Friday, December 30, 2011

Former Gary Johnson NH staffers defect to Ron Paul

Gary Johnson's five former New Hampshire staffers announced Friday that they are now endorsing Ron Paul for president.

"Like many political observers, we see clear and compelling differences between Congressman Ron Paul and the other candidates who will garner significant support in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary," the five former staffers said in a statement.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

US removes Taliban leader's name from most wanted terrorists list

The office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai lambasted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for removing the name of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of most wanted terrorists, and called on Washington to present explanation for such an unexpected action.


Kelly Clarkson: "I Love Ron Paul"

Just days before the critical Iowa caucus, Ron Paul has secured a major endorsement - from Kelly Clarkson.

The “American Idol” winner expressed her support for the Republican presidential candidate on Twitter.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Michele Bachmann chair defects to Ron Paul

In a shock announcement Wednesday night, Iowa state senator and onetime Michele Bachmann campaign leader Kent Sorenson declared that he is now supporting Ron Paul for president.


Ron Paul more than doubling Romney's NH TV ad buys

With New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary quickly approaching, Ron Paul's television ad campaign is pushing forward in full force.


SETI to scour the moon for alien footprints

The most profound question asked by mankind is: are we alone? So the second most profound question must be: where should we look if we're not alone?

Now, two prominent scientists have published a paper suggesting that although we have an entire universe to seek out the proverbial alien needle in a haystack, perhaps looking in our own backyard would be a good place to start.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Democrats lose ground registering new voters

Today, far fewer people are registering, and the enormous Democratic advantage among new voters in North Carolina has vanished, according to new data from Catalist, a group with Democratic ties that studies voter rolls.


Obama agrees to help Yemen's murderous president

Protests in Yemen waged to take down President Ali Abdullah Saleh yielded nearly 2,000 deaths, mostly dished out by the leader himself, who opposed the citizens’ stab at their own Arab Spring in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution.

Now only months after unrest erupted and Yemenis took to the streets to try to collapse Saleh’s corrupt regime and unjust rule over the land, the estranged leader has found a friend in US President Barack Obama. The White House has revealed that they will allow Saleh to come stateside for medical treatment.


Obama's imperial power grab on immigration

The Obama administration has taken federal-state relations to a new low in its quest for an unprecedented expansion of presidential power. In response to Arizona’s efforts to identify and arrest undocumented immigrants, the president claims that he can preempt state law whenever its enforcement might irritate a foreign government. This unconstitutional power grab cannot stand.


Lebanese analyst: US using al-Qaeda to destabilize Syria

Speaking to FNA, Director of the Arab and International Strategic Studies Center Qaleb Qandil said that Washington has freed hundreds of al-Qaeda prisoners in Iraq before withdrawing its forces from the war-torn country and infiltrated these terrorists into Syria to carry out attacks against the Syrian people.


Iranian navy thwarts pirate attack on Saudi oil tanker in int'l waters

An attempted hijack of a Saudi oil tanker by unknown pirate boats was foiled after an Iranian fleet of warships present in the region rushed to the scene.


Iran: We will cut oil flow if West imposes economic sanctions

Iran's first vice-president warned on Tuesday that the flow of crude will be stopped from the crucial Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if foreign sanctions are imposed on its oil exports, the country's official news agency reported.


Ron Paul isn't anti-Israel, former aide says

Dr. Leon Hadar, an Israeli and U.S. citizen who advised the Republican presidential hopeful in 2008, rejects characterization of Paul by another ex-aide as wishing Israel 'did not exist at all.'


Pelosi's $10,000-a-night vacation

The California Democrat's suite, which she has rented for the past two Christmases, room goes for a whopping $10,000 a night. Pelosi has been escorted by local police during her two visits, at a cost of $34,000 to local taxpayers,, the Reporter says.


Iran starts trial of CIA spy

Iran on Tuesday started trial of a young spy of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who was tasked with infiltrating the Iranian intelligence apparatus.


Obama signs NDAA 2012

Today I have signed into law H.R. 2055, the "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012." This bill provides the funding necessary for the smooth operation of our Nation's Government.

Paul's foreign policy attracting Iowa caucusgoers

His rivals are beating him up for his foreign policy positions, but Ron Paul is finding plenty of support among Iowa caucusgoers for his non-interventionist philosophy.

Paul’s reluctance to get tough with Iran as well as his call to end foreign aid and bring all troops home has made him an easy target for other 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.


