Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pakistan conducts test of NUCLEAR capable cruise missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted test of mediumrange cruise missile, which can deliver nuclear warheads, the military said.

"Pakistan today conducted a successful Flight Test of the indigenously developed AirLaunched Cruise Missile, Hatf-VIII (Ra' ad)," an army statement said.


US Commander: China nukes no 'direct threat'

China's nuclear weapons do not pose a "direct threat" to the United States, the man in charge of America's arsenal said Wednesday in calling for greater dialogue with the Chinese.

"We would like to have routine contact and conversations with China's military," General Robert Kehler, head of Strategic Command, which oversees US nuclear deterrence, told the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.


Government Gone Wild: Nanny Bloomberg wants to ban sale of big sizes of sugary drinks

New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity.

“Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, ‘Oh, this is terrible,’ ” Mr. Bloomberg said. “I think that’s what the public wants the mayor to do.”

“The New York City health department’s unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks is again pushing them over the top,” the industry spokesman, Stefan Friedman, said. “It’s time for serious health professionals to move on and seek solutions that are going to actually curb obesity. These zealous proposals just distract from the hard work that needs to be done on this front.”


The most transparent administration stonewalls declassification of secret court rulings

The Obama administration was supposed to begin declassifying key rulings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) two years ago. But to date nothing has been made available.


Bank of America: Thanks for the taxpayer bailout...We'll create some jobs in the Philippines

Less than four years after it was rescued with nearly $50 billion in taxpayer money, Bank of America has decided to add offshore call-center jobs in the Philippines.

BofA follows other major banks—JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo—that have already relocated portions of their banking operations to the Philippines.


State agency censored online health food advice column

Steven Cooksey says all he wanted to do was help other diabetics get healthy, but a North Carolina agency tried to censor his online healthy food advice column, saying he was not a licensed dietitian.

Cooksey filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court, saying the state violated his free speech rights.


Israeli minors charged with robbing, beating African migrants in Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv district prosecutor brought charges on Thursday against a group of minors who are accused of organizing and carrying out a series of attacks againt Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in Tel Aviv.

According to the charges, the members of the gang attacked migrants using different weapons, and robbed them in some instances. The indictment is against 10 minors over racially-motivated attacks, and a further female minor is named over property offenses.


Obama vetoed Assad assassination attempt

New reports filed this week suggest that the an attempt to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad orchestrated by French and Saudi governments was recently abandoned after US President Barack Obama refused to involve America in the attack.

Sources reporting to the Debka news agency in Israel say that a Franco-Saudi plan to oust Assad from his rule in Syria was all but implemented in recent weeks, but the White House’s reluctance to offer US assistance eventually eroded what chance existed for ending Assad’s rule.

According to military and intelligence sources reporting to Debka, a complex plan relying on air strikes and bombardment from the sea was believed to be on the table. When prompted to add US manpower to aid in the attack, however, President Obama repeatedly refused to get involved.


Is US preparing for broad Middle East conflict?

Does US intransigence on European missile defense, increasing chaos in Syria and a lack of progress in resolving the Iranian standoff point to the eventual outbreak of full-blown violence across the Middle East?

But first, before jumping headlong into the Middle East, a little background from Russia’s perspective is required.

With the arrival of Barack Obama to the White House four years ago, many in Moscow genuinely believed there would be a normalization of relations between the two former Cold War opponents. There is no crime in dreaming, right?


US ready to act on Syria outside UN?

The US has hinted at taking actions against the Syrian regime bypassing the authority of the UN Security Council. This comes as pressure is piling up on Damascus following massacre in Houla that claimed over 100 lives.

US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has said that if the council does not take swift action to pressure Syrian authorities to end 14-month crackdown on the anti-government uprising, the Security Council members may have no choice but to consider acting outside the UN.


Armenian president dissolves government

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree on Thursday to dissolve the country’s government following the first session of the newly elected parliament earlier in the day, Armenian media reported.


Trade Wars: U.S. to slap punitive duties on steel cylinders from China

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)Wednesday cleared the way for the U.S. government to levy antidumping andcountervailing duties against imports of high-pressure steel cylinders from China.

The USITC made a final determination that U.S. industry is materially injured byimports of China's high-pressure steel cylinders. Earlier this month, the U.S.Commerce Department had determined those products were subsidized and sold inthe U.S. market at less than fair value.


Rush Limbaugh bust security costs taxpayers

The Missouri House has spent more than $1,100 in taxpayer money on a security camera to keep watch over a new bronze bust of conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, the House clerk said Thursday.


Fear of arrest for war crimes still prevents Israeli officials from visiting Britain

The Israeli government fears senior state officials and military officers are still at risk of being arrested in Britain for alleged war crimes, despite a legal amendment aimed at precluding such arrests. Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog had recently canceled an appearance at a fundraising dinner in London scheduled for next month at the advice of Jerusalem.


U.S. says Russia, other Syria backers on 'wrong side of history'

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the United States was working with other nations to apply more pressure on the Bashar Assad's regime, stressing its "appalling, depraved behavior."

"Assad will be remembered forever for what he did this past weekend and what he has done for the past 15 months." Carney said on Wednesday. "He squandered an opportunity to preside over a political transition that would improve the position of Syria in the international community and, most importantly, improve the lives of his citizens. And that will not change."


Report: Iran unveils self-made satellite navigation system

Iran has produced a domestically made satellite navigation system, the head of the country's space program said in an unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, saying he hoped in the future Tehran would be able to fit the system on Iranian-made spacecraft.

The comments by Iran Space Agency Hamid Fazeli, and cited by the Mehr news agency, came after, earlier this year Iranian media claimed the country had successfully launched a new small satellite into orbit the latest in the country's ambitious space program that has raised concerns because of its possible military applications.


Chen Guangcheng to address NWO, Council on Foreign Relations

Even as he is focuses on the safety of family members who remain in China and his own physical and emotional recovery, pro-life human rights activist Chen Guangcheng is preparing to address the prestigious Council on Foreign Affairs on Thursday. Chen will be alongside New York University law professor Jerome Cohen, his mentor, whom he met in 2003 when Chen came to the United States.

The Washington Post is reporting that Chen is also expected to tell his incredible story of courage in the face of a brutally repressive Chinese government at a congressional hearing.


Central banker sees structure of Euro Zone as 'unsustainable'

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, warned Thursday that the structure of the euro zone had become “unsustainable” and criticized political leaders he said have been slow to respond to the sovereign debt crisis.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Video: Illinois State Rep. epic rant against lack of Democracy

“Total power in one person’s hands, not the American way!” Bost screamed, tossing the bill up in the air and then taking an errant swing at the papers as they fluttered down around him. He then took the papers that settled near him and threw them at his colleagues.

 “These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second, and I’ve got to try to figure out how to vote for my people? You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it! Every year we give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution!”


California, New York, New Jersey least competitive states for business based on taxes

California is one of three "least competitive" states for business based on taxes, according to chief financial officers surveyed by Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC.

Joining California at the bottom of the competitiveness heap are New York and New Jersey, according to the report, "CFO Matters: Tax Perspectives Survey Highlights."


