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It's not about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.



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Thursday, 19 June 2008 at 8h 18m 58s

What the mainstream press won't tell you about Cindy McCain

All this coverage over Michelle Obama -- including front page treatment in the San Francisco Comical -- but very little about McCain's (2nd) wife -- remember he divorced the first one after she was badly mangled in a car accident.

Perhaps that's because Cindy McCain has some legit skeleton's in her own closet.

In 1989, following two back surgeries, Cindy McCain became addicted to the painkillers Vicodin and Percocet. To keep up with her daily need of 10 to 15 pills, she used other people's names for prescriptions and stole drugs from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a mobile surgical unit she'd begun in 1988 to provide emergency medical services around the world. A 1993 DEA audit of the amount of painkillers her charity had obtained quickly uncovered her thefts. She avoided prosecution for those crimes through an agreement with the Justice Department in which she submitted to drug testing, paid a fine, performed community service in a soup kitchen, and joined Narcotics Anonymous. She also closed her medical charity

[SOURCE: Snopes.com |  | April 2008]
If Snopes says it's true, then it is the truth.

Where is the race-baiting press on this issue?


Wednesday, 18 June 2008 at 8h 45m 11s

You are born that way

Funny that the San Francisco Comical which is busy putting the married gay people issue on every single front page this entire week -- at the expense of more relevant breaking news, I mean what's wrong with page 3 or 4.

Yet this story is nowhere in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Scientists investigating human sexuality have found that the brains of homosexuals have structural and functional differences from those of “straight” people.

Lesbians appear to have a lower proportion of grey matter in their brains than straight women, giving their brains a more “male- like” structure.

The brains of gay men appear to have structural similarities to those of heterosexual women. They also exhibit the same powerful response as straight women to the sex hormones released in male sweat.

[...]

Scientists have long thought this meant there should be differences in the brains of homosexuals. Brain scanning equipment has only recently become powerful enough to seek them out, however.


[SOURCE: Jonathan Leake | London Times | 15 June 2008]

Hmm, so writing endlessly about Gay marriages is okay, but writing about scientific research that indicates how homosexuals are different from birth is not relevant. Notice that the Times article is from Sunday. So in 4 days, the Comical can't publish an account of the Science behind homosexuality, but pumps out front page pictures and articles of gay people hugging and getting married.

Sounds like the editors just want to beat a controversial issue that gets people riled up rather than do an actual relevant news story.


Tuesday, 17 June 2008 at 9h 47m 36s

The corruption in Iraq defies the imagination

As quoted from a Sunni parlementarian in Le Monde. Click here for the article in French written by Patrice Claude.

The translation is mine, but I've included the French in italics.

According to Transparency International ... For the first time, a total number is cited this week by the BBC, and it is astronomical: 23 billion dollars (14.8 billion euros) have been "lost, stolen" or at the very least "not justified" during the 5 years from the American Treasury....

[Another] audit -- necessarily partial because the commercial contracts concluded by the military and American diplomats total more than 165,000 documents since march 2003-- has been done by the inspector general of defense. Released in May in Washington, it estimated as 8.2 billion dollars the sum payed to contractors without having any justification. No related invoice or totally inadequate. One American enterprise not-identified was paid 320.8 millions of dollars with a simple mention on the invoice: "Payment for Iraqi salaries." To whom, for what, and why, is a mystery....

The compatibility of public spendng is not less a mystery and cannot see the light since the Commission for public integrity, which had been put in place at the end of 2003, was virtually dismantled in the summer of 2007 by Prime Minister Nouri Al- Maliki, after it's President, the juge Radhi Al-Radhi, was publically disavowed [by Maliki] ...

63 years old, judge Radhi had been imprisoned and tortured by the Baathist dictator [Saddam Hussein]. He has seen 31 of investigating staff assassinated since last year after having poked their noses into certain affairs. In October 2007, he revealed that 18 billion dollars of Iraqi funds have been funneled into corruption...

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Pour la première fois, un chiffre global est cité dans une enquête approfondie diffusée la semaine passée par la BBC, et il est astronomique : 23 milliards de dollars, soit 14,8 milliards d'euros, auraient été "perdus, volés", à tout le moins "non justifiés" depuis cinq ans auprès du Trésor américain....

