Dienstag, 15. August 2006

Congressman Ney Formally Withdraws From Ohio Race

Bob Ney announced he would withdraw from the race a week ago, citing the strain of an intensifying corruption investigation that had focused for months on his dealings with lobbyists.


Pre-Election Terrorizing

"The Bush administration is a past master at playing politics with terrorism, portraying critics of its various anti-terrorism initiatives as naive or even accusing them, in the words of former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, of giving 'ammunition to America's enemies,'" says the Los Angeles Times.


SEC Caves to Political Pressure Not to Investigate Bush Donors

The chairmen of two Senate committees have written to the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission saying they are troubled by the agency's handling of accusations that political considerations impeded the investigation of a prominent hedge fund, Pequot Capital Management.


Democrats See Security as Key Issue for Fall

Seeking to counter White House efforts to turn the reported terrorist plot in Britain to Republican advantage, Democrats are using the arrests of the suspects to try to show Americans how the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic radicalism and distracted Mr. Bush and the Republican Congress from shoring up security at home. They say they intend to drive that message home as the nation observes the coming anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks.


Hoping for Fear

"All Mr. Bush and his party can do at this point is demonize their opposition," writes Paul Krugman. "My guess is that the public won't go for it, that Americans are fed up with leadership that has nothing to hope for but fear itself.


GOP Backed Voter Suppression

"The efforts of Republican lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana and, most recently, Missouri" writes Jabari Asim, "seemed aimed at making it as difficult to vote beneath our spacious skies as it is in war-torn Third World nations."


The politics of the latest terror scare


Informant: Neo Mulder

Bush administration makes new enemies daily

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland


Jamaat ud Dawa is the perfect example of the type of local and regional insurgent group the United States government continues to add to the U.S. terrorism list in the name of the 'global war on terror.' Yet, because these groups don't start out with an anti-U.S. focus, the U.S. government is endangering its own citizens by making new enemies needlessly. The United States cannot and should not -- for the security of its own people -- help every government put down threats from local insurgents and terrorists. India and Pakistan do need to solve the Kashmir problem, and the United States might even be able to help mediate a settlement, since it now has a loose alliance with both nations. But labeling Kashmiri groups as 'terrorists' does nothing for any future U.S. role as an honest broker in the dispute...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

As government increases in quantity, our lives decrease in quality

Complacency: Enemy of the state

America's Future Foundation
by Michael Brendan Dougherty


'As government increases in quantity, our lives decrease in quality.' That is the thesis of Joel Miller's Size Matters, a book which received too little attention at its release earlier this year and which is perfect reading at a time when our nation's legislators are off Capitol Hill. Size Matters is the most compact and elegant case for libertarian deregulation in the past decade. Regulators and bureaucrats should do everything they can to keep this intellectual product out of the hands of impressionable children -- otherwise they may face unemployment...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

The wrong of "rights"

Frontiers of Freedom
by R. E. Smith, Jr.


It's disturbing to read comments from Americans who display pathetic misunderstanding, ignorance and disregard for the meaning of 'rights.' Claims of 'rights' by various groups and their supporters reflect wants and often illegitimate demands they expect government to impose, rather than the individual rights divinely bestowed as envisioned by our Founders. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in 1775, 'The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for ...' They are etched in our 'human nature, by the hand of divinity itself ...'


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Voters beware GOP terrorism trap

Fox News
by Susan Estrich


This is not about the war in Iraq. It has nothing to do with Joe Lieberman. This is the Republican trap. Don't fall in. 'They have tried to keep it together -- they have to make it one in people's minds in order to cover the strategic error of Iraq,' says James Webb, Democratic Senate candidate from Virginia, and former member of the Reagan administration. From the very beginning, the Republican slip of hand has been to convince people that the war in Iraq was the answer to 9/11. It wasn't. It isn't. It never was. It isn't the answer to British hijackers either. This really has nothing to do with the war in Iraq. It needs to be said over and over...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Here we go again

The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner


Dick Cheney was certainly farsighted when he declared Wednesday that Ned Lamont's victory over Joe Lieberman would comfort 'Al Qaeda types.' Voila! Only a day later, Al Qaeda was revealed as plotting to bring down 10 planes! I thought that was a nice parody line -- until I picked up yesterday's Wall Street Journal. There, editorial page writer Daniel Henninger, in a column headed, 'Democrats Knifed Lieberman on Eve of Airliner Plot,' goes beyond parody. Henninger writes, '[G]etting on a U.S. airliner, who would you rather have in the Senate formulating policy towards this threat -- Ned Lamont or Joe Lieberman?' We will face this story line between now and the November election, and beyond: As the terror threat rises, you can't trust critics of the Bush administration to keep America safe...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

Staatsanwaltschaft prüft SWIFT-Affäre


Being an anti-Bush Democrat not enough to cut it at ballot box


Informant: Pat Elder

Clash of civilizations' or North-South clash?


Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news

Mast rejected in 'Lady Hamilton's garden'

It was the spot where Lady Emma Hamilton is said to have watched for the mast that meant Britain's greatest hero had come home.

But more than 200 years later mobile phone bosses have had their plans turned down for planting a mast of a very different kind in the former garden of Lord Nelson's lover.

Campaigners breathed a sigh of relief when planners rejected O2's bid for a 50ft tower next to Town Quay House, Fareham, where Nelson and Lady Hamilton are rumoured to have met up for romantic encounters.

Councillors decided the tower would have a 'detrimental effect' on the Grade II listed building in Gosport Road, which dates from 1720, with porch columns made of masts from ancient ships.

Eighteen neighbours objected to the mast, including Paul Holland, who has spent tens of thousands of pounds restoring the building.

He said: 'We're delighted. You always expect the mobile phone operators to exercise their clout and get their way.

'I'm sure they'll be back and we'll do battle again, but they should really look at finding somewhere more appropriate.

Cllr Roger Price said: 'We must make sure all our listed buildings are cared for and looked after and not do anything as an authority that doesn't let that happen.'

O2 has said it will appeal against the decision and was determined to install the pole.


14 August 2006

All rights reserved © 2006 Johnston Press Digital Publishing.


Planned Medicaid Cuts Cause Rift With States

The White House is clashing with governors of both parties over a plan to cut Medicaid payments to hospitals and nursing homes that care for millions of low-income people. The National Governors Association said it "would impose a huge financial burden on states" already struggling with explosive growth in health costs.


Governors Oppose Federal Control of Guard

The nation's governors, protesting what they call an unprecedented shift in authority from the states to the federal government, will urge Congress today to block legislation that would allow the president to take control of National Guard forces in the event of a natural disaster or a threat to homeland security.


Lt. Watada's ringing Aug. 12 speech to Veterans for Peace


Video of Lt. Watada's Aug. 12 VFP speech

Informant: jensenmk

From ufpj-news


Ohio Restricting Voters: State Requirements for Voter ID


Informant: ranger116

Panic As Policy


Who's Afraid of Hillary Clinton?


US Warns on India Soft Drinks Ban



Rich Nations under Fire on Pledges to Fight Poverty


Cities, States Aren't Waiting For U.S. Action on Climate


Informant: NHNE

Life and Economics


Neo-conservative arrogance is becoming politically costly for the Republican Party


The US Constitution: Anybody Remember It?


To end all wars we need only love our children and grandchildren more than the state


For GOP, Bad Gets Worse in Northeast

When it comes to President Bush and the Republican Congress, Rep. Jim Gerlach says voters in his suburban Philadelphia district are in a "sour mood." That's why when it comes to his reelection, the two-term incumbent says "the name of the game" is to convince those same voters that he can be independent of his own party. The Iraq war and Bush's low approval ratings have created trouble for Republicans in all regions. But nowhere is the GOP brand more scuffed than in the Northeast, where this year's circumstances are combining with long-term trends to endanger numerous incumbents.


John Dean: The Fast Lane to Fascism

"'How does the Bush administration get away with it?' And: 'How come, no matter what scandal or embarrassment or disaster Bush&Co. get enmeshed in, one third of the population still supports them?' ... With the publication of former White House counsel John W. Dean's compelling new book, 'Conservatives Without Conscience,' we now have more of a framework for understanding what drives the Busheviks, and why so many continue to stand behind them," writes Bernard Weiner.


Bush Pushes Congress to Make Conspiracy a War Crime

Salim Ahmed Hamdan never planted a bomb, never took a hostage, never fired a weapon in anger, and never planned an attack of any kind. What he is alleged to have done, according to his US military commission charge sheet, is work as Osama bin Laden's driver in Afghanistan. So how could military prosecutors at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, charge him with being a terrorist and war criminal? The answer boils down to a single word: conspiracy. The same legal approach that helped put mafia dons, capos, and associates behind bars in America is at the center of US military efforts to prosecute suspected al Qaeda members for war crimes.



Ehren Watada: "Soldiers Can Choose to Stop Fighting"

Dahr Jamail recites and comments on the powerful speech Lt. Ehren Watada presented to the Veterans for Peace National Convention on Saturday: "The only thing Watada said that I would disagree with is that he claimed that he is not a hero. He is a leader, yet again, by taking this stance. Today, it is up to the anti-war movement to make sure his leadership touches as many soldiers' lives in Iraq as possible. As he [Watada] said, if more American soldiers in Iraq know that they, along with their families, will be supported if they stand up against this illegal occupation, countless more will follow, and this repulsive war will end."



Stealing a Nation


Stealing a Nation - Special Report by John Pilger

Video": STEALING A NATION (2004) is an extraordinary film about the plight of people of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late 1960s and early 1970s, to make way for an American military base.



Chertoff Says U.S. Needs More Authority

The nation's chief of homeland security said Sunday that the U.S. should consider reviewing its laws to allow for more electronic surveillance and detention of possible terror suspects, citing last week's foiled plot.


From Information Clearing House

The UK Terror plot: what's really going on?

This is more propaganda than plot.


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