SETP meetings oppose US-Australia war preparations against China

During the past week, the Socialist Equality Party (Australia) has held successful public meetings in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and in the New Zealand city of Wellington, to discuss the dangers of the US-Australia military build-up against China and the urgent need for a genuine anti-war movement based on a revolutionary socialist program.


Flashback: US to station troops in northern Australia as fears of China's Pacific presence grow

Italy hikes gasoline excise tax to fund quake relief

Italy will raise gasoline excise taxes to help fund relief and rebuilding efforts in the regions hit by earthquakes this month, the government said Wednesday.

A cabinet meeting in Rome earlier in the day was called to approve the measure, which will add two euro cents a liter to transport fuel excise duty.

Industry Minister Corrado Passera urged oil companies to lower their price to help offset the inevitable impact of the extra tax on consumers.

"We are sure that in this moment of emergency for so many people and companies, that oil companies...will want to do their part," Passera said.


Confirmed: US commandos parachuted into N. Korea

US and South Korean special forces have been parachuting into North Korea to gather intelligence about underground military installations, a US officer has said in comments carried in US media.

Army Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of US special forces in South Korea, told a conference held in Florida last week that Pyongyang had built thousands of tunnels since the Korean war, The Diplomat reported.


The Power of Cool: How Hollywood elite are exempt from scrutiny

When Barack Obama two years ago joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that potential suitors of his two daughters might have to deal with Predator drones (“But boys, don’t get any ideas. Two words for you: Predator drones. You will never see it coming.”), the liberal crowd roared. That failed macabre joke would have earned George W. Bush a week of headline condemnation from the New York Times and the Washington Post.


Clint Eastwood's daughter under fire after destroying a $100,000 Hermes Birkin handbag

Steven Tyler's $1.1 million, 1,244 HP convertible

Escape from New York? Biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation

New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation between 2000 and 2010, with 3.4 million residents leaving over that period, according to the Tax Foundation.

Over that decade the state gained 2.1 million, so net migration amounted to 1.3 million, representing a loss of $45.6 billion in income.


Pentagon: US should enhance Asia-Pacific military role

US defense secretary Leon Panetta said America needs to increase its military role in the Asian Pacific, restating Washington's concern over the reality of China’s rapidly developing military influence.

"That reality is inescapable for our country and for our military, which has already begun broadening and deepening our engagement throughout the Asia-Pacific," Panetta said.


Drug-trafficking to Central Asia ups via US-NATO controlled areas in Afghanistan

An Afghan anti-narcotics official said that nearly 100 tons of different types of narcotics have been smuggled to the Central Asia by drug-traffickers mainly through the areas under US and NATO control.


Former security official unveils Mossad's role in assassination of Iraqi elites

Former Iraqi National Security Advisor Moafaq al-Rubaie said that the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, has infiltrated its agents into Iraq under different guises and assassinated the country's elites.

"The assassination of Iraqi scientists and pilots was neither accidental nor a natural result of insecurity and instability in the country, rather it was a well-planned move led from behind the stage by some spy agencies, which want to destroy Iraq and keep it backward," Rubaie said.


Protestor jailed for spitting on Putin portrait

A court in southern Russia sentenced an opposition activist to 15 days in jail on Wednesday for spitting on a portrait of President Vladimir Putin, his lawyer said.

Dmitry Karuyev, a member of the Other Russia movement, was detained as he staged a one-man protest outside the offices of the ruling United Russia party in Cheboksary, some 660 kilometers south of Moscow, on the eve of Putin's May 7 inauguration for a third term.


Russia to reopen Arctic airbases

Selected air units of Russia’s Western military district will start this year preparations to return to abandoned Arctic airfields, the commander of the district’s aviation Maj. Gen. Igor Makushev said on Wednesday.


Beijin set to try out Democrat's favorite tax, Value-added tax (VAT)

The Beijing tax authorities will start levying value-added tax (VAT) on the transportationsector and certain services sectors, but some companies expressed concernyesterday about the new tax.


Congress prohibits U.S. military from using biofuel

Despite testimony from the Pentagon’s top leaders that energy diversification is a key component of American military and security strategy, the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 24 voted 13-12 to prohibit the U.S. military from buying biofuel, a plant-based alternative to oil that is currently more expensive, unless or until its price drops to that of oil. The committee’s majority also voted to stop the Department of Defense (DOD) from building its own biofuel refinery. The House of Representatives had approved similar restrictions earlier this month.


IMF Chief Christine Legarde pays ZERO taxes while demanding you and I pay more

The news will intensify criticism of the former French Finance Minister following her controversial remarks on the increasingly bleak prospects for the Greek economy last week. Stating that she had more sympathy for poor African children with little education than for jobless people complaining about austerity measures in Greece, she said last week: "As far as Athens is concerned, I also think about all those people who are trying to escape tax all the time. All these people in Greece who are trying to escape tax."

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund is paid a salary of $467,940 (£298,675), automatically increased every year according to inflation. On top of that she receives an allowance of $83,760 - payable without "justification" - and additional expenses for entertainment, making her total package worth more than the amount received by US President Barack Obama according to reports last night.


John (I like raising taxes) Kerry still hasn't paid his share

Summer is back in New England and you know what that means — backyard barbecues, traffic tie-ups on the Cape, and the return of one of the most storied sailing vessels on the high seas — U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry’s yacht.

The Herald Truth Squad made a surprise inspection of the $7 million Isabel last week while it was docked in tony Newport, R.I. — a strange location considering it’s the place that landed Kerry in hot water two summers ago.


KAH-POW! Putin rejects White House talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month rejected an offer from United States (US) President Barack Obama for landmark bilateral talks at the White House, the Kremlin revealed on Tuesday.


Poland bans bee-killing GM corn

A significant health freedom victory has taken place in the European nation of Poland, where all plantings of Monsanto’s MON810, a genetically-modified (GM) variety of maize (corn) that produces its own built-in Bt insecticide in every kernel, have been officially banned.


Netanyahu condemns world powers for lowering saber-rattling

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that he was disappointed that the six world powers engaged in nuclear talks with Iran had lowered their demands from Tehran.

"After a few rounds of talks - I am sorry to say that the demands from Iran are not enough," Netanyahu said during a speech at the Institute for National Security Studies."I hoped the P5+1 will demand that Iran halt all enrichment - but instead they are lowering their demands from Iran."


General: Pentagon prepared to provide 'military options' on Syria

The U.S. Defense Department was prepared to provide "military options" on ending the violence in Syria should mounting diplomatic pressure not stop the fighting, the top U.S. military official told broadcaster CBS Monday.

"I think that diplomatic pressure should always precede any discussions about military options. And that is my job by the way, is options, not policy. And so, we will be prepared to provide (military) options if asked to do so," General Martin Dempsey told CBS This Morning.


Russia will veto military intervention in Syria - Foreign Ministry

Russia is firmly dedicated not to let pass an initiative of foreign military intervention into Syria in the UN Security Council.

“We always said we’re strongly against any kind of external interference into the Syrian conflict, because it would only worsen the situation and bring unpredictable consequences for Syria and the whole region,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax.


