Thursday, December 28, 2006
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Afghan heroin supply on rise across America
Not only is more heroin being produced from Afghan poppies coming into the United States, it is also the purest in the world.
Detroit Officer who Killed Unarmed 16-year-old has Killed two Others
The Detroit police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Brandon Moore at Detroit’s Bel-Air Mall Nov. 26 is Officer Eugene J. Williams. A 35-year veteran of the force, Williams has killed two others during his tenure with the department, in 1971 and 1979. Informed sources have independently identified Williams, whose badge number is 4174, although the police department has refused to do so while an investigation proceeds.
The New KKK
"He was so good with the kids," recalls Libby's mom. "Never in a million years I would've thought he would've done something like this."
Israel threatens new action in Gaza
Vanished 'Buddha Boy' reappears in Nepal
A Nepalese teenaged boy who was hailed as a reincarnation of the Buddha has reappeared after nine months of wandering through the jungles of eastern Nepal, police said.
See You Annan
In leaving, Kofi Annan did not ignore the war on terrorism. "We need an anti-terrorism strategy that does not merely pay lip service to the defense of human rights but is built on it," he said. "That is why secret prisons have no place in our struggle against terrorism, and why all places where terrorism suspects are detained must be accessible to the International Committee of the Red Cross. Leading promoters of human rights undermine their own influence when they fail to live up to these principles."
Saddam's 'final message' urges Iraqis to unite
"Oh brave, pious Iraqis in the heroic resistance. Oh sons of the one nation, direct your enmity towards the invaders. Do not let them divide you ... Long live jihad [holy war] and the mujahideen against the invaders."
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Will Stinky Cut The Big One?
Bush is a brutal, pathological liar -- arguably a homicidal maniac. After losing two wars against helpless, unarmed nations, he's bored. The Decider is moving on to greater things, and those who know how to listen to him know the decision to nuke Iran has already been made. Before he leaves office, Bush plans to spread the same freedoms throughout Iran that Iraq is presently enjoying, only this time he has decided to attack a huge, oil-rich, armed-to-the-teeth nation which has the capacity not only to defend itself, but to wreak death and destruction upon its attackers.
The Moneychangers & The TRF (Tax Retirement Fund)
From 20,000 BC until 1900 AD most people focused 98% of their efforts and attention on the survival basics of obtaining food, shelter, raising a family, and protecting the before mentioned. The other 2% of the efforts and focus was on barter (exchange vehicles for goods), and social activities to enhance the before mentioned. Now to have food, shelter, and family, 95% of the focus of the nation has been directed to obtaining money. The social issues most are involved with are determined by money. Almost exclusively, political outcomes and direction are determined by money. Morals, religion, and spiritual enlightenment based on the environment in this country today is determined by money.
The Ninth Ward Revisited
"They need to stop this focus on downtown and the Superdome because it does a disservice to all those people who are still in very deep trouble. They need to get the cameras out of the French Quarter and go to New Orleans East, or the Lower Ninth Ward. Or go to St. Bernard Parish. You'll see that everything is not O.K. Far from it."
In Somalia, a Reckless US Proxy War
The U.S. instigation of war between Ethiopia and Somalia, two of world's poorest countries already struggling with massive humanitarian disasters, is reckless in the extreme. Unlike in the run-up to Iraq, independent experts, including from the European Union, were united in warning that this war could destabilize the whole region even if America succeeds in its goal of toppling the Islamic Courts. An insurgency by Somalis, millions of whom live in Kenya and Ethiopia, will surely ensue, and attract thousands of new anti-U.S. militants and terrorists.
KWANZAA: HOLIDAY FROM THE FBI (Ann Coulter)
It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI pawn, Ron Karenga, aka Dr. Maulana Karenga. Karenga was a founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers and a dupe of the FBI.
More Dangerous Than Smoking? Death by Soda
Despite the barrage of marketing to the contrary, sales pitches, and misinformation, consumption of soda has been directly linked to both obesity as well as type 2 diabetes. Soft drinks are packed full of sugar and refined carbohydrates, both of which are undeniably correlated to these factors. Type 2 diabetes is also associated with a poor diet that is laden with high-fructose corn syrup and low in fiber.
"If you take two seconds to think about what you drink instead of just grabbing what's handy, you're going to increase your enjoyment exponentially."
Holland, Dozier and Holland: Motown's Writers
Their songs include "You Can't Hurry Love," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby, I Need Your Loving," "Heat Wave," and "Stop! In the Name of Love." Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas recorded their songs. In 1990 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Black Actors Describe Obstacles in Film Industry
African-American pros in the film industry say that black talent still faces obstacles -- notably an entrenched notion that overseas audiences aren't interested in movies with black casts. There is also a sense that the Academy has an unspoken-maybe even an unconscious--quota system.
"The Twelve Days of Whoopsmas"
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
News others won't tell you
'Godfather of Soul' James Brown Dies
One of the major musical influences of the past 50 years, Brown was to rhythm and dance music what Bob Dylan was to lyrics. From Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, David Bowie to Public Enemy, his rapid-footed dancing, hard-charging beats and heartfelt yet often unintelligible vocals changed the musical landscape.
