August 3rd, 2008


NY Times Editorial: 'Voters cannot trust the totals reported by electronic voting machines'

NYT Rips Voting Machine Bill

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008


An election reform bill (S. 3212) sponsored by Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinsten and Republican Senator Robert Bennett of Utah was panned by the New York Times this morning in an editorial. The Times says election reform is indeed necessary, but not in the form put forth in this bill. Here’s a quick look at the Times’ POV:

Voters cannot trust the totals reported by electronic voting machines; they are too prone to glitches and too easy to hack. In the last few years, concerned citizens have persuaded states to pass bills requiring electronic voting machines to use paper ballots or produce voter-verifiable paper records of every vote. More than half of the states now have such laws.

There is still a need for a federal law, so voting is reliable in every state. A good law would require that every vote in a federal election produce a voter-verifiable paper record, and it would mandate that the paper records be the official ballots. It would impose careful standards for how these paper ballots must be “audited,” to verify that the tallies on the electronic machines are correct.

For the complete editorial, click here.


U.S. vilifies faithful old ally

August 3, 2008

Bush administration vents against Pakistan's military intelligence for doing its duty -- defending Pakistan


It's blame Pakistan week. As resistance to western occupation of Afghanistan intensifies, the increasingly frustrated Bush administration is venting its anger against Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's military intelligence agency.

The White House leaked claims ISI was in cahoots with pro-Taliban groups in Pakistan's tribal area along the Afghan border.

Pakistan's Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the White House accuses ISI of warning Pashtun tribes of impending U.S. air attacks. President George W. Bush angrily asked Pakistan's visiting Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani, "Who's in charge of ISI?"

In Ottawa, the Harper government dutifully echoed Bush's accusation against Pakistan, including the so far unsubstantiated claim that ISI agents had bombed India's embassy in Kabul.


Armenia Assaulted by Orange Agents: George Soros Style

I wanted to bring this recent event in Armenia to your attention. Please note that the exact event occurred back in March, BUT the struggle in Armenia against these Zionist forces is still continuing today, and politically, the country is still destabilized due to the constant opposition rallies and misinformation that they are spreading through the media (funded by George Soros of course!), which still posses a threat to Armenia's political stability. The reason why I am mentioning Armenia’s failed 'colored revolution' is because after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Zionists have been overthrowing the governments of the newly independent Soviet republics, and so far, Georgia’s ‘Rose Revolution,’ Kyrgyzstan's ‘Tulip Revolution,’ Ukraine's ‘Orange Revolution,’ and the Serbian revolution have all been a success.


On-the-fly Damage Control by AP—Subject: Hamas-Fatah Infighting

Nothing New Under the Sun for the Ministry

At around 1:30 this afternoon, AP released a report titled “Palestinian infighting in Gaza escalates, 4 killed.”

It concluded thus:

Abbas’ troops put on a show of force in Ramallah, marching in formation through the center.

Amir Qimari, 25, a food company employee, watched the military display with dismay.

“This became an oppressive and non-democratic government,” he said of the Western-backed Abbas and his West Bank prime minister, Salam Fayyad. “What they say Hamas is doing in Gaza, they are doing here.”

Security forces also patrolled the halls of Ramallah’s hospital where some of those injured in the rally that was broken up were being treated. The forces prevented reporters from speaking to the injured.
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Barry George, another government frame-up bites the dust

The 'evidence' against Barry George was never compelling. But at the time of the Jill Dando murder on April 26, 1999, one of Tony Blair's wars was well underway. British planes had bombed Radio Television Serbia in Belgrade, killing 16 civilian employees in typical, cowardly, cold-blooded Zionist fashion.

Reporters at the scene said they saw the almost decapitated body of one man dangling from the rubble, and the body of a make-up artist. Another man was trapped between two concrete blocks. Doctors amputated his legs at the site but he later died. [...]


Tony Blair declared the television station to have been a "legitimate target".

A mere three days after the TV station bombing, BBC presenter Jill Dando was forced to the ground and killed with a single shot to the head. The weapon was never found, and the murder bore the hallmarks of a professional contract killing rather than the act of a local oddball and village idiot.