Barack Obama: The one-man death panel for alleged terrorists and American citizens

When it comes to authorizing the killing of terrorists, including American citizens by U.S. forces, the buck really does stop with President Barack Obama.

John Brennan, Obama’s counter-terrorism chief, has been portrayed recently as the one-man death panel responsible for deciding who belongs on the government’s kill list. But Brennan’s decisions ultimately are only recommendations given to Obama, who must authorize the Central Intelligence Agency or Special Forces to carry out the assassinations.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Federal workers are less satisfied with their pay

Federal workers were less satisfied with their pay in 2011 than in 2010, according to the Partnership for Public Service’s annual Best Places to Work survey released Tuesday.

The nonprofit concluded that the dip in employee satisfaction with pay, down 6.1 percent from its 2010 survey to 59.1 points out of 100, is “likely reflecting the two-year freeze on comparability pay increase imposed by Congress in December 2010, and the concern that additional cutbacks might be in the offing.”


IRS closing 43 offices, but says all employees will keep their jobs

A spokesman for the agency told The Washington Post on Monday that all workers in the affected offices either will be reassigned to nearby facilities or will be allowed to telework. Each of the offices scheduled toclose employs fewer than 25 workers and none includes a taxpayer assistance center, the IRS said May 22. The agency expects closures will save it $17.2 million in fiscal 2012 and $23.5 million in fiscal 2013.


Congress forcing Army to accept useless tanks

How much of the US Defense Department’s budget is wasted each year? If the Pentagon’s current proposal for 2013 gets approved as is, at least $91 million can more or less be trashed thanks to an order for 33 unneeded Army tanks.

The Senate Armed Service Committee has already approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and along with a handful of other military-related provisions are their spending requests for the DoD. Among billions of dollars’ worth of doo-dads and weaponry, however, sets a request for $91 million to procured nearly three dozen new M1A1 Abrams battle tanks made by General Dynamics.


After doing such a great job: TSA wants to double security fees

It looks like the TSA finally caught on to how much Americans enjoy having their genitals fondled: the US Transportation and Security Administration wants to start charging airline passengers double on screening fees.

A proposal to double the security fee on flights originating in the United States has been given the go-ahead by the Democrat-controlled Senate and, pending full Congressional approval, could soon be coming to an airport near you. If the hike is authorized, the security fee tagged on to a round-trip airline ticket will double from $5 to $10.


Commerce considers labeling Arab Americans a disadvantaged minority

The Commerce Department is considering naming Arab Americans a socially and economically disadvantaged minority group that is eligible for special business assistance.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) petitioned Commerce earlier this year to ask that Arab Americans be made eligible for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), which helps minority entrepreneurs gain access to capital, contracts and trade opportunities.


Video footage reveals terrorists' role in Houla Massacre

A video footage released by different Arab and western media showed that terrorists, and not the Syrian army, launched an attack and killed over a hundred civilians in Houla area in Central Syria on Friday.


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Italian photographer shocked to see Iraq photo used in Syria massacre

Marco Di Lauro, an Italian photographer who took a shocking photo from Iraq in 2003 showing the corpses of Shiite Iraqi children killed during the Saddam era announced that he was shocked to see the photo on BBC website atop a report from the recent massacre in Syria.


Iran: West's dual policy "futile"

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast underlined inefficiency of the West's dual-track policy of pressure and talk towards Iran, and called on the world powers to avoid miscalculations in the upcoming talks with Iran in Moscow later in June.


Iran: Israel behind crimes in Syria

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast blamed foreign actors for the recent massacre of the Syrian people in Houla region, and said Israel is involved in any crime committed in Syria since the regime benefits from insecurity and turmoil in the Muslim Arab country.


U.S. synagogue disinvites Democratic leader Wasserman Schultz amid Republican protest

A Miami synagogue has canceled a planned address by the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

The synagogue's president, Ben Kuehne, a Miami attorney, said on Thursday that the event was canceled because of security concerns.

Wasserman Schultz, however, attributed the situation partly to the synagogue's "internal politics."

"I believe strongly that in a democracy people should be able to hear from and interact with their elected officials, which is why I gladly accepted Temple Israel’s invitation to speak, as I have previously to many organizations and religious institutions throughout South Florida," she said.


Netanyahu deputy hints at Israeli involvement in Iran cyber attack

Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted on Monday at possible Israeli involvement in the Flame bug, which was revealed to have targeted computers in Iran and the West Bank on Monday.

"Anyone who sees the Iranian threat as a significant threat - it's reasonable [to assume] that he will take various steps, including these, to harm it," Ya’alon said Tuesday morning in an interview with Army Radio.


Bank profits hit 5-year high

Four years after crashing the global economy as a result of their irresponsible gambling with other people’s money, U.S. banks posted record profits for the first quarter of 2012, according to a report released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Quarterly Banking Profile showed bank net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $35.3 billion, up by $6.6 billion from the first quarter of 2011, while total revenues increased for only the second time in the past five quarters.


National Labor Relations Board member resigns, under investigation for leaking documents to GOP colleaques

After only four months on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Republican appointee Terence F. Flynn resigned over the weekend after an internal investigation found he had leaked documents to GOP colleagues. The NLRB is supposed to ensure the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, or to freely refuse the right to participate in a union.


US troops imitate invasion of Iran with Arab allies

Around 12,000 troops from more than 19 nations are wrapping up a massive military training drill in the Middle East. But for some of those servicemen, these exercises might be just the beginning of something much bigger to come.

The United States, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan are just a sampling of the many countries — along with European allies — that have been involved in the nearly month-long Eager Lion 2012 exercise expected to end this week. Although much of the drills have been kept under wraps, it isn’t a secret that these states have spent the last month cooperating together through mock combat drills and comprehensive training. Some sources overseas report, however, that as many as 3,000 troops aligned with US forces have conducted a simulated landing and attack on Iran, preparing America and its allies for a war that becomes more likely by the day.


US federal court OK's handcuffing teens at school

A US federal court has approved a lawsuit settlement banning public schools in a Mississippi school district from handcuffing students younger than 13, but still allowing them to handcuff teenage students.

The settlement between the Jackson County School District and the Southern Poverty Law Center also banned schools in the state’s second-largest district from shackling students to poles and other objects. Every incidence of using handcuffs is to be recorded, and principles that continue to shackle their students to objects will now risk being fired.


Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory.

UPDATE: However, one security consultancy has said that the implication that the backdoor might have been secretly inserted by the Chinese manufacturer is "bogus", and that malicious intent is unlikely.


AP Exclusive: Calif. 9/11 fund raided by politicians

After the 2001 terrorist attacks, California lawmakers sought a way to channel the patriotic fervor and use it to help victims' families and law enforcement. Their answer: specialty memorial license plates emblazoned with the words, "We Will Never Forget."

But an Associated Press review of the $15 million collected since lawmakers approved the "California Memorial Scholarship Program" shows only a small fraction of the money went to scholarships. While 40 percent has funded anti-terror training programs, $3 million was raided by Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to plug the state's budget deficit.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ron Paul Revolution: Could complete biggest upset in GOP history

Rule 38, the rule that has grabbed the hopes of the Ron Paul Revolution and instilled fear throughout the Republican establishment. Due to the recent discovery of Rule 38 and the effect it may cause on the Republican National Convention, many political analysts have placed their own interpretation on what it exactly stands for. Rule 38 states, "No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule.” I am here to tell you the truth about Rule 38 and it lies in the hands of a ruling by the Republican National Convention Legal Counsel back in 2008.