President Carter Says U.S. 'Prime Culprit' in Nuclear Proliferation
In his book “Our Endangered Values”(Simon & Schuster), Carter leaves no doubt he has that Great Proliferator, George W. Bush in mind, even though he doesn’t call him that or mention him by name. Just as damning, though, Carter quotes an article by ex-Defense Secretary Robert McNamara in last year’s May/June Foreign Policy: “I would characterize current U.S. nuclear weapons policy as immoral, illegal, militarily unnecessary and dreadfully dangerous.” And that indictment can be laid at the feet of only one hombre.
Jimmy Carter Speaks A Simple Truth About Palestinian Apartheid
Macy's pulls hooded jackets amid dog fur complaints
Macy's removal of the coats comes on the heels of other tests conducted by the Humane Society of the United States on a range of fur-trimmed jackets from retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale's, J.C. Penney and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as from designers and clothing lines such as Baby Phat, Andrew Marc, MaxMara and Calvin Klein. Those tests revealed that most of the jackets labeled as "raccoon" or coyote" from China in fact contained fur from raccoon dogs.
Museum Cancels Pirate Exhibit Over Slavery Issues
For the second time in 10 years, Tampa's science museum has canceled an exhibit after objections from black residents. The current controversy revolves around whether artifacts should be displayed from a pirate ship that sunk off the Florida coast. Many objected because the ship was also used to transport slaves.
Ethiopia Bombs Two of Somalia's Airports
Early Monday, Ethiopian warplanes bombed two airports in Somalia, striking at the heart of territory controlled by the Islamic Courts Union. It's the second day of Ethiopian airstrikes against the Islamist movement that is now fighting for control of Somalia.
The Roots of Emerging Battle in Horn of Africa
Saudi Royals Snub Bush, Fund Opposition to U.S. Troops
The Iraq Study Group asserted that Saudi private citizens, and probably a few members of the Saudi royal family, have been financing the Sunni opposition in Iraq all along. This is the same opposition that is targeting U.S. troops. Last week, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah confirmed that his loyalty must lie with Iraq's Sunni tribal chiefs, even if his support also helps insurgents who have been fighting Americans and the Brits.
U.S. Is Holding Iranians Seized in Raids in Iraq
Iraqi leaders appealed to the American military, including to Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the senior American ground commander in Iraq, to release the Iranians, according to an Iraqi politician familiar with the efforts.
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Bush may boost Iraq troops by 20,000
The request for five extra brigades to secure the capital follows the decision by senior US officers that, despite deep reservations, there was sufficient movement among Iraqi political leaders towards tackling sectarian violence to justify the deployment of extra US troops.
A decisive year for "the decider"
How bad a year was it for Bush? There are four distinct stages in the death spiral of a presidency -- and Bush managed to reach three of them in 2006.
The United States is Insolvent
That is the conclusion of a recent Treasury/OMB report entitled Financial Report of the United States Government that was quietly slipped out on a Friday (12/15/06), deep in the holiday season, with little fanfare. Sometimes I wonder why the Treasury Department doesn’t just pay somebody to come in at 4:30 am Christmas morning to release the report. Additionally, I’ve yet to read a single account of this report in any of the major news media outlets but that is another matter.
Are You Ready to Bring Back Black?
I am ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with Black folks who are unafraid and unflappable when attacked from without and from within. I am ready to work with a new cadre of Black leaders, not new in experience but new as it relates to their current unsung status, their active youth status, and new in respect to what they have done and are doing “under the radar screen” so to speak. There are many “new” leaders out there, and I am ready to follow them as we Bring Back Black.
Petrified whale vomit gift worth its weight in gold
Ambergris has been a valued commodity for centuries, used in perfume because of its strangely alluring aroma as well as its ability to retain other fine-fragrance ingredients and "fix" a scent so it does not evaporate quickly. Its name is derived from the French ambre gris, or gray amber.
Brazilian berry destroys cancer cells in lab, UF study shows
How Food Finds its Way to Your Plate
Where does your food really come from, and what should you have for dinner? Chances are that your food traveled hundreds of miles before it landed on your plate. But some experts say eating local might make us healthier, and better stewards of the environment.
Yes, it is a lot of work. But the soul-warming richness — and guaranteed compliments — make it worth the effort.
Comedian Paul Mooney
Comedian Paul Mooney talks about his recent decision to abolish the "n-word" from his comedy routine.
This Modern World
Sunday, October 22, 2006
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Striking the US where it hurts
A noted Chinese theorist on modern warfare, Chang Mengxiong, compared China's form of fighting to "a Chinese boxer with a keen knowledge of vital body points who can bring an opponent to his knees with a minimum of movements". It is like key acupuncture points in ancient Chinese medicine. Puncture one vital point and the whole anatomy is affected. If America ever goes to war with China, say, over Taiwan, then America should be prepared for the following "acupuncture points" in its anatomy to be "punctured".
The race card
The lengths white right-wing conservatives will go to try and play African-American voters for fools is literally breathtaking.
Furor Over Carter’s South Africa Analogy
It’s a word that enrages Israel’s supporters around the world—and it’s right in the middle of the title of a new book by former President Jimmy Carter, whose “Palestine Peace, Not Apartheid” is due on bookstands on Nov.14.
Kansas Sit-In, a First, Gets Its Due at Last
In July of 1958, Carol Parks-Haun, 19, and her cousin Ron Walters, 20, decided to protest restaurants which denied services to blacks in Wichita. At the time both were leaders in the local NAACP Youth Council. Walters and Parks-Haun organized a sit-in at Dockum Drugstore -- a popular eatery with a soda fountain.
