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  • Woman Asks Why Obama Allowed to Create "Czars"; "He's a Communist" Rings Out - Town Hall Video

    08/26/2009 8:16:58 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 35 replies · 1,951+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 26, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy holding a Town Hall Meeting in Bakersfield where he was asked why the Congress was allowing President Obama to create all the "Czars" he is creating. Just before he answered there were shouts from the audience of "He's a communist!" McCarthy answered the question by saying he did not believe Obama had the right to appoint these "Czars" AND give them powers that encroach on the "Checks and Balances" the Constitution requires. . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Blowing the Whistle: The Retaliation Against Charles Rehberg and Dr. John Bagnato

    08/20/2009 7:02:59 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 454+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/20/2009 | Mike Volpe
    After nearly two years of investigating non profit hospitals, Albany, Georgia surgeon Dr. John Bagnato and his accountant, Charles Rehberg, were convinced that they had uncovered systemic corruption in the non profit hospital system. While their investigation encompassed the non profit health care system as a whole, its nexis began at the local non profit hospital, Phoebe Putney. The two of them were certain that they found irrefutable evidence that Putney was making hundreds of millions each year, charging unnecessarily high fees to their poor patients, all while their executives enjoyed handsome compensation and the hospital paid no taxes because...
  • Obama eyes Meredith Baker for U.S. FCC position

    06/25/2009 4:50:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 17,479+ views
    reuters ^ | 6/25/09 | staff
    President Barack Obama plans to nominate Meredith Attwell Baker to a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, the White House said on Thursday. Baker has more than 12 years of experience in telecommunications and technology policy in the private and public sector, the White House said. She is a former Commerce Department official.
  • Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case

    05/27/2009 4:27:03 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 1,322+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Federal Judge Hands Downs Sentences in Holy Land Foundation Case Holy Land Foundation and Leaders Convicted on Providing Material Support to Hamas Terrorist Organization Today, in federal court in Dallas, U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis sentenced the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) and five of its leaders following their convictions by a federal jury in November 2008 on charges of providing material support to Hamas, a designated foreign terrorist organization. "Today's sentences mark the culmination of many years of painstaking investigative and prosecutorial work at the federal, state and...
  • James Baker Backs Reinstating the Draft

    05/03/2009 8:02:08 PM PDT · by truthandlife · 84 replies · 3,144+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 5-3-09 | Paul Bedard
    Rep. Charlie Rangel, Congress's lone champion of reinstating the military draft, can count on another Korean War-era vet for support: Republican James Baker, a soldier in the Reagan and Bush administrations. Baker, secretary of state during the first Gulf War, visited a private girls' school in Virginia, where he was asked how to attract kids into some kind of service that gives them a stake in the country's future. "This is a very unpopular thing that I am about to say," he warned. "But one thing that makes it harder to go to war is to have a draft, because...
  • Bush special envoy in Iraqi debt controversy: report

    10/12/2004 5:35:28 PM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 665+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/12/04
    LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush's special envoy for Iraqi debt, James Baker, is simultaneously working for a commercial concern that is trying to recover money from Iraq, a British newspaper said. The Guardian said that Baker, a former US secretary of state, has a reported 180-million-dollar (150-million-euro) stake in the merchant bank and defence contractor the Carlyle Group. This consortium, it said, is secretly proposing to collect 27 billion dollars on behalf of Kuwait, one of Iraq's biggest creditors, by using high-level political influence. According to the Guardian, the Carlyle Group claims that Baker will not benefit...
  • Kosovo Albanian gets 20 months for terror plot on Fort Dix

    03/31/2008 6:49:14 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 10 replies · 432+ views
    AP via Serbianna ^ | March 31,2008 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    CAMDEN, New Jersey-A man who admitted letting a group of accused terror-plotters shoot his guns at a firing range was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Monday. Judge Robert Kugler said Agron Abdullahu, who is originally from Kosovo, deserved more than the 10 to 16 months that sentencing guidelines call for because he knew the men who were talking about violence against Americans. "I am convinced that he is not as innocent as he'd like us to believe," Kugler said before handing down his sentence. "This is not a common, ordinary, technical violation of the law." However, the sentence...
  • Shouting 'Fannie!' in a Crowded Congress Advice from the man who foresaw the GSE collapse

    10/14/2008 5:14:01 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 3 replies · 714+ views
    wsj.com ^ | 10/14/08 | WILLIAM MCGURN
    Richard Baker says that he's not in the business of advising presidential candidates. That's too bad. The candidates and the American taxpayer might be in a better place if he were. Mr. Baker, of course, is the former Louisiana Republican who spent nearly a decade crying in the wilderness . . . er, Congress . . . that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were ticking time bombs. Earlier this year he was named CEO of Managed Funds Association, a lobbying firm that represents the hedge-fund industry. And amid the financial carnage, he is somewhat bemused to hear people say they...
  • Vera Baker campaign contributions (2006 Obama for Ill)

    10/13/2008 1:40:53 PM PDT · by milwguy · 3 replies · 1,137+ views
    campaign money.com ^ | 10/13/2008 | milwguy
    BAKER, VERA WASHINGTON, DC 20001 BAKER-WOMBY $500 03/01/2004 P OBAMA FOR ILLINOIS INC - Democrat Seems she only gave money to one candidate in that year. In 2006, another good looking guy got her cash..... BAKER, VERA E NEW YORK, NY 10009 ALTA CAPITAL/INVESTMENT $300 05/11/2006 P HAROLD FORD JR FOR TENNESSEE - Democrat
  • Will Media Investigate Obama Affair Rumors?

    10/13/2008 12:54:46 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 30 replies · 4,908+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 10\13\08 | News Busters
    Remember how the media had to play catch-up with the National Enquirer and blogs after rumors that begged for investigation were ignored? Many enjoyed that. Will the media repeat the same mistake again now that strong rumors are surfacing of an Obama affair? The rumors are swirling, but I never heard them. The first I heard of them was in this preemptive defense calling them smears. Larry Johnson is talking this up, but he isn’t the most reliable source…however when Jammie Wearing Fool has info and predicts this will be a scoop I listen. From Sharon Churcher’s preemptive defense piece:...
  • Who is Vera Baker — and why is she in Martinique? (Obama Affair)

    10/12/2008 2:34:58 PM PDT · by Fred · 148 replies · 20,197+ views
    Hill buzz ^ | 101208 | Hill Buzz
    Who is Vera Baker? Some people in Chicago claim she was Obama’s Finance Director for his 2004 Senate campaign. FEC Senate campaign records show she was paid a pretty penny as “Finance Director”. However, people familiar with Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign say Claire Serdiuk was Obama’s Finance Director. Looking through everything we can see online for that 2004 campaign, Claire Serdiuk is consistently listed as the Finance Director - because that’s what she was. There’s no mention of Vera Baker…but Vera Baker was paid as the “Finance Director” too. And then, suddenly, Vera Baker was relocated to New York. Right...
  • Fannie, Freddie Critic Ridiculed In 2000

    09/24/2008 6:17:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 1,047+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 24, 2008 | FRED L. SMITH JR
    It is now consensus that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are at the heart of the systemic meltdown we are seeing in the mortgage market. They are costing taxpayers billions through their own bailouts and through the role they played in fueling an artificial mortgage boom.But eight years ago, when I testified before Congress that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's "special privileges create a serious hazard to the market, to taxpayers (and) to the economy," my criticism of these sacred financial entities was met with ridicule. At the hearing on June 21, 2000, before the House Financial Services Committee, I...
  • The Agitator - Barack Obama's unlikely political education

    09/07/2008 12:55:08 PM PDT · by FreedomLives2008 · 34 replies · 960+ views
    The New Republic ^ | March 19, 2007 | Ryan Lizza
    In 1985, Barack Obama traveled halfway across the country to take a job that he didn't fully understand. But, while he knew little about his new vocation--community organizer--it still had a romantic ring, at least to his 24-year-old ears. With his old classmates from Columbia, he had talked frequently about political change. Now, he was moving to Chicago to put that talk into action. His 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, recounts his idealistic effusions: "Change won't come from the top, I would say. Change will come from a mobilized grass roots. That's what I'll do. I'll organize black folks....
  • War Powers Act needs fixing, bipartisan panel says (another agency forming?)

    07/08/2008 6:47:28 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 15 replies · 237+ views
    cnn ^ | 7-8-08
    The United States needs a new law requiring that the president consult with Congress before going to war, a blue-ribbon panel led by two former secretaries of state said Tuesday. The current War Powers Resolution is "ineffective, and it should be repealed and it should be replaced," James Baker said in a joint appearance with Warren Christopher, announcing the results of the study they led. The recommendation follows failed efforts by Democrats in Congress to put a stop to the war in Iraq or to put conditions on President Bush's conduct of it. Congress passed a joint resolution to authorize...
  • 5 Ex-Secretaries of State: Close Guantanamo Bay camp, open talks with Iran

    03/28/2008 2:49:08 AM PDT · by Flavius · 54 replies · 1,221+ views
    ap ^ | March 27, 2008 | Associated Press
    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Five former U.S. secretaries of state are urging the next presidential administration to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and open a dialogue with Iran. Each says closing the facility in Cuba would bolster America's image abroad. Regarding Iran, they say it's important to maintain contact with adversaries and allies alike.
  • 5 Ex-Chief Diplomats: Close Guantanamo [and open a dialogue with Iran........]

    03/27/2008 6:12:07 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 597+ views
    5 Ex-Chief Diplomats: Close Guantanamo Mar 27 08:46 PM US/Eastern By GREG BLUESTEIN Associated Press Writer ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Five former U.S. secretaries of state on Thursday urged the next presidential administration to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and open a dialogue with Iran. The former chiefs of American diplomacy, who served in Democratic and Republican administrations, reached a consensus on the two issues at a conference in Athens aimed at giving the next president some bipartisan foreign policy advice. Each of them said shuttering the prison camp in Cuba would bolster America's image abroad. "It says to...
  • Vasa Matter? Nothing! (Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Baker in eastern Oregon)

    12/18/2007 10:16:09 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 288+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | December 17, 2007
    The Bend Bulletin of Oregon has an interesting article on Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Baker in eastern Oregon. It is too long an article to reproduce here, but it is well worth the read. I would like to just quote some of the more interesting excerpts and quotes. Bishop Vasa on his "controversial" orthodoxy: “I as a teacher have an obligation to say these are not opinion, they are our teachings and are part and parcel of the Catholic Church,” he said. “These are things which stem directly from God himself.”On the value of a Catholic education:“Children...
  • Louisiana Congressman Slams Immigration Bill (Richard Baker-R)

    05/19/2007 1:52:01 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 7 replies · 745+ views
    The Dead Pelican ^ | 5/18/07 | Richard Baker
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Richard Baker, R-Baton Rouge, issued the following statement today on reports of a "deal" reached in the U.S. Senate for "comprehensive immigration reform": "News reports indicate that members of the Senate claim to have reached a 'grand bargain' designed to overcome legislative stalemate on illegal immigration. Though I haven't seen the specific bill language yet, from what I can discern from the reports, this bargain shows some deference to overwhelming public opinion in favor of increased border security and tougher enforcement of workplace rules, and stipulates that 'only after' the administration has shown progress on these...
  • BBC: US and Syria hold landmark talks ~ Rice following Pelosi?

    05/03/2007 10:13:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies · 1,023+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 3 May 2007, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK | BBC Staff
    US and Syria hold landmark talks Condoleezza Rice also said "hello" to her Iranian counterpart US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has held a ground-breaking meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem at a summit in Egypt.Mr Muallem said the highest-level talks between the two countries in several years were "frank and constructive". US-Syrian relations have worsened in recent years over claims of Syrian interference in Iraq and Lebanon. The meeting took place on the sidelines of a conference called to help develop and bring peace to Iraq. Delegates endorsed a five-year International Compact for Iraq (ICI), under which...
  • 'Israel Right or Wrong' Is Not a Grown-Up Debate

    03/29/2007 7:00:02 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 24 replies · 195+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | March 30, 2007 | Gerard Baker
    America’s prejudices are a barrier to Middle East peace The blowtorch of media scrutiny is steadily taking layers of gaudy paint off the happy caravan that is Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. … -snip- Of much more interest is the flak that the Democratic senator is taking for some remarks he made about the Middle East. Hillary Clinton, his main opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination in next year’s election, has seized upon them as proof that the senator cannot be trusted with US national security nor as a true friend of Israel. What exactly, was the young senator’s offence? Did...
  • Former Sen. Baker pushes Fred Thompson for president (Thompson supported McCain)

    03/10/2007 5:04:29 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 177 replies · 3,161+ views
    Scripps News ^ | March 9, 2007 | RICHARD POWELSON
    Former Senate Republican leader Howard Baker said Friday he is urging his friend Fred Thompson, a TV actor and former U.S. senator, to run for president and is encouraging others to draft him. Among potential complications in a Thompson race is that he is good friends with McCain, a current presidential candidate. Thompson endorsed McCain for president in his 2000 bid. Baker said his wife, former Sen. Nancy Kassebaum Baker, R-Kan., already supports McCain for president and Baker said he too might back McCain if Thompson does not run.
  • Baker confirms push for Thompson run

    03/09/2007 10:48:31 AM PST · by STARWISE · 129 replies · 2,574+ views
    KnoxNews ^ | 3-9-07 | Richard Powelson
    WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr. said today he is urging his friend Fred Thompson to run for president and encouraging others to convince him. Baker, R-Tenn., in a telephone interview with The News Sentinel, said: "I'm planting the seed that he might run or might be convinced to run." Baker also was White House chief of staff to President Reagan and most recently served as U.S. ambassador to Japan. Thompson, 64, an actor on the TV drama "Law & Order" also was a Republican senator from Tennessee for eight years through 2002. Baker said he's talked...
  • Ex-Senate leaders join bipartisan effort (Sens. Baker, Mitchell, Dole, Daschle)

    03/05/2007 6:34:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies · 919+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/5/07 | Jim Abrams - ap
    WASHINGTON - Four former Senate majority leaders are heading a new group aimed at putting aside partisan politics and offering solutions to the nation's biggest issues. The Bipartisan Policy Center, to be announced at a news conference Tuesday, will be directed by former Sens. Howard Baker, R-Tenn.; George Mitchell, D-Maine; Bob Dole, R-Kan.; and Tom Daschle, D-S.D. "We've all been leaders and you know how difficult it is," said Dole, who served as both majority and minority leader between 1985 and 1996. "We're all partisan in a way," Dole said in an interview Monday, adding they also hope to show...
  • New Study Partners [Is Bush Embracing Baker-Hamilton Strategy?]

    03/02/2007 11:06:50 PM PST · by freedomdefender · 3 replies · 456+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 2, 2007 | Craig Crawford
    Now it seems as though George W. Bush might be paying more attention to former Secretary of State James A. Baker III’s Iraq Study Group than he initially let on. For starters, the president’s apparent about-face last week from his earlier rejection of meetings with Iran or Syria falls right in line with one of Baker’s chief recommendations.Baker’s blue-ribbon panel, co-chaired with former Democratic Rep. Lee H. Hamilton of Indiana, unveiled 79 recommendations in December for salvaging Iraq. The 10 members of the group — five from each political party — checked their partisanship at the door to draw a...
  • Bush turns to Baker and Bandar

    03/02/2007 8:00:08 AM PST · by tedbel · 2 replies · 379+ views
    IsraPundit ^ | Mar02/07 | Ted Belman
    On Feb 19/07 Washington Post published "Can a Saudi Dealmaker Rescue Bush?" For 22 years Prince Bandar bin Sultan wheeled and dealed his way through Washington as Saudi Arabia's ambassador. By his account -- provided expansively to favored journalists -- he had a hand in most of America's major initiatives in the Middle East over a generation. During George W. Bush's presidency, for example, he brokered U.S. rapprochement with Libya and previewed plans for the invasion of Iraq two months before the war. For a while after returning home in the summer of 2005, Bandar kept a low profile. Some...
  • Iran, Syria invited to talks on Iraq .....shift in U.S. approach to regional talks

    02/27/2007 11:50:34 AM PST · by Sabramerican · 42 replies · 961+ views
    AP ^ | February 27, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The United States and the Iraqi government are launching a new diplomatic initiative to invite Iran and Syria to a “neighbors meeting” on stabilizing Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday. “We hope that all governments seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region,” Rice said in remarks prepared for delivery to a Senate committee. Excerpts were released in advance by the State Department. The move reflects a change of approach by the Bush administration, which previously had resisted calls by members of Congress and by...
  • Former President Clinton urges positive view

    02/09/2007 2:33:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies · 1,098+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 9, 2007 | ALEXIS GRANT
    Telling Rice students "there's plenty of doing that needs done," former President Clinton on Thursday encouraged them to help steer the country in a positive direction while taking a global view of today's challenges. "Private citizens have more power to do good in public areas than ever before," he said. "People with no money at all who can just give a little bit have the chance to change the world if they all agree on the same thing at the same time." The Autry Court speech, sponsored by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, was attended by about 4,000...
  • Handicapping the U.S. Senate: Day One In The Process to Determine the U.S. Future in Iraq

    01/31/2007 3:49:10 AM PST · by Jerry Reynolds · 187+ views
    Peace and Freedom ^ | January 31, 2007 | John E. Carey
    The United States Senate has started its process of deciding the future course of the United States in Iraq. This process will last for at least two or three weeks and will undoubtedly include extensive testimony, give and take behind closed doors, floor votes and amendments, and finally votes on funding. The report below shows some of the complexity of the committees and personalities that shaped up during the first day…. It is become clearer by the day now that there are clearly two or perhaps three “camps” or “sides” forming within the United States Senate. One side, made up...
  • James Baker Works to Establish Direct USA - Iran Diplomatic Ties

    01/30/2007 12:07:06 AM PST · by FARS · 52 replies · 1,740+ views
    Defense & Foreign Affairs via AntiMullah ^ | January 29th, 2007 | G. R. Copely
    MUST READ - James Baker Works to Establish Direct Diplomatic USA - Iran Ties Former US Secretary of State Baker Attempts to Bypass Bush White House on Iran Defense & Foreign Affairs Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. Former US Secretary of State James Baker, who co-chaired the recent US Iraq Study Group — the main recommendations of which were rejected by the George W. Bush Administration — is working indirectly and behind the scenes to bring about direct diplomatic ties between the US and Iran. This is in defiance of Bush White House policy which essentially has said...
  • Take a Stand

    01/13/2007 10:38:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies · 953+ views
    AmericanPigRace ^ | 1/1/2007 | Craig A. Baker
    On September 29,2006 at 11:30 AM, Mr. Yousuf N. Shaikh & Mr. Kamel H. Fotough came to my office to introduce themselves to me as the new neighbors. These two gentlemen informed me that they had purchased the adjacent house along with the 11-acre tract of land from the Sacco family on 09/22/06. They asked that I remove my cattle from this 11-acre tract & remove my electrical fence. They said they were going to use the existing house as a community center. Children would be coming to play on the grounds, and as an engineer, Mr. Fotough felt it...
  • Rice: Dialogue with Iran is surrender to blackmail [Condi slams Baker Plan]

    01/11/2007 12:06:52 PM PST · by Alouette · 21 replies · 845+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 11, 2007 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Recommendations of Baker-Hamilton Report call United States to hold talks with Iran, Syria in order to recruit their help in Iraq. Secretary of state says, 'We aren't prepared to pay price of Tehran, Damascus' help. Iran will want easing up on their nuclear program and Syria will want us to turn blind eye to their involvement in Lebanon' Yitzhak Benhorin Published: 01.11.07, 20:06 WASHINGTON - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended in a Congress hearing Thursday the Bush administration's opposition to maintaining contacts with Iran and Syria in an effort to recruit their help in Iraq, in opposition to...
  • The Islamo Arab Goliath Mafia Lobby (update on: Arab, Muslim lobby, lobbies)

    01/01/2007 1:05:22 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1 replies · 576+ views
    The Islamo Arab Goliath Mafia LobbyAt the UN, EU, and in Generalhttp://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.13545/pub_detail.asp The Arab lobby crippling police in security http://www.scottishfriendsofisrael.org/united_nations.htm Arab lobby and UN http://www.wzo.org.il/en/resources/view.asp?id=26 The Arab Boycott: Economic War Against the State of Israel http://www.islamreview.com/articles/europeanfears.shtml Arab lobby functioning through European functionaries, built into the European institutions to influence Europeans http://www.jewishagency.org/JewishAgency/English/Jewish+Education/Education+FAQ/Hasbara+-+Israel+Advocacy+Resources The campaigns were fueled by the financial and international political power of the Arab lobby in the UN and the world, which exerted pressure through ... http://www.middleeastfacts.com/Articles/ arabian-fights-how-the-saudis-lobby.php Arabian Fights: How the Saudis Lobby http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=15962 Already the Euro-Arab lobby of the powerful replacement theology models Arafat as a Moses,...
  • Baker sought to cover-up illegal trade with Saddam's Iraq, Israeli charges

    12/27/2006 1:06:32 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 22 replies · 1,370+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | December 23, 2006
    Former Secretary of State James Baker was involved in a cover-up of illegal trading by his law firm with the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a former contractor who did work for Mr. Baker’s firm. Mr. Baker used non-Americans to help acquire funds from Iraq in violation of the United Nations embargo and U.S. law, the former contractor said. Nir Gouaz, an Israeli security veteran, said that in 1999 Mr. Baker's leading deputy at the law firm of Baker Botts ordered him to destroy all documents that detailed how he obtained from Iraq more than $250 million...
  • The baker who beat McDonald's

    01/07/2006 6:56:01 PM PST · by Pikamax · 98 replies · 2,587+ views
    Times Online ^ | 01/07/06 | Richard Owen in Rome
    The baker who beat McDonald's From Richard Owen in Rome AFTER a five-year battle, the fast-food giant McDonald’s has retreated from a southern Italian town, defeated by the sheer wholesomeness of a local baker’s bread. The closure of McDonald’s in Altamura, Apulia, was hailed yesterday as a victory for European cuisine against globalised fast food. Luigi Digesů, the baker, said that he had not set out to force McDonald’s to close down in any “bellicose spirit”. He had merely offered the 65,000 residents tasty filled panini — bread rolls — which they overwhelmingly preferred to hamburgers and chicken nuggets. “It...
  • Baker Case Documents Saved From Shred Order

    12/21/2006 10:26:18 AM PST · by Ancesthntr · 14 replies · 848+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 20, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – An Israeli businessman who says he served as a broker in a multimillion-dollar Iraqi collection deal by the law firm of former Secretary of State James Baker now charges in a WND interview Baker's firm tried to cover up the alleged transactions, concerned about exposure after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The deal was structured to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iraq, according to the middleman, Nir Gouaz, president of Caesar Global Securities in Israel. Gouaz claimed Houston-based Baker Botts made about $30 million collecting funds owed to a South Korean company by the Iraqi government at the peak...
  • Zucker Video-Compares Baker/Iraq Study Group To Neville Chamberlin's "Peace In Our Time"

    12/19/2006 9:31:40 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 39 replies · 1,931+ views
    Youtube ^ | Dec 18 2006 | Zucker
    WELL done video! Zucker says in Comedy what everyone else is afraid to say!
  • Baker accused of skirting U.S. sanctions on Saddam

    12/18/2006 3:50:25 PM PST · by BlueJ7 · 20 replies · 783+ views
    WND ^ | 12182006
    Businessman charges ex-secretary of state used middleman to 'sell out' Israel for profit RAMAT HASHARON, Israel – The law firm at which former Secretary of State James Baker is a senior partner used an Israeli middleman to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iraq and push through a multimillion-dollar collection effort involving the regime of Saddam Hussein, according to a businessman here who said he mediated the deal.
  • Israeli reveals: James Baker hired me to bypass US sanctions on Iraq

    12/18/2006 6:09:56 AM PST · by yochanan · 23 replies · 1,252+ views
    Israeli reveals: James Baker hired me to bypass US sanctions on Iraq By Israel Insider staff and partners December 18, 2006 Bookmark to del.icio.usDigg This Story Ben Caspit, journalist from Maariv, has obtained documentation which shows that the law firm in which former American secretary of state James Baker is senior partner used an Israeli agent to bypass the US sanctions on business dealings with Iraq. Houston-based Baker Botts, with extensive dealings in the Arab world, earned tens of millions of dollars from a deal it made between the Korean Hyundai concern and the Iraqi government at the peak of...
  • The Baker-Hamilton Report: Undoing Kurdish gains

    12/18/2006 4:22:09 AM PST · by BlueSky194 · 5 replies · 663+ views
    The Iraq Study Group Report is the last thing one would have hoped to see in the New World Order. Sadly, it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Gone were the days, we thought, when the fate of a nation was decided by outsiders consulting with everyone and every nation except the one most affected by, and concerned with, the decision. Yet, that is precisely what happened with this commission. The President of Kurdistan received a telephone call from Baker a couple of days before the release of the report assuring him of taking...
  • Baker-Hamilton Lunacy

    12/15/2006 7:12:49 PM PST · by Biscuit85 · 4 replies · 472+ views
    IranPressNews.com ^ | 15 December 06
    Much ink has already been spilled on the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group report. Welcomed by liberals and condemned by conservatives, more importantly it has been rejected by just every public figure in Iraq. Without a doubt, the report’s most controversial recommendation was the call for direct talks with the governments of Syria and Iran. What has gone unrecognized, however, are the stunning misconceptions underlying that recommendation. (Note: the page references below all refer to the PDF version of the report, which can be downloaded here. All emphasis is my own). Misconception #1: “Given the ability of Iran and Syria to...
  • U.S. needs to get cleric out of the picture

    12/15/2006 9:08:19 AM PST · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 808+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | December 15 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    As a result of the Iraq Study Group, President Bush has been given one last chance to alter course on Iraq. This did not, however, come about the way James Baker intended. It came about because the long-anticipated report turned out to be such a widely agreed-upon farce. From its wildly hyped, multiple magazine-cover rollout (Annie Leibovitz in Men's Vogue, no less) to its mishmash of 79 recommendations, the report has fallen so flat that the field is now clear for the President to recommend to a war-weary country something new and bold. The study group has not just been...
  • In Baker's Blunder, A Chance For Bush

    12/14/2006 9:33:49 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies · 1,893+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, December 15, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    As a result of the Iraq Study Group, President Bush has been given one last chance to alter course on Iraq. This did not, however, come about the way James Baker intended. It came about because the long-anticipated report turned out to be, as is widely agreed, a farce. From its wildly hyped, multiple magazine-cover rollout (Annie Leibovitz in Men's Vogue, no less) to its mishmash of 79 (no less) recommendations, the report has fallen so flat that the field is now clear for the president to recommend to a war-weary country something new and bold. The study group has...
  • 'Diplomacy' comes best at gunpoint

    12/14/2006 1:22:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 4 replies · 420+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | JIM HORN
    'Diplomacy' comes best at gunpoint By: JIM HORN - Commentary: President Bush was spanked with the 2006 elections. Many Americans are fed up with the failures in Iraq. Increasing numbers of frustrated Americans want to bail -- a very bad idea that would only encourage Muslim extremists worldwide to stay their course of destroying the United States. Enter James Baker and the Iraq Study Group, an august bunch of mostly has-been political hacks who have no experience -- along with no understanding of the history of Iraq, the cast of characters and the Islamic culture involved over there -- and...
  • Back to Your Studies The unbearable shallowness of the Iraq Study Group.

    12/13/2006 6:18:23 PM PST · by WashingtonSource · 1 replies · 350+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 18, 2006 | Reuel Marc Gerecht
    . . . . From its paltry discussion of America's counterinsurgency in Iraq, to its recommendations about troop levels, to its scathing condemnation of American diplomacy under Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi politics under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, to its embrace of "engagement" with Syria and Iran, and to its unstated but clear call for American pressure on Israel to concede more "land-for-peace" to the Palestinians, the ISG report is strong on assertions but weak on arguments. . . . . . And what does the Baker-Hamilton Commission recommend? More of the same, except faster. We are going to embed more...
  • Baker-Hamiltons Report is a Resume for Disaster

    12/13/2006 4:28:19 AM PST · by BlueSky194 · 3 replies · 469+ views
    Since its release, much has been said and written about this report that took about six months and millions of tax payer dollars to be prepared. The report in general is stating the obvious and has not come up with any new and creative blueprint, except for the recommendations that are seen by a wide range of concerned parties and observers as nothing, if implemented by Bush administration, but a perfect resume for disaster and chaos. So far, the report has been sharply criticized by Kurds and Shiites who compromised more than 80% of Iraqi people as well as many...
  • Labor MK Pines-Paz Backs Baker Report

    12/12/2006 10:17:23 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 1 replies · 219+ views
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 08:08 Dec 13, '06 / 22 Kislev 5767
    Labor MK Pines-Paz Backs Baker Report 08:08 Dec 13, '06 / 22 Kislev 5767 (IsraelNN.com) Knesset Member Ofir Pines-Paz, who has announced his candidacy to lead the Labor party, said that the "Baker Report" could serve Israel's interests. The report by the former Republican Secretary of State calls on Israel to surrender the Golan Heights to Syria. MK Pines-Paz said the report meets the Labor party's view of "land for peace."
  • Survey Shows Americans Want Direct Talks with Iran, Syria

    12/12/2006 10:15:06 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 95 replies · 1,093+ views
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 07:47 Dec 13, '06 / 22 Kislev 5767
    Survey Shows Americans Want Direct Talks with Iran, Syria (IsraelNN.com) Almost two-thirds of Americans favor the Baker-Hamilton commission recommendation for direct negotiations with Iran and Syria, according to a Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll. Slightly more than half of Americans want a fixed timetable to take out American soldiers from Iraq, and nearly two-thirds said they view Iraq as being involved in a civil war, a view that American President George W. Bush has denied.
  • THE IRAQ MUTINY? BAKER COMMISSION WOULD LEAVE OUR TROOPS EXPOSED

    12/11/2006 7:01:19 AM PST · by xzins · 24 replies · 881+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3 Dec | Ralph Peters
    December 3, 2006 -- THE proposal to embed more American military trainers with Iraqi units makes sense, but creates a grave danger: the pros pect of a coordinated revolt among Shias in uniform who slaughter or take hostage thousands of our dispersed troops. The best deterrent is the back-up presence of our own Army and Marine combat formations. As long as our cavalry can ride to the rescue, the prospect of a sectarian mutiny to "teach America a lesson" and humiliate us remains low. Now early word has it that The Fabulous Baker Boys (straight from the political boneyard and...
  • ISG must stand for, uh, Inane Strategy Guesswork -- Mark Steyn

    12/10/2006 11:16:09 PM PST · by irv · 32 replies · 1,005+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12/10/2006 | Mark Steyn
    Well, the ISG -- the Illustrious Seniors' Group -- has released its 79-point plan. How unprecedented is it? Well, it seems Iraq is to come under something called the "Iraq International Support Group." If only Neville Chamberlain had thought to propose a "support group" for Czechoslovakia, he might still be in office. Or guest-hosting for Oprah. But, alas, such flashes of originality are few and far between in what's otherwise a testament to conventional wisdom. How conventional is the ISG's conventional wisdom? Try page 49: "RECOMMENDATION 5: The Support Group should consist of Iraq and all the states bordering Iraq,...
  • Hawks Bolster Skeptical President

    12/09/2006 9:01:36 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 24 replies · 1,242+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2006 | Michael Abramowitz and Glenn Kessler
    Steady condemnation from conservatives for the Iraq Study Group report may be providing some cover to the Bush administration as it completes its own review of strategy in Iraq, apparently with little enthusiasm for the panel's prescription of U.S. troop withdrawal and dialogue with Syria and Iran. The criticism of the panel, co-chaired by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former representative Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), has burst forth from the leading institutions of the right: the National Review, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and the Weekly Standard; conservative talk radio; and scholars at some of...