999? Herman Cain learned from Ron Paul and is calling for a return to a gold standard

While Herman Cain was a Republican candidate for President he made headlines for arguing with Congressman Ron Paul over monetary policy and the Federal Reserve. Herman Cain had worked for the Federal Reserve from 1992 to 1996, a fact that made many conservatives nervous. Although Herman Cain dropped out of the Republican presidential race in December amidst allegations of sexual impropriety, on Tuesday Herman Cain released his most recent book. In 9-9-9 An Army of Davids released Tuesday, Herman Cain has agreed with Ron Paul and called for a return to the gold standard.


Clark County GOP officers quit in Ron Paul flap

At least five Clark County Republican Party officers resigned this week in the latest tussle between Ron Paul supporters and the mainstream GOP in Nevada.

Clark County GOP Central Committee members voted 184-182 last
week to condemn the RNC and Priebus for what the local party said
was a violation of national rules governing when the party can assist a candidate.

Newly-elected state GOP Chairman Michael McDonald has defended
Priebus, saying Republicans need to rally behind Romney to defeat
President Barack Obama.


Flashback: Ron Paul supporters seize control of Clark County GOP

The Ron Paul revolution scored a big win in Kentucky last night

The main story out of last night's Kentucky primaries has been the Bluegrass State's apparent distaste for President Barack Obama.

But the really interesting results of the night were at the House level, where Rand Paul protégé Thomas Massie scored a landslide victory over his Establishment-backed opponents in the Republican primary for Kentucky's 4th District Congressional seat.


Obama DOJ forces university to allow biological male into female restrooms

The Obama Department of Justice has reportedly ordered the University of Arkansas at Ft. Smith (UAFS) to allow a male student to use women’s bathrooms on campus. Campus Reform reports that a male student who calls himself “Jennifer Braly,” and is in the process of raising money to pay for his sex-reassignment surgery, filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Justice after the campus told him to use gender-neutral bathrooms rather than women’s restrooms.


The bank behind NWO and 9/11: Long legal wrangling over collapsed bank

The Bank of Credit and Commerce International was the brainchild of Pakistani businessman Agha Hasan Abedi, who envisioned a bank focused on the third world. It was set up in 1972 with financial backing from Abu Dhabi, where the ruling family, headed by the late Sheikh Zayed, was said to have a very close relationship with the BCCI.


Milwaukee police lowered crime rates by misreporting violent assaults

Earlier this year Milwaukee’s police chief, Edward Flynn, proclaimed crime had gone down four years in a row under his watch—an achievement that helped him become the city’s first chief in 27 years to secure a second four-year contract. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, however, uncovered hundreds of violent crimes that were misreported and consequently skewed the statistics touted by Flynn.


Former JPMorgan lobbyist expected to direct Senate investigation of JPMOrgan

If JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon appears before the congressional investigation into his firm’s multi-billion-dollar trading loss, he will find a familiar, and perhaps friendly, face staring at him from across the room.


Video: Hillary Clinton admits the U.S. government created al-Qaeda

More details emerge on GSA executive bonuses

News media inquiries have ferreted out more details on performance awards given to General Services Administration executives at a time when top GSA leaders already were aware of what would become an explosive inspector general’s report on lavish spending at a 2010 training conference in Las Vegas.


US blames Chinese firms for its own failures

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently issued a preliminary ruling, in itsreview of four countervailing investigations into laminated woven sacks and otherproducts imported from China, to deem most of China’s state-owned enterprises(SOEs) as public bodies. The ruling means that the United States will consider ChineseSOEs’ sales as subsidies from public bodies to downstream companies, and thusimpose countervailing duties on imports of the products of these downstream companies.


China's Sunergy considers plant on US shores

Solar cell and module maker China Sunergy Co Ltd said it is looking to set up a plant inthe United States now that the federal government has imposed anti-dumping tariffs onsolar panel imports from China.


After passing the Patriot Act, NDAA, and assassination of Americans Washington blasts Russia for poor democracy record

The U.S. Department of State traditionally criticized Russia for continuing violation of human rights and democratic freedoms in an annual report published on Thursday.

Among the major fields of concern in Russia, the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 identifies violations of democratic processes, a weak justice system and suppression of the freedom of expression.


Death row guinea pigs: Missouri uses untested drug for executions

Missouri has chosen propofol - the drug that killed Michael Jackson - as its instrument for future lethal injections. Opponents say the drug has not been properly tested, and may cause suffering or even unsuccessful executions.

.US states that practice capital punishment have been in a quandary since sodium thiopental - a cocktail of three drugs given to death row prisoners since the 1970s - has become unavailable. Hospira, its maker, shifted its production to Europe, whose countries object to producing medicine that can later be used to kill people, and thus no longer sells it to US authorities.


US ‘heading for disaster’ by putting empire over economy

The US could collapse like the USSR, because it pursues futile military policies at the expense of economy, says Clyde Prestowitz, ex-Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration. He thinks this track is risky and destructive.


Confirmed: Fox News makes people dumb

After a study published last year labeled viewers of Fox News as grossly misinformed, the researchers who conducted the poll have expanded their work and now confirm, again, that the network’s audience might want to consider changing the channel.


US nuclear submarine fire leaves six injured

Six people have been injured after a fire broke out on a nuclear-powered submarine docked in a US naval shipyard.

The blaze - which started in the "forward compartment" of the USS Miami shortly before 6pm local time on Wednesday - has not affected the vessel's reactor, which was not operating at the time.


Amnesty International: Israel frequently uses excessive force against Palestinians

The Amnesty International 2012 annual report was released on Wednesday, detailing the violation of human rights worldwide.

The report is highly critical of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians, charging that the Israel Defense Forces frequently uses excessive, sometimes lethal, force against demonstrators in the West Bank and civilians in Gaza. The IDF this year has killed 55 civilians in the West Bank and Gaza, including 11 children, the report said.


Turkey issues arrest warrants for ex-IDF officers

Turkey has issued arrest warrants for four former senior Israel Defense Forces officers and plans to indict them over the deaths of nine Turkish nationals during a botched raid on a Turkish-sponsored flotilla to Gaza in 2010.


Poll: Majority of Germans think Israel is 'aggressive'

Germans have become markedly more critical of Israel over the past three years, with 59 percent describing it as aggressive, according to a survey for the weekly magazine Stern released on Wednesday.

The survey was conducted shortly before President Joachim Gauck visits Israel and the Palestinian territories May 28-31.

A similar Stern survey in 2009 found 49 percent considered Israel aggressive.


Israeli demonstrators attack African migrants in south Tel Aviv

Some 1,000 protesters rallied in Tel Aviv's Hatikva neighborhood on Wednesday and called for the ousting of African asylum seekers from Israel.

Demonstrators attacked African passersby while others lit garbage cans on fire and smashed car windows.