Absent from history: the black soldiers at Iwo Jima
Although most of the black marine units were assigned ammunition and supply roles, the chaos of the landing soon undermined the battle plan.
Bill Cosby Gets Candid
Force may be needed to guard Lebanese airspace -UN
U.N. peacekeepers may at some point resort to force to prevent repeated Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace.
Video: China shoots Tibetan pilgrims
In a video recorded by international climbers in the Himalayas, what appear to be Chinese troops are seen shooting and killing Tibetan pilgrims trekking to India to be in the presence of the exiled Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism.
Endgame coming, ready or not
While most of the violence is now sectarian, US casualties have also been spiking, particularly since August when more troops were sent to help pacify Baghdad. Sixty-three US troops were killed in August; that rose to 74 in September. Nearly 70 have been killed in the first half of October, putting the month on track to be the deadliest in almost two years and adding to the pressure to bring the troops home.
The End of Maliki?
In some ways, amid the internecine bloodletting, torture, spiking American casualties, death-dealing confusion, and general mayhem, here's all you need to know about the Iraqi "government" of Nouri al-Maliki. When the Prime Minister wanted to check on whether he was going to hang onto his position, he didn't go to parliament or to the Iraqi people, he checked in with the President of the United States.
Another Disastrous Coverup: Ammo dump explosion may have killed hundreds of US soldiers
US and UK seek Iraq exit strategy
With 74 American soldiers already dead in Iraq in October, it is likely to be the worst month for US forces in two years. US officers admitted on Thursday that the effort to pacify the capital, the Baghdad Initiative, had failed.
US 'arrogant' in Iraq, says diplomat
"The occupier has started to search for a face-saving way out. The resistance, with all its factions, is determined to continue fighting until the enemy is brought down to his knees and sits on the negotiating table or is dealt, with God's help, a humiliating defeat," Abu Mohammed said.
Australian Treasurer Seeks Orderly Withdrawal From U.S. Dollar
TREASURER Peter Costello has called on East Asia's central bankers to "telegraph" their intentions to diversify out of American investments and ensure an orderly adjustment.
Reflections on the Eve of Another Rigged Election
Bush and his partners in crime face far more than a curtailment of power; they face possible indictment, prosecution, and prison sentences for their crimes.How, then, might the Busheviks avoid accountability for their crimes by remaining in control of the Congress?
Please, Don’t Vote!
Don’t get hung-up on the fact that you are a “life-long” Democrat or a Republican. Don’t be led by a false sense of loyalty to any party. Don’t feel guilty for not voting for party favorites. After all, who made them the favorites anyway? It certainly wasn’t you. We only vote on choices that have already been made; we vote for folks who have already been selected by others.
Ron Daniels: The U.S. Owes Haiti a ‘Special Debt’
“There is a special debt we all owe to Haiti,” Daniels explained. “Haiti did, in fact, give us our dignity back when we were on our knees. It did that at the height of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Of the three greatest revolutions – American, French and Haitian – only the Haitian Revolution really emancipated the slaves. In that sense, it was the greater of the revolutions from a human rights perspective.”
Why black America may have been duped by DNA
Since the tests began in 2003, questions have been raised about their accuracy: specifically whether tracing mitochondrial DNA, which is passed from the mother's side of the family, can reliably pinpoint tribal origins.
Report: Benefits of Seafood Outweigh Risks
A new report by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies says the federal government should stop sending mixed messages about seafood, boost testing for contaminants and make it easier for consumers to find up-to-date information.
Cardamom Bread, Wisconsin Style
Two recipes from Alfred Lunt, and you're ready for a satisfying country breakfast: Cardamom bread and coffee.
A Jazz Genius Goofs Off
Like many jazz musicians of his era, Art Tatum understood the entertainment aspects of his art. Though he didn't gussy up his music, he knew how to keep people engrossed all the same: A master of stride and boogie and bebop, he'd string his listeners along just by dancing around the theme, and then at just the right moment, he'd lower the boom, delivering a line so dazzlingly improbable that the common response was a gasp.
When Liberals Talk, Conservatives Listen. Sorta.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
News others won't tell you
Al and Jesse were right, there is voter fraud…hahaha
The Justice Department has chosen this no-stoplight, courthouse town buried in the eastern Mississippi prairie for an unusual civil rights test: the first federal lawsuit under the Voting Rights Act accusing blacks of suppressing the rights of whites.
FBI investigating actions of Specter staff member
In an Aug. 21 letter, FBI official Joseph Persichini Jr. told Specter, R-Pa., that the bureau is investigating "allegations of possible criminal misconduct" by staff member Vicki Siegel Herson. Persichini also asked for a copy of a report summarizing the results of an investigation of Siegel and other Specter employees with relatives who are lobbyists. Specter's former chief of staff, William Reynolds, carried out the investigation. The federal probe stems from a February report by USA TODAY about Siegel. Specter helped direct $48.7 million in Pentagon spending over the past five years to clients of her lobbyist husband, Michael Herson.
40 Years Later, Black Panthers Look Back
Bobby Seale never expected to see the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party he co-founded with Huey Newton. "A lot of times I thought I would be dead," he says.
The Black Panther Party officially existed for just 16 years. But its reach has endured far longer, something Seale and other party members will commemorate when they reunite in Oakland this weekend.
Los Alamos Missing Plutonium for 150 Nuclear Bombs
N Korea threatens war against U.S.
