Saturday, June 30, 2007

Avoiding 'Made In China' Labels Not An Easy Task

For the average consumer to pull off a “Made in China” boycott, even for just a week, is no easy task...Adidas, made in China; Sketchers, made in China; Reebok, made in China or Indonesia. Products in nonfood aisles communicated their origins better than their edible counterparts. The labels on most food products we looked at were of little help.

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Supreme Court Just Took Us Back to the Days of Segregation

In a 5-4 decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday, the Supreme Court told local school districts that they cannot take even modest steps to overcome residential segregation.

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Letter from the White House to Judiciary Committee Chairmen

In the letter to the White House counsel, Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) accused the administration of a "veil of secrecy . . . unprecedented and damaging to the tradition of open government."

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Bush Is Told to Justify Executive Privilege

The chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees yesterday ratcheted up their fight with President Bush over documents on the firing of U.S. attorneys, sending the White House a barbed letter demanding that the president back down from a claim of executive privilege -- or give Congress a...

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White House Changes History: Erases 'Mission Accomplished' Banner

A video of the president on whitehouse.gov edits out the controversial banner that got Bush into so much trouble, indicating that everything was dandy when, in fact, we had years of fighting ahead of us in Iraq.

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Terrorism and Bin Laden Expert Has a Lesson for Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani and raging neo-cons all over the country don’t care for Ron Paul and his assertion that American interventionism in the Middle East is one important factor contributing to the radicalization of an ever-growing number of Muslims into suicidal, anti-American terrorists... What does the leading expert on Osama bin Laden say?

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Bush mentions al Qaida 27 times in latest Iraq speech

The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida at least 27 times, seemed calculated to use lingering outrage over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster support for the current buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, despite evidence that sending more troops hasn’t reduced the violence

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Ron Paul at Iowa rally LIVE

A quick reminder: if you're not able to go to Des Moines for the big Ron Paul rally--or if you're just wondering what this Ron Paul guy is all about--we'll be webcasting here live during the event...

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Bush Facing "Contempt of Congress"

No one was all that surprised when the Bush administration announced Thursday that it would not cooperate with congressional demands for documents ... House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers wasted no time expressing his sense that a Contempt of Congress citation is in order.

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Prince gives away his new CD, Music industry goes nuts

The following quote sums it up nicely: "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince should know that with behaviour like this he will soon be the Artist Formerly Available in Record Stores. And I say that to all the other artists who may be tempted to dally with the Mail on Sunday." They really do sound like a bunch of petulant little kids, don't they?

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Keith Olbermann And The House Of Scandal

On “Countdown,” Keith Olbermann talked with the David Shuster about the brewing controversy over The White House’s refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by both the House and Senate requesting documents relating to the attorney purge scandal and the illegal NSA wiretapping program.

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Congress threatens White House with subpoena enforcement

A day after the White House asserted its executive privilege in refusing to turn over documents subpoenaed as part of the investigation into the firing of 8 US Attorneys, Congressional investigators promised enforcement action in the weeks to come in a Friday letter to the White House.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

Why the Iraq war is wrong

My point of view on Iraq.

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Bush aims for Congress trade deal

The White House has urged politicians on Capital Hill to renew President George W Bush's ability to agree trade deals without Congress interference.

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Did Dick Cheney kill 70,000 salmon?

That's what the House Resources Committee wants to know. The committee is probing the vice president's role in water resource-management decisions that are believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish. The Washington Post reported Cheney inserted himself into the minutiae of agency decisions to benefit conservative business interests.

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Giuliani's Cocaine Connection

One of the big news stories today (June 23) was the indictment of Rudy Giuliani's now-former South Carolina campaign chairman Thomas Ravenel, the state's now-suspended Treasurer, on federal cocaine distribution charges. The half-Kilogram of cocaine was not intended for resale, according to Ravenel's lawyer, he was going to GIVE it away!

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Protesting the Iraq War? YOU could lose your basic rights and be tortured.

It's not a conspiracy theory any more! Research the "Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003," aka "Patriot Act II." Section 501 expands the “enemy combatant” definition to all American citizens who “may” have violated any provision of Section 802 of the first Patriot Act. Any lawful US citizen can be detained and tortured at a "black site"!

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Dr. Ron Paul On Immigration & Iowa Rally

Dr. Paul was BANNED from the Iowa Debate by an opponent's staff member, but will have a Campaign Rallynext door in protest. Ron Paul in '08! By written ballot! Before it's too late!

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Fighting Government Anti-Drug Propaganda: Tell the Public the Real Truth

This is the second part of an ongoing series investigating and exposing the connections between our government’s anti-drug industry and big alcohol, big tobacco, and big drug companies. In this installment, I send a revealing report to the companies who made huge annual donations to the "Partnership for a Drug-Free America" for tax breaks in 2006.

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FBI and CIA behind Ron Paul Media Blackout

Anonymous FBI sources confirmed today that they and the CIA are behind the media blackout on 2008 Presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul. When contacted, a CIA spokesperson explained that they could neither confirm nor deny any involvement in the media blackout, known as Operation Fringe.

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New York Moves To Ban Public Filming And Photography

With vague reasoning and little explanation, moves are afoot in the city of New York to stamp out all forms of filming in public, be it by professional television crews or simply by tourists on sightseeing trips.

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Media Matters:AP uncritically reported reasons for excluding Ron Paul

The Associated Press uncritically reported that Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul was excluded from the Iowa presidential forum because, according to one of the groups sponsoring the event, Paul "didn't meet the criteria the groups drew up,"....

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Iran on 26 Gallons a Month

Flames erupted across Tehran today as angry drivers set filling stations on fire. Could this be the start of one of the most important and most unanticipated news stories of the year?

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Bush, Mideast Wars and End-Time Prophecy

President George W. Bush has become dangerously steeped in ideas of Armageddon, the Apocalypse, an imminent war with Satanic forces in the Middle East, and an urgency to construct an American theocracy to fulfill God's end-of-days plan, according to close observers. Historians and investigative journalists following the "end-time Christian

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Dick Cheney Secedes

WASHINGTON-ISH (CAP) - Beltway pundits were universally taken by surprise Wednesday when Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney renounced his US citizenship and declared his intention to create his own country.

"Cheneyvania looks forward to having a strong relationship with King Dick's former country, the United States," said the fledgling state's new Court spokesman, Brit Hume. He spoke to reporters following yesterday afternoon's coronation ceremony.

"We've got her back militarily, culturally, and economically," said Hume. "Upon purchase of a standing army, or the successful culmination of contract negotiations with Blackwater Consulting, we anticipate becoming eager and rabid participants in the Coalition of the Willing."

While many politicians and analysts were caught off-balance by the announcement, some saw it as the natural evolutionary step for a man who has become increasingly politically isolated.

"He's not part of the executive branch, he's not part of the legislative branch, well, what is he?" asked NBC political analyst Maria Flamenco. "With aides quitting all around him or getting hauled off to jail, he must have figured, well, this one's pretty much shot, why not start my own frigging country?

