul 2008
"One of al Qaeda's top chemical and biological weapons experts was killed in an air strike by a CIA pilotless drone in a remote Pakistani border region, senior Pakistani intelligence officials told CBS News Tuesday morning. Intelligence officials investigating the early Monday missile attack confirmed that Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri was one of six men killed and his remains had been positively identified... The timing of the report on al-Masri's death also aroused suspicion - coinciding with a visit to the White House by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. In the past week two U.S. officials, speaking on deep background, told CBS News that they expected Pakistan to overtly demonstrate its support for the U.S. fight against terrorism by assisting in the arrest or killing of an important Islamic militant, close to the time of Gilani's Washington trip."

Al Gore Places Infant Son In Rocket To Escape Dying Planet

EARTH—"Former vice president Al Gore—who for the past three decades has unsuccessfully attempted to warn humanity of the coming destruction of our planet, only to be mocked and derided by the very people he has tried to save—launched his infant son into space Monday in the faint hope that his only child would reach the safety of another world.


"I tried to warn them, but the Elders of this planet would not listen," said Gore, who in 2000 was nearly banished to a featureless realm of nonexistence for promoting his unpopular message. "They called me foolish and laughed at my predictions. Yet even now, the Midwest is flooded, the ice caps are melting, and the cities are rocked with tremors, just as I foretold. Fools! Why didn't they heed me before it was too late?"
Al Gore—or, as he is known in his own language, Gore-Al—placed his son, Kal-Al, gently in the one-passenger rocket ship, his brow furrowed by the great weight he carried in preserving the sole survivor of humanity's hubristic folly."

"On his new planet, Kal-Al's Earth physiology will react to the radiation of a differently colored sun, causing him to develop abilities far beyond those of mortal men," political analyst Sig Schuster said. "He will be faster than a speeding Prius, stronger than the existing Superfund program, and able to leap mountains of red tape in a single bound. These superpowers will sustain him in his never-ending battle against conservatives, wealthy industrialists, and other environmental supervillains."

In Hindsight, Looks Like Webb's Aide Was Correct In Wanting To Arm Himself

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - Webb Aide Tried To Take Gun Into Senate Building, Capitol Police Say

"A top aide to Sen. James Webb was charged yesterday with trying to carry a loaded pistol and extra ammunition into a Senate office building, U.S. Capitol Police said."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - Webb Aide Found Dead in Southwest Virginia

"Frederick Wayne Hutchins Jr., who headed up Sen. James Webb's Roanoke office, was found dead this morning alongside a highway in Botetourt County, according to the sheriff's office.
Hutchins, 26, had been active in numerous Democratic political campaigns and used to work for Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke) before he went to work for Webb.
Ronnie N. Sprinkle, the Botetourt County sheriff, said in a statement his officers discovered Hutchins' body about 7 a.m. on an embankment next to a vehicle parked on the shoulder of southbound US 220 near Fincastle. (...)

Botetourt sheriff's Maj. Delbert Dudding was not able to say whether the incident was a suicide or the result of foul play.
"Any time you get a gunshot wound, you work it all the way until you can rule anything out," he said, adding that for now he simply considers it "an unnatural death."

Serving And Protecting A Guy's Legs

China? No.
Zimbabwe? No.
Just another day with NYC's finest.

SWAT Team Given Medals For Raiding Wrong House

"Must have been real traumatic for you boys"

"MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ― On Monday, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan handed out honors to a team of officers involved in a botched raid at an innocent family's home more than seven months ago. The family is upset and their attorney criticizes the awards and questions the timing.
Just days before Christmas, the sound of intruders breaking into their home in North Minneapolis prompted Vang Khang to grab his shotgun to protect his six children. His terrified wife called 911.
Khang fired several shots at the "intruders" who turned out to be members of the Minneapolis Police Department's SWAT team. The officers returned fire. Their protective gear prevented them from being harmed by the bullets.
No one was hurt in the shootout last Dec. 16 and the Minneapolis Police Chief ordered an internal investigation. The house was left riddled with bullet holes and broken glass. Two days later, Dolan apologized to the family and launched an internal investigation to find out how the SWAT team wound up in an innocent family's house in the middle of the night.
The investigation determined that the team had gone there looking for a gang member's guns after an informant gave investigators in the department's Violent Offenders Task Force bad information. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, Dolan recognized members of the SWAT team for their bravery and how they handled the raid. With Mayor R.T. Rybak and other city officials looking on, the chief handed out medals and commendations. "The easy decision would have been to retreat under covering fire. The team did not take the easy way out," Dolan told the crowd. "This is a perfect example of a situation that could have gone horribly wrong, but did not because of the professionalism with which it was handled."
The Khang family was upset when they learned of the awards given to the SWAT team."


China Got Nervous, Now Says Will Censor Internet

Just like I mentioned in a previous post, we're about to see a real tussle between the broadcasters of this spectacle and a very jittery totalitarian system that's not used to scrutiny. It's not the internet access that will be the main bone of contention, it will more than likely be China's attempts to censor journalists' output.

China to limit Internet access in games

"Organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games say that access to the Internet by foreign journalists will be restricted during the games. The announcement is in contrast to an earlier pledge by Olympic organizers to soften China's Internet firewalls and press censorship. Kevan Gosper, the head of the press commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said he would take the matter up with Chinese authorities. Australian Olympic team chief, John Coates, also an IOC member, expressed frustration with the decision to continue to censor Internet access from inside China. "IOC President Jacques Rogge and Gosper would have very serious discussions with the Chinese authorities about the issue," Coates said."

Well, those talks sure straightened things out - IOC agreed to censorship

netcops can be so darned cute

Nobody Likes Us Anymore, I Wonder Why

Tourism rises globally, but not to US - With a weak dollar, America is a great buy for foreigners, yet visits are falling.

"International travelers toting overflowing shopping bags in Manhattan and those filling Houston's trendy restaurants are exceptions. In all other major US cities and destinations, the numbers of long-haul foreign visitors (which excludes border hoppers from Canada and Mexico) are down – with reasons ranging from perceptions of close scrutiny at airports to the residual impact of a poor US image abroad.
When The Times of London recently suggested that foreigners with a hankering for Mickey and Minnie could save themselves the hassle of US travel by substituting Paris Disneyland, or fill a cowboy craving by visiting France's horse-rich Camargue rather than the American West, it stung in traditional American tourist destinations. Foreign visitors to Orlando, Fla., dropped by one-third from 2000 to 2006; by nearly 40 percent over the same period to Anaheim, Calif. (read Disneyland); and by 22 percent to Las Vegas, a frequent entry point for foreigners to the Southwest."

