August 30th, 2008

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The day before McCain's announcement, someone made dozens of edits to Sarah Palin's Wikipedia page

Palin's Wikipedia Entry Gets Overhaul

by Yuki Noguchi

 
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to supporters.
Stephan Savoia

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves to supporters as she is introduced as vice presidential running mate by Republican Sen. John McCain at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 29. AP

All Things Considered, August 29, 2008 · If you happened to check Sarah Palin's Wikipedia entry Thursday, you might have had a good tip about Friday's announcement.

Someone — and apparently it was just one person — felt like the existing biography wasn't appropriate for a vice-presidential candidate.

On Friday, 15 minutes before the rumor that John McCain had picked Palin as his running mate, a Wikipedia editor discovered 30 mostly favorable changes had been made to the Alaska governor's profile.

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Two Years Ago, Sarah Palin Left the Finance of Her Tiny Town In Tatters


Sarah Palin and Wasilla Sports Complex land deal

by xgz

Fri Aug 29, 2008

Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002. Her record during that time can tell us a lot about her. The biggest deal during her tenure is perhaps the construction of the sports complex that was built on someone else's land. She had to raise sales taxes to pay for it. The whole episode of incompetence, arrogance, and lack of respect for the law is exactly the style of governance that we've seen from Bush and co in the past seven years.

The $15 million multi-use indoor ice arena was supposed to be her legacy as the mayor. This was a very big deal for a city that had a budget of $3.9 million in 96 (increased to $5.8 million in 2002). Although the city subsidy has gone down from the initial $600k per year to about $125k per year, the sports complex still does not break even.

The biggest problem, however, was the process of how the land was acquired. The whole thing was handled with exceptional incompetence and arrogance, ultimately costing the city an extra $1.7 million in settlement and court cost for a piece of land that would have costed only $125k if they had handled it right from the beginning in 1998.

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When John McCain started his 2008 presidential campaign Sarah Palin was not yet governor of Alaska

McCain's Been Running Longer Than Palin's Been Governing

by Chris Bowers


Fri Aug 29, 2008

Here is a fun fact: John McCain has been running for President longer than Sarah Palin has been governing. McCain announced his exploratory committee on November 13th, 2006:

McCain to Form Committee To Explore White House Bid

By Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 13, 2006; Page A08


Sen. John McCain of Arizona said he will form an exploratory committee as the first step toward a possible run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008.

Palin took office three weeks later, on December 4th, 2006:

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Palin was very much FOR the “Bridge To Nowhere"


29.08.2008
 
 
 
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?

Republicans have been heavily touting Sarah Palin's reformist credentials, with her supposed opposition to Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" as Exhibit A. But how hard did she really fight the project? Not very, it seems. Here's what she told the Anchorage Daily News on October 22, 2006, during the race for the governor's seat (via Nexis):

5. Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?

Yes. I would like to see Alaska's infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now--while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.

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Blackwater Preparing to Deploy Into Areas Affected by Hurricane Gustav

August 29th, 2008 | by Steve O |

Didn’t we learn our lesson from Hurricane Katrina? Why is our governemnt letting paramilitary forces deploy inside of our country? From Blackwater;

Security for Hurricane Gustav

Blackwater is compiling a list of qualified security personnel for possible deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav.

Applicants must meet all items listed under the respective Officer posting and be US citizens. Contract length is TBD.

Law Enforcement Officers (all criteria must apply)

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Police raid headquarters of RNC protestors

updated 5:38 a.m. EDT, Sat August 30, 2008

Police raid headquarters of RNC protestersStory Highlights
Armed police officers raid rental hall used by group planning RNC protest

Police temporarily detained, photographed 50 people inside building

No word yet as to what police were looking for

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) -- Police raided a rental hall used by a group organizing protests at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday.

The RNC Welcoming Committee, which describes itself as "anarchist/anti-authoritarian," accused St. Paul police of trying to disrupt their protest planned for Monday, the day the GOP convention is set to begin.