"If the U.S. keeps pestering us and increases pressure, we will regard it as a declaration of war and will take a series of physical corresponding measures," the statement, said without specifying what those measures could be.
Media blasted for blind eye to white terrorism
Two extreme right sympathisers, including a candidate for the British National Party in the last local elections, are in custody after police in Lancashire uncovered what they believe are the largest amount of chemical explosives ever found.
40 nations facing food shortages
Food insecurity is reported in several West African countries, including Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, while emergency food assistance continues to be needed in Chad, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Will Israel bomb Iran?
Iraqi parliament passes federalism bill
Army: Troops to Stay in Iraq Until 2010
"This is not a prediction that things are going poorly or better," Schoomaker told reporters. "It's just that I have to have enough ammo in the magazine that I can continue to shoot as long as they want us to shoot."
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Rebuilding America's Defenses
The document from the group that brought you the latest version of BushCo.
Ohio foreclosures keep climbing
The national foreclosure rate jumped nearly 24 percent in August, while Ohio moved down two spots and posted the seventh-highest rate among the states, according to real estate information firm RealtyTrac Inc.
In its monthly report, RealtyTrac said Ohio had 7,468 properties entering some stage of foreclosure last month, up 36.1 percent from July and 63.4 percent from August 2005. Ohio had one property in foreclosure for every 640 households, the firm said.
Marketplace Report: Natural Gas vs. Fuel Oil
U.S. residents who heat their homes with natural gas this winter can expect lower heating bills, while those who use fuel oil may pay more than last year
Pyongyang 1, Bush 0
Pyongyang has refused to cry "uncle." Instead, it has replied in kind. With its missile launches in July and its recently announced nuclear test, Pyongyang has demonstrated that it can be as stubborn and as enamored of military playthings as the Bush administration.
Can a jet fuel/hydrocarbon fire collapse a steel structure? An experiment.
The Cake Lady: Welcome at the Office
During the past year, I've become very popular at work. Not for my brains. Not for my beauty. For my Bundt pans.
APPLE COFFEE CAKE
Ths makes a great coffee cake - make sure your cake mold is well greased as the cake might stick to the bottom.
Keith Jarrett's Transfixing Tour de Force
Those familiar with Jarrett as a pianist will appreciate the chance to hear him develop music in situations where his facility is limited. He's not an accomplished flute player, for example, but his lines are played with deep commitment and an almost primal fire -- it turns out he's just as compelling when he's grasping for a simple, clear thought on an unfamiliar instrument as he is unloading some major pianistic run-on sentence.
Sutton Impact: Superwoodward Returns!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
News others won't tell you
Blackwell campaigns with supremacist
Blackwell toured the state with Larry Pratt, author of ARMED PEOPLE VICTORIOUS, which advocates the creation of militant right-wing militias. Pratt has spoken and shared platforms in the past with Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi Aryan Nation members. He was forced to take a leave of absence from Pat Buchanan’s 1996 presidential campaign over charges of white supremacist and anti-semitic views. Pratt’s 150,000-member Gun Owners of America is proudly to the right of the National Rifle Association. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Pratt says he couldn’t be a racist because he is campaigning with Blackwell, an African-American. Blackwell is “our kind of guy,” says Pratt, in reference to Blackwell’s support of gun owners’ rights.
American Prison Camps Are on the Way
Anyone who donates money to a charity that turns up on Bush's list of "terrorist" organizations, or who speaks out against the government's policies could be declared an "unlawful enemy combatant" and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.
Federal Legislation Labels Activism As "Terrorism"
DC Gays Say Hastert Had Sex With Young 'Men For Hire'?
DC escort service raided by feds
How an obscure Long Island family ended up giving $156,000 in campaign contributions to the disgraced legislator and his political patron, Tom Reynolds.
Guantánamo Navy defense lawyer forced out of Navy
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, 44, said last week he received word he had been denied a promotion to full-blown commander this summer, "about two weeks after" the Supreme Court sided against the White House and with his client, a Yemeni captive at the U.S. Navy base in southeast Cuba.
Torture, Murder, Bush, Kissinger and The Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina: America on the Brink of Horror
"Operation Condor" reached its peak in the 1970s. With assistance from the United States, and the support and knowledge of Henry Kissinger, five of the southern cone South American nations conducted a campaign of unspeakable torture and killing against their own citizens.
Kill the Messenger
Many journalists had written about the CIA's collusion with drug smugglers, but nobody had ever discovered where those drugs ended up in America.
Black Nations Can Succeed, Too -Akufo-Addo
Foreign Minister, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lamented the situation where black people across the world can hardly point to a "single black country" and "say to the world, and more importantly to ourselves, that this is an example of an African success story."
“Ghana, I believe, is destined to become the first black nation to break away to set the trend for the African success story.”
S Africa to seize more white farms
"The more they delay, the more the land prices go up," he(Tozi Gwanya) said, adding that the lands minister was in the process of finalising four more expropriation notices for four more white-owned farms in the northern Limpopo province.
Four top doctors arrested over illegal human experimentation
According to a report issued by the investigations department of the Health Ministry and exposed by Haaretz, the hospitals in Gedera and Rehovot conducted illegal and unethical testing on thousands of elderly patients for years.
Iraq is going to be partitioned. This may be either de facto or de jure but it will be partitioned. The process of disintegration launched by the United States in eliminating the mechanisms of state integrity has progressed so far that effective dissolution of the old Iraq is inevitable.
