Sunday, May 31, 2009

Man Cuts Off His Choad To Fight His Case

Family axes wedding plans, Egyptian cuts off organ

"CAIRO – A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.
After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official."

"Traditionally, marriages in these conservative part of southern Egypt are between similar social classes and often within the same extended families — and are rarely for love."

Cue The Phrenologists And Haruspices

"If you walk weird, make funny faces, or sweat a little too much — watch out, when you walk into an airport. The U.S. military wants to use those irregularities as “indicators” of “possibly suspicious and harmful intent.”

The Army recently asked for proposals for a new suite of biometric sensors that will hunt for bad-minded people by examining their “expressions, gait, and pose” from afar. The “Image Analysis for Personnel Intent” project is also supposed to spot would-be evil-doers through their “abnormal perspiration and changes in body temperature.”

Christ Kills Two, Injures Seven In Abortion-Clinic Attack

HUNTSVILLE, AL–Jesus Christ, son of God and noted pro-life activist, killed two and critically wounded seven others when He opened fire in the waiting room of a Huntsville abortion clinic Tuesday.
Security guards at the Women's Medical Clinic of Huntsville were able to disarm the Messiah before He could reload His weapon, a secondhand Glock 9mm pistol that authorities said He purchased legally at a Jackson, MS, sporting-goods store. "Abortion is a sin," said Christ as He was led away in handcuffs. "It is an abomination in the eyes of Me."

Up Is Down

Racists For Democracy

"This week, the Knesset voted by a large majority (47 to 34) for a law that threatens imprisonment for anyone who dares to deny that Israel is a Jewish and Democratic State."

Pro Lifers For Murder

"Dr. George Tiller, an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country, was shot dead in church this morning."

Torture Is The American Way

"Torture is a violation of US and international law. Yet, president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate US and international law.
The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those who abused their offices and broke the law."

The Pink Zone

U.S. embassy to hold first-ever gay pride party tonight -- in Iraq

"In the short time that President Obama has been in office, there have been many breaches of foreign protocol such as an overt familiarity with the British Queen and bowing to the Saudi King. But the most significant indiscretion will occur tonight as homosexuality is promoted in our embassy in a foreign land — in Baghdad, Iraq, no less.

In the May 22, 2009 edition of The Washington Post, columnist Al Kamen wrote a piece entitled, "For One Night, Baghdad Gets a Pink Zone." He revealed that the State Department is "holding what the invitation says is the first-ever U.S. Embassy Gay Pride Theme Party next Friday at Bagdaddy's, which is the embassy employee association's pub." The invitation, which was sent out on May 10, encouraged everyone to, "Dress in drag or as a gay icon."

The Pathetic State Of The Public Space Program

The LCROSS mission

"The Mission Objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) include confirming the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon’s South Pole. The identification of water is very important to the future of human activities on the Moon. LCROSS will excavate the permanently dark floor of one of the Moon’s polar craters with two heavy impactors early in 2009 to test the theory that ancient ice lies buried there. The impact will eject material from the crater’s surface to create a plume that specialized instruments will be able to analyze for the presence of water (ice and vapor), hydrocarbons and hydrated materials."

The objective: build technology to successfully mount sensing equipment on advanced rockets to fly to the moon, record the data in their descent and planned impact. A stunning achievement, actually, when you think about it, especially when you consider it was over 45 years ago in the early 60s.

The unmanned Ranger probes were fitted witrh cameras and sent to the moon to get close up photos and then impact the surface. By and large it was a success. The science and engineering experience was good value for the money spent.

But almost 50 years later this is all we've progressed to with the LCROSS program? Granted it's a multiple launch with a satellite called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that will separate in space and go into orbit in a few days while the LCROSS will slingshot around the earth and moon for a few months to pick up speed. This mission will have advanced technology to analyze the debris plume after the big kapow to see how much water there is at the impact site.

Although it's being hailed as a literally splashy "back to the moon" event, it's a far cry from what was accomplished even decades ago.

Consider what was done with the Apollo program, if you believe it actually went to the moon. Modern breadmakers probably have more computing power than the Apollo landers yet the astronauts went there and returned. If the moon landings actually occurred it was no small achievement, and the 40th anniversary of Armstrong's ladder descent is coming up in July, so where is his Giant Leap for Mankind?

In starting up the Ranger program again I suppose. Ever wonder why the Apollo program ended and we supposedly never went back up there? Ever question why photographic technology actually degraded over the years where earlier pictures were sharp and clear and subsequent efforts got murkier, or that so many of NASA's pictures have been airbrushed? "The best images of the moon are still the photos that the astronauts shot during their (Apollo) visits." Did you marvel that 40 tons of precious Apollo footage, arguably the record of the most important event in human history were left to rot inside an abandoned McDonalds on NASA property?


I can only conclude that what we're seeing is one huge cover story. The real space program has nothing to do with the useless and costly space station and obsolete shuttles whose boosters damage the ozone layer at every launch. It seems they're hardly interested anymore in trying to maintain the facade. NASA doesn't even bother to pretend they're interested in vehicles and instead for years will rely on Russia's Soyuz rockets to get into space, after getting rid of the safest and best booster ever made. There's plenty of evidence that the US has had dual space programs and technologies for decades, one for science, military technology and black operations, and one to keep Boobus entertained, like this big kaboom in a crater on the moon. "We're trying to recapture the excitement of the Apollo missions" gurgles the deputy project manager. The subtleties and complexities of real science aren't sexy enough for dumbed down americans, and probably the astounding discoveries being made in space are deemed too threatening to their control over us to be made public, so we're given this lunar shock and awe which seems to be their ongoing favorite TV show for us..

Yeah, as a backyard astronomer I'll probably be watching with my schmidt cassegrain when LCROSS impacts. The launch is scheduled for mid June and the target site and timing depends on the launch. But it'll hardly be rocket science.

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Usual Suspects Blow Up Iranian Mosque

19 Killed in Blast at Shi'ite Mosque in Iran

"Iran's official news agency says a suicide attack killed 19 people and wounded 125 others at a Shi'ite mosque in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province near Iran's border with Pakistan.Provincial governor Ali-Mohammed Azad told the IRNA news agency the bombing Thursday was a terrorist act, and that the government has already arrested the perpetrators."

Iran officials accuse US over mosque bombing

"Iranian officials accused the United States on Friday of "hiring" those behind a suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque that killed 25 people, linking the attack to next month's presidential election.
"Three people involved with the terrorist incident were arrested," said Jalal Sayah, deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchestan, the province bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan where the attack took place.
"According to the information obtained they were hired by America and the agents of the arrogance," Sayah told the Fars news agency. Officials usually use the term "global arrogance" to refer to Iran arch-foe the United States.
Interior Minister Sadegh Mahsooli also pointed the finger towards the United States and Israel."

"The terror agents are neither Sunni nor Shiite but American and Israeli seeking a Sunni-Shiite divide."

In Iraq Sunnis and Shiia weren't at each others' throats until the epidemic of false flag mosque bombings, something devout muslims held as unthinkable, but what the Mossad takes great joy in accomplishing.