Not only that - A Growing Trend of Leaving America - 3 million a year become expats

"In his recent book Bad Money, political commentator Kevin Phillips warns that an unprecedented number of citizens, fed up with failed politics and a souring economy, have already departed for other countries, with even larger numbers planning to do so soon. But that may be putting too negative a reading on this little-noticed trend. In fact, most of today's expats are not part of a new Lost Generation, moving to Paris or other European haunts to nurse their disillusionment and write their novels. Some may be artists and bohemians, but many more are entrepreneurs, teachers, or skilled knowledge workers in the globalized high-tech economy. Others are members of a retirement bulge that is stretching pensions and IRAs by living abroad. And while a high percentage of expats are unhappy with the rightward tilt of George Bush's America, most don't see their decision to move overseas as a political statement."

No, it's not a political statement, it's a survival statement. Whether it's financial or political, a lot of people see the trends, hate the direction this country is taking, and fear for their future here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Thug Cop Gets Nailed Lying In His Report

You've probably seen the video by now, the bicyclists involved in critical mass riding down the street in New York, and then the vicious hit by the thug who zeroed in on one of the riders. The video is very straightforward, unambiguously showing how the cop seriously wanted to do the guy harm, and how the rider swerved to avoid him and didn't expect to go flying.
Said thug apparently wasn't aware that someone filmed him assaulting the cyclist and he got, um, very imaginative in his report about the incident.
Courtesy of The Smoking Gun


Hatemongers' Spawn

That murderer who took a shotgun to a church and blasted nine people is getting a lot of play in the media about hating liberals and gays. My thoughts are that his dire economic condition helped drive an unstable basket case to the brink.
We should never point to reading matter as evidence of intent before a crime is ever committed, like when people are yanked off of airplanes for the title of the book they might be reading. But it's another thing completely to indict malice and mayhem spewers who could be responsible for encouraging violent murder. As in delivering a steady diet of hate to push sick people over the edge.

"Adkisson told officers he left the house unlocked for them because "he expected to be killed during the assault."

Inside the house, officers found "Liberalism is a Mental Health Disorder" by radio talk show host Michael Savage, "Let Freedom Ring" by talk show host Sean Hannity, and "The O'Reilly Factor," by television talk show host Bill O'Reilly."

Savage: "Free Speech for Me, Death for You"

"Savage enjoys speaking freely on his show and dishing out the red meat that his 3.75 million radio listeners love to hear. He has amassed a lavish record of on-air bigotry -- dismissing child victims of gunfire as "ghetto slime," referring to non-white countries as "turd world nations," calling homosexuality "perversion" and remarking that Latinos "breed like rabbits."
However, Savage doesn’t think some people deserve to have free speech. In fact, he apparently doesn’t think that some people even have the right to live. Like when he a told a gay caller to his short lived TV show on MSNBC "to get AIDs and die."

Radio talk show host calls for murder of anti-war activist

"Michael Reagan, radio talk show host and son of late president Ronald Reagan, could be investigated by the FBI after he called for the execution of Mark Dice, anti-war activist and founder of media watchdog group The Resistance, on the air. (...)
“We ought to find the people who are doing this,” Reagan said, “take ‘em out, and shoot ‘em. Really."

How many other acts of violence, murders, could be tied to these scumbags?

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lazy Reportage


"Critical Mass is a group of cyclists that takes to the streets the last Friday of every month to promote cyclists' right to the road.
It's wasn't clear what sparked the confrontation at 15th and Aloha, but witnesses say they saw about a dozen cyclists surround a white Subaru, blocking in the driver.
"There was some screaming and yelling and crunching as he pulled out into the street," described witness Mark Pedersen.
Apparently, the driver felt intimidated and tried to back up to get away, but he backed into at least two cyclists.
He then tried to take off, but cyclists chased after him, bashed in his car window and assaulted the driver.
"There was a giant hole in the windshield... and blood around his neck," said witness Barbara Rockey.
The driver was taken to an area hospital.
The two bicyclists suffered minor injuries in the melee.
KING 5 was told there were two passengers in the Subaru. One appeared to be a pregnant woman. It was not immediately known if the passengers were injured.
It was not clear how many cyclists were arrested."


"I was just looking up news information about an event that I witnessed tonight and found a frighteningly misinformed article on the event on the King 5 news website. Their “Bicycle demonstration turns violent” article paints a picture of cyclist brutality committed on a vehicle, injuring the driver and scaring the passenger, who they describe as a pregnant woman. While there is no denying that the cyclists circled the car and trashed it, this was all an attempt to stop the car and driver from possibly hurting anyone else, as the scene they describe in their newscast takes place about 200 ft from the scene where the motorist accelerated from 0 to 40 THROUGH a standing line of cyclists at Aloha and 14th, luckily only injuring two of them as his car was pointed at a group of six.
I was standing about 20 feet from the scene and saw the entire altercation. I honestly cannot believe what I saw. Originally, the vehicle was trying to inch (westward on Aloha) into an oncoming mass of cyclists on a narrow road, where he had to pull into the oncoming traffic lane in order to get around the cars parked in his lane. About 6 cyclists peeled off to park themselves in front of the vehicle, explaining that he needed to wait and they would all be out of his way in a minute. The driver, however, remained agitated and expressed that they were “in a rush” and “would be late”. When the cyclists asked what they were going to be late for, the driver responded, “We have reservations!”, which left the group largely speechless until one of the cyclists again explained that he would save a lot of time and trouble if he just waited another 30 seconds for the rest of the cyclists to pass. At that moment, the driver suddenly put his car in reverse and backed up—5 feet into the sidewalk (now the car is parallel to Aloha—thank goodness there were no pedestrians behind him!)—and stopped. This strange behavior panicked everyone and no one moved except to shout “Stop.” This is when his passenger started yelling for him to “Calm down and stop” as well. After staying put for about 10 seconds, the driver then said “fuck this” and accelerated into the line of standing cyclists. When he hit the first ones, he continued to accelerate, but steered into the larger mass of cyclists before turning the wheel and tearing off in the opposite direction (east on Aloha) with one of the hit cyclists still on the roof of his car.
The driver sped down Aloha with a mess of bicycles and cyclists in his wake, a cyclist on his roof, and everyone, including his pregnant passenger, yelling for him to “Just stop!” At the bottom of the hill, the driver stopped at a stop sign and the cyclists swarmed the car, slashing his tires and breaking the windows in order to make sure that he did not continue operating his vehicle through the city like a madman. His door was opened, the driver got out of the car in tears and walked, unmolested back up to where the cyclists were splayed out in the street apologizing to everyone. His passenger was relatively calm, also walked up the street unmolested, and explained that her friend had made a mistake and that she had been yelling for him to calm down and stop the car. While there was a little hysterical yelling by the freightened bicyclists, there was absolutely no physical confrontation."