Pelosi's latest excuse for barring impeachment: Bush would never cooperate with his own impeachment

Published 1, August 2, 2008 Bizarre , Congress , Constitutional Law

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued her search for book sales and it seems her search for a plausible rationale for personally blocking any impeachment investigation of President Bush. The latest explanation can in an interview with Time Magazine. It seems that she would not allow an investigation because Bush would never have supplied incriminating evidence against himself. It seems that House investigators rely on the accused to build an impeachment case.

Before moving to the obvious problems with the latest rationale for blocking any impeachment effort for years, it is worth noting that it took the Speaker’s book tour to finally prompt her to answer questions about her decision.

Only last week, Pelosi used the august body of the hosts of The View to reveal her view on impeachment: there is simply no evidence of crimes committed by President Bush, click here.


Anti-'Iran war' rally near White House

Anti-'Iran war' rally near White House
Sun, 03 Aug 2008 10:54:23
Protesters demanded the US stop war plans for Iran.
Anti-war activists have staged a protest in front of the White House against the possibility of an Israel-US war on Iran.

Concerned voters took to the US president backyard and shouted anti-war slogans protesting the US and Israeli threats against Iran.

The protesters chanted Hands off Iran! and Jail to the Chief!. They stopped at Walker's Point, the summer home of President George W. Bush, to tell the president that attacking Iran would cause major economic hardship.

The group, who had gathered from all around the world and all over the country, demanded that the US government pull its war plan for Iran off the table.


US and the MEK: Blurring friends and enemies

Fri, 01 Aug 2008 18:15:55

By Nina Hamedani, Press TV

The United States of America has consistently and historically championed itself as a preeminent nation in the world. However, since recent international and domestic events left the US in a more precarious position, they are desperately making friends with unlikely groups.

Post 9/11 US Befriending the MEK or MKO

President George W. Bush, his administration, and the mass media have carried the banner of an age-old mantra post-September 11, 2001: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Along with this mantra, the aforementioned have also propagated a polarizing theory with public statements declaring, “You're either with us, or against us.” However, political situations are not always so black and white - but neither are friends and enemies.

The relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the US has remained strained since the 1953 British and US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) orchestrated coup d'état of Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddeq, who had aims of nationalizing Iran's oil. Along with the following 1979 Islamic Revolution and ensuing 444-day student takeover of the US embassy in Tehran, Iran and the US continued to grow apart and remain isolated from one another.


Syrian President's Top Aide Assassinated

by Hana Levi Julian

( Syrian President Bashar Assad's top aide and adviser, General Mohammed Suleiman, was assassinated on Friday, according to Arab news sources.

Suleiman, who was also Syria's liaison officer to the Hizbullah terrorist organization in Lebanon, was shot and killed by an unidentified sniper in the Syrian port city of Tartous.

Syrian authorities tried unsuccessfully to prevent publication of the news. The country's Albawaba newspaper, which reported the incident, speculated that Israel might have been behind the killing.


Peace speeches in the air and atrocities on the ground

02 August 2008

Hollow Time

By Uri Avnery

EHUD OLMERT'S resignation speech reached us on our way back from a demonstration.

We were protesting the death of Ahmad Moussa, aged 10, who was murdered during a demonstration against the Separation Fence at Na'ilin village - the fence that robs the village of most of its land in order to give it to the nearby settlement. A soldier aimed and shot the child with live ammunition at close range.

The protesters stood under the windows of the Minister of Defense's apartment in the luxurious Akirov Towers in Tel-Aviv and shouted: "Ehud Barak, Minister of Defense / How many children have you murdered so far?"


Wash Post: Purported 'Anthrax Killer' Had 'No Access to Dry, Powered Anthrax'

BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 8/1/2008

Earlier today we singled out the media's failure to note the purported "liberal" leanings of those targeted by the "Anthrax Killer" (such as two leading Senate Democrats) in their coverage of the reported suicide of suspect Bruce E. Ivins.