"He's got the experience running one, and his Halliburton kick-back pin-money," said Flamenco. "He should be off the ground and running pretty quickly."

The first order of business in Cheneyvania will be actually selecting a geographical space in which to house it. Several secret bunker locations are reportedly being considered, as is a 30x50 mile section of Iran that has so far not been "dibbed" by any major oil company.

In addition to the official name, several other sovereign identifiers have already been worked out and adopted, including the official motto ("Go fuck yourself") and official bird (a pile of smoldering feathers interlaced with warm buckshot).

Bush plays al Qaida card to bolster Iraq support

Facing eroding support for his Iraq policy, even among Republicans, President Bush on Thursday called al Qaida "the main enemy" in Iraq, an assertion rejected by his administration's senior intelligence analysts.

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Congress Needs to Stop Playing in Bush s Court

Either the administration is suckering Congress into a fight, confident that the Democratic Congress will back down and forever surrender its role as a co-equal branch of government; or that it will bring its contempt citations to federal court and lose, thanks to all those right-wing Federalist judges that Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II have stacked

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Texas DA Won't Prosecute Any Pedophiles Nabbed in NBC 'Predator' Show

A sting in which police teamed up with "Dateline NBC" to catch online pedophiles was supposed to send a flinty-eyed, Texas-style warning about this Dallas suburb: Don't mess with Murphy. Instead, it has turned into a fiasco.

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A Message from Ron Paul

Today, we had good news from the US Senate... when the president's immigration bill went down in flames... And speaking of our campaign, I am very excited by the Iowa rally this Saturday. This is an historic moment... the ICA and ITR had the right to exclude the most pro-life, anti-tax candidate in the race. But when they did so, people rose up.

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America: 'More Terrible' Than Stalin’s Russia?

Indeed, North America is so terrible that hardly any immigrant from every nation on earth ever wants to come here. They rather move to Russia, Sudan, Cuba or Vietnam where the quality of life and opportunities for better one's lot abound...

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Putin Advanced Team Caught Using Counterfeit U.S. Money!

Portsmouth police received a call from the liquor store that the man and his friends were on foot, headed to the nearby Holiday Inn. Police responded to the scene. A dispatch message on the police scanner said diplomatic immunity might be involved.

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Bush Faces `No-Win' Pressures to Pardon Convicted Cheney Aide

une 29 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush is likely to pay a political price if he decides to pardon convicted vice presidential aide Lewis ``Scooter'' Libby -- or if he decides not to pardon him.

With the start of Libby's 2 1/2-year prison term looming, Republican stalwarts who are the president's last source of political support may revolt unless he quickly pardons the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney. If Bush does act, he would violate Justice Department guidelines, alienate much of the public and run the risk of cover-up charges.

``This is a no-win situation for Bush,'' said David Gergen, who advised Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Libby, 56, was convicted in March of obstructing justice, perjury and making false statements to investigators probing the 2003 leak of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame's identity. Unless a federal appeals court delays his sentence, he will be required to report to jail by late July or mid-August.

A Cable News Network/Opinion Research survey conducted after Libby's conviction found that 69 percent of respondents opposed a pardon while 18 percent favored it. At the same time, a pro-Libby firestorm is being fanned by self-described conservative bloggers and talk-radio hosts, and many conservative leaders are asking the president to step in.

`Railroaded'

Libby was ``railroaded,'' said Paul Weyrich, head of the Washington-based Free Congress Foundation, a small-government educational group. David Keene, chairman of the American Conservative Union, based in Alexandria, Virginia, said Libby got a ``raw deal'' and has been left to ``twist in the wind.''

Keene calls on Bush to display the same loyalty to Libby that he's shown to his friend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose handling of the dismissal of eight U.S. prosecutors has prompted lawmakers to call for his resignation.

``It tells you what a deep, dark, dank un-spinnable hole Bush is in when he has to pardon a guy to appease 30 percent of the country,'' said Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a former aide to Vice President Al Gore.

A pardon might also raise fresh questions about whether Libby had been acting at the request of his superiors. ``I think he sort of took one for the team,'' said Weyrich.

Divided Candidates

Republican divisions over the Libby affair have emerged among the party's presidential hopefuls. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney criticized the handling of the case but stopped short of backing a pardon.

Meanwhile, actor Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator and an undeclared candidate, said Libby ``absolutely'' should be pardoned. Thompson has lent his name to a lobbying campaign that's raising money on Libby's behalf. Arizona Senator John McCain and several others say it is premature to weigh in.

The candidate most strongly opposed to a pardon is former Virginia Governor James Gilmore, who's just a blip in the polls. ``The judicial process has worked its will,'' Gilmore said in an interview. ``To disrupt it is to undermine the law.'' Gilmore, a former state attorney general and chairman of the Republican National Committee, said many prosecutors share his sentiment.

Public Clamor

Public clamor for a president to grant clemency isn't unusual, said P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political science professor at Rock Valley Community College in Rockford, Illinois, and an expert on presidential pardons. He cited former Presidents Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, who received ``millions of requests'' to spare the lives of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were executed for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.

Bush and Cheney have so far said little about their intentions toward Libby. White House Deputy Press Secretary Dana Perino said Bush ``felt terrible'' for Libby and his family.

Bush has granted fewer pardons -- 113 -- than any president in the past 100 years, while denying more than 1,000 requests, said Margaret Colgate Love, the Justice Department's pardon attorney from 1990 to 1997.

In addition, Bush has denied more than 4,000 commutation requests, and hundreds of requests for pardons and commutations are still pending, Love said.

Going Against Guidelines

A quick pardon for Libby would go against Justice Department guidelines, which recommend that a supplicant wait five years after conviction or release from confinement before seeking a pardon. On the other hand, there's no requirement that a president wait; President Gerald Ford pardoned his disgraced predecessor, Richard Nixon, shortly after taking office in 1974, and before Nixon was convicted of anything.

The focus on a Libby pardon is obscuring other options available to Bush, including conditional pardons, commutations, remissions of fines and amnesties, Ruckman said.

One possibility would be to issue a respite directive, which simply delays carrying out a sentence and lets passions cool, he said. George Washington first granted respites in June, 1795, delaying the executions of two men involved in the Whiskey Rebellion; they were later pardoned, Ruckman said.

``Bush can keep Libby out of jail without exercising a pardon,'' Ruckman said.

The Weird and Wonderful World of MIT’s Mad Scientist

He’s the unstable isotope that you can’t quite predict. Brilliant, extreme, eccentric, genius, gifted, demented—call him any or all. Each one applies to artist/scientist Joe Davis. Colleagues alternately fear and revere his unconventional ideas. Read more...

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Don't want to see indie internet radio snuffed out? Protest this!

Re: Royalty rate hike set to take effect for internet radio broadcasters next month. It has little to do with compensating artists for their work and everything to do with mainstream media trying to wrestle the internet users into forced submission to their services. It threatens survival of indie internet radio. Article tells how to speak out.

