Friday, February 29, 2008

Lucky Press Happens To Be In Afghanistan, While Prince Harry Is Serving On The Front Lines

As bullets and missiles fly overhead, Britain's Prince Harry, above, enjoys a laugh as he sits with one of his "mates" from a group of Gurkha soldiers (or maybe an extra from The Wizard Of Oz or Time Bandits). The prince has just fired a machine gun from an observation post in Helmand province, Southern Afghanistan in January. The 23-year-old, an officer in the Household Cavalry regiment, has spent the past 10 weeks secretly serving in the volatile southern province.

While he was secretly serving on the front lines, a camera crew happened to be lost in the area for those exact same 10 weeks of his secret deployment on the front lines, and captured his every move on film. Miraculously, no one in the area, including the film crew, was hurt during this period of time, even though the famous Prince Harry was putting his fellow soldiers and the camera crew unnecessarily in harms way, due to his fame.

The "Drudge Report", a credible American news site, is said to have leaked Prince Harry's "secret" whereabouts on the front lines in Afghanistan. Prince Harry is shown below, playing hacky-sack with Matt Drudge of the "Drudge Report" in Afghanistan....trying their best to avoid mines and enemy fire on the front lines. Matt Drudge to Prince Harry: "Hey, Harry! Pass the hacky-sack ball to ME!"

Below: Prince Harry avoiding mines while riding his motorcycle that happens to be on the front lines in Afghanistan. "Gimme a push, there, Bub!" (Watch out for those mines, Harry!)

Prince Harry tells the Press Association about his mother Princess Diana, an outspoken anti-war activist, "Hopefully she would be proud of me, you know, shooting Arabs 'n stuff. Promoting war, 'n stuff like that."

Now that the story of Prince Harry being on the front lines in Afghanistan is "out in the open", the British Ministry of Propaganda has announced that, even though the heroic prince wants to stay, he must leave due to endangering his fellow soldiers. The other soldiers also wanted to go home because their lives were in danger simply by being there, but the requests were denied. Only Prince Harry can go home.

Below: Prince Harry & the film crew (reflected in his glasses).

Big Dan's Big News Feb 29, 2008, Leap Day Edition

● MSNBC's Dan Abrams continued, for the third day in a row, on the Don Siegelman beat today. The former Democratic Alabama Governor, who still sits in jail pending an appeal for his non-violent crime, is alleged to have been railroaded by Karl Rove and political operatives in the state while running for re-election in 2006.

● Siegelman's daughter accuses judge of delaying appeal


William F. Buckley (bd: the "liberal media" is telling us how "great" William F. Buckley was! And Ronald Reagan, too!):

● William F. Buckley's Legacy: We're Soaking In It. In more concrete terms, Buckley's "respectable conservatism" strives to give more wealth to the wealthy, and more power to the powerful, and a big fat middle finger to everybody else.This agenda is obviously and completely at odds with the desires and needs of at least 99% of the population, so back when America was a democracy, there was no tougher job than making this agenda of greed seem like a "respectable" political "philosophy". And William F. Buckley was better at that job than anyone.

● Nation Mourns Loss of Major Moral Cretin: William F. Buckley.

● Responding to my eulogy to William F. Buckley, some readers noted that Buckley had written a notorious column during the 1980s calling for AIDS victims to be tattooed on their rear ends. For one responder this was eerily reminiscent of Nazi policies.



● Hey Homeowners, Bush Blames You -- Not Iraq -- for Our Tanking Economy! War on Iraq: Five years into Iraq, Bush denies any link between Americans' economic pain and war spending.

● The Cholesterol Con -- Where Were the Doctors? Health and Wellness: For years, medical studies have challenged the efficacy of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Why are we just hearing about this now?

● A company that allegedly produced sub-standard kevlar for battle helmets used by US troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to receive lucrative government contracts, and Congressional oversight committees need to investigate if the company endangered servicemen and women, veterans' and government ethics activists said Thursday.

● More that 900,000 people are currently listed as suspected terrorists on the US government's "do not fly" list, and that number will grow to beyond 1 million by summer, says the American Civil Liberties Union.

● ACLU website launched to track the almost 1 million "terrorist watch" list!

● FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report

● Pelosi Wants Bush Aides Investigated

● Video: Gaza Massacre of Palestinians

● Wired publishes photographs of Abu Ghraib

● WIRED Magazine Publishes Disturbing New Photos From Abu Ghraib (Warning: Graphic Pictures! (bd: Click "next image" above the pictures to leaf through them. Our government is doing this in YOUR name!)



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Grier takes issue with editorial cartoon in The Times Leader

In reference to Mr. Majeski’s editorial cartoon on Feb. 15, to imply that I am preventing conservation in Luzerne County is about as accurate as stating I almost stopped county services late last year.