Those reports noted that Ivins was soon to be indicted in the case. But was he the one who really dunnit?

A BRAD BLOG reader points us to this curious note, near the end of a late-afternoon story from today's Washington Post coverage, noting that Ivins had "no access to dry, powdered anthrax" at the Fort Detrick lab where he worked [emphasis ours]:

Several scientists who worked with Ivins also question whether he would have had the technical skills to create the sophisticated powder used in the anthrax attack. Creating the kind of highly lethal, easily dispersible powder used in the 2001 attacks requires unique skills not normally associated with vaccine specialists. "He had no access to dry, powdered anthrax, according to Fort Detrick spokespersons, who said that only liquid anthrax was used at the Fort Detrick facility in animal aerosolization experiments," said Meryl Nass, a physician and bioterrorism expert. "If he had


McCain Lied His Way Out of the Keating Five Scandal

McCain’s Keating Five Scandal “Rivals Watergate”

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A 1989 newspaper article written by Tom Fitzpatrick of the Phoenix New Times reflects the anger at the time over the Keating Five Scandal and particularly John McCain’s key role in it.

It it truly amazing that John McCain could manipulate the press and his public image to remain in politics after helping a friend (and more importantly key campaign donor) steal almost $4 billion from investors. This article reveals the early steps McCain took to guarantee his political survival and lay the ground work for a new image that would ultimately become “the Straight Talk Express.”

Fitzpatrick’s article is a must read, and he pokes McCain repeatedly (and deservedly) with the sharp edge of his pen. A few excerpts…


Spotlight on the lesser evil

Israel's legal system has laid the groundwork for an apartheid regime

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Last update - 09:32 03/08/2008

By Gideon Levy

The Olmert affair has come and all but gone. A few more invoices here and some daggers there will be hurled at the hemorrhaging political corpse hanging in the town square, and Ehud Olmert will disappear into the sunset. A hedonistic, spendthrift prime minister, a relatively small-time, corrupt man who, like many others, did not know where to the draw the line between public and private money and who - like many of his colleagues in the upper crust of government - thought that a politician deserves everything, is going home. Olmert and his transgressions will be remembered as a footnote in history.

Contrary to the typically passionate claims of a few self-styled protectors of the law, Olmert's conduct did not for one second endanger the rule of law in Israel; it did not threaten its form of government, nor did it undermine the state's foundations. Far more serious acts of corruption have been committed. Much greater dangers stalk and ultimately threaten the rule of law, and our democracy is fissured and fragile due to other phenomena. It isn't the Rishon Tours affair, nor the house on Cremieux Street, nor the Talanskys of this world, nor the cronyism and patronage in the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry that shape the state's character. On the contrary, the manner in which the relevant instruments of power sprang into action and launched an all-out offensive clearly proves that when it comes to minor corruptible violations, the rule of law is in relatively good shape. The danger we are faced with stems from other, incalculably graver circumstances. Nobody has taken it upon himself to wage a war against these circumstances, because this war demands much more courage.

Like the "investigative journalism" programs we see on television, the self-righteous preoccupy themselves with trifle matters. How great it must be to make a name for yourself as a pursuer of justice as you shine the spotlight of your "investigation" onto a rabbi who got a little too frisky or the mechanic who overcharges his customer. This is a war that is universally satisfying to all sides. After all, who wants to tolerate an adulterous rabbi, a swindling mechanic, or a thief for a prime minister?


Dead Anthrax Scientist Could Not Have Been Attacker, Some Say


Israeli gov't okays first round of bill to collect every citizen's photo and fingerprint

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Last update - 16:21 03/08/2008

By Haaretz Service

The government on Sunday morning approved the first reading of a bill that would create a central database containing every Israeli citizen's fingerprints and photograph.

The Interior Ministry formulated the "ID, travel document and biometric information data base" law, after it had been given the task of creating a database that would contain the pictures and fingerprints.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the law would implement an "unprecedented revolution" in order to combat counterfeiting and improve the service provided to citizens by governmental bodies. He made the comments at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.


McCain, Anthrax and the Afghan Blunder

By Robert Parry

August 3, 2008

The scene of John McCain – during the anthrax attacks in October 2001 – opining to David Letterman that Iraq might be responsible underscores McCain’s central role in what may go down as one of the biggest strategic blunders in U.S. military history, the premature pivot from Afghanistan to Iraq.

Not only has it been clear for many years that McCain’s speculation about Iraq’s role in the anthrax attacks was reckless – made even more apparent by the FBI now pinning the crime on dead U.S. bio-defense scientist Bruce Ivins – but McCain also told Letterman in that Oct. 18, 2001, interview that “the second phase is Iraq.”

In other words, barely a month after the 9/11 attacks and while the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan was still underway, McCain was already eying a war against Iraq.


Palestinian Contras Flee Gaza to the Protection of Israel

IDF allows fleeing Fatah members into Israel

(VIDEO) 180 Fatah members enter country through Nahal Oz terminal after Hamas asserts control in Gaza City stronghold of clan linked to Abbas' faction following fierce clashes; sources in Strip say former Tanzim leader Ahmad Hilles among those allowed entry. Wounded evacuated to Israeli hospitals

Ali Waked

Latest Update: 08.02.08, 23:04 / Israel News

VIDEO - More than 180 Fatah members who fled Gaza City following Hamas' raid on a stronghold of the Hilles clan were allowed to enter Israel through the Nahal Oz terminal after laying down their arms and undergoing an initial interrogation; 22 of those who have entered Israel were injured during the clashes.

Five of the injured were taken to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba for treatment. One of the Palestinians was reportedly in serious condition, while the other two sustained moderate and light wounds. Ten more Palestinians were taken to the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon; one of them was listed in serious condition, and the rest suffered moderate and light wounds.

A number of other injured Palestinians were evacuated to Rehovot's Kaplan Medical Center.


U.S. May Be in `Very Long' Recession, Harvard's Feldstein Says

Royal Bank of Scotland poised for biggest loss in UK banking history
Henry Paulson has lost Control over US Finance, Economy

By Kathleen Hays and Timothy R. Homan

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. may now be in a ``very long'' recession that will drive the unemployment rate higher, with little that the Federal Reserve can do to help, said Harvard University Professor Martin Feldstein.

``I don't see recovery'' on the horizon, Feldstein, who headed the National Bureau of Economic Research until June and serves on the group's recession-dating panel, said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio.

Feldstein said the Fed has already lowered interest rates as much as it can to help growth, and that exports offer the only bright spot, while they aren't strong enough to fuel a recovery. A former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, he also warned that policies proposed by Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, would prolong the downturn.


US Hospitals Privately Deport Immigrants

The New York Times

August 3, 2008

Immigrants Facing Deportation by U.S. Hospitals


JOLOMCÚ, Guatemala — High in the hills of Guatemala, shut inside the one-room house where he spends day and night on a twin bed beneath a seriously outdated calendar, Luis Alberto Jiménez has no idea of the legal battle that swirls around him in the lowlands of Florida.

Shooing away flies and beaming at the tiny, toothless elderly mother who is his sole caregiver, Mr. Jiménez, a knit cap pulled tightly on his head, remains cheerily oblivious that he has come to represent the collision of two deeply flawed American systems, immigration and health care.

Eight years ago, Mr. Jiménez, 35, an illegal immigrant working as a gardener in Stuart, Fla., suffered devastating injuries in a car crash with a drunken Floridian. A community hospital saved his life, twice, and, after failing to find a rehabilitation center willing to accept an uninsured patient, kept him as a ward for years at a cost of $1.5 million.


The Minimum Security Prison of America

Aka "Fun Times at the Canadian Border!"

[The Laptop Story Doesn't Do It Justice: What crossing the border has REALLY turned into]

For those just tuning in here, I live in the state of Michigan. As such, I am surrounded on two sides (north and east, a little south if you want to get trivia-esque) by Canada. While I haven't gone recently (a few years) due to a lack of funds, earlier on this decade I would go to Canada when I had the chance - especially when I spent a couple of years in northern Michigan in the tiny city of Sault Sainte Marie, MI, which is a stone's throw from its twin city of the same name in Canada. The border crossing process had usually been rather simple for me, with the most that I got asked is "Where'd you go? How long were you there? Bringing back lots of money? Alright have a good one." I suppose it was a bit naive of me to think that things would go south in the couple of years since I've been to Canada, especially in lieu of revelations that Homeland Security can take your laptop at the border if they feel like it.

Like most things in life you stay naive of it, happily nested in a world of "it can't/won't happen to me" until - sure enough - it does.

Follow up:

My purpose to travel to Windsor, Ontario, seemed simple and innocent enough: it was a Saturday, I was bored, and I wanted to take some pictures of the Detroit skyline to satisfy my off and on desire to pretend I'm good at taking pictures. Didn't plan on going much of anywhere, buying much of anything, or even being there that long. It was, quite literally, something to do. You know, getting out of the house and all of that good stuff.


38% of Americans Have Trouble Paying For Food

Economy weighs on voters' minds

Democrat Barack Obama fares better than Republican John McCain on this.

Posted August 1, 2008 8:15 AM
Views on economy graph
The Swamp

by Mark Silva

With further evidence here that it's the economy, stupid, that could play a deciding role in the presidential contest, the Pew Research Center has collected some unsettling findings about the mood of the American public:

38 percent of those surveyed say affording the cost of food is becoming a problem.
55 percent say real estate values have slipped.
73 percent say good jobs are scarce locally.
87 percent say who is elected president matters to the economy.


Anti-Zionist Jewish Rabbis protesting against Zionists barbaric demolitions of Palestinian homes


Commenting on the Israeli demolition of a five story home in East Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina which rendered another 70 Palestinians homeless, Rabbi Meir Hirsh, a leading rabbinical figure within the Jerusalem ultra - Orthodox community, of Neturei Karta Palestine, issued the following statement:

“Thus it is precisely because we are Torah believing Jews that we have come here today to protest the destruction and confiscation of individual’s homes in historic Palestine.

"Tragically this is not an isolated incident. Over the years the NaZionists government has plunged itself ever deeper into the abyss of moral blindness, performing acts of senseless cruelty that have only fanned the fires of hate in the Middle East.”



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11:08 am: NY Times Editorial: 'Voters cannot trust the totals reported by electronic voting machines'
11:13 am: U.S. vilifies faithful old ally
11:17 am: Armenia Assaulted by Orange Agents: George Soros Style
11:26 am: On-the-fly Damage Control by AP—Subject: Hamas-Fatah Infighting
11:29 am: Barry George, another government frame-up bites the dust
11:35 am: Pelosi's latest excuse for barring impeachment: Bush would never cooperate with his own impeachment
11:38 am: Anti-'Iran war' rally near White House
11:39 am: US and the MEK: Blurring friends and enemies
11:43 am: Syrian President's Top Aide Assassinated
11:45 am: Peace speeches in the air and atrocities on the ground
11:51 am: Wash Post: Purported 'Anthrax Killer' Had 'No Access to Dry, Powered Anthrax'
11:53 am: McCain Lied His Way Out of the Keating Five Scandal
11:58 am: Spotlight on the lesser evil
12:00 pm: Dead Anthrax Scientist Could Not Have Been Attacker, Some Say - 1 comment
12:05 pm: Video: Iowa citizens attempt to arrest Karl Rove
12:13 pm: Israeli gov't okays first round of bill to collect every citizen's photo and fingerprint
12:15 pm: McCain, Anthrax and the Afghan Blunder
12:46 pm: Palestinian Contras Flee Gaza to the Protection of Israel
12:51 pm: U.S. May Be in `Very Long' Recession, Harvard's Feldstein Says
12:59 pm: US Hospitals Privately Deport Immigrants
01:01 pm: The Minimum Security Prison of America
01:06 pm: Another McCain Brainfart
01:15 pm: 38% of Americans Have Trouble Paying For Food
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Anti-Zionist Jewish Rabbis protesting against Zionists barbaric demolitions of Palestinian homes