Un audit, forcément partiel puisque les contrats commerciaux conclus en Irak par les militaires ou les diplomates américains totalisent plus de 165 000 documents depuis mars 2003, a été réalisé par l'Inspection générale de la défense. Diffusé en mai à Washington, il estimait à 8,2 milliards de dollars la somme payée à des contractants sans avoir été régulièrement justifiée. Pas de facture afférente, ou alors totalement inadéquate. Comme cette entreprise américaine non identifiée qui s'est fait verser 320,8 millions de dollars avec une simple mention sur sa facture : "Paiement de salaires irakiens". A qui, pourquoi, comment ? Mystère....

la comptabilité des dépenses publiques est encore plus mystérieuse et nul ne peut plus faire la lumière sur la corruption ambiante puisque la Commission pour l'intégrité publique, qui avait été mise en place fin 2003, a été virtuellement démantelée, l'été 2007, par le premier ministre, Nouri Al-Maliki, après que son président, le juge Radhi Al-Radhi, eût été publiquement désavoué....

Agé de 63 ans, le juge Radhi, qui fut emprisonné et torturé sous la dictature baassiste, a vu 31 de ses enquêteurs assassinés ces dernières années après avoir mis leur nez dans certaines sales affaires. Entendu en octobre 2007 par le Congrès, il estimait alors à 18 milliards de dollars le montant des fonds publics irakiens détournés.


[SOURCE: Patrice Claude | Le Monde | 17 June 2008]

Building democracy is expensive, don't you know. And the Iraqi people are so grateful that the American construction effort over the last 5 years have been so astoundingly successful, that only the green zone construction projects, the military bases, and the huge American embassy have been on schedule.

The priorities of colonialism supersede the public statements of the colonialists.


Monday, 16 June 2008 at 12h 49m 36s

It's called the constitution Newt Gingrich.

Click here to listen to Thom Hartmann's eloquent and irrefutable rebuttal of Newt Gingrich's insane statement that the Supreme Court 5-4 decision in support of Habeas Corpus "will cost us a city."

Why does the corporate media allow this disgraced, scum-bucket who divorced his wife on her death bed in order marry the young secretary he was having an affair with?


Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 8h 35m 9s

Innocent men are held at Guantanamo

This is why Habeas Corpus is written in the constitution.

An eight-month McClatchy investigation in 11 countries on three continents has found that Akhtiar was one of dozens of men — and, according to several officials, perhaps hundreds — whom the U.S. has wrongfully imprisoned in Afghanistan, Cuba and elsewhere on the basis of flimsy or fabricated evidence, old personal scores or bounty payments.

McClatchy interviewed 66 released detainees, more than a dozen local officials — primarily in Afghanistan — and U.S. officials with intimate knowledge of the detention program. The investigation also reviewed thousands of pages of U.S. military tribunal documents and other records.

This unprecedented compilation shows that most of the 66 were low-level Taliban grunts, innocent Afghan villagers or ordinary criminals. At least seven had been working for the U.S.-backed Afghan government and had no ties to militants, according to Afghan local officials. In effect, many of the detainees posed no danger to the United States or its allies.

The investigation also found that despite the uncertainty about whom they were holding, U.S. soldiers beat and abused many prisoners.

[...]

Of the 66 detainees whom McClatchy interviewed, the evidence indicates that 34 of them, about 52 percent, had connections with militant groups or activities. At least 23 of those 34, however, were Taliban foot soldiers, conscripts, low-level volunteers or adventure-seekers who knew nothing about global terrorism.

Only seven of the 66 were in positions to have had any ties to al Qaida's leadership, and it isn't clear that any of them knew any terrorists of consequence.

If the former detainees whom McClatchy interviewed are any indication — and several former high-ranking U.S. administration and defense officials said in interviews that they are — most of the prisoners at Guantanamo weren't terrorist masterminds but men who were of no intelligence value in the war on terrorism.

[...]

"As far as intelligence value from those in Gitmo, I got tired of telling the people writing reports based on their interrogations that their material was essentially worthless," a U.S. intelligence officer said in an e-mail, using the military's slang for Guantanamo.

Guantanamo authorities periodically sent analysts at the U.S. Central Command "rap sheets on various prisoners and asked our assessment whether they merited continued confinement," said the analyst, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. "Over about three years, I assessed around 40 of these individuals, mostly Afghans. ... I only can remember recommending that ONE should be kept at GITMO.

At a Pentagon briefing in the spring of 2002, a senior Army intelligence officer expressed doubt about the entire intelligence- gathering process.

"He said that we're not getting anything, and his thought was that we're not getting anything because there might not be anything to get," said Donald J. Guter, a retired rear admiral who was the head of the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps at the time.

Many detainees were "swept up in the pot" by large operations conducted by Afghan troops allied with the Americans, said former Army Secretary White, who's now a partner at DKRW Energy, an energy company in Houston.

One of the Afghan detainees at Guantanamo, White recalled, was more than 80 years old.