It is a straw-man argument and a weak one at that. Commissioners Greg Skrepenak and Rose Tucker and Mr. Sam Diaz misled the public regarding the need to borrow excess funds. And at this point, Commissioner Maryanne Petrilla apparently has not taken much time to investigate the bond packages.

Mr. Urban, while vocal when the bond ordinances where passed last November, had the opportunity to file a complaint just as I did, and he did not. If he thought that the bonds were such a bad deal, why did he not get more involved? He had the power and ability to do so and chose not to.

In any event, negotiations between all of the involved parties regarding the purchase of Theta land have not been completed, therefore, it is impossible for me to be holding the deal up. The cartoon is not an expression of opinion, it is a logical fallacy.

Tim Grier's complaint against Luzerne County:

● A proposed ordinance that would place requirements on anyone wanting to stage a protest in the city was not on the agenda Thursday night, but council heard a lot of reasons why the proposal should be dropped. Tim Grier: "Just dump it. Let’s all move on peaceably without having to pay for our rights. If the Secret Service wants this ordinance, tell them no.”

● The teachers called off sick for Thursday classes because they were “ill and demoralized by the treatment they are receiving at the hands of the Scranton Diocese,” according to a union press release.

● Holy Redeemer High School students thinking about staging a walkout in support of teacher efforts to unionize could face disciplinary action, the Diocese of Scranton announced Thursday afternoon.

● The state Department of Public Welfare is investigating the deaths of four children in Luzerne County dating to 2006, including two whose families have been identified as clients of the county’s Children and Youth Services agency.

● Mrs. Big Dan! New Fresh Air Fund leader trying to breathe new life into program


The 3-Trillion Dollar War...and counting...


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

EXCLUSIVE–The Three Trillion Dollar War: Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard

Economist Linda Bilmes on the True Cost of the US Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

One week after President Bush rejected charges the war in Iraq has hurt the US economy, a new book puts a conservative estimate of the war’s cost at $3 trillion so far. In their first national broadcast interview upon their book’s publication, Nobel laureate and former chief World Bank economist, Joseph Stiglitz, and co-author Linda Bilmes of Harvard University say the Bush administration has repeatedly low-balled the cost of the war—and even kept a second set of records hidden from the American public.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 28, 2008

● Rolling Stone Magazine: McCain Resurrected. The Arizona Senator has gone from laughingstock to presumptive nominee by campaigning for World War III. So why do conservatives fear him?

● Obama, McCain trade blows over Iraq

● Key civil rights leader switches support to Obama

● John McCain's 10,000 Years War

FOX Attacks Obama!

Fox is not a credible news outlet and their deception needs to be stopped. will give you the information and tools you need to hit fox where it hurts. The current video presents the erroneous and slanted stories Fox recently ran about Barack Obama. In response, Obama refused to appear on Fox. Watch the video, then follow Obama's lead and... Do Something.



● Soldier admits having himself shot to avoid Iraq return

● ACLU calls out US over 'absurd bloating' of terror watch list

● Civil liberties groups call for end of Wikileaks blackout

● NYTimes Editorial on the Alabama Blackout of 60 Minutes' Report on Don Siegelman. 'It would be deeply troubling if a partisan broadcaster could suppress information on the public airwaves'...

● Merck childhood vaccine linked to more convulsions

● ABC News: 9/11 Redux: 'Thousands of Aliens' in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally. Former FAA Inspector: TSA's Enforcement of Post-9/11 Laws 'Basically Nonexistent'

● FLASHBACK: Five Years Ago, Wolfowitz And Rumsfeld Were ‘Off The Mark’ On Troop Levels

● State Dept. orders another review of troubled Baghdad embassy

● America Loves Peace? Odd, Since We're Always at War. ForeignPolicy: We've been in conflict for about half the period between World War II and the present, but consider ourselves a "peace-loving" nation.

● Carter chides Bush on secrecy in govt.

● What a Choice! Sex with a Sleaze for $100,000 or Writing for Peanuts. Sex and Relationships: Sites like lure young women by offering them far more money than they could get in most professions. What's wrong with this picture?

● L.A. County Registrar Prepares to NOT Count Thousands of 'Double Bubble' Ballots from Super Tuesday's Democratic Primary. New Planned Method for Counting Uncounted Non-Partisan Crossover Ballots, as Proposed by Dean Logan in Response to Sec. of State's Request, Will Needlessly Disenfranchise Thousands of Legal Voters. SoS Bowen Must Intervene Again to Assure All Votes That Can be Counted ARE Counted...


● Today Senator Mike Gravel filed a federal lawsuit against a pro-Hillary 527 political organization, which is running a YouTube ad that, if aired on TV, flagrantly violates the law. The Senator has asked the court to slap a temporary restraining order on this 527 to prevent it from breaking the law with this commercial. This 527 has failed to register with the Federal Election Commission. The law prohibits 527s from distributing ads that use “phrases . . . or individual words, which in context can have no other reasonable meaning than to urge the election . . . of” a particular candidate or “[w]hen taken as a whole and with limited reference to external events, such as the proximity to the election, could only be interpreted by a reasonable person as containing advocacy of the election . . . of” a particular candidate (2 U.S.C. § 431(17)).