Another group of demonstrators stopped a shuttle taxi and searched for migrant workers among the passengers, while banging on the windows.

The crowd cried "The people want the Sudanese deported" and "Infiltrators get out of our home."


Israel prepares mass deportation of South Sudanese refugees

The government is preparing a mass deportation of refugees back to their South Sudan homeland. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein next week will argue before the Jerusalem District Court that there is no legal obstacle to the expulsions since individual checks will establish that none of them faces any threat to their lives in South Sudan.


Black helicopters, special forces train for RND police state

“Special Operations members from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force will work alongside SOF troops from other countries to ‘assault’ mock enemy positions and rescuing ‘hostages’ next to the convention center, both on land and in the bay,” ABC News in Miami reported.


Mass government surveillance dragnet goes into overdrive

As if the government were not engaging in enough surveillance of law abiding Americans already, two major developments just ensured that the snooping will increase exponentially.

Firstly, the FBI is about to launch a huge new surveillance unit that will have the ability to monitor all internet and wireless communications, including internet Skype conversations.


Judicial Watch obtains DOD and CIA records detailing meetings with bin Laden raid filmmakers

Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) regarding meetings and communications between government agencies and Kathryn Bigelow, Academy Award-winning director of The Hurt Locker, and screenwriter Mark Boal. According to the records, the Obama Defense Department granted Bigelow and Boal access to a “planner, Operator and Commander of SEAL Team Six,” which was responsible for the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden, to assist Bigelow prepare her upcoming feature film.


Suspected drug dealer quizzed on Al Sharpton, Diddy, Wyclef Jean

When accused narcotics kingpin/hip-hop manager James Rosemond met last year with federal investigators to try and strike a cooperation agreement, he was peppered with questions about whether he knew of any criminal activity on the part of Rev. Al Sharpton, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Wyclef Jean, according to an Internal Revenue Service agent who testified yesterday at Rosemond’s trial in Brooklyn federal court.


Democrat's war on Women: Senate Democrats pay female staffers less than male staffers

A group of Democratic female senators on Wednesday declared war on the so-called “gender pay gap,” urging their colleagues to pass the aptly named Paycheck Fairness Act when Congress returns from recess next month. However, a substantial gender pay gap exists in their own offices, a Washington Free Beacon analysis of Senate salary data reveals.

Of the five senators who participated in Wednesday’s press conference—Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.)—three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers.

Read more >> turns up to climate change debate... in a huge gas-guzzling helicopter

He has been picked as an expert judge to help find the nation's next biggest superstar on hit TV show The Voice.

But when arrived at a climate change debate recently, he showed a shocking lack of judgement.

The 37-year-old Black Eyed Peas star arrived for the talk at Oxford University in his private helicopter.


Democrats fundraiser honors 25th anniversary of Rep. Barney Frank's coming out scandal

House Democrats will hold a fundraiser next week honoring the 25th anniversary of Rep. Barney's Frank (D-Mass.) coming out of the closet.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) will join Frank for a reception on the rooftop of El Centro DF, a popular Mexican restaurant in Northwest Washington.


Flashback: TIME Special: Top 10 Political Sex Scandals: Barney Frank

Arabic mandatory at American public school

An upper Manhattan public elementary school will be the first in the city to require that students study Arabic, officials said yesterday.

Beginning next semester, all 200 second- through fifth-graders at PS 368 in Hamilton Heights will be taught the language twice a week for 45 minutes — putting it on equal footing with science and music courses.

One reason Principal Nicky Kram Rosen selected Arabic — as opposed to more common offerings, such as Spanish or French — is because it will help the school obtain a prestigious International Baccalaureate standing.


Former president photographed surrounded by porn stars

Clinton's in a Monte Carlo casino right now for a special "Nights in Monaco" gala event -- and several celebrities are in attendance ... including Diane Kruger, Joshua Jackson... and a BUNCH OF PORN STARS.

The two porn stars on Bill's arms are Tasha Reign (left) and Brooklyn Lee -- AVN's "Best New Starlet" in porn.


Florida teen has diploma withheld, ordered to clean school gym after Tebowing during graduation ceremony

A Florida teenager had his diploma withheld and was ordered to clean the school gym as punishment for Tebowing on stage during his graduation ceremony -- and later discovered the punishment was his mother's idea.

Chuck Shriner, a 17-year-old football player at the private Fort Myers Catholic school, performed the popular kneeling-in-prayer pose Saturday and said he was shocked at his punishment, Naples News reported Tuesday

"I just thought it was fun," Shriner said. "I was just doing it to make graduation memorable."


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ron Paul has already won

The mainstream media continue to discount Ron Paul as a factor in the race for the Republican nomination, even though he and his supporters could become serious contenders when the convention meets in August. Paul continues to rack up delegates in such states as Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado.


Meet Obama's assassin Czar: John Brennan

As I figure it, there are two death panels in the United States. One is within the C.I.A., where high-ranking intelligence professionals decide, via some opaque protocol, who they want to kill with armed drones. I used to assume that they put all the names on a list. But it was subsequently reported that sometimes the C.I.A.kills people whose identities it doesn't even know.

Then there's the other death panel. It determines whose death will be sought by drones that the Department of Defense controls. These human targets used to be determined in a meeting that involved the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, various unnamed national security officials, and Obama Administration counterterrorism adviser John Brennan. They'd talk things over and debate names.


Gingrich: Ron Paul 'biggest danger' for Romney in Tampa

As Republicans set their sights on their national convention in August, Ron Paul's forces are rattling the GOP establishment now more than ever.

The latest issue is a three-day festival that Paul supporters are planning at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 24-26, ending just before the convention starts. Thousands of Paul supporters would likely attend the festival, and it would be a natural jumping-off point for the convention in Tampa. What the Paulites do there has become the subject of considerable concern among GOP veterans.


Ron Paul could alter election 2012 as an independent candidate

I always vote for the candidate I believe is best qualified to do the job. If this is an Independent or third-party candidate, I do not consider it a wasted vote. It would be wasted if I voted for any other candidate. Only once since 1960, did this philosophy change the outcome of the presidential election.


Missing girl was abducted for Vatican sex parties - priest

A teenage girl was kidnapped for Vatican sex parties by a gang involving Vatican police and foreign diplomats 30 years ago, says the Catholic Church's leading exorcist priest, who damned Harry Potter as the “work of the Devil”.

Father Gabriele Amorth was appointed by the late John Paul II as the Vatican's chief exorcist and claims to have carried out 70,000 exorcisms. He said after one of the parties 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi was murdered and her body disposed of.


Man ticketed for dropping money on the ground

A random act of kindness lands a man in trouble with police.

Last Monday, May 14th John Davis was exiting I-90 at the West 117th ramp when he saw a man in a wheelchair. The man was pale, thin and holding a sign that had a religious sentiment and also a request for help.


Obama aids gave classified information on bin Laden raid for film, watchdog says

Judicial Watch has released hundreds of Defense Department and CIA communications that reveal the Obama administration leaked classified information to filmmakers on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Judicial Watch claims the secrets were provided for a film on the bin Laden raid that was first scheduled to be released Oct. 12, just in time to boost the president's image shortly before the November elections. Sony Pictures has since pushed the release back to December.