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Tax and Spend Liberals? Mr. C doesn’t think so…

The next time that you hear one of your “less informed friends” say that if the Democratic party regains the White House in 2008 they will “tax and spend” the country until it is bankrupt, you may want to point out the latest report on King Georges spending habits.

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Unmaking History

It’s time for those of us who are old enough to remember when the U.S. Supreme Court was a major force for racial integration and justice to stop living in the past. We need to realize that, for the foreseeable future, any progress our increasingly diverse country makes toward fairness and equality will come in spite of the nation’s highest court,

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Bush May Be Out of Chances For a Lasting Domestic Victory

NEWPORT, R.I., June 28 -- He looked uncharacteristically dejected as he approached the lectern, fiddling with papers as he talked and avoiding the sort of winking eye contact he often makes with reporters. And then President Bush did something he almost never does: He admitted defeat.

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ETERNAL WAR AND FALSE FLAG TERRORby Nicholas Kollerstrom, PhD

We must stress the idea, unfamiliar and suppressed as it is, that the vast majority of international terrorism conducted on a spectacular scale is indeed state-sponsored terrorism.

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Top US judge calls for secret terror trials, racial profiling, and more

A Top Ranking US judge has stunned a conference of Australian judges and barristers in Chicago by advocating secret trials for terrorists, more surveillance of Muslim populations across North America and an end to counter-terrorism efforts being "hog-tied" by the US constitution.

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Bush called out for his earmarks

Democratic and Republican appropriators are accusing Bush of urging Congress to pack spending bills with pet projects despite his high-profile crackdown on earmarks this year. A House Appropriations Committee report accompanying legislation funding the Department of the Interior shows that Bush requested 93 of the 321 earmarks in the bill.

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Reagan Deputy AG Calls for Cheney Impeachment

Nancy Pelosi? Harry Reid? Ball's in your court. Time to step up to the plate. (sorry for the mixed metaphors)

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If Bush Rejected Subpoena That Means All Americans Can Reject Subpoenas

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors.

Bush's attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor. Congressional panels want the documents for their investigations of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' stewardship of the Justice Department.

The Democratic chairmen of the two committees seeking the documents accused Bush of stonewalling and disdain for the law, and said they would press forward with enforcing the subpoenas.

"With respect, it is with much regret that we are forced down this unfortunate path which we sought to avoid by finding grounds for mutual accommodation," White House counsel Fred Fielding said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees. "We had hoped this matter could conclude with your committees receiving information in lieu of having to invoke executive privilege. Instead, we are at this conclusion."

Thursday was the deadline for surrendering the documents. The White House also made clear that Miers and Taylor would not testify next month, as directed by the subpoenas, which were issued June 13. The stalemate could end up with House and Senate contempt citations and a battle in federal court over separation of powers.

"Increasingly, the president and vice president feel they are above the law," said Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. He portrayed the president's actions as "Nixonian stonewalling."

His House counterpart, Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., said Bush's assertion of executive privilege was "unprecedented in its breadth and scope" and displayed "an appalling disregard for the right of the people to know what is going on in their government."

In his letter, Fielding said Bush had "attempted to chart a course of cooperation" by releasing more than 8,500 pages of documents and sending Gonzales and other senior officials to testify before Congress. The White House also had offered a compromise in which Miers, Taylor, White House political strategist Karl Rove and their deputies would be interviewed by Judiciary Committee aides in closed- door sessions, without transcripts.

Leahy and Conyers rejected that offer. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the Democrats should have accepted it.

"We would be much farther ahead in finding out whether there's any real impropriety here or not," said Hatch, a former chairman of the committee. He also said presidents have legitimate reasons to protect the confidentiality of the advice they get.

In his letter, Fielding explained Bush's position on executive privilege this way: "For the President to perform his constitutional duties, it is imperative that he receive candid and unfettered advice and that free and open discussions and deliberations occur among his advisors and between those advisors and others within and outside the Executive Branch."

This "bedrock presidential prerogative" exists, in part, to protect the president from being compelled to disclose such communications to Congress, Fielding argued. And he questioned whether the documents and testimony the committees seeking are critically important to their investigations.

It was the second time in his administration that Bush has exerted executive privilege, said White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto. The first instance was in December, 2001, to rebuff Congress' demands for Clinton administration documents.

Tensions between the administration and the Democratic-run Congress have been building for months as the House and Senate Judiciary panels have sought to probe the firings of eight federal prosecutors and the administration's program of warrantless eavesdropping. The investigations are part of the Democrats' efforts to hold the administration to account for the way it has conducted the war on terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Democrats say the firings of the prosecutors over the winter was an example of improper political influence. The White House says U.S. attorneys are political appointees who can be hired and fired for almost any reason.

Democrats and even some key Republicans have said that Gonzales should resign over the U.S. attorney dismissals, but he has steadfastly held his ground and Bush has backed him.

Just Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office, demanding documents pertaining to terrorism-era warrant-free eavesdropping.

Separately, that panel also is summoning Gonzales to discuss the program and an array of other matters—including the prosecutor firings—that have cost a half-dozen top Justice Department officials their jobs.

The Judiciary panels also subpoenaed the National Security Council. Leahy added that, like Conyers, he would consider pursuing contempt citations against those who refuse.

AUDIO: Seymour Hersh: 'Bush And Cheney’s Wet Dream Is Hitting Iran'

Yesterday, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Sy Hersh gave a speech and said, "George Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s wet dream is hitting Iran." He added that sources close to the President have heard him “say things like, ‘It’ll be 20 years before they appreciate me,'" comparing himself to Winston Churchill.

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National ID May Have Killed Immigration Bill

News.com reports that the immigration reform bill bouncing around in the Senate for the last few weeks has finally been defeated. The site speculates that, perhaps, one of the reasons it was finally defeated was a measure intended to expand the use of Real ID cards. If passed, the bill would have effectively turned the Real ID system into a National ID card. "The American Civil Liberties Union, another longtime foe of Real ID, said the Real ID requirements were a 'poison pill that derailed this bill, and any future legislation should be written knowing the American people won't swallow it.' Another section of the immigration bill would have given $1.5 billion to state officials to pay for Real ID compliance. Even if the immigration bill is goes nowhere, however, the Real ID Act is still in effect. It says, starting on May 11, 2008, Americans will need a federally-approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments or take advantage of nearly any government service." As we've discussed before, several states have rebelled against the implementation of Real ID.

FDA ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ELIMINATE VITAMIN COMPANIES

By Byron J. Richards, CCN

June 27, 2007

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The FDA, emboldened by its transformation into a drug company, has embarked upon an anti-American plan of interfering with business and intentionally eliminating various dietary supplement companies from the market. The FDA announcement came on Friday, June 22, 2007 under the guise of a final rule for dietary supplement good manufacturing practices (CGMPs). Within this 800 page rule the FDA states, “We find that this final rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.... Establishments with above average costs, and even establishments with average costs, could be hard pressed to continue to operate. Some of these may decide it is too costly and either change product lines or go out of business.... 140 very small [less than 20 employees] and 32 small dietary supplement manufacturers [less than 500 employees] will be at risk of going out of business.... costs per establishment are proportionally higher for very small than for large establishments....The regulatory costs of this final rule will also discourage new small businesses from entering the industry.”