Serving And Protecting A Bicyclist

Concerning The Rumor About Powell And McBush

deliberately lying us into Iraq invasion and occupation

key player in the My Lai massacre covrup

murdered tens of thousands retreating soldiers

"Save A Little Money Each Month And At The End Of The Year You'll Be Surprised At How Little You Have"

Bad News and Bank Runs by Mike Whitney

"The Bush administration is going to be mailing out more "stimulus" checks in the very near future. There's just no way around it. The Fed is in a pickle and can't lower interest rates for fear that food and energy prices will shoot into the stratosphere. At the same time, the economy is shrinking faster than anyone thought possible with no sign of a rebound. That leaves stimulus checks as the only way to "prime the pump" and keep consumer spending chugging along. Otherwise business activity will slow to a crawl and the economy will tank. There's no other choice.

The daily barrage of bad news is really starting to get on people's nerves; it's obvious everywhere you look. Most of the TV chatterboxes have already cut-out the cheery stock market predictions and no one is praising the "impressive powers of the free market" any more. They know things are bad, real bad. That's why the business news is no longer presented like a happy-go-lucky Bollywood extravaganza with undulating females and exotic music. Now it’s more like B-grade slasher movie where everyone winds up dead at the end of the show.


On Friday, after the market had closed, the FDIC shut down two more banks, First Heritage Bank and First National Bank. Kaboom. Two weeks earlier, regulators seized Indymac Bancorp following a run by depositors. The FDIC now operates like a stealth paramilitary unit, deploying its shock troops on the weekends to do their dirty work out of the public eye and at times when it will least effect the stock market. The reasons for this are obvious; there's only one thing the government hates more than seeing flag-draped coffins on the evening news, and that's seeing long lines of frantic people waiting impatiently to get what's left of their savings out of their now-deceased bank. Lines at the bank signal that the system is broken."

Try A New Summer Refresher

Eel drink goes on sale for Japan's hot summer

"A canned drink called "Unagi Nobori," or "Surging Eel," made by Japan Tobacco Inc., hit the nation's stores this month just ahead of Japan's annual eel-eating season, company spokesman Kazunori Hayashi said Monday.
"It's mainly for men who are exhausted by the summer's heat," Hayashi said of the beverage, believed to be the first mass-produced eel drink in Japan.
Many Japanese believe eating eel boosts stamina in hot weather.
The fizzy, yellow-colored drink contains extracts from the head and bones of eel and five vitamins — A, B1, B2, D and E — contained in the fish."

probably has a little eel at the bottom
like a tequila worm, only more slippery

I can't help it. Must go good with


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Olympic Sized Problems

I'm not much of a sports kind of guy but I'll be paying attention to this olympics. I have a sneaky feeling that behind the touchy - feely, happy face tagline "One World, One Dream", we're about to see a exposition beset with problems that may cast a shadow over the sporting events. Even that slogan has a ring totalitarian conformism about it.

China is placing utmost importance on having the games showcase it's entry into the Big Leagues, this is it's debut onto the world stage so to speak. Since 1896 the modern olympics have been almost totally western extravaganzas and you can only wonder how that sat with 1/5 of the world's population. They didn't even send athletes to compete until 1932. When they were tagged to be the host back in 2001 the chinese were ecstatic but the rest of the world had lots of reservations, and their human rights concerns were just part of the equation. The games have been corrupt with politics since forever and nobody is under any illusions China won't try to take advantage of them to polish their image. They will. But what'll be extremely interesting is how they deal with all the problems that are rearing their ugly heads already, and competition hasn't even started.

* I think everybody was relieved to see the ugliest torch relay in history over and done with.

* Officials have been chirping all along that air quality was improving from all the drastic measures taken like moving and even shutting factories and forcing cars off the roads. The smog is getting worse every day and you couldn't even see the top half of NBA player Yao Ming when he walked into an amphitheatre today. The problem is so severe the IOC may even reschedule endurance events.
"The lack of visibility surprised one Mexican journalist who said: "For the first time in my life, I am in a place more polluted than Mexico City."

* Food safety. To say the Chinese are jittery about the severe rap they took last year when exports were found to be tainted almost every week is an understatement. One incident will destroy their reputation.

* In the frenzied run up to the games next month, the Chinese went on a huge construction binge, and in the process destroyed vast swathes of old neighborhoods called hutongs, traditional narrow alleys where, well, lots of people lived. Seems they looked a little backward-like. The million + forced evictions aren't the only displaced people. For months the government has been rounding up displaced farmers, Tibetans, human rights and environmental groups, Falun Gong, beggars and anybody else thought to be possibly troublesome. The extravaganza has created an army of pissed off opponents ripe for creating disruption.


* Just when they thought they had that algae problem licked in the Chinese city of Qingdao, strong winds have pushed the thick growth back in.

* Speaking of wind, the weather forecast over the course of the games looks downright shitty.
"During the 17-day Olympiad, Charko expects between five and seven days of persistent rainfall and a handful more days with scattered thunderstorms.
Weather delays can wreak havoc for organizers on tight event schedules, not to mention for athletes on rigorous eating, sleeping and training plans.
There is also a very real possibility the Olympic village will be hit with leftovers from typhoons that tend to make landfall south and east of Beijing

* The host nation spent tens of billions in preparation for this olympiad, but there will be blood over communications. Already the internet has slowed to a crawl and the armies of journalists haven't showed up yet. Authoritarian China will go head to head with the modern telecommunication world and you can bet the farm censorship will be a huge problem, which isn't going to please NBC who shelled out almost a cool billion for exclusive rights.


But they may have made a very shrewd investment, if not for broadcasting the athletes. The biggest competition just might be between over zealous censors and the broadcasters themselves, leading to some very watchable "events". NBC News president Steve Capus:
"If you're a journalist in 2008, you want to be in Beijing to watch how China handles hosting the these Olympic games," Capus said. "I think it's a fascinating story."
China promised a grand and glorious olympics and they've gone to great lengths to put on the best show they could and cooporate with foreign media. With the vast gulf between cultures those cheery predictions might not be based in reality on the ground, adding more glitches to the above list.
And yet one more possible problem for the Chinese, totally my assumption, yanked straight out of my butt. China is banking on a successful lollapalooza to showcase itself as a world player but there may be forces who are interested in preventing that from happening. Some things may not go so well because those forces may work behind the scenes to tarnish the enterprise, sort of remove a little luster from their efforts.

But nothing can detract from the glory of Panda Dung Souvenirs.


Dissecting 1 1/2 Minutes Of McBush Babble

Why does he laugh in Stephanopoulos's face at the issue of gay adoption?

"2 parent families are best for america." - apparently two people of the same sex magically equals 1/2 family.

