Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Treehouse Hero is back!

Pam Martens: "What Wall Street hoped to win" - Counterpunch

"... What a truly Orwellian message this proposal would have sent to our nation’s children and honest, hard working people everywhere: loot and collapse a 200-year old financial system and you’ll be rewarded with a fresh $700 billion of public money to disperse among your cronies who aided and abetted in the collapse. ..." Read it at Counterpunch!

Greg Palast: The 2008 election is rigged and "voter caging is illegal," but not in Kansas.

Why would the Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kris Kobach admit to caging voters and then tell people it isn't illegal?

Is there a prosecutor anywhere in Kansas who will investigate the arrogant little twerp?

RES 247 Environmental Awareness Network

Mystery and History
Wednesday on Radio Free Kansas!
Internet radio is where it's at to hear the peoples' voices.
I'll be making available news and some "theater of the imagination" beginning at 11pm this coming Wednesday. Meanwhile check out the outstanding Eco-shock site with Alex Smith. He packs in entertaining music and the best in scientific talent on the environment and sustainable life-style choices. It's also thoughtfully available in a "lo-fi" version so you can save your bandwidth. Get used to it, you will be making some budget choices soon, cable television and all it's celebrity tripe and grim pop-psychology, or some good old fashioned news and entertainment around the speakers. Choose to keep your internet and dump the television.

The final phase of a Shiite Iraq is in the making

Informed Comment: "Al-Maliki is reminding an economically prostrate America that it cannot afford to buck him on the troop withdrawal timetable. Literally cannot afford! As in, best you go home now and let us take care of security, and save what little money you have left. And, oh, thanks for forking over the $1 trillion while you still had it . . . I guess he is not afraid of McCain's forlorn hope of keeping a US military base on Iraqi soil (expensive!)."

t r u t h o u t | Stocks Plunge as Bailout Fails

London's Sun called it "Blackest Monday" but they haven't seen what's going to happen when the opening bell clangs this morning at the NYSE, when the market closed Monday "sell" orders were piling up after the last hour when the bullish share of the plunge took place. Why? Read this exclusive from last week's Business Week which bodes very ill for Tuesday. And congress is off on a paid holiday, today. Stocks Plunge as Bailout Fails

t r u t h o u t | The Bailout: Congress Endorses Conservative Nanny State

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 Black Monday? Global Investors vote "No" on Paulson's Bailout By Mike Whitney : Information Clearing House - ICH

THIS IS HELL - WNUR 89.3 Chicago

One of the absolute best radio shows in the country. I steal audio ideas from them freely ... my bitter blind broke gap-toothed radio show host Chuck Mertz runs a great show. Usually it runs four hours, but for this Saturday here's the one hour line-up: "Jim Shultz will get us up-to-date on the US-backed coup taking place in Bolivia; Tariq Ali talks about 'Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power'; Dave Zirin discusses 'The People's History of Sports'; and Naomi Prins describes the 'Corporate Mugging of America.' ..." THIS IS HELL - WNUR 89.3 Chicago


Defense Committee for Malalai Joya کمیته دفاع از ملالی جویا

[excerpt] Afghanistan lives in the fear of the US-sponsored war lords. These hated warlords are not scared by the Taliban-monster raising its head in the south. Ironically, they live in the fear of an unarmed girl in her late twenties: Malalai Joya. ... Read more about her here.

The James Petras website: "Bolivia: Fascism Seizes Power - Morales Complains"

[excerpt] Ever since Evo Morales was elected President over 33 months ago, the Bolivian far-right has taken advantage of every concession, compromise and conciliatory gesture by the Morales regime to expand their political power, block even the mildest social reforms and paralyze the functioning of the government, through legal maneuvers and gangs of violent street thugs. ... Read more at: The James Petras website

It Can Happen Here! - by Uri Avnery

Yes, Dorothy, there are bad guys in the Holy Land and they are trying to stop the stars from shining over the hills.

Truthdig - Ear to the Ground - Who Is Behind the ‘Radical Islam’ DVD?

Truthdig - Reports - Fueling the Fire of Real Change

Former war correspondent, Chris Hedges, writes: [excerpt] Turn your back on Wall Street. Walk a few blocks up from the gleaming and soulless towers of disintegrating capitalism to the shabby, brick Catholic Worker house at 55 E. Third St. Sit, as I did recently, in one of the chairs in the basement dining room with its cracked linoleum and steel utility tables. “Works of mercy and contact with the destitute sustain the spark in the ashes,” William Griffin, who has been with the Catholic Worker for 34 years and writes for the newspaper, told me. ..." Inspired writing at: Fueling the Fire of Real Change

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailout sparks national anger ...

The Power of "No"! | This Can't Be Happening!

Yeah! [excerpt] The Congressional switchboard is jammed. You can get through, but it takes a dedicated finger on the redial button of your phone. Operators at the Capitol say it's been that way for a week now, as Americans across the country have been flooding their Congressional delegations with phone calls (and emails) urging them to vote "No" on the Bush/Paulson Wall Street bailout. That today is no exception, after Democratic Party leaders (and both major party presidential candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama) bought into the plan after adding some window-dressing measures designed to make it look more palatable. This shows that the public is not fooled (calls are reportedly running better than 9:1 against a bailout, perhaps more like 99:1). ... Read more about The Power of "No"!!

Indian CEO killed after negotiations with group of dismissed workers go awry

Ah yes, wildcat strikes, the old-fashioned way.

Henk Ruyssenaars: "Tax payers in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg ripped off again"

Sarah Palin, 21st Century Theocrat | AlterNet

Many thanks for the forward from my good friend in Hollywood for this post. This is an extremely good article and the first thing that came to mind while reading it was, "My God! Sarah took the worst of Kansas and dumped it all over Alaska!" [excerpt] Pat O'Hara, a journalist who served on the Wasilla school board for twelve years, remembers how the religious right made her feel like a stranger in her own community. The Mat-Su Valley, which includes the neighboring towns of Wasilla and Palmer, had once been a libertarian sort of place, full of blue-collar individualists who didn't fit in elsewhere. "I had the dog team in the woods, the cabin in the woods. My friends were teachers, farmers, construction workers," she said as she stood with about 1,500 demonstrators at a September 13 anti-Sarah Palin rally in Anchorage. "It was kind of a working, very much Democratic community. And then it changed." Read more here.

Antiwar.com Blog · McCain Betrayed Viet. POWs

Bush's third war

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Greg Palast: Rove has already fixed the 2008 election

The Republican Political Machine has not only united the most stupid and selfish people in the country, they are prepared to steal the 2008 election.

Stan Cox: Keep the Germ Labs Quarantined

Everybody in Kansas should be reading this and be out there taking action against this most horrible of ideas coming our way. Somebody, somewhere in this state must be listening, surely we can't be this stupid to allow this into the mainland, let alone inside Kansas. [excerpt] Scientists, farmers and government officials for 80 years have kept the U.S. mainland free of the virus that causes foot-and-mouth disease — a horrific, highly contagious killer of cloven-footed livestock such as cattle. But our government may soon bring the virus onto the mainland on purpose.The Department of Homeland Security is seeking a home for a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility that would, among other things, take over the work of Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a former Department of Agriculture complex lying off the east end of New York’s Long Island. But Homeland Security proposes to do this on one of five inland sites, all in agricultural regions. ... Read Keep the Germ Labs Quarantined and pssssssssssst, do something.

Paul Newman:In His Own Words

I've been so sick over his death that Saturday Night's Prime Suspect was canceled. I spent the evening angry, in my garage, yelling at my young Republican friends for caving in so miserably to their stupid and ruthlessly greedy neighbors. I will miss knowing he's no longer among the living. Paul Newman:In His Own Words

John Gray: A shattering moment in America's fall from power | The Observer

Robert Parry: "Debate Evades Dark Realities" - Consortiumnews.com

The scariest thing about Sarah Palin isn't how unqualified she is - it's what her candidacy says about America | The Smirking Chimp

Absolutely the best article on the mass denial and self censorship the majority of Americans consume their way into, that is, oblivion. Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi writes a mean piece, tell your conservative friends to read it.

College OTR: Sarah Palin as "Caribou Barbie" Realized

Breakthrough Reached in Negotiations on Bailout - NYTimes.com

It's criminal and will be marked in the pages of American history as a failure of vast proportions to us, the poor and working people. Get a wheel barrow to carry the cash.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Clusterf*&^k to the Poor House - Dive of Death!

Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Screw'em All!

t r u t h o u t | Stop Smearing Sarah Palin! You ... You ... Fox News Embed?

Elizabeth de la Varga writes: "I don't know what Fox News producer Shushannah Walshe's angle is. While posing as a completely impartial Fox News journalist, she is deliberately trying to create a horrible composite view of Sarah Palin! ..." Read the rest of this breathe taking article in support of our little darling with Senator Timebomb at: t r u t h o u t

First link hat tip to Red State Rebels for finding this one.

FOXNews.com - WaMu Gives New CEO Mega Payout as Bank Fails - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

$20 million for 17 days work ... and the company went bust, as FDIC raided it.

Letterman's McCain roast still cooking on The Morning Show!

Unfortunately Dave will forgive him and have him back on after the roof falls in on Wall Street, like it is today. Remember, Senator Timebomb announced his run for the Oval Office way back when things were so rosy for US imperialism.

Peter Swartz: "European reactions to the financial crisis Covering their tracks and distancing themselves from the US" - WSWS.org

"Many European workers who have lost their incomes, jobs or social security in recent years must be rubbing their eyes in surprise: “turbo-capitalism”—the supremacy of finance capital over every aspect of social and personal life—is an exclusively Anglo-American invention, which the governments of Germany and France have opposed for a long time. ..." Read more

Any Way You Parse It, the Proposed Bailout is a Disaster for Ordinary Americans. It Must Be Stopped | This Can't Be Happening!

[excerpt] "The idea of bailing out Wall Street for the results of a decade or more of greedy and even criminal behavior, using almost $1 trillion in borrowed money that will jeopardize everything from Social Security to school funding to medical research, and further drive the dollar into the ditch, cannot be justified. The president has tried to stampede Congress into throwing this colossal pile of money at the bankers who caused the crisis, by using fear-mongering, instead of by following President Franklin Roosevelt's example of urging calm and coming up with a sensible response. ..." This Can't Be Happening!

One radical economist's viewpoint on the current situation: Raymond Lotta, Revolution newspaper on Radio KPFK, audio download (13.8 meg. - 1hr.)

Slattery on the Wall Street Mess, proposes principled solutions

McCain Roasted: "Carve up the big Bailout, maybe ... national debate, maybe."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Palin Moment

Billionaire Bailout about Health Care?

Kevin Drum
"Look, this is just getting scary. I don't care how partisan you are, you can't watch this clip from Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric without wondering if she's completely cracked under the pressure of running for vice president. The question is a simple softball about the bailout — something she's had weeks to bone up on — but her answer is incoherent. Not just the usual platitudes politicians offer when they don't feel like answering a tough query, but completely incoherent. Hell, it's barely even in English.

I don't even feel right making snarky jokes about this stuff anymore. This campaign has gone seriously off the rails. I've never seen anything like it, but everyone is still nattering on as if this is business as usual. If it is, though, we've already entered the world of Idiocracy and we might as well all just give up and enjoy our super-size Slurpees while we can."

Fortune: "Recent drop in crude is an illusion - oil is going to $500". - Sep. 22, 2008

I remember a bar tough in Valley Falls, Ks. wadding up my ink-wet sheet of the Flyer several years ago, a deep Bushevik angry over the peak oil article published on it and swearing at me for distributing the premise to his buddies. It's not that bad anymore, but we still have many minds to activate. Maybe this article will help.

Naomi Prins: "The $700 Billion Bailout Plan's Fine Print" - Mother Jones

Discomfit Magazine: "Please explain this ..."

"Right down to the tires on their Mercedes!"

Discomfit Magazine: Sen. Roberts won't debate, just slimes Jim Slattery in lying ads

Chickenshit must be talking to McCain, the two senators have too much in common. A pork filled dinosaur of earmarks from Jefferson county, Ks who has never returned, smears the man from Good Intent, Ks. There's gotta be a book somewhere in these weeks of down and dirty elections.

Citizens Dumping Personal Junk on Wall Street to Protest Bailout | | AlterNet

A reader's forward of the burgeoning display of peoples' righteous outrage developing over the pig bail out at the DC slop trough. We just can't organize as fast as the bastards pass more spending bills. It ain't right, the dirty shits just don't play fair anymore. Well, we'll have to come up with some new ways, maybe a nation of clutterfreaks have found it. Read it at AlterNet

Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the "Homeland"? - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com

Hat tip first link to Scotland's "Chimes of Freedom" for passing this along to U.S. readers. I trawled by a similar story a couple days, but it must have legs Greenwald has updated it several times so far. Jump through the annoying site pass ad, then click through the pop-ups to get to the story. Read it at Salon.com

Robert Parry: "America Pays the Piper, Big Time" - Consortiumnews.com

The game is about to get serious ... and the world is but their stage.


Sen. John "the ticking timebomb" McCain calls to cancel on David Letterman's late night talk show and announces to every corporate media whore in the world that he's suspending the campaign for a huddle up at the watering trough. The pig pen inside the DC Beltway is getting crowded as all our major league players decide how to spend our billions bailing out their buddies.

Wait Dear Readers! There's more oozing slime to ogle at in New York City!

Senator Timebomb's nasal voiced running mate, Sarah "Barracuda" Palin, is preening for prime time paparazzi glam shots with the French president's Queen of Metallica at the United Nations. Who said cradling the brain dead won't get you anywhere? Work it Sarah fer all it's worth, go girl go!

Another "Perfect Double Tapered" turd is about to flop out on their game plans.

Yes folks, to use another ever faithful Kansan's words of wisdom, a "perfect double tapered" piece of excrement is what awaits our glittering glam rulers. Kansas City Royal's baseball king, George Brett, describes exactly what the swine at the top are feeling nowdays in all the steamy language fit for Podunk proletarian television.

Do I hear "George Brett for President", yet?

Watch the important news flash from him during warm-ups near the pitching mound with the Royals here. Ah yes, Dear Readers, this vid needs to be sent to our Dear Leaders as the Bushevik regime totters in their last sixty days.

Meanwhile back at the Ten Acres readers are flooding my mail box with inquiries and sneering alerts about everything from;

"How can we Kansans have been so stupid, for so long?" Click Kansas on the map at the jump here,

Also announcing today's "Emergency Rally to Stop the Bush Bail-out"

Or "Corporate Media Journalists Just Love Rich Guys" click here. Warren Buffet should retire and work as a $5.75/hour door greeter at his pillaging Nebraska Furniture Mart, just outside the soon to be extinct NASCAR Kansas City speedway.

And slap a "happy face" sticker on his shirt.

And BTW, can you hear that little voice inside Senator Timebomb's head?

He's having a flashback, to the bad old days, as Admiral "Billy Goat" stares down on him from above the wild blue yonder.

"When all else fails call in the napalm!"

"Roger that ..."

"And Gawd damn it! Stop the campaign, the peasant guerillas have caught us with our pants down, again! And it's running down all our legs."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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t r u t h o u t | RFK Jr., Mike Papantonio: "Is Your Vote Safe?"

The ties that bind: Dodd, Schumer and Wall Street

Direct "no hold barred" journalism at the World Socialist Web Site, without all the dogma, read it here.

What could we do with their money?

The 50 Richest Members of Congress : Information Clearing House - ICH: [excerpt] "The disclosure rules allow Members to report assets in broad categories, so there is no way to tell the difference between a $20 million investment and a $5 million investment. The top category on the Members’ forms is “over $50 million,” so it is impossible to accurately account for anything worth more than that — like a professional sports team, for example. There is also a gaping loophole for assets owned by the Members’ spouse or dependent children; anything worth more than $1 million in value can be reported as “over $1 million.” There is no way to tell whether that is $1.2 million or $1.2 billion."
Eyeball the list here.

Hon. Ron Paul (R - Tx.) "Predictions vs. Reality in Iraq" : Information Clearing House - ICH

Just Thinking Aloud Here | This Can't Be Happening!

Dave Lindorff does some interesting math with what could $700 billion do for us: [excerpt] "Now I'm thinking about what that same indescribably vast amount of federal money could do if it were applied to more important things than rescuing a bunch of crooked banks. ..."
You won't believe what the list of good things could be done. If PBS can go on and on having endless fundraisers and continue showing tributes to the conservatives "patron saint" Ronald Reagan while his lunatic economic legacy is still at play on Wall Street, then maybe we should read This Can't Be Happening!

Michael Hudson: Henry Paulson and the New Yazoo Land Scandal

An extraordinary development in the movement of the finance capitalists' money as described in this most recent article: "Present discussions of the mortgage mess are lapsing into an unreal world. Advocates of the $700 bailout are now rounding up a choir of voices to proclaim that the problem is simply a lack of liquidity. This kind of problem, we are told, can be solved “cleanly” (that is, with no Congressional add-ons to protect anyone except the major Bush Administration campaign contributors) by the Federal reserve “pumping credit” into the system by buying securities that have no market when “liquidity dries up.”

What is wrong with this picture? The reality is that there is much too much liquidity in the system. That is why the yield on U.S. Treasury bills has fallen to just 0.16 percent – just one sixth of one percent! This is what happens when there is a flight to safety. By liquid investors. Many of which are now fleeing abroad, as shown by the dollar’s 3% plunge against the euro yesterday (Monday, Sept. 22).

The question that the media avoid asking is what people are trying to be safe from? The answer should be obvious to anyone who has been reading about the junk mortgage problem. ... "
The Dear Reader must continue after the jump to find out at: Henry Paulson and the New Yazoo Land Scandal
Bailout Plan Won't Be End of Wall Street Bailouts CommonDreams.org: "The shifting tides of Wall Street aren't over, and neither are the government bailouts. If Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's request for a $700 billion bailout is approved, it will bring the total government tab for saving Wall Street from itself to $1.25 trillion. But, reading the fine print, that huge chunk of cash is just for one-time purchases. If the government buys $700 billion worth of assets whose value goes to zero, we could be on the hook for another bailout round before you know it."

Exclusive: The methane time bomb - Science, News - The Independent

First link hat tip to Common Dreams - [excerpt] "The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists. ..."
Read more of the evidence in sthis exclusive article at: The Independent

Peter Dyer: " Will International Law Reach Bush?" - Consortiumnews.com

[excerpt] Q: What do Radovan Karadzic, former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, and George W. Bush have in common? A: Each lives under the slowly growing shadow of a body of international criminal law. Consortiumnews.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What Nobody's Saying: The Bailout Will Kill the Dollar | This Can't Be Happening!

Clearly written and to the point, Dave Lindorff lays out what he started on last Saturday High Noon on Radio Free Kansas. [excerpt] "What nobody in the corporate media is mentioning amid all the blather about the $700-billion Paulson bailout proposal is the impact it will have on the US dollar. ..." Read more at: This Can't Be Happening!

Monday, September 22, 2008

No to Wall Street bailout! The socialist answer to the financial crisis

Chimes of Freedom

My "Eurosocialist" compadre from Scotland throws down his take on the financial catastrophe (for neoliberal and neocon finance capitalists) roaring upon them. Chimes of Freedom

at-Largely: Even Newt Gingrich is screaming bloody hell...

One of my favorite editors finds herself on the unusual side of the barricades.

Sarah Palin's Lake Lucille | Salon News

Click past the ad screen, read about the scum pond Sarah lives by and how she helped create it. First link hat tip to redstaterebels.org - Sarah Palin Lake Lucille Salon News

Truthdig - Ear to the Ground - Pelosi Balks at Bailout Scheme

She'll cave, as always, the Democrats in congress have'em by the short hairs. Unfortunately the Big Democrats, like the Republicans are the ones needing the taxpayer's money to stay on top of us.

The Middle Class Must Not Be Forced to Bail Out Wall Street Greed | CommonDreams.org

Immediate Free Internet Release - Sept. 23, 2006

Register, download the free movie, burn some DVD's and pass them around. Courtesy Michael Moore and the Slackers of America, get out there and get'em in November!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Paulson: Foreign banks can use U.S. rescue plan  : Information Clearing House - ICH

"US Tax Payers To Bail Out Foreign Banks"

Mary Pitt: "Bad Business"

Mary's absolutely correct! Why should we care about these gamblers? Check it out: "... So Wall Street is in a panic! So the trillion-dollar corporations are in danger of going broke! So the big-time investors are in danger of losing their silk shirts! So what? ..." Read more at Discomfit Magazine.

An easy homework assignment this weekend about the economic meltdown.

This weekend's edition of Bill Moyers Journal has a frank discussion with several knowledgable sources about the economy, but pay special attention to the interview with Kevin Phillips and his comments about "the seven sharks" (he brings up the 'peak oil' phrase as one of the great whites) and also note that he claims, quite correctly in my view, that this will be a catastrophe lasting decades. I cannot emphasize enough to you, Dear Readers, to pay attention to this particular segment of Bill Moyers Journal . Home PBS

Michael Hudson: "Financial Bailout: America's Own Kleptocracy" - Global Research

First link hat tip to Tom Feely's Information Clearinghouse for this link. [excerpt]
... A kleptocratic class has taken over the economy to replace industrial capitalism. Franklin Roosevelt's term "banksters" says it all in a nutshell. The economy has been captured - by an alien power, but not the usual suspects. Not socialism, workers or "big government," nor by industrial monopolists or even by the great banking families. Certainly not by Freemasons and Illuminati. (It would be wonderful if there were indeed some group operating with centuries of wisdom behind them, so at least someone at least had a plan.) Rather, the banksters have made a compact with an alien power -not Communists, Russians, Asians or Arabs. Not humans at all. The group's cadre is a new breed of machine. It may sound like the Terminator movies, but computerized Machines have indeed taken over the world - at least, the White House's world. Here is how they did it. ... Read more at Global Research (after the jump, scroll down past their blank layout to get to Hudson's text.)

Letter: Threat to democracy in Latin America | World news | The Guardian

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Future career slots reserved "military-industrial-congressional complex"

First link hat tip to the Muskrat Hunter in Colorado! Thanks, welcome to the Flyer news ticker!

Immediate release - "The Battle in Seattle" official movie trailer

Hang On to Your Wallet! The Government is About to Rescue Investors | This Can't Be Happening!

"When the financial markets started coming undone earlier this week, the Treasury Secretary and the Federal Reserve stepped in, and with $85 billion of our money (actually our children's money, since they borrowed it from China and Saudi Arabia), bought foundering AIG, the world's largest insurance company, and assumed its collassal pile of crap debt." And our children's children, it's called penury at Hang On to Your Wallet!!

Truthdig - Reports - Amy Goodman: "Wall Street Socialists"

Robert Baer: "Washington Is Risking War with Pakistan" : Information Clearing House - ICH

Baer is former CIA, speaks with a no-nonsense know how, he hates the Bush regime and was adviser to the oil espionage thriller "Syriana" parts of which was based on his field work in Iran. Read it at ICH, rather than the Moonie Washington Times

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Palin Throws Alaska Under the Bus. « Mudflats: An Alaska blogger reports, on the Palin troopergate investigation: "So what does the Attorney General Talis Colberg have to say for himself? I know a couple people who know Colberg, and respected him deeply until recently. I heard from a friend of his that this whole thing is really taking a toll on him. “He’s really a decent guy,” says my bewildered friend. So, what say you sir? Hello? Are you there? Oh. Talis Colberg just wen ”on vacation” to Kansas. You can’t make this stuff up. Beware of tornadoes, falling houses, and flying monkeys! Nothing would surprise me any more."

‘Alaska Women Reject Palin’ Rally is HUGE!

Red State Rebels ... in Alaska a lesson in fighting back!

A few smart women ...

Hat tip to red state rebels for this one. A small group of women decide over coffee to oppose Palin in Alaska. They post flyers, distribute a press statement to the local media and are vilified and slandered by a local conservative radio shock jock who calls them on air "socialist baby killing maggots" and urges listeners to call their numbers listed on the press release. The women return to the media with the abusive phone calls they received from the shock jocks listeners and read, watch what happens next, click here.

Hackers Access Palin's Personal E-Mail, Post Some Online - washingtonpost.com

Tomgram from Tom's Dispatch: "The American War Moves to Pakistan" - Tariq Ali

Editor and writer, Tom Englehardt of the important Tom's Dispatch writes as an introduction: [excerpt] ... As Andrew Bacevich tells us in the latest issue of the Atlantic, there's now a vigorous debate going on in the military about the nature of the "next" American wars and how to prepare for them. However, while military officers argue, that "next war" may already be creeping up on us. Having, with much hoopla, launched wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, each disastrous in its own way, the Bush administration in its waning months seems intent on a slo-mo launching of a third war in the border regions of Pakistan. ... Read more

Tariq Ali to Obama on Pakistan: "For god's sake man, have a think" pt. 1

Tariq Ali to Obama on Pakistan: "For god's sake man, have a think" pt. 2

Letter: Bush could still attack Iran | World news | The Guardian

U.K.'s Westminster Committee on Iran sends in this reminder to the readers in Great Britain. Hat tip to Tom Feely at Information Clearinghouse for first link. I think King George is nutty enough to launch flash attacks on Iran, as an October Surprise to bolster the crazy Christian Zionist base in McCain's campaign. Is that enough to win? Coupled with a general fear running rampant about the economy, or even more so - a fear of Obama as being too experienced? After Palin who knows. Read and place your bets at The Guardian

Constitution Day Special: America and China Joined at the Hip | This Can't Be Happening!

The similarities are extremely noteworthy; Kansas Republican Party mandated signed loyalty oaths, to the party's theocratic platform, unwarranted "legal" seizure of property, militarization of local police forces, a technology centered surveillance state, and a "loyal" opposition political party i. e. the minority Democrats who seek to survive by catering to the reactionary sentiments cultivated from those policies. No "breakouts" here, yet.

Dave Lindorff writes: .... With the government now having spent over $800 billion in less than a year shoring up tottering financial companies that had become little more than casinos (and rigged ones at that), America is looking increasingly like China, a country where the state has been gradually getting out of the business of directly owning companies. At this point, with the US government owning 80 percent of the world’s largest insurance company, AIG, and essentially owning mortgage firms Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as well as bankrupt Lehman Brothers, and with the nation’s two largest automakers in line asking for $25 billion in government loans, one would be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the two systems. ... click This Can't Be Happening! because it is.

New Book Lets Winter Soldiers Be Heard

"War is just a racket...I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else."
- General Smedley Butler

[excerpt] ... Aside from the Iraqi people, nobody knows what the U.S. military is doing in Iraq better than the soldiers themselves. A new book gives readers vivid and detailed accounts of the devastation the U.S. occupation has brought to Iraq, in the soldiers' own words. Winter Soldier Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupation, published by Haymarket Books Tuesday, is a gut-wrenching, historic chronicle of what the U.S. military has done to Iraq, and its own soldiers. ... Read this book review by Dahr Jamail

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Electric Politics EP Podcast: Out of Control Immigration: "At some point — who knows where? — if we do not control immigration into America, legal and illegal, it will control us. One of two core issues that the left habitually gets wrong (the other being gun control), immigration, nevertheless, has the potential to bring the left and the right together. At some point — who knows where? — if we do not control immigration into America, legal and illegal, it will control us. One of two core issues that the left habitually gets wrong (the other being gun control), immigration, nevertheless, has the potential to bring the left and the right together." Audio download available on the jump, click above.
t r u t h o u t Bob Woodward's Not-so-Secret Weapon: "These are the horrors that happen when journalists give up their role as watchdogs and become running dogs for Shock and Awe, surgical strikes, enhanced interrogation techniques, the latest counter-insurgency tactics, or whatever else the National Security State wants to sell. But the horror will be far worse if we forget that the Pentagon has explicitly committed itself to make its new tagging, targeting and locating technology available for use within the United States."
Truthdig - Ear to the Ground - Socialism for the Super-Rich: "Here we go again: The Federal Reserve is bailing out another tanking financial institution—the insurance behemoth American International Group—by sinking $85 billion into AIG in return for a stake in the company. Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a Wall Street investigation following this latest startling agreement between big government and big business."


US Economy: Rudderless and Reeling From Direct Hits: Information Clearing House - ICH: "Most Americans, including the presidential candidates and the media, are unaware that the US government today, now at this minute, is unable to finance its day to operations and must rely on foreigners to purchase its bonds. The government pays the interest to foreigners by selling more bonds, and when the bonds come due, the government redeems the bonds by selling new bonds. The day the foreigners do not buy is the day the American people and their government are brought to reality."

Stan Goff: America is Now Rome

Fed Readies A.I.G. Loan of $85 Billion for an 80% Stake - NYTimes.com

Socialism for the wealthy, arranged after the bell on the NYSE, so much for Paulson's proclamation to not use our tax dollars this morning. Read more at: NYTimes.com

You Can't Feel Blue About the Economy If You Want To. There Are No Blue Chips Anymore | This Can't Be Happening!

[excerpt] AIG, the quintessential blue-chip, one of the 30 companies that compose the Dow Jones Industrial Average, a company that in 2000 boasted a market capitalization of $217 billion, making it the largest financial institution in the world, is teetering on the brink of collapse. ... Read This Can't Be Happening!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Before Sarah "Barracuda" Palin was a heartbeat away.

Jonathan Cook: Direct from Jaffa

Jaffa 'renewal plan' aims at eviction, The National, 15 September 2008: "Mr Khimayl has amassed large debts because he used parts of his home that, according to Amidar, were not covered by his contract – even though the house has been owned by his family since 1902.

Amidar has also been waging a legal battle over a minor alteration he made to the property.

Many years ago, Mr Khimayl rebuilt the dangerous external stone steps that provided the only access to the house’s second floor. In 2005, Amidar inspectors told him he had broken the terms of his contract and should remove the new steps.

Unable to reach his home in any other way, he replaced the stone steps with a metal staircase. Another inspector declared the staircase a violation of the agreement, too.

Mr Khimayl is currently using a metal staircase on wheels, arguing that the moveable steps are not a permanent alteration. Nonetheless, Amidar is pursuing him through the courts. Other families face similar problems."

Israel's mad dog Navy firing on Palestinian fishing boats.

Palin for President! (wink, nod, nudge, nudge)

And the beat goes on ...

Tell all those Know-it-All Republican Neighbors, Relatives and Friends: "America's getting just what you deserve."

He's got a point ... in a funny sick sorta way, and it started Sept. 9th with his regular Clusterf*ck Nation Chronicle: [excerpt] Why do the big deals always happen over the weekends? So the big boyz in government and finance can take off their neckties when they bargain with each other? So the markets will be closed and unable to register a response one way or another? So the shrinking fraction of the US public that pays attention to anything besides Nascar and pornography won't catch the news Saturday evening? ... [end excerpt]
Also the same wit and time:

James Howard Kunstler: "The Party That Wrecked America"

It's official: John McCain and Sarah Palin are up in the latest polls now that the conventions are over. This is a positive development. It will give the Obama-Biden campaign incentive to get serious. It would have been a disaster for Obama-Biden to come out of this past week ahead. It might have prompted them to kick back and be complacent.

McCain-Palin have nowhere to go now but down, and I will tell you exactly how this will happen. They can run away from President Bush, but they can't run away from the Republican Party.

The Republicans will be regarded from now on as 'the party that wrecked America.' Over the weeks ahead, as carnage in the economy and the financial markets ramps up, it will become increasingly clear. It is important that this meme be spread through the internet. I urge all commentators who read this blog to adopt and spread the idea that the Republicans are 'the party that wrecked America.'

It will work because it is the truth.

Use it freely. Don't bother attributing it to me. Just spread the word.

Get the meme going.

Quote of the day: Mike Morgan on bad debt contagion in the financials:

"'This is a virus, with a 100% kill rate. This is a pandemic, the likes of which we have never seen. This is only something that can be fixed after we kill all the players that carry the virus, because the virus only dies when the host is dead. The hosts are the sick financial institutions being run by crooked executives, regulated by incompetent regulators, appointed by blissfully ignorant politicians and at the end of the line is a judicial system that is without power to do anything.'"

Think Globally, Power Up Locally | CommonDreams.org

AFP: World shares tumble on Lehman Brothers collapse: "LONDON (AFP) — European and Asian stock markets plunged between three and five percent Monday on concerns over the beleaguered world economy as Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy."
AFP: Lehman bankruptcy shakes world financial system: "Last-ditch efforts to find a buyer collapsed Sunday. A London source at British bank Barclays said it walked away from negotiations because of concerns it would have to guarantee the 158-year-old US firm's trading commitments.
Bank of America said it was buying Merrill Lynch for 50 billion dollars in a transaction that creates the world's largest financial services company.
The acquisition gives Bank of America the largest brokerage in the world with more than 20,000 advisers and 2.5 trillion dollars in client assets.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who took part in weekend discussions in New York, said the actions 'will be critical to facilitating liquid, smooth functioning markets, and addressing potential concerns in the credit markets.'"
Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy to change the face of banking- International Business-News-The Economic Times: "Markets world wide are reeling from the after effects of the triple shock of Lehman Brothers going into bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch being sold to BofA in a distress sale for $ 50 billion, and AIG asking the Fed for a $ 40 billion bailout. The FTSE dropped 200 points, or around 3% in early trades."

AFP: Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, US crisis hits European stocks

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mary Pitt: "Palin simply does not matter"

She's back! Mary Pitt at Discomfit magazine with some real Kansan common sense ... "This comment may seem to come from far left field but, when you stop to consider it, the perfect sense of it will become apparent. ..." Read more before you ask, "Sarah, who?" click here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Robert Parry: "Will McCain-Palin Lies Hurt Them?" - Consortiumnews.com

[excerpt] ... Nevertheless, years later when the Times article questioned just how ethical the “new” John McCain really was, McCain lashed back with a categorical statement that was categorically untrue, saying he had “never done favors for special interests.” [See Consortiumnews.com’sIs McCain a Liar?”] ... McCain now seems to have located a soul-mate in Sarah Palin, who shares McCain’s assuredness in making public statements that are clear-cut lies and then insisting they are absolute truth. The only remaining question is how well this strategy will work. [For more on this topic, see Consortiumnews.com’sMcCain-Palin: Phonies Squared.”] ... [end excerpt] Read more at:

Dr. William Blum's Anti-Empire Report, September 5, 2008

[excerpt] ... I'm sorry to say that I think that John McCain is going to be the next president of the United States. After the long night of Bush horror any Democrat should easily win, but the Dems are screwing it up and McCain has been running more-or-less even with Barack Obama in the polls. The Democrats should run on the slogan "If you liked Bush, you'll love McCain", but that would be too outspoken, too direct for the spineless Nancy Pelosi and her spineless party. Or, "If you liked Iraq, you'll love Iran." But the Democrat leadership is not on record as categorically opposing either conflict. ... Read more of Blum's Anti-Empire Report, September 5, 2008

t r u t h o u t | US Should Disclose Funding for Opposition Groups in Bolivia

[excerpt] ... The U.S. Embassy in Bolivia has been implicated in a number of events that suggest it may be seeking to undermine Morales' government. In February of this year it was revealed that the Embassy had repeatedly asked Peace Corps volunteers and a Fulbright Scholar to spy on people inside Bolivia. USAID has an "Office of Transition Initiatives" operating in Bolivia, funneling millions of dollars of training and support to right-wing opposition regional governments and movements. ... Read more at:
t r u t h o u t

Cleared! Jury Decides That Threat of Global Warming Justifies Breaking The Law | CommonDreams.org

The climate change village founded outside the Kingsnorth coal fired electrical facility was covered last night on Radio Free Kansas courtesy Alex Smith's fantastic Eco-Shock Radio from Canada. Here is a breaking story about Greenpeace activists being exonerated by a jury in the U. K. for their direct actions. Read Cleared!


Alex Smith's blog where descriptions of his Eco-Schock radio show originate from. Lotsa good links here for study. EXTREME RAIN. MONBIOT.

Dissident Voice : Arrogance, Ignorance, and Cowardice

Which third of the American population would you fall into? Here's Dr. Robert Jensen, who was featured on RFK Thursday's Downslide last night, discussing popular culture and more ... Read more

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Robert Parry: "The Rising Cost of the Iraq 'Surge'" - Consortiumnews.com

A fascinating analysis of the "surge" as a success is unpacked and examined. Parry's scrutiny is important and timely at this point in the elections ... [excerpt] ... In reality, the “surge” of about 30,000 additional troops sent to Iraq appears to have been only one factor and – according to military officials interviewed for Bob Woodward’s new book, The War Within – possibly a secondary one in explaining the drop-off in the violence that had made Iraq a living hell. ... [end of excerpt] Read more at: Consortiumnews.com

The Real News Network: "Congressman Ron Paul rejects endorsing McCain for president"

Russia Today: "9/11 history questioned"

The Real News Network: James Galbraith on the Recession, elections

Andrew Bacevich: The Limits of Power


Robert Parry: "Did al-Qaeda Succeed?" [excerpt] ... Speaking at a Sept. 4 conference in Orlando, Florida, Thomas Fingar, chairman of the National Intelligence Council, said the United States might still be “the preeminent power” in 2025, but that “American dominance will be much diminished.” ... Consortiumnews.com

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Truthdig - Chris Hedges - Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

Howard Zinn: US 'In Need of Rebellion' : Information Clearing House

US Is "More Communist than China": Jim Rogers - Information Clearing House

Palin's hidden base - behind the smarmy smalltown jive ...

First the migrant workers,
Then the independent journalists ...

Socialism for the wealthy, amidst a nation of trailer park serfs...

McCain is swimming with more than Sarah "Barracuda" Palin, he's surrounded by looming national economic and environmental disasters and the very real potential of starting a new Civil War.

The video above makes plain the logical outcome of a concerted three decade insurgent campaign to install a Christian theocratic dictatorship with a pretty face in this country.

Faith-based feeding centers for the weary bankrupt renters...

Or, for those in need of the King's English, "on yer knees you unreconstructed whelp of a whore, pray for your feed."

Ignominy aside, as an intelligent Flyer reader comments, "It will be interesting to see whether the Republicans manage to scare the press away from making this history public. After all, people were interested in seeing what the Mormons believe, during Romney's campaign. ... And Obama's religious beliefs-by-association have certainly been a focus of interest. "

Quick answer to the reader - the cowardly corporate mainstream media will not attack Palin.

In fact, I watched a NBC televised report this morning proclaiming that Gov. Palin kept Alaska as one of the states "with the least restrictions on abortion"

She's just wonderful for those that want to BELIEVE. Amen.

Holy Father as paedophile patriarch, Holy Mary as pregnant teenager, the American empire to end in lunacy.

Here is a link to an article by Bruce Wilson going deeper into her background and large fanatical religious social base in Alaska.

[excerpt] ... Palin and Alaska LT Governor Scott Parnell were publicly blessed, onstage before an estimated crowd of 6,000, through the "laying on of hands" by Wasilla Assembly of God's Head Pastor Ed Kalnins whose sermons espouse such theological concepts as the possession of geographic territories by demonic spirits and the inter-generational transmission of family "curses". ... [end excerpt]

Read more of Wilson's article at AlterNet, but an additional follow-up was received in the Flyer's email box also detailing the growth of the strange weaponized and militia oriented "Joel's Army."

Loosely connected, but relevant (based upon my direct and difficult experiences investigating "pro-life" Kansas Christian militias in the nineties) the recent revelations that the federal government police have failed at curtailing the infiltration of neo-fascists into the military services. It is a short step from worshipping Thor, or Hitler (who considered himself a good Christian) to being a "born again" Christian warrior for an American-style Armageddon. I have ran into, and researched many Kansas and Missouri militia members who became members of overtly U. S. "patriotic" assemblies, usually in the form of peaceable demonstrations outside abortion clinics. In fact, many were in their own words "doing recon" on their "targets."

I know that and a bit more because several were under my employ as agent-informers.

Now why the masochistic and idealistic "Left" hasn't learned to be more systematic about intelligence gathering is beyond me, but suffice it to say, the word "actionable" means more than throwing bottles and smashing windows in today's American police state.

Ironic, what McCain and Bush from their convention pulpits facetiously accusing the Democrat Party of being held hostage by the "angry Left" - the politically polar opposite has been happening at the Republican Party for decades. The Repugnuts have been held hostage to a fascist religious based crusade to make the country into a "Christian Nation" under "God's Law."

Democrats, herding cats for the Pentagon ... Republicans, lipstick makeovers on corporate sharks

The fact is the Republican Party stands to go down in flames with many of it's few remaining spineless moderates jumping ship. Bob Dole being the exception, preferring a blue tab of viagra clenched between his teeth on the deathbed with Lizzie, smiling and hard, ever ready with a short joke before meeting his Maker. A western flatlander Kansan until the bitter end.

The apocalyptic fearful alternative, the Maverick team for the Neocon Predator State "wins" and replaces the faux cowboy Bush regime with a more dangerous sharky regime, launching yet more bankrupting wars for their over-stretched empire, and a domestic fascist corporate energy-centered dictatorship. The failed state of the U. S. republic and possibly the planet will then enter what Derrick Jensen calls "The End Game." (Click for latest live appearence.)

"If Obama wins?" Ask the hair robed and starry eyed optimists amongst us.

A linked article full of dark portent concerning that next catastrophe, in the event of Obama's election is here.

One would think after the many armed standoffs, abortion clinic bombings, religious compound shootouts and outright mega-bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City we would learn of the fully armed and influential might of the spoiled right-wing in this country. Pardon the old racist Dixie Democrat pun but it "will rise again."

If Clinton drove the racist and right-wing militia groups nuts, what do you think Obama's presidency will do?

I have a sinking feeling that in the largely Republican civil and police services from within the federal and state governments many just won't have the heart this time around to enforce the laws concerning the Bill of Rights.

There is no "angry Left" or "armed revolutionary leftists" in this country organized or large enough to hold even a soccer game at a local Unitarian-Universalist Church pot luck picnic.

McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rush "lard butt" Limbaugh, the pack of Wall Street Neocons, every tongue talking preacher pounding the pulpits, every red-baiting sociopath looking for a donation has been running the commie bogeyman for so long and to so many; that the phrase "socialism for the working classes" has been successfully washed from the brains of every Joe Six-Pack and Jill Carb-soaked Heifer in the "working class."

Mention the word "leftist" and the Fox News soaked, country music addled brain goes into televised static without the digital scrambler.

Of course, if McCain is elected "a heart beat away" will be Sarah "Barracuda" Palin, ambitious and ready for Christian "shock troop" deployment. Maybe, we should give away some movies?

That might eventually get those lard ass over weight couch potatoes off their butts and into the streets.

The question will be then, will there be enough of us still "left" to matter?

Either way, no matter which candidate wins, it bodes ill for the empire's confused and media dazzled citizenry of consumers.

My thanks to the readers who provided the many links for this literary hand grenade to lob over the stonewalling careerists' heads. Nuk, nuk, nuk, nuk ....

This Country is Nuts! | This Can't Be Happening!

The Fourth Estate at the Conventions - The Real News Network team arrested at RNC

Sen. McCain, Sen. Roberts speaks against lobbyists.

Who is McCain's top foreign policy advisor?

Monday, September 08, 2008

US aircraft machinists strike Boeing

Palin: The Real `American Taliban' | This Can't Be Happening!

Sarah's shotgun wedding plans for her daughter is shot full of holes. [excerpt] " ... Few real moms or dads in their right mind would try to force a 17-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old boy to get married, simply because they had accidentally conceived a baby. All the odds predict that such parentally imposed pairings are doomed to failure, with much unnecessary trauma and psychic damage to both kids and to their future child along the way. ..." Read more at: This Can't Be Happening!

Ray McGovern: "Storm Troopers at the RNC" - Consortiumnews.com

It is happening here! Read what former CIA analyst and PDB presenter to several presidents, Ray McGovern, has to say of what he witnessed at St. Paul last week. [excerpt] "... Out of the jail came Jason, a well-built young man of about 20 years, who needed help in walking. We talked to Jason a while, and he showed us the seven, yes seven, taser wounds on his body. One, on his left buttock, had released considerable blood, creating a large stain on his pants. ..." Read more at Consortiumnews.com

The War Within - A Secret White House History 2006-2008 - By Bob Woodward

The beginning of a series of articles Woodward prepared prior to the "60 Minutes" interview which aired last Sunday. Also, included primary source material as raw audio of Bush and Woodward included. Start reading here.

"Obama should find his inner Kansan" - The Tilting Yard - WSJ.com

Thomas Frank's column mentions his surprise at running into an old time Republican during his Wichita, Ks book tour. The Tilting Yard - WSJ.com

of the garage: The Case For Violence

Derrick Jensen will be here on Rabble Rouse Radio, Sept. 29 details on the jump off of the garage: The Case For Violence don't miss this one ... when he came on Radio Free Kansas (then it was just called Blue Barn Radio) - the switchboards burned up.

Planning Update — Sept. 3, 2008 « No NBAF in Kansas

Electric Politics | A Manifesto

George Kenney throws down his ideas, read them - there's room for almost everybody and I think it fits with what most us are thinking. [excerpt] "What is to be done? Removing politics to the extent possible from our thoughts, what public policy priorities make sense? Not the small stuff, like health care, trade, regulation, social security, etc., but big things, the meta-policies that carry us forward as a civilization. There are, I think, three issues or perhaps more accurately clusters of issues that we must address. First is to get control of military spending, reducing it promptly by half with an eye towards further cuts. Second is to switch from a carbon economy to clean, renewable energy. And third is to tax the rich severely. If even one of these things cannot be accomplished we risk losing everything. ... " Electric Politics A Manifesto

Friday, September 05, 2008

Antiwar March Ends In Tense Standoff, 396 Arrests | CommonDreams.org

Sen. Pat Roberts refuses statewide debates against Jim Slattery - organizations requested more.

Roberts is gambling you won't know about this and check out the organizations that want more debates, televised and statewide. Click the title line above and find out.

T.G.I.F.: Are you a Red State Rebel?

Listeners from The Netherlands, England, Venezuela, Argentina worldwide on the 'net want to know!

Who, where and how are we rising?
Tonight, Joshua Frank, co-editor of the fantastic book "Red State Rebels: Tales of Grassroots Resistance in the Heartland" (AK Press, 2008) on Radio Free Kansas 1030pm (central) callers welcome 646-716-8652 after 11pm or so ... I'd like to talk to him first.

David Axe: War Is Boring web site

A Scottish reader sent along this forward to help our comradely Kansas ridge runners understand the unfolding and fraudulant "New Cold War" since the Georgia, Russia hostilities. The guest writer at Axe's site is Gordon M. Hahn, "Dr Hahn is author of two well-received books, Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007) and Russia’s Revolution From Above (Transaction, 2002), and numerous articles on Russian politics." Here is an excerpt: The five-day Georgian-Russian saw Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili (pictured) and other Georgian officials waging an aggressive propaganda campaign and, in many ways, a disinformation war in the Western mass media. This media offensive was the result either of a carefully planned disinformation war or a rush by Western governments, mainstream media, and think tanks to get the Georgians’ side of the story and their side only. Either way, the Georgians were able to wage an effective and constant barrage of propaganda and disinformation against the Russians. ... Read more at: War Is Boring

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Michigan man planned to bomb GOP convention, feds say - Deep Background - msnbc.com

Well, there goes the Molotov logo for the RNC Resistance radio link ... I still think the feds went over board busting journalists and local cops firing percussion grenades and smoke bombs into crowds with women and children is dead wrong and a recipe for cooking more hate from 23 year old kids. Here's the lead: "Federal prosecutors today revealed the arrest of a Michigan man who made at least five Molotov cocktails that he planned to throw at the Republican National Convention. He also discussed plans to bomb underground power cables to shut off power to the convention center, according to the Justice Department. The man, 23-year-old Matthew DePalma of Flint, was arrested Saturday in an apartment in South Minneapolis. FBI investigators say they found three completed Molotov cocktails there. And they say he had spent several weeks building explosives and planning a potential attack. ..." Read more about Michigan man planned to bomb GOP convention

Jason Leopold: "Palin's Reformer Myth" - Consortiumnews.com

Forget the internet rumors of nude Palin photos, the trailer park morality of her daughter, or even Sarah's macho obsessed husband - that's all secondary to how she governs. Robert Parry, the investigative journalist who uncovered the secrets around the Iran-contra scandal, sponsors writers, like Jason Leopold with exclusive coverage. Check his web site regularly. [excerpt] In 2002, Palin – still mayor of Wasilla with a population of about 6,700 – ran much of her campaign for lieutenant governor out of Wasilla City Hall on city time, according to documents first obtained in July 2006 by an editor for Voice of the Times newspaper in Anchorage. (I obtained some of those documents from former Wasilla city officials this week.) The documents show that Palin used city computers to manage her campaign and billed taxpayers for mailings, phone calls and literature. ... Read Leopold's latest at: Consortium News

St. Paul Mayor and Media Mum on Journalism Crackdown | CommonDreams.org

[excerpt] The list of those detained ranges from the well-known (Democracy Now's Amy Goodman) and well-established (Associated Press photographer Matt Rourke) -- to the bootstrapping bloggers and video makers who are covering local protests for TheUptake.org, Twin Cities Indymedia, I-Witness and other outlets. Police -- with firearms drawn -- raided a meeting of the video journalists and arrested independent media, bloggers and videomakers. Journalists covering protests have been pointed out by authorities, blasted with tear gas and pepper spray, and brutalized while in custody.
Read more of the Prairie Home Companions to Bush-style fascism.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A candidate ahead of his time. Joad Cressbeckler, Republican, forever.

Podunk Kansas Republicans, Unite!

On Kountry Klub Khristian Republicans:
Why vote fer that sleezy son of an admiral with a saloon doll for a partner?
On domestic policy toward Iranians:
Don't put a bucket over that pig's head, he'll gets skittish?
On East Coast liberals:
Tell it like it is, then shoot'em!
On foreign policy:
America's front porch, first and last!
Visit Presidential Candidate's Joad Cressbeckler's web site.
Fellow Podunk Kansas Republicans, like Phill Kline, this is a man we can support!

Party whores: Sarah Palin’s Big, Sleazy Safari

Greedy Overpopulating Polluters

A reliable example of the "backward libertarianism" as practised by many in Alaska, announced Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, represents "an overwhelmingly Republican majority that wants to squeeze all the cash it can get out of the state before the oil dries up, the fish die out and the wildlife disappears…” Read of just one aspect of the ugly downside of rugged individualism in the once Great North, before savage capitalism took over. Read John Dolan's Big, Sleazy Safari at Thomas Paine's Corner.

C. G. Estabrook: The War Will Go On

Monday, September 01, 2008

Federal Government Involved In Raids On Protesters


(Image tip: a neighbor outside a home being raided in the Twin Cities yesterday. Everybody detained, handcuffed, videotaped - then released. )
The text below reads like a cheap secret political kidnapping from a Third World dictatorship.
"This is Eileen Clancy . . . The house where I-Witness Video
is staying in St. Paul has been surrounded by police. We have locked all the
doors. We have been told that if we leave we will be detained. One of our people
who was caught outside is being detained in handcuffs in front of the house. The
police say that they are waiting to get a search warrant. More than a dozen
police are wielding firearms, including one St. Paul officer with a long gun,
which someone told me is an M-16.
We are suffering a preemptive video
arrest. For those that don't know, I-Witness Video was remarkably successful in
exposing police misconduct and outright perjury by police during the 2004 RNC.
Out of 1800 arrests, at least 400 were overturned based solely on video evidence
which contradicted sworn statements which were fabricated by police officers. It
seems that the house arrest we are now under and the possible threat of the
seizure of our computers and video cameras is a result of the 2004 success. ... "
(linked below)
The Feds aren't crying "our hands are tied" now, how convenient.

All those mandatory college classes cops have to take about the civil rights of citizens and community policing - imposed upon them after decades of abuses in the fifties, sixties and beyond - have vaporized in the forms of "non-lethal" dyed sprays of pepper gas, gas pellet balls, smoke bombs, tazers, database mining, electronic data vaccum sweeps of millions of citizens and then the overt use of blind force. How convenient?
It's time for sweeping up everybody that is even a little off center in their fraudulant "Global War on Terrorism" all for the grand and glorious cause of service to the bloated budgets of the Department of Homeland Security or name any of the generic corporate prison-industrial racketeers, part and parcel of the privatized corporate takeover of America. All done by those once called "peace officers" for the "civil authorities." How convenient?
Say "hello" to the new loyalist Tory robocop. Warrantless seizure of goods, raiding houses with no arrests, journalists roughed up arrested and bloodied ... this is not my 21st century America. It's the idiots' recipe for violent resistance and revolution when peaceful change becomes impossible - to paraphrase Kennedy paraphrasing Ghandi. It wasn't always like this ... just look at the "abortion wars" of the last few decades of the last century.
The religious anti-abortion protesters of the late 20th century in America, many who got away with everyday petty vandalism at abortion clinics, trespassing, stalking nurses and doctors to their homes; and even the few who became arsonists and murderers-at-large (some aided and abetted by a "pro-life" underground as fugitives for years), never had to put up with this blatant daylight fascism as seen in Minneapolis - St. Paul in the last few days. How convenient!
When Clinton was president the secret police were worried about respecting the rights of conservative (many times who were registered God-fearing Republican) anti-women protesters; many times claiming their "hands were tied" against the "domestic terrorists." Many times by cops who were themselves God-fearing Republicans ... How convenient!
Now that Bush has been president (the Great God fearing Decider) the secret police become like the Gestapo, the KGB, just name your totalitarian enforcer, and all for the military industrial racketeers - using such iron fisted tactics on pot-luck vegetarians, non-violent communitarians and anti-war journalists and dissidents. How convenient!
May they break their backs carrying our bodies away.
Hey you cops out there reading this ... shame, shame on your brothers and sisters in this work.
Read Glenn Greenwald's Federal Government Involved In Raids On Protesters and join the Resistance, become a whistle blower - today. Now that's not convenient - but an honorable end to your career.

RIA Novosti - World - U.S. warship met by anti-NATO protests in Ukraine's Sevastopol

"Yankees, Go Home!"
At home, amid the protests at the Twin Cities Republican National Convention, and abroad in the ports of the Black Sea - the military-industrial racketeers are being opposed. BTW what the hell is the United States Coast Guard doing over there patrolling the Black Sea? Maybe a "seal the borders" American can read this at RIA Novosti and tell us.

Democracy Now! Amy Goodman arrested in Twin Cities RNC Protest, released before nightfall.

update | Twin Cities Indymedia - minneapolis - st. paul

[excerpt] police closing bridge to harriet island: city worker says it's to keep protesters out of downtown. ** coldsnap: ~150 people cordoned offby river, app. 50 let go. possibly, out of towners more likely to be targeted. horse, riot, bike cops and coast guard involved. ** 100 people detained by SWAT teams and national guard near or in upper landing park by xcel. ** RUMOR CONTROL: the Coldsnap Legal Office is OK. Twin Cities Indymedia

Twin Cities Indymedia | movement media for minneapolis-st. paul

Live wire media running here ...

Audio of Amy Goodman's Arrest in St. Paul : Indybay

Theuptake :: Summary

Garbled, and technie dominated ... here is a web site covering the RNC protests with a live blog and video camera. Theuptake :: Summary

Democracy Now! | St. Paul Police Conduct Mass Preemptive Raids Ahead of Republican Convention

Outrageous police conduct ... Amy Goodman interviews a former FBI special agent who is detailing the extralegal conduct of local police as it happens ... details still pouring in.

Immigration: Mixed-Race Couples Face Violent Harassment in Pennsylvania Town | AlterNet

Homeland Insecurity in the Twin Cities | Twin Cities Daily Planet | Minneapolis - St. Paul

Unlawful police tactics just before the RNC party starts off in the Twin Cities?

The Associated Press: Russian journalist's funeral turns into a protest

Another Russian province about to explode?

Sen. McCain's staff spurn marching Iraq vets' request to meet.

US to strike Iran in coming weeks : Information Clearing House

A Jerusalem newspaper cites a Dutch newspaper leaking information from their secret police who are pulling agents out of Iran, just in time for the air attacks. Did you get that? Read it and think about why this is coming out ... [excerpt] The Dutch intelligence service, the AIVD, has called off an operation aimed at infiltrating and sabotaging Iran's weapons industry due to an assessment that a US attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is imminent, according to a report in the country's De Telegraaf newspaper on Friday. Read it all at: Information Clearing House - ICH