Here is the Hillary ad: (h/t tg)

Mike Gravel: Then & Now


Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 27, 2008

● Miami Nuclear Plant Malfunction Causes Statewide Power Outages

● Power restored to parts of Florida after outage

● Relieved Floridians late Tuesday relished the simple pleasure of turning on their televisions and living room lamps, with power restored hours after a massive blackout had darkened millions of homes across the state.



● NEPA Update! The Video From Tim Grier On WYOU Interactive News!

● It took more than six years, but at least one Democrat enlisted after 9/11 by the hard-line neo-conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) seems finally to have caught on to the fact that its agenda is something other than what its name suggests. In a statement released by her office Monday, Democratic consultant and frequent television political commentator Donna Brazile “strongly condemn[ed]” what she called a “misleading and reckless ad campaign” undertaken against 17 Democratic lawmakers by the FDD for their opposition to the Protect America Act and resigned from its Board of Advisers. (z).

● AP: Thousands of Democratic Voters Dumped from NM Voter Rolls After Outsourcing to Failed Voting Machine Company ES&S...

● Davis: DoD General Counsel ‘Leaned On’ Me To Rush Detainee’s Trial Ahead Of Australian Elections

● Taxes or Tolls on the Trans Texas Corridor

● One-tenth of U.S. homeowners hold mortgages that are larger than the worth of their homes, Moody's said Friday.

● While most of us are focused on universal care, the Bush Administration has been incrementally shredding our existing public health safety net in ways that have yet to become apparent. The most recent assault on our public health care infrastructure is escaping the notice of mainstream media and citizen journalists alike, probably because it is not easily explained. I am referring to a proposed set of arcane regulation changes by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) which, if enacted, will result in $15 billion dollars in cuts over five years to service providers. The damage that Bush has not been able to inflict through legislation is now being secretly implemented through an administrative back door. Even if Congress rejects the cuts Bush proposed to public health in his most recent budget, changes in regulations will insure that funding is not available for specific programs and activities.

● The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is taking steps to brace for an increase in failed financial institutions as the nation's housing and credit markets continue to worsen.

● US Military and Clandestine Operations in Foreign Countries - 1798-Present

● The anatomy of an illusion -- and what it tells us about the visual system

● The Nexus of Politics and Terror

● Check Out Frequent BDBB Frequent Commentor BlueBear's Excellent Blog "Lair Of The BlueBear"!

● If You LOVE MUSIC, check out "BlueBear's Music Vault"! BB2 has collected an enormous amount of excellent music videos…ALL IN ONE SPOT! Check it out!


The McBush Watch (I'm putting McCain & Bush articles together, because McCain = Bush! Obama votes the exact opposite of McCain all the time, and McCain votes exactly like Bush wants him to! Wake up! McCain = THIRD BUSH TERM!!!):

● Bush's Top Donors Signing On With McCain

● McCain: ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ If Indicted Congressman Renzi Is Still Part Of My Campaign

● Bush Needs Torture and Terrorism, Scholar Explains. A recent study by the Center for Public Integrity ("False Statements Preceded War", Yahoo! News, January 23, 200, revealed that administration officials from Bush to Cheney to Rice on down the line have lied nearly 1,000 times about the reasons for attacking Iraq. "If Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11 and if Osama had nothing to do with 9/11, then it may be worthwhile to consider who benefited," Fetzer remarked. Using the traditional standards of motive, means, and opportunity, the likely suspects for having committed these atrocities are not 19 Islamic fundamentalists acting under orders from a man in a cave in Afghanistan but elements at the highest levels of the US government and their closest ally in the Middle East. "We might want to consider those who have lied to us."

● Republicans Abroad blast Obama as threat to Israel


The Don Siegelman case: How the Alabama governor was railroaded into jail by Republican misuse of the government system they were running. The Republicans threw a "political prisoner" in jail right here in our own counrty! Just like a 3rd world country!

● '60 Minutes' Expose On The Malicious Prosecution Of Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

● CBS: More Prosecutorial Misconduct in Siegelman Case Alleged

● Parts of "60 Minutes" Broadcast Blocked in Alabama...

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part I

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part II

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part III

● at-Largely by Larisa Alexandrovna, her coverage of Siegelman getting railroaded into jail by the Republican machine in Alabama


MSNBC's "Bush League Justice Series" is about the Don Siegelman case!

Karl Rove MOCKINGLY holding up a "FREE DON SIEGELMAN" banner!


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

Clinton, Obama Hold Final Debate Before Pivotal Votes Next Week

In Cleveland, Ohio, Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred last night over healthcare, NAFTA, the Iraq war, campaign tactics, Louis Farrakhan and other issues in the final debate before next week’s vote in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island. We play excerpts.

