Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Another Angle 26 - September - 2006

News others won't tell you



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


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.

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!