Chris Floyd has more on the ongoing american terror campaign in Iran:

"Of course, it is no mystery why the attack on the mosque in Zahedan -- a city situated at the strategic point where the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan converge -- attracted so little attention in the Western press. Every day, we are schooled relentlessly by our political and media classes to regard the Iranians -- heirs to one of the world's oldest and most sophisticated civilizations -- as demons and subhumans, whose lives are of little account. This can be seen in the long-running debate over an attack on Iran, which focuses almost entirely on the advantages or disadvantages such an assault would pose for American and Israeli interests -- and not at all on the thousands of human beings living in Iran who would be killed in the operation.
But There is another reason why the terrorist attack in Zahedan has not been greeted with commiserations from the White House or excited coverage from our government-spoonfed media: because it is highly likely that the United States played a role in fomenting the attack, either by direct or by collateral hand."

added - Bomb found on Iranian passenger plane

"TEHRAN, May 31 (UPI) -- An Iranian Kish Air passenger flight returned safely to Ahvaz airport after a crew member found a bomb in the plane's toilet, authorities said. The bomb was discovered late Saturday as the plane was en route to Tehran from Khuzestan province with 131 aboard, Iran's Fars news agency reported."

Shell On Earth

The video Shell doesn't want you to see.

Shell human rights trial hearing set for Monday

"Shell is accused of complicity in horrific abuses by the Nigerian government, including the 1995 execution of environmental protester and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa."

Your Daily Police-Are-Now-Anti-American-Fascist-Thugs Story

Charity Poker Game Raided By Police

"BUXTON, Maine -- Buxton police raided a building where people were trying to raise money to give free food to the needy.
It happened at the Narragansett Pythian Sisters Temple on Route 22 where people were playing the card game Texas Hold'em to benefit the Buxton Community Food Co-op.
But state police said the game was illegal.
That's because whenever a gambling tournament is held to raise money for a group and takes place at its headquarters, a permit is needed and the co-op didn't have one.
So, state police seized cards, poker chips and $500 in cash -- money the food co-op desperately needed."

The spirit of the law and the letter of the law are rapidly diverging, to the point where we the people simply won't take it anymore.

Wait, there's more.

Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at park

"(AP) - An Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at a public park said he just wanted to make his city look nice. John Hamilton said he took control of the situation because the grass in Sandusky’s Central Park was about a foot high. According to a police report, a witness said Hamilton was blowing grass onto the sidewalk and shredding trash in the park that had not been picked up.
Police said they arrested 48-year-old Hamilton after he refused to stop mowing and charged him with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.
City Manager Matt Kline called the arrest unfortunate and said he understands Hamilton’s frustration. Kline said budget cuts have left Sandusky understaffed for seasonal maintenance work."

Please Remit

I cleared off my Chevron/Texaco credit card over a half year ago and hadn't used it since. So when I decided to open up a statement that they sent me the other day I was surprised to see that they said I had a balance of $37 on the account.

It seems they automatically, without my knowlwdge or consent, enrolled me in some bullshit plan called a "travel club" a couple of months ago, billing the account for $25. Since I didn'y pay their $25 in April the subsequent bill dinged me for a $10 late fee plus $2 in a minimum finance charge. If I hadn't caught this, Chevron/Texaco would have had a field day dinging my sorry ass for failure to pay their bogus crap with late fees and compound interest.

Let's take a closer look at their statement.

That's an annual 84% interest rate. Have a nice day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Oklahoma Thugs With Badges Too Stupid To Know What An Ambulance Is

Shitbag feels an urgent need to wave his dick around while a woman needs the hospital. Of course it's the black paramedic that gets leaned on.

EMT Could Face Charges After Incident With Trooper

"A paramedic could face charges after a scuffle with a state trooper that was caught on cell phone camera.It happened Sunday near Paden in Okfuskee County. That's about 70 miles southwest of Tulsa.Kenyada Davis' mother was being transported in the ambulance and recorded the incident on his cell phone camera.
This highway patrolman pulled over my mom's ambulance because he was mad we didn't pull over and he's trying to arrest the EMT from taking my mother to the hospital," Davis is seen saying on the recording."

Google ads target it's Klan readership

The sheer number of these events is staggering and I'm sure we're still only able to see a small percentage of them, the ones that happen to get recorded. This leads me to several conclusions.
It's obviously a top down decision to give a green light to these trash to push people around with impunity. Virtually every egregious incident is excused, up to and including murder. Their bullying must be condoned at every step for them to be so brazen about it. As to why it's now official policy for police to be indistinguishable from criminal thugs I believe it's obvious - it's a policy of widespread intimidation, and also a perk for the scumbags as they go about doing the dirty work of a fascist police state.
Also, it's probably true that a huge percentage of cops are returning vets from Afghanistan and Iraq. The hundreds of thousands of soldiers who come back from overseas have no real job skills besides taking orders and pushing people around. I don't think it was an accident that much of what they did in the occupied conquests was population control, ie house invasions, checkpoints, intimidation, etc. It's no wonder these mouthbreathers are acting this way. Nothing but encouragement to do so right on down the line.

Another In A long List Of Manufactured Enemies

Doublespeak on North Korea

""Obama Calls on World to ‘Stand Up To’ North Korea” read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect “the peace and security of the world.”
Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, 1984.
North Korea is a small place. China alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the president of the US thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match for North Korea.
We are witnessing the Washington gangsters construct yet another threat like Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker Lindh, Hamdi, Padilla, Sami Al-Arian, Hamas, Mahkmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hapless detainees demonized by the US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as “the 700 most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,” who were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly released. Just another mistake, sorry.
The military/security complex that rules America, together with the Israel Lobby and the financial banksters, needs a long list of dangerous enemies to keep the taxpayers’ money flowing into its coffers.
The Homeland Security lobby is dependent on endless threats to convince Americans that they must forego civil liberty in order to be safe and secure."

"So who exactly is ratcheting up tensions in this situation? North Korea, which is conducting tests and has not threatened to initiate the unprovoked use of whatever weapons it might be able to deliver sometime, somewhere -- or the U.S. and South Korea, which are threatening "to intercept ships suspected of aiding nuclear proliferation"? The seizure of ships of a sovereign nation is certainly an act of war. When such seizure is predicated on suspicion, perhaps well-grounded, perhaps supported by absolutely nothing, we have moved into utter lawlessness.
But the U.S. and its allies always represent Pure and Unalloyed Good, Now and Forevermore. And North Korea is Ultimate Evil; never mind the Ultimate Evil about which the United States claimed to have equally certain knowledge yesterday or all the days before that. Pure and Unalloyed Good does not require reasons. How shabbily unenlightened of you to demand otherwise.
War-mongering of this kind never fails to resonate with the Good and Virtuous American People."

Our Racist, Snotty Little Buddy

Who's underwritten by your taxes and is totally exempt from any and all condemnation for murderous behavior.

Israel Threatened by Shoes, Toilet Paper And Laundry Detergent

"ISRAEL apparently considers toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap and shoes threats to its security—why else would it add these mundane and harmless items to a laundry list of basic necessities not allowed into Gaza? Nor is the exclusion of these necessities a harmless idiosyncrasy—for, with the exception of goods that are smuggled in (see Jan./Feb. 2009 Washington Report, p. 19), nothing can enter or leave the Gaza Strip without Israeli approval. The besieged and battered 25-mile-long stretch of land, regularly referred to as the world’s largest prison, is home to 1.5 million inadvertent inmates, nearly two-thirds of whom are under the age of 18."