DN! transcript or DN! video


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

Holes in the Wall: Texas Border Wall Bypassing Wealthy Residents with Bush Admin Ties

With the Texas Democratic primary and caucus less than a week away, the Bush administration’s plan to build a wall along part of the southern border has suddenly become a campaign issue. After many landowners refused to give over their land for the 18-foot-high wall, the Department of Homeland Security began filing lawsuits against some homeowners. At the same time, the government is leaving large gaps to avoid building the wall on the property of wealthy residents, including those with ties to President Bush.

After many landowners refused to give over their land for the 18-foot-high wall, the Department of Homeland Security began filing lawsuits against some homeowners. At the same time, the government is leaving large gaps to avoid building the wall on the property of wealthy residents, including those with ties to President Bush.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 26, 2008

It is common and appropriate for politicians to dress in native garb out of respect; .............when in Rome.................!

● Hillary Clinton's campaign manager chastised reporters Monday for eagerly following the Drudge Report, and he said the campaign would not investigate whether its staffers sent the site pictures of Barack Obama dressed in native African garments.

(Here we see: Hillary greeting peasants in a Babooshka, Dubya in his "They're always after me Lucky Charms" Mr. Wizard costume, and Bill Clinton arriving from planet Krypton in a SuperMan cape greeting black earthlings.....)

● What Would The Millionaire's Corporate Nazi Media Do...If Hillary or Pelosi Did This?

We can't have them wearing crazy hats like Tim Grier!

(This makes the Addams Family look like "Leave It To Beaver"...YIKES!!! The make-up people must've forgotten to show up for this crew! Trick or treat! It's the Clintons...and Yasser Arafat! 2nd from any candy corn or popcorn balls?)


Other News:

● US Home Foreclosures Soar in January

● Floundering mortage firm cancels lavish retreat

● The steady pounding of a drum outside a courthouse could be heard as trial began for three police detectives charged in the shooting death of an unarmed man on the eve of his wedding.

● The Marine Corps has asked the Pentagon's inspector general to examine allegations that a nearly two-year delay in the fielding of blast-resistant vehicles led to hundreds of combat casualties in Iraq.

● Democrats facing rejection of a proposal to cut off money for the Iraq war are deliberating their next step in trying to rebuild anti-war momentum.

● Anti-War Coalition Launches ‘Iraq/Recession’ Campaign, Tying Cost Of War To The Economy

● McCain Withheld Controversial Abramoff Email

● Shocking Stories About the Forgotten War in Afghanistan. ForeignPolicy: It's easy to forget that the road to Guantánamo began in places like Kandahar and Jalalabad.


● Former Attorney General John Ashcroft has agreed to appear at a federal hearing looking into no-bid contracts he and others received to monitor out-of-court corporate settlements, including a New Jersey deal in which Ashcroft stood to make millions of dollars.

● Over the weekend, the Bush administration went full throttle in attacking Congress for not granting “telecommunications firms immunity from violating federal privacy laws.”

● SMU Profs: Bush Library Will Be A ‘Censored Library’ And Will ‘Cheer-lead’ For The President


NEPA: Be sure to watch local activist Tim Grier on WYOU interactive news tonight on channel 22!

● Update! The Video From Tim Grier On WYOU Interactive News!

● WYOU Interactive TV

● Watch Tim Grier's video explaining his complaint against Luzerne County!
(Who dat? Wit duh hat?)


Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early (thx z & Gort)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 25, 2008

● The Salt Lake Tribune: AFRICOM, the most significant U.S. foreign and military policy innovation you've probably never heard of.

● Bush "Seeks Out Leader Of The African Americans" On 5 Country Tour Of Africa (funny, by Big least I THINK it's funny!)


● Kristol: ‘I Recommend The Politics Of Fear’. Kristol explained that his fear-mongering political strategy would focus on Iran. (bd: What's wrong with this guy?)

● The Scandal That Nearly Destroyed John McCain. Election 2008: Long before the Iseman controversy, John McCain's role in the Keating Five scandal nearly ruined his Senate career.

● Uber-Lobbyist Who Serves As McCain’s Chief Political Adviser Considers McCain His ‘Client’

● The three trillion dollar war. The cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts have grown to staggering proportions

● US Military Deaths in Iraq at 3, 972. As of Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at least 3,972 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes eight military civilians. At least 3,228 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.

● Inside the world of war profiteers. From prostitutes to Super bowl tickets, a federal probe reveals how contractors in Iraq cheated the U.S.

● Cluster Bomb Victims: Real-life stories

● The three-judge panel said makers of herbicides that comprised Agent Orange were protected by the "military contractor defense," which shields independent contractors from liability when fulfilling government procurement contracts.

● 143 Million Pounds of Beef Recalled -- Will the Industry Finally Change? How has the beef industry gotten away with such disregard for animal welfare, human health, and the environment?