BBC: 'Barcode everyone at birth'

This week science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon argues that everyone should be given a barcode at birth.

“If I were empress of the Universe I would insist on every individual having a unique ID permanently attached - a barcode if you will; an implanted chip to provide an easy, fast inexpensive way to identify individuals.


Iran reciprocates US-Israeli saber-rattling

"If the Zionists and Americans dare, they can come (to war with Iran) because our Basiji (volunteer) forces are ready to confront them," Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi said on Wednesday.


Montreal police enforce controversial new laws to arrest more than 100 protesters

Montreal police brought the hammer down on student demonstrators Tuesday night, enforcing a controversial law that brought tens of thousands into the streets in a protest earlier in the day that drew international support.


US 'should stop trying to conquer countries' - Congressman

War mentality has saturated Washington and arms merchants want to benefit, says Congressman (d) Dennis Kucinich. He opposes sanctions against Tehran that could lead to war, and is sure the US should forget about trying to conquer other countries.

DK: There is an overwhelming sentiment in the Congress to get tougher with Iran. But what is the basis of it? We are being told we should not have any contact with them, we are being told that we should not be negotiating with them, we are being told that we should get ready for war. All that is wrong. What we need to do is to have direct negotiations. We need to be talking with Iran and we need to stop this vainglorious notion that somehow we can settle our differences with Iran through war.


Debka: Obama secretly approved shipment of anti-tank arms to Syria

This week’s NATO and G-8 Summits came and went without participating nations agreeing on a way to handle the uprising in Syria, but it is now being reported that the US may already be taking the matter into their own hands.

Military sources speaking with Israel’s Debka news agency report that the administration of US President Barack Obama has cut a deal with foreign intelligence that involves equipping Syrian rebels with modern anti-tank missiles. After 14 months of ongoing battles between the country’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, and opposition to his regime, suddenly the rebel forces are responding with weaponry reportedly sent with the blessing of President Obama.


Wall Street bankers secretly scammed Facebook IPO buyers

Facebook continues along its epic drop from its opening trading price of $42.05 to a new low of $30.98 of today as the SEC and FINRA are likely to open an investigation to circumstances surrounding Facebook’s public stock offering.

The plummet comes as Reuters revealed that Wall Street Banks scammed the public when the secretly cut their revenue estimates for Facebook during the IPO roadshow and only let their most lucrative retail investors now about the cuts.


Hawaii sends Arizona verification of Obama's birth

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Tuesday night that he has received information from Hawaii that proves President Obama's American birth and satisfies Arizona's requirements for having the president on the upcoming election ballot.


Deal or no deal, Iran may be bombed - Israeli minister

A military strike against Iranian facilities is not out of the question, even though Tehran has reached agreement on a probe with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, says Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

The official was referring to a deal announced on Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Barak called it an Iranian ploy to fend off international pressure.


Russia test fires AMD-piercing strategic missile

The Russian military have successfully launched a top secret advanced intercontinental ballistic missile. It is designed to counter the American antimissile shield currently being deployed in several regions.

The new weapon is an advanced version of the Topol-M and Yars missiles, already deployed by the Russian Strategic Missile Forces. The experiment was boosted off from the Plesetsk launch site in north-western Russia’s Arkhangelsk region on Wednesday. It delivered its test block to the Kura target range in Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East.


St. Pete police to look for gay propaganda in recent campaign

St. Petersburg police on Wednesday said it will investigate whether the actions of the recent sanctioned gay parade in one of the city parks involved elements of gay propaganda.

Last Thursday, several dozen masked individuals attacked the first sanctioned gay demonstration in St. Petersburg and then vented their anger on migrant workers after police drove the gays safely from the scene, said.


Bill 13 "demonizes those who believe in the Bible" Rabbi Kaplan

"Both of my paternal grandparents were savagely beaten to death by the communists for teaching the values that are 3,300 years old."

Testimony by Rabbi Mendal Kaplan
Provincial Parliament
Standing Committee on Social Policy
Monday, May 7, 2012


Report: Turkey set to indict IDF officers over killing of Gaza flotilla activists

Turkish daily says Ankara's prosecutor readies 144-page document that accuses top Israeli officers, including former army chief Gabi Ashkenazi, of ordering intentional killing, wounding of Turkish nationals on Mavi Marmara; charges still need to be approved by Istanbul district prosecutor.


CNN executive caught putting crap in neighbor's mailbox

A former top exec at CNN has been caught subjecting others to complete and utter crap. No, really.

Bob Furnad, who ran CNN’s Headline News from 1997 until 2001, has been fined for taking a pile of dog feces, placing it in a bag and then cramming the present into the mailbox of his next-door neighbor in Covington, Georgia. A surveillance camera captured the entire event.


Sanford judge rules in favor of motorist who flashed his headlights to warn others of speed trap

A judge in Sanford ruled Tuesday that a Lake Mary man was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights when he flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby.

That decision is another victory for Ryan Kintner, 25, who sued the Seminole County Sheriff's Officelast year, accusing it of misconstruing a state law and violating his civil rights, principally his right to free speech.


Miami Beach brass order 2,000 arrests over holiday weekend

A reported arrest quota for Memorial Day weekend is causing anger and concern among community activists and union officers in Miami Beach.

Rumors of the quota, which allegedly calls for 2,000 people to be arrested over the holiday weekend, first came to light in an email complaint from the officers' union. In that email, the union called the quota "aggressive, patently unfair, and unjust."


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

U.S. official: IAEA, Iran nuclear deal doesn't spell end of American pressure

In a first official reaction to the emerging deal between Iran and the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, U.S. officials made it clear Tuesday that while the reported agreement was a positive sign, it did not mean Washington intended to let up its pressure on the Islamic Republic over its continued nuclear program.

Referring to the reported IAEA-Iran deal, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "Obviously, we fully support IAEA efforts to try to resolve the outstanding issues," adding that the administration's "understanding is that they are still working on the precise terms."


NY cop threatens to rape citizen with gun

Far too many cops now act like the worst sort of gang-banging thugs and psychopaths. They threaten to rape their victims and sodomize them with weapons bought by citizens, ostensibly to protect the public. Like alpha dogs off the leash, they roam the streets barking commands and filthy insults as they demand obedience from a public they resent.

Recently an example of this disgusting behavior was caught on a cell phone and sent to the New York Post. The NYPD cop responsible, Sgt. Lesly Charles, is now under investigation by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board.


Bilderberg 2012 list of participants revealed?

Here is a list of Bilderberg Participants 2012 floating around on the web. I was unable to trace back the source to this list, so I have no idea if it is accurate.

What stands out from this particular list is a plethora of Obama administration officials and American business kingpins. Also a formidable delegation from Spain, Italy and- significantly: Turkey (as a non-EU member Turkey is doing stunningly well. Is Bilderberg trying to sweet talk the Turks into joining?). Another curious lapse seems to be the absence of David Rockefeller’s name on the list- a lapse you wouldn’t expect in a fake list.