"...important for us to incise family values..." - "incise" - To cut into, as with a sharp instrument

"And I think that family values are important, when we have two parent, uh families, that are, uh, parents that are the traditional family."
"I am for the values that two parent families uh the traditional family represents. (S - so you're against gay adoption?) I am for the values and principles that two parent families represent."

How apparent can it possibly be that this man will throw any american under the bus that doesn't conform to his deeply intolerant and sick "christian" hatred? Notice how he steadfastly refuses to admit that's what he'll do by pretending to be for some made up talking point. And how much of this robotic, neologism blatherspeak do people have to hear to make them understand that this pathetic corporate whore should be completely out of politics?

Here Come The Patsies

In e-mail, Islamic group claims India blasts

"AHMADABAD, India (AP) - An obscure Islamic group claimed responsibility for a series of synchronized explosions that killed at least 45 people in western India, warning of "the terror of Death" in an e-mail sent to several television stations minutes before the blasts.
Another unexploded bomb was found and defused early Sunday, said the city's police commissioner, O.P. Mathur. He said police had detained 30 people.
"In the name of Allah the Indian Mujahideen strike again! Do whatever you can, within 5 minutes from now, feel the terror of Death!" said an e-mail from the group sent to several Indian television stations minutes before the blasts began

Nobody likes to slaughter innocent people for political gain like the ziofascists. And nobody but they would benefit from wanton murder with the spate of bombs in India. It seems to be a ramped up propaganda effort to freshly demonize muslims, probably to inflame tensions as the big squeeze on Pakistan begins.

With both McBush and Obama threatening to surge into Afghanistan and bomb the hell out of Pakistan, to Dim Son cooling the rhetoric towards Iran for the moment, to the AP virtually declaring the Iraq subjugation adventure is all but over, it seems the empire has turned the sights of it's weapons squarely at Pakistan.

No religious, revolutionary or resistance group worth it's salt will welcome the vitriol and hate and bad press by murdering innocents. The only reason to casually kill large numbers of bystanders is to sow grief and build tension and fear for hidden reasons. The miserable emm-ess-emm will glom all over any presumption of guilt so some phony email, sent by any operative, will be splashed around the world and we should see the usual bellowing shitheads start in with their islamofascism tirades any hour now.

It's a tried and true modus operandi by the usual culprits, all in a day's work to create the enemy they'll then be encouraged to go to war against. We saw it on 9/11, we've seen this in Iraq for years now, and who can forget the amateurish but very effective propaganda when anthrax was sent in the mail after black tuesday? The pathogen was subsequently found to have come from US government labs but that was a bit too late to counter the anti muslim hysteria the fake letters produced.


Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Zealand Students Put Up Reward For Rice's Arrest

I'd contribute.

New Zealand Students Offer New Bounty For Arrest of Condoleezza Rice For War Crimes

"WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A group of New Zealand students offered a higher reward Saturday for the citizen’s arrest of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for war crimes after another group withdrew their own bounty, accusing police of threatening them.

Students at Victoria University in the capital, Wellington, doubled the original reward offer to US$7,400, according to Joel Cosgrove, the student president.
Cosgrove said Rice should be arrested because she is responsible for the deaths of at least 600,000 Iraqis killed since the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led coalition troops.
“Condoleezza Rice needs to be tried before the international war crimes tribunal,” Cosgrove told New Zealand’s National Radio."


McSame's Age Must Worry The Repugs Quite A Bit

FOX tries to pass off a younger McCain

McBush's New Campaign Shibboleth

Highly paid repug propagandists, huddled together in a back room somewhere, noticed Obama went abroad the last few days.
How to sell their product to the mouthbreathing consumers then?
Wow. "Putting Country First"




Yankee Stadium Cashes In On Fake Terror War

Sunblock Ban Riles Fans

"Ladies and gentlemen, The Bronx is sunburning.
Yankee fans are seeing - and turning - red over a ban on sunscreen, which Stadium security guards say was widely expanded in the last few weeks.
Security guards collected garbage bags full of sunblock at the entrances to Yankee Stadium over the sweltering weekend, when temps hit 96 degrees and the UV index reached a skin-scorching 9 out of 10 - a move team officials said was to protect the Stadium from terrorism.
But fans baking in the bleachers and upper deck argued that the sun may be a bigger threat than Osama bin Laden.
"I was really pissed because, since I am Irish and I have a bald head, I need my sunblock," said Sean Gavin, 40, who had to toss his SPF 30 at the gate Saturday.
"After they saw me dousing myself with it, it should have been obvious to them that it was sunblock and not some explosive."
The team contends that sunscreen has long been on the list of stadium contraband, but there is no mention of it on the Yankee Web site.
Four weeks ago, Stadium officials decided that sunscreen of all sizes and varieties would not be permitted, a security supervisor told The Post before last night's game."

But there could be a good, solid reason for this terror precaution:

"The Stadium does sell 1-ounce bottles of Arizona Sun SPF 15 for $5 - a huge markup that makes its beer seem cheap."

seen at UnknownNews

Cattle Prod News

Cops taser boy with broken back lying on the side of the road

"OZARK, Mo. -- A family wants answers about what happened to their son that left him hospitalized. Early Saturday morning, police found Mace Hutchinson, 16, underneath the Highway F overpass over U.S. 65.
Mace ended up in intensive care at a hospital. His parents believe the actions of Ozark police officers contributed to his injuries and slowed doctors’ abilities to speed his recovery.
By the time officers arrived, the teen was off the 30-foot overpass, lying on the shoulder below along U.S. 65, with no good explanation as to how he got there.
“According to the doctors, all injuries are consistent with a fall,” said his aunt, Samantha.
Mace's dad believes it was just that, a fall, not a jump. The question is why.
“They tested his system. He was clean of drugs and alcohol. We don't know why unless just being in shock and the whole thing in itself caused him to forget everything,” said Hutchinson.
His aunt says he is undergoing major surgery for a broken back and broken heel. While he was lying on the ground, she wonders why Ozark police used an electric stun gun on him up to 19 times.
“I'm not an officer, but i don't see the reason for ‘Tasering’ somebody laying there with a broken back. I don't consider that a threat.”

Friday, July 25, 2008

Bomb In Qantas Flight QF30?

Qantas 747 terror could have been caused by bomb, say aviation experts

"The hole blown in the side of the Boeing 747 on flight from London to Melbourne, could have been caused by an explosive device or a damaged fuselage, according to aviation experts.
Passengers on the flight have described their terror after a panel on the side of the aircraft was ripped off in midair, blowing a hole in the fuselage.
Qantas flight QF30, with 300 passengers and crew on board, plunged 20,000ft after the missing panel caused an "explosive" depressurisation.
David Learmount, Safety Editor at Flight International Magazine, said: "It's possible there was some kind of explosive device in the suitcases. There's a hole where there shouldn't be."
But he stressed that other possible causes for the damage included physical damage or a corrosive that weakened the hull, making it give way.
He said the hole had exposed some bags in the hold which are usually contained in metal containers. "It's interesting to see them - how else could that be if not an explosion?"