Banning Palestinian Students from Israeli Universities

Rabbi calls for extermination of all Palestinian males

Silencing Arab citizens

Israeli Parliament OKs Bill to Outlaw Denial of Israel as ‘Jewish State’

"In a vote of 47 to 34, the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) has given initial approval to a new bill that would criminalize opposing Israel’s status as a “Jewish state,” punishable by up to a year in prison. The bill is aimed at Israeli Arabs who object to their status as second-class citizens in the nation."

Don't Kill Yourself

That's an order

"FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky (CNN) -- The 101st Airborne's senior commander in effect ordered his soldiers Wednesday not to commit suicide, a plea that came after 11 suicides since January 1, two of them in the past week.
"If you don't remember anything else I say in the next five or 10 minutes, remember this -- suicidal behavior in the 101st on Fort Campbell is bad," Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend told his forces. "It's bad for soldiers, it's bad for families, bad for your units, bad for this division and our army and our country and it's got to stop now. Suicides on Fort Campbell have to stop now."
Fort Campbell's suicide rate, the highest in the Army, "is not a good statistic," he said in remarks to one of four divisions he addressed during the day.
After nearly one soldier per week committed suicide at the post between January and mid-March, the Army instituted a suicide prevention program that "seemed to be having good effects" until last week, when two more suicides occurred."

Sucks to be the bad guy.

Hating Us For Our Freedoms

7.3 million in the US prison system

"A study released this week by the Pew Center on the States delivers a staggering statistic: 7.3 million Americans-or 1 in every 31 adults-are in the nation's prison system. This figure includes those in US jails and prisons, on parole, on probation, or under other forms of correctional supervision."

Netherlands to close prisons for lack of criminals

"The Dutch justice ministry has announced it will close eight prisons and cut 1,200 jobs in the prison system. A decline in crime has left many cells empty."

The Cancer Of Empire

Iraq And Afghanistan redux. Next up: Iran.
Mr. Change and his war criminals need to solidify their conquests.

Obama seeks funds for Pakistan super-embassy

"ISLAMABAD — The U.S. is embarking on a $1 billion crash program to expand its diplomatic presence in Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, another sign that the Obama administration is making a costly, long-term commitment to war-torn South Asia, U.S. officials said Wednesday.
The White House has asked Congress for — and seems likely to receive — $736 million to build a new U.S. embassy in Islamabad, along with permanent housing for U.S. government civilians and new office space in the Pakistani capital.
The scale of the projects rivals the giant U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, which was completed last year after construction delays at a cost of $740 million."

They'll Dump This On Us In Addition To All The Other Taxes

Because they're broke after spending trillions to fight imperial wars and sending trillions to the ultra rich. They want all wealth now because they consider it theirs, and we'll get nothing in return. The countries mentioned use taxes for infrastructure, health care and education, all we'll get are more wars, a shattered society and the joy of paying for a fascist police state.

Once Considered Unthinkable, U.S. Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look

"With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax.
Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity."

related - Federal tax revenue dropped by a third

"Federal tax revenue plunged $138 billion, or 34%, in April vs. a year ago — the biggest April drop since 1981, a study released Tuesday by the American Institute for Economic Research says.
When the economy slumps, so does tax revenue, and this recession has been no different, says Kerry Lynch, senior fellow at the AIER and author of the study. "It illustrates how severe the recession has been."
For example, 6 million people lost jobs in the 12 months ended in April — and that means far fewer dollars from income taxes. Income tax revenue dropped 44% from a year ago.
"These are staggering numbers," Lynch says

The Lab Coats And Suits Are Just Winging It

ADHD treatment causes young boys to develop female sex organs

"A drug used to treat ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) children is causing concern in the United States.
It is called Risperdal and it is supposed to be used primarily for adults with sever psychological problems.
But last year it was prescribed more than 6.5 million times.
The side effects include young males developing female sex organs.
Nineteen-year-old John was just seven when he began taking Risperdal for ADD.
Even though the FDA approved the drug only for adult patients who were psychotic, John's doctor and others widely prescribed it to kids for less severe behaviour problems.
Once taking Risperdal, John's mum says he became aggressive, sleepy, and developed bowel problems. But the biggest shock came when he was 14 and started developing women's breasts.
“He asked me if he was a girl,” she says.
It turns out Risperdal can increase production of a hormone called prolactin, which stimulates breast growth. It is called gynecomastia – and it is irreversible."

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spend The Kid's College Fund

U.S. Inflation to Approach Zimbabwe Level

"May 27 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. economy will enter “hyperinflation” approaching the levels in Zimbabwe because the Federal Reserve will be reluctant to raise interest rates, investor Marc Faber said.
Prices may increase at rates “close to” Zimbabwe’s gains, Faber said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Hong Kong. Zimbabwe’s inflation rate reached 231 million percent in July, the last annual rate published by the statistics office.
“I am 100 percent sure that the U.S. will go into hyperinflation,” Faber said. “The problem with government debt growing so much is that when the time will come and the Fed should increase interest rates, they will be very reluctant to do so and so inflation will start to accelerate.”

Servile Consumer Index Plummets Across The Board

Americans' credit scores fall as they struggle to pay bills

"As more consumers struggle with bills, their credit scores are paying a price.
From the third quarter of 2008 to the first quarter of 2009 — the latest data available — the average TransUnion credit score dropped 6 points to 651, the credit bureau says. Scores fell more dramatically in states hardest hit by the housing bust: California saw a 10-point drop, for example, and Arizona, 11.
"Consumers are feeling the bite of the current recession," says Ezra Becker, a director in TransUnion's financial services group. "With delinquencies showing up in credit files, it's not surprising that the average score is decreasing somewhat."
Becker believes credit scores aren't likely to improve — and could even drop further — through the second quarter of 2010.
More than 200 million U.S. consumers have credit scores, so a change of even a few points in the national average can be significant, experts say."

Who gave these scumbags the ability to grade our worth as individuals, anyway? And how was the criteria set up to do such a thing?

Let me give a personal example of why no one should give a shit about what their credit score is according to this asinine system For over ten years I had a sterling credit record, never missing payments, always paying much more than monthly minimums, even while I carried tens of thousands of dollars on numerous accounts. For ten years I used credit absolutely responsibly while the card companies reaped a bonanza in interest payments, and it actually worked for me because of my freedom to go places and acquire things.

But then a little over a year ago it all changed. I believe the banksters and corporate interests knew what was coming and became Total Scumbags. They decided people who they dealt with for years like me should be hammered with unilateral interest rate hikes. They would bury that bit of news in the monthly blizzard of paper garbage along with the bills, and if you didn't catch them and cancel your account they raised the interest to over 30%. Monthly minimums were doubled. Credit limits were slashed. And a whole lot more. They knew the game was finished and went for the jugular to get what they could as fast as possible.

Here's how the game was rigged so that you could never, ever win let alone come out even. Although my record as a consumer was absolutely spotless, unilateral changes by the credit companies lowered my "credit score" through no fault of mine.
Here's the kicker - once it starts it keeps getting worse. Because one bank did something other banks would follow suit. Down go the numbers. And here's something else - every time your "credit score" gets scrutinized it goes down. One bank studied my numbers every month for a year; probably more did too. Down they went. I paid balances off completely at one point and the accounts were closed anyway.