● Jon Stewart takes on the 'uncensored' history of the 9/11 Commission

● Tax Resistance -- The Moral and Legal Defense. The law is unambiguous: If you knowingly give assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent the commission of a crime you are liable as an accomplice to that crime. So, when we send Federal taxes off to the state and and we know the money will be used on an illegal war and to pay torturers, and to destroy our Constitution, we are breaking the law and can be held accountable.

● Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Peal Jam have contributed tunes to the anti-war soundtrack for a documentary about a U.S. soldier paralyzed in Iraq.


(bd: Things have calmed down in Iraq...except for Turkey invading Iraq! Crazy ole' Paul Harvey, on the radio this afternoon, said that things have calmed down in Iraq...except the fighting between the Turks and the Kurds. That's like saying, "Things are calm in the United States...except Japan and the Californians are fighting."

Dear senile ole' Paul Harvey: The Turks are from Turkey; the Kurds are from Iraq. Turkey invaded Iraq! Stick to your LifeLock & WalGreen commercials, which you read as if it's "news". "Page 3, did you shop at WalGreen's today?" "Page 4, get LifeLock or someone's gonna steal your identity")

Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

U.S.-Backed Turkish Invasion of Northern Iraq Continues

On Thursday, thousands of Turkish troops, backed by air support, launched the largest cross-border ground offensive into Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein. The Turkish government accuses the Kurdistan Worker’s party, or PKK, of using northern Iraq as a base to launch attacks inside Turkey. Turkey has been relying largely on intelligence and weapons provided by Washington.

DN! transcript or DN! video


The Don Siegelman case: How the Alabama governor was railroaded into jail by Republican misuse of the government system they were running.

Please, at least watch the short YouTube trailer!

● '60 Minutes' Expose On The Malicious Prosecution Of Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

● CBS: More Prosecutorial Misconduct in Siegelman Case Alleged

● Parts of "60 Minutes" Broadcast Blocked in Alabama...

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part I

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part II

● The Permanent Republican Majority Part III

● at-Largely by Larisa Alexandrovna, her coverage of Siegelman getting railroaded into jail by the Republican machine in Alabama

Watch this! The short '60 Minutes' trailer of how Rove/Republican Machine misued their powers to railroad Alabama governor Siegelman into jail. THIS WILL SEND A CHILL DOWN YOUR SPINE!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 24, 2008

● Mrs. Big Dan...BACK IN ACTION! WITH THE FRESH AIR FUND OF NEPA! (...with her helper Big Dan...) The last time Karin Spak chaired the local Fresh Air Fund effort, she did much of the work from bed, battling breast cancer (click here).



● BILL MOYERS JOURNAL and the PBS series EXPOSÉ: AMERICA'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS offer a hard and fresh look at how earmarks really work.

● Bev Harris/ Recently got back from a second tour of duty in New Hampshire. It was warranted, and even more disturbing than the first trip.

● Democratic Party Insiders, Mainstream Media - Rather Than Voters - Select Florida Congressional Candidate. DCCC and Local TV Outlet Declare Nominee in 24th Congressional District Race Before a Single Vote Has Been Cast...

● Daily Kos Front-Pagers Now Turn Sights on David Sirota. Bizarre Assault on Progressive Voices From Largest Theoretically-Progressive Blogsite Remains a Seemingly Self-Defeating Mystery...

● Narco Aggression: Russia accuses the U.S. military of involvement in drug traffic out of Afghanistan

● The U.S Financial System, the Debt Bubble and the Cancer of Excessive Deregulation

● Potential Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods

● Housing Rut Derails Host Of Dependents. Providers of Niche Services Face Their Own Struggles in Market Slump


What is REALLY going on with Kosovo's "declaration of independence"???

● Kosovo & Oil: Note that the first nation to unilaterally recognise Kosovo was the US - and this was in order to ensure ALBANIA remains a puppet of the US Corporatocracy.

● NATO's Reign of Terror in Kosovo

● The declaration of the "independence" of Kosovo is, first and foremost, a vast step forward for one of the pet projects of the U.S. in the Balkans, the creation of a "Greater Albania." This fact is so tangible, so concrete that when Martti Ahtisaari, the Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN), in a report he submitted in spring 2007 after two years of negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia had reached a deadlock, recommended the "independence" of Kosovo, he had to qualify this by a special formula, "supervised independence." And against what would the "independence" of Kosovo be "supervised"? Why, the first precondition that Ahtisaari had to propose was to rule out unification with Albania! The mere imposition of this qualification demonstrates, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the real aspiration of the Albanians of Kosovo (and of the U.S.) is the creation of a "Greater Albania" through unification with the present state of Albania. Hence, the "independence" of Kosovo is sham independence.

● Potential Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods



● False Flag Prospects, 2008 -- Top Three US Target Cities; The easiest way to carry out a false flag attack is by setting up a military exercise that simulates the very attack you want to carry out. As I'll detail below, this is exactly how government perpetrators in the US and UK handled the 9/11 and 7/7 "terror" attacks, which were in reality government attacks blamed on "terrorists."