While no one was arrested, the group said police temporarily detained and photographed at least 50 people who were inside the building.

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DJ calls cancer survivor a "cancer" on-air. Palin laughs. Twice.

Palin's responses on radio talk show very unbecoming

DAN FAGAN

COMMENT

Published: January 27th, 2008 01:12 AM
Last Modified: January 27th, 2008 01:38 AM

The governor's appearance on KWHL's "The Bob and Mark Show" last week is plain and simple one of the most unprofessional, childish and inexcusable performances I've ever seen from a politician.

Anchorage DJ Bob Lester unleashed a vicious, mean-spirited, poisonous attack on Senate President Lyda Green last week while our governor was live on the air with him.

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Palin's child may be her daughter's?

by Paul Tosone // 14 hours ago Last updated: 35 minutes ago

The nation has been abuzz today with talk of Sarah Palin, John McCain's surprise vice-presidential pick. The internet and news media exploded in the hours following the announcement.

Along with all the stories making their way through the news cycle is one regarding Trig Palin, her youngest child. Apparently, there has been suspicion, some reported through Alaskan media outlets even before the Vice Presidential buzz, that the child actually belongs to her daughter, Bristol Palin. Normally this would be a personal issue, but this becomes a public matter because of Sarah Palin's stance against abortion and birth control, promoting 'abstinence only' beliefs.

The story seems ludicrious, and surely the GOP workers that vetted her would have stopped McCain from choosing her if anything like this were true. Only, now it has come out that Governor Sarah Palin was not vetted properly. The McCain camp states that they didn't feel it was necessary.

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Palin was for Obama before she was against him

Palin on Obama

by Philip Gourevitch


September 8, 2008 : 

Before she was running against him, Sarah Palin—the governor of Alaska and now the Republican candidate for Vice-President of the United States—thought it was pretty neat that Barack Obama was edging ahead of John McCain in her usually solidly red state. After all, she said, Obama’s campaign was using the same sort of language that she had in her gubernatorial race. “The theme of our campaign was ‘new energy,’ ” she said recently. “It was no more status quo, no more politics as usual, it was all about change. So then to see that Obama—literally, part of his campaign uses those themes, even, new energy, change, all that, I think, O.K., well, we were a little bit ahead on that.” She also noted, “Something’s kind of changing here in Alaska, too, for being such a red state on the Presidential level. Obama’s doing just fine in polls up here, which is kind of wigging people out, because they’re saying, ‘This hasn’t happened for decades that in polls the D’ ”—the Democratic candidate—“ ‘is doing just fine.’ To me, that’s indicative, too. It’s the no-more-status-quo, it’s change.”

This was two weeks ago, at the statehouse in Juneau. After persistent reports, in July, that Palin was on McCain’s short list of potential running mates, her name had faded back into obscurity. Nobody in Alaska seemed to take her seriously as a national prospect, and she had shrugged the whole thing off on television, telling CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that, before considering the job, she would want to know “what is it, exactly, that the V.P. does every day.” Now, at the statehouse, she sat, unattended by aides, curled up in a cardigan, and explained that what she had done every day since becoming governor was to stick her thumb in the eye of Alaska’s Republican Party establishment. “The G.O.P. leader of the state—we haven’t spoken since I got elected,” she said.

She went on, “I guess if you take the individual issues, two that I believe would be benchmarks showing whether you’re a hard-core Republican conservative or not, would be: I’m a lifetime member of the N.R.A.—but this is Alaska, who isn’t?—and I am pro-life, absolutely.” She continued, “I guess that puts me in a box of being hard-core Republican.” But she said she recognized that “the Democrats also preach individual freedoms and individual rights, capitalism, free market, let-it-do-its-thing-best, let people keep as much of their money that they earn as possible. And when it comes to, like, the Party machine, no one will accuse me of being partisan.”

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Why CIA Veterans Are Scared of McCain

Washington Dispatch: Four years ago, the candidate called the CIA a "rogue organization"; now he's advised by a former Chalabi promoter and Agency basher. No wonder the spooks are spooked.