Foreign policy experts agree with Ron Paul's controversial foreign policy

Ron Paul is often chided by his Republican opponents for his extreme views on American foreign policy. His calls for ending all foreign wars and shutting hundreds of military bases across the globe have drawn howls from his GOP rivals, who have labeled the moves irresponsible and naïve.

His campaign pledge of cutting all foreign aid and withdrawing U.S. participation in the World Trade Organization and the United Nations has been at odds with even the most conservative members of his own party.


Ob-Ed: Is Ron Paul a racist? No, because Libertarians can't be

The key question is now: is Ron Paul a racist? The answer is an unequivocal no.

What the mainstream media, and to a certain extent the general public, have to realize is that genuine libertarians cannot be racist. Nevermind what Paul has stated in books, documentaries, speeches and interviews for the past 30 years.


Obama golfs for the 90th time as president

After an hour of hiking, President Obama Monday got down to the serious business at hand, heading out to golf for the second day in his first three days of vacation. He was back on the course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Poll: Ron Paul is a top-tier candidate in Nevada

A 8NewsNow/Las Vegas Review-Journal poll released Wednesday reveals that Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is a top-tier candidate in Nevada. Mr. Paul finished in third place with 12.7 percent of the votes. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney bested former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 33.1 percent to 29.2 percent. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman pulled in 5 percent of less of the votes each.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ron Paul polls stronger v Obama in relation to Paul's competitors

2012 Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul polls strong against incumbent President Barack Obama in a general election matchup, according to a new CNN / ORC poll has Ron Paul.

Poll highlights include Paul besting Obama 47 to 46 percent among those 65 years and older, said to be the most reliable voters. Paul also beats Obama among whites 51 to 46 percent, persons who reside in rural areas 52 to 44 percent, and independents by 48 to 47 percent.


Obama operative in China defends one-child policy

President Barack Obama may not support coerced abortions in the United States of America, but that hasn’t stopped him from deploying Democrat operatives in China to persuade the Chinese public and its government to continue implementation of its coercive one-child policy.

The Chinese government is considering changing the coercive family planning policy to allow for the births of more children. A self-proclaimed Democrat operative, Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer, appeared on a Saturday afternoon Dialogue TV show on CCTV English news in Beijing. He argued in favor of forced abortions, since he calls himself a “non-humanist macro-economist.”


More Democrats arrested in vote-probe, including councilman

The City Council president, a councilman and two others were arrested Tuesday and charged with felonies for allegedly forging absentee ballots in the 2009 primary to benefit Democratic candidates.

Those arrested early Tuesday included City Council President Clement Campana, Councilman John Brown and political operatives Anthony Renna and Anthony DeFiglio.


How Democrats fooled California's redistricting commission

This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The meeting was House members only — no aides allowed — and the mission was seemingly impossible.

In previous years, the party had used its perennial control of California’s state Legislature to draw district maps that protected Democratic incumbents. But in 2010, California voters put redistricting in the hands of a citizens’ commission where decisions would be guided by public testimony and open debate.


Should journals describe how scientists made a killer flu?

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. government asked scientific journals not to publish the details of experiments on the deadly H5N1, for fear that the information could be used with malice. Is such censorship smart?


South Korean intelligence disputes circumstances of Kim John-il's death

North Korea is moving fast to consolidate its new leader Kim Jong-un, with senior military officials already having pledged allegiance, the South's intelligence service believes.

It also disputed the official account of Kim Jong-il's death, telling MPs in Seoul he could not have died en route to a visit because his train had been stationary all weekend. Officials suggested the account could have been created to burnish his image as a Dear Leader devoted to his people.


Former Iranian cyber Commander: Iran can make drones more advanced than RQ-170

Former Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Electronic Warfare Division Ali Asqar Zare'i stressed Iran's giant advancement in electronics, and said the country can and will make drones much better and more advanced than the US RQ-170 Sentinel that it downed on December 4.


NY Times projects Ron Paul as clear favorite to win Iowa

A New York Times Iowa primary projection, using figures collated from all the latest poll results and surveys, shows that Ron Paul is the clear favorite to win the crucial first Republican primary set to take place in just 13 days time.


US asks journals to censor bird flu studies

A U.S. scientific advisory board on Tuesday asked two scientific journals to leave out data from research studies on a lab-made version of bird flu that could spread more easily to humans, fearing it could be used as a potential weapon.