Surveillance drone industry prepares propaganda blitz

In the aftermath of conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer’s observation that the first person to shoot down a surveillance drone on U.S. soil will be a “folk hero,” the drone industry has committed itself to launching a propaganda blitz aimed at bombarding the public with positive messages about the technology.


Senate Democrats back increase in air travel fee to fund TSA

The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday moved forward with legislation to increase airline passenger security fees, beating back a GOP attempt to keep them at current levels.

The 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill would increase one-way fees for passengers from $2.50 to $5 in order to close a budget shortfall at the Transportation Security Administration.


Government Panel: Men should forgo PSA testing

Men should not get routinely screened for prostate cancer using the PSA test, a government panel recommends. The panel finds that there is little evidence that testing for PSA, or prostate specific antigen, saves men’s lives, while causing too much unnecessary harm from the treatment of tumors that would never have killed them.


Ron Paul wins Minnesota delegates

When Ron Paul's campaign stated last week that Mitt Romney's delegate lead was insurmountable, Paul's staff insisted they would continue competing for delegates and cited Minnesota as their next target.

This past weekend, Paul accomplished that goal, winning 12 of 13 delegates at the state GOP convention.


By opposing nuclear deal, Israel may isolate itself more than Iran

The deal reached over the last two days between International Atomic Energy Agency chief (IAEA) Yukiya Amano and Iranian officials during talks in Tehran hasn't been published yet, and may have not been completed. And without seeing its content, without examining the smallest of letters and looking over the timetable, there's no real way to seriously discuss its details. But the chain of events that...


Monday Mail Mayhem: Anonymous leaks 1.7 GB of Justice Dept data

The Anonymous hacker group posted 1.7 gigabytes of data on The Pirate Bay. The group says it obtained by hacking into the Justice Department Statistics website. The department also acknowledged that its web server had been breached.

A message accompanying the torrent uploaded by user AnonymousLeaks on The Pirate Bay states that the intention of the action is to “end the corruption that exists, and to truly make those who are being oppressed free.”

"Today we are releasing 1.7GB of data that used to belong to the United States Bureau of Justice, until now,” the statement says “Within the booty you may find lots of shiny things such as internal emails, and the entire database dump.”


NSA under fire: Supreme Court to review legality of warrantless wiretapping of Americans

Phone calls to Prague? Emails to Ecuador? The United States government can currently sift through any international communication that crosses outside of American territory, but all that might soon change.

The US Supreme Court decided on Monday this week that they will consider a case that challenges the powers for the federal government established in the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a legislation that allows authorities a wide breadth when getting away with snooping into private conversation in the name of national security.


Innocent Americans spent at least 10,000 years in jail

The US Constitution guarantees a fair trial, but the number of Americans that will argue otherwise is incredible. At least 2,000 people have been sentenced to prison for crimes in the last 23 years, only to eventually be exonerated by the court.

As shocking as it may be, until now there has been no official database of information pertaining to Americans wrongfully convicted of crimes only to be exonerated down the road. As a result, researchers at the University of Michigan Law School and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law took it upon themselves to change all that and have just now rolled out a database that examines exonerations in America and the findings are astounding. Taking into account as much information as obtainable dating back to 1989, more than 2,000 people have been sentenced to time behind bars for crimes that the court would later say they did not commit.


Israeli official downplays Iran nuclear deal with IAEA, citing past violations

The announcement that International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano had struck a deal with Iran Tuesday to inspect its nuclear facilities was received in Jerusalem with great suspicion.

According to a top Israeli official, the government is very skeptical that Iran would adhere to any deal.

"The Iranians are serial agreement violators," said the official. "We know from past experiences how all these agreements between the IAEA and Iran end. Iran continued to establish uranium enrichment facilities in Natanz under the nose of the international community. The IAEA's last report refers to the military intentions of Iran's nuclear program. North Korea has also reached agreements with the IAEA in the past, and this ended in two nuclear attempts."


Senate committee fights to keep contractor campaign contributions secret

Coming in response to a White House executive order that was never implemented, a bill is now moving through the U.S. Senate that would prevent the disclosure of campaign contributions by government contractors.

S. 1100, the bizarrely named “Keeping Politics Out of Federal Contracting Act,” would prevent the public from learning of any political spending on campaigns and elections by a contractor during the time it receives taxpayer dollars.


Is Batman gay? Major DC Comics character to come out of the closet

DC Comics plans to reintroduce a character as gay in a future issue, it has been revealed.

Co-publisher Dan DiDio previously said that the company would not change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero and would bring in a new one altogether.

But at Kapow Comic Convention in London on Sunday, he revealed that an existing character - who was previously assumed to be straight - will become ‘one of our most prominent gay characters’, according to comic blog


IDF probing 15 cases of soldiers ignoring settler attacks on Palestinians

From the start of the second intifada in September 2000 through December 2011, the human rights group B'Tselem filed 57 complaints over soldiers who allegedly did not stop violence such attacks.


Five Egyptian policemen sentenced to 10 years for killing protesters during uprising

An Egyptian court sentenced five policemen on Tuesday to 10 years each in jail on charges of killing protesters during last year's popular uprising that forced former president Hosny Mubarak out of power.

The Giza Criminal Court sentenced two other policemen to a one-year suspended jail terms. Details were not available about the verdicts. Ten other policemen were acquitted.


Video shows Israeli settlers firing guns at Palestinians

A video released by an Israeli human rights group appears to show settlers shooting at a group of Palestinian protesters while police and soldiers stand by.

The incident was filmed by Palestinians from the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya on Saturday afternoon. A 24-year-old Palestinian, Fathi Asayira, was taken to hospital with facial injuries following the shooting.


Even after Obama's promise, lobbyists still run the White House

If you’re looking for someone busier than US President Barack Obama, try finding his doorbell repairman. New records reveal that the White House has had millions of visitors since Obama entered office, and many were lobbyists.

Since the start of his term, President Obama has been adamant on eradicating ties between administration officials and Washington lobbyists. He vowed to keep himself from appointing former K Street execs to White House roles and even outlined it as part of his campaign agenda back in 2008. Now to settle a lawsuit, the Obama administration has released the White House’s visitor logs dating back to just after the current commander-in-chief took the oath of office, and although preliminary research reveals that there aren’t a lot of notorious names littering the logs that would raise eyebrows, one thing is for certain: lobbyists are without a doubt welcome at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


US Air Force using counterfeit Chinese parts

Bootleg electronic components have found their way onto the US Air Force’s aircraft. An investigation by the Congress has exposed counterfeit electronic parts being used by major aircraft corporations Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky.

The two-year probe was conducted by the US Senate Armed Services Committee. Overall, 1,800 cases of counterfeit electronic parts being used have been exposed.


Kentucky Congressman forces citizens to waste $17,000

Why would the Department of Defense spend $17,000 for a helicopter drip pan when it could buy the same component for one-eighth the cost? Because a powerful congressman wants it this way.


NATO signs $1.7 billion contract to buy U.S.-made drones

Northrop Grumman is very happy with how this year’s NATO summit in Chicago turned out.

The defense contractor officially closed a deal with the alliance for the purchase of five Block 40 Global Hawk drones. The sale will earn Northrop Grumman $1.7 billion.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Government healthcare: Authors defend 'after-birth abortion'

The medical correspondent for the London-based Daily Telegraph, Stephen Adams, shined the media spotlight on a medical journal article in favor of killing babies.