It's always instructive to see just who is on a plane that gets in trouble or crashes.
As Sorch Faal points out at WhatDoesItMean, "These reports also state that two of the passengers on board this Qantas airliner were top aides to Australian Defense Minister Joel Fitzgibbon who were returning from a NATO meeting in Europe where in a heated exchange with the Americans they reiterated Prime Minister Rudd’s refusal to send more troops to Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Rudd had previously provoked the wrath of the Americans when upon his election victory he
removed all of Australia’s troops from Iraq and has warned that he will do the same for Australian troops in Afghanistan."

If this was a bomb intended to bring the plane down, killing 300 people, it wouldn't have been be the first time that Australians were punished for not dancing fast enough to the ziofascist tune.
Six years ago the Bushistas began beating the war drums for Iraq. Aussies overwhelmingly rejected Howard and his government's craven agreement to go along with the upcoming invasion, and needed to be taught a lesson.
On October 12 a series of bombs went off in a nightclub area on the island of Bali. The largest explosion, probably a mini-nuke because of the crater, vaporized victims and radiation deaths that ensued, went off in a monsoon drain in front of the Sari Club. 88 Australians died and the propagandists went apoplectic blaming muslim terrorists.
Funny thing about that Indonesian event. Everybody there knew where americans hung out on Kuta Beach and it wasn't the Sari Club. Aside from their possible disgust at the drunken revelry, why would terrorists want to murder Aussie kids when americans were just down the street?
The answer of course was that "muslim terrorists" were the fictitious patsies in a false flag explosion designed to capitalize on Australian grief to whip up support for the invasion of Iraq.

One other thing about this Qantas incident. Guess who was oh so strategically placed in Australia to capitalize on the massive grief from a packed plane going down and then lay the blame where it would bolster the ficticious "war on terror?"

"Campaign Cleanup In Aisle Two"

Cattle Prod News

The groom got mad when the cops roughed up and arrested his elderly father.
Is there anyone the cops won't taser? Hopefully the whole thing was taped.
They're lucky the guests didn't tear them apart.

Cops taser newlyweds at their wedding reception

"The Michigan wedding of Durango newlyweds Andy and Ania Somora came to an abrupt end last weekend after the bride and groom were tasered by local police and spent their wedding night in jail.


the happy bride

According to a news release from the Chikaming Township (Mich.) Police Department, Officer Jeff Enders responded Saturday to the Burnison Art Gallery in Lakeside, Mich., after gallery owner Judi Burnison asked for assistance with unruly guests at the Somoras' wedding reception.

Enders told the assembled guests to leave, but many became upset, police said. Enders called for backup, and 14 law-enforcement agencies responded to help clear the crowd. Police said that many of the 100 guests left peacefully, but several continued to be disorderly and to swear at the officers.
However, eyewitness Kacpar Skowron, a professional Chicago photographer and friend of Ania Somora, said police overreacted and ruined a perfectly good wedding.

"My perspective is that the main officer (Enders) handling it was cool at first, but then he started threatening that everybody would be arrested. But trying to kick the party out at 11:20 (p.m.) on a wedding night when we had a contract to be there? He was a big jerk," Skowron said.
Skowron said the crowd got particularly unruly after police handcuffed Andy Somora's father and put him in the back of a police cruiser. He said the elder Somora, whom he described as "a distinguished older gentleman," was trying to talk to Enders to defuse the situation.
"I didn't believe it, but I witnessed it. It was brutal, and that's when Andy got really mad," he said."

"Positive Citizen" Cards

Presumably this program is to turn children into good little snitches.
And one wonders what the cops believe is "antisocial behavior".

UK Police use junk food discounts to 'bribe' children to behave

"Teenagers who promise to stay out of trouble will be given discounts on burgers, chips and pizzas, as well as computer games, clothes and trips to the cinema and bowling alley.
The Positive Citizen scheme is being piloted by police and the local council in Sutton, south London, in an attempt to "break down barriers" between children and the authorities.
But critics have dismissed it as an "appalling" idea which will encourage young people to become trapped in a cycle of obesity and inactivity. They also point to evidence that a diet of junk food can actually cause children to misbehave.
Anyone aged between 12 and 17 can take part in the scheme, so long as they sign a "good behaviour contract". Once this is done they are given a Positive Citizen photo-card, which entitles them to discounts at a number of high-street outlets.
The card gives 10 per cent off at Pizza Hut, Zavvi, New Look and Top Shop, staff discount rates at McDonald's and even a basic DIY course at B&Q.
It also entitles the holder to £4.25 entry, instead of £7.50, at Sutton's Empire cinema once a month, while at the local Superbowl a game will cost £3 rather than £4.50.
Young people who take up the scheme are warned that the perks will be removed if they are caught behaving in an antisocial manner."

Obama Blasts McCain's 'Capacity For Dopiness"

Berlin - Referencing his rival's propensity to mouth campaign slogans obviously brainstormed by committee, likely democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama continued to campaign for German votes with his wife, Jackie O. His next European stop will be Paris, France.

Meanwhile John McCain, fresh from his triumphal appearance in front of a sedate crowd of dozens at a German restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, plans to speak at Pierre's, a French bistro in Poughkeepsie, New York. At that venue he'll unleash his new accusation of Obama's "voracity for foolishness".

Human Waves Of Pep

China Trains Cheerleaders To Rally The Masses

"The students in one cheerleading class are not leggy athletic girls with pompoms, but rather desk-bound, middle-aged government employees brandishing balloons.

running dog lackies
will be no match
for our yellow balloons of triumph

These workers have volunteered, without pay, to be cheerleaders. They are receiving 10 hours of instruction in how to shout the officially approved slogans, such as "Go China! Go Olympics!"
At least 300,000 such volunteers will make up China's Olympic cheering squads. And 3,000 of those have been trained by Zhang Jinling, a professional enthusiast with a fixed rictus grin of joy.
"We raise our arms and shout powerfully to encourage China and the Olympics," she says to her students. (...)

Zhang reminds her class of their duty: "Our ordered movement, our loud and clear shouts will definitely create a good atmosphere for the athletes, so they'll be able to get new Olympic records on our yellow earth."
With that, she launches into an official Olympic song, complete with a baffling sequence of complicated hand gestures."

Governator Slashes 200,000 State Workers To Minimum Wage

Calls the move temporary until they come up with a state budget. (Or until something happens where they don't have to be paid their usual wages)
Good luck with the back pay.