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity has asked the journals Nature and Science to publish redacted versions of the studies by two research groups that reportedly created forms of the H5N1 avian flu that could easily jump between ferrets -- typically considered a sign that the virus could spread quickly among humans.


Ron Paul takes the lead in Iowa

Just two weeks before Iowa’s first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses there’s a new leader, but the race remains “remarkably fluid,” according to a new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll likely Republican caucus-goers.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul has moved into first place - the fifth candidate to hold that spot since the mid-August Iowa GOP Straw Poll. The data collected between Dec. 8 and 18 suggest that unlike the previous frontrunners, Paul’s support is more solid.


Obama campaign releases instructional ad on propagandizing conservative family memberfs

Louisiana state officials call for troops on streets

Lawmakers in Louisiana are calling for National Guard troops to patrol the streets of New Orleans after a toddler was killed in a drive-by shooting. The last time troops were involved in domestic law enforcement in the state, they were used to confiscate legally owned firearms in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Under Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 of the Constitution, the National Guard - considered a state militia - is authorized to “execute the laws of the Union and suppress Insurrections and repel Invasion.” The Constitution says nothing about dispatching the military to fight domestic crime, a task usually undertaken by local law enforcement.


Chevy Volt costing taxpayers up to $250K per vehicle

Each Chevy Volt sold thus far may have as much as $250,000 in state and federal dollars in incentives behind it - a total of $3 billion altogether, according to an analysis by James Hohman, assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Hohman looked at total state and federal assistance offered for the development and production of the Chevy Volt, General Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. His analysis included 18 government deals that included loans, rebates, grants and tax credits. The amount of government assistance does not include the fact that General Motors is currently 26 percent owned by the federal government.


Local cops ready for war with Homeland Security-funded military weapons

A decade of billions in spending in the name of homeland security has armed local police departments with military-style equipment and a new commando mentality. But has it gone too far? Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz of the Center for Investigative Reporting report.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Iowa Gov: If Ron Paul wins, ignore it and look at who finishes second

From rightly heralding the Iowa primary as a crucial indicator as to who will eventually capture the GOP nomination, the establishment has closed ranks and now decided that a Ron Paul victory doesn’t count and that the focus will be on who finishes second.

A Politico article entitled Ron Paul panic seizes Iowa establishment perfectly illustrates the supreme arrogance of the very political elite Paul is fighting against and goes a step beyond Fox News pundit Chris Wallace’s insistence that the Iowa result “won’t count” if Ron Paul wins.

Despite the fact that two out of the last three winners of the Iowa primary have gone on to successfully capture the Republican nomination, the political class have decided that Ron Paul doesn’t deserve the opportunity to build the same kind of momentum, and that a victory for him in Iowa “would do irreparable harm to the future role of the first-in-the-nation caucuses.”


CIA/Israeli funded al Qaeda terror website busted by Germans

Eight German and Turkish teens and tweens are accused of supporting a terrorist organization because they translated propaganda pamphlets and videos by Al-Qaeda’s media service Al-Sahab into German language and published them in a web-forum. Their organization was active since 2006, mostly in Germany and Austria, and is known as Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF).

During the current court procedures evidence was presented that these wannabe jihadists were supported by theSITE Intelligence Group, a very suspicious (probably Mossad) outlet run by Rita Katz an Israeli analyst and former soldier of the IDF. SITE offers “breaking news, articles and analysis of the jihadist threat” and is famousof providing Al-Qaeda videos of dubious provenance.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Video: Priest nearly arrested at council meeting for exercising First Amendment

In Florida, if you make an unflattering comparison about the abuse of government authority during an open forum at a city council meeting, you may face the possibly of being “out of order” and subject to removal by police.

Father Nathan Monk of Pensacola, Florida, faced just such a situation on Friday when members of the city council there ruled him out of order.


Ron Paul surge prompts attacks

Ron Paul: Conspiracy Nut, Anti-Semite
Last year Ron Paul said that the CIA perpetrated a coup over the United States. “There’s been a coup, have you heard? It’s the CIA coup. They’re in businesses, in drug businesses." That fits in as just another part of the wacky world of Ron Paul that has spanned decades of denigrating blacks, assigning all sorts of crazy conspiracies to the US government, and above all hatred for Israel. It is a disgusting sin that this man is a political candidate for anything much less for the GOP nomination for President of the United States.



