'The War Is Not Over'

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WASHINGTON - President Bush led the nation on Monday in marking the fifth anniversary of the Sept.

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Patriot Police Chief Being Targeted For Assassination
Chief Mark Kessler: Sparking a Nationwide Resistance among Law Enforcement Officers against the Federal Governments Effort to Disarm the Citizenry
"My friends, there is hope. Law enforcement officers at the local level are making their stand and they want you to be a part of that. While I’ve written on various sheriffs that have made their own stance to protect their citizens from anyone attempting to confiscate guns, I recently ran across Police Chief Mark Kessler of the Gilberton Borough Police Department in Pennsylvania. He wants citizens to join with his police department in building a “reserve force” that will aid his police force should the need arise to resist Federal authorities when it comes to the Second Amendment...."
"Now for those of you who think None has the Right to keep and bear arms I suggest you buy a one way ticket to the nearest dictatorship country!( I hear Cuba is Beautiful all year round! Let me explain to those who really don’t know what the 2nd amendment is really about, First our founding fathers learned from their experiences! coming from a tyrannical dictatorship country that looked down upon the people as peasants, often killing thousands, taking property, raping wives, daughters and much more."
"Our founding fathers came to America to start a new life free form tyranny oppression and dictatorship, to live free and express freedom without reprisals from dictators! They drafted the Constitution specifically adding the 2nd amendment to protect themselves from THE GOVERNMENT! The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or sporting purposes whatsoever! No matter what the CONTROLLED MAIN STREAM MEDIA or the TYRANNICAL politicians tell you! YOU HAVE THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT, YOUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS!(PERIOD) DO YOU GET IT"
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Nothing more than hysterics and grandstanding - what a bunch of troglodytes! We have a constitution and laws in this country and there are very specific processes that go along with it.
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May 5, 2013
 
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News

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Israeli Deceit and Insanity
By Jamal Kanj

February 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - Western media is obsessed with presenting a positive spin on everything related to political development in Israel while trivializing the good and accentuating negative news on Palestine.

Admirably free in all aspects; but when it comes to discussing Israel, Western media loses its spark.

In 2003 the Government of Ariel Sharon effectively rejected the Road Map for peace by adding 14 conditions. Western media downplayed the provisions- rendering the peace plan dead on arrival- emphasizing only on Sharon’s pretense approval.

Now, the same managed media wants the public to believe that Israel’s anti-peace coalition lost seats in current Israeli election.

At first glance, this may appear speciously accurate. But the media fails to impart that the pro-peace camp did not get any new seats.

While Netanyahu may have lost direct party control over some members in the Knesset, the anti-peace camp however did not lose one single seat. For the exact number of seats, 11 went to the far more radical Jewish Home Party.

Israeli voters clearly decided to keep the anti-peace camp in power.

Still, Western media remained sanguine about a new self-proclaimed centrist party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future) for winning 19 seats in the new Knesset.

Ignoring that in 2009 election, another perceived centrist party Kadima won more seats than the Likud party. Yet the anti-peace coalition of rightwing parties- as in recent election- maintained overall majority in the Knesset.

In this election, Kadima was shattered into smithereens, reducing its seats from 28 to 2.

Unlike Kadima who ran on national and peace platform in 2009, Atid ran on popular domestic issues like demanding “equalizing the burden” by ending military service exemption for ultra-Orthodox Israelis.

Even though the new party received more than 55% fewer seats than the anti-peace camp, its leader declared he will not enter into the government unless Netanyahu was serious about peace negotiation.

In reality however and on issues most critical to Palestinians, Yair Lapid the former TV anchorman’s position does not differ much from the current anti peace government.

Under the heading “Lapid's peace-process doublespeak,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote that Atid’s “platform does little to distinguish it from the hawkish agendas.”

His first telling symbolic gesture was to inaugurate his election campaign in the illegal Israeli colony of Ariel.