Army Spc. Eric Barclais, who was a military intelligence interrogator at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan from September 2002 through January 2003, told military investigators in sworn testimony that "We recommended lots of folks be released from (Bagram), but they were not. I believe some people ended up at (Guantanamo) that had no business being sent there."

"You have to understand some folks were detained because they got turned in by neighbors or family members who were feuding with them," Barclais said. "Yes, they had weapons. Everyone had weapons. Some were Soviet-era and could not even be fired."

[...]

In 2002, a CIA analyst interviewed several dozen detainees at Guantanamo and reported to senior National Security Council officials that many of them didn't belong there, a former White House official said.

Despite the analyst's findings, the administration made no further review of the Guantanamo detainees. The White House had determined that all of them were enemy combatants, the former official said.

Rather than taking a closer look at whom they were holding, a group of five White House, Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers who called themselves the "War Council" devised a legal framework that enabled the administration to detain suspected "enemy combatants" indefinitely with few legal rights.

[...]

In late 2004, Pentagon officials decided to restrict further interrogations at Guantanamo to detainees who were considered "high value" for their suspected knowledge of terrorist groups or their potential of returning to the battlefield, according to Matthew Waxman, who was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, the Defense Department's head official for detainee matters, from August 2004 to December 2005.

"Maybe three-quarters of the detainees by 2005 were no longer regularly interrogated," said Waxman, who's now a law professor at Columbia University.

At that time, about 500 men were still being held at Guantanamo.

So far, the military commissions have publicly charged only six detainees — less than 1 percent of the more than 770 who've been at Guantanamo — with direct involvement in the 9-11 terrorist attacks; they dropped the charges in one case. Those few cases are now in question after the high court's ruling Thursday.

About 500 detainees — nearly two out of three — have been released.


[SOURCE: Tom Lasseter | McClatchy News Services | 15 June 2008]

The writ of Habeas Corpus is in Article One Section 9 of the US constitution:

The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it.

The Supreme Court has upheld Habeas Corpus 3 god damn times during the Bush administration, with the 4 corrupt judges the only one's to dissent (Roberts, Thomas, Scalia, Alito). In his dissent this week, Scalia said that protections were included and that our freedom is in jeopardy.

Are you kidding me? What more proof can there be of the absolute abdication of principle and willingness to mangle the words of the United States constitution by a Supreme Court justice. This is worse than the Dred Scott Case of the 1850's when a freed slave was forced back into bondage when he traversed into a slave state. Read the sentence in the constituion which says habeas corpus shall NOT be suspended. We are not being invaded and there is no rebellion.

CNN -- the "Comedy News Network" -- is however more interested in puffing up McCain's credentials, discussing how Obama can lose, and giving press-time to the whores who make hundreds of thousands of dollars saying Bill Clinton slept with them, but couldn't prove it in a court of law.


Sunday, 15 June 2008 at 8h 8m 32s

It's an invasion stupid

The Boston Globe just issued an editorial which rips the notion that we invaded Iraq to install democracy and create a sovereign nation of free people.

Bush and Maliki agreed in November on principles for a "status of forces agreement," which will be needed as a legal basis for American troops to remain in Iraq after the United Nations' mandate for them expires Dec. 31. The agreement would set rules for US forces in Iraq. Since March, Iraqis and Americans have also been negotiating a "strategic framework agreement" to define more broadly the long-term political and diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The two agreements have been reopened for negotiation. Though Bush speaks of Iraq as a free, democratic ally, the original versions gave the United States privileges in Iraq more suitable to the relationship between a colonial power and its protectorate.

The contents of the agreements were not cast in the form of a treaty because a treaty would have to be ratified by the US Senate. Bush plainly does not want senators asking troublesome questions about the implications of an open-ended Iraqi approval for 58 American military bases on Iraqi soil.

Five of the 58 are sprawling megabases that replicate the amenities of an American town. Balad Air Base, north of Baghdad, has air traffic comparable to Chicago's O'Hare Airport. No wonder some Iraqis see these bases as proof that Bush invaded Iraq to gain control of its vast oil reserves and to establish a new permanent military presence in the heart of the Middle East.


[SOURCE: Editorial | Boston Globe | 14 June 2008]


Thursday, 12 June 2008 at 8h 36m 1s

The difference between McCain and Obama (part one): tax plans

According to a report by the Tax Policy Center,

Families making between $37,595 and $66,354 of annual income with Obama would get an average tax cut of $1,042 per family while McCain’s tax cut for this group would be $319, the report states.
[SOURCE:  | Think Progress | 12 June 2008  ]

Click here for an easy to follow side-by-side comparison of the 2 tax plans proposed by the candidates.

