Samstag, 18. Oktober 2008

Obama's Legal Team Seeks Special Prosecutor for Voter Registration Probe

Todd Spangler, The Detroit Free Press: "Barack Obama's legal team wants a special prosecutor to determine whether partisan politics is at play in a reported though unconfirmed Justice Department investigation of a voter registration effort which has been the target of numerous complaints of late, including one in Michigan."

Climbing Down the Ladder

Bob Herbert, The New York Times: "While the news media have been focusing on the banks, brokerage houses and mega-millionaires being buffeted by the ill winds of the financial crisis, the millions of lower- and middle-income Americans sinking toward the protracted hell of destitution are getting very little attention."

Wall Street Banks in $70 Billion Staff Payout

Simon Bowers, The Guardian UK: "Financial workers at Wall Street's top banks are to receive pay deals worth more than $70 billion (40 billion pounds), a substantial proportion of which is expected to be paid in discretionary bonuses, for their work so far this year - despite plunging the global financial system into its worst crisis since the 1929 stock market crash, The Guardian has learned."


Boot the Bailout Bums Out

by CJ Graham

Yet another useless, contrived, ineffectual, over processed, and sanitized presidential debate has occurred as what remains of our national wealth smolders in an ash heap on the floor of Wall Street. Once again the topic of the ‘Fat Cat’ bailout was touched on, only briefly, to drive home the point that both ‘Senators,’ running for President, Republican and Democrat, are servants, not of the American people, but of the ‘Gods of Globalism.’ Can you feel the harmony in the......

McCain Takes Dishonorable Turn

Leonard Pitts Jr., The McClatchy Newspapers: "Not to put too fine a point on it, but these are strange days. And it's difficult not to empathize with the Arizona senator, who has spent these last weeks flailing like a man trying to hit a fastball in the dark. His campaign has lurched about looking for ways to connect; the attempt to tie Barack Obama to Ayers, a onetime '60s radical, is among the most desperate and disappointing."

The Torture Time Bomb

Philippe Sands, The Guardian UK: "The Bush administration allowed the US military and the CIA to embrace abusive techniques of interrogation - including waterboarding, in the case of the CIA - which violate the Geneva conventions and the 1984 UN torture convention. The torture issue's cancerous consequences go deep, and will cause headaches for the next president."

Thousands Face Mix-Ups In Voter Registrations

Mary Pat Flaherty, The Washington Post: "The scramble to verify voter registrations is happening as states switch from locally managed lists of voters to statewide databases, a change required by federal law and hailed by many as a more efficient and accurate way to keep lists up to date."

A Mighty Hoax From ACORN Grows

Michael Winship, Truthout: "You see, the ACORN 'election fraud' story is one of those urban legends, like fake moon landings and alligators in the sewers, and it appears three or four weeks before every recent national election with the regularity of the swallows returning to Capistrano."

Justice Department Targets ACORN but Ignores GOP Voter Suppression

Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet: "Partisan considerations still appear to be contributing to the Department of Justice's actions when it comes to enforcing the nation's voting rights laws. With Election Day less than two weeks away, proponents of more tightly regulating the voting process - this time led by congressional Republicans - have gotten their desired response from the nation's guardian of civil rights' laws: a FBI investigation into ACORN, the low-income advocacy coalition that registered 1.3 million new voters in 2008."


Behind The Attack Against ACORN


The right-wing attack against ACORN and its voter registration drive is based on clear falsehoods and is the latest chapter in a history of deliberate voter suppression orchestrated by the right, according to this video released by Brave New Films.


The GOP's Blame-ACORN Game

ACORN Statement on New York Times Article Oct. 24

Many Voters Caught Unawares by Florida's 'No-Match' ID Law

GOP Continues Voter Suppression Campaign While Accusing ACORN of Irregularity

Ending the War Without End

By David Swanson

From ufpj-news

Farmer in Chief

Michael Pollan, The New York Times: "Dear Mr. President-Elect, It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration - the last time high food prices presented a serious political peril."

Need a laugh? Paulson regrets mistakes on economy

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Thursday expressed regret for the many errors made that led to the biggest financial crisis in seven decades, but he insisted the administration is pursuing the correct course now to end the debacle.

From Information Clearing House

Private Military Contractors Writing the News? The Pentagon's Propaganda at Its Worst

Despite reforms, Congress hides $3.5B in defense earmarks: A Seattle Times investigation released Sunday of the 2008 defense bill has found 155 hidden earmarks worth $3.5 billion. House members broke the new rules 110 times by not disclosing who was getting the favors.

From Information Clearing House

America's Coup D'État in the Making

Deception and Self-Deception

By Claes G. Ryn

People of great ambition who want to exercise the power being abdicated by Americans are trying to make us accept and even welcome the final disappearance of American constitutionalism and its culture of modesty and self-restraint.

"The New Kleptocracy": "The largest financial theft in American history"

By Guns & Butter

Economist Dr. Michael Hudson on Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson's "Plan" passed by Congress on October 3, 2008. We discuss what is being purchased, the congressional vote, what this means for the oligarchs, and what this means for the rest of us.

The Bailout: Death of the Dollar

The Bailout: Death of the Dollar, birth of the Amero, and America's Engineered Decline

Why can't phone operators share mast sites? ask angry protesters

Published Date: 17 October 2008

By Robert Collins

Kenilworth residents protesting against a phone mast have called for it to be moved away from homes.

They fear possible health risks for themselves and their children if the 17.4m Vodafone mast is allowed in Caesar Road.

And they believe they have found a more suitable site - on a nearby farm at which there are already two masts.


The Bailout, a Coup?

Stabilizing the Financial Markets and the Economy

These Firefighters Are Pyromaniacs

Them’s Fightin’ Words

Pushing on a String



From APFN daily update

How Crackpot Egalitarianism Caused the Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis

A Gigantic Armed Robbery

What Will It Take for Joe the Plumber to Invest in the Stock Market?

Joe the Outlaw: On the fate of a plumber in a corporatist economy

What Will It Take for Joe the Plumber to Invest in the Stock Market?

Mitte 2009: Rückzug der amerikanischen Soldaten aus irakischen Städten und Dörfern

und Ende 2011 "kompletter Rückzug": SOFA-Positionen zwischen Irak und USA sollen sich annähern.


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