Operation Sinbad: Mission failure casts doubt on entire British ...presence
There were doubts on the British side about the wisdom of the operation, and as soon as it started there were protests to Baghdad from the militias.
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
The pattern of decision making that led to this debacle--as described to me in recent interviews with key former administration officials who participated in the events--will sound familiar to anyone who has watched Bush and his cabinet in action. It is a pattern of wishful thinking, blinding moral outrage, willful ignorance of foreign cultures, a naive faith in American triumphalism, a contempt for the messy compromises of diplomacy, and a knee-jerk refusal to do anything the way the Clinton administration did it.
FLASHBACK: Khan 'gave N Korea centrifuges'
NORTH KOREA'S NUKES: HOW WE GOT HERE
The Dow's Phony New High
The Dow closed at its highest level ever today, and the mainstream press will certainly have a field day celebrating. This is BIG news - the kind you see recycled every half hour on CNN Headline News® until you're both thoroughly sick of it and also thoroughly brainwashed. Big, shallow news.
North Korea; another foreign policy meltdown
Once again, the catastrophic failure of the Bush foreign policy is plain to see. A nuclear device in the hands of the North will naturally generate an arms race in the region and further erode the influence of the threadbare NPT. Tragically, all of this could have been avoided with minimal diplomacy and an elementary grasp of human psychology.
U.S. Rules Allow the Sale of Products Others Ban
Destined for American kitchens, planks of birch and poplar plywood are stacked to the ceiling of a cavernous port warehouse. The wood, which arrived in California via a cargo ship, carries two labels: One proclaims "Made in China," while the other warns that it contains formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical.
Chef Offers New, Funky Ways to Eat Your Greens
Swiss chard, baby bok choy and arugula are among the leafy greens that chef Patrick O'Connell offers up as great spinach alternatives.
GRILLED HALIBUT, EGGPLANT, AND BABY BOK CHOY WITH KOREAN BARBECUE SAUCE
The sauce was wonderful - very similar to the sauce that accompanies steamed chinese dumplings - but could be a great accompaniment to any type of grilled fish or meat.
Ed Palermo, Making New Arrangements for Zappa
Frank Zappa's musical compositions were crazy, complex and often profane. And they were marked by more than a spark of genius.
This Modern World
Friday, October 06, 2006
News others won't tell you
Sibel Edmonds: Freeh Investigated Hastert
In 1999, the Clinton Administration actually asked the Department of Justice to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Hastert, and certain other elected officials that were not named in this (VF) article, to be investigated formally. And the Department of Justice actually went about appointing this prosecutor, but after the Administration changed they quashed that investigation and they closed it despite the fact they had all sorts of evidence, again I'm talking about wiretaps, documents- paper documents- that was highly explosive and could have been easily used to indict the Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. That investigation was closed in 2001, and this was around the time I started reporting my cases to the Congress."
Video: Condoleezza Rice Facing 9 - 11 Commission.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may have committed perjury in her testimony before the 9/11 Commission in May of 2004. At a minimum, her testimony was a convenient mishmash of half-truths and omissions which served to paint the White House as innocent bystanders as the attacks of 9/11 unfolded.
Ashcroft 'quit flying airliners pre-9/11'
In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
US set to cut deal with Taliban
Arguing that Taliban fighters were "too numerous and too popular" to be defeated, Frist told reporters after a visit to Afghanistan last weekend that "You need to bring them (Taliban) into a more transparent type of government... And if that's accomplished, we'll be successful."
Bushies 'used' Colin, wife sez
COLUMN: Jim Crow strikes back in election laws
Forcing people to pay for a photo ID or a government-issued proof of citizenship is the modern day equivalent of a poll tax. As the New York Times notes, this bill, which was passed along blatantly partisan lines, would ensure that "the electorate would likely become more middle-aged, whiter and richer and...more Republican."
Major Destruction of Workers Rights at NLRB Today
FLASHBACK: Gulags For American Citizens In Final Planning Stages
Sudan warns UN not to deploy troops
The Sudanese government warned the UN on Thursday that any deployment of UN troops in Darfur would amount to a "hostile act, a prelude to an invasion of a member country of the UN." UN Security Council president, Japanese ambassador Kenzo Oshima, called Sudan's warning "inappropriate and offensive."
Mau Mau veterans to sue Britain
The claimants say they were held for years in detention camps during the seven years after Britain declared the "Kenya emergency" in 1952.
Radical Islam takes hold in Maldives
Women in the poorer, outlying villages have been switching to a full headscarf and Arabic-style, loose, flowing, dark robes. They say they prefer to stay indoors. They have begun sending their children to the local mosque to be taught by the growing number of Islamic preachers on the islands. Men have begun growing beards, and asserting their dominance. New, grand mosques have also sprung up, paid for by donors in Kuwait, Libya and Iran.
America is living beyond its means
Consumers have been using their homes like ATMs - borrowing against rising prices - but this cannot go on forever. The US economy needs quite a prolonged period in which consumer spending grows more slowly than the economy.
Answer to AIDS Mystery Found Behind Bars
The surge in black AIDS patients -- particularly women -- since the early 1980s closely tracked the increase in the proportion of black men in America's prisons, which by the 1990s had become vast reservoirs of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Turn the Page
Foley's shame, although good for a laugh and crucial for the Fall election's outcome, will change nothing fundamental in Congress. Laugh through your tears.