This FDA rule will directly raise the price of dietary supplements for all consumers. The FDA acknowledges this and says “We expect that the majority of these costs will be borne by consumers of dietary supplements, who will likely respond to the increase in prices by reducing consumption.” Thus, the FDA is intentionally seeking to shrink the size of the dietary supplement industry and reduce the influence of safe and effective options to improve the dreadful trend in the health of Americans. The goal is to leave toxic drugs as the primary health option.

Independent analysis of this FDA rule has placed cost of compliance at 10 fold what the FDA estimates with as many as 50% of small companies unable to comply.

The gutless cowards of Congress, a majority of whom are on the Big Pharma payroll or will be on it once they leave Congress, have delegated their lawmaking powers granted by the U.S. Constitution to a bunch of Big Pharma-friendly unelected bureaucrats at the FDA, who are in turn using this power to undermine free commerce and help Big Pharma eliminate competition from the market. This is the behavior of a government in tyranny, inviting a revolution by the people. It is noteworthy that fascist governments of the past have eliminated health freedom and health options as a necessary condition to enslave and brainwash a population. Congress has delegated its responsibility to the people to such an extent that over half the laws in this country are now concocted by unelected bureaucrats with vested interests.

A Vehicle for Unprecedented Harassment

Any company that can afford to comply with the costs and regulations of this new FDA rule can be targeted and eliminated at will by the FDA. In essence, the FDA is seeking to make the dietary supplement industry document every phase of production, including expensive testing at multiple points in the production process. Massive recordkeeping will be required, including all customer complaints and returns for any reason! This is utterly draconian and unnecessary interference and burden to free commerce. It is completely Anti-American. No doubt, the FDA will impose user fees as an additional charge so that FDA agents will have the funding required to enforce the regulations. Under the new rule any flaw in bookkeeping can result in a company’s products being declared adulterated, allowing the FDA to remove them from the market even though nothing is wrong with them! A company can then be forced out of business because they won’t be able to sell any products to raise the money to comply. The rules are so complex and vague that the FDA can selectively target any company it chooses, even those attempting to comply in good faith.

The FDA is doing this under the pretense of improved consumer safety. Consumer safety could readily be guaranteed by simply having all companies test their final products for purity and potency. Instead of this simple approach the FDA has gone to the extreme of burdening the dietary supplement industry with regulations in excess of the drug industry! Supplements are foods, not drugs. The food industry couldn’t begin to comply with these FDA rules, even though food contamination is far more dangerous to health than dietary supplements.

The FDA intends to phase this rule in over the next three years. This means that within five years half the industry and many of the health options individuals rely on will either be gone or significantly more expensive.

Even more chilling is that forces within the dietary supplement industry itself are in no small part responsible for this FDA final rule.

Trade Groups and their Big Companies Turn on America

The Natural Products Association (formerly the National Nutritional Food Association – NNFA) and the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) have been instrumental in forcing these drug-like rules on dietary supplements. These globalist organizations are selling out America, destroying American jobs, undermining the U.S. Constitution, and working in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies to usher in Codex and the New World Order. Consumers of dietary supplements should learn who these companies are before buying their products and helping to inadvertently fund the destruction of health freedom in this country.

When DSHEA was passed in 1994 part of that law required the FDA to establish current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) for the dietary supplement industry. During a period of FDA outreach to the industry the FDA was surprised to learn that CRN and NPA were in favor of drug-like CGMPs for the dietary supplement industry. These trade groups, working closely with Senators Orin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA), have intentionally taken the supplement industry down a slippery slope. It is noteworthy that Hatch takes in more money from Big Pharma than he does from dietary supplement companies. Not only is Hatch a big supporter of the Medicare Part D drug rip off of Americans he has saved Big Pharma billions by protecting them from generic competition, as he is currently attempting to do with his legislation for new biologic drugs. Hatch also has a son working for NPA and another son that lobbies for NPA and the dietary supplement industry. When Hatch leaves the Senate he will be first in line for a six or seven figure Big Pharma salary.

The CRN has been taken over by multinational drug and food companies. Key players are the nutritional divisions of Bayer, BASF, Cargill, Monsanto, Wyeth, and Archer Daniels Midland. Nutrition companies that participate are in most cases owned by pharmaceutical companies, heavily invested in pharmaceutical companies, or jockeying for position in the international market as part of the New World Order. Key names include Mannatech, Shaklee, Herbalife, GNLD International, The Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. These companies are glad to eliminate competition from small companies and start up ventures.

Carrying on the general theme of Big Pharma ownership and a globalist agenda are the companies that control the NPA. One need only look at the new NPA China board to understand who these key players are. Jarrow Formulas, Now Foods, GNC, and Herbalife top the list. At the end of 2006 Jarrow and Now helped lead the charge with Senators Hatch and Harkin to burden the dietary supplement industry with bizarre Adverse Event Reporting legislation (AER) which insisted that dietary supplement companies keep extensive records on any type of consumer complaint. Aspects of this AER law are now implemented in the FDA final rule on CGMPs. Of course, NPA was quick to offer expensive training to its members to indoctrinate them into how to comply with the rules that NPA, working on behalf of the FDA, just forced on its own members. Are their member companies really this stupid? Or are they all working together? I would recommend that any NPA member that believes itself to be a true American company that values our constitution immediately withdraw from NPA membership – consumers will be looking to see who you are.

The picture is now crystal clear for any person who cares to look. Numerous dietary supplement companies are anti-American and actively selling out our country and our constitution, working hand-in-glove with the FDA and Big Pharma. The majority of such companies can be found as members of CRN and NPA. It will be up to the American consumer to save the dietary industry from itself and preserve their own access to safe and effective natural health remedies. This is a relatively simple task. Quit buying products from or quit being a distributor in these fascist organizations. Support the small companies that are the backbone of America, otherwise they will soon be extinct.

Senator: Immigration calls crashed Capitol phone system


During a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., just said the phone system on Capitol Hill crashed because of all the calls they're receiving about the immigration bill.

USA TODAY's Kathy Kiely is on the case. We'll have more details in a few minutes.

Update at 10:34 a.m. ET: We're having trouble confirming this report because we keep getting a busy signal when we call the switchboard and other offices at the Capitol.

Update at 11:40 a.m. ET: The bill died in the Senate.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Impeach Cheney now

The vice president has run utterly amuck and must be stopped. Slate explains why.