Adams’ review of a shocking essay in the London-based Journal of Medical Ethics appeared in the Feb. 29 issue of the Telegraph.

Instead of calling it infanticide, the authors of the article, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva, speak of “after-birth abortion.”


American Gulag: Congress still okay with indefinite detention and torture of Americans

Following discussions on an amendment to the 2013 NDAA that was proposed by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan), House lawmakers opted against passing the law by a vote of 182-238. Had the Smish-Amash amendment passed, military detention for terror suspects captured in the US would have been excluded in the annual defense spending bill. Provisions that allows for that power, Sections 1021 and 1022, were inserted into the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2012. President Barack Obama signed that legislation on New Year’s Eve, essentially authorizing the US Armed Forces to detain Americans indefinitely at military facilities over only allegation of ties with terrorists and subject them to enhanced interrogation tactics on par with torture.


Israeli NGO: Police beat handcuffed detainees in Palestinian solidarity protest

The Justice Ministry has received complaints of severe police violence against demonstrators, including the use of Taser electroshock weapons, beating and kicking bound detainees, racist verbal abuse and sexual harassment of female detainees.


Plans to strike Iran ready

Less than one week before the next round of Iran nuclear talks in Baghdad, U.S. envoy to Israel says the U.S. plan for an attack on Iran is ‘available and ready.’


Your tax dollars: U.S. to give Israel additional $70 million for Iron Dome

The Pentagon will seek to provide Israel with an additional $70 million in the coming months for its Iron Dome short-range rocket shield, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said after a meeting with Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday.


Arizona Secretary of State threatens to remove Obama from ballot

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is threatening to keep President Obama’s name off the state’s ballot in November unless he receives confirmation from Hawaii that it has a valid birth certificate on file for him.


White House leaked Osama bin Laden raid to NYT

“I was stopped by a very senior officer in the special operations community who basically wanted to rip my lungs out,” said Thom Shanker, who co-authored “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” with Eric Schmitt.

But, he revealed at a counter terrorism expo this week, the info came directly and officially from the White House, not some garbage can digging operation. “I said to him, ‘Sir, that information came officially to us from the podium at the White House,’” Shanker said.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Chuck Schumer wants to build a wall that keeps ex-patriots out

The senators will call Saverin’s move an “outrage” and will outline their plan to re-impose taxes on expatriates like Saverin even after they flee the United States and take up residence in a foreign country. Their proposal would also impose a mandatory 30 percent tax on the capital gains of anybody who renounces their U.S. citizenship.

The plan would bar individuals like Saverin from ever reentering the United States again.


Iran attack decision nears, Israeli elite locks down

A private door opens from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in central Jerusalem directly into a long, modestly furnished, half-paneled room decorated with modern paintings by Israeli artists and a copy of Israel's 1948 declaration of independence. It contains little more than a long wooden table, brown leather chairs and a single old-fashioned white projector screen.


Warren Buffett to buy 63 newspapers

Warren Buffett made good Thursday on his promise to buy more newspapers, agreeing to buy 63 daily and weekly newspapers in the Southeast for $142 million from financially troubled Media General Inc. of Richmond, Va.


Assessor John Noguez under investigation for extending tax breaks to campaign contributors

The investigation, which began last year, has centered on tax breaks allegedly extended to Noguez campaign contributors and would-be contributors. Property tax bills are based on assessed values, which are determined by Noguez's staff. A lower assessed value means a lower tax bill.

Although Noguez remains the only elected official targeted by the investigation, a number of "other public officials and private citizens" are also targets, Cooley said.


Tattoo in sheriff's deputy gang may have celebrated shooting

The investigation into a secret clique within the Los Angeles County sheriff's elite gang unit has uncovered allegations that members had matching tattoos of a gun-toting skeleton, which deputies would modify to celebrate their involvement in a shooting, according to sources close to the internal probe.

One deputy, who has admitted belonging to a clique called the "Jump Out Boys," has identified about half a dozen other deputies as members, one source confirmed. Those men are expected to be summoned for interviews with internal affairs investigators, the source said.


7 deputies from L.A. County sheriff's gang unit placed on leave for gang activity

Seven deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's gang unit have been placed on leave on suspicion that they belong to a secret clique that celebrates shootings and brands its members with matching tattoos, sources confirmed.

The move is a sign of the intensifying nature of the investigation of the "Jump Out Boys." Suspicion about the group's existence was sparked several weeks ago when a supervisor found a pamphlet describing the group's creed, which promoted aggressive policing and portrayed officer shootings in a positive light.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

US investigates high ranking Americans' support for terrorism

The U.S. Treasury Department is reported to be investigating at least one prominent American for allegedly supporting the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a group on the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. In this segment we look into the extensive - and expensive - public relations campaign mounted by the MEK to pressure the U.S. to rescind the terrorist designation.


Government spends $43 million less in bonuses, from $439 million in 2010

The government handed out less bonus money to federal employees in 2011 compared to 2010, according to new data.

Uncle Sam paid at least $439 million in merit awards to federal workers last year, down $43 million from 2010. The Asbury Park Press reported the findings Tuesday.

The data, obtained from the Office of Personnel Management, excludes the military, Defense and Treasury departments, White House, and U.S. Postal Service. The Veterans Affairs Department, the largest agency after Defense, administered the most, according to the analysis, with almost $68 million in bonuses. The Homeland Security Department handed out $61 million in awards, according to the newspaper.


'Big brother' lamp posts can hear, see and bark 'obey!' at you

America welcomes a new brand of smart street lightning systems: energy-efficient, long-lasting, complete with LED screens to show ads. They can also spy on citizens in a way George Orwell would not have imagined in his worst nightmare.

With a price tag of $3,000+ apiece, according to an ABC report, the street lights are now being rolled out in Detroit, Chicago and Pittsburgh, and may soon mushroom all across the country.


Are cops drugging Occupy Wall Street protesters in Minnesota?

After footage surfaced of Occupy Wall Street protesters in Minnesota making claims that they’ve been drugged by police officers, authorities in the state have opened up a criminal investigation.

At least one Minnesota state trooper has been placed on paid leave since law enforcement officers began investigating allegations that cops arrived at Occupy Wall Street encampments and drugged protesters.


Ron Paul not suspending campaign, it is a media hoax

As the mainstream media continues to idiotically blather on about Ron Paul “quitting”, the campaign is forging ahead, today releasing a memo outlining Paul’s strategy for the GOP national convention.

“Let me be very clear,” writes chief strategist Jesse Benton in the opening lines of the memo, “Dr. Paul is NOT dropping out or suspending his campaign.”


Obama aide promises $1b in corporate-jet subsidies

Remember when Obama was railing on about "the tax-break for corporate jets," during the debt-ceiling fights of 2011? He repeatedly invoked this "tax break," which was really about how some corporate jets were depreciated over five years instead of seven. The message was clear: Republicans are in bed with corporate-jet owners. His loyal legions on the Left joined the chant.


Flashback: President Obama proposes an end to tax breaks for corporate jet owners

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