● Bush's approval rating of some 18 percent (give or take a gopper) approaches zero. We're talking black holes and singularities here. This historic plunge is traced to numerous hoaxes Bush pulled on the American people: Iraq, the economy, a phony war on 'tehrruh', the GOPs elitist agenda. Bush has gotten away with it because the GOP are trained to believe whatever is repeated three times. Lately, Bush followers have surpassed the high standards of Lewis Carroll, believing "as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Among them is Bush's 'official conspiracy theory' of 911.

● There is one thing that defines everyone over the course of these early years of this new century. That thing is the 9/11 attack. Everyone in government and every field of endeavor the world over is defined by their position on this event. It is not necessary to know the truth. It is only necessary to know the extent of the lies in order to define any leader in any position anywhere in the world. By what they have said and by what they have not said, one can accurately judge who is an enemy of the people's of the world. One can accurately determine who is a tool of the psychopaths or one of them.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 23, 2008

● Police concerned about order to stop weapons screening at Obama rally (bd: we have the local police saying that something was fishy in Dallas, the home of the JFK assassination...)

● Secret Service defends security at Obama rally in Dallas (bd: ...and then the next day the FEDS say 'nothing was wrong'! With ridiculous statements like some guy emailed them and said nothing was wrong! Oh! That's proof that nothing was fishy here!)

● A police motorcycle officer died after a crash while escorting Hillary Rodham Clinton's motorcade to a campaign rally. (bd: ...and isn't THIS weird: Dallas police officer killed while escorting Hillary! wtf????????).


● Prosecutors argued Friday that Sen. Larry Craig's appeal misinterprets the disorderly conduct law and his guilty plea in a bathroom sex sting should stand.

● GOP Congressman indicted for extortion, money laundering

● U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's comment that going to war in Iraq was "probably a mistake" represents a significant departure from where the Oklahoma Republican started out on the 5-year-old conflict.


The McCain Watch:

● Top McCain defender's firm prepped Blackwater for congressional probe

● McCain says his lobbyists are 'honorable,' but they don't work for 'legitimate' causes he picks

● The Real McCain: Senator Gets Millions from Lobbyist "Friends" [VIDEO] Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films. Video: The truth is that he's the DC lobbyists' loyal lapdog.

● The REAL (click here)


● The U.S. Attorney Purge scandal still ranks, in my estimation, as the key to unlocking almost every other unprecedented domestic (and perhaps even foreign) criminal abuse of power by the White House. The matter strikes at the very heart of the dirty dealings by all of the President's men and, if it were to ever be fully cracked open, would likely display the totality of the blood and guts of the Administration's highly illegal, fully politicized takeover and wholesale abuse of the U.S. criminal justice system.

● HBO Agrees To Air ‘Taxi To The Dark Side’ After Discovery Drops It For Being Too ‘Controversial’

● A woman who had her medical coverage canceled as she was undergoing treatment for breast cancer has been awarded more than $9 million in a case against one of California's largest health insurers.

(bd: kooky rightwing FREAK Mary Matalin gets out of her coffin she's co-habitating with Bob Novak, to say, contrary to scientists worldwide, ...) Matalin On Global Warming: ‘A Largely Unscientific Hoax,’ A ‘Political Concoction’

● California corrections officials on Friday said they are investigating whether guards at a Southern California prison improperly watched video of female inmates being strip-searched.

● Olbermann not amused by Rove's quip about 9/11

● Was a Colonel's Death in Iraq Something More Sinister Than Suicide?. War on Iraq: New questions surround the highest ranking officer to die in Iraq.

● Empire and Burlesque: Permanent Bases Rise While Public Gawks at Geeks; U.S. Army Central is establishing a permanent platform for “full spectrum operations” in 27 countries around southwest Asia and the Middle East, its commander says.

● NEPA: Grier offers to drop challenge. W-B resident wants county commissioners to specify how $93.5 million will be spent. (bd: Why aren't the Luzerne County Commissioners specifying how the $93.5 million will be spent? And why aren't the local papers and talk shows asking the commissioners why they aren't specifying how they are spending the $93.5 million?

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 22, 2008

● DALLAS -- Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena. (bd: WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??? Dallas TX is where JFK got shot! You'd think they'd be extra-secure!).


(bd: In other news...) Turkey army launches land offensive into Iraq (TURKEY INVADED IRAQ??? WHAT IS GOING ON ???)

● When Change Is Not Enough: Seven Steps to Revolution. Democracy and Elections: If history is any indication, we may already be on the road to violent revolution. Conservatives finally created enough misery to make it possible.