You can't win in this rigged system and you can't even break even, but you can leave the game. Don't get caught up with caring about how some arbitrary office somewhere grades you according to bogus criteria so that criminal banks can run roughshod over you. At this point I couldn't care less how I'm rated, and not only because in an absolute sense I'm not sending another penny to the scumbags, but because in a comparative sense I'm not alone. Far from it. The system is going down, the banks are completely insolvent and defaults are multiplying exponentially. Accordingly our "credit ratings" are meaningless garbage that you can easily work around. They're only used to bludgeon us through fear. Don't be fooled.

Fascism Has Always Hated The Miranda Warning

Supreme Court says suspects can be interrogated without lawyer present

"The Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a long-standing ruling that stopped police from initiating questions unless a defendant's lawyer was present, a move that will make it easier for prosecutors to interrogate suspects.
The high court, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned the 1986 Michigan v. Jackson ruling, which said police may not initiate questioning of a defendant who has a lawyer or has asked for one unless the attorney is present. The Michigan ruling applied even to defendants who agreed to talk to the authorities without their lawyers.
The court's conservatives overturned that opinion, with Justice Antonin Scalia saying "it was poorly reasoned."

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Video Surveillance On The Fly

"The text below the Dept. of Homeland Security logo at the top of the urinal reads:
~Automatic infrared flush sensors also provide video monitoring for security purposes.~"

Imagine If These Rained Down On You And Your Family

(Or Die)

"Israeli helicopters dropped on Monday morning thousands of leaflets ordering the Palestinians to stay away from border areas in the Gaza Strip, and threatening to open fire at any citizen approaching the borderlines.The leaflets state that the Gaza people should not approach the electronic border fence, and should be at least 300 meters away from the fence or else they would be targeted by Israeli military fire.

Also, the leaflets include maps showing the areas that the Palestinians are not allowed to get near.
Warning leaflets were dropped over Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia in the north, in addition to Al- Maghazi, Dir Al Balah and Abasan in Khan Younis, as well as all border areas in the Rafah area in the southern part of the Strip.
Many Gazans living near border areas will become homeless because they will have to leave their homes if Israel wages aerial attacks on the specified areas."

Novel Approach For "Fighting" Drugs

You know who is making too much money to want to harm the drug trade, so they'll toss out this ludicrous garbage and pretend it's a brilliant strategy and hope we take them seriously.

UN wants ‘flood of drugs’ in Afghanistan to devalue opium

"United Nations officials in Afghanistan are attempting to create a “flood of drugs” in the country intended to destroy the value of opium and force poppy farmers to switch to legal crops such as wheat.
After the failure to destroy fields of the scarlet flowers in Afghanistan’s volatile south, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the answer is to stop the drugs from leaving the country in the first place.
“Manual eradication is incompetent and inefficient,” UNODC chief Antonio Maria Costa said during a visit to the western Afghan province of Herat. “So we want to see more efforts to stop the flow of drugs across Afghanistan’s borders and the hitting of high-value targets to create a market disruption."

"We want to create a flood of drugs within Afghanistan. There will be so much opium inside Afghanistan unable to go out that the price will go down.”

Obama Nominates Roseanne

God's Chosen Snitmeisters Get All Pouty, Again

Israel demands world 'respond decisively' to North Korea nuclear test

Israel demands probe on Sri Lanka

Israel demands progress on Iran before peace negotiations

Israel demands Palestinians recognise 'Jewish state'

Israel demands UN strike 'Nakba' from its lexicon


Israel demands Madoffs release

Israel demands Pope Benedict XVI condemns Holocaust deniers

Israel demands release of captured soldier in return for Gaza deal

Israel demands monitors as part of a Gaza truce

Israel demands U.S. foreign aid paid in Euros

Big Sky Gitmo

Small berg of Hardin, Montana will whore itself to the phony war on some terror by taking in Guantanamo Bay prisoners. You see the feds can't just release the men incarcerated there because most of them are completely innocent of any crimes but were tortured mercilessly for years. Can't have evidence of that leaked to the public. So Hardin is willing to help the fascists cover up their crimes. For a few shekels.

"The Finest"

Patently obvious he was tested repeatedly until his blood alcohol was below legal intoxication.

Cop allowed to sober up before breathalizer after hit and run

"CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County state's attorney's office says an off-duty Chicago police officer charged in a fatal hit & run was not given a Breathalyzer test for almost four hours after his arrest.
The tests showed that Officer Richard Bolling had a blood-alcohol level of 0.079. That's just under the 0.08 legal limit.
A Chicago police spokesman says the department wouldn't comment on the test.
The 39-year-old Bolling is charged with reckless homicide, DUI and hit & run after allegedly striking and killing a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle on the South Side early Friday."

Two felony counts. Aggravated rape, battery and attempted sexual battery.

"If convicted on all of the original charges, Schaeffer could have received a sentence that would have kept him in prison for the rest of his life. By pleading guilty to the limited charges and adhering to the judge's conditions, he avoids prison time."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Story That Normally Doesn't Make The News

"The man "screamed like a girl and almost dropped his gun" as he ran away."


Or if you'd rather call the cops...

The Happy US Torturer

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Death Of The Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers across the U.S. are being sold at fire-sale prices

"NEW YORK - The 40-story skyscraper sits on a prime corner in the country's wealthiest commercial market, steps from the Museum of Modern Art and a few blocks from Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

It recently sold for $100,000.

The 1330 Avenue of the Americas building — which sold for close to $500 million three years ago — was auctioned last month for the minimum to a Canadian pension fund unit after owner Harry Macklowe defaulted on a $130 million loan.

A month before that, the John Hancock Tower — Boston's tallest skyscraper — sold at auction for just over $20 million. The 33-story Equitable Building in downtown Atlanta is set to go up for auction next month; its owners owe more than $50 million to the bank and have only half of the building leased.

Loan defaults in the worst commercial real estate market in decades have created tens of billions worth of distressed properties across the nation, sometimes forcing cut-rate auctions of landmark skyscrapers. Developers are falling behind on mortgages as tenants leave and can find no financing to cover payments, analysts say.
So they are selling skyscrapers at a drastic discount, with the condition that the new buyer take on the enormous amounts of debt connected to the properties."

Israelis Wrote The Book On Snitfests

Armed Israeli police close theatre on first night of Palestinian festival

"Armed Israeli police last night tried to halt the opening night of a prominent Palestinian literary festival in Jerusalem when they ordered a Palestinian theatre to close.
The week-long festival, supported by the British council and Unesco, has brought several high-profile international authors – among them Henning Mankell, Michael Palin and Ahdaf Soueif – on a speaking tour of Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Shortly before the opening event was due to begin, a squad of around a dozen Israeli border police walked into the Palestinian National Theatre, in East Jerusalem, and ordered it to be closed."

"Israel regularly prevents political Palestinian events in East Jerusalem, but has recently also started to clamp down on cultural events in an apparent attempt to extend control over the city."