Ron Paul Supporter: "Assassinate N-Word Obama and Monkey Children"
Jules Manson, a former candidate for city council in Carson, California and enthusiastic Ron Paul supporter wrote “Assassinate the f#@#en n-word and his monkey children” in a Facebook post.


Ron Paul's Iowa win: Hackers threaten to disrupt caucus vote

Now that it looks like Ron Paul will take the Iowa caucus hands-down, the shadowy hacker group Anonymous has vowed to disrupt the vote.

“Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month’s presidential nominating caucuses,” reports theAssociated Press.

A video on YouTube was allegedly posted by Anonymous. It calls the political system corrupt and urges supporters to "peacefully shut down" the January 3rd caucus.


Gingrich collapses in Iowa as Ron Paul surges to the front

A new poll from Public Policy Polling shows that Ron Paul has taken the lead in the Iowa caucus race, while Newt Gingrich's support is fading fast. A different Gallup poll shows Gringrich still holding the lead, but slipping, while The New York Times has Paul in the lead as well.

Gingrich has seen his numbers in the PPP poll drop from 27 percent to 14 percent in just three weeks, while his favorability rating is now split at 46 percent for to 47 percent against, the worst of any candidate not named Jon Huntsman. That's quite a fall for someone who looked to be running away with the state and taking charge on the national level.


GOP will take off the gloves if Ron Paul wins Iowa

The Republican presidential primary has become a bit feisty, but it will get downright ugly if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses.

The principled, antiwar, Constitution-obeying, Fed-hating, libertarian Republican congressman from Texas stands firmly outside the bounds of permissible dissent as drawn by either the Republican establishment or the mainstream media. (Disclosure: Paul wrote the foreword to my 2009 book.)


Biden: 'The Taliban per se is not our enemy'

In an interview with Leslie Gelb in Newsweek, Vice President Joe Biden says:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

U.S. clears Iraqi airspace for Israeli strike against Iran

The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.


Video: Corzine served papers

Paul's serious challenge to Iowa could rock the GOP race

What if Ron Paul rocked the political establishment, silenced the naysayers and spoiled the party for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by winning the Iowa caucuses?

"I think I have a good chance," the Republican presidential candidate told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" on Wednesday.

"I'm not saying that I'm not... working on a daily basis, you know, I'm assuming I'm going to win this thing," Paul said. "I'm assuming we're going to do very, very well and have a much better showing than anybody has given us credit for the past year."


Israel ministry drafts new rules to restrict home births

A woman planning to give birth at home will have to obtain a letter from her family doctor testifying that she is both physically and mentally sound, under new regulations being drafted by the Health Ministry that many believe are aimed at curtailing home births.

The letter would have to be submitted to the midwife or doctor attending the birth before the home birth can take place.


Jacques Chirac found guilty of corruption

The former French president Jacques Chirac has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of embezzling public funds to illegally finance the conservative party he led.

Chirac, a savvy world diplomat and part of France's political establishment for decades, is the first former French head of state to face prosecution since the second world war. But the 79-year-old former leader did not take part in the trial after doctors determined that he suffers from severe memory lapses.


US exit from Iraq: 'this is not a withdrawal, this is an act on a stage'

There was no triumphalism and certainly no shock or awe. The end of the war in Iraq was subdued and simple: a small band playing as the US forces flag was furled with 200 troops watching on quietly.

In a makeshift parade ground in a corner of Baghdad airport, time was called on the war just after 1pm on Thursday, eight years, eight months and 26 days after its far more dramatic opening in March 2003. Nearby a plane was waiting to take home the US high command. And in southern Iraq, the 4,000 US troops who remain were steadily streaming towards Kuwait.


West losing covert war in Iran

Former CIA officer Robert Baer said the collapse of CIA operations in Lebanon following Hezbollah's unmasking of several CIA spies and the recent naming of the agency's station chief is a serious blow to the US ability to gather intelligence amid what appears to be an intensifying covert war between the West and Iran.


Ordinary Iranians prepare for war

The Washington Post posted a story today highlighting the fear of average Iranians as their leaders recite useless bravado and the U.S. and Israel launch covert attacks inside their country and snoop out targets with advanced spy drones.


Even the Arabs are shocked

They're also already defending the idea that you can extinguish citizen rights in various places if someone is suspected of being a terrorist. So, for example, Al Awlaki was a US citizen, and the claim is that you can engage in a targeted assassination even of a US citizen that contests whether or not he or she is a suspected terrorist.