The Tax Policy Center is a think tank related to the Urban Institute and Brookings Institute. Certain newspapers will call it "left- leaning" because it's substantive, non-partisan conclusions run counter to the political views of the editors in charge of those newspapers. The editors and CEO's of the corporate press insert the phrase "left-leaning", just like they insert the phrase "alledged" every time another one of their pet politicians gets caught in a corruption scandal.

Because I firmly believe everyone should always be aware of the potential bias of one's sources,here is a Wikipedia on the Tax Policy Center. Accordingly, "Based in Washington, D.C., the Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. The Center is comprised of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget, and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government."


Thursday, 12 June 2008 at 7h 54m 21s

Remember Pakistan

US troops just attacked a group of Pakistani paramilitary units within Pakistan. The US military is saying they were coordinating the effort with the Pakistani military, and that the units which were attacked were militants attacking US forces in Afghanistan.

Now considering how many times the US military has been wrong over the last 5 years, and how many times the US military top brass has covered up its mistakes, you have to take the reaction by the Pakistani military seriously, because they might be telling the truth:

Pakistan contended Wednesday that the Tuesday night strike was deliberate and unprovoked. The United States called it a legitimate response to an attack by militants on an American unit, and said the U.S. operation had been coordinated in advance with the Pakistanis.

"This was on purpose," Pakistan's military spokesman, Maj. General Athar Abbas, told McClatchy Newspapers. "There was no engagement on our side. We consider this a deliberate act of aggression. I'm dumbfounded."

"It's a disaster," Talat Masood, a retired Pakistani general, told McClatchy after the Tuesday night incident. "How can we call ourselves allies when this sort of thing happens? This will create greater mistrust. The only beneficiaries will be the militants."

The vehemence of the Pakistani official reaction was the latest sign of growing tensions with the United States.


[SOURCE: Saeed Shah and Jonathan S. Landay | McClathcy News Services | 11 June 2008]

Now considering how bungled and mismanaged this administration and the current top brass have made of Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudia Arabia, and Pakistan -- how much do you trust them to do anything against Iran? All the saber-rattling to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities will only make matters much worse, and (I fear) will begin the slide into World War Three and the Apocalypse that much closer. But that's what Bush wants, because in chaos and crisis they can destroy democracy and create the totalitarian police state.

But what do I know, eh?


Wednesday, 11 June 2008 at 15h 55m 19s

Are we winning yet?

Thanks to bartcop, and mnftiu.cc (who is the comic creator).


Wednesday, 11 June 2008 at 18h 2m 29s

The John McCain you never knew

Of course, this has to come from a Newspaper in Britain, because the US press is full of speculating nincompops who dishonor the meaning of journalism every day.

Click here to find out why John McCain left his first wife.


‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens...it just does,’[ John McCain's former wife Carol].

Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons.

McCain was then earning little more than £25,000 a year as a naval officer, while his new father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was a multi- millionaire who had impeccable political connections.

[...]

Ted Sampley, who fought with US Special Forces in Vietnam and is now a leading campaigner for veterans’ rights, said: ‘I have been following John McCain’s career for nearly 20 years. I know him personally. There is something wrong with this guy and let me tell you what it is – deceit.

‘When he came home and saw that Carol was not the beauty he left behind, he started running around on her almost right away. Everybody around him knew it.

‘Eventually he met Cindy and she was young and beautiful and very wealthy. At that point McCain just dumped Carol for something he thought was better.

‘This is a guy who makes such a big deal about his character. He has no character. He is a fake. If there was any character in that first marriage, it all belonged to Carol.’

[SOURCE: Sharon Churcher | The Daily Mail | 8 June 2008]

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For those who are curious as to the political perspective of the British press, here is A Wikipedia on the British Newspaper Daily Mail -- in case you are interested. Accordingly,The Mail is well-known for its right wing stance on numerous issues which it sees as being of moral significance...The paper, and the stereotypical "Daily Mail reader" have become stock characters in the UK (as the phrase "Guardian reader" has become for the left/liberal archetype).

and also (because things are not that simple)

The Daily Mail considers itself to be the voice of Middle England speaking up for "small-c" conservative[11] values against what it sees as a liberal establishment. It generally takes an anti-EU, anti-mass immigration, anti-abortion view, based around what it describes as "traditional values", and is correspondingly pro-family, pro-capitalism (though not always supportive of its aftereffects), and pro-monarchy, as well as, in some cases, advocating stricter punishments for crime. It also often calls for lower levels of taxation. The paper is generally critical of the BBC, which it argues is biased to the left. However, it is less supportive of deregulated commercial television than The Sun, and unlike Rupert Murdoch's tabloid it seems to be broadly nostalgic for what it believes the BBC once was.




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