On occupied East Jerusalem, he believes “we have no existence without (united) Jerusalem.”

He is so far out of touch according to Gershon Baski, an Israeli peace activist, he thinks by taking firm stand, he will “be able to convince the Palestinians to give up Jerusalem.”

According to Alon Pinkas, former Israeli consul general in New York,“Lapid’s position on peace negotiations is too vague” ultimately allowing Netanyahu to blame Palestinians for “demanding a freeze on settlement construction” for his failure to restart peace negotiation.

It is worth mentioning that even Lapid’s professed interest in “peace” is stemming from inhibited racism intended only to preserve an ethnocentric nation that is not “half Arab, half Jewish.”

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May 5, 2013
 
Lapid belongs to the same school of deceptive Israeli leaders claiming support for two state solution and readiness to make “painful sacrifices” while impeding Palestinian statehood by separation walls and illegal “Jewish only” colonies.

Supplanting Hosni Mubarak’s services, Netanyahu is now seeking Jordan’s help for a photo op with the President of Palestine to pre-empt a forthcoming Western peace plan.

The Palestinian Authority must start acting like a recognized nation and not as an observer. Palestinians can’t afford to give Netanyahu more time to disintegrate what remains of Palestine.

With an indifferent world community and absent of tangible Arab support, the state of Palestine can’t afford another dormancy waiting for a new Israeli government or until the West recycle another peace plan for the same Israeli crowd while “Jewish only” colonies are sprouting all over Palestine.

Trying the same over and over again surpasses Einstein’s definition of “insanity.”

Jamal Kanj writes frequently on Arab World issues and the author of “Children of Catastrophe, Journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to America”, Garnet Publishing, UK. Jamal’s articles can be read at www.jamalkanj.com , his email address is jkanj@yahoo.com
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May 6, 2013
 
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Well, apparently you know the rest of us don’t but maybe this will jog your comprehension:
“We will never know true communism, but Marx's grand failure is believing that the state would surrender power to dissolve itself – perhaps Marx was really a comedian?”
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This is disappointing, I always believed Karl Marx was a great philosopher of the international Labor force and generally and unfortunately he still is it! George Bush may have politically spoken been a bad comedian. But Marx??
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May 6, 2013
 
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So in your mind capitalism caused the tsunami? Does that imply that communism caused Chernobyl?
No, Tsunamis are not caused by capitalism, but Abstract Tsunamis may be caused by human political ills. Chernobyl is of course an indirect reaction of the first American Atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The war striken Soviet Union would never have made nuclear AKWs if not in Response to the belligerent USA.
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May 6, 2013
 
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Nothing more than hysterics and grandstanding - what a bunch of troglodytes! We have a constitution and laws in this country and there are very specific processes that go along with it.
...and laws...yet still people die and yet idiots want more regulation...here is one for you...ban limo fires and limos capable of holding more thatn 6 people...now!

A newlywed bride and four of her friends were killed in California on Saturday when the limo they were riding to a bridal shower burst into flames on the San Mateo Bridge, trapping them inside. Four other women and the driver escaped the burning car and survived, but two are still in critical condition in hospital, the San Jose Mercury News reports. It is still not clear what caused the 1999 Lincoln Town Car to catch fire, but the rental company says it is cooperating with authorities.

For unknown reasons, the five women had been unable to escape through the rear doors, and they died as they tried to squeeze through a small window into the driver's compartment, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "This is one of the most horrific things I've seen in 21 years with this office," San Mateo County's medical examiner says. "Looking at it, they were on top of each other and doing what they could to get out." All the victims were nurses. The bride, 31-year-old Neriza Tojas, had been planning to repeat her wedding vows in her native Philippines next month, family members say.
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May 6, 2013
 
henry wrote:
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No, Tsunamis are not caused by capitalism, but Abstract Tsunamis may be caused by human political ills. Chernobyl is of course an indirect reaction of the first American Atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The war striken Soviet Union would never have made nuclear AKWs if not in Response to the belligerent USA.
If that is the case, why did the US have to play catch up in the race to nuclear weapons? And had the russkies or the z-crosses won the race, where would we be at now?
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May 6, 2013
 
henry wrote:
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This is disappointing, I always believed Karl Marx was a great philosopher of the international Labor force and generally and unfortunately he still is it! George Bush may have politically spoken been a bad comedian. But Marx??
Was Karl the older or younger brother of Groucho? I get them mixed up...
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May 6, 2013
 