Governor set to slash state workers' pay

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to sign an executive order next week intended to temporarily reduce pay for 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour to preserve cash until lawmakers reach a budget deal, according to a draft copy of the order obtained by The Bee.
The governor's order also would terminate about 22,000 retired annuitants, temporary workers and seasonal employees, as well as impose a hard freeze that blocks the hiring of roughly 1,700 new employees per month.
Administration officials said the Republican governor expects to take the action Monday, when the budget will be four weeks late as Democrats and Republicans continue to spar over how to resolve a $15.2 billion shortfall."

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Typo Of The Year

New Hampshire paper misspelled it's own name.


I love misspellings:





And of course the now iconic picture of Bush war support:


Dubai Is A Fantasy Bubble

With a lot of pins lying around.
Dubai is one of the Arab Emirates and is also the name of it's biggest city. You may have heard about it's frantic construction boom, from man made islands visible from space to the tallest building in the world. Superfluous vanity projects like that which benefit only a select few should be a red flag that something isn't right, and it ain't.

the burgeoning Burj

This so called "utopian capitalist city" exists because of unique ingredients found nowhere else on the planet. It lies at the intersection of vast oil wealth and an enormous cheap labor pool, and is kept alive because powerful interests need the place secure. The huge non-citizen demographic that numbers around a million has no say in the political structure, and by integrating them into the work force the ruling monarchy made sure their power wouldn't be threatened. Trade unions, the possibility of strikes and any organizing are all illegal and almost 100% of workers there can be deported on the slightest provocation. US robber barons must be salivating.

You'd think such an opulent place would be a tempting target but security for the fat cats is extremely tight and powerful interests have need for Dubai's existence. It's a bizarre hub of international finance perched on the edge of all the chaos spawned from the ziofascist "war on some terror". This pig thrived because it put on a whole lot of makeup and flirted like hell with international financial markets. The city's eyes are concentrated so firmly on outside interests that it wants to build the world's biggest airport with only a population of about 1.5 million.

Dubai thrives because it's made itself important to both the US and other powers in the region who will either leave it alone or want it to succeed. The relations between this country and that one are so close that the pentagon cleared a Dubai management company to protect US port security for a brief time two years ago. Halliburton moved it's headquarters there last year. But the real importance of this middle east hub is the fact that it's the biggest criminal paradise in the world. Smuggling, drug and arms transfers, money laundering, the sex trade and underground banking all thrive in Dubai. Think of the bar scene in Star Wars; the powers that be need their seamy bazaar to conduct their real business ventures.

But I think Dubai is just a temporary phenomena, and not only because it's financial facade may be all smoke and mirrors. Who knows where the price of the oil that pays for this party might be in the near future, or even the viability of the oil market? Any widespread conflict would surely suck in all the countries of the middle east, including the Emirates, and could topple the hated monarchies with their egregious disparities of wealth and power. But the real reason Dubai's ambitions will come to and abrupt end is the same reason american southwest cities will be in big trouble soon - their obscene refusal to face the harsh reality of where they're located.
Water is scarce and growing scarcer, but the opulent lifestyles of the rich and richer demand immaculate putting greens and their olympic sized swimming pools. And something tells me the plug will be pulled on this anomalous excess in the middle of the scorching desert:


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

China Will Pretend There's Some Sort Of Free Speech At The Games

Seems to be some ruse to fool foreigners into thinking that people have a right to be heard, but don't expect any cameras to be there and watch these "zones" disappear after the hoopla. Jeez, I wonder where they got that idea from?

Beijing sets up protest zones for Games

"Beijing will permit public protests inside three designated city parks during next month's Olympic Games, but demonstrators must first obtain permits from the local police and also abide by Chinese laws that usually make it nearly impossible to legally picket over politically charged issues. (...)

Under Chinese law, citizens must apply to the local public security bureau five days in advance of a scheduled protest. Applicants must appear in person and offer detailed information about their topic, any possible slogans and the expected number of demonstrators. The law prohibits protests that are deemed harmful to national unity and social stability or that agitate for ethnic separatism. These prohibitions can be interpreted so broadly that most legal protests are not approved."

These people get a special little zone:

Mass Arrests as Beijing Prepares for Olympics - "At least two petitioners are thought to have died as Beijing authorities intensify their campaign to “clean up” the capital for the Olympics, with busloads of people taken away each evening."

Candidates Grovel Before Israelis

Perish the thought that these guys would pledge fealty to this country and the constitution as fervently as they kiss up to the little terror and apartheid state.

Obama tries to outsmooch Israeli butt

"I'm here on this trip to reaffirm the special relationship between Israel and the United States, my abiding commitment to its security."


McBush tries to outsmooch Israeli butt, and thinks Iraq borders Pakistan

"Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain says the US will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, which could destroy Israel. McCain made the remark in Monday interview with an Israeli TV station on the eve of his Democratic rival, Senator Barack Obama's visit to Israel.
McCain once again laid out his policy toward Iran, but now there is doubt about whether the candidate knew exactly which country he was referring to.
In another interview with ABC's Good Morning America the Arizona senator raised eyebrows once again when he talked about the Iraq-Pakistan border, excluding Iran which is located between the two countries."


Wouldn't you know, it's Murdoch's Fox.

"News" show wants you to know what coffee to swill

"The tentacle-like growth of clandestine advertising in American TV shows in the form of product placement has taken another controversial step with the introduction of McDonald's products into regional news programmes.
Several TV outlets have begun to sell the fast-food giant the right to place cups of its iced coffee on to the desks of news anchors as they present morning current affairs shows.
Typical is Fox 5 News in Las Vegas, an affiliate of Rupert Murdoch's Fox television network. Two cups of coffee, their cubes of ice glinting in the studio lights, now daily stand before the channel's morning presenters. The presenters conspicuously do not drink from the cups, which is just as well - the cups contain a bogus fluid and fake ice to prevent the cubes melting."

now make sure the logo faces the camera

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

No, This Wasn't Political In The Slightest

Night before Obama flies abroad, Rice bars embassies from aiding candidates

"The night before presumptive Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) left for Afghanistan, Iraq and Western Europe for a tour of US bases overseas, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a cable to US missions forbidding them from holding events for presidential candidates or arrange meetings for them.
Rice issued no such cable prior to foreign excursions by presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

In a cable sent late Thursday, according to a copy leaked to the Washington Times, Rice enjoined American diplomats to treat the candidates as "members of Congress visiting in personal or semi-personal capacities," but "with additional restrictions based on rules related to political activity."
"Provide de minimis assistance to the candidate with logistical arrangements," said the cable, according to the Times. "If the campaign staff wants to rent a bus for press, tell them where they can rent a bus."

Sometimes They Let Slip The Game Plan

A lot of times people just don't understand the big picture, and when someone talks about "fascists" or the "agenda" for world domination they'll roll their eyes or snort at what they consider a preposterous fantasy. They simply will not believe our country has anything but the purest of intentions.
But I would ask them this - why does america have 800+ bases around the world in 140 countries, and why the hell is the US military slaughtering civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq?