His Last, Best Cause
He desperately wanted his death to matter as much as his life had. He sipped ginger tea in the low restaurant light and talked to a reporter who he allowed to chronicle the last weeks of his life. It would be his final activist effort. He wanted his story -- this story -- to serve as a cautionary tale, a warning to other black men to seek regular medical care: "Go to the doctor. Get your colon checked. Get a colonoscopy."
On Eve of War, Truman Turned to Comfort Food
On the eve of the war, Truman hosted a White House dinner for his war Cabinet that featured down-home dishes, including fried chicken and fruit cups.
BLACKBERRY PEACH COBBLER
Cobbler can be baked 6 hours ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Before serving, let stand at room temperature 1 hour, then reheat in a preheated 350°F oven until warm, about 20 minutes.
Ray Sings and Basie Swings
The late Ray Charles never recorded with the Count Basie Orchestra. But a new album features Charles singing "Let the Good Times Roll" with Count Basie's band.
'Jazz Life': Images of a Golden Era of Music
The best photographers capture timeless moments that can define an era, or offer precious insights into the lives of the people in front of the lens. William Claxton has done both.
News others won't tell you
U.S. Government Caught Red-Handed Releasing Staged Al-Qaeda Videos
Revelations that the US government had been in possession of footage released on Sunday depicting alleged Al-Qaeda hijackers and Osama Bin Laden since 2001 and evidence that the footage itself was filmed by security agencies, went unquestioned by the media - who blindly towed the official line that the tape was released by Al-Qaeda. This is smoking gun proof that the U.S. government is staging the release of alleged Al-Qaeda tapes and it demands an immediate Congressional investigation.
Plug pulled on 'Bush-bash' comic
After everything that's been said about Bush at this point, how did Mooney manage to provoke such a harsh response? "I talked about his little drunk daughters, Gin and Juice," he says, referring to Jenna and Barbara Bush. "I talked about his mother, who looks like the man on the oatmeal box." Mooney also did a bit on how the letters in Bush's name can be manipulated to produce the number 666, proving Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's recent claim that Bush is the devil.
Kremlin attack dog vows to take on Shell in the battle of Sakhalin
The struggle to wrest control of resources from western companies is the backdrop to tension in Russia and Africa.
Paraguay hardens U.S. military stance
Paraguay's decision to refuse diplomatic immunity for U.S. troops and not to renew a military cooperation pact sparked debate Tuesday, with analysts calling the developments a blow to U.S. attempts to improve regional ties.
Here's why Chávez is so mad
Before making snap judgments based on Chávez's fiery rhetoric, we should ask the question: Why is Chávez so mad? The answer may be unsavory. Welcoming an unconstitutional coup, supporting radical domestic opposition and ramping up espionage would make any sane president upset.
While All Eyes Are On Foley, Iraq Is Rapidly Deteriorating
So far we have lost 19 soldiers in Iraq this month, and today is only the fourth day of the month. Just today, the Iraqi government had to pull a brigade of around 700 policemen that have possible ties to death squads. Things are going down hill very fast in Iraq, and Michael Ware was on the Situation Room and gave a very dismal view of what is going on.
Video - WMV Video - QT
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Bush Dismantles Child Care
The "Child Care Crisis" -- the absence of anyone to care for America's children, elderly and disabled -- has turned into the new millennium's version of the "Problem That Has No Name," It is the 800-pound elephant that sits in Congress, our homes and offices -- gigantic, but ignored.
FEDERAL RESERVE FEARS HONEST CURRENCY
Article One, Section 10, of the U. S. Constitution says, “No State shall make any Thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts.?It has never been repealed.
The Foley scandal is a charade which leads nowhere. Everyone knows that Washington is little better than a Vegas "knocking shop" where wealthy patrons plop down their money and get whatever they want. It is a wonder that we have to go through the whole drill over and over again like reruns of Survivor.
Hell just froze over
Scientists Show Drug Can Counteract Muscular Dystrophy in Mice
Scientists at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and other institutions have demonstrated for the first time that a single drug can rebuild damaged muscle in two strains of mice that develop diseases comparable to two human forms of muscular dystrophy.
Black tea soothes away stress
The study, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, found that people who drank tea were able to de-stress more quickly than those who drank a fake tea substitute. Furthermore, the study participants – who drank a black tea concoction four times a day for six weeks – were found to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood after a stressful event, compared with a control group who drank the fake or placebo tea for the same period of time.
BUTTERMILK PANCAKES WITH MAPLE SYRUP APPLES
These delicious pancakes are light and moist; the texture is a cross between a crepe and a pancake. Avoid overmixing the batter (it's okay if there are lumps) to ensure that the pancakes will be airy.
Ziggy Marley: Reggae's Next Generation
Marley expounds on themes from love to personal freedom and political repression.
Tom Tomorrow: A Look at Where We Are Now
Monday, October 02, 2006
News others won't tell you
Republicans knew about pedophile congressman
Foley faces prosecution under the laws he helped write. But there's more to the story. The top Republicans in the House - Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader John Boehner - knew about Foley's activities for months. In 2005, a page told them that Foley's messages "freaked (him) out" and called Foley "sick sick sick sick sick." Pretty unambiguous.
Republican Pedophilia — A Long but Distinguished List
The Franklin Coverup Scandal: The Child sex ring that reached Bush/Reagan Whitehouse
Boy prostitutes 15 years old (and younger) were taking midnight tours of the Whitehouse.