TODAY'S OBUMBLE FACTOID, a duh huh moment:
Programs designed to help the poor must perennially contend with this awkward fact: We need people who aren't poor to pay for them.
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May 6, 2013
 
Democrats rejoice...

If it's not polite to talk about one's money then Al Gore is in for quite the rude Monday. His riches (which, at an estimated $200 million, definitely qualify as riches) are the subject of both a Bloomberg piece (for which he declined to be interviewed) and a New York magazine profile (for which he sat). Both compare his wealth to that of Mitt Romney (the former says Gore's net worth nears Romney's $250 million; New York says Gore is actually wealthier). The Bloomberg piece delves into the nitty-gritty of that money, tracking Gore from having a net worth of roughly $1.7 million in 1999 (a year in which, it notes, he sold $6,000 worth of cows) to making $100 million in January 2013 alone.

The New York piece takes us inside his "modest" 10,000-square-foot Nashville mansion, in which Steve Fishman sits down to a lunch of vegetable soup and fruit salad (Gore explains he's on a health kick). Highlights:

•Though Fishman acknowledges much of Gore's wealth hails from Internet investments like Apple and Google, he writes that "just as important have been his ventures as a kind of moral entrepreneur." Chief among those, of course, is Current TV. Gore's partner Joel Hyatt admits the two first dismissed eventual buyer Al Jazeera (they "associated it with Islamic propaganda," writes Fishman), but after "three seconds" at the network's Doha HQ, "I saw what you can do if you have the resources," says Hyatt.(Fishman didn't manage to get Gore to comment on criticism of the deal.)
•Still, Gore says his own wealth doesn't matter much to him. "I've never cared that much about making money. I don’t own a plane. I own a houseboat—solar panels all over the top—my redneck yacht."
•On girlfriend Elizabeth Keadle, Gore says, "She has really been wonderful for me. We have a great relationship, for which I thank my lucky stars."
•In his heart, politics still trumps business: "I've never deluded myself. I miss most of all being able to grab the levers and push the buttons and have an impact on policy and lives."
•On Gore's horizon: "Gore tells me of his ambition to have another meeting with Rupert Murdoch," writes Fishman, "to convert him to the [global warming] cause.'There is still hope that he will awaken to the reality of this,' Gore says.'It would make a huge difference if he would.'"
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May 6, 2013
 
The FBI believes it disrupted a terror attack that was still in its "planning stages" when it raided a mobile home in Minnesota, it announced today. Agents descended Friday on the abode of Buford Rogers, 24, and found guns, Molotov cocktails, and what looked like pipe bombs, the AP reports. Had the FBI not acted, there "would have been a localized terror attack, and that's why law enforcement moved quickly," a bureau spokesman said.

The spokesman declined to comment further on the nature or target of the alleged attack. So far, Rogers hasn't been charged with anything terror-related; he's been slapped with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Help me out here, francis...if it is a felony for a felon to be in possession of a firearm that must mean there is a LAW against felons and handguns so how is it possible or even conceivable that this happenned??? Say it ain't so joe...perhaps more laws are needed???
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May 6, 2013
 