Marines promoted inflated Medal of Honor story, Obama description 'untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated'

With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the former Marine corporal for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor.

Obama told the audience in the White House East Room on Sept. 15 that Meyer had driven into the heart of a savage ambush in eastern Afghanistan against orders. He'd killed insurgents at near-point-blank range, twice leapt from his gun turret to rescue two dozen Afghan soldiers and saved the lives of 13 U.S. service members as he fought to recover the bodies of four comrades, the president said.

But there's a problem with this account: Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy examined.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Video: NBC News flips America the bird

New Haven mayor asks state to allow illegal immigrants to vote

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano plans to ask the state Legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to be able vote in municipal elections.

DeStefano said on Tuesday that the proposal would build a more engaged community and follows the lead of other cities, the New Haven Register reports.


Police use Predator drone to arrest family accused of stealing cows

Meet the Brossarts, a North Dakota family deemed so dangerous that the local sheriff needed unleashed an unmanned Predator drone to help bring them in.

The Brossart's alleged crime? They wouldn't give back three cows and their calves that wandered onto their 3,000-acre farm this summer.

The same aerial vehicles used by the CIA to track down and assassinate terrorists and militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan are now being deployed by cops to spy on Americans in their own backyards.


Realtors: We overcounted home sales for five years

Data on sales of previously owned U.S. homes from 2007 through October this year will be revised down next week because of double counting, indicating a much weaker housing market than previously thought.

The National Association of Realtors said a benchmarking exercise had revealed that some properties were listed more than once, and in some instances, new home sales were also captured.


Mickey Mouse, Adolf Hitler allowed on Wis. recall petitions

The signatures of Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler will be counted on recall petitions targeting Gov. Scott Walker as long as they are properly dated and include a Wisconsin address, the board charged with reviewing the petitions was told Tuesday.


Obama campaign collecting GOP emails

From the Obama website:

Who inspires you to give?
This holiday season, we’re giving you a chance to have a little fun at the expense of a Republican in your life by letting them know they inspired you to make a donation to the Obama campaign.
Simply enter their name and email address below. Then, we’ll send them a message letting them know they inspired you to donate.
Thank you for supporting this campaign, and happy holidays.
Important: By making a donation today, you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to have dinner with Barack and Michelle Obama. By clicking on the “Submit” button below or otherwise participating in the promotion, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements.
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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tweets from Congressional staffers describe on-job drinking

"Dear taxpayers - I hope you don't mind that I'm watching YouTube clips of Nirvana at my government job. Thanks, your'e the best."


Video: Bill O'Reilly assaults citizen journalist, after attending Newt fundraiser

Iran shows film of captured US drone

Images show Iranian military officials inspecting the RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft which appears to be undamaged.

US officials have acknowledged the loss of the unmanned plane, saying it had malfunctioned.

However, Iranian officials say its forces electronically hijacked the drone and steered it to the ground.


Holder suggests 'Fast and Furious' guns will be used in crimes for 'years to come'

Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that weapons lost during the course of the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation will continue to show up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico "for years to come."

Holder, in testimony on Capitol Hill that comes as the congressional investigation into the program expands, decried the "gun-walking" tactic used in the operation as "inexcusable" and "wholly unacceptable." But a day after an influential senator called for the resignation of one of Holder's top deputies over the scandal, Holder denied department leaders played any role in the crafting of "Fast and Furious."


80-year-old woman criminally charged for feeding ducks at pond

A woman known as “the bird lady” is facing criminal charges for feeding the ducks, geese, and pigeons at a local pond.

Eighty-year-old Claire Butcher has been feeding the birds for 45 years at Flax, Sluice, and Goldfish Ponds in Lynn.

But the controversy really began to simmer back in 2009.


Sen. Boxer to climate-change deniers: 'You are endangering humankind'

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) blasted skeptics of climate science Wednesday, alleging they are “endangering humankind.”

“The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind,” Boxer said during a press conference in the Capitol. “It is time for climate deniers to face reality, because the body of evidence is overwhelming and the world’s leading scientists agree.”


Starbucks general counsel retires to work on Obama campaign

Starbucks general counsel and secretary Paula Boggs will retire April 2 to join President Obama's re-election campaign. She has been at the coffee company since 2002.

Boggs will be based in Seattle and Santa Fe and work for the campaign in communities across the country.