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Report : Pentagon Can't Account For $19 Billion Spent On Iraqi Forces

The Pentagon "cannot report in detail how many of the 346,500 Iraqi military and police personnel that the coalition trained are operational today," according to the 250-page report. "We have no idea what our $19 billion has gotten us," said Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Mass.), chairman of the Armed Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations

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White House refuses to comply with subpoenas

Less than 24 hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee issued new subpoenas demanding that the Bush administration turn over documents related to the president's warrantless domestic surveillance program, the White House said this morning it would

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BREAKING: White House refuses to answer subpoenas

Bush's attorney told Congress the White House would not turn over subpoenaed documents for former presidential counsel Harriet Miers and former political director Sara Taylor.

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D.C. Madam reveals name of Cheney in radio interview

The D.C. madam spoke about the reason she is facing RICO charges, insisting that her case is a "political case." About her records, she said "...once these records are released en masse to a multitude of responsible investigators and journalists be they independents or mainstream, the truth will be gotten to. And in those records there are probably 20, 50, 100, possibly more, Randall Tobiases, Dick Morrises, Harlan Ullmans, and yes, the name of Dick Cheney has been touted on more than one occasion in those records. And, can you imagine the -- it will be Watergate times how many people!" The D.C. Madam says her client list includes 10,000 people over "thirteen or so years."

How Loud is Bush's Quack?

Is it possible for Bush to be any more of a lame duck?

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WTF?! Pentagon Can't Account For $19 Billion Spent On Iraqi Forces

President Bush's pledge to have U.S. troops "stand down" as Iraqi forces "stand up" remains unfulfilled. Instead, U.S. troop numbers and operations have escalated in recent months, and the overall level of violence has not decreased.

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What Do the Cheney Controversy and Other Bush Scandals Really Mean?

The Bush administration and its appointees and Congress are in conflict, in a struggle for power. Although personality and partisanship are important elements of this power struggle, viewing this situation as an internal conflict in the US ruling class is also helpful in clearing up some of the muddiness.

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Low Approval Rating - Congress Gets Raise?

With one of the lowest approval ratings in memory, the Congress saw fit to give themselves a $4400 raise. Must be nice. Don't we have a say in that? Aren't they OUR representatives? Shouldn't WE determine their pay? DIGG IT - and call your congressman demanding they take a $8800 pay cut!

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Iraqis figure out how to manipulate US government - hire more lobbyists

"By one benchmark, Iraqis are gaining a better understanding of U.S.-style democracy: The number of lobbyists hired to influence U.S. policy has more than tripled since the war began."

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Giuliani: Stay Scared

Throughout his career, Giuliani has displayed an authoritarian streak that would be all the more problematic in a man who would assume executive powers vastly expanded by President Bush."

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No company has profited more from the carnage in Iraq than Halliburton

As the Iraq war that Vice President Dick Cheney created continues to shred American--and many more Iraqi--lives, further documentation has emerged proving that, even during failed wars, the merchants of death profit.

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Daily Show Viewers Know More About Current Events Than Fox News Fans

More than a decade after the Internet went mainstream, the world's richest information source hasn't necessarily made its users any more informed. Americans know less about politics than they did in 1989.

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The Internet is Blowing Apart The Political Landscape

I'd never heard of Ron Paul before a few months ago, but I do keep an eye on Digg. I saw his name in a few headlines and didn't pay much attention for a while, until I finally decide to see why this guy kept making it to the front page, almost literally every day.

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Make Federal Spending Transparent

What do Friends of the Earth, the Family Research Council, Phyllis Schlafly and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force have in common? If you think not much, then you are partially wrong: They all love the new Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Introduced by senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the bill ...

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Immigration Bill Goes Down in Defeat!

Not enough votes for Shamnesty!

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New investigation will target Gonzales' role in Cheney oversight dodge

A pair of house committees will probe of role of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales in Vice President Dick Cheney's efforts to escape scrutiny for his office's dealings with classified information.

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White House may force Congress to charge president w/ criminal charges

Bush Administration may face impeachment if Executive Privilege is used to block subpoenas

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Panel pushes for files on spy program - The Boston Globe

The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday issued subpoenas to the Bush administration for documents related to its warrantless surveillance program, elevating a long-simmering dispute between Congress and the White House over classified national-security information into a possible constitutional showdown.

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White House refuses to answer subpoenas.

Today was the deadline for the White House “to turn over documents linked to Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, and Sara M. Taylor, the former White House political director” to Congress. But instead, the White House this morning “asserted executive privilege” and “rejected lawmakers’ demands

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American Education in Crisis

American education is in a state of flux. More students are exiting college in record numbers. In fact, out of the 80 percent of high school students that want to go to college, 65 percent will go; but 30 percent will drop out in the first year. And, 50 percent will drop out over the course of their college career.

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White House exerts executive privilege on documents

The White House, moving toward a constitutional showdown with Congress, asserted executive privilege Thursday and rejected lawmakers' demands for documents that could shed light on the firings of federal prosecutors. Bush's lawyer says he does it "with much regret."

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The Push to Restore Habeas Corpus

About four thousand people rallied in Washington today to advocate the restoration of habeas corpus and other constitutional rights undermined by the Bush Administration, according to estimates from the ACLU.

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Grand Theft Country: How George W. Bush Looted Iraq

George W. Bush invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein would have lowered the price of oil and would have insisted upon payment in Euros. It had nothing to do with WMD in Iraq where, in fact, there had been none. It had nothing to do with WMD in Iraq where, in fact, there had been none. It had nothing to do with bringing Democracy to Iraq where, in fa

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Senate takes step away from Real ID - CNET News.com

Opponents of controversial law win vote in the Senate on Wednesday to restrict uses of the forthcoming digital ID cards, signaling the political winds may have shifted.

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Eureka! Letters praising Bush are like gold nuggets

"A badly written letter in favor of Bush is more likely to get into the paper than a badly written letter on another topic," said [editorial pages editor David] Holwerk.So much for th liberal bias of the media

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US to enter WAR THIS SUMMER as predicted by Israeli Intelligence Chief

Yadlin told the Israeli Cabinet that several factors were moving the nation toward war, reported the Post. Yadlin cited Iran, Hizbullah, Hamas and Syria who the paper quoted Yadlin as saying “are all actively working against Israel, and may force a conflict as early as this summer.”

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NRA Takes Aim at Gun-Control Democrats

For the first time since taking control of Congress, gun-control Democrats are taking on the National Rifle Association. The NRA seems to be nipping the effort in the bud.At issue is whether Congress should loosen restrictions on local law enforcement agencies' ability to gain access to gun-purchasing data to trace the movement of illegal guns

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Not this Immigration Bill

Astute analysis of what's going on, and going wrong, on the immigration bill before the Senate.

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Internet Radio Holds Out Silent Hope

Mike McGuire, an analyst at Gartner, said he is sure the Internet radio Day of Silence raised awareness among consumers, many of whom might not have heard about the royalty issue, but he also pointed out that it is questionable whether the Day of Silence protest will rally enough support to reverse the royalty hike.