By Laura Rozen


August 29, 2008

This is part one of a two-part series on the main presidential candidates' intelligence policies. Next week we'll look at Barack Obama.


Tall, broad-shouldered, mustached, Michael Kostiw looks like the former oilman and CIA case officer in Africa he once was. Now, as Republican staff director for Sen. John McCain on the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, Kostiw, 61, is probably the closest top former CIA official to the Republican presidential candidate, and is discussed as a possible candidate for a senior intelligence position should McCain win the presidency. But his relationship with his former Agency is complex. Standing in his large office in the Senate Russell building on a quiet day during August congressional recess, Kostiw shows off a pair of wooden statuettes that were given to him by an African nation's ambassador—and longtime top official in his country's government—to Washington. The envoy, Kostiw says, is an old contact that he proposed trying to recruit two decades ago when he was a CIA case officer in the country. But his Agency boss at the time waved him off the recruitment, saying, "That guy isn't going anywhere."

It's a small but telling anecdote in an almost two-hour conversation with a man whose career trajectory from CIA Soviet East Europe division operations officer to Texaco oilman to cochair of the International Republican Institute to top Porter Goss and McCain Senate aide may signal what a McCain presidency would mean for the intelligence community—and why many from the CIA are quietly worried about a McCain presidency. The Bush years have been brutal for the CIA, which was pilloried for getting Iraq intelligence wrong while accused of downplaying and withholding intelligence from the White House that would have justified military action. Many current and former US spies expect a McCain administration guided by neoconservatives to treat them with hostility and mistrust. They also say McCain would likely weaken the CIA by giving broad new spying authorities to the Pentagon, which CIA officials believe is more amenable to giving policymakers the intelligence they want, while being subject to less congressional oversight.

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Palin Pick: Putting. Country. Last.

29 Aug 2008

Andrew Sullivan

Think about what the Palin pick really says about how McCain views this campaign and how he views his potential responsibilities in national security.

Think about what it says about the sincerity of McCain's own central criticism of Obama these past two months in foreign affairs.

Think about how he picked a woman to be a heartbeat away from a war presidency who hadn't even thought much, by her own admission, about the Iraq war as late as 2007.

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Leahy to hold hearing on FBI and anthrax, Sept. 17, 9:30am

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If not Ivins ...


NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation” for Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 216 of the Senate Hart Office Building.
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller, III
Director
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Department of Justice
Washington, DC
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Salon Magazine's Glenn Greenwald interviewed FBI critic Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) on August 20.
Excerpt:

"GG: Speaking of that, on August 7th, just a couple weeks ago, you wrote a letter to Attorney General Mukasey, and FBI Director Mueller, in which you stated:

This has been a long investigation, full of missteps and mistakes. There's been too much secrecy up to this point, and it deserves a full and thorough vetting. There are clearly a lot of unanswered questions, and it's time to start a dialog so we get answers.

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Palin Lies About Small Things, Not a Good Sign

Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain's VP Is A Liar & Vogue Cover Model

McCain spent weeks calling Obama a celebrity, but the Republican senator's pick for his running mate was on the cover of Vogue Magazine last February and featured in a photo shoot layout.

But it also turns out, Palin is a liar.

In an interview with the Anchorage Daily News from December talking about the Vogue photo shoot, Palin said, "At first they had me in a bunch of furs," she said. "Yeah, I have furs on my wall, but I don't wear furs."

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Language is a bitch

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Jeffrey Goldberg, a vile ultra-Zionist recently reborn as a pseudo-'lite' for tactical reasons, is angry that Andrew Sullivan was amused by James Wolcott's description of the faults of various possible McCain VP choices, a list which includes calling Eric Cantor an "unregistered Israeli lobbyist". Wolcott is as mainstream an American blogger as there is. Sullivan wouldn't have quoted him unless he found the posting funny. It would not have been funny unless it was true. Of course, the other aspect of it being funny is the shock value: Wolcott broke a taboo by saying what everybody is thinking but nobody can say. Without deigning to name Wolcott, Goldberg calls him a 'Jew-baiter', and scarcastically provides us with a list of dual loyalists.