German politician: Euro downgrade is an American plot

Standard & Poor’s warning that no less than fifteen eurozone states, including Germany, could lose their AAA credit rating has been met with howls of protest from leading German politicians. The general secretary of the Social Democratic party (SPD), Andrea Nahles, described the Standard and Poor’s announcement as “shameless.” Former German finance minister Peer Steinbrück, also of the SPD, spoke of a “provocation” and urged the European Commission to subject the rating agencies to “far stricter regulation.”


Study: Voters fleeing both major parties; especially bad for Democrats

A report released Wednesday by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.

“The numbers show that Democrats’ path to victory just got harder,” said Lanae Erickson, the report’s co-author. “We are seeing both an increase in independents and a decrease in Democrats and that means the coalition they have to assemble is going to rely even more on independents in 2012 than it did in 2008.”


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Perl Harbor memo shows US warned of Japanese attack

Now, on the 70th anniversary of Japan's devastating bombardment of the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, evidence has emerged showing that President Franklin D.Roosevelt was warned three days before the attack that the Japanese empire was eyeing up Hawaii with a view to "open conflict."


Report: U.S. agents are laundering money for Mexican drug cartels

President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder can't seem to catch a break these days. Still fending off calls for his resignation over the Department of Justice's botched "Fast and Furious" gun smuggling operation, Holder was hit with a fresh investigation this week amid reports that the DEA is laundering money for Mexico's brutal drug cartels. 


Students expelled after beating video surfaces online

Nine students at Dean College have been expelled after a student was beaten up in an attack that was recorded on video.


School turns heating off to 'save planet'

Pupils shivered in coats, hats and scarves as temperatures fell to just 1°C (34°F).

Head Rob Benzie switched off the radiators to show how the secondary school could cut its carbon footprint.


Firefighters watch as couple's home burns to the ground over unpaid $75 fee

A couple stood helplessly by and watched their home and valuables go up in flames because a team of firefighters refused to help - as they had not paid their 'subscription fees'.

Vicky Bell and her boyfriend managed to escape from their trailer home but did not have time to grab many personal belongings.

Miss Bell, from Tennessee, said the blaze was terrifying - but almost as shocking was seeing fire trucks sitting in the distance and doing nothing to help.


Government activating FEMA camps across U.S. has received a document originating from Halliburton subsidiary KBR that provides details on a push to outfit FEMA and U.S. Army camps around the United States. Entitled “Project Overview and Anticipated Project Requirements,” the document describes services KBR is looking to farm out to subcontractors. The document was passed on to us by a state government employee who wishes to remain anonymous for obvious reasons.


Gingrich advocated trashing Fourth Amendment and Bill of Rights

During a question and answer session at a C-Span “Book Revue” in Huntington, New York, Gingrich said he would allow the FBI to violate the Fourth Amendment and permit it to aggressively trash the civil liberties of Americans the government designates as terrorists.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Mitt Romney's staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records

Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.


US to consider gay rights abuses in foreign aid spending

The Obama administration will begin considering how countries treat gay and lesbian citizens when making decisions about allocating foreign aid, an official familiar with the decision has said.


Muppet movies: their communist plots revealed

The headline in the Hollywood Reporter reads "Fox Business Network Calls Muppets Communist", followed by the deeply dispiriting words "Debate Goes Viral", which here we may take to mean: "Gains Perverse Legitimacy Because Lots of People Clicked On It". It is just the latest in a series of claims about children's films having a leftwing agenda. Last month a New York Post writer described Happy Feet 2 as "Kiddie Karl Marx". Sorry, I forgot to say SPOILER ALERT.


NAACP Petitions UN, warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote

The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is petitioning the UN over what it sees as a concerted efforted to disenfranchise black and Latino voters ahead of next year's presidential election.

The organisation will this week present evidence to the UN high commissioner on human rights of what it contends is a conscious attempt to "block the vote" on the part of state legislatures across the US. Next March the NAACP will send a delegation of legal experts to Geneva to enlist the support of the UN human rights council.


Woman accused of leaving dead friend's body under Christmas presents

Police say a York County woman admitted to killing a 67-year-old family friend in Florida and leaving the woman’s body underneath a pile of Christmas presents in her own home.

Patty White, 40, has been arrested for allegedly killing 67-year-old Michele O’Dowd in her Jacksonville home Friday. Jacksonville police indicated to CBS Charlotte that while no charges have been filed to this point, the case against White will be a homicide case.


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