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  • Geezers With Pitchforks Vs. The AARP

    08/07/2009 6:08:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies · 3,707+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 7, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure Discourse: At a town hall last week in Dallas, an elderly "mob" with "manufactured" outrage questioned AARP's support for nationalized health care, asking: "Do you work for us or do we work for you?"There were no swastika-wearing grannies at Tuesday's meeting, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might claim. Nor were they "taking their cues from talk show hosts, Internet rumor-mongers . . . and insurance rackets," as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said. But they were mad as hell at the perception that AARP was selling them out in the...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Obama's Lead Blocker on Wall Street [Soros' Friend Robert Wolf Raised $200,000 for Obama]

    01/24/2010 9:43:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 523+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 24, 2010 | Neil King Jr.
    JANUARY 23, 2010 Obama's Lead Blocker on Wall Street UBS Executive Advises President on Economic Issues Even as Feud Between White House, Finance Industry Heats Up By NEIL KING JR. President Barack Obama's long feud with Wall Street is getting only hotter. He is pushing a regulatory revamp that would rein in the size and power of the big banks, after jabbing at "fat cat bankers" and denouncing Wall Street greed. But Mr. Obama has at least one buddy in the banking business: a former University of Pennsylvania fullback and ex-Salomon Brothers bond trader who now serves as an outside...
  • BROOKLYN RESIDENT INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER OVERSEAS...

    09/24/2009 12:58:01 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 966+ views
    US DOJ.gov/usao/nye - Press Release ^ | September 24, 2009 | n/a
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2009 PRESS RELEASE BROOKLYN RESIDENT INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER OVERSEAS AND CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISTS An indictment was unsealed in federal court this morning charging Betim Kaziu, a U.S. citizen and resident of Brooklyn, with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists.1 Kaziu is scheduled to be arraigned later today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan M. Azrack, at the U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, New York. The charges were announced by Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for...
  • State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama memoir (Huh??)

    10/25/2011 2:11:57 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-25-11 | Jim McElhatton
    The U.S. Department of State has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release. The U.S. embassy in Egypt, for instance, spent $28,636 in August 2009 for copies of Mr. Obama’s bestselling 1995 memoir. Six weeks earlier, the embassy had placed another order with the same book seller, Kalemat Arabia, for more than $9,000 for copies of the same book, federal purchasing records show. Around the same time, halfway around the world,...
  • Guantánamo guard held at Heathrow ('sociopath ex-guard stopped on way to meet former detainees)

    08/29/2009 5:29:18 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 18 replies · 1,634+ views
    Observer (Guardian.co.uk) ^ | August 30, 2009 | Ben Quinn
    A former Guantánamo guard who had flown to the UK to address a support group for inmates of the camp is to be deported back to the US this morning after being denied entry on arrival at Heathrow airport yesterday. Terry Holdbrooks, who has been an outspoken critic of the US government over the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo, said that immigration officials told him he was being refused entry because he was unemployed and living in rented accommodation in the US, raising suspicions he would not leave the UK. The former soldier, who converted to Islam after discussions with...
  • U.S. Names Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Abuse Cases

    08/24/2009 4:05:33 PM PDT · by kellynla · 86 replies · 1,982+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | AUGUST 24, 2009 | SIOBHAN GORMAN and EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder named federal prosecutor John Durham to investigate alleged CIA mistreatment of terrorism suspects overseas during the Bush administration. Mr. Durham is currently investigating the destruction of videotapes made of certain CIA interrogations of detainees. He will now also be tasked with probing whether CIA officers or contractors broke any laws with their use of harsh tactics. The decision comes on the day the Justice Department released a long-awaited report from the Central Intelligence Agency's inspector general, as well as several hundred pages of additional documents on the CIA's interrogation program. The report says one...
  • WikiLeaks: Britain feared Colonel Gaddafi could 'cut us off at the knees' unless Lockerbie bomber

    12/07/2010 5:53:21 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Dec 2010 | Christopher Hope
    Britain feared that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could “cut us off at the knees, just like the Swiss”, unless the Lockerbie bomber was released, leaked WikiLeaks cables show. Sir Vincent Fean, the UK's ambassador to Tripoli at the time, also warned that continuing to hold Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi in a prison in Scotland could have “disastrous implications for British interests in Libya”. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. He was freed on compassionate grounds in August 2009. The warnings were contained in secret communiqués sent from US embassy staff...
  • Crew of Arctic Sea released after nearly two weeks