● CBS seeks to quash subpoena for unaired interview of Marine squad leader in Haditha shootings

● Congressional Republicans boycotted a meeting Thursday that was supposed to begin negotiations over how to reconcile differences between the House and Senate version of bills expanding the government's powers to wiretap inside the United States without court orders. Democrats said they were meeting in good faith to work out differences in the new spying authorities and whether to give amnesty to telecoms that helped the Bush Administration spy on Americans and foreigners, using wiretaps inside the United States without court approval.

● BRAD BLOG: We're pleased to offer you another excuse to go out and buy Hustler again this month. You're welcome. The April 2008 issue (on stands only through the beginning of March, or so) features an exposé on criminal voter fraud felon, Ann Coulter, as penned by yours truly.

● Video: RFK Jr. Interviews Election Official/Election Integrity Hero Ion Sancho. Note to Daily Kos Gatekeepers: Ban Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Immediately!!!

● Prodded in part by some of the nation’s biggest banks, the Bush administration and Congress are considering costly new proposals for the government to rescue hundreds of thousands of homeowners whose mortgages are higher than the value of their houses. Not since the Depression has a larger share of Americans owed more on their homes than they are worth. With the collapse of the housing boom, nearly 8.8 million homeowners, or 10.3 percent of the total, are underwater. That is more than double the percentage just a year ago, according to a new estimate of the damage by Moody’s


● The Anti-Lobbyist, John "Maverick" McCain, Is Being Advised by Lobbyists!!!

(...the "Maverick" is shown on right...)

● McCain Campaign Cites McCain’s Lawyer As An ‘Objective Observer’ To Vouch For McCain!!!

● McCain: ‘I’m The Only Candidate That The Special Interests Don’t Give Money To’ …BUT YET…TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!!

● McCain Torture Endorsement Lost Amid Media Sex Scandal Frenzy. MediaCulture: The media missed a damning story that has actual implications for American democracy.


● Texans protest against planned NAFTA superhighway

● The original "you can leave your hat on" story, before I pilfered my own story and applied it to TG!


● Facing Public Pressure, Bush Administration Will Continue Site Tracking U.S. Economic Indicators. On Feb. 13, ThinkProgress reported that facing a faltering U.S. economy, the Bush administration was attempting to hide economic data by shutting down the award-winning website Yet recently, the Bush administration announced the site would be shut down on March 1 because of “budgetary constraints“

● Hillary Rodham Clinton accused presidential rival Barack Obama of political plagiarism Thursday night, but drew boos from a Democratic debate audience when she ridiculed him as the candidate of ''change you can Xerox.''.

● Federal agents are investigating whether former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott knowingly played a role in an alleged conspiracy in 2006 to influence a Mississippi judge presiding over a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against famed plaintiff attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, according to people familiar with the situation.

● A former Republican campaign worker claims that President Bush's former top political adviser, Karl Rove, asked her to find evidence that the Democratic governor of Alabama at the time was cheating on his wife, according to an upcoming broadcast of ''60 Minutes.''.

● A federal judge on Thursday acquitted a former Republican Party official accused of taking part in a plot to jam state Democratic Party phone lines on Election Day 2002.

● Angry Serbs broke into the U.S. Embassy and set fire to an office Thursday night as rioters rampaged through Belgrade's streets, putting an exclamation point of violence to a day of mass protest against Western support for an independent Kosovo.

● Inspectors Say Meat Safety Is Threatened. Sometimes, government inspectors responsible for examining slaughterhouse cattle for mad cow disease and other ills are so short-staffed that they find themselves peering down from catwalks at hundreds of animals at once, looking for such telltale signs as droopy ears, stumbling gait and facial paralysis.

● Japan's defense minister warned Friday that further sex assaults by U.S. troops in Japan could shake the two countries' alliance, while reports said the Japanese government will install surveillance cameras around U.S. military bases to deter crime.

● An Army officer no longer faces a military trial on charges of lying to investigators about when he last spoke with a soldier found dead after disappearing during a training exercise.

● Scam Bilked Calif. Seniors Out of $190M. William Miller dreamed of traveling to Italy with his wife and fixing up their modest house with the money he saved while working for 36 years for Chevron Corp.

● Ahead of a crucial report on Iran's nuclear activities Friday, Washington has given the U.N. nuclear watchdog more information on what it says were Tehran's attempts to make atomic weapons -- but much of it is of doubtful value, diplomats said.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Big Dan's Big News Feb 21, 2008

● Worse than Watergate: Bush scores lowest presidential approval rating EVER!

● Bush approval rating hits all-time low 19%!!!

The George W Bush Presidential Library is now in the planning stages. You'll want to be the first at your corporation to make a contribution to this great man's legacy.

The Library will include:

The Hurricane Katrina Room, which is still under construction.

The Alberto Gonzales Room, where you can't remember anything.

The Texas Air National Guard Room, where you don't have to even show up.

The Walter Reed Hospital Room, where they don't let you in.

The Guantanamo Bay Room, where they don't let you out.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Room (which no one has been able to find).