7 WTF Military Weapons You Won't Believe They Actually Built

#7. Corkscrew Tank

"Sometimes wheels just aren't cool enough for a military vehicle. Tanks have treads, hovercraft have... hoverers and the corkscrew tank screwed. The tank basically made like James Bond and just screwed its way around Cold War-era Europe."
"A vehicle ideal for getting across bad terrain had the strange weakness of not being able to get across good terrain. The vehicle was effective at getting through snow, but if you picture it on the highway, you see the problem. So, good for navigating the frozen tundra, pretty much useless if the army goes and stands in the middle of a parking lot."

Propaganda 101 - Owning the Terms Of Debate

Sometimes you have to wonder about these stupidly manufactured "terror" plots. The fascists always do things for multiple reasons so even though it's patently obvious this whole purported synagogue and plane downing idiocy is an entrapment propaganda set up, there seems to be a subtle but important shift in terms to frame the debate in the future.
Our overlords want to call all opposition to the fascist takeover of this country, treason. All political resistance will soon be called terror.
Take a peek at how the NYT quietly inserts the new vocabulary detailing the charges against the patsies 13 paragraphs into the propaganda piece:

IEDs are now "weapons of mass destruction"

"On Wednesday night, they planted one of the mock improvised explosive devices in a trunk of a car outside the temple and two mock bombs in the back seat of a car outside the Jewish center, the authorities said. Shortly thereafter, police officers swooped in and broke the windows on the suspects’ black sport utility vehicle and charged them with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use antiaircraft missiles."

Thinking about blowing a car up is now the same as using poison gas or detonating a nuke. It's absolutely certain that in the future if you express dissatisfaction with what the overlords are doing, if you consider their unconstitutional behavior criminal, you will be considered a terrorist and charged with conspiracy to overthrow the government.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Tenacity Of Ladder Salesmen

Hyperinflation Much?

The Weimar Hyperinflation: Time to get out the wheelbarrows?

""It was horrible. Horrible! Like lightning it struck. No one was prepared. The shelves in the grocery stores were empty.You could buy nothing with your paper money."

"Some worried commentators are predicting a massive hyperinflation of the sort suffered by Weimar Germany in 1923, when a wheelbarrow full of paper money could barely buy a loaf of bread. An April 29 editorial in the San Francisco Examiner warned:
"With an unprecedented deficit that's approaching $2 trillion, [the President's 2010] budget proposal is a surefire prescription for hyperinflation. So every senator and representative who votes for this monster $3.6 trillion budget will be endorsing a spending spree that could very well turn America into the next Weimar Republic."1
In an investment newsletter called Money Morning on April 9, Martin Hutchinson pointed to disturbing parallels between current government monetary policy and Weimar Germany's, when 50% of government spending was being funded by seigniorage – merely printing money."

Yup, saw it two years ago.

Depression Diet Comes Into Focus

Spam sales soar as buyers seek value

"Spam luncheon meat and canned chilli have joined Kraft macaroni and cheese, Jell-O desserts and Kool-Aid powdered drinks as the recessionary foods of choice as the global downturn grips US households.
Hormel, the meat products company that launched Spam in 1937, said on Thursday it had seen double-digit increases in sales of the canned meat during the quarter ending on April 26, continuing a trend that started late last year."

"You Are Now Free To Move About The Country" *

So goes California, so goes the nation.

Governor plans to completely eliminate welfare for families

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to completely eliminate the state’s welfare program for families, medical insurance for low-income children and Cal Grants cash assistance to college and university students.

The proposals to sharply scale back the assistance that California provides to its neediest residents came in testimony by the administration this afternoon at a joint legislative budget committee hearing. It followed comments by the governor earlier today that he would be withdrawing a proposal to help balance the budget with billions of dollars of borrowing and replacing it with program reductions.

The proposals would completely reshape the state’s social service network, transforming California from one of the country’s most generous states to one of the most tightfisted. The proposals are intended to help close a budget deficit estimated at $21.3 billion."

* Idea for headline stolen from George Ure at Urban Survival.

Friday, May 22, 2009

You're Next, Caddy

Mr Change Pisses On The Constitution

How soon will we see "Preventative Detention" of american citizens?
And this fascist nightmare is introduced while the traitor is literally standing in front of the county's founding documents.

Bloviator Gets A Dose Of Reality

Conservative radio hosts gets waterboarded, and lasts six seconds before saying its torture

"Chicago radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller decided he'd get himself waterboarded to prove the technique wasn't torture.
It didn't turn out that way. "Mancow," in fact, lasted just six or seven seconds before crying foul. Apparently, the experience went pretty badly -- "Witnesses said Muller thrashed on the table, and even instantly threw the toy cow he was holding as his emergency tool to signify when he wanted the experiment to stop,"
according to NBC Chicago.
"The average person can take this for 14 seconds," Marine Sergeant Clay South told his audience before he was waterboarded on air. "He's going to wiggle, he's going to scream, he's going to wish he never did this."

"The upshot? "It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that's no joke," Mancow told listeners. "It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back...It was instantaneous...and I don't want to say this: absolutely torture."
"Absolutely. I mean that's drowning," he added later. "It is the feeling of drowning."
"If I knew it was gonna be this bad, I would not have done it," he said."

Got to give this guy some kudos for doing this and being honest about the experience. However, stunts like this could overshadow the fact that we've sunk so low that waterboarding might be the least egregious of our behavior. I'd like to know what Hannity is thinking right now.

added - Olbermann Rescinds Charity Offer For Cowardly Hannity, Donates $10K For Mancow’s Waterboarding

"Last month on his Fox News show, torture enthusiast Sean Hannity claimed he would agree to be waterboarded “for charity…for the troops’s families.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann immediately took up Hannity’s pledge, offering $1,000 to charity for every second Hannity withstood waterboarding.
Over the next 30 days, Hannity went completely silent on his pledge, opting not to go anywhere near the subject of waterboarding again. Olbermann repeatedly reminded Hannity of his pledge to donate to charity in his name, but to no avail.
Last night on Countdown, Olbermann announced that he was rescinding the offer to Hannity, and instead giving $10,000 to charity following
radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller’s waterboarding attempt. Olbermann promised to donate to the charity Veterans of Valor, founded by Sgt. Klay South, who administered the waterboarding to Muller. Olbermann revealed that Mancow’s publicist had contacted Olbermann’s show yesterday to see whether Olbermann would make a similar offer to Mancow as he did for Hannity:

OLBERMANN: Mancow Muller had the guts to put his mouth where his mouth was, and the guts to admit he was dead wrong. As you saw, he not only said it is torture, but that he had nearly drowned as a boy, and it is drowning, and that he would have admitted to anything to make it stop.
So the offer to the coward Hannity — a thousand dollars a second he lasted on the waterboard — is withdrawn.
And to Mr. Muller, whose station’s publicity person contacted us yesterday saying she’d heard I’d offered ten thousand dollars to anybody who would do what he did –
You got it. Ten thousand dollars to the military-families charity of the man who did the waterboarding, Veterans Of Valor.
As to Hannity, you are now unnecessary."

Our Lovely Little Buddy At Work

Israel destroying Gaza's farmlands

"On the morning of 4 May 2009, Israeli troops set fire to Palestinian crops along Gaza's eastern border with Israel. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that 200,000 square meters of crops were destroyed, including wheat and barley ready for harvest, as well as vegetables, olive and pomegranate trees.

