September 2008

The McCain Health Insurance Scam

September 30, 2008 by Doug Porter

Assuming that the country’s banks don’t all fail in the next few weeks, sooner or later the conversation will come around to the issue that’s most threatening to working Americans: Health Care.  Those lucky enough to have insurance are seeing non-covered medical costs soar, along with premiums and ever increasing deductibles. Costs have risen to […]

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How Forgotten Iraq May Elect the Next President

September 30, 2008 by Staff

Whose War Will Win the Election — McCain’s or Obama’s? By Ira Chernus/ TomDispatch.com / September 30, 2008 In 1932, in the midst of a disastrous economic meltdown, Franklin D. Roosevelt made “the forgotten man” the centerpiece of his presidential election campaign. Far more than we suspect, this year’s election may turn not on a […]

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Scorched-Earth Presidency

September 30, 2008 by Staff

by John Feffer / World Beat /  September 30, 2008 An army in retreat often destroys the land so that it can’t be used by the adversary. This scorched earth policy began in agricultural times when retreating armies burned the fields to deprive their opponents of food. Later, the militaries would level entire cities, as […]

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A New Deal, or a New New Deal?

September 30, 2008 by Staff

by Howard A. Rodman / Huffington Post / posted September 30, 2008 The drunken boat that was the Modified Paulson Plan sank yesterday, capsized by a crew of pirate freemarketeers in the House. What this means: we won’t be giving away a trillion dollars of taxpayer money to the world’s largest investment banks until sometime […]

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CIA Official From San Diego Pleads Guilty to Fraud

September 29, 2008 by Staff

San Diego Native ‘Dusty’ Foggo Is Latest Figure Caught Up in the Duke Cunningham Scandal By Debbi Baker / UNION-TRIBUNE / September 29, 2008 A former high-ranking CIA official pleaded guilty Monday in Alexandria, Va., to one count of fraud stemming from the Randall “Duke” Cunningham bribery scandal that landed the former congressman and a […]

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BREAKING NEWS: House Rejects Bailout – Stocks Plunge 500 Points

September 29, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: Stock Market Falls 777 Points – Highest Point Drop Ever ! Go here. WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President George W. Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering U.S. financial industry.Stocks plummeted on Wall Street even […]

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Question for Commander of Army Brigade to Be Deployed for Domestic Operations: How Would You Have Handled the Protests at the Republican National Convention?

September 29, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Reposted due to popular demand I have questions for Col. Cloutier as he and I have special connections OCEAN BEACH, CA.  I have a question for the commander of the Army brigade that is being deployed within America for domestic operations, beginning October 1.  The commander of the Third Infantry Division, First Brigade, is actually […]

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Army Times: Combat Brigade Begins Homeland Tour October 1st – (Month Before Election)

September 28, 2008 by Staff

SEE LATEST UPDATE HERE. AND GO HERE SEE SPECIAL REPORT: What Is the Posse Comitatus Act? SEE OUR SPECIAL QUESTIONS FOR THE COMMANDER OF THE FIRST BRIGADE, GO HERE. 3rd Infantry’s 1st Brigade trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army By Gina Cavallaro […]

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Gore Urges Civil Disobedience To Stop Coal Plants

September 26, 2008 by Staff

 by Michelle Nichols / Reuters / September 25, 2008 NEW YORK – Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon. The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary “An Inconvenient […]

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Omitting cell phone users may affect polls

September 25, 2008 by Staff

People with only cell phones may differ enough from those with landlines By Alan Fram / Associated Press / Sept. 25, 2008 WASHINGTON – People with only cell phones may differ enough from those with landline telephones that excluding the growing population of cell-only users from public opinion polls may slightly skew the results, a […]

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Deal reached on $700B bailout, lawmakers say

September 25, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: Deal falls apart as GOP rank and file revolt against ‘socialism’ – go here. Bailout said to provide some help for homeowners facing foreclosure, give the Treasury power to take stakes in financial firms, set up tougher oversight of the process and put limits on executive pay. By Justin Hyde / Free Press Washington […]

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Pakistani troops fire at U.S. choppers on border

September 25, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE II:  New Report Says That U.S. Ground Troops Exchanged Fire With Pakistani Troops – go here. UPDATE: Pakistani President Denies Troops Fired at Choppers – Says Flares Were Shot – go here. NATO and Pentagon say helicopters were in Afghanistan during incident msnbc / September 25, 2008 KABUL, Afghanistan – Pakistani troops fired at […]

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What is the Posse Comitatus Act?

September 25, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

For much of America’s history, the deployment of federal troops within the states for use as domestic law enforcement has been prohibited. Even today, the idea brings a visceral reaction to the gut. And during revolutionary days back in 1776, it was the use of British troops as policemen by colonial authorities that so outraged […]

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Urgent Confidential E-Mail From Minister of Treasury Paulson

September 25, 2008 by Staff

From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson Subject: REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude. I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the […]

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Lt. Col. quits as prosecutor in Gitmo case due to unethical suppression of evidence

September 25, 2008 by Staff

Suppressed Evidence Could Clear Young Afghan Detainee Held for 6 Years; Now Four Prosecutors Have Quit Gitmo Trials Over Allegations of Misconduct By Mike Melia / The Associated Press /  Posted : Wednesday Sep 24, 2008 21:53:57 EDT GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba – A U.S. military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay has quit because his […]

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A US-NATO War In Pakistan? – An Anatomy of the Current Crisis

September 24, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: Pakistan Army says it found U.S. spy drone wreckage but denies shooting plane down – Go here for story. by Alan Nasser / Common Dreams / Sept. 22, 2008 On Saturday evening, the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, one of the city’s two most luxurious hotels, located near the presidential office, the parliament building, […]

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Veterans For Peace End Archives Building Occupation On High Note

September 24, 2008 by Staff

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:20 a.m. ADT (courtesy of Mike Ferner, VFP) Washington — Five military veterans, all members of Veterans For Peace, are breaking camp from their perch on the National Archives building this morning, taking with them their 22×8-ft. banner demanding “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!” that has overlooked […]

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Video: Vets for Peace Occupy National Archives Building

September 23, 2008 by Staff

Posted on YouTube by liamh2

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Robert Kennedy, Jr.: Votes are being stolen – now – by hundreds of thousands – and the Democrats aren’t doing anything about it

September 23, 2008 by Staff

A conversation on air america with Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Mike Papantonio . September 23, 2008 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: There are about 30 scams the Republicans are deliberately using, particularly in the swing states to get Democratic voters off the rolls. These scams originate in the so-called Help America Vote Act, which was passed […]

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66% of Americans Believe Obama Shares Their Values

September 23, 2008 by Staff

A Closer Look at the Most Recent NY Times/CBS News Poll: Obama Beats McCain Among Independents, Moderates, & White Women by Brad Jacobson of MediaBloodhound Considering many of the staggering results of (Sept. 18) New York Times/CBS News poll, overall media coverage and examination of the findings have been less than thorough. With the seeming […]

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Using 21st Century Anti-Insurgency Technology To Prevent The Next Stock Market Meltdown

September 23, 2008 by Doug Porter

The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times have both run stories in the past few weeks referring to new super secret technologies being used by the  US military that have contributed significantly to the decline in violence in the war in  Iraq .  Both papers have only made fleeting references to the methodologies involved, citing […]

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Updates on Vets’ Protest & Fast in Washington, DC

September 23, 2008 by Staff

September 23, 2008: A small group of veterans are currently staging a protest and fast in Washington, DC, calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. 5 vets climbed up on a 35-foot ledge at the National Archives building, unfurled a huge banner, and began broadcasting statements by famous Americans calling for impeachment. […]

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Alaskan Women Reject Sarah Palin Rally

September 23, 2008 by Staff

[The] Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on September 14th on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage  Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for allAlaska women, or men.  I had no idea what to expect. The rally was organized by […]

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Announcing The Launch Of The Voter Suppression Wiki — Learn, Report, Act

September 23, 2008 by Staff

by Baratunde Thurston / Huffington Post / Originally posted Sept. 18, 2008 It’s that time in the American political cycle again, when politicians and activists and famous people and your family members tell you how important it is to vote. They tell you this election is more important than ever. They tell you if you […]

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Right Now: Veterans Climb Government Building, Call for Arrest of Bush and Cheney

September 23, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: GO HERE. Vets Plan Fast On Ledge for 24 Hours Right now, five military veterans — from Veterans for Peace — are occupying a 35-foot high ledge at the National Archive Building and have raised a 22×8-foot banner reading, “DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION. ARREST BUSH AND CHENEY: WAR CRIMINALS!” The veterans currently risking arrest have […]

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The Fruit of Hypocrisy

September 23, 2008 by Staff

Dishonesty in the finance sector dragged us here, and Washington looks ill-equipped to guide us out By Joseph Stiglitz / The Guardian / September 22, 2008 Houses of cards, chickens coming home to roost – pick your cliche. The new low in the financial crisis, which has prompted comparisons with the 1929 Wall Street crash, […]

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Crowds pack hearing on San Onofre toll road proposal

September 22, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

By Terry Rodgers and Mike Lee /  UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITERS  /  3:59 p.m. September 22, 2008 DEL MAR – Despite repeated warnings to maintain decorum, supporters and opponents of the proposed state Route 241 toll-road extension both cheered and jeered dozens of speakers at a public hearing Monday. At times, some of those in the […]

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The United States of Goldman Sachs: The Bailout, The Bankers, and the Billions We Are About to Lose

September 22, 2008 by Gregg Robinson

The British Economist John Maynard Keynes famously referred to capitalism as the “Casino Society”. What Americans are quickly learning, however, is that this gambling works according to the principle “Heads Wall Street wins, tales Main Street loses”. Very few people really understand what is going on with the bailout, but we should at least be […]

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U.S. Army Unit to Deploy Inside America for Domestic Operations Before November Elections

September 22, 2008 by Staff

UPDATE: SEE ARMY TIMES ARTICLE HERE Domestic Deployment Would Be First Time for Army Democracy Now / September 22, 2008 Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st […]

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Pakistanis open fire on US copters

September 22, 2008 by Staff

By Ishtiaq Mahsud / The Associated Press / Posted : Monday Sep 22, 2008 15:35:57 EDT ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistani troops and tribesmen opened fire on two U.S. helicopters that crossed into the country from neighboring Afghanistan, intelligence officials said Monday. The helicopters did not return fire and re-entered Afghan airspace without landing, the officials […]

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