    08/31/2009 2:36:39 PM PDT · by Shermy · 4 replies · 262+ views
    HELSINGIN SANOMAT ^ | August 31, 2009
    The Russian security service released the crew of the Arctic Sea in Moscow on Sunday. The 11 members of the crew of the hijacked ship were flown from Cape Verde to Russia nearly two weeks ago. The Russian news agency Interfax reports that the men returned to their home town of Archangelsk, where they were met by their families. On Sunday, Russian authorities gave conflicting accounts of whether or not all of the crew would be released. The online portal life.ru reported that only nine members of the crew had been released. Rabbe von Hertzen of the Finnish National Bureau...
  • Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo(NK twist)

    08/26/2009 10:35:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 08/26/09 | Tony Halpin
    Russia says it tracked hijacked Arctic Sea all along, but questions grow over cargo Tony Halpin in Moscow Russia’s top general hinted today that the ship allegedly hijacked by pirates earlier this month may have been carrying a secret cargo, as it emerged that the country’s Navy tracked the vessel throughout its journey. President Medvedev sent the Russian Navy to find the Arctic Sea after it apparently disappeared while passing through the English Channel en route to Algeria from Finland. However, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow now says that Russian and international agencies had monitored the ship throughout its strange...
  • Did Mossad Hijack Russian Ship To Stop Iran Arms Shipment?

    08/23/2009 7:34:28 AM PDT · by Fennie · 10 replies · 1,822+ views
    The Media Line ^ | August 23, 2009 | By Arieh O'Sullivan
    Was Israel's secret service behind the mysterious hijacking of a Russian freighter to foil a secret attempt to ship cruise missiles to Iran? The mystery surrounding the hijacking of a Russian freighter in July has taken a new twist with reports claiming the pirates were acting in league with the Israeli Mossad secret service in order to halt a shipment of modern weapon systems hidden on board and destined for Iran. While Israeli and Russian officials dismissed the reports, accounts published in the Russian media sounded more like a spy thriller than a commercial hijacking.
  • Hijacking Suspects Arrive in Moscow

    08/20/2009 1:56:12 PM PDT · by Shermy · 7 replies · 1,012+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 20, 2009
    The military airlifted the suspected hijackers of the Arctic Sea and most of its Russian crew from Cape Verde to Moscow on Thursday, after the lumber freighter mysteriously vanished and reappeared in the Atlantic. Eleven of the 15 crew members arrived in Moscow, while the captain and three sailors remained on the ship, which was adrift about 200 nautical miles from the West African island nation of Cape Verde. Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said the freighter was sailing to the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk. The sailors and their suspected captors arrived in two separate Il-76 cargo jets at the...
  • Hunt on for 'hijacked cargo ship'

    08/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT · by Jonny foreigner · 33 replies · 2,276+ views
    A search is under way for a cargo ship which may have travelled through the English Channel after apparently being hijacked by pirates. Coastguards fear the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea, carrying 15 Russian crew, was hijacked in the Baltic sea. UK authorities made contact before it entered the Strait of Dover but the Russian navy told the Itar-Tass agency it was now looking for the ship. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the situation was "bizarre". Spokesman Mark Clark said: "Who would think that a hijacked ship could pass through one of the most policed and concentrated waters in the world?...
  • Niger leader rewrites rules to keep power

    11/19/2009 3:22:36 AM PST · by Loyalist · 4 replies · 376+ views
    The Guardian Weekly ^ | November 2, 2009 | Phillipe Bernard/Le Monde
    The cause of democracy in Africa could have done without this latest affront. Barely six months after giving the French president an undertaking that he would leave power at the end of his second term, Niger’s president, Mamadou Tandja, has rewritten the rules to give himself power for as long as he wishes. A general election was held on 20 October to renew 113 seats in parliament, which Tandja dissolved in May to overcome its opposition to his plans to change the constitution. He organised a referendum on 4 August to obtain popular approval for new rules, doing away with...
  • Niger president seeks 'illegal' 3rd term

    08/04/2009 6:10:08 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 14 replies · 733+ views
    CBC ^ | August 4, 2009
    Niger's president pushed ahead Tuesday with a controversial referendum on a new constitution that would remove term limits and grant him another three years in office with increased powers. Security forces on trucks with mounted machine-guns blocked the streets around the mayor's office in Niamey, where President Mamadou Tandja cast his ballot. Opposition leaders called the move "illegal" and are boycotting the vote. International donors may respond by cutting aid to one of the world's poorest nations. Ruler of the uranium-rich country since 1999, Tandja, 71, has twice won elections that were hailed as free and fair. But in the...
  • Fox News: CIA Tracked Plane Bomber Since August

    12/29/2009 3:51:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 134 replies · 6,375+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Chris Wallace (filling in for Bret Baier)just reported that Fox News confirms that the CIA was tracking Northwest Airlines flight 253 bommber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab since August. He did not say more than that. No wonder Obama spoke out again today about a systemic failure. He knew tis news was going to come out.This terrorist getting through our defenses is going to be the responsibility of his administration, not President Bush's.
  • Propaganda, Health Care and ACORN: Full Context of NEA Conference Call Reveals Disturbing Pattern

    09/21/2009 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 1,141+ views
    Propaganda, Health Care and ACORN: Full Context of NEA Conference Call Reveals Disturbing Pattern by John Nolte At first glance, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) conference call of August 10th, 2009 sounds innocent enough because it’s supposedly been organized by Michael Skolnik, political director for Russell Simmons and someone not officially associated with any government agency. Skolnik appears to be acting independently as a concerned citizen and to have taken it upon himself to gather together a group of artists and art organizations hoping to move them towards “national service.” And how nice of the White House, the...
  • Prominent Fundraiser for Obama and Clinton Charged With Fraud

    08/26/2009 6:44:31 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 8 replies · 1,181+ views
    Associated Press via Law.com ^ | August 26, 2009 | Tom Hays The Associated Press
    A wealthy investment banker and prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats was arrested Tuesday on charges he lied to get a $74 million business loan that -- once confronted by authorities -- he hastily repaid. Prosecutors accused Hassan Nemazee of giving Citibank documents showing he owned millions of dollars in collateral. They said the documents were "fraudulent and forged." A Clinton spokesman didn't immediately return an e-mail message seeking comment. The chairman and chief executive of Manhattan-based Nemazee Capital Corp. served as national finance chairman for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008, and later...
  • Kenneth Gladney to Tour U.S. Soon

    08/11/2009 8:01:22 PM PDT · by IAmKennethGladney · 11 replies · 649+ views
    www.iamkennethgladney.com | Kenneth Gladney
    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kenneth Gladney to Tour U.S. Soon to Discuss Individual Rights in New Educational Program, "Project Liberty" St. Louis, Missouri August 11, 2009 -- Kenneth Gladney thanks everyone for their outpouring of support and well wishes. After he recovers from his injuries, Kenneth plans to travel across the country to promote Project Liberty, a new educational program designed to teach America's youth about their fundamental rights under the Constitution. Kenneth inform young people about his experiences on the fateful night of August 6, 2009 at Rep. Russ Carnahan's town hall meeting in South St. Louis and...
  • Chavez supporters attack opposition TV station

    08/03/2009 7:04:48 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 19 replies · 898+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/03/09 | Raymond Colitt & Ana Isabel Martinez
    Several dozen militant backers of Hugo Chavez on Monday stormed the headquarters of an opposition TV station that the Venezuelan president has threatened to shut down amid his crackdown on private media. Activists with the UPV, a radical left-wing party that backs Chavez, forced their way past security guards to enter Globovision headquarters in Caracas and fired tear gas inside the compound, images broadcast by the TV station showed. Globovision, a small but critical station, broadcasts news programing and has been highly critical of Chavez. Chavez's government condemned the attack, although Globovision's owners said they suspected the president was behind...
  • Police investigating northside explosion

    08/03/2009 11:04:09 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 1,088+ views
    KXLY.com ^ | Posted: Aug 03, 2009 6:41 PM,Updated: Aug 03, 2009 9:14 PM | Dave Erickson / KXLY4 Anchor / Reporter
    SNIPPET: "SPOKANE -- Police are continuing to investigate an explosion that hit a northside neighborhood early Sunday morning. The explosion happened near the intersection of Eloika and A Street leaving one home damaged and neighbors' yards littered with debris from the bomb." SNIPPET: "Whatever the device was it was strong enough to blow out the windows and tear away the eaves on the house as well as blow out Angel Garcia's basement window next door." SNIPPET: "Spokane Police say a witness saw somebody run up to the house and then run away. A few seconds later the house was rocked...
  • What Obama Could Learn from Karzai (Obama Was Rude;Karzau Gets Last Laugh)

    05/05/2009 7:41:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,273+ views
    Asia Times ^ | May 6, 2009 | M K Bhadrakumar
    In retrospect, United States President Barack Obama did a great favor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai by excluding him from his charmed circle of movers and shakers who would wield clout with the new administration in Washington. Obama was uncharacteristically rude to Karzai by not even conversing with him by telephone for weeks after he was sworn in, even though Afghanistan was the number one foreign policy priority of his presidency. Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Kabul to let it be known to Karzai that he was a fallen angel and unless Karzai mended his ways and did that...