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Ron Paul: "The Honest Mechanic"

Dr. Paul has been referred to by former Treasury Secretary William Simon as "the one exception to the Gang of 535 on Capitol Hill."

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Impeach him

Bruce Fein, the associate deputy attorney general under Reagan, has apparently seen enough.With a 67-vote threshold in the Senate, impeachment is a long-shot, but Fein, a conservative Republican, makes a very compelling case.

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Poll: Government Funding of Faith-Based Discrimination

President Bush's proposed faith-based initiatives are about much more than just letting religious groups get government funding and administer government services — they can already do that. What is being sought is to allow them to discriminate for religious reasons while using government money. Should this be permitted?

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U.S. image plunges in global survey

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States' image is plummeting in many corners of the globe, but China and other large powers are falling from favor as well, according to a global survey released on Wednesday. The 47-country survey...

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ACTION ALERT: STOP AMNESTY!

Amnesty: The Plan To Destroy The USA
What is happening to the United States of American under the leadership of the Sellout Senate, the White House and its likely mirror image of support in the Open Border Democratic House of Representatives should spark immediate anger and action from all Americans.

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Iran, Syria Prepare Hezbollah for New War with Israel

BEIRUT - Hezbollah is busy preparing for its next war with Israel in the knowledge that the Jewish state will not rest easy with the results of last summer’s 34-day conflict, military analysts in Beirut believe.

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Elizabeth Edwards: Why I called Ann Coulter

In front of a Republican-leaning crowd on Chris Matthew's "Hardball" Tuesday, Ann Coulter received an unexpected phone call from Elizabeth Edwards, wife of presidential candidate John Edwards, asking the "journalist" to raise the level of public discourse in America above personal attacks.

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Former Bush Official Going to Jail

J. Steven Griles, the former deputy secretary at the Interior Department, has been sentenced to 10 months in prison and must pay a $30,000 fine after pleading guilty to obstructing a congressional inquiry into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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House gives itself a raise -- This is BULLSHIT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House lawmakers Wednesday voted to accept an approximately $4,400 pay raise that will increase their salaries to almost $170,000.

The cost-of-living raise gets lawmakers back on track for automatic pay raises after a fight between Democrats and Republicans last year and again in January killed the pay hike due this year. That was the first interruption of the annual congressional pay hike in seven years.

The blowup came after Democrats last year fulfilled a campaign promise to deny themselves a pay hike until Congress raised the minimum wage. Delays in the minimum wage bill cost every lawmaker about $3,100 this year.

On a 244-181 vote Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans alike killed a bid by Reps. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Lee Terry, R-Nebraska, to get a direct vote to block the annual increase, which is automatically awarded unless lawmakers vote to block it. The Senate has not indicated when it will deal with a similar measure.

As part of an ethics reform bill in 1989, Congress gave up its ability to accept pay for speeches and made annual cost-of-living pay increases automatic unless the lawmakers voted otherwise.

In the early days of GOP control of Congress, lawmakers routinely denied themselves the annual increase.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, and Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, worked to smooth the way for the pay hike.

Typically, the annual vote on the pay hike comes on an obscure procedural move -- instead of a direct up-or-down vote -- and the Democratic and GOP whips each delivered a roughly equal number of votes to shut off any move to block the pay hike.

This year's vote was made ticklish by last year's battle. Republicans said Democrats broke a promise not to use the pay raise issue against GOP lawmakers in campaign ads and were, generally speaking, more reluctant to supply votes.

Hoyer and Blunt worked the floor during the vote to make sure there was relative balance between the parties in delivering votes. Finally, moments after signaling with three fingers a demand for a few more GOP votes, Hoyer drew his finger across his throat as a signal for Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-North Dakota, to gavel the tally to a close.

Most members support the pay raise as a means of retaining experienced lawmakers and of making sure that Congress is not simply dominated by wealthy people. Many lawmakers maintain homes both in the expensive Washington housing market and back in their districts. On most days, they meet with lobbyists making far more than they do.

"Every member has some obligation to the institution for the compensation to, as much as possible, keep pace with inflation," Blunt told reporters Wednesday. "I think this should be as good of a job when I leave it as it was when I took it."

"I don't think this is the right time for members of Congress to be allowing the pay raise to go through without even an up-or-down vote," said Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah. "We need to show the American people we are willing to make some sacrifices ... that we recognize there's a struggle for some in today's economy."

The exact figure for this year's increase has not been settled under a complicated formula that awards lawmakers a smaller pay hike than civil servants. But opponents estimated a pay hike this year of 2.7 percent, or $4,460.

Both House members and senators presently make $165,200 a year, with a handful of leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, earning more.

The pay raise would also apply to the vice president -- who is president of the Senate -- congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices.

This year, Vice President Dick Cheney, Pelosi and Chief Justice John Roberts receive $212,100. Associate justices receive $203,000. House and Senate party leaders get $183,500.

President Bush's salary of $400,000 is unaffected by the legislation.

Report: Cheney backs off on claim that he is 'fourth branch of government'

Report: Cheney backs off on claim that he is 'fourth branch of government'

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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Cheney Says VP's Office An 'Important Part' Of Exec. Branch

A White House video has emerged showing Cheney acknowledging, "It’s really a function of the last 50 years or so that the vice president’s become an important part of the executive branch."

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FTC shoots down Net Neutrality, says it is not needed

The Federal Trade Commission today dealt a serious blow to "Net Neutrality" proponents as it issued a reporting dismissive of claims that the government needs to get involved in preserving fairness of networks in the United States.

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RIAA Gestapo Tactics

Ok, I actually do believe that pirating music is wrong, but I've never agreed with nor approved of the RIAA's ham-fisted approach. And now, when they couldn't nail a disabled single mom, they went after her 10-year old son, going so far as to pose as the kid's grandmother in a phone call to his school!


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Ron Paul: How a Fringe Politician Took Over the Web

According to Technorati, "Ron Paul" (Texas Congressman) is one of the web's most searched-for terms. News about Paul has an outsize presence on Digg and reddit, two sites that allow users to highlight their preferred content. Paul's YouTube channel has been viewed over one million times, dwarfing efforts from competitors like Rudy Giuliani.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A First! The Fed As a Presidential Campaign Issue

Although Ron Paul's formal education is in medicine, he is qualified to discuss money and economics as he has long studied the works of the great free market economist Ludwig von Mises. Mises is famous for his writings on money and for having exposed the fallacy of a central authority controlling the money supply.

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Tancredo sends head of lettuce to Chertoff

It’s not every day a presidential hopeful sends Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff a head of lettuce, but that’s what Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, is doing Wednesday to show his disagreement with Chertoff’s recent comments on how failure of passing immigration reform might affect the agricultural industry.

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Cheney forced out former EPA chief

New reports today reveal former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman left the Administration because Vice President Dick Cheney pressured her to accept pro-industry coal power plant rules which threatened ghastly air pollution.

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Ron Paul on the TERRY ANDERSON RADIO SHOW

Ron Paul is Terry’s guest talking about TRILLIONS of dollars sucked up by AMNESTY for Illegal Aliens.