Florida Police Shot Suspected Cop Killer 68 Times
Arrest of human trafficker in Benin is tiny victory...
The arrest of a thirty one year old man in the Nigerian city of Benin for human trafficking is a tiny victory in the battle to stem the major problem of human trafficking on the African continent. The father of five, Constance Omoruyi was jailed on Benin’s High Court for two years on top of a 150,000 naira fine ($1,171), for trafficking two women into Europe to work as prostitutes. Benin city, which falls within Nigeria’s Edo state has become a major breeding ground for mafia that operate in the region, luring women into Europe, usually Italy, where they end up as prostitutes.
Video: Powell claims he was fired by President Bush
Powell didn't resign folks, he was canned.
Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77
The AFIP claims that the only “passenger” body that they were not able to identify is the toddler, Dana Falkenberg, whose parents and young sister are on the list of those identified. The satanic masterminds behind this caper may be feeling pretty smug about the perfect crime, but they have left a raft of clues tying these unfortunates together.
Brits, Taliban said make 'secret' truce
BRITISH troops battling the Taliban are to withdraw from one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan after agreeing a secret deal with the local people.
nside Iran - City Life
Baghdad curfew was in response to 'coup attempt' - MP
'It was more like a message from the Takfiris (Islamic extremists) and Saddamis telling us that they are still there, have power, and that they can do whatever they want.'
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Rice 'brushed off terror in July 2001'
According to a new book written by Washington Post investigative reporter Bob Woodward, two months before the September 11 attacks, then National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice gave the "brush-off" to an "impending terrorist attack" warning by former C.I.A. director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism coordinator.
"What Are We Becoming?"
President Bush is trying to pardon himself. Here's the deal: Under the War Crimes Act, violations of the Geneva Conventions are felonies, in some cases punishable by death. When the Supreme Court ruled that the Geneva Convention applied to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, President Bush and his boys were suddenly in big trouble. They've been working these prisoners over pretty good. In an effort to avoid possible prosecution they're trying to cram this bill through Congress before the end of the week before Congress adjourns. The reason there's such a rush to do this? If the Democrats get control of the House in November this kind of legislation probably wouldn't pass.
Puts forecast Oct. Surprise?
Make no mistake - something wicked this way comes, and the smart money has already taken preventative steps."
Wal-Mart to Add Wage Caps and Part-Timers
Wal-Mart workers say the changes are further reducing their already modest incomes and putting a serious strain on their child-rearing and personal lives. Current and former Wal-Mart workers say some managers have insisted that they make themselves available around the clock, and assert that the company is making changes with an eye to forcing out longtime higher-wage workers to make way for lower-wage part-time employees
'The eagle flies on Friday'
This familiar line should be the mantra of black people when it comes to recycling our dollars among ourselves. Why? Well, we always talk about recycling our dollars and spending our money in our neighborhoods, with our own business, to the extent they are available. Considering the fact that the eagle does indeed fly on Friday, we should employ a related economic strategy. Maybe we should use the theme Brother Ashiki Taylor, of Atlanta uses: "Freedom Friday."
Female Hormone May Help Heal Brain Injuries
A female hormone might help heal brain injuries, according to a new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. Infusions of progesterone were associated with a lower death rate and a better recovery in patients treated with the hormone.
Return to 'The Club From Nowhere: Cooking for Civil Rights'
In the 1950s, a group of Montgomery, Ala., women baked and sold pies, cookies and cakes in beauty salons and on street corners to help fund the Montgomery bus boycott. The Club from Nowhere, as the group was known, was the brainchild of Georgia Gilmore, a cafeteria worker fired for her organizing efforts. She was one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights era. The Kitchen Sisters and producer Jamie York tell her story.
APPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CORNMEAL CAKES
You may want to double this recipe—the apple-walnut topping and whipped cream make these cakes disappear fast.
'Eyes on the Prize' Returns to PBS
The lauded six-part series captures the birth of the movement from Emmett Till's murder in 1955 and focuses on key moments in the movement, including the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech capping the 1963 March on Washington, the Freedom March in Alabama, the rise of the Black Panthers, desegregation and Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
News others won't tell you
BUSH DECLASSIFIES JUST 4 PAGES OF HYPED, 30-PAGE REPORT ON IRAQ, NATIONAL SECURITY
Rice memo shows claims on Clinton, terror false
Jean Schmidt, Plagiarist
"If we can't trust Jean Schmidt to give us her own opinions on basic political questions, then we can't trust her to represent us in Congress," said Dr. Victoria Wulsin. "This blatant act of plagiarism isn't just embarrassing, it's downright insulting to the voters in this district.
Macaca Allen and the Deer Head
Quite possibly George "Macaca" Allen has more skeletons in his closet. This is just disgusting—a deer’s head in a black family’s mailbox…
House Approves Strip Search Bill
"It looks like this bill was rushed to the House floor to help out the sponsor, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY/4th), who is in a tight re-election race. This vote lets him say he's getting things done in Washington. But I would be surprised to see a similar push in the Senate."
Santorum momentum 'Dead in the water'
Newsweek International Editions
Take a look at the NEWSWEEK international covers at the left, along with their headlines.
Daily Kos: Is this a FEMA Camp?