I have already noted that much of the strength of Zionism comes from its control of language. But language is a bitch. If you try to bend it too much, use it to push too many lies, it rebels, and the language-users get their revenge by pushing back. Wolcott's posting is just the beginning of a trend: the mainstreaming of honest talk about what has been going on in the United States for the past few years. This trend will be reinforced by the fact that we are starting to see a clear reconfiguration of American power alliances (ironically caused by the effects of the over-enthusiam of the dual loyalists). I have no doubt that the slurrers will eventually have their comeuppance, and the series of wars the United States has fought and is being pressed to fight will be known by one and all by their true name, the Wars For The Jews.

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Bob Ney is fresh out of jail and is wondering

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bob Ney is fresh out of jail and is wondering out loud why he, of all the criminals around the Bush Administration and the Republican Party, was one of the few who ended up in the slammer. He suggests it may relate to this old story about the Bush Administration's efforts to bury the peace efforts made by the Iranians to the Bush Administration, efforts made through Farsi-speaking Ney, and efforts which were increasingly embarrassing to the neocons, not to mention out of line with the settler-movement's instructions that Iran should be an American enemy. The Iranian offer appears to have made it as far as Elliot Abram's desk, from where, if you can believe it, it has failed to resurface. You might be forgiven for believing that Abrams was committing treason by failing to inform Rice of an offer that could do the real interests of the United States - as opposed to interests of the settler movement for which Abrams really works - a lot of good. Ney may very well have gone to jail to prevent him from talking about Iran.

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Bush seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war

The New York Times

August 30, 2008

Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror

By ERIC LICHTBLAU


WASHINGTON — Tucked deep into a recent proposal from the Bush administration is a provision that has received almost no public attention, yet in many ways captures one of President Bush’s defining legacies: an affirmation that the United States is still at war with Al Qaeda.

Seven years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Mr. Bush’s advisers assert that many Americans may have forgotten that. So they want Congress to say so and “acknowledge again and explicitly that this nation remains engaged in an armed conflict with Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated organizations, who have already proclaimed themselves at war with us and who are dedicated to the slaughter of Americans.”

The language, part of a proposal for hearing legal appeals from detainees at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, goes beyond political symbolism. Echoing a measure that Congress passed just days after the Sept. 11 attacks, it carries significant legal and public policy implications for Mr. Bush, and potentially his successor, to claim the imprimatur of Congress to use the tools of war, including detention, interrogation and surveillance, against the enemy, legal and political analysts say.

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The Slow Death of Democracy and the Rise of the Corporate Hydra

By Siv O'Neall

Aug 28, 2008

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What has happened to the common sense of Americans? Has it completely gone down the drain with the propaganda of U.S. superiority?

Don't they see the millions and millions of people who have died and are still dying across the world, due to U.S. empire illusions and the firmly established greed and power of the Big Corporations? Don't they see that the lone superpower as a taken-for-granted is a fiction?

Yes, the United States was once a powerful nation, and a nation that people in the world looked up to, but it lost all its good points on the aggressive stand all over the world. Its go-it-alone, we're-the-leaders-of-the-world mentality is the way this 'superpower' has been living it up at least since World War II. The more it has been crushing and killing, the more it has lost its credibility in the world. The more its corporations intruded on the sovereignty of other states, the faster did this country lose its favorable standing in the world.

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Israeli PR fails the “decent, honest and truthful” test

By Stuart Littlewood

29 August 2008

Stuart Littlewood shows how Israeli public relations fodder pumped out in London and Tel Aviv fails a crucial PR test. He argues that, if the Palestinians and other Arab were to get their media act together, they could “make mincemeat” of Israeli propaganda.

When Ron Prosor arrived in London last year to take up his post as Israeli ambassador he was eager to step up public relations. He told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "I'm not afraid to appear anywhere, and there is no platform ... that I will not utilize for PR work."

We are familiar with the usual Israeli PR mantras:

* having to contend with suicide bombers
* how Arafat turned down former prime minister Ehud Barak's so-called 'generous offer' in 2000
* how the Israeli public has moved to the left in recent years whereas Palestinians have moved to the extreme right
* Israel is a democracy under attack
* Jerusalem is the capital of Israel forever
* Israel is against any negotiations with Hamas because it as a terrorist movement.

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Todd Palin, Shadow Governor of Alaska

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McCain Didn't Even Know Palin Before Picking Her

Monegan case clouds governor's bright day...Ex-commissioner brings up undisclosed e-mails that he says mentioned trooper



Shadow Governor?

Coming Thursday: The Shadow Governor

In the aftermath of the Walt Monegan firing, one question keeps surfacing over and over again; why does the governor's husband, Todd Palin appear to hold so much power?

After all, Nancy Murkowski or Susan Knowles were never accused of pressuring a commissioner or inappropriately sitting in on meetings that should have been private.

The stories started last year when Representative Ralph Samuels told me about going into a meeting, he thought would be private, with Governor Sarah Palin. Much to his surprise, Todd Palin was there and proceeded to sit through the entire meeting.

Other lawmakers have shared similar stories and were shocked at how inappropriate Todd's presence was at meetings with the governor. Yesterday on the Dan Fagan Show, Representative Jay Ramras mentioned that Todd was working lawmakers offices during the ACES debate.

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Israelis are really p*ssed off. Their precious Joe Lieberman failed again to make it to VP

Israel twisting US and Europe arms on Iran with 'pre-emptive' strike

Israelis are really pissed off. They are like a wild animal in a cage. Their precious Joe Lieberman failed again to make it to Vice President In spite of his willingness to readily shift from democrat to ‘independent’, to republican or juggler or stripper. Their ‘mighty’ army lost the war in 2006 against Hezbollah and they can’t even face Hamas in poor Gaza. Israelis have been internationally humiliated and are now just seething.   In spite of years of tedious efforts, they can’t convince the crumbling US empire to start their war against Iran. They have even had to watch the US ask Iran for diplomatic negotiations, agree to withdrawal dates from Iraq and approve a new Lebanese Unity government which includes arch-enemy Hezbollah and which protects Iranian-allied Hezbollah’s right to bear arms in defense of Lebanon against any foreign aggression.  

Yes… Israelis and dual-national Israeli/Americans are livid. They are raging and steaming.  They want their precious war.  After all, Israel only thrives on wars and is not used to being on the losing end. 
Too bad. Israel better get used to it.   Georgia or no Georgia, Israel’s fate is sealed. It’s just a matter of time before that “shitty little country” as ambassador Daniel Bernard so well put it, becomes History. 

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AT&T Busted For Fine Print Trickery

Court says mouse print banning class action participation 'unconscionable'

Aug 29 2008 by Karl Bode

Over the past few years a growing number of wireless and broadband ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and T-Mobile come to mind) have been trying to erode your legal rights via fine print. By burying legalese in your contract, carriers attempt to prevent you from participating in class action lawsuits. Instead of allowing you your day in court, the companies require that customers participate in mandatory binding arbitration (an outside the court settlement system where you lose most of the time).

However, these efforts have been having a tough time holding up in court. Carriers faced yet another setback this week when the Washington state Supreme Court upheld an AT&T customer's right to file a class-action lawsuit against AT&T for incorrectly charging him city utility surcharges and "usurious" late fees, according to the Seattle Post Intelligencer. AT&T had argued he couldn't sue because the AT&T mouse print didn't allow it, but Justice Tom Chambers would have none of it:

AT&T's Consumer Services Agreement is substantively unconscionable and therefore unenforceable to the extent that it purports to waive the right to class actions, require confidentiality, shorten the Washington Consumer Protection Act statute of limitations, and limit availability of attorney fees. . . Courts will not be easily deceived by attempts to unilaterally strip away consumer protections and remedies by efforts to cloak the waiver of important rights under an arbitration clause.

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Police sergeant resigns over excessive force (with VIDEO)

See surveillance video of the incident



Incident caught on videotape


August 29, 2008 - 9:28PM

S. Brady Calhoun


Florida Freedom Newspapers

PANAMA CITY BEACH - John Paul Kimbro was falsely arrested, then headlocked, slammed into a wall and punched by a Panama City Beach sergeant when he refused to cooperate with officers, Beach police officials said Friday.

An investigation by Beach police, initiated after Kimbro filed a complaint, resulted in the sergeant's resignation, another officer's reprimand and a suspension for the supervising sergeant, according to Beach police officials.

A video of the Aug. 3 incident in the booking room at the Panama City Beach Police Department shows Sgt. Jimmy Warr slamming Kimbro into a wall, putting him in a headlock on the ground and striking him twice. Although he appears not to move, cooperate or fight Warr on the tape, Warr told officers that Kimbro struck him in the groin.

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AL GOP chief on Palin: 'not prepared to be governor' or vice president or president'

Choice stuns state politicians

By SEAN COCKERHAM and WESLEY LOY


Published: August 29th, 2008 12:50 PM
Last Modified: August 29th, 2008 02:31 AM

John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate stunned and divided Alaska political leaders on Friday. Supporters said she was a shrewd choice, but others argued Palin has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency.

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State Senate President Lyda Green said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news.

"She's not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?" said Green, a Republican from Palin's hometown of Wasilla. "Look at what she's done to this state. What would she do to the nation?"



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Iran Warns Any Attack Would Start 'World War'

30/08/2008

A senior Iranian military commander has warned that any US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic would start a world war, the state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

"Any aggression against Iran will start a world war," deputy chief of staff for defense publicity, Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri, said in a statement carried by the agency.

"The unrestrained greed of the US leadership and global Zionism... is gradually leading the world to the edge of a precipice," Jazayeri said, citing the unrest in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Georgia.

"It is evident that if such a challenge occurs, the fake and artificial regimes will be eliminated before anything," he said, without naming any countries.

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Why do we keep letting the politicians get away with lies?

ndependent.co.uk

Robert Fisk's World

Saturday, 30 August 2008

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But now here comes Israel's environment minister, Gideon Ezra, with an equally huge whopper as he warns of an even bigger, more terrible war should Hizbollah attack Israel again. "During the (2006) war, we considered the possibility of attacking Lebanon's infrastructure but we never (sic) resorted to this option, because we thought at the time that not all the Lebanese were responsible for the Hizbollah attacks... At that time, we had Hizbollah in our sights and not the Lebanese state. But the Hizbollah do not live on the moon, and some (sic) infrastructure was hit." This was a brazen lie. Yet the Americans, who arm Israel, said nothing. The European Union said nothing. No journalistic column pointed out this absolute dishonesty.

Yet why should they when George Bush and Condoleezza Rice announced that there would be peace between Israelis and Palestinians by the end of 2007 – then rolled back the moment Israel decided it didn't like the timetable. Take this week's charade in Jerusalem. The moment Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni announced that "premature" efforts to bridge gaps in the "peace process" could lead to "clashes" (Palestinians, it should be remembered, die in "clashes", Israelis are always "murdered"), my friends in Beirut and I – along with a Jewish friend in London – took bets on when Condi would fall into line. Bingo, this was Her Holiness in Jerusalem last week: "It's extremely important just to keep making forward progress rather than trying prematurely to come to some set of conclusions." "Some set", of course, means "peace"'. Once more, US foreign policy was dictated by Israel. And again, the world remained silent.

So when the world's press announced that Barack Obama's new running mate, the silver-haired Joe Biden, was "an expert in foreign policy", we all waited to be told what this meant. But all we got was a reminder that he had voted for the 2003 Iraq invasion but thought better about it later and was now against the war. Well, Goddam blow me down, that certainly shows experience. But "expertise"? No doubt in government he'll be teemed up with those old pro-Israeli has-beens, Madeleine Albright and Martin Indyk, whose new boss, Obama, virtually elected himself to the Israeli Knesset with his supine performance in Israel during his famous "international" tour...

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Israeli envoy's 'incredible attempt to rewrite history'

"The only puppet master I see from where I am standing is Israel."


The Israeli ambassador is wrong

To blame the humanitarian crisis and the violence in Gaza purely on Hamas is to rewrite history


* Mandy Turner

* guardian.co.uk,
* Friday August 29 2008 14:00 BST

The Israeli ambassador's article yesterday was astonishing in its disregard for the facts. To argue that Israel is not to blame for the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza is an incredible attempt to rewrite history. Israel largely controls the purse strings of the Palestinian Authority, it controls goods and services into and out of the occupied Palestinian territories, and it controls all borders. This was enshrined in the Paris Protocols and the Oslo Accords. The PA was supposed to be the first step towards an independent state. The cruel truth is that it is more akin to a ship in a stormy sea with no engine or navigation tools.

These facts go a long way in explaining why the Palestinian economy has collapsed resulting in widespread poverty, unemployment and social deprivation. The Palestinian Authority is a terminally ill patient kept alive only through the life support machine of international aid, which can be turned off at any point. The sanctions after Hamas was elected in January 2004 merely accelerated these problems.

The civil war between Hamas and Fatah developed in this context. The Hamas coup in June last year was the dramatic climax. Despite accusations of foul play by both parties, those who held Palestine's purse strings - Israel, the donors and the international financial institutions - swiftly took sides and lifted the international boycott on the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, but tightened sanctions against the Hamas-led government in Gaza.

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Obama's Cheney

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August 29, 2008

Is there a curse on the office of the Vice President?

by Justin Raimondo


The office of the Vice President has surely undergone a transformation in recent years: from Dan Quayle to Dick Cheney is a long way to travel. The role of the VP, with Cheney acting as the eminence grise of the Bush regime – and, some would say, the real President – has been amplified to the nth degree, and it looks like the administration of Barack Obama is going to continue this ominous tradition.

Joe Biden on the ticket with Obama, as we said on Monday, is a big victory for the War Party, which will not, as a result, be shut out of power if the Democrats take the White House. Today Biden denounces the Iraq war in passionate language, and yet it seems like only yesterday that he bloviated on the need to invade with equal if not more passion. Indeed, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Biden prevented any and all antiwar voices from being given a podium at the Senate hearings.

Aside from that, however, he was one of the earliest proponents of the "revanchist Russia" meme that glides merrily along on the strength of pure alliteration, and now has gained a lot of momentum since Georgia's invasion of South Ossetia was magically turned into Russia's "invasion" of Georgia. He just couldn't help himself, in his speech to the Democratic convention, in bringing up the alleged Russian "threat":

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Jimmy Carter Conspicuously Absent From Podium

By Brett Lieberman and Nathan Guttman

Thu. Aug 28, 2008

Denver — Former president Jimmy Carter’s controversial views on Israel cost him a place on the podium at the Democratic Party convention in late August, senior Democratic operatives acknowledged to the Forward.

Breaking with the tradition of giving speech time to living former presidents, convention organizers honored Carter with only a short video clip highlighting his work with Hurricane Katrina victims and a brief walk across the Pepsi Center stage.

The sidelining of Carter was driven by recognition in the Obama camp and among Democratic leaders that giving the former president a prominent convention spot might alienate Jewish voters.

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Poll: Palin has lowest approval numbers since Quayle

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Palin dissed veep job

Poll: Voters uncertain on Palin

Updated 2h 1m ago

By Susan Page, USA TODAY

ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin faces a getting-to-know-you process as the Republican vice presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds: Most Americans say they've never heard of her.

There is also wide uncertainty about whether she's qualified to be president. In the poll, taken Friday, 39% say she is ready to serve as president if needed, 33% say she isn't and 29% have no opinion.

That's the lowest vote of confidence in a running mate since the elder George Bush chose then-Indiana senator Dan Quayle to join his ticket in 1988. In comparison, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden was seen as qualified by 57%-18% after Democrat Barack Obama chose him as a running mate last week.

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CRASH THE RNC CONVENTION

CRASH THE CONVENTION

2008 Call to Action

On September 1-4 of 2008, the Republican Party is coming to Minnesota to celebrate their latest conquests in global domination and exploitation. We of the RNC Welcoming Committee want to make sure that this time the fear-mongers will be met with their own biggest fear: people mobilized, organized, and taking the future back into their own hands.

For those of you who abhor the rapid growth of racist militarized borders across stolen lands, the raids and deportations, destruction and commodification of our shared and living earth, police brutality and prison industry, fear propaganda and subjugation, exploitation and robbery of peoples worldwide, and all forms of injustice and oppression - we ask you to be prepared for 2008. This will require new alliances, strong networks, the awakening of those who’ve given up, as well as the mobilization of those who’ve never before taken action. Let’s use this opportunity to make the changes we thirst for manifest and take root before us, making the Republicans/Democrats (whatever you want to call them) obsolete.

Labor Day weekend of 2007, anarchists and anti-authoritarians from across the country gathered in the Twin Cities to develop goals and plans for the RNC 2008. This is what we’ve come up with:

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NEWSWIRE: AUGUST 30, 2008 - CRIMES AND CORRUPTION OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER NEWS

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09:03 am:
The day before McCain's announcement, someone made dozens of edits to Sarah Palin's Wikipedia page
09:06 am:
Two Years Ago, Sarah Palin Left the Finance of Her Tiny Town In Tatters
09:09 am:
When John McCain started his 2008 presidential campaign Sarah Palin was not yet governor of Alaska
09:13 am:
Palin was very much FOR the “Bridge To Nowhere"
09:16 am:
Blackwater Preparing to Deploy Into Areas Affected by Hurricane Gustav
09:18 am:
The Katrina Myth: The truth about a thoroughly unnatural disaster
09:21 am:
Police raid headquarters of RNC protestors
09:26 am:
DJ calls cancer survivor a "cancer" on-air. Palin laughs. Twice.
09:28 am:
Watch McCain while Palin speaks. Is he checking out her tush?
09:33 am:
Palin's child may be her daughter's?
09:35 am:
Palin was for Obama before she was against him
09:38 am:
Why CIA Veterans Are Scared of McCain
09:41 am:
Palin Pick: Putting. Country. Last.
09:45 am:
Leahy to hold hearing on FBI and anthrax, Sept. 17, 9:30am
09:52 am:
Palin Lies About Small Things, Not a Good Sign
11:27 am:
Language is a bitch
11:31 am:
Bob Ney is fresh out of jail and is wondering
11:33 am:
Bush seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war
11:38 am:
The Slow Death of Democracy and the Rise of the Corporate Hydra
11:44 am:
Israeli PR fails the “decent, honest and truthful” test
11:48 am:
Todd Palin, Shadow Governor of Alaska - 1 comment
11:55 am:
Israelis are really p*ssed off. Their precious Joe Lieberman failed again to make it to VP
12:00 pm:
AT&T Busted For Fine Print Trickery
12:02 pm:
Palin makes Bush sound coherent
12:12 pm:
Police sergeant resigns over excessive force (with VIDEO)
12:15 pm:
AL GOP chief on Palin: 'not prepared to be governor' or vice president or president'
12:23 pm:
Iran Warns Any Attack Would Start 'World War'
12:24 pm:
Why do we keep letting the politicians get away with lies?
12:37 pm:
Israeli envoy's 'incredible attempt to rewrite history'
12:40 pm:
Obama's Cheney
01:00 pm:
Jimmy Carter Conspicuously Absent From Podium
01:01 pm:
Poll: Palin has lowest approval numbers since Quayle
01:15 pm:
CRASH THE RNC CONVENTION