The Iraq War Room. After you complete your first tour, they make you go back for a second, third, fourth, and sometimes fifth tour.

The Dick Cheney Room, in the famous undisclosed location, complete with shooting gallery.

Plans also include:
The K-Street Project Gift Shop - where you can buy (or just steal) an election.

The Airport Men's Room, where you can meet some of your favorite Republican Senators.

To highlight the President's accomplishments, the museum will have an electron microscope to help you locate them.

Last, but not least, there will be an entire floor devoted to a 7/8 scale model of the President's ego.

When asked, President Bush said that he didn't care so much about the individual exhibits as long as his museum was better than his father's.

● US Cops Go Out of Control; US Citizens No Longer Safe

● Dirty Money: Whistle-blower site taken offline

● US says it nailed dead satellite. 130 miles over the Pacific, Navy missile takes out satellite carrying toxic fuel.

● The U.S. military said Wednesday that two women used as suicide bombers in attacks earlier this month had undergone psychiatric treatment but there is no indication they had Down syndrome as Iraqi and U.S. officials initially had claimed.

● Subprime Is Really SubCRIME: America's Deeper Financial Crisis. Danny Schechter, AlterNet. Corporate Accountability and WorkPlace: Policy proposals are not enough to save the economy. Candidates, take note.

● Gitmo Trials Rigged from the Start
Ross Tuttle, The Nation. Rights and Liberties: A damning new interview reveals that the Gitmo trials are only for show.

● The West to the World: Accept Our Values or Die. Abid Mustafa, Middle East Online. ForeignPolicy: The forceful imposition of Western values is far more of a threat to world peace than Muslim nations gaining WMD.

● Debunking the Hemp Conspiracy Theory
By Steven Wishnia, AlterNet. DrugReporter: Pot isn't illegal because the paper industry is afraid of competing with hemp -- it's because of racism and the culture wars.

● Crushing Defeat For Musharraf: "The Myth Is Broken"; "Q Is Finished"; "They Couldn’t Have Rigged It Even If They Tried"

● Deputy tasers high school student



● A female lobbyist had been turning up with him (John McCain) at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.



● McCain's Ties To Lobbyist Worried Aides


● Lobbyist in pic with Bush

● McCain's Holiday from History in Pakistan; Will any Old Military Dictator Do?; Lies about Obama

● BREAKING: Ohio SoS Fires Another GOP County Election Official, GOP State Senator Applauds. 30-Year Summit County Republican Boss Alex Arshinkoff Latest in Series of Ohio Election Officials to Face Reprimand, Criminal Charges. 'Ran Local GOP Machine Out of Election Board Office,' Says Democrat SoS Brunner; 'Abused Power, Position, Employees,' Says Republican State Senator Vying for Party Chair...

● Sequoia E-Voting Machines Reporting Inaccurate Totals in New Jersey. Post-Super Tuesday Canvass Reveals Discrepancies Between Internal Printouts and Memory Cartridges on DRE Systems in Five Separate Counties. Same 'Tamperproof' Machines Recently Hacked by Princeton University Professor, Also Failed to Start Up Properly on Election Day...

● Bloomberg Charges 'Fraud' in NYC Primary, But Believes 'No Legal Issue at Stake'. The Mayor's Curious Position Follows Reports That Obama Received Zero Votes in Nearly 80 Precincts, Including Harlem, During Unofficial Super Tuesday Tally...

● Diebold Names Senior Diebold Officials to 'New Independent' Diebold Election Division Board. Braintrust Also Adds a Former Election Official and a Military Intelligence Officer Just to Help Keep Up Their Image...

● Rush Limbaugh: 'We're Trying to Avoid a 50 State Landslide!'. Republicanist Radio Pundit Responds in Heated Tirade to Criticism by Former Bush Sr. Secretary of State, Concerning His Attacks on John McCain...

● McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill


Democracy NOW! DISH channels 9410 & 9415, DirecTV channel 275:

EXCLUSIVE: Rigged Trials at Guantanamo

The Nation magazine reveals the former chief prosecutor for the prison’s military commissions says the Pentagon has foreclosed the possibility of acquittals. We speak with Nation reporter Ross Tuttle and law professor Scott Horton.

DN! transcript or DN! video

Willie Nelson! On Democracy NOW!

Musical Legend Willie Nelson on Farm Aid, Biodiesel Fuel, Outlaw Country Music, Marijuana Laws, the Impeachment of President Bush, the 9/11 Attacks & More
Country music legend Willie Nelson joins us for the hour to talk politics and to play some songs, including “A Moment of Forever,” “On the Road Again,” “You’re Always on My Mind” and “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before.”

DN! transcript or DN! video

(bd: This Willie Nelson interview is one of the best interviews I've ever seen! I don't like country music, but Willie breaks into song several times during the interview with Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzales, as Willie site with an acoustic guitar during his interview...PHENOMENAL!)