As I have traveled from my hometown in South Western Pennsylvania to Stafford Virginia many times, I noticed a prison that had been completed about 2 years ago and still has no prisoners.
FEMA Camp with Better Quality Video - Google Video
Republican House Passes '21st Century Poll Tax'
''The bill effectively transforms the vote from a right to a privilege by elevating the privileged over those citizens who will disproportionately become ensnared in this voting trap including African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, the elderly, disabled and the poor.''
Iraq Is 'Cause Celebre' for Extremists
A declassified government intelligence report says the war in Iraq has become a ``cause celebre'' for Islamic extremists, breeding deep resentment of the U.S. that is likely to get worse before it gets better.
Jack Bauer wants you!
The first ad before the movie starts at Manhattan's Regal Cineplex shows a trio of cartoon kids awaiting orders. "Your mission, should you choose to accept it," booms the omnipotent "Mission Impossible" voice, "is to get yourselves a crunchalicious Nestle chocolate bar!" The next spot also has a spy theme, only this time it's from the real Mission Impossible gang -- the Central Intelligence Agency.
Fears over Lebanon cluster bombs
The UN had previously said it believed 350,000 unexploded cluster bomblets were in the south, but now estimates the figure at a million on the basis of Israeli media reports.
Catastrophic mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists
Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said yesterday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground.
General: Appeals for More Troops Were Denied
"Many of us routinely asked for more troops," retired Maj. Gen. John R.S. Batiste said, contradicting statements by President Bush and his senior aides that the administration had given the military all the resources it had asked for.
Major General John Batiste opening at the Hearing on Rummy
BUSH CRIME FAMILY:
Why Bush Will Nuke Iran
The US has lost the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Generals in both war theaters are stating their need for more troops. But there are no troops to send. Bush has tried to pawn Afghanistan off on NATO, but Europe does not see any point in sacrificing its blood and money for the sake of American hegemony. The NATO troops in Afghanistan are experiencing substantial casualties from a revived Taliban, and European governments are not enthralled over providing cannon fodder for US hegemony.
President Hologram and the Triumph of Public Relations
What makes Bush original is that he is the first purely synthetic president we’ve ever had. There’s not a trace of the real man left. He is a mixture of mythic cowboy legend and the Old Testament "fire-n-brimstone" preacher-man, a John Brown-Ronald Reagan hybrid. The draft-dodging, hard-guzzling, cheerleading, business-flop has been transformed into a sanctimonious, war-mongering American Samurai resolving the world’s problems with just two "common sense" solutions; war and tax cuts.
US housing bubble: Economy in denial
Almost every day, a high-profile company directly or indirectly targeting the US consumer warns that its outlook is bleak. Let it be Yahoo warning about advertising revenues; let it be Dell's warning that its eternal rebate programs cannot push sales any more; or let it be the automakers that sell many of their brands at prices below last year's level, yet are still unable to boost volume. All these incidents are linked to the US consumer; and US consumer spending, in turn, is very closely linked to the health of the housing market. It also comes as no surprise that so far this year, the US dollar has fallen significantly versus a basket of currencies.
U.S. economy losing its global dominance
The United States remains the biggest importer by far, buying $1.7 trillion in goods and services from the rest of the world last year, more than double the amount that second-place Germany took in.
Condoleezza Rice Pimps the Civil Rights Movement
Watching Condoleezza Rice on “60 Minutes” talk passionately about the Civil Rights Movement when her family sat on the sidelines, stirred a lot of emotions. She can talk passionately about the horrors of that era yet seemingly feel no shame that her parents chose to sit on the sidelines.
Olbermann's special commentary on Clinton vs Fox
Grow Your Own Limbs
Mammals can't naturally regenerate limbs or digits beyond the fetal stage. Amphibians like salamanders and newts, however, can regrow limbs, eyes and even spinal cords. So the scientists are on a hunt for the molecular signals responsible for controlling that regenerative ability.
Earth's temperature nears million-year high
Earth may be close to the warmest it has been in the last million years, especially in the part of the Pacific Ocean where potentially violent El Nino weather patterns are born.
TFAs, the Food Industry's Trojan Horse on Your Table
"Consuming foods with hydrogenated oils (chips, cookies, crackers, muffins, donuts, candy, fast food)...has become a national pastime, a cultural institution. The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) reports "fully half of packaged cereals, cold or hot, contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils."
The Lethal Science Of Splenda - A Poisonous Chlorocarbon
The chemical sucralose, marketed as "Splenda", has replaced aspartame as the #1 artificial sweetener in foods and beverages. Aspartame has been forced out by increasing public awareness that it is both a neurotoxin and an underlying cause of chronic illness worldwide.
Life, Death and the Lobster Pot
Fall is the beginning of lobster season. Cooking this marine creature gives chef Gillian Clark one of the few opportunities she has to directly connect with nature.
LOBSTER AND CRAB RAVIOLI
I have made this dish a couple of times and it has always been a major hit. I typically make my own pasta, but discovered that wonton noodles make an excellent substitution if you're cramped for time. It also tends to make the dish a bit "lighter."
Makes 6 appetizer servings.
John and Bucky Pizzarelli: Father-Son Jazz
John Pizzarelli has been playing jazz guitar with his legendary father, Bucky, since he was 6 years old. John's latest album is Dear Mr. Sinatra, on which he plays songs written for Ol' Blue Eyes.
'Boondocks' strip to end in November
This Modern World
Danger Man: Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow!