Dienstag, 19. Februar 2008

Albert Howard Petition Appeal N.H. Ballot Law Commission







The Next President Must Reject Torture



Critical Rand Report of US army in Iraq suppressed



The last test of democracy

The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith


Something is deeply wrong with the American political process. That’s the only way to explain why, despite polls showing that 70% of us want the wars in the middle east ended and our troops brought home now, the probable nominees of the ‘major’ political parties are a warmongering lunatic and a ‘peace candidate’ who says he wants to bomb Pakistan...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


A presidency worth celebrating

by Gene Healy


It’s common these days, especially after 9/11, to hear people call the president ‘our commander in chief’ — as if he’s the leader of society as a whole, rather than just the head of the U.S. military. But Washington didn’t go around calling himself everybody’s commander in chief. Most often he referred to himself as merely the ‘chief magistrate.’ And contrary to our contemporary George W., Washington didn’t think his authority as commander in chief meant he could break any law that he thought impinged on his ability to protect national security. Washington even doubted his ‘inherent power’ to launch offensive action against hostile Indian tribes. As he put it in 1793, ‘The constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.’ Nor did Washington believe that it was the chief magistrate’s role to serve as ‘Tribune of the People,’ promising great works, and demanding the power to carry them out...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


If we follow the Constitution, we will defend freedom

Hawaii Reporter
by Ron Paul


You know, it shouldn’t be that difficult to figure out what we should be doing, because we have a lot of problems: we have fiscal problems, we have foreign policy, we have monetary policies, we have deficit problems. And where do they come from? It’s because we don’t follow the rule of law; we don’t follow the Constitution. If we knew and understood and read Article 1, Section 8, believe me this government would be much smaller, we would have a lot less taxes, and we could repeal the 16th amendment and get rid of the income tax...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Bush’s little obstacle

San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll


Let’s talk about police states. That’s always fun. We do not currently have a police state in the United States, in my view (although others may, and do, differ), but we have a tendency. We have an urge. I believe that the urge to adopt a police state can be cured, perhaps through re-education camps and prayer. The imperial presidency of G.W. Bush has long claimed the authority to do pretty much anything it wants, usually in the name of national security. It has also claimed the authority not to tell anybody what it’s doing, also in the name of national security. When you have a government that can do anything and not tell its citizens about it, you have a police state...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Hidden genocide of border controls

Liberty For All
by Starchild


Since September 11, 2001, the United States has become a colder, less hospitable place. Anxious to ease their fears about security, Americans have grown increasingly willing to let people from other countries pay the price. I’m not talking about the tragic killing of civilians in Iraq or Afghanistan, but of something even deadlier: Fearful inhabitants of the ‘home of the brave’ who want to see the borders tightened and fewer people allowed to enter the United States...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Protests greet U.S. war games in the Philippines



Thousands of people protested against U.S. soldiers involved in humanitarian missions in Muslim areas of the southern Philippines on Monday, saying the troops’ presence could be provocative. About 6,000 U.S. troops are taking part in annual training exercises with Philippine troops over two weeks but they will only hold humanitarian missions in the south of the archipelago, where Muslim communities are suspicious of their activities. Zainab Ampatuan, head of the Suara Bangsamoro (Voice of the Moro People) political party, said about 20,000 people gathered in the southern cities of Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and Pikit to protest the presence of U.S. soldiers...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Aging Air Force wants big bucks fix

Port Clinton News Herald


Air Force officials are warning that unless their budget is increased dramatically, and soon, the military’s high-flying branch won’t dominate the skies as it has for decades. After more than six years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Air Force’s aging jet fighters, bombers, cargo aircraft and gunships are at the breaking point, they say, and expensive, ultramodern replacements are needed fast...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

US strikes within Pakistan without notice



Having requested the Pakistani government’s official permission for such strikes on previous occasions, only to be put off or turned down, this time the U.S. spy agency did not seek approval. The government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was notified only as the operation was underway, according to the officials, who insisted on anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivities...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


"Health care" for Native American Women



The ‘Unmarked Grave of Discarded Lies’


Paying Insurgents Not to Fight



The Texas Attack on Ron Paul






Gesundheit geht vor wirtschaftliche Interessen

Raus aus den Schulden: Rezept gesucht


Welches Problem muss gleich nach den Finanzen angepackt werden? Einig waren sich die Kandidaten darin, dass sie dem Bau des Sendemasts, der auf Aldersbacher Gebiet errichtet werden soll, jedoch nur 1,2 Kilometer von Aidenbach entfernt sein wird, kritisch gegenüberstehen. »Gesundheit geht vor wirtschaftliche Interessen«, stellte Obermeier fest. Unterschiedlich ist jedoch die Vorgehensweise. Obermeier will abwarten, ob die Klage des Aldersbacher Bürgermeisters gegen den Sendemast erfolgreich sein wird: »Wir können selbst nichts dagegen tun«. Weidl widersprach und setzte sich dafür ein, die Nachbargemeinde bei ihrer Klage nachhaltig zu unterstützen: »Das hab ich auch bei uns im Marktrat eingebracht - passiert ist nichts!«

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Is The Handwriting On The Wall For America?

by Pastor Chuck Baldwin

The American people cannot trust their government spokesmen--or the media that is entrusted with the task of keeping them honest--to tell them the truth. The dishonesty and duplicity of our political and business leaders have produced an almost universal distrust among the American people. We have been lied to so often that it is hard to remember when we were last told the truth by almost anyone in Washington, D.C., especially at the Executive level.........



A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror


Informant: jensenmk

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Agency Orders Largest Recall of Ground Beef

Andrew Martin of The New York Times reports that "a California meat company on Sunday issued the largest beef recall in history, 143 million pounds, some of which was used in school lunch programs, Department of Agriculture officials announced. The recall by the Westland/Hallmark Meat Company, based in Chino, California, comes after a widening animal-abuse scandal that started after the Humane Society of the United States distributed an undercover video on January 30 that showed workers kicking sick cows and using forklifts and electric shocks to force them to walk. The video raised questions about the safety of the meat, because cows that cannot walk, called downer cows, pose an added risk of diseases, including mad cow disease."



Poverty Is Poison

Paul Krugman writes for The New York Times that "'Poverty in early childhood poisons the brain.' That was the opening of an article in Saturday's Financial Times, summarizing research presented last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As the article explained, neuroscientists have found that 'many children growing up in very poor families with low social status experience unhealthy levels of stress hormones, which impair their neural development.' The effect is to impair language development and memory - and hence the ability to escape poverty - for the rest of the child's life."



Does Ben Bernanke Have to Go?

Truthout's Dean Baker writes: "It is becoming increasing clear that we are facing the worst financial meltdown since the Depression, and Mr. Bernanke was caught asleep at the wheel. We are just at the beginning of the housing crash recession. It will get much worse, as the economists who never saw it coming are now recognizing. There will be many more credit freeze-ups and debt write-downs that are an order of magnitude larger than what we have seen to date. There will be plenty of blame to go around in this story, but it is not too early to start holding people accountable. There was a colossal failure of economic policy, and its perpetrators should not be able to walk away unscathed."



Phone mast fury

by Graeme Murray

HUNDREDS of residents have launched a campaign to stop a 60ft mobile phone mast being built opposite their homes.

Springboig Bowling Club wants to rent part of its site to mobile firm O2 to raise funds for the club.

However, the campaign group has gathered around 200 letters against the mast in Springboig Avenue.

They insist they will block workers from putting up the structure if the mast wins approval from Glasgow City Council planning committee in the next few weeks.


U.S. Credit Markets Collapsing

The U.S. credit markets, the giant growth engine that powers the American economy, are collapsing ... with few credit sectors spared from damage, few investors escaping losses, and little hope of federal action that's quick or strong enough to make a major difference.


From Information Clearing House


Can the U.S. Brace Its Fall? "Is the American era over?"

Last month's image of President George W. Bush imploring King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to increase oil production to boost the battered U.S. economy helped bring home the notion that the commander-in-chief's word no longer serves as an imperial command.


From Information Clearing House


A world free of nuclear weapons, a dream?

Shultz said he thinks nuclear weapons are "immoral." Even in the Cold War when mutual deterrence was believed to have prevented the United States and the Soviet Union from going to war, Shultz said nuclear weapons made him feel uneasy.


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