Local farmers report that the blaze carried over a four-kilometer stretch on the Palestinian side of the eastern border land. Ibrahim Hassan Safadi, 49, from one of the farming families whose crops were destroyed by the blaze, said that the fires were smoldering until early evening, despite efforts by the fire brigades to extinguish them.

Safadi says he was present when Israeli soldiers fired small bombs into his field, which soon after caught ablaze. He explained that "The Israeli soldiers fired from their jeeps, causing a fire to break out on the land. They burned the wheat, burned the pomegranate trees ... The fire spread across the valley. We called the fire brigades. They came to the area and put out the fire. But in some places the fire started again." According to Safadi, he lost 30,000 square meters to the blaze, including 300 pomegranate trees, 150 olive trees, and wheat.

In the border areas it has long since become nearly impossible to work on the land due to almost daily shooting from the Israeli soldiers. The crops that were burned on 4 May were dried and ready to harvest, meaning that they were extremely flammable.

"It took only three minutes for the fire to destroy 65,000 square meters," said Nahed Jaber Abu Said, whose farmland lies a few kilometers down the road from Safadi. He added that "It was nearly 9am. I was here when the Israeli jeeps came. An Israeli soldier at the fence shot an explosive into our field of wheat. It went up in flames immediately."

Safadi said that the arson attack was the third major time his farm has suffered from an Israeli attack. In previous attacks over the last decade, he explained, Israeli soldiers bulldozed his land, razing his lemon, olive and clementine trees as well as demolishing greenhouses."

Madison And Ashley Have No One To Hang With

Recession Turns Malls Into Ghost Towns

"With their maze of walkways and fast-food courts, malls have long been an iconic, if sometimes unsightly, presence in the American retail landscape. A few were made famous by their sheer size, others for the range of shopping and social diversions they provided.
But the long recession is helping to empty out the promenades. Some analysts estimate that the number of so-called "dead malls" -- centers debilitated by anemic sales and high vacancy rates -- will swell to more than 100 by the end of this year."

Thursday, May 21, 2009

US Colonel Advocates Future US 'Military Attacks' On Media

the empire has no shortage of maniacal glares

Published in a fanatical Israeli rag

"In the era of embedded media, independent journalists have become the eyes and ears of the world. Without those un-embedded journalists willing to risk their lives to place themselves on the other side of the barrel of the tank or the gun or under the airstrikes, history would be written almost entirely from the vantage point of powerful militaries, or—at the very least—it would be told from the perspective of the troops doing the shooting, rather than the civilians who always pay the highest price.

In the case of the Iraq invasion and occupation, the journalists who have placed themselves in danger most often are local Iraqi journalists. Some 116 Iraqi journalists and media workers have been killed in the line of duty since March 2003. In all, 189 journalists have been killed in Iraq. At least 16 of these journalists were killed by the US military, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The network that has most often found itself under US attack is Al Jazeera. As I wrote a few years ago in The Nation:

The United States bombed its offices in Afghanistan in 2001, shelled the Basra hotel where Al Jazeera journalists were the only guests in April 2003, killed Iraq correspondent Tareq Ayoub a few days later in Baghdad and imprisoned several Al Jazeera reporters (including at Guantánamo), some of whom say they were tortured. In addition to the military attacks, the US-backed Iraqi government banned the network from reporting in Iraq.

A new report for a leading neoconservative group which pushes a belligerent "Israel first" agenda of conquest in the Middle East suggests that in future wars the US should make censorship of media official policy and advocates "military attacks on the partisan media." (H/T MuzzleWatch) The report for JINSA, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, was authored by retired US Army Colonel Ralph Peters. It appears in JINSA’s "flagship publication," The Journal of International Security Affairs. "Today, the United States and its allies will never face a lone enemy on the battlefield. There will always be a hostile third party in the fight," Peters writes, calling the media, "The killers without guns:"

Who You Gonna Believe?

In 2000 - 2001 with the Taliban in control of Afghanistan, opium poppy production was nearly eradicated. It was such a sudden phenomenon that it took the world by surprise:

''The reduction is probably the most dramatic event in the history of illegal drug markets, not only in scale, but also in the fact that it was done domestically, without international assistance,'' he said. He added that Europe, where most Afghan heroin was consumed, had been ''stunningly dysfunctional'' in helping Afghan farmers who have sacrificed livelihoods and in moving to prevent new fields from springing up in other poor countries."

The UN touted the Taliban's success in the spring of 2001:

"A new tour of Afghanistan's poppy-growing areas by UN officials has confirmed that there is almost no cultivation in Taliban-controlled areas this year."

No doubt it put a real crimp in the Cia's black budget.

The fascists subsequently pulled 9/11, and the Taliban were offered "either a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs", meaning an ultimatum to submit to foreign dominance or else. The US invaded and we've been involved in a war of occupation for almost eight years.

Funny about the opium poppy production ever since - about every year it's a record harvest - Afghan poppy crop harvest sets another record

Funny also that the mightiest military in the world backed by hundreds of billions of dollars can't quite manage to stem the record opium poppy harvests like the ragged Taliban managed to do back when.

Not only that, according to the US occupiers all of a sudden it's the Taliban who's profiting from the opium production now:

"NATO has failed to stem the vast opium trade in Afghanistan that helps finance Taliban insurgents despite an eight-year effort, the top US military officer said on Thursday.Countering narcotics networks is crucial to weakening the Taliban and allied insurgent groups, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate hearing."Strategically my view is it has to be eliminated," Mullen said."We have had almost no success in the last seven or eight years doing that, including this year's efforts," he said.Afghanistan produces 90 percent of the world's opium, the raw material for heroin across Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East while cash from the trade helps insurgents buy weapons, according to officials."


soldiers outstanding in their field

Any Excuse To Get You In The Database

Tennessee speeders could get fingerprinted

"Currently, when drivers are cited during traffic stops, police officers ask for the driver's signature on the ticket, but the proposed bill would allow police departments to eliminate signatures and collect fingerprints.
Supporters say collecting fingerprints would save money and help police determine whether the driver is wanted for a criminal offense, but opponents worry that it allows the government to tread on individual privacy rights.
"The way I see it, if they take your fingerprint, they have access to your history and that's an invasion of privacy," said Martha Simms, 27, a mother of two who recently got a speeding ticket in Davidson County."

It Was Always Supposed To Be A Coverup

Columbia Space Shuttle Investigation Cost $175 Million. Challenger Investigation Cost $100 Million. 9/11 Investigation Only Got $15 Million

"The 9/11 commission was originally allotted only $3 million. Eventually, after much begging and haggling, the commission was given $15 million. Yet a CNN article lists the cost of the Lewinsky investigation at $30 million. A Los Angeles Times article states the cost of the Columbia space shuttle disaster investigation was $175 million.
How could 9/11 – the greatest disaster in American history – be given such a small budget for investigation?"

Saturation Coverage Of Another Phony Terror Conspiracy

FBI Credits Informant for Helping Bust New York Terror Plot

"This was a very tightly controlled operation," New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters early Thursday.
Cromitie allegedly asked the FBI informant to supply surface-to-air guided missiles and explosives for the attack. The informant told him he could provide C-4 plastic explosives, the complaint said.
Instead, he provided mock explosives."

New York “Terror Plot” Another Government Provocateured Set-Up

"The corporate media and the authorities are having a field day lavishing saturation coverage on the so-called New York “terror plot” in which four men, three of them U.S. citizens, supposedly planned to blow up a Jewish temple and shoot down military planes, feverishly citing it as another example of why we should accept police state measures in major cities and the targeting of American citizens as “domestic terrorists”.
The only problem with this premise, mirroring just about every other major terror plot and terror bust that we have ever studied, is that the men were radicalized and provocateured by an FBI informant, who provided the group with the fake weapons that led to their arrest.
Just as in every other case, the men will likely turn out to be semi-retarded dropouts who eagerly followed the fed’s lead in the pursuit of a promise of massive cash gifts and a way out of their miserable poverty-stricken lives. However, this won’t be reported with one iota of the gusto that the corporate media are pushing this story today.
What we already know for sure is that the men had been under FBI surveillance for nearly a year. The fact that it took the feds nearly 12 months to get the men to accept fake weapons in order for them to be charged with “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States” is evidence in and of itself that this was a case of entrapment, which is only confirmed when we learn that, “The FBI and other agencies monitored the men and provided an inactive missile and inert C-4 to the informant for the defendants.”
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that “the group was relatively unsophisticated, penetrated early and not connected to any outside group.”
Once again, the FBI identified a disparate group of men that shared the majority of the country’s opinion that the war on terror was wrong, radicalized them, offered them cash incentives for following the lead of the FBI informant and then finally, after a year, got them to accept fake weapons. As in every other case, Without the involvement of the FBI informant, there would have been no “terror plot” to speak of."

added - Like Miami 7, New York Terror Plot Funded And Uncovered By The FBI

"Again, an FBI informant led these “home-grown” “Al-Qaeda-Wanna-Be” losers to purchase explosives and probably provided the money and the expertise, as they did in the Miami Seven “terror plot” to blow-up the Sears Tower.
In other words, these “terror cells” have been created, engineered and funded by the FBI."

added - Synagogue Bomb Plot -Latest Zionist Publicity Coup

"The round-up of patsies in the FBI/police-provoked "synagogue bomb plot" (the ersatz weapons and explosives were, as per usual, furnished by the cops themselves), is only the latest Zionist publicity coup, timed to coincide with the hyping of the Iranian missile launch, the visit of assassin-master Binyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu to the White House, and Jeffrey Goldberg's Holocaustomania-drenched apologia for Netanyahu's murderous racism, in the pages of the oh-so hip-and-humane New York Times."

added - FBI Blows It: Supposed Terror Plot Against NY Synagogues Is Bogus

"By the now, it's maddeningly familiar. A scary terrorist plot is announced. Then it's revealed that the suspects are a hapless bunch of ne'er-do-wells or run-of-the-mill thugs without the slightest connection to any terrorists at all, never mind to Al Qaeda. Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the entire plot is revealed to have been cooked up by a scummy government agent-provocateur.
I've seen this movie before."

Well, What Are Bailed Out Execs Supposed To Do With Themselves?

Golf courses sniff around for some sort of bailout too

" In today's economy, golf is in the rough. And with a bad lie. Once-haughty country clubs are offering specials. Courses have closed or cut back on maintenance. The world's top golf ball manufacturer has seen demand for souvenir balls stamped with company logos drop off.
And so officials in the golf industry have joined the nation's bankers, auto makers and insurance companies in marching to Washington in search of understanding. They're not asking for a bailout, but they do want greater appreciation of their industry's importance.
"There are a number of congressmen who do not understand the economic impact of golf on their local community," said James B. Singerling, chief executive of the Club Managers Assn. of America. "Our message to Congress is that when you pass legislation that makes it difficult for the golf industry to stay in business, you don't hurt the wealthy. Who you hurt are the employees.
"Singerling and others will be in Washington Wednesday to make sure Congress does not lump the golf industry in with massage parlors, suntan facilities and liquor stores as businesses undeserving of federal help."

They just can't help being snobs with that last comment.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Only Because The Video Surfaced

5 Alabama police officers fired over beating caught on camera

"(CNN) — Five police officers brutally kicked and beat an unconscious suspect after a high-speed chase through Birmingham, Alabama, in an incident caught on camera and discovered a year later.
The five officers have been fired, Mayor Larry Langford said at a news conference Wednesday. An internal inquiry is continuing.
The dashboard-cam footage, which officials believe was shot in January 2008, was aired for reporters Wednesday. It showed the end of a 100-mile-an-hour police chase of a van driven by Anthony Warren, suspected of illegal drug activity.
Police had chased the van almost 50 miles, winding from downtown Birmingham to suburban Hoover. The video captured the van knocking down a police officer standing on a roadway, then turning up an interstate highway ramp, where it flipped over and rolled into a ditch.
Warren was ejected from the van and stopped moving. The five officers — one black, four white — ruthlessly beat the suspect, who is black, the video shows."

Son Of God Continues His Food Fetish

“Cheesus” Jesus Likeness Found In Cheetos Bag

"In Dallas, Texas Dan and Sarah Bell discovered a Jesus shaped Cheeto as they began their road trip last week. Nicknaming the Cheeto “Cheesus,” Sarah noticed that one of the chips looked oddly familiar “I was putting them in my hand and I had eaten most of the ones in my hand, and one was left lying there. And I said, ‘Oh my gosh, look at this. It really looks like a person in a robe praying.”

Photobucket >The Redeemer Shrimp

The Messiah Pancake

Photobucket'>The Jeebus Chip

Photobucket'>The Savior Fish Stick

Photobucket'>The Omnipotent Pirogi

Yet More Evidence Of War Fraud

You ever get the feeling these wars and conflicts are contrived and managed? That they would stop if only the banksters and corporations and fascists were prevented from profiting from them? That they're prolonged because it's all a giant criminal scam? That both sides are supported to keep them going? You're absolutely correct.

US arms sent to Afghan forces 'in Taliban hands'

"WASHINGTON (AFP) — Pentagon munitions have leaked from Afghan forces to Taliban militants, enabling them to fight an insurgency for years against materially superior US and Afghan forces, The New York Times reported."

flashback - US 'loses' 190,000 weapons in Iraq

flashback - Drug mobs get weapons from US military

flashback - US May Confront Its Own Arms In Afghanistan, Experts Say

flashback - How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

Murder GIs By Shitty Workmanship? Here's Your Bonus

KBR Was Paid $83 Million in Bonuses for Work That Electrocuted US Soldiers

"The Department of Defense paid former Halliburton subsidiary KBR more than $80 million in bonuses for contracts to install electrical wiring in Iraq in 2007-2008. The award payment was for the very work that resulted in the electrocution deaths of US soldiers, according to Department of Defense documents revealed today in a Senate hearing. More than $30 million in bonuses were paid months after the death of Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated, 24-year-old Green Beret, whose January 2008 electrocution death has been classified by DoD investigators as a “negligent homicide.” Maseth’s death had originally been labeled an “accident.” All of the bonuses were paid to KBR after DoD investigators had officially expressed concerns about the quality of KBR’s electrical work.

This information was revealed at a hearing of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. According to the committee’s chair, Sen. Byron Dorgan, the rewards KBR received under its LOGCAP contract were supposed to be for work of the “highest quality” with “no deficiencies” or problems. Dorgan said KBR’s work was “shoddy” and “unprofessional.” Some 18 US soldiers have died since 2003 as a result of KBR’s “shoddy work,” according to Sen. Frank Lautenberg. KBR/Halliburton, the “former” company of Dick Cheney, has been the single largest corporate beneficiary of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It continues to operate globally on US government contracts."

Our Racist Lil' Buddy

"In the latest coughing fit laying bare the sickness of soul infecting and guiding the very existence of the Jewish state, one of Israel’s largest political parties has introduced a bill in the Knesset outlawing freedom of speech when it comes to commemorating the other Holocaust about which no one seems to know anything, meaning what was done to the Palestinians 60+ years ago by the Jews in an event known as “al Nakbah”.

Introduced by MK Alex Miller of Israel Beiteinu (”Our Land Israel“) the bill is set for deliberation this week in a Knesset dominated by radical, messianic, violence-prone members of both the aforementioned IB party and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud. In the interest of covering up and then “wiping off the map” of history Israel’s 6-decade legacy of racism, genocide and terrorism against the Palestinian people, the law is but one more manifestation of what is now the all-too-typical Judeo-centric paradigm so much a part of the way Jews see themselves in relation to the rest of the world’s peoples ever since the days of Abraham and Moses.

In effect, the law criminalizes any publicly-demonstrated mourning surrounding the event taking place 61 years ago when as many as 750,000 Palestinians–Christian and Muslim alike–were “persuaded” by Jewish thugs working for terrorist organizations such as Irgun and the Stern Gang to succumb to a pre-planned program of ethnic cleansing by relocating themselves to all the luxury, opulence and comfort of tented outdoor refugee camps scattered throughout Gaza, Jordan, the West Bank and Lebanon."

"Experience Only Israel"
"The Israeli Tourism Ministry is using an advertising campaign called “Experience Israel” in an attempt to encourage tourists to visit the country. But the ministry totally wiped out Palestine of the map by removing any reference to the Palestinian territories."

Revenge Of The Maps

GPS system 'close to breakdown'

"It has become one of the staples of modern, hi-tech life: using satellite navigation tools built into your car or mobile phone to find your way from A to B. But experts have warned that the system may be close to breakdown.
US government officials are concerned that the quality of the Global Positioning System (GPS) could begin to deteriorate as early as next year, resulting in regular blackouts and failures – or even dishing out inaccurate directions to millions of people worldwide.
The warning centres on the network of GPS satellites that constantly orbit the planet and beam signals back to the ground that help pinpoint your position on the Earth's surface.
The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the GPS network since the early 1990s. According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means that some of the crucial GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next year.
"It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption," said the report, presented to Congress. "If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Media Quiet About Bibi's Visit, Obama Gets Marching Orders Anyway

Spare US media coverage of Obama-Netanyahu talks

"WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first US visit for talks with President Barack Obama on Iran and Palestinian statehood earned only modest coverage in US newspapers Tuesday.
While the deep differences exposed during the talks between Obama and Netanyahu earned blanket coverage in Israeli media and stoked fears in Israel of cooling ties with its main ally, the story failed to make the front pages of The New York Times, Washington Post or Wall Street Journal.
Each of the papers ran brief teasers of the meeting on page one but the stories themselves ran well inside, including on page 10 of the Journal as well as the Post, and page 12 of the Times."

Barack Obama: Iran must meet nuclear deadline

"US President Barack Obama has told Iran it has until the end of the year to respond to his diplomatic outreach over stopping its nuclear programme."

Congress Embraces Reality

Loaded guns allowed in national parks under bill

"The Senate voted Tuesday to allow guns in national parks and wildlife refuges, and the House could follow suit as soon as Wednesday."

"To the surprise of many, the amendment easily passed, winning support from 67 senators - including 27 Democrats. Among those who voted "yes" was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who had blocked Coburn's amendment from coming to the Senate floor for more than a year. Seven other Western Democrats voted with Reid to support the Republican senator's amendment, which allows a range of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed by federal, state and local law."

Any vote along constitutional lines is a good vote and attempting to keep people disarmed in national parks was unconstitutional and quite stupid.

Aside from the illegality of infringing on our rights there are two strong reasons to arm yourself in parks. If you do any back country travel you have an excellent chance of meeting up with animals who don't have any awareness of humans being at the top of the food chain. And because parks have been gun free zones, human parasites have considered them to be easy picking zones.

Arguments to disarm the people at these places hinge on irrational emotionality. If it's not beatific visions of Smokey Bear, Bambi and Butterflies being besmirched by baddasses, it's the absurd fear that our freedom to arm ourselves will automatically result in macho displays and wild shootouts in the campsite next door. Of course some people will always be idiots everywhere you go but gun owners as a whole, and especially concealed licensees, are profoundly more cautious and polite out of sheer necessity.
Also, getting rid of weapon restrictions simply faces up to reality, because I have a hunch most people are armed in national parks anyway despite the laws prohibiting firearm availability. I always am.

Our Bestest Little Buddy Shares The Love

West Bank Becomes Waste Land

"RAMALLAH, May 15, 2009 (IPS/IFEJ) - Israel has found a cheap and easy way to get rid of its waste, much of it hazardous: dump it into the West Bank. A few Palestinians can be bought, the rest are in no position to complain.
"Israel has been dumping waste, including hazardous and toxic waste, into the West Bank for years as a cheaper and easier alternative to processing it properly in Israel at appropriate hazardous waste management sites," Palestinian Environmental Authority (PEA) deputy director Jamil Mtoor told IPS.
Shuqbah, a village of 5,000, lies near the border of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, not far from Ramallah. Israeli companies have been using land owned by a Palestinian middleman in the village to dump tonnes of garbage for as little as 30 dollars per tonne, significantly cheaper than dumping it at Israeli waste sites.
"For several years Israeli companies have been dumping solid and hazardous waste there," Mtoor told IPS. "The subsequent burning of toxic waste including items such as x-ray films releases carcinogens into the environment, and this has affected the population, with many people developing asthma and related illnesses.
"The Israelis earlier buried the carcasses of thousands of chickens infected with the avian flu virus near Nablus in the northern West Bank, said Mtoor. The PEA also uncovered 500 barrels of insecticide in Hebron in the southern West Bank. Again, a Palestinian middleman had been paid off to accept the barrels on his property.
While the PA has arrested the individuals involved, and is taking legal action against a number of them, it is difficult to bring Palestinians cooperating with Israeli dumping companies to book.
"The Israelis are taking advantage of extremely poor individuals with large families to support and with limited sources of income, in a society with high rates of unemployment," said Mtoor."

Cattle Prod News

19 stuns from Tasers not excessive in Patrick Lee's death, jury says

"A federal jury decided Monday night that Metro police officers were not at fault in the death of a man who was shocked as many as 19 times by Taser stun guns in 2005.
After deliberating for most of the day, the jury decided the three officers — Jason Creagan, Jonathan Mays and Jaime Scruggs — did not use excessive force in their handling of Patrick Lee, a 21-year-old who acted strangely and resisted arrest outside a downtown nightclub.
Lee was under the influence of LSD and stripped off all of his clothes during the incident. He died two days later."

The fact that the young man was nude meant that three cops were not in danger from weapon use.
Cops are buttering their own bread and soon they're going to have to eat it. People will one day learn that when cops draw tasers, people should draw guns.
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