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Bush talks long-term stay in Iraq and more troops die

The public in the U.S. is getting strongly opposed to the war, the Iraqi political leadership is demonstrating its opposition to the occupation and more U.S. troops are speaking out. As President Bush and members of his administration described the “South Korean Model” as an approach for Iraq, deaths in Iraq mounted.

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Why The ELITE Want to Merge the United States with Mexico (and Canada)

Frightening.

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Ron Paul on CBS' website - AP Report on Iowa forum

Breaking news - Mainstream media outlets are picking up on Ron Paul's counter-event to the upcoming Iowa forum.

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Mike Gravel interview with Randi Rhodes on Air America Radio

"We''ll hang their millions of dollars around their necks like a rock."

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Bush, Cheney and the Nixon Principle

Dictatorships thrive on secrecy. The ability to operate free of public scrutiny, oversight and accountability is the cornerstone of a totalitarian state.

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Bush Slips Up About Amnesty Bill; Administration Panics

"Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been here illegally, and this bill does that." - President Bush, 6/26/07

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Republican Support for Iraq War Fading Dramatically

There is no more key Republican in the field of foreign policy than Indiana's Senator Richard Lugar. But he has just broken with President Bush on the Iraq War and he's not the only member of the GOP to back away.

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How did the Bush administration use its secret eavesdropping powers?

In an otherwise solid NYT article comparing recently revealed CIA abuses of the past and the Bush administration's current controversial intelligence activities, Scott Shane wrote:The Bush administration chos

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Ron Paul interview with Mancow June 26, 2007

Radio interview from Mancow show June 26, 2007 featuring Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Mancow falls in love with Ron Paul. (Thanks to jbarisoff for posting the video on You Tube).

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Conservative Idaho protests Alberto Gonzales!

Almost a half-hour after U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was scheduled to give a press conference in Boise, Idaho Tuesday, a representative told a crowd of more than 100 protesters that the press conference had been [moved] and only members of the press with credentials would be allowed in.

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Organized Crime: It's OK If It's the Government

One Supreme Court ruling this week went largely unnoticed in the press. On a 7 - 2 vote, the court has decided to allow federal agencies to act as racketeers, and in doing so, ruled that the RICO act doesn’t apply to the United States government. So, that's one less prosecutorial tool with which to go after the Bush crime syndicate...

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Federal bill would rob poor, benefit corporations

Assume Congress was considering a "comprehensive" plan to reduce wages for the poor, increase crime in minority neighborhoods, further diminish already failing pubic schools, and seriously strain an overburdened health care system. Surely such a proposal would be dismissed as "un-American." Yet this is exactly what it will accomplish.

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Group shows FEMA anticipated Katrina's destruction of New Orleans

A major report published Wednesday by a Washington, DC-based watchdog shows that the Federal Emergency Management Agency anticipated the destruction that would result from a major hurricane striking New Orleans, yet failed to follow through on its own internal warnings.

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Purdue 9/11 simulation exposed as fraud: Media covers up hoax and conceals

A study of the Purdue 9/11 simulation of the collapse of the South Tower has exposed it as a fraud. Nick Irving, a new member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, has shown the simulation was based upon false data, the fire could not have caused bare steel to weaken, whether the steel was fireproofed does not matter, and doesn't even include a collapse.

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LAW of Unintended consequences of globalization, "alQaeda"

And lack of response by the US government, leaves a huge gap in the flank or the war effort. The private sector lacks even the basic communications channels to report findings, subject, and perps in a timely manner. While foreign Intelligence sources are eager for this data.It isn't that USA can't win the information cyber war, they don't seem to

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White House, Cheney's office, SUBPOENAED

The Senate Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney's office Wednesday for documents relating to President Bush's warrant-free eavesdropping program.

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Report: ‘Shadow Goverment’ Of Private Contractors Explodes

A new report by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform concludes that, under the Bush administration, the “shadow government of private companies working under federal contract has exploded in size.

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Americans kids are dying because China is knowingly making faulty products.

As I have shown reports in the past, China has done it again. Americans are dying and it's at the hands of the Chinese. A news report on yahoo stated that a Chinese company changed a manufacturing standard rendering the tires bought by Americans lethal. They removed a layer of glue that holds a tire together to earn more profit while we die.

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Democrats determined to force over 200 million US wage slaves to register.

This is the real jewel in the so called "immigration reform bill".It is designed to work hand in hand with REAL ID and the so called PATRIOT ACT.It is dangerous and needless as immigration laws already exist but are rarely if ever enforced.Mean while the borders still remain wide open almost 6 years after 9/11.What a fraud!

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White House lying, top Democrat says

"Contrary to the recent claims of White House spokesperson Dana Perino, there is evidence that the White House has repeatedly failed to investigate security violations, take corrective action following breaches, and appropriately protect classified information," said Rep. Waxman, in a statement released Tuesday morning.

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Holding America Hostage - Bush Won't Protect Nation Without Amnesty

MSNBC reported today that President Bush's Chief of Staff warned that without amnesty the government would leave the border open. America is being held hostage by a crazed criminal.

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Our Violent Men In Blue

Here's another example of police treating citizens as common slaves to the State. Is this really how we want to live in the U.S.? Constantly under surveillance, arrested for the slightest infractions, bullied and manhandled into submission to the State’s thugs!

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Paul Rockets to First

Ron Paul just keeps stunning the competition.

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Warning over nuclear black market

Illegal networks selling nuclear technology to the highest bidder on the black market are posing a greater threat than ever, an expert has warned. A speaker at non-proliferation talks in Washington said technology essential for enriching uranium was now freely available on the black market.

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Congressman seeks to cut funding for Cheney's office, home

"He's not part of the executive branch. We're not going to fund something that doesn't exist," said Emanuel, who is also the House Democratic Caucus chairman. "I'm following through on the vice president's logic, no matter how ludicrous it might be."

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Bush’s Offices Reportedly Refused Probe

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 by RLR

From LA Times
An oversight agency’s effort in 2005 to inspect the president’s offices over suspected leaks was rebuffed, Rep. Waxman says.

By Josh Meyer

A federal watchdog agency planned to inspect the president’s executive offices in the White House in 2005 for evidence of suspected leaks of classified information, but it was rebuffed by Bush administration officials, congressional investigators have been told.

The report of the White House’s refusal to be inspected comes amid criticism from congressional Democrats of how President Bush signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to submit to independent oversight of their handling of classified information, but did not enforce it for his office or that of Vice President Dick Cheney.

The blocked inspection was described in an April 23 letter to former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card from Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), who provided a copy of the letter to the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told reporters Monday that the president considered his office and that of the vice president exempt from his directive. The 2003 executive order addressed a system of safeguards for government agencies aimed at ensuring that classified national security information is properly handled so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, that improper leaks of such information are investigated promptly, and that government secrets are properly declassified at the appropriate time.

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Senators unaware of Immigration bill tied to SPP

Are we being moved towards a North American union? Are we losing our sovereignty slowly but surely?

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Daily Show humor: Cheney claims he's member of Supreme Court

"The vice president is not only in both and neither of the executive and legislative branches, he's also a member of the Supreme Court," she tells Stewart. "Have you read the [revised] constitution?"

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Giuliani discouraged use of respirators by WTC workers

In an upcoming interview with WNBC-TV, former head of the EPA Christie Whitman says former Mayor Rudy Giuliani blocked her efforts to force WTC workers to wear respirators.

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INN interviews candidate Ron Paul

Here is a recent TV interview where he talks about how the current policies hurt young people more than any other segment of society.

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Cheney’s office abandons novel argument

Vice president acknowledges he is part of executive branch. Sen. John Kerry's office still has questions.

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Demand that Nancy Pelosi calls for Cheney's Impeachment! BAE Scandal!

Can you imagine just how much money was poured through this Saudi/British slush fund?! For over 20 years!! This BAE scandal is being covered-up by the U.S. media, even though BAE is *about* to become the Defense Department's #1 contractor. That is, of course, if their purchase of Armor Holdings (the makers of Humvee armor) get approved by the...

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Ron Paul on Attack of the Show

Very good interview on what used to be a great network. Dr. Paul talks about why he voted against Net Neutrality and other bills related to the internet. Great interview with Dr. Paul for people interested in the tech world.

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Giuliani Acknowledged Explosions on 9/11, Did not Believe Gas Related

This clip is from Fox News on September 11, 2001, and is from a Press Conference given by Mayor Giuliani. In the clip, Mayor Giuliani states that he does not believe gas is responsible for the explosions being reported, and emphasizes that the gas has been turned off.

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Cheney May Meet his Match in Democratic Rep. Emanuel

For six years, Vice President Dick Cheney had his way with a compliant Republican-led Congress while dismissing Democrats as nuisances.Perhaps the most famous example of the Cheney approach came when a Democratic senator tried to make small talk after earlier criticizing the veep. Replied Cheney on the Senate floor: “Go f— yourself.”

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MSM Stooge "Outs" Law-Abiding Citizens

And what, exactly, is the crime of legally owning a gun, Matt Westerhold?

Can't seem to think of one, but the staff of this newspaper sees a "crime" being committed.

I see an invasion of privacy, a class-action lawsuit and customer backlash, but that's just me.

Also interesting how the moronic editor cites a "right to know," as if legal gun owners are comparable to child molesters/sexual predators.

Note to Democrat activists journalists of the world: In addition to the 1st Amendment, there is also a 2nd Amendment in that Constitution that you claim to have read. We know these registries are a matter of public record. The problem, of course, is discretion. As Jeff Goldblum said in Jurassic Park, they were so obsessed with the idea that they could that they never stopped to think if they should. And in this case, what is the urgency and public interest served in "outing" private citizens who aren't breaking any laws?

I'm sure they'd give the same kind of treatment to law-breaking illegal aliens if they knew where they were working and living. These journalists are 'patriots.'

If you want to call Sandusky Register editor Matt Westerhold and let them know how you feel about their assault on the privacy and safety of legal gun owners, fell free.

Matt Westerhold
419-609-5866
mattwesterhold@sanduskyregister.com

Doug Phares, Publisher
419-609-5860
dougphares@sanduskyregister.com

This is a blatant abuse of what newspapers claim to do, and it is unfortunately all too common in the leftwing press. First they came for the gun owners - who knows what legal, law-abiding citizens they'll come after next.

Brothels legal in Iraq's Green Zone

Junior member of parliament in the Green Zone brothel makes 30'000 dollars a month plus fringe benefits. Now do you want to know how much the matron makes? No joke here. Jalal Talabani makes 1 million dollars A MONTH plus fringe benefits. This heavy hooker has pocketed in 2 years, 24 million dollars! Whilst the majority of the Iraqis don't have a piece of bread.. Continue

Bush: Maybe U.S. Military 'Just Not Very Good'

WASHINGTON, DC—Departing from his usual hopeful rhetoric during a question-and-answer session with reporters in the White House Rose Garden, President Bush suggested Tuesday that the war in Iraq has not been successful because the nation's armed forces are "just not very good."

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FLASHBACK: Cheney Argued Energy Probe ‘Interfered With Executive Branch'

(with VIDEO) -- The Office of the Vice President has asserted that Dick Cheney “is not an entity within the Executive Branch.” That’s quite opposite the argument Cheney made in 2001, when he said that a congressional probe into the workings of his energy task force “would unconstitutionally interfere with the functioning of the executive branch.”

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Tancredo Calls for Rep. Paul to be Included in Iowa Presidential Forum

“While I don’t see eye-to-eye with Rep. Paul on all issues, he is a respected Congressman, a former presidential candidate, and a man with strong convictions and the courage to express them,” Tancredo said, “The Republican party is better because he is one of us and he has earned the right to be in all presidential forums and debates.”

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ABC News asks: Is Cheney too powerful?

ABC News examined the stunning extent of Vice President Dick Cheney's grab for power over the last six years in a sometimes sardonic yet serious segment on Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

GOP To Bush: Time's Up On Iraq War

"We must not abandon our mission, but we must begin a transition where the Iraqi government and its neighbors play a larger role in stabilizing Iraq," Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, wrote in a letter to Bush. This one day after Sen. Richard Lugar, top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that Bush's strategy was not working.



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BREAKING VIDEO: Ron Paul on Neil Cavuto with Guns a Blazing

Neocon Cavuto tries to ensnare Dr. Paul and get him to back down on the truth. Ron Paul stands his ground.



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Key Republican delivers blow to Bush

finally his own party is starting to hate him, too.



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Republicans reignite debate on war

Criticism of Bush's war policy flares up once again as Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio joins the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee in publicly calling for troop withdrawals...



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Tancredo calls for Paul's inclusion at ITR/ICA Forum in Iowa

Sounds like Tancredo will endorse Paul when he drops out of the race



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Ex-governor says he was target of Republican plot - Los Angeles Times

The Alabama Democrat, fighting a 30-year sentence, and his supporters contend that his prosecution was a political strategy led by Karl Rove.



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Anthony D. Romero: Today's Day of Action: A Public Outcry to Save the Const

The times they are a-changing. Today, thousands of ACLU members and other activists are descending upon the nation's capital for an historic rally and Day of Action to Restore Law and Justice. We are there to make our voices heard: the Bush administration's relentless assault upon our nation's laws, values and civil liberties must end.



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Norman Mineta Confirms Dick Cheney Ordered Military Stand-Down On 9/11/'01

Former Secretary of Transportation also reveals Cheney was in PEOC Bunker before he arrived...



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Waxman Reveals Numerous New Security Violations, Threatens Subpoenas

House oversight chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) has revealed new evidence “that both the White House and the Office of the Vice President have flaunted multiple requirements for protecting classified information,” beyond the violation of the executive order reported earlier this week.



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