MUQ wrote:
Lapid belongs to the same school of deceptive Israeli leaders claiming support for two state solution and readiness to make “painful sacrifices” while impeding Palestinian statehood by separation walls and illegal “Jewish only” colonies.
Supplanting Hosni Mubarak’s services, Netanyahu is now seeking Jordan’s help for a photo op with the President of Palestine to pre-empt a forthcoming Western peace plan.
The Palestinian Authority must start acting like a recognized nation and not as an observer. Palestinians can’t afford to give Netanyahu more time to disintegrate what remains of Palestine.
With an indifferent world community and absent of tangible Arab support, the state of Palestine can’t afford another dormancy waiting for a new Israeli government or until the West recycle another peace plan for the same Israeli crowd while “Jewish only” colonies are sprouting all over Palestine...
Things heating up between Syria and Israel, comrade...how do you see that playing out?
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May 6, 2013
 
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The FBI believes it disrupted a terror attack that was still in its "planning stages" when it raided a mobile home in Minnesota, it announced today. Agents descended Friday on the abode of Buford Rogers, 24, and found guns, Molotov cocktails, and what looked like pipe bombs, the AP reports. Had the FBI not acted, there "would have been a localized terror attack, and that's why law enforcement moved quickly," a bureau spokesman said.
The spokesman declined to comment further on the nature or target of the alleged attack. So far, Rogers hasn't been charged with anything terror-related; he's been slapped with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Help me out here, francis...if it is a felony for a felon to be in possession of a firearm that must mean there is a LAW against felons and handguns so how is it possible or even conceivable that this happenned??? Say it ain't so joe...perhaps more laws are needed???
Huh – the hell are you rambling about?
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May 6, 2013
 
News you will not see or hear on CNN and FOX News

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Why Ecuador Loves Rafael Correa

It's not luck but good financial judgment that has set the president on the path to victory in forthcoming elections

By Mark Weisbrot

February 15, 2013 "Information Clearing House" - Rafael Correa is far ahead of his nearest rival in Sunday's presidential election in Ecuador, and expected to easily win another four-year presidential term. It's not hard to see why.

Unemployment fell to 4.1% by the end of last year – a record low for at least 25 years. Poverty has fallen by 27% since 2006. Public spending on education has more than doubled, in real (inflation-adjusted) terms. Increased healthcare spending has expanded access to medical care, and other social spending has also increased substantially, including a vast expansion of government-subsidised housing credit.

If all that sounds like it must be unsustainable, it's not. Interest payments on Ecuador's public debt are less than 1% of GDP, which is quite small; and the public debt-to-GDP ratio is a modest 25%. The Economist, which doesn't much care for any of the left governments that now govern the vast majority of South America, attributes Correa's success to "a mixture of luck, opportunism and skill". But it was really the skill that made the difference.

Correa may have had luck, but it wasn't good luck: he took office in January of 2007 and the next year Ecuador was one of the hardest hit countries in the hemisphere by the international financial crisis and world recession. That's because it was heavily dependent on remittances from abroad (eg workers in the US and Spain); and oil exports, which made up 62% of export earnings and 34% of government revenue at the time. Oil prices collapsed by 79% in 2008 and remittances also crashed. The combined effect on Ecuador's economy was comparable to the collapse of the US housing bubble, which contributed to the Great Recession.

And Ecuador also had the bad luck of not having its own currency (it had adopted the US dollar in 2000)– which means it couldn't use the exchange rate or the kind of monetary policy that the US Federal Reserve deployed to counteract the recession. But Ecuador navigated the storm with a mild recession that lasted three quarters; a year later it was back at its pre-recession level of output and on its way to the achievements that made Correa one of the most popular presidents in the hemisphere.

How did they do it? Perhaps most important was a large fiscal stimulus in 2009, about 5% of GDP (if only we had done that here in the US). A big part of that was construction, with the government expanding housing credit by $599m in 2009, and continuing large credits through 2011.

But the government also had to reform and re-regulate the financial system. And here it embarked on what is possibly the most comprehensive financial reform of any country in the 21st century. The government took control over the central bank, and forced it to bring back about $2bn of reserves held abroad. This was used by the public banks to make loans for infrastructure, housing, agriculture and other domestic investment.

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Contd.

It put taxes on money leaving the country, and required banks to keep 60% of their liquid assets inside the country. It pushed real interest rates down, while bank taxes were increased. The government renegotiated agreements with foreign oil companies when prices rose. Government revenue rose from 27% of GDP in 2006 to over 40% last year. The Correa administration also increased funding to the "popular and solidarity" part of the financial sector – co-operatives, credit unions and other member-based organisations. Co-op loans tripled in real terms between 2007 and 2012.

The end result of these and other reforms was to move the financial sector toward something that would serve the interests of the public, instead of the other way around (as in the US). To this end, the government also separated the financial sector from the media – the banks had owned most of the major media before Correa was elected – and introduced anti-trust reforms.

Of course, the conventional wisdom is that such "business-unfriendly " practice as renegotiating oil contracts, increasing the size and regulatory authority of government, increasing taxes and placing restrictions on capital movements, is a sure recipe for economic disaster. Ecuador also defaulted on a third of its foreign debt after an international commission found that portion to have been illegally contracted. And the "independence" of the central bank, which Ecuador revoked, is considered sacrosanct by most economists today. But Correa, a PhD economist, knew when it was best to ignore the majority of the profession.

Correa has had some bad press for going against the conventional wisdom and – perhaps worse in the eyes of the business press – succeeding. The worst media assault came when Ecuador offered asylum to WikiLeaks journalist Julian Assange. But here, as with economic policy and financial reform, Correa was right. It was obvious, especially after the UK government made an unprecedented threat to invade Ecuador's embassy, that this was a case of political persecution.

How rare, and refreshing, for a politician to stand firm against such powerful forces – the US and its allies in Europe, and in the international media – for the sake of principle. But Correa's tenacity and courage has served his country well.
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Things heating up between Syria and Israel, comrade...how do you see that playing out?
Just wait and watch.

Israel has "all the support" from All the world's Superpowers.

They have single out Syria alone because no neighbor is strong enough to help Syria.

So the odds are in their favours.

But

If the Syrians do not call for cease fire and continue this fight till either they all die or all Isreali die....there are MORE chances that Isreal will loose.

A country which could not "exterminate and defeat" HAMAS and HIZBOLLAH, how it can defeat Syrian army.

Other nations should wait and watch the outcome and let there be no cease fire and / or intervention, till the issues are settled once and for all.

And THIS time, It is Isreal who has been the aggressor, so they cannot play the "sympathy card" any more!!
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If that is the case, why did the US have to play catch up in the race to nuclear weapons? And had the russkies or the z-crosses won the race, where would we be at now?
Now we have some 500 Nuclear AKWs and Fukushima does not be the last AKW accident in a nuclear Installation. Radiation you know is a silent but efficient killer. It does not hold on national boundaries. For instance cancer is a product of this Radiation. The mainstream press is Holding back with News about that where ever possible.
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Nothing more than hysterics and grandstanding - what a bunch of troglodytes! We have a constitution and laws in this country and there are very specific processes that go along with it.
Yes the "specific processes" not only in this Country are a small group of billionairs which determind really what is going on! For them "constitution and laws" are of no importance at all.
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UidiotRaceMakeWorldPeace wrote:
<quoted text>One is Act or war AND OTHER is natural cause. US hAARP on Japan , as some professional critics even pronounce it get Japanese to rely on US oil export. We all know about communism! but captalistic model can be used for good and evil/bad? If you be so kind to talk about bad side of Capitalistic model , or are you prejudiced?
The only bad side I see is greed and corruption...
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henry wrote:
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Now we have some 500 Nuclear AKWs and Fukushima does not be the last AKW accident in a nuclear Installation. Radiation you know is a silent but efficient killer. It does not hold on national boundaries. For instance cancer is a product of this Radiation. The mainstream press is Holding back with News about that where ever possible.
But radiation is and has always been present, ever before the dawn of the nuclear age...

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