CENTCOM's Master Plan and U.S. Global Hegemony - United States of America is the name; intimidation is the game.

"Yet, from time to time, a U.S. leader lets slip an expression so revealing that it warrants a thousand times greater weight than the vague, mealy-mouthed banalities they routinely dispense. I came across such a statement recently. In seeking funds in 2007 for construction of a $62 million ammunition storage facility at Bagram Air Base, Admiral William J. Fallon, then the commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), referred to Bagram as "the centerpiece for the CENTCOM Master Plan for future access to and operations in Central Asia."

Pause to savor this phrase for a moment; let it roll around in your mind: CENTCOM Master Plan for future access to and operations in Central Asia. What an intriguing expression! What dramatic images of future U.S. military actions it evokes! But can those actions be anything other than the very sort that empires undertake? Ask yourself: why does the U.S. military anticipate conducting operations in Central Asia, a region that lies thousands of miles from the United States and comprises countries that lack either the capacity or the intention to seriously harm Americans who mind their own business in their own national territory? Indeed, what is the U.S. military doing in Central Asia in the first place? Have you ever heard of
"the Great Game"?

Oh, and by the way we never torture.

World (War lll) Class Saber Rattling

These exercises are in preparation for a blockade around Iran, and oh so coincidentally wrap up just before the latest ultimatum runs out. The original report comes from DEBKA though, a thoroughly discredited Israeli disinformation disseminator.

Operation Brimstone

"In order to enforce the seriousness of the U.S.-EU position against Iran with the threat of serious sanctions Debka reports a dozen warships from the U.S.-UK-France and a Brazilian frigate began ten days of maneuvers Monday in the Atlantic off the U.S. coast to practice the blockading of Iran’s coast in the Strait of Hormuz.
The exercises have been called "Operation Brimstone" and are lead by the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike group and the USS Iwo Jima Expedtionary Strike Group which carries ground forces trained in operating in shallow coastal-littoral waters and the seizure of islands like the ones in the Strait of Hormuz, Qeshm for example. The narrow island is about fifty miles long and just a few miles off Bandar Abbas believed to be the headquarters of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the small islands in the strait are manned by Revolutionary Guard Marines."

Ron Paul Almost Killed

A Wellstone moment?

Congressmen Make Emergency Landing

"(CBS) A Continental Airlines flight carrying seven members of Congress from Houston to Washington was forced to make an emergency landing after it lost cabin pressure and took a major nosedive Tuesday afternoon. Flight 458 was bound for Reagan National Airport, but was diverted and landed safely in New Orleans, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Ted Poe told CBS affiliate KHOU. Poe and fellow Congressmen Nick Lampson, Ron Paul, John Carter, Ciro Rodriguez, Solomon Ortiz and Henry Cuellar were aboard the flight, said Poe's press secretary DeeAnn Thigpen. There were 118 people aboard the plane, said Continental spokeswoman Julie King."

Monday, July 21, 2008

Subjugation 3.0

Fallujah Braces for Another Assault

"Iraqi police and troops from other areas are being deployed in the city in what police officials say is a build-up for a huge offensive. U.S. occupation forces are on the ready in nearby bases.
The government in Baghdad has made it clear that direct U.S. military involvement is critical for an "imminent offensive" in Fallujah, sources in the Iraqi military have been quoted as saying in Iraqi media.
The two U.S. sieges of the city during 2004 led to the destruction of approximately 75 percent of the city, thousands of civilian deaths, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, according to the Fallujah-based Iraqi NGO Monitoring Net for Human Rights."

My Way News Has Fun With Their Pictures

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Collector's Issue


thanks to UnknownNews

Just When You Thought They Couldn't Find More Helpless Victims

Police use taser on blind woman with cancer

"DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Family members are angry and speaking out after Dayton police used a stun gun on a woman who is blind and suffering from cancer. Police said they were looking for a suspect when they knocked on Denise Harris's door Thursday morning. But according to both police and witnesses, things quickly got out of hand and Harris was tased.
"She was able to force herself down on to the floor and not be cooperative, grabbing on to the detective. A taser was dry stunned onto her arm to control her hand movement, then she was cuffed," said Sgt. Charles Anderson.
Her family said she was yelling at officers because she was scared. (...)

Harris is now facing charges for assault on a police officer and resisting arrest."

More and more it seems as though the cops have been told to use the tasers first and ask questions later, and have let them know there won't be any repercussions, even if they kill the tasee.
It also appears to be a countrywide phenomena which can only be interpreted as a policy of preemptive intimidation of the american people. Rather than chastize the thugs as they seem to seek out ever more pathetic victims to torture, departments couldn't care less what people think of this abuse and probably want these stories to get widespread coverage, as in "this is what you'll get if you fuck with us in any way at all."

The Grand Chessboard Lives

Events in foreign policy have been coming at us with breakneck speed lately, with puzzling developments that seem to contradict everything that came before. Of course we can't possibly see much below the scattered surface bits of news that we winnow from the tons of celebrity worship and sports trivia that gets passed off as information. The self proclaimed Masters Of The Universe have been very busy behind the scenes and want to keep their machinations hidden. But trying to connect the dots, those seemingly disparate headlines and isolated events, is more important now than at any other time in history.

That the insane fascist agenda exists isn't in doubt. The anglo alliance along with their zionist allies want to control the world's resources while reducing formerly sovereign nations to fractured, fractious third world satrapies. Populations are to be reduced and made meekly subservient through chemical and technological means. Economies would be crashed when needed. Wars would be fought. All of this with the fascists emerging on top, protected by vast armies of security and their self delusions of inherent entitlement.

The other thing that's evident is that the agenda is malleable and will be adapted to fit changing circumstances. Just like as Oceania was always at war with Eurasia, we wake up some mornings and our overlords are marching in a whole different direction as if nothing at all had changed. The slavish, whoring MSM hardly seems to notice, acting as if it's the most normal thing in the world, because their job is to support unquestioningly the overall agenda of the power elite, merely giving us "debate" about bits and pieces tucked inside that tsunami of trivia.

Some researchers point to various factions in the elites, squabbling and vying for more power as the overall plans are played out. One of them is Webster Tarpley, an author and broadcaster who in the article linked below maintains that the Bushista faction was replaced in the last few months by the trilateralists exemplified by Zbigniew Brzezinski, who happens to be Obama's political advisor. This makes a whole bunch of seemingly random headlines fit together in a more coherent and plausible pattern.

US Policy Shift On Iran-Iraq Again Shows Brzezinski Rules In Washington - Looming Attack On Pakistan Spells Nuclear Confrontations With China, Russia & Their Allies

It's a long and fascinating article outlining fascist infighting and the new and terrifying direction american foreign policy is about to head.
One thing that wasn't mentioned is why the Bushista mob era is over. My guess is that the power brokers behind the scenes had had enough of the mendacious slime, not because of their endless public corruption, but because of their failure to successfully advance the agenda. The Bush faction of the war profiteers wallowed too much in their own filth while being abject failures in the bigger picture to get a wider middle east war underway. The new crew has far larger plans and seems to prefer an end run around Israel's interests in destroying Syria and Iran, and are going for the bigger prizes of China and Russia in Zbig's Grand Chessboard. The agenda is way behind schedule.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The New Yorker Cover Forgot A Slur The Other Day


That actually looks like Rush.

Deadly Virus Erupts In Portland

Emerging Killer Virus Starts Like a Cold, But Kills Many

(NaturalNews) A newly discovered and highly lethal virus strain begins with symptoms similar to that of a cold but can quickly lead to severe respiratory crisis."This virus has the capability of causing severe respiratory illness in people of all ages, regardless of their medical condition," said John Su, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The virus was discovered by infectious-disease expert David N. Gilbert, who noticed that otherwise healthy patients were being stricken by pneumonia so severe that they would die without oxygen treatment. The dangerous symptoms developed within only one or two days of initial cough and fever symptoms.

Since Gilbert's discovery of the virus in Portland, Oregon, outbreaks have been identified at military bases in Washington, Texas and South Carolina.

The disease is a variety of adenovirus, the family that includes 51 infectious agents responsible for diseases such as colds, pink eye, bronchitis and the stomach flu. A mutation has apparently occurred in a virus called adenovirus 14, making it much more lethal. In the first outbreak examined by Gilbert, seven of 30 hospitalized patients died.

"That's an incredibly high mortality rate," Gilbert said.

One of the patients who survived was 18-year-old Joseph Spencer. After experiencing severe, flu-like symptoms including chills, fever and vomiting, Spencer went to the hospital, where he was placed in intensive care and treated for 18 days."We told the family we didn't think he was going to survive," Gilbert said.Spencer was eventually discharged, but says he still feels weak and short of breath, and has had problems with his memory.

Tests have determined that more 50 percent of adenovirus infections in Oregon are now caused by the new strain of adenovirus 14."

added - Each of the 4 states with known outbreaks has various labs working with genetic engineering

Larry Craig Takes An Aggressive Stance

Serving And Protecting

No wonder this town made the list of worst speed trap cities in the country.

Police Officer Gives Himself $21,000 Raise Using Stop Sign Tickets

"Day after day in Warren, Mich., people wait in a long line to pay traffic fines. Many are there because police say they didn’t come to a full stop at a stop sign. Often the policeman saying that is Officer David Kanapsky.
On last week’s “20/20,” you heard a motorist in court insist that she did come to a complete stop. The judge replied, as judges there often do: “I find Officer Kanapsky’s testimony to be credible. He is an unbiased witness.”
But the officer is not really unbiased. The more tickets he writes, the more overtime he gets. Last year, Kanapsky spent so much time in court he increased his pay by $21,000. Rolling through a stop sign in Michigan puts two points on your driving record. That hikes your car insurance premium. Fighting the ticket could cost even more. So to avoid the points and legal fees, most people plead guilty to a lesser offense: impeding traffic. The court sounds like an assembly line, ” … no points … $135 … “
Last year, the town made half a million dollars from such fines. Some drivers told us it “seems like a moneymaking scam.”

Funny thing though. After word got out about this shakedown the stop sign was turned into a yield sign. Fewer accidents resulted.
It's been proven again and again that heavy handed manipulation of traffic is counterproductive. It was always wrong to lull drivers into a sense of safety with an overabundance of signs, lights and strictures. It's the inherent caution in ambiguity that breeds safety.
And fewer bullshit tickets.

"In the US, traffic engineers are beginning to rethink the dictum that the car is king and pedestrians are well advised to get the hell off the road. In West Palm Beach, Florida, planners have redesigned several major streets, removing traffic signals and turn lanes, narrowing the roadbed, and bringing people and cars into much closer contact. The result: slower traffic, fewer accidents, shorter trip times."

Last New England State Capitulates To Commie Tyrant

Live Warm Or Die.

New Hampshire will accept free oil from Chavez after all

"CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Two years ago, New Hampshire refused to accept heating oil from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the pro-Castro U.S. critic who once called President Bush "the devil." But with fuel prices rising, well, free oil is free oil.
With the state's blessing, New Hampshire residents will be receiving some of the fuel this winter.
New Hampshire becomes the last state in the Northeast to embrace the offer.
"A lot of people have said, `We need help and we value any help we can get,'" said Amy Ignatius, director of New Hampshire's office of energy and planning.
The oil giveaway will be managed by Citizens Energy, a nonprofit organization set up by former Massachusetts Rep. Joseph Kennedy to help the poor stay warm. But the state energy office plans to help Citizens publicize the aid and sign up fuel-oil dealers.
It is just the latest example of how rising oil prices have brought about an attitude adjustment in the U.S. Over the past few weeks, pressure has been growing in Washington and around the country to lift the federal ban on offshore drilling.
Back in 2006, when Chavez began offering free oil to Americans from Venezuela's government-controlled Citgo, New Hampshire's energy office contacted the Venezuelan Embassy about working out a deal.
But the idea galled some New Hampshire Republicans, including Sen. John Sununu, who called the it a "disgrace" and an attempt at grandstanding by Chavez, and Democratic Gov. John Lynch squelched the effort."

"I am a single mother with a 9-year-old boy. To stay warm at night my son and I would pull off all the pillows from the couch and pile them on the kitchen floor. I'd hang a blanket from the kitchen doorway and we'd sleep right there on the floor. By February we ran out of wood and I burned my mother's dining room furniture. I have no oil for hot water. We boil our water on the stove and pour it in the tub. I'd like to order one of your flags and hang it upside down at the capital building... we are certainly a country in distress." -- Letter from a single mother in a Vermont city, to Senator Bernie Sanders

Dollar's Future?

Zimbabwe introduces $100 billion banknotes

"Zimbabwe's troubled central bank introduced new $100 billion banknotes Saturday in a desperate bid to ease the recurrent cash shortages plaguing the inflation-ravaged economy.
The new bills officially come into circulation Monday, although they were already on the foreign currency dealers market Saturday.
As high as they are, though, the new bills still aren't enough to buy a loaf of bread. They can only buy four oranges.
The new note is equal to just one U.S. dollar
Once-prosperous Zimbabwe has seen an unprecedented economic meltdown since it gained independence in 1980, with the official inflation rate now at 2.2 million percent.
Gideon Gono, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, said the new notes are for "the convenience of the banking public and